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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Stora Enso to sell Corenso to Finnish company
Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Corenso business operations to the Finnish packaging materials company Powerflute Oyj, according to a release from the company.

Corenso North America is located in Wisconsin Rapids. It employs about 165 full-time workers between its two units, core board machine and converting operation, as well as local management, said Tom Janke, president, Corenso NA.

Corenso North America also has a minority ownership in Crown Fibre, of Kentville, Nova Scotia.
Janke said no changes are expected to the local business.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS - State's technical colleges to split $20 million in grant funds
Nearly $20 million in two grants will be given to Chippewa Valley Technical College to be distributed among the state's 16 technical schools to help students in the health care industry and others wanting to start a career.

The grants were announced Monday at the White House, and are a part of $450 million in job training grants.

The largest grant that CVTC will split up to all of the Wisconsin Technical College System schools is for $15 million and is an Advancing Careers and Training for Health Care grant. The largest amount, $1.5 million, will go to Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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MADISON - Gebhardt proposes another East Washington Avenue development
After winning city approvals to redevelop the former Don Miller auto dealership properties on the north side of East Washington Avenue, Gebhardt Development will try its hand at the final piece on the south side of the 800 block.

Otto Gebhardt — who opened the 12-story, 220-unit Constellation building on the 700 block in 2013 and recently broke ground on a 14-story apartment, office and grocery store complex to be called “Galaxie” on the 800 block — has switched his focus to the other side of the street.

His latest proposal envisions a 10-to 12-story building with between 113,000 and 140,000 square feet of tenant space and a four-level parking structure with up to 450 stalls. It would provide a large home for StartingBlock Madison, a proposed center for tech startups and young entrepreneurs, as well as a performing arts venue that would accommodate 1,500 people.

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MADISON - Developer proposes remake of dated downtown office building
As investment continues to pour into the Isthmus, a prominent developer is now proposing a $15 million to $18 million face-lift and renovation for a big but bland and dated downtown Madison office building.

Hovde Properties has acquired the 10-story AT&T building and is seeking permission to add glass and windows to the facade to modernize and bring more light into the cream-colored, stone-paneled structure at 316 W. Washington Ave.

Hovde also proposes renovating the interior to create space for future tenants, redoing the front entrance plaza and side entrance, and upgrading landscaping.

The building, constructed in 1970 as Wisconsin Bell’s corporate headquarters, has 180,000 square feet of space and two levels of underground parking. AT&T Services occupies four floors of the building and is the lone tenant.

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MADISON – Royster Corners work to begin this week
Ruedebusch Development & Construction is before the city Urban Design Commission on Wednesday with its plans for a mixed-used building at the corner of Cottage Grove and Dempsey Road in Madison.

The four-story building would contain 89 apartment units built above 41,200 square feet of first floor commercial space. Parking is provided with 104 indoor stalls on the lower level and 197 surface parking spaces.

Plans also call for the city to purchase about 20,000 square feet of the commercial space in the Ruedebusch building for a new Pinney library.

Utility crews are expected to begin installing sewer, water and power lines to the 27-acre site this week.

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GREEN BAY - Works begins on Austin Straubel's International Arrivals Facility
Austin Straubel International Airport's new International Arrivals Facility will make operations at the airport more efficient and serve as an economic development tool for the region.

A ceremonial wall demolition Monday at the airport's former fire station marked the beginning of work on the $4.3 million renovation, which will allow the airport to process the more than 400 international flights that arrive each year.

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MADISON - In anticipation of Uber and Lyft, Madison taxi companies are getting their own apps
Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft have been waiting for months to operate legally in the Madison market, where they hope their mobile apps will give them an advantage over the traditional taxi companies.

But by the time the city gets around to passing an ordinance to regulate them, taxi companies will be ready with their own apps.

Union Cab now has an app, and word is that Madison Taxi, whose general manager was unavailable, is preparing to introduce one as well.

Green Cab of Madison has had one for two years, well before Uber and Lyft burst onto the scene last March.

