Sept. 14, 2020 - Equestrian Trailhead Gratitude and Appreciation Event - The "Fresh Water Project" by The Northern Saddle Club of Florence County for the Halls Creek Equestrian Trailhead is complete and we would like to invite the public to join us for a dedication and thank you celebration with a corn roast and water sampling to follow at 2pm on Saturday, 9/26 at the trailhead.
Sept. 4, 2020 - Community Survey for Comp Plan - Florence County is in the process of updating its 20-year comprehensive plan, which will guide the county’s growth and development through 2040. We are requesting your input on how you want your county to look in 20 years. Your feedback will be invaluable to the planning process. The county is asking for you to please participate in a brief online survey to tell us your concerns and discuss improvements for the county. The survey can be found online at: https://forms.gle/sTb14XqUzsoDXXA37. The survey is also available at www.florencecountywi.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ExploreFlorenceCounty. Thank you for taking the time to help keep Florence Couny a great place to live, work, and thive.
Aug. 21, 2020 - New Spread Eagle Barrens Brochure - The Florence County Visitor Center is now offering a new Spread Eagle Barrens (SEB) brochure.  This 11x17 color brochure contains information about the history, habitat uniqueness, ecology, rare species and habitat management objectives.  To order a brochure, you can call the Visitor Center (888-889-0049) or go to the contact us page on www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com to request a brochure.  You can also stop by the Visitor Center on the corner of US 2 and Hwy 70 in Florence (5628 Forestry Drive) open Monday through Friday from 8am – 4pm or 9am-3pm on Saturday.
Aug. 17, 2020 - Temporary ATV Trail Closure - Temporary ATV Trail Closure Effective August 24th:
The ATV Trail/Route starting south of JCT 11 at the intersection of Roaches Fire Lane/Plains Road and County N in the Town of Commonwealth and then connects to County B and Fischer Lake Parkway in the Town of Aurora, through trails and road routes (the NEW Homestead/Aurora Trail) will be closed for approximately 2 weeks (weather permitting) for road paving on Main Road in the Town of Homestead.

Signs will be posted at Ellis Road and at the intersection of Miller Road and County B.  Please plan your rides accordingly and we apologize for the inconvenience.  Any questions please contact Mat Gummin at Florence County Forestry and Parks (715-528-3207 x4).
July 16, 2020 - 2020 Badwater Bass Tourney Winners - Team “Aric & Eric” from Lena, WI won first place at the July 11th Badwater Bass Tourney on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI.  Aric Fick and Eric Zoromski registered 6 bass weighing a total of 18.95 lbs.  They received a cash prize of $1,687.50.  They also caught the largest single bass, a large mouth weighing 3.90 lbs, 19.4 inches winning a Hummingbird Helix 5 fish finder donated by event sponsor Nine Lakes Sport & Marine.  The top 7 teams received cash prizes totaling $3,563.  The 8th-10th place teams received prizes from the following Florence businesses:  El Capitan Supper Club, Whisler Outdoors, Tavern on Central, Saloon No. 2, and Pat’s Foods. 
June 25, 2020 - Breakwater Falls Video Premiere Event - A local Wild Rivers enthusiast and expert, John Roberts, has created a 9-minute video showcasing this virtually unknown waterfall:  Breakwater Falls.  On July 9th, the video will be released via a FREE online premiere event organized by River Alliance of Wisconsin.  After the video, there will be a live online Q&A with the film’s creator and River Alliance member, John Roberts. The online film event is free.  Registration is required.

John will also be a guest on The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio on July 8th (from 11:45 am – 12:30 pm) to introduce this unique, unknown natural feature to more people in Wisconsin. 
June 22, 2020 - A few spots left for Badwater Bass Tourney - Local Bass Fishermen:  there are still a few spots available for the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 11th on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI.  The cost is $75 per boat, only 50 boats allowed.  
May 28, 2020 - Register Now For Badwater Bass Tourney - Calling all bass fishermen!  Register now for the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 11th on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI.  The cost is $75 per boat, only 50 boats allowed.  Cash prizes paid to the first 7 places and 8th-10th places receive donated prizes.  The heaviest single bass will win a large prize donated by Nine Lakes Sport & Marine.  There is a guaranteed cash pot of $2,400.  If all 50 boats register the pot will be $3,562.  This is a catch and release tournament using artificial baits only.  Either a WI or MI license can be used on this border water.  All boats must check in at 5:00 am at Vagabond Park on US 2 on July 11th for a 6:00 am start.  The official weigh-in begins at 2:00 pm.  This is an outdoor event with only 2 people per boat.  Social distancing procedures will be used for the weigh-in process.  Go to  www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com under the events tab to print the registration form and make your payment asap to reserve your spot.  Please call our visitor center 888-889-0049 with questions.
 
May 28, 2020 - Florence County Re-Opens - Effective at 11:30 am 5/28/20, Florence County is allowed to reopen per an order issued by the Florence County Public Health Officer.  The Health Department encourages all individuals and businesses to follow the public health guidelines per the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Economic Development Corportation essential businesses best practices.
May 26, 2020 - Community Rummage & Sidewalk Sale - Florence, WI  The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring The Community Rummage & Sidewalk Sale on June 6th, from 9am-2pm. Rural families and craft vendors are welcome to set up their sales and displays in the Florence Community Center or Great North Bank parking lots in downtown Florence.  Businesses are encouraged to participate by having lunch specials and sidewalk sales.  Participation is free.  Make some money from your “Safer at Home” decluttering efforts.  Contact Cindy at 715-528-4907 or lauxcindy@yahoo.com to get your address on the directory and map by May 30th.  The directory of addresses and map will be at downtown Florence businesses by June 4th or online at the www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com events tab.  Get out of the house and enjoy the socially distanced, outdoor bargain shopping and good food options that the Florence area has to offer!
 
May 14, 2020 - Florence County Businesses Can Reopen - It's official - ALL Florence County businesses can now reopen!  The Florence County Health Department after collaboration with local partners has issued a Public Health order to allow businesses to re-open using WEDC and Public Health guidance with a 50 person gathering limit in our current phase. (Schools operate under a different order and that remains intact). Public health will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and has the obligation to address any outbreaks or spikes that occur. 
May 8, 2020 - Free COVID-19 Testing in Florence County with National Guard Assistance - Florence, Forest and Marinette Counties are partnering to host a community COVID-19 specimen collection event in the parking lot of the Florence Natural Resources Center, 5638 Forestry Dr., Florence, WI on Tuesday, May 12th. This free event will be from 11 am to 7pm. Anyone 5 years and older with at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, chills, or muscle aches can get tested. Testing is also available to all first responders, high risk individuals (65 years of age or older), under 65 with underlying medical conditions, or any immunocompromised individual (without symptoms) will be tested. This event is only available to those who live or work in Wisconsin.
