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The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

Ellsworth Dairy Cooperative is based in the Heart of Wisconsin's Dairyland in the town of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, and was proclaimed the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin " by Governor Anthony S. Earl in 1984. Our 450 proud dairy farm family owners live near Ellsworth, throughout Wisconsin, and into Minnesota.

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There is a lot of work available in Prescott, Ellsworth, and Pierce County as a whole. What’s lacking is enough skilled workers to fill these...
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Posted on Mar 20, 2017
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You may never use a hammer and nails at your business but you will need other tools to get set up, manage your company, and...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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3/13/2017  Kristina LeVan, Wisconsin Department of Tourism klevan@TravelWisconsin.com; Work Cell: 608-332-4551  Lisa Marshall, Wisconsin Department of Tourism lmarshall@TravelWisconsin.com; Work Cell: 608-445-0267  Travel Wisconsin is taking its brand of "real fun"...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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Rate Is Lowest Its Been Since 2001; National Rate For January Is 4.8 Percent Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:40pm By Shawn Johnson Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 3.9...
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Posted on Mar 09, 2017
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Do you like cheese? If so, you may have eaten cheese produced by Ellsworth Creamery. A booming local business, they produce everything from artisan cheeses...
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Posted on Mar 06, 2017
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Wisconsin companies exported $21.2 billion worth of products to sellers outside the United States in 2016, a dip of about 6 percent from the previous...
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Posted on Mar 05, 2017
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MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the state's Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW) covering the third quarter of...
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Posted on Mar 02, 2017
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Communities Feel The Pinch Of Construction Costs And Budget Cuts Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8:25am By Shawn Johnson There's a road in the western Wisconsin town of Northfield...
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Posted on Mar 02, 2017
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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - It's the country's largest educational event on organic agriculture.  Lauren Langworthy, Events and Education Specialist and Conference Coordinator at MOSES said it's...
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Posted on Feb 27, 2017
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Development-ready property designation helps attract new commercial projects MADISON, WI. Feb. 14, 2017—The Certified In Wisconsin® Program, offered in partnership by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation...
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Posted on Feb 15, 2017
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WEDC is currently authorized to issue loans under its Business Opportunity Loan Fund, though that authority will go away in June under the 2015-17 budget.  Walker's...
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Posted on Feb 15, 2017
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By Youssef Rddad on Feb 13, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Everyone needs socks, but for those who are homeless, a new pair can sometimes be hard...
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Posted on Feb 14, 2017
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Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill to expand broadband service in underserved parts of the state. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill...
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Posted on Feb 14, 2017
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Two years after phasing out the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s loan program in the wake of a scathing audit and several bad deals, Gov. Scott...
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Posted on Feb 13, 2017
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Audit Found Cost Of 16 Ongoing Projects Has Increased By $3B Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10:45am By Laurel White An audit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation released...
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Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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Survey Shows A Majority Expect Bullish New Year Thursday, December 29, 2016, 3:50pm By Kyla Calvert Mason Wisconsin bankers are optimistic the state's economy will grow in the...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
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Leaders from Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties will travel to the state capitol in Madison on Wednesday, February 8, for the annual Greater...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Get valuable early-stage feedback by entering the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest! The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor's Business Plan Contest. Public, private and homeschooled students...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Great things are happening in rural Wisconsin! Share your story with Wisconsin Rural Partners-now accepting nominations to recognize 2017 Top Rural Development Initiatives.   Any project, activity,...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

All kinds of encouraging news regarding the local business economy was presented Tuesday night to attendees at the annual meeting of the Pierce County Economic...
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Posted on Jan 26, 2017
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Legislation would pay Minnesotans for Wisconsin tax losses By Don Davis, Superior Telegram, Jan. 17, 2017 at 4:53 p.m. ST. PAUL—The Minnesota House Taxes Committee chairman is...
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Posted on Jan 19, 2017
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January 3, 2017 Survey predicts uptick in hiring, profitability during first half of 2017 MADISON – Wisconsin business leaders begin 2017 very optimistic about both the direction...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
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The road leading into the Pierce County Solid Waste Department was lined with trucks and trailers Monday, Dec. 5 as farmers waited to get a...
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Posted on Dec 29, 2016
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Construction plans for both the proposed Vista Croix development and the new plant of Diversified Manufacturing Company (DMC) were approved by the Prescott City Council...
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Posted on Dec 28, 2016
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By Matthew Lambert Today at 7:33 a.m. ELLSWORTH -- Phyllis Beastrom might be one of the hardest working people in Pierce County.   She’s a mother, a wife,...
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Posted on Dec 28, 2016
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is leading a global trade venture to Canada from April 30 to May 5, 2017, with stops in Toronto...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Category: Business News

