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Jobless rates, winter ships and a new veterans director
Jobless rates either improved nicely or worsened from October to November for northwestern Wisconsin. Mike Simonson has our news briefs.
Ashland County went from 7.7% to 7.6%, Douglas County 5.6% in October to 4.9%.
But Burnett County rose from 5.8% to 6.4%, Washburn County from 6.2% in October to 6.8% in November, Sawyer County from 7.6% to 9.2% and Bayfield took a hit from 7.3% in October to 10.3%
Iron County had the highest rate at 13.2% compared to 12% in October.
By the time the Great Lakes shipping season ends, the Twin Ports will be home to 10 vessels including four 1000 super-carriers. Seaway Port Authority of Duluth’s Adele Yorde says that’s a good number, even though it’s been higher in past years.
Each ship that winters in Duluth-Superior has about half a million to $800,000 impact. Yorde says a big factor is the amount of maintenance work that needs to be done. Four vessels, the Kaye Barker, Great Republic, John Munson, and John J. Boland, will stay at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. But crews from Fraser will also be dispatched to service lakers docked at the Port Terminal, Midwest Energy, Garfield and the Enbridge dock.
The Seaway closes at the end of December, while the Soo Locks close January 15th. The season resumes in late March.
//////////////////New vets guy in Douglas County
An Operation Iraqi Freedom vet will lead Douglas County’s Veterans Office. Trevor Welsch’s hiring was approved last week by the Douglas County Board. County Administrator Andy Lisak says Welsch spent 14 years as both soldier and civilian with the Department of Defense.
Lisak says with the growing number of returning veterans, many who could use the veterans benefits offered by the federal government and county, Welsch plans to seek them out, even if it means getting out and knocking on doors.
Although with the extreme cold blast that's hitting the north country will fix this situation, we'll pass this along from an alert issued Friday afternoon.
There’s been a rash of vehicles going through the ice this week in Washburn County in far northern Wisconsin. Because of that, the Department of Natural Resources and the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department put out a warning that vehicles shouldn't be driven on area lakes.
Three vehicles have broken through the ice on lakes Nancy, Pokegama and Gilmore. All of the people in the vehicles escaped without injury.
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