May 4, 2020 - WEDC Launches 1-stop COVID Recovery Resources Webpage - To help Wisconsin businesses and communities facing economic
challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporation (WEDC) has launched a digital platform—Focus Forward—to serve as an online
“one-stop shop” for state, federal and other funding and operational assistance programs. Focus
Forward will provide up-to-date information through multimedia formats, including live videos,
program updates, blogs and podcasts, to help business owners in Wisconsin navigate the
complexities of pandemic recovery resources.
Apr. 28, 2020 - Business Updates - Email Needed - If you are not receiving several emails from me each week, you need to call 715-528-3294 and give me an updated email address or a friend’s email if you don’t have one.  Details are changing too often to snail mail items to each business.
Thank you,  
Wendy Gehlhoff – Director FCED
Apr. 27, 2020 - ATV/UTV Trails Opening - Florence County ATV trails will open on May 1st  2020 at 12:01 AM. Please use extreme caution, as there may still be spots that have ice and/or snow cover. There will be some areas of trail in the USFS Property (Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest) that may have closures. Trails affected would be: Trail F7A - F14. Please ride with caution as many sections of the trail system are still in very poor condition 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. Make sure to follow Covid-19 guidelines and be respectful to one another. Let’s make this a safe recreational season.
Apr. 23, 2020 - Private and County Campgrounds are Open with Restrictions - Camping in the Clouds and Keyes Lake Campground as well as the County Campgrounds are all open per our County Health Department's authority with certain limitations. Guests may not congregate in common areas and campsites must be used by one family unit only. All public restrooms, laundry areas, shower rooms and swimming pools must be closed. County campgrounds require a self contained campers that include full toilt facilities.  Please practice social distancing. Enjoy the outdoors. Florence County has 200,000 acres of public land to get out and explore. Visit www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com news section for full press release or to explore outdoor activities.
Apr. 17, 2020 - Sustainable Forestry Conference Postponed to 9/22/20 - Due to the COVID-19 Safer at Home Orders, the 16th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference is postponed from April 23rd to Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  Because many attendees need the SFI or SAF credits earned from this conference the planning committee decided not to just cancel until 2021.  The conference starts at 7:50 am at the Keyes Peak Ski Lodge, 4960 Hwy 101, four miles south of Florence with doors opening at 7:20 am for check-in.  You must preregister for this event.  Walk-ins will not be allowed.  
Apr. 16, 2020 - Florence County Campgrounds Closed - To ensure state and local guidance for COVID-19 measures are being followed and protect the
safety of employees, visitors and community members, Florence County is delaying the opening of
all campgrounds. Public restrooms at trailheads and public restrooms at boat landings are also
closed to protect the health and safety of the community. However, trails and boat landings will
remain open to the public while encouraging everyone to practice social distancing.
 Effective today April 16, 2020, all campgrounds will remain closed through May 14, 2020.
 Campgrounds will not take new reservations for dates prior to June 1, 2020
Apr. 9, 2020 - SBA Business Relief Funding - COVID-19 has been very detrimental to many Florence County businesses.  I have sent several emails a week to 150 businesses and mailed information last week to all 230 businesses.  If you have not received emails from me, then either you haven’t given me an email in the past or the email I have for your business is outdated.  Please send me someone’s email even if it is an employee or relative so you don’t miss out on the constantly changing business relief information:  Economic Development Director (Wendy Gehlhoff) at 715-528-3294 or wgehlhoff@co.florence.wi.us.

Florence County businesses suffering financially from this COVID-19 disruption should go to:
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options to explore the funding options described below.  Several of the programs are forgivable loans (grants) that do not have to be paid back.  You can apply for both the PPP and the EIDL as long as the funds are used to cover different costs:
Apr. 8, 2020 - Florence County Restaurants offering Take-Out Food - Please support our local restaurants who continue to offer take-out food service during this COVID-19 lock down.  Some have reduced hours and days, so please call ahead to be sure they are serving and place your order.  The “Florence County” Facebook page has been posting all of their menus.  Or search for the specific restaurant on Fb to see any specials or revised menus. 
Apr. 6, 2020 - 2nd Case of COVID-19 in Florence County - Florence County Public Health officials have confirmed a second person that has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Florence County. The individual is in isolation and no further information is being released to protect the person’s privacy. The case is unrelated to the first case of COVID-19 diagnosed on Saturday, April 4. County health officials are working to determine how the individuals may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the positive cases had close contact with.
Apr. 2, 2020 - 2020 Census form not mailed to PO Box Holders - The 2020 US Census is upon us, with many people already receiving their invite to participate in the 2020 US Census. For people that have Post Office (PO) Boxes, you will not receive the 2020 US Census invitation.  If you have a PO box or do not receive the 2020 Census invitation please go to the link below and then click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” to fill out your 2020 US Census form, and ensure a complete and accurate count for Florence County!
https://my2020census.gov/
Mar. 31, 2020 - Businesses: Apply for CARES Act Payroll Protection Program Starting April 3rd - Starting April 3rd, businesses can apply for the new CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program which provides forgivable loans to cover payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utility payments depending on your circumstances.  Work with your local banker to submit your application and liekly the following additional info: 
 
2 years of business tax returns
Year to date profit & loss
Year to date balance sheet
Something from your payroll system to verify who you paid salaries and payroll taxes for. 
Mar. 24, 2020 - Florence County Courthouse Open but Buildings Locked - NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:  ALL FLORENCE COUNTY BUILDINGS WILL BE LOCKED EFFECT MARCH 24, 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING OF THOSE WE SERVE AND OUR EMPLOYEES, ON BEHALF OF THE FLORENCE COUNTY BOARD, WE ARE ASKING THAT THOSE WHO NEED TO DO BUSINESS WITHIN OUR COUNTY BUILDINGS DO SO VIA TELEPHONE IF THEY ARE ABLE.
Mar. 23, 2020 - WI Approved for Disaster Loans for Small Businesses - Gov. Tony Evers announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans.
Mar. 20, 2020 - Support our Local Businesses - As of right now the Florence County restaurants offering takeout food are C&R Bar, Dina MIa's, Double D, Mine Shaft at Camping in the Clouds, Roadhouse 139, St. Joe's Coffeehouse has drive through window, Tavern on Central and Grandma Sally's Bakery & Cafe. You can also call and order Gift Cards to help our local retail businesses.
Mar. 19, 2020 - Voters Strongly Encouraged to Absentee Vote by Mail - Because of the COVID-19, voters are strongly urged to act now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.  “Polls will be open for those who need them on Election Day, but most voters should vote absentee for this election,” said VanPembrook. “For that to happen, you should request an absentee ballot before April 3rd.”
Mar. 19, 2020 - Gov. Evers Prohibits Gatherings of 10 or more People to slow spread of COVID-19 - Gov. Evers directed DHS to issue an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19.  The order makes exceptions for transportation, educational institutions, child care, hotels, military, law enforecement, food pantries, hospitals, long-term care facilities, restaurants and bars can only offer takeout or delivery, grocery stores and convenience stores, utility facilities, job centers and courts  Additionally, schools will be closed for the duration of this public health emergency.  Violation or obstruction of this order is punishable by imprisonment, fines or both under WI state statute 252.25.
