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WPS reminds past-due customers winter moratorium ends April 15

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) reports that as of the end of February nearly 26,000 of its customers were four months or more behind on their utility bills.

Customers could face disconnection of their utility service after April 15 unless they make prior payments or arrangements.

State law bars utilities from disconnecting residential service from Nov. 1 to April 15 annually. WPS reports that the number of customers past due is slightly higher than last year but the amount they owe is substantially higher because of the colder winter.

“We don’t want to disconnect service to customers

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:16 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:18 PM )
Utility customers must arrange for late payments by April 15

One of the advantages of being a locally owned, not-for-profit utility is the ability to work directly with customers in the community — and for Eagle River Light & Water, that means keeping the lights and heat on for individuals and families on tight budgets.

Throughout the year, utility employees may help customers make arrangements to catch up on late payments, but as winter comes to an end, it’s especially important that customers contact the utility to avoid disconnection.

In Wisconsin, electric utilities may not disconnect service from Nov. 1 to April 15 during the cold winter months. However, utilities may issue final disconnection notices after April 15.

“We understand

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:16 PM
Walker touts tax relief during North Woods visit
Gov. Scott Walker, right, discussed his tax relief plan with Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Executive Direcor Connie Heeg Monday during a North Woods visit.              —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

After signing Special Session Senate Bill 1 Monday, Gov. Scott Walker made a stop in the North Woods to tout his “Blueprint for Prosperity” that is expected to put more money in the hands of state residents.

Walker, who first introduced his Blueprint for Prosperity in January 2014 following the news of a $911 million surplus stemming from higher-than-projected state revenue, said the plan provides significant tax relief for Wisconsinites and invests in worker training.

The governor explained the bill’s major accomplishments

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:45 PM )
A beauty
With winter down creating a white outline of its feathers and its telltale white head in heavy plummage, the bald eagle is a sight to behold in late winter. This one was feeding on fish left by ice anglers.               —Staff Photo By?KURT?KRUEGER
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:34 PM
LdF tribe declares 273 northern lakes for spring spearing

State eyeing options
to reduced bag limits

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Lac du Flambeau Band, historically one of the most active and proficient spearers of the six Chippewa bands in the state, told the Voigt Inter-Tribal Task Force last week that the tribe has increased the number of lakes to be speared this year to 273 — including 21 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

According to Brandon Thoms, director of public relations for the Lac du Flambeau Band, the tribe has declared a total of 27,868 walleye and 886 muskie. The maximum safe walleye harvest for all six Chippewa tribes is calculated at 81,011, with the tribes declaring 63,488.

Last year, the Lac du Flambeau tribe declared

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:33 PM