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MADISON - State’s cranberry crop estimated at 5.3 million barrels
Growers expect Wisconsin will lead the nation as the top cranberry producer for the 20th consecutive year.

The harvest is underway in the Badger State where about 5.3 million barrels of cranberries are expected to be produced this year. Each barrel contains about 100 pounds of cranberries. The 2014 crop estimate is down from 2013 when a record 5.8 million barrels of cranberries were produced.

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SUN PRAIRIE - Product design firm tripling its space, expanding biotech services
Betting in large part on the booming biotech sector, engineering design firm InForm Product Development will spend $2.8 million to dramatically expand its footprint in Sun Prairie and nearly double its workforce, enabling new services including niche manufacturing for customers in the bioscience and lab equipment fields.

Founded in 1995, InForm functions mainly as a product design consulting firm.

Between 2009 and 2012, InForm gross revenues increased 36 percent to $3.65 million, which put it among the 5,000 fastest-growing independent private companies in the nation, according to annual rankings by Inc. magazine.

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MADISON - DNR reports record timber sales
The state Department of Natural Resources says Wisconsin saw record timber sales from state lands during the last fiscal year. DNR Chief Forester Paul DeLong says timber sales totaled $11.71 million during the year that ended June 30. That's up from $10.8 million during fiscal year 2013.

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STEVENS POINT - DigiCopy continues to expand
DigiCopy, a Stevens Point-based printing company, recently expanded to another Wisconsin market.

The company held a grand opening for its new location at 211 East Walnut St., Green Bay, on Sept. 18. The store had been open to the public since Aug. 7.

Founded in July 2000 by current President and CEO Craig Shuler, DigiCOPY started with locations in Stevens Point and Eau Claire. One year later, a third location was added in Wausau, and since then, the business expanded into La Crosse and Milwaukee.

Today, DigiCOPY has grown to more than 100 workers in 14 locations, seven of which are facilities management locations.

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MADISON - City mulls design changes to address crime problems on upper State Street
After several summers of complaints about criminal behavior, the city of Madison is considering major changes to the layout of the crossroads of State Street and Capitol Square.

A focused planning effort is only beginning, but the result could include moving some or all of the artistic granite stones in the area known as Philosopher’s Grove, removing some of the approximate 18 shade trees there, and rethinking the cul-de-sac at the top of West Mifflin Street that leads to the Square.

Mayor Paul Soglin has asked the city Planning Division to lead an effort that will involve multiple city agencies and include public input, all of which is supposed to produce an implementation plan for the spring.

A group of business and property owners in the area, Downtown Madison Inc. and the Downtown Business Improvement District “strongly support” physical changes to help curb drinking, fighting, abusive language, littering, drug dealing, prostitution and the use of alleys and doorways as toilets.

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MADISON - Flad Architects wins acclaim for Middle East design work
As part of its growing international business, Madison-based Flad Architects is playing a key role in two potentially transformative projects in the Middle East.

The projects, in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, involve planning and design work for buildings in the science, health care and education sectors — specialty fields for Flad and areas in which those countries have big goals but relatively little experience, Flad CEO Bill Bula said.

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ASHLAND - Chequamegon Food Co-op opens new store
Following great anticipation over the last year, the Chequamegon Food Co-op opens their doors today at 8 a.m. in their new location at 700 Main Street West, anchoring the corner of Chapple Avenue and Main Street.

Walking into the Co-op, the feeling of excitement from the staff is almost palpable. It is easy to see why.

Sleek, modern, warm and gracious, the designers were able to incorporate a sophisticated atmosphere while maintaining and uncovering the historic “bones” of the building, emphasizing the brick and wood of its original concept.

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MADISON – UW-Madison unveils $22 million School of Music plans
After years of planning, UW-Madison is proposing a striking music performance building that would include a recital hall, rehearsal space and eventually a concert hall next to the Chazen Museum of Art on a now-vacant corner of University Avenue and Lake Street.

The project, billed by the university as a “true campus gateway location for the arts corridor and the community,” will be shared with the city’s Urban Design Commission on Wednesday.

The $22 million project is entirely funded by anonymous donors, according to the university.

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