APPLETON - ThedaCare to build $44 million cancer center
ThedaCare plans to build a new $44 million regional cancer center on Appleton's north side that will integrate services in one location to better meet patients' needs.

The board of trustees approved the details of the project Tuesday. The new facility, scheduled for completion in 2016, will be built on land ThedaCare owns near the Encircle Health campus on Capital Drive.

The Boldt Company of Appleton is the project's general contractor and construction manager. HGA Architects and Engineers of Milwaukee is the architect.

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FOND DU LAC - Retlaw Plaza Hotel to be auctioned
Fond du Lac's historic Retlaw Plaza Hotel is on the auction block.

The 132-room hotel at 1 N. Main St. will be auctioned online beginning Nov. 3 and ending Nov. 5 on the site with an opening bid of $1.25 million.

The hotel was one of six commercial properties featured in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. The ad called the hotel an "upscale landmark hotel with full amenities."

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EAU CLAIRE - Northwestern Bank pledges $100,000 to Confluence Project
Northwestern Bank of Chippewa Falls is the latest company to pledge money in support of the Confluence Project in Eau Claire.

The bank, which also has had a branch in Eau Claire for more than 10 years, will contribute $100,000 to the project’s performing arts center.

Northwestern Bank President Gerald Jacobson will be presenting a check Wednesday morning to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation. The presentation will be at the Haymarket site, which would be the future home of the performing arts center.

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GREEN BAY - Mayor's vote kills economic development shuffle
The city of Green Bay is moving ahead with hiring a new economic development director.

But efforts to tweak how the city handles business recruitment and retention might not be finished.

The City Council on Tuesday rejected a restructuring proposal that sought to move economic development out of the mayor's office and into another city department.

The vote was 7-6, with Mayor Jim Schmitt casting a tie-breaking vote to defeat a measure that he opposed.

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MADISON - AnchorBank stock reopens on Nasdaq, rises 16 percent
Shares of Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin made their debut on Wall Street -- again -- on Wednesday morning and ended the day at $30.32, up $4.32, or 16.6 percent.

The Madison bank company, parent of AnchorBank, held its post-bankruptcy initial public stock offering on the Nasdaq market, trading under the symbol ABCW, the same symbol it had used before filing for reorganization in mid-2013.

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FOND DU LAC - Buechel Stone eyes new quarry in Town of Byron
Buechel Stone Corporation wants to open a new stone quarry in the Town of Byron.

The Chilton-based company sent letters this week to residents living near the proposed 43-acre site, inviting them to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Sons of Zebedee Catholic Church, W5882 Church Road, town of Byron. The meeting is open to the public.

The quarry site is part of the Jim Geelan farm on Highway 175 between Church Road and County Highway B, southeast of Hobbs Woods, a 60-acre county park.

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GREEN BAY - Packers ready to raze buildings
The Green Bay Packers will begin razing buildings this week on land it owns along Lombardi Avenue. The team wants to remove the structures, including the former Kmart store, before winter to save it the cost of maintenance, fire protection and security. The Packers now own 54 parcels near Lambeau Field, all in the village of Ashwaubenon, totaling nearly 63 acres.

The team said it plans to develop land west of Lambeau Field to provide it with non-football sources of income, similar to New England's Patriot Place adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Patriot Place includes restaurants, retail shops, a movie theater, a hotel and a Bass Pro Shop.

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FOND DU LAC - ACH Foam plans expansion
ACH Foam Technologies, an expanded polystyrene manufacturer located in Fond du Lac, plans to move into a second facility in the city by early next year.

ACH will lease a 40,000-square-foot building at 1739 Fox Ridge Drive, within the Fox Ridge Business Park along Highway 41.

Company officials say the expansion is the result of growing demand for expanded polystyrene (EPS)-based products. The expansion may lead to the creation of as many as 15 jobs in the Fond du Lac area over the next two to three years.