Mar. 18, 2020 - Courthouse Closed to Public - IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING OF THOSE WE SERVE AND OUR EMPLOYEES, ON BEHALF OF THE FLORENCE COUNTY BOARD, WE ARE ASKING THAT THOSE WHO NEED TO DO BUSINESS WITHIN THE COURTHOUSE DO SO   
VIA TELEPHONE IF THEY ARE ABLE.
Feb. 20, 2020 - Keyes Peak Uphill Truck Drags - Keyes Peak Ski Hill in Florence is hosting a new revved up event on Saturday, March 14th:  side by side uphill truck drag racing.  Starting at 10:30am trucks from 5 states will be pitted against each other in a double elimination format – lose twice and you’re done.  Watch as all types of modified trucks some with jacked up fuels step on the gas and race to the top.  Its loud, aggressive and for a great cause:  improvements to Keyes Peak Recreation Area.  Spectator admission is $10 (kids 12 and under free).  Food and beverages sold inside the lodge and up on the hill so no carry-ins please.  Awards will be presented at 7pm in the ski lodge with the band Oz to rock the night from 8pm – 11pm.
Feb. 20, 2020 - WPI Business Assistance to win Government Contracts - Florence County Economic Development is pleased to host Michael Lesneski from the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) in the Florence County Courthouse 2nd floor conference room on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 8:00am – 4:30pm.  Businesses can schedule one-on-one appointments to learn how to be considered for government contracts.  They are availablle for many more products and services than you might imagine on the federal, state and local level.
Feb. 12, 2020 - Keyes Peak Winterfest 2020 - Keyes Peak Winterfest on Saturday March 7th, costs only $15/person for a whole day of skiing, snowboarding or tubing (cash or check only).  This price includes all rental equipment and lift ticket.  The event runs from 11:00am until 4pm, but the lift ticket is good until hill closing at 9:00pm.  This is a great family value and opportunity to get out an enjoy what is usually a nice warm day.  The event is sponsored by the Florence County Chamber of Commerce and Florence County Forestry & Parks.
 
Feb. 4, 2020 - 16th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference - The 16th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference will be held Thursday, April 23rd from 7:50 am until 3:45 pm at the Keyes Peak Ski Lodge, 4960 Hwy 101, four miles south of Florence.  This year’s conference focuses on “Woods to Market”.  Wood supply, demand and markets are always changing and so are the regulations related to doing business.
Jan. 27, 2020 - Roberts Memorial Ski Race Results - Logan Thompson (age 14) of Florence won the Mike Roberts Memorial Trophy as fastest racer of the day with a time of 20.78 on Saturday at Keyes Peak in Florence.  Griffin Chartier of Iron Mountain, MI was the youngest racer of the day (age 4), winning the gold for boys 5 and under.
Jan. 9, 2020 - $10 Student Ski Lessons at Keyes Peak - Thanks to a generous donation of time by the Granite Peak Ski Team coaching staff from Wausau, WI, Keyes Peak is again offering ski lessons and racing for kids ages 6-17 on Saturday, January 25th for only $10.00 ($20 max per family).  This is a great opportunity for students of all skill levels to receive quality ski instruction from professional coaches.  The $10 fee covers the daily lift ticket, ski rentals if needed and lessons from the Granite Peak Ski Team coaches from 9:00am until 11:30am. 
Oct. 14, 2019 - Free Business Webinar for Google Business Help - Attend or Sign up for a Free Get Your Business Found on Google Search and Maps event on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 am CT in Bay College West, Room WC 244 at 2801 North US 2 in Iron Mountain.
Sept. 17, 2019 - Vendors Wanted for 10th Annual Christmas in Florence - The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting arts, crafts and product vendor applications for the 10th Annual Christmas in Florence event on Saturday, December 7th from 10am until 3pm. The event will be held at the Florence High School. Register soon, the 120 spaces go fast. Go to events at www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com and click on the Christmas in Florence Event listing to print off a vendor form. Preregistration deadline is November 22th. For questions contact Rick at 715-528-5999 Monday – Friday from 7am – 4pm.
Aug. 21, 2019 - Tourism Helps Promote Fun on the Wild Rivers with Grant - FLORENCE, Wis. (Aug. 21, 2019) – Florence County Economic Development is inviting visitors to experience Northern Wisconsin’s Wild Rivers – the Pine and Popple Rivers – thanks to a $3,800 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The grant helps fund the creation and promotion of easy-to-follow itineraries for travelers to the Wild Rivers. The campaign is set to run through October.
July 15, 2019 - Badwater Bass Tourney Winners - “Flippin’ Fools” from Marinette, WI was the winning team at the July 13th Badwater Bass Tourney on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI. Alan Baxter and Tony Marcusen registered 6 bass weighing a total of 14.95 lbs. They received a cash prize of $1,688. The largest single bass, a large mouth weighing 3.75 lbs, was caught by Kent Hultstrand from Iron Mountain, MI and netted by nephew Jacob Smith from Florence, WI.
June 25, 2019 - New Keyes Peak Steps - How many steps do YOU have in today? Florence County has 168 new steps on a trail that is ¼ mile long with an elevation change of 200 feet!!!
June 3, 2019 - Keyes Lake Public Boat Launch Closure - Florence County Forestry and Parks will be closing the Keyes Lake Public Boat Launch effective 12:01 AM on June 03, 2019 due to construction. It will remain closed for approximately 35-45 days.
For permanent or seasonal Keyes Lake residents, it is recommended that you launch your watercraft prior to the closure.
The upper parking lot will also be closed during this time for beach and park attendees.
Signage will be posted for an alternate parking area.
We apologize for the inconvenience during this time.
Questions? 888-889-0049
May 2, 2019 - ATV/UTV Trails Now Open - Florence County ATV/UTV trails will open on May 2nd 2019 at 12:01 AM. Please use extreme caution, as there may still be spots that have ice and/or snow cover. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department (715) 528-3207 x1704. For more trail information please visit our website at www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com
May 2, 2019 - Pine Reservoir refill to begin - We Energies will begin refilling the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence, Wisconsin, this week. The reservoir will slowly refill back to normal operating elevation throughout the summer.
May 2, 2019 - UW Rural Schools Focus Group with stipend in Florence County - Due to our collective progressions as a school community,
RERIC recognizes Florence County as an exemplar as a rural Wisconsin community and desires to hear from the citizens of Florence county in their efforts to support our needs and challenges.
Apr. 16, 2019 - New Broadband Service in Fence, Long Lake and Keyes Peak areas - Broadband equipment installation on the final two Florence County towers, Long Lake and Keyes Peak is now complete. Florence County, in partnership with Northwoods Connect, received a Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grant award in August 2017 to provide fixed wireless, high-speed internet service to property owners in the Fence, Long Lake and Keyes Peak areas. These three towers will make available 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speed internet to 1039 businesses, residents and seasonal households.
