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May 15, 2018 -  Pine Reservoir Drawdown to begin 5/21/18 - We Energies will begin lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence, Wisconsin, beginning as early as May 21. The reservoir will be lowered approximately 12 feet from the normal elevation – approximately 1 foot per day. We Energies’ public campground at recreation site No. 34 will be closed during maintenance activities for public safety.

During the drawdown, motor vehicles and ATVs are not allowed on the exposed reservoir bed, metal detecting is not allowed and removal of driftwood is strictly prohibited. While recreation site No. 24 will remain open for camping, launching trailered boats is prohibited.
May 8, 2018 -  Florence County ATV Trails Opening - Florence County ATV trails will open on May 10th 2018 at 12:01 AM. Please use extreme caution, as there may still be spots that have ice and/or snow cover. Please ride with caution and keep an eye out for groomers as they will most likely be sharing the trail in an effort to smooth things out after the past winter season. Let’s make this a safe season. Support your local ATV Club the Blue Ox Trail Riders and the hard work they do to maintain the Florence County ATV trail system. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department (715) 528-3207 x1704.
May 2, 2018 -  Florence County Opening Day Fishing Update - About a week ago I would have told you to get your tip ups dusted off for opening day of the game fish season in Florence County, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Winter turned right into summer this week and lake ice is rapidly deteriorating. While some local waters may hold ice through the weekend I am suspecting that the majority of the Florence County waters will indeed be open for business by Saturday.
May 1, 2018 -  Sign up for Florence Area Rummage and Sidewalk Sale - The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual community wide rummage/sidewalk sale for the Town of Florence and Spread Eagle area. The event is Saturday, June 2nd, from 9am-2pm, rain or shine.
Apr. 19, 2018 -  Florence County Project Selected for Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Honors - EDGERTON – Three community development projects received a 2018 Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative award. The award was presented by Wisconsin Rural Partners at the Wisconsin Rural Summit held April 18-19, 2018 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in West Baraboo. The projects receiving the awards are:

•Florence County Broadband Expansion Project
•Advance Shullsburg
•Southwest Partners
Apr. 16, 2018 -  ADRC Hosts AARP Smart Driver Course - The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Florence County is hosting an AARP Smart Driver Course on Thursday, May 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Florence Natural Resource Center. The course is geared toward drivers 50+, however, licensed drivers of all ages are welcome, and there are no tests. Participants may be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance premiums, as well. The class is open to both Wisconsin and Michigan residents.
Apr. 16, 2018 -  ADRC of Florence County Open House - The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Florence County is hosting a Community Open House on Thursday, May 10th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at their office, which is located in the Florence County Courthouse (Lower Level), 501 Lake Ave in Florence.
Apr. 16, 2018 -  Florence County Business Resources - Existing businesses who want to expand and entrepreneurs who plan to start a new business in Florence County can apply for small business loans through the Florence County Economic Development office. There are two different loan programs: the Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF) and the Gemstar Micro Loan Program. Each has slightly different terms and conditions. Both loan programs require submission of a business plan with financial projections. If you have never written a business plan, you can get help from our free business counselor services. The Business Plan is an important step to determine if your projected revenues will cover all of your expenses. The business must have positive cash flow in order to succeed.

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