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ASHWAUBENON - Jet Air expands
There's not much standstill at Jet Air-Signature Select.

The aviation services provider based at Austin Straubel International Airport ceremonially opened a new 36,000-square-foot hangar on Tuesday, and one of its owners said the business is already considering additional expansion.

Jet Air is pursuing the possibility of bringing a final assembly facility for a new Mitsubishi regional jet to the area.

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MADISON – Minnesota, Illinois post greater jobs gains than Wisconsin in September
On Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the full national numbers in the Current Employment Statistics report, and they show that Wisconsin's percentage jobs increase in September ranked third in a group of five states made up of Wisconsin and its neighbors.

The growth of 8,400 private sector jobs in seasonally adjusted data represents a 0.3 percent increase over August for Wisconsin.

Minnesota gained 11,400 jobs, an increase of 0.5 percent. Illinois added 18,400 jobs, or 0.4 percent.

Michigan was up by 0.1 percent with 5,300 new jobs, and Iowa lost 200 jobs.

The national average was 0.2 percent growth.

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WISCONSIN DELLS – Dinner theater revived
It’s been more than four years since the Broadway Dinner Theatre in Lake Delton has operated, but the space is about to reopen under a new name, Palace Theater, and owner.

Anthony and Joseph Tomaska, who for the past 17 years have produced “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” in Chicago, have purchased the theater at 564 Wisconsin Dells Parkway.

The first dinner show, “Mary Poppins,” is scheduled to open Nov. 24 and run through Jan. 3.
The facility, across the street from the Wilderness Resort, will also serve as a conference center and cater to social and family events, according to a press release.

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GRAND CHUTE - Rezoning clears way for relocation of Werner Electric
Promoting an increased tax base and job growth, the Town Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to rezone 40 acres of vacant land for industrial use to accommodate a new corporate office and regional distribution center for Werner Electric Supply Co. of Neenah.

The property, located at the northwest corner of Prospect Avenue and Casaloma Drive, currently is zoned for commercial use. The rezoning still needs approval from Outagamie County.

Bob Buckingham, Grand Chute's director of community development, said Werner Electric's search for a new location extended beyond the Fox Cities, so the town's ability to keep the company local is a triumph for the area.

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EAU CLAIRE - County Board OKs easement for natural gas pipeline
The Eau Claire County Board on Tuesday approved granting an easement for a natural gas pipeline through about eight miles of the county forest on the eastern side of the county.

The board also voted to remove 7 acres from the county forest in the town of Wilson and sell it to Viking Transmission Co. for a gas transfer station associated with the pipeline.

The pipeline segment in the county forest would be part of an 80-mile pipeline from a transfer station in the town of Wilson to Tomah. The line would bring natural gas to a number of communities that currently don’t have it, and would also improve the reliability of gas delivery for many companies that do have it, said officials from Wisconsin Gas. A branch line would bring gas to Augusta.

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MADISON – City seeks proposals to rehabilitate landmark Garver Feed Mill building
The City of Madison is asking developers for proposals to rehabilitate the landmark Garver Feed Mill building near Olbrich Gardens on the city’s east side.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a request for a “visionary proposal” that captures the community’s imagination for rehabilitation and reuse of the 60,000-square-foot structure at 109 S. Fair Oaks Ave.

The request for proposals makes available $1.82 million in city funds for a project, which is supposed to be sensitive to the neighborhood, environmentally friendly and encourage alternate forms of transportation.

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GREEN BAY - Oneida plant fight goes to state Supreme Court
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to examine the city of Green Bay's dispute with an Oneida Tribe of Indians company over a proposed waste-to-energy plant development.

The Supreme Court will consider whether the city appropriately revoked a permit for the gasification plant that Oneida Seven Generations Corp. wants to build at 1230 Hurlbut St. on the city's west side.

A Brown County judge ruled in the city's favor, but a state appeals court later found that the city had overstepped its authority in moving to halt the development.

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