Apr. 2, 2019 - Northern Saddle Club Trail Cleanup - The next gathering and trail clean-up for the Northern Saddle Club is scheduled on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 10 am at Halls Creek Equestrian Trail Head. We will be clearing the trails of down trees and fix broken signs and post.
Apr. 1, 2019 - Northern Saddle Club supports Wisconsin Horse Council - The Northern Saddle Club would like to thank the Wisconsin State Horse Council for all they do. The Wisconsin Horse Council is a non-profit organization representing horsemen and women and the equine industry in WI. In representing the equine industry, they promote the horse through leadership, education, and service, and take a proactive role in the growth of their industry.
Mar. 21, 2019 - Florence County Motorized Trail System Closing 3/28/19 - For the 2018-2019 season, the entire Florence County Snowmobile and ATV/UTV trail system will be closed effective March 28 at 12:00 AM.
Mar. 15, 2019 - Florence County Highlighted on Discover Wisconsin March 16-17 - Madison, WISCONSIN – (March 7, 2019) – Discover Wisconsin, the state’s leading media brand and tourism TV show, will be shining the spotlight on four Main Street communities in an upcoming episode. “Just Off Main Street” features the communities of Osceola, Florence County, Whitewater, and Omro and premieres on Saturday, March 16 at 10:00am on Fox Sports Wisconsin. The episode is currently available for streaming on Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku, and Smart TV and will also be available on DiscoverWisconsin.com after March 17.
Feb. 26, 2019 - Roberts Memorial Race Winners - The winner of the Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race trophy with the fastest time of the day was Logan Thompson of Florence (age12) with a time of 20.88 seconds. 55 students participated in the Roberts Memorial Ski Race and Lessons event at Keyes Peak Ski Hill in Florence, WI last Saturday. Organizers thank the coaches, staff and skiers from Granite Peak Ski Team who traveled from Wausau on a very snowy morning to volunteer their time, expertise and racing equipment
Feb. 13, 2019 - Keyes Peak Winterfest - Keyes Peak Winterfest on Saturday March 2nd, costs only $15/person for a whole day of skiing, snowboarding or tubing. This price includes any rental equipment, lift ticket and the chance to take part in other fun family activities. The event runs from 11:00am until 4pm, but the lift ticket is good until hill closing at 9:00pm. This is a great family value and cure for cabin fever. This event is sponsored by the Florence County Chamber of Commerce, Florence County Forestry & Parks and the Keyes Peak Ski Hill Committee.
Feb. 12, 2019 - Roberts Memorial Ski Lessons/Race - The rescheduled Keyes Peak Roberts Memorial Ski Lessons and Race will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 9am – 3pm. Sign up soon. Spaces fill up fast and preregistration is required. To register go to www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com and click on the events section to print the registration form and waivers. Call the visitor center with questions: 715-528-5377.
Feb. 12, 2019 - 15th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference - FLORENCE, Wis. – The 15th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference will be held Thursday, April 4th from 7:50 am until 3:45 pm at the Keyes Peak Ski Lodge, 4960 Hwy 101, four miles south of Florence. This is a new location for this event to accommodate more registrations. This year’s conference focuses on “The Forest Industry: Tools and Rules for Success”. Forest Industry tools and technology are always changing and so are the rules and regulations related to doing business.
Jan. 11, 2019 - Florence County Housing Needed Survey - Have you thought about moving to Florence County? Do you live here, but would like to buy or rent a different home? There appears to be a shortage of homes and rental options in Florence County. Click into full article for link to a short survey to help us plan for housing supply growth.
Jan. 9, 2019 - Snowmobile Trails Open! - Florence County snowmobile trails will now be open as of Thursday, January 11, 2019. Please ride with caution and make this a safe season. Support your local snowmobile club and the hard work they do to maintain the Florence County snowmobile trail system. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department (715) 528-3207 ext 1704. For more trail information please visit www.BlueOxTrailRiders.org.
Jan. 3, 2019 - $10 Student Ski Lessons and Roberts Memorial Ski Race at Keyes Peak - Thanks to a generous donation of time by the Granite Peak Ski Team coaching staff from Wausau, WI, Keyes Peak is again offering ski lessons and racing for kids ages 6-17 on Saturday, January 26th for only $10.00 ($20 max per family). This is a great opportunity for students of all skill levels to receive quality ski instruction from professional coaches. The $10 fee covers the daily lift ticket, ski rentals if needed and lessons from the Granite Peak Ski Team coaches from 9:00am until 11:30am
Jan. 3, 2019 - Roadhouse 139 Predator Hunt - Roadhouse 139 Predator Hunt Saturday, January 5th. Register Friday, Jan. 4th from 5pm-10pm at Roadhouse 139, 3322 Hwy 139 in downtown Long Lake. $10 entry fee. No limit on teams, but must sign up as a team - no split hunts. No trapped or snared predators allowed. Winners for overall weight, largest, and smallest coyote plus raffle prizes to win. Weigh-in from 4pm - 7pm at Roadhouse 139. Predator must be harvested on the day of the event, 1/5/19. Food and drinks available. For questions call Dawn Load at 715-674-4576.
Jan. 3, 2019 - Pete "Toad" Church Ice Fishing Derby - Pete "Toad" Church Ice Fishing Derby sponsored by the Aurora-Homestead Conservation Club is Saturday, January 19th. Entry fee is $7.00 for adults, kids 12 and under free with an adult (kids still need to pre-register). Fish anywhere and register your fish at the Hitch-N-Post by 6:00pm. Must pre-register at: Bob's Midland in Aurora, Hitch-N-Post in Aurora, Whisler Outdoors in Florence or Pat's on Mane in Niagara. Door prizes to win. This is the Wisconsin FREE fishing weekend, so Michigan folks do not need a WI license. Fish categories include walleye, northern, perch, crappie and bluegill/pumpkinseed. Food & drinks available all day at the Hitch-N-Post. Open to any body of water. Proceeds go directly to local fish stocking programs. For more info call Doug or Nick at 715-589-4400.
Nov. 27, 2018 - Swipe Smart Workshop for Businesses - Learn how the card processing system works and how to shop for the best fee structure on YOUR terms. Please RSVP 715-889-1606
Nov. 9, 2018 - More Vendors at Christmas in Florence December 1st
Nov. 8, 2018 - New Stairs to top of Keyes Peak - Florence County utilized a Recreational Trails Program grant to develop a walkway system that climbs up beautiful Keyes Peak Ski Hill. A concrete path leads to a series of wooden steps that was designed by Florence County Recreation Coordinator Mat Gummin. The Florence County Parks crew spent the fall building these steps. Your treat for reaching the top of the hill, is the picturesque view! You will see Keyes Lake, the Ski Lodge, and surrounding hardwood forest – all which are simply breathtaking!
Oct. 11, 2018 - Vendors Wanted for Expanded Christmas in Florence Event - Vendors for Christmas in Florence should sign up soon - tables go fast!
Sept. 6, 2018 - Florence Has Full Service Animal Hospital - Dr. Kim VanLaarhoven has been in the area since 2008 working for other veterinary hospitals. She now operates her own clinic in Florence, WI offering a different kind of care, more centered on decreasing animal stress and anxiety.
Aug. 3, 2018 - Online free Step UP Your Business Program - A new program funded by an SBA Portability Grant helps U.P. businesses (and Wisconsin businesses) grow through one-on-one consulting combined with online training courses.
Aug. 1, 2018 - DNR Fish Biologist to Speak Aug 2 - Greg Matzke, Florence County's Department of Natural Resources fish biologist will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Florence Natural Resource Center.
July 17, 2018 - 2018 Badwater Bass Tourney Top 10 Winners - “JD Castings” from Kingsford, MI was the winning team at the July 14th Badwater Bass Tourney on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, WI. Rodney DeClark and John Trulock registered 6 bass weighing a total of 18.0 lbs, which is 3 lbs more weight than the winners caught and released last year.
June 13, 2018 - US News & World Report Ranks Florence County High School as one of the Best in Nation - Florence County High School was awarded a bronze medal for being ranked within the top 30% of all public high schools in the U.S. "Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. The top 500 schools in the nation are recognized with gold medals and the subsequent 2,211 high schools received a silver. There were 3,237 high schools that were awarded bronze medals.
June 8, 2018 - Sign up now for July 14th Badwater Bass Tourney - Calling all WI and MI bass fishermen! Register now for the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 14th on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI.
May 25, 2018 - Come see full flow at Breakwater Falls and exposed rapids on Pine River Flowage - From June 1st through the fall of this year, the Pine River (Florence, WI) will offer a rare opportunity for Wisconsin whitewater. During the dam maintenance drawdown, no water will be diverted around Breakwater Falls and gorge-rapids below the Pine Dam. The 12-foot lowering of water level, (started 5/21) will also expose additional rapids and both twin falls just upriver from the Pine River Flowage.

In the 2.4 miles of the river from LaSalle Falls through Breakwater Gorge, the Pine River drops a Midwestern-impressive 146 feet (gradient of 61 fpm), over 6 waterfalls and 5 rapids. Average summer flow (June thru October) for this section of the Pine is 342cfs. During normal hydroelectric operation all water but 27cfs is diverted around Breakwater Falls and Gorge. During this year’s drawdown there will be no diversion for electrical generation. The drops at LaSalle and Breakwater will have the same flow rates. Having both these spectacular falls runnable at the same time with the same flow has not been available since the last drawdown in 1993.
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 - 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.
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.
Mar. 19, 2018 - Trail Closure - The entire Florence County snowmobile and ATV trail system will be closed effective Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM to protect deteriorating trails from erosion during spring thaw.
Jan. 10, 2018 - $10 Student Ski Lessons at Keyes Peak Jan. 27th - Kids ages 6-17, sign up now for lessons from Granite Peak Ski Coaches for only $10. The Roberts Memorial Ski event is Saturday, January 27th from 9am – 3pm at Keyes Peak in Florence. $10 covers your lift ticket, lessons, rentals and the option to race on a NASTAR course. Go to ExploreFlorenceCounty.com events to print registration forms. Space is limited and pre-registration is required so sign up soon.
Nov. 28, 2017 - Deer Herd Survey - CDAC needs your input on Deer Herd Survey below.
Nov. 7, 2017 - FHS Teacher Kay McLain - 2017 Wisconsin Rural School Teacher of the Year - The WiRSA (Wisconsin Rural School Association) Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Kim Kaukl, recognized Florence County High School business education teacher and Fab Lab director, Mrs. Kay McLain, as the 2017 Rural School Teacher of the Year at its annual conference. The award was presented at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center on October 30 in Wisconsin Dells during a luncheon at WiRSA’s annual conference. WiRSA annually recognizes one rural teacher statewide who makes significant contributions to their school district, most importantly to the students they serve. Mrs. McLain is automatically a semifinalist for the National Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the National Rural Education Association.
Oct. 27, 2017 - High Speed Internet Ready in Fence by December - Fence, WI --- A positive engineering study has cleared the way for new fixed wireless broadband equipment to be installed on the existing Fence tower on Memory Lane. Northwoods Connect, our state grant partner, is in the process of constructing the necessary backhaul systems to bring broadband to this tower. They are estimating that by late November the new equipment will be installed on the Fence tower. Barring any unforeseen difficulties, the new high-speed internet service will be available within 4-5 miles of the Fence tower by early December.
Sept. 29, 2017 - Christmas in Florence Vendors Wanted - Applications are available now to vendors for December 2nd Christmas in Florence event. Register soon, spaces go fast.
Sept. 5, 2017 - Florence County HS/MS Ground Breaking Celebration - Come celebrate the start of something BIG for the School District of Florence County - the improvement projects at our Middle/High School at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 8th in front of the 1930's high school building. Follow construction progress at www.facebook.com/florencecountyschooldistrict or #FloCatConstruction
July 17, 2017 - Badwater Bass Tourney pays out $2778 in Cash Prizes
July 17, 2017 - Free Entrepreneurship Workshop in Eagle River or Crandon - Nicolet College is offering a free Exploring Entrepreneurship workshop on 8/16 in Eagle River or 8/22 in Crandon. They are also offering a 10 Week Business Blueprint Course Sept-Nov in both locations with grants to help cover the cost.
July 17, 2017 - Florence Fire Dept. celebrates 100 years; hosts U.P. Volunteer Firefighter's Tournament - The Florence Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 123rd Annual Upper Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Tournament July 28th-July 30th in downtown Florence. 40+ Fire Dept's attend and compete for prizes in races such as the ladder climb and hose race. Teams are also scored on their parade entries. Come enjoy 3 parades, firemen competitions, bands and more.
July 13, 2017 - Florence High School Fab Lab helps Manufacturer - Small school, big fix: Florence High School fab lab helps Upper Michigan garbage truck manufacturer. Florence wrapped up its second year with a fab lab in June. The school plans to expand the fab lab room and equipment in the next year.
June 5, 2017 - Long Lake, Fence, Fern Broadband grant testimonials needed - Long Lake, Fence, and Fern permanent and seasonal residents - we need your help for a High-Speed internet grant testimonial. Please complete the form listed below.
May 10, 2017 - GROWing your Business Wisely - This program will help small business owners grow their business beyond the "first stage" or microenterprise level. Must have fewer than 10 employees. the two sessions will help you develop a plan for achieving your business growth goals. Offered through NWTC's Small Business Initiative and USDA Rural Development grant. Held at Woodland Business Incubator in Aurora - old Hillcrest Elementary School.
May 8, 2017 - Government Contracting Seminar for Small Businesses - On Tuesday, May 23rd, from 10:50am – 12:30pm, staff from the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) and Small Business Administration (SBA) are offering business owners a training session designed to introduce small businesses to the option of selling their products or services to the government. The event will be in the 2nd floor conference room at the Florence County Courthouse in Florence. Both Wisconsin and Michigan businesses are welcome to attend.
Apr. 17, 2017 - Promoting FUN in Florence County - Learn about Marketing Resources for your small business and our communities from Dept. of Tourism regional specialist, Jeff Anderson.
Mar. 22, 2017 - Fab Labs are Changing the Face of Education in Wisconsin Industry - The Florence County School District Fab Lab program is revolutionizing the K-12 educational model and providing graduates with the exact kind of technical and soft skills that area employers are so desperately seeking.
Mar. 12, 2017 - Florence Prescription Services Opens at Florence Medical Clinic - FLORENCE PRESCRIPTION SERVICES officially opened on January 4th, 2017 in the lobby area of the Florence Medical Center (1010 Olive Ave near Pat's Foods).
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Phone: 715-254-1010
Feb. 16, 2017 - Keyes Peak Winterfest - At Keyes Peak Winterfest on Saturday March 4th, you pay only $15/person for a whole day of skiing, snowboarding or tubing. This price includes rental equipment, lift ticket and the chance to take part in other fun family activities. The event starts at 11:00am and the lift ticket is good until hill closing at 9:00pm. This is a family value you cannot pass up. This event is sponsored by the Florence County Chamber of Commerce, Florence County Forestry & Parks and the Keyes Peak Ski Hill Committee.
Feb. 13, 2017 - Keyes Peak Ice Bowl - Florence, WI…… The Menominee Range Gliders are hosting the first Keyes Peak Ice Bowl for disc golf enthusiasts this Sunday, February 19th. Registration starts at 10am with the players meeting at 11am at the Keyes Peak Ski Lodge at 4960 Hwy 101, 4 miles south of Florence. The tournament consists of 2 rounds of 12 holes each. The first round will be best disc format while the second round will require the tee shot to alternate between team members. The cost is $50 per doubles team plus a donation of 10 cans of food per team for the Florence St. Vincent DePaul food pantry. There is an open doubles division and a mixed doubles division. This is a chili/potluck event so please bring a dish to pass.
Jan. 10, 2017 - Florence County Profiled in Badger Sportsman Magazine - Badger Sportsman Magazine asked Florence County to submit a winter recreation profile article for their January/February edition. Topics covered are Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling, ATVing, Keyes Peak Hill Climb and Hill Cross, Keyes Peak Winter Recreation Area, Family Winter Events at Keyes Peak, Keyes Peak Winterfest, Cross Country Ski Trails, Winter Waterfalls and 28 Restaurants and Family Friendly Taverns.
Jan. 10, 2017 - Student Ski Lessons only $10 - Thanks to a generous donation of time by the Granite Peak Ski Team coaching staff from Wausau, WI, Keyes Peak is again offering ski lessons and racing for kids ages 6-17 on Saturday, January 28th for only $10.00 ($20 max per family). This is a great opportunity for students of all ages and skill levels to get quality ski instruction from professional coaches and receive a participation medal. The $10 fee covers a lift ticket, rentals if needed and lessons from the Granite Peak Ski Team coaches from 9am until 11:30am.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Florence Rebounds; votes for Improved Schools - Wisconsin State Journal Regional News writer, Barry Adams, spent two days visiting Florence writing about the many positive school, community and business changes in the last decade.
Nov. 22, 2016 - Auntie M's Childcare Center Open House December 1st - Come check out our updated Daycare, meet our teachers, and complete all the necessary paperwork for attendance
all in one trip!!
Nov. 21, 2016 - Christmas in Florence at Larger Venue Dec. 3rd - Christmas in Florence has grown to new larger venue - Florence County High School on December 3rd from 10am - 3pm.
Nov. 21, 2016 - Do you need better Broadband at your Florence County Location? - If you are not happy with your broadband coverage, speeds or reliability and you own property, camp or home in Florence County then please complete the survey by calling 877-360-2973 or click link in full article.
Oct. 3, 2016 - Vendors Wanted for Expanded Christmas in Florence Event - The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting craft and product vendor applications for the 7th Annual Christmas in Florence event on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am until 3pm. The event has been moved to a larger venue. A 6ft x 8ft space costs $20. An additional space is $15. Tables cost $5: first come first serve. Florence County Chamber members get a $10 discount. Register soon, spaces go fast.
Sept. 29, 2016 - Referendum Open Houses 10/18 and 11/3 - Please learn more detail about the upcoming building referendum vote, why it is needed, why now is a good time and what the estimated tax impact is. Tours of the buildings will be available at the high school main entrance from 5:30 until 7pm on Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, November 3rd.
Sept. 27, 2016 - Start Right the First Time NWTC Free Business Workshop - Free workshop on Tuesday, November 1st from 6pm-9pm to help you start or grow your business right the first time.
Sept. 21, 2016 - Florence County Waterfall Photo Contest - Do you like to take outdoor pictures especially during the fall color season? Grab your camera or phone and hike to a Florence County Waterfall to take pictures for the Fall Waterfall Photo Contest. There are two categories to enter: best “Selfie by a Waterfall” and best “Waterfall Scenery” picture. You may submit as many entries as you’d like for a chance to win prizes. The deadline is October 24th. Like “Florence County” on facebook and message your pictures to us making sure to tell us which waterfall you captured in each picture. Winners will be announced on facebook by October 28th.
Sept. 18, 2016 - 6 Wisconsin Supper Clubs for Adventurous Eaters - We expect Friday fish fry and Saturday prime rib specials at Wisconsin supper clubs, but beyond all the luscious steaks and succulent seafood is wiggle room for unique signature foods, authentic ethnic cooking, creative dishes that address dietary concerns and gourmet flair that resembles fine dining.

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El Capitan – Florence

Time to get acquainted with Alfredo, Rossini, linguini and fettuccini. Home cooking includes Italian sauces, pastas, sausage and meatballs at this Florence County supper club that the Fontecchio family began in 1959.

A taste of Capistrano doesn’t mean sacrificing thick chops, golden-brown fish or other traditional supper club fare. But expect spaghetti or gnocchi as side choices in addition to baked potatoes and fries. Save room for house-made tiramisu at the third-generation business.

(for other outstanding supper clubs in Florence County go to the Dining Guide section on this website)
Aug. 10, 2016 - Free online Social Media and Google Webinars for business owners - Learn more about how to help your business most efficiently with Social Media and get your business Online with Google
July 28, 2016 - Local Producers Group Meeting - Do you make things to sell; would you like to sell more? Florence County Economic Development is hosting a meeting at 6pm on August 10th for local producers of food or non-food items to get together to discuss ways to collectively sell more products on a common website or in a local store. This informal meeting at the Florence Community Center will include information on a variety of options and best practices that have worked in other areas.