The contest helps connect innovators throughout the state with resources, mentoring and prospective sources of capital to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage to set...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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A new grant program offering financial assistance for rural economic development has been announced by Governor Scott Walker. At his Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit last...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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When Mark Hogan took the reins at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. last year, the state’s job-creation agency was under siege. Democrats were calling for an...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Rural America was thrown a Depression lifeline in the 1930s when the federal government rallied to spread electric power across farm country. Not long after came...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Two rural Ellsworth residents are reopening a produce business that started because of one thing: boredom. After previously leasing a greenhouse in Prescott for a couple...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Nick Halter, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Dec 19, 2016, 3:45pm (See Correction/Clarification at end of article) The former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track in Hudson, Wis., could...
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Posted on Dec 20, 2016
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Thomas Content , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 12:04 p.m. CST December 3, 2016 Nearly 100,000 rural Wisconsin residents will be receiving $50 vouchers from the state if...
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Posted on Dec 15, 2016
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Surrounded by members of the Malone Student Council, Malone Parent Group and Prescott School District Employees, Representatives from Nestlé Purina’s Hager City, Wisconsin manufacturing facility...
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Posted on Dec 14, 2016
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Companies that get public assistance and then cut or relocate jobs outside the state would be subject to stricter reporting requirements under a proposal to...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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Companies that get public assistance and then cut or relocate jobs outside the state would be subject to stricter reporting requirements under a proposal to...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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Representative Petryk named "Legislator of the Year" by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce   From left to right: Lee Markquart, Jeff Smith (Owner at Erv Smith), Mark Seyer...
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Posted on Dec 09, 2016
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12/5/2016  Though economists warn against reading too much into the figures, the number of people getting laid off in the state has dropped sharply from last...
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Posted on Dec 05, 2016
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11/30/2016  Contact: Tom Still or Angela Schlobohm at 608-442-7557  To learn more, visit: www.govsbizplancontest.com   MADISON – The 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online...
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Posted on Dec 01, 2016
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Contact: Eric Skrum, Wisconsin Bankers Association 608/441-1216 or (c) 608/445-6430 eskrum@wisbank.com  "Wisconsin banks continue to show confidence in the economy through stable, steady growth according to the latest...
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Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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Nov 22 2016 MADISON, Wis. – This evening, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in the...
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Posted on Nov 22, 2016
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DATCP NEWS RELEASE: Scammers Dangle Gift Cards as Clickbait Release Date:  November 23, 2016 Media Contact:  Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Bill Cosh, Communications Director,...
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Posted on Nov 22, 2016
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If he’s lucky, he won’t have to work a day in his life. At least, that’s how the saying goes and that’s what the Pierce...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
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Dr. Dan Connors considers himself not just a lucky man, but one who has been richly blessed by Spring Valley and surrounding communities. The dentist recently...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
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For the past three years, Lisa Mueller has been mixing produce and turning ingredients from her farm into popular recipes to enjoy. After farming for 22...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
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“Agriculture plays a big role in Pierce County,” said Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee chairperson Dale Hines. “There’s a strong infrastructure in Pierce County for...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
Category: Agriculture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new report says Wisconsin is the second most active state in the nation for small business activity, one place higher...
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Posted on Nov 18, 2016
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The Prescott City Council gave final approval to plans for new business to re-locate in the TIF No. 5 district on the outskirts of Prescott...
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Posted on Nov 15, 2016
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Wisconsin is Working YouTube Video Wisconsin is working. In fact, more people are employed this year than at any time in the history of our state....
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Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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To help Wisconsin Companies reach new markets MADISON, WI. Nov. 8, 2016–The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) invites representatives from Wisconsin companies to join a trade...
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Posted on Nov 09, 2016
Category: International

By Lisa Erickson, Falcon News Service, UW-River Falls, November 2, 2016 Three counties in western Wisconsin are among the fastest growing in the state, and they...
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Posted on Nov 03, 2016
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If you think you’re having trouble making sense of this year’s presidential election, imagine being a visitor to the United States this fall. About three-dozen people...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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A special use permit application for the Prescott Food Pantry’s potential new location was the talk of the night at the Oct. 10 Prescott City...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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“Simple wearables” is how Anita Otteson describes the handcrafted jewelry she designs in her Prescott studio. A & E Designs, located at 720 St. Croix St....
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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While the vice-presidential debate was going on, the Spring Valley Village Board trustees had their own debates Tuesday, Oct. 4. First, Cedar Corporation outlined the site...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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Preparing for a future when broadband becomes nearly as commonplace as electricity, AT&T envisions high-speed internet delivered over power lines in rural Wisconsin. Next year, the...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
Category: Infrastructure

GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press  MILWAUKEE — As the trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership has taken a pounding on the presidential campaign trail, at least...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced $1.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to the Wisconsin Department of...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2016
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The Prescott City Council approved spending in TIF (Tax-Incremental Financing) District No. 5 during its most recent meeting Monday evening to help a business located...
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Posted on Oct 14, 2016
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WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan says a big focus of the agency in his second year on the job will be trying to "figure...
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Posted on Oct 11, 2016
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Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues.  MADISON – This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The...
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Posted on Oct 11, 2016
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Contact: Michael.Lampton@sba.gov 404-331-0333  Atlanta - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small...
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Posted on Oct 10, 2016
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A new UW System Business Council is one of the outcomes from a Board of Regents meeting in Eau Claire.  UW System President Ray Cross made...
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Posted on Oct 10, 2016
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Contact: Mark Maley, 608.210.6706 mark.maley@wedc.org Wisconsin leads the nation with most metro areas on study that evaluates employment growth, income MADISON – SmartAsset, a national personal finance technology...
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Posted on Oct 10, 2016
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WEDC: Wins international award for economic development 9/29/2016  Contact: Mark Maley, 608-210-6706 mark.maley@wedc.org  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has received two awards of excellence from the International Economic...
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Posted on Oct 03, 2016
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As winner of the first and only “Cinderella of the World” pageant in Madison 50 years ago, Cheryl Johnson Ludecke was lavished with gifts including...
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Posted on Oct 03, 2016
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RIVER FALLS -- A new face will be coming to downtown River Falls. Construction begins in October at 122 S. Main Street for what owner and...
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Posted on Sep 27, 2016
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By Sarah Young MAIDEN ROCK/STOCKHOLM -- Two of the most creative villages along Wisconsin’s Great River Road are combining their artistic forces for a special “Meander...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2016
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 Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  Moves to shift more power generation in the Midwest from coal to cleaner alternatives advanced Thursday with separate announcements in Minneapolis...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2016
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will lead a global trade venture to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Doha in Qatar early...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Category: International

John Mesko has been hired to head the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), a nonprofit in Spring Valley that is nationally recognized for...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Category: Agriculture

Site work begins this week at the site of the new elementary school in Ellsworth -- a day many in the district have been waiting...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Category: Education

Wisconsin's job creation agency says a new grant program will boost entrepreneurship throughout the state, especially in small to medium sized places. The state's Economic Development...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
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While a changing of the guard has taken place at Plum City’s beloved bakery, customers can expect the same favorites they’ve enjoyed the past 12...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
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By Tom Still MADISON – A creative provision in the Assembly Republican “Forward” agenda released in early September is the pledge to provide every high school...
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Posted on Sep 21, 2016
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By Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel Three telecom companies will receive more than $570 million in government subsidies to expand fast Internet service in rural...
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Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Category: broadband internet

by Tech Council | Sep 9, 2016 | Featured, Inside Wisconsin, NEWSROOM, Tech Council News | By Tom Still MADISON – A creative provision in the Assembly...
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Posted on Sep 20, 2016
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for a grant program to assist Wisconsin communities looking to revitalize and develop industrial and...
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Posted on Sep 19, 2016
Category: Real Estate, Regional News

It has taken nearly a decade, but Wisconsin’s job picture has finally returned to levels it had reached before the Great Recession began in late...
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Posted on Sep 14, 2016
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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-River Falls will be offering an Entrepreneurial Training Program beginning Oct. 12 to prepare potential entrepreneurs to start...
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Posted on Sep 14, 2016
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If a proposed merger of Prairie du Sac’s Badgerland Financial and two other financial associations focused on agriculture and rural interests is approved, it would...
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Posted on Sep 13, 2016
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By Pierce County Herald newsroom on Sep 5, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. RIVER FALLS -- The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is seeking employer involvement for the...
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Posted on Sep 08, 2016
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ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery recently announced an expansion to the Ellsworth production facility will soon get underway and continue through early 2017. Construction trailers...
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Posted on Sep 07, 2016
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MADISON -- State officials are asking area residents to take another survey concerning high speed internet access. The State Broadband Office at the Wisconsin Public Service...
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Posted on Aug 15, 2016
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