July 27, 2016 - County Road “N” Closed due to Bridge Maintenance 8/1-8/3 - The Pine River Bridge on County Road “N” in Florence County will be closed Monday August 1st and will reopen sometime on Wednesday August 3rd or when the work is completed, whichever comes first.
July 7, 2016 - Florence Welcomed into State's Downtown Revitalization Program - The Town of Florence has been accepted into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)’s Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown and urban corridor revitalization efforts. Florence is one of 15 communities around the state that have been added to the program this year, bringing the total number of participants to 67.
July 5, 2016 - Florence County High School - Top 30% in the Nation Ranking by US News & World Report - U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of education news and information, announced the 2016 Best High Schools. The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings offer the most comprehensive information available on public high schools in the U.S. The 2016 rankings are based on the profiles of more than 21,500 high schools and the rankings of the top 6,218 highest scoring schools in the nation. Florence County High School was awarded a bronze medal for being ranked within the top 30% of all public high schools in the U.S.
July 5, 2016 - Florence County Receives $5,600 Grant to Promote Waterfalls - Florence County is encouraging visitors to experience Northern Wisconsin’s fall color on the Wild Rivers Waterfall Tour with help from a $5,600 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The tour builds on research conducted from a Year-1 JEM grant awarded to the county. This year’s marketing efforts will run from July through October, 2016 and aim to promote hiking along the area’s seven waterfalls during the fall season.
June 3, 2016 - Register ASAP for Badwater Bass Tourney July 16th - The Badwater Bass Tourney is filling up fast, so register soon! 50 boat maximum at $75/boat.
May 31, 2016 - Get Your Business Online with Google - Thursday, June 23, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Online Webinar

Did you know research shows that 97% of consumers search the web to find local goods and services, but only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine? As an official Google GYBO Partner, this webinar hosted by the Michigan SBDC will help you get started with free tools from Google.
Apr. 26, 2016 - Come Explore the New FHS Tech Fair - Florence High School is hosting a Tech Fair on Tuesday, April 26th from 1:30pm - 3pm in the High School Cafeteria to showcase unique learning opportunities and coursework at FHS (Fab Lab, NWTC dual credit courses etc) and learn more about our local industries and their job openings.
Apr. 23, 2016 - King of Keyes Disc Golf Tournament - Disc Golf Singles Tournament with separate divisions for advanced, novice, women and over 50.
Apr. 21, 2016 - 12th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference: Healthy Forests, Healthy Economies - The 12th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference will be held Thursday, April 21st from 8am - 3:30pm at the Encore Ballroom in downtown Florence, WI. Preregistration is required. Sign-up early because space is limited. Loggers can receive continuing education credits.
Nov. 10, 2015 - Shop at Christmas in Florence December 5th - To support your local economy, make sure to save the date for the 6th Annual “Christmas in Florence” event Saturday, December 5th. Come experience the sights and sounds of the season from 11 am - 4 pm at the Florence Community Center, Fire Hall and Florence Rescue Hall. Activities planned this year include horse drawn wagon rides sponsored by First National Bank of Niagara, a visit with Santa, stories from Mrs. Claus, Christmas craft projects for kids, a Shopping Bazaar with over 40 vendors, man-made snow for kids to play in, blocks of snow for creative snow sculpting, a community tree blessing ceremony and much more. This event is free and there are many door prizes to win.
Nov. 5, 2015 - Florence Fab Lab Open House November 12th - The Florence County School District is hosting a Public Open House for their new Fab Lab on Thursday, November 12th, from 4:30-6:30pm at the high school on 400 Olive Ave in Florence. The new Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) has been a place of excitement since the start of this school year. More students are finding out that the Fab Lab class is a unique multi disciplinary hands-on approach to learning. And the best part about it is they get to feel the satisfaction of making some really cool things. At the open house you will have an opportunity to see the equipment and discuss with staff and students what can be made. Currently the Fab Lab contains 2 Afinia H800 3D printers, a Roland Mini mill, Vinyl Cutter, Epilog Laser Engraver, Plasma Cam and CNC Router. Design software includes SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator, and Aspire. Items can be made from wood, metal, vinyl, acrylic and polymers.
Oct. 29, 2015 - Vendor Space Available at Christmas in Florence - The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is requesting craft and product vendors sign up now for the 6th Annual Christmas in Florence event on Saturday, December 5th from 11am until 4pm. Last year over 500 shoppers attended.
Sept. 17, 2015 - Pharmacy Survey - Please take a short survey so we can add a pharmacy in the Florence Medical Center:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T6VMK5J
July 9, 2015 - RV Dump Station and Bark Park now open at Visitor Center - If you are traveling in Northeastern Wisconsin this summer on US 2 or Hwy 70 the Florence Visitor Center where these two highways intersect is a great place to plan a pit stop. A new one acre off-leash dog park is now open so you and your dogs can stretch your legs. There is even a fresh water hydrant available outside the fence if you have a water container for your dog. You’ll find a one mile on-leash interpretive trail through the woods that starts near the dog park and exits near the pavilion and kids swing set; a great place for a family picnic. The dog park is free and is next to the visitor center parking lot. A new two-sided RV Dump Station island has also been added next to the dog park for campers and RV’s. There is a $10 fee with envelopes and a drop box on the island. Feel free to park you camper in the lot and walk into downtown Florence to eat, have an ice cream cone or visit the Historical Society Museum.
June 25, 2015 - Wisconsin Wild Rivers - a Public Treasure for 50 Years - Saturday, June 13th, 2015 in Florence, WI, more than 60 people came together to celebrate the unique 1965 legislation that passed unanimously in both houses creating the Wisconsin Wild Rivers Act. The statute reads: “In order to afford the people of this state an opportunity to enjoy natural streams, to attract out-of-state visitors and assure the well-being of our tourism industry, it is of state interest to preserve some rivers in a free flowing condition and protect them from development….” Two of the three original rivers, the Pine and the Popple, are located in Florence County; treasures to enjoy for another 50 years.
June 15, 2015 - Florence Bark Park Nears Completion - Florence, WI….. On a sunny day during the last week of school, several students from the Florence High School TORPEDOS group delivered the sign and bench they designed and manufactured for the new Florence Bark Park located at the Visitor Center on the corner of US 2 and Hwy 70. They also worked several hours picking up sticks, removing metal ties from the used fencing and trimmed trees in preparation for the final landscaping.
June 9, 2015 - Register Soon for July 11th Badwater Bass Tourney - Calling all fishermen! Register soon for the Badwater Bash & Bass Tourney, July 11th on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI. The cost is $75 per boat only 50 boats allowed. Your paid registration date determines starting position, so sign up now at www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com under events. Call our visitor center 888-889-0049 with questions.
May 22, 2015 - RV Dump Station now open at Visitor Center - The new RV Dump Station is now open at the Visitor Center. This island can service 2 RV's at one time. There is rinse water available and a yard hydrant for additional water. The cost is $10. A new fenced Dog Park will be open next to the RV Dump Station in about a week.
May 5, 2015 - Florence moves forward with 2nd K-12 Wisconsin Fab Lab - On Monday, April 27, 2015 the Board of Education for the Florence County School District voted to establish a MIT-chartered Fab Lab in the Florence school system, only the second K-12 Lab in the State. The goal is for the Lab to be operational and ready for students in September for the beginning of the new school year.
Apr. 20, 2015 - ATV/UTV Trails To Open May 1st - The Florence County ATV/UTV trails will tentatively open on Friday May 1st.
Mar. 12, 2015 - Florence County Offers Two Business Loan Programs - Florence County has two loan programs to help small business owners and new entrepreneurs start or grow their business.
Feb. 10, 2015 - Resources to Grow your Tourism Business - Jeff Anderson, our Regional Tourism Specialist will discuss strategies to grow your tourism business.
Feb. 4, 2015 - 3rd Annual Mike Roberts Memorial Race Results - 80 students received ski lessons from Granite Peak Ski Team Coaching staff and many tried their skill on a NASTAR race course later in the afternoon. The winner of the Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race trophy for the 2nd year in a row with the fastest time of the day was 11 year old Austin Hoey of Florence at 21.86 sec.
Jan. 19, 2015 - Tax Workshop for Businesses - The NWTC Woodland Kitchen and Business Incubator is sponsoring a FREE tax workshop for Small Businesses
Jan. 14, 2015 - New Snowshoe Trails at Keyes Peak - Florence, WI…… Keyes Peak Recreation Area now offers a free snowshoe trail network adjacent to Keyes Peak Ski Hill. The 1.5 mile trail network contains multiple loops and is signed with the new Chickadee Trail logo signs. To access the Chickadee Trails, take Hwy 70/101 south from Florence for 2.4 miles. Turn left to stay on Hwy 101 for 0.6 mile then turn left at the sign for Keyes Peak Disc Golf Scenic Overview to a plowed parking area. You can also park at the Ski Lodge and walk past the front of the lodge to access the trails to the north.
Jan. 8, 2015 - $5 Student Ski Lessons at Keyes Peak - Kids ages 6-17, sign up now for lessons from Granite Peak Ski Team Coaches for only $5. The Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race event is Saturday, January 31st at Keyes Peak in Florence. $5 covers a lift ticket, 2½ hours of lessons, rentals if needed and the option to race on a NASTAR course in the afternoon. Register at our Visitor Center or print the forms at ExploreFlorenceCounty.com. A family season pass is only $150 and daily lift tickets range from $8-$12. Keyes Peak offers 6 ski runs, rails and jumps for snowboarders, 2 tubing runs and free snowshoe and cross country ski trails.
Nov. 26, 2014 - Christmas in Florence - 5th Annual Christmas in Florence Saturday, December 6th 11am - 4pm.
Sept. 30, 2014 - New Keyes Peak Disc Golf Course - Try out the new 9-hole Disc Golf Course at Keyes Peak Recreation area
Sept. 23, 2014 - Online Business Webinars - Michigan SBDC offers many online business webinars most of which are free.
Sept. 23, 2014 - New Wild Rivers Tour and Mobile App - Get out and enjoy the fall colors on the new Wild Rivers Tour in Florence County, Wisconsin.
Sept. 19, 2014 - Exploring Florence County Waterfalls - We were fortunate to host Madison outdoor writer Julie Henning for an August visit to Florence, WI. She spent time with here 3 kids exploring three of our northern Wisconsin waterfalls on the Pine and the Popple Wild Rivers.
Sept. 9, 2014 - Senator Baldwin's rep holding office hours - U.S. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin's regional rep will hold office hours in the 2nd floor conference room at the Florence County Courthouse on Thursday, 9/11/14 from 11am - noon. No appointment is needed.
Sept. 5, 2014 - Family Friendly Attractions in Florence, WI - In August, we were thrilled to host Madison outdoor writer Julie Henning. Julie and her 3 kids had fun on their escape to northern Wisconsin exploring our small town and several waterfalls on our Wisconsin Wild Rivers, the Pine and the Popple. Her articles can be found at WisconsinParent.com.
Aug. 5, 2014 - Senator Johnson Town Hall Meeting in Florence 8/11/14 - Senator Johnson will be holding a town hall meeting in Florence on Monday, August 11th at 10:30 am at the Natural Resource Center lower level conference room.
July 31, 2014 - Getting and Growing your Business Online - 2 popular webinars to help you start/grow your online business presence.
July 30, 2014 - MI-SBDC Offering 8 week online Business Plan classes for only $99 - New Venture Plan Online Classes Added for Fall 2014! MI-SBDC

This 8-week webinar series guides you through the business planning process. You'll have online access to small business experts, business planning software, and a valuable pipeline of resources to help you complete your business plan.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Both current and future business owners who need to develop or update their business plans.
June 12, 2014 - 25th Anniversary of Pride Manufacturing Expanding to Florence, WI - Pride Manufacturing employees and local officials gathered to celebrate the 25th year Anniversary of Pride Manufacturing expanding their operations to Florence over several other potential locations.
June 6, 2014 - Sign up soon for Badwater Bash Bass Tourney - Calling all fishermen. Register soon for the July 12th Badwater Bash Bass Tourney on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI. Your registration date determines your starting position for this catch and release, artificial bait only event.
May 31, 2014 - $250,000 WEDC Grant Presentation for New Grocery Store - The Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch and WEDC CEO Reed Hall were in Florence on Tuesday, May 27th to present a $250,000 WEDC grant to Florence County officials and new grocery store owners Ben and Joe Campioni. The new Pat's Foods store will open in late June providing a full service grocery store for Florence County residents and visitors lacking since 2007. The store will also house 3,000 sq ft of Ace Hardware products.
May 20, 2014 - Doing Business with the US Forest Service - Join us and learn from the Lake State Acquisition Team Contracting Officer about what it takes to do business with the U.S. Forest Service!
May 7, 2014 - Florence County ATV/UTV Trails Open May 10th - Florence County ATV/UTV Trails Open May 10th
Apr. 24, 2014 - Social Media Seminar for Business Owners - Thursday, April 24th from 6pm-7pm free Social Media seminar for Business Owners in the lower level conference room at the Visitor Center (corner of Hwy 70 and US 2 in Florence).
Mar. 31, 2014 - Snowmobile Trails Closing - Florence County Snowmobile Trails
The entire Florence County snowmobile and ATV trail system will be closed effective Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 PM.
Mar. 19, 2014 - How to Start a Business and Succeed - Attend the next free Entrepreneurship class March 19th - How to Start a Business and Succeed. Taking entrepreneurship to the next level requires that you know the answer to some common questions. Men and women from WI or MI are welcome at this free class.
Mar. 14, 2014 - Florence County's 1st Tax Increment District Receives State Approval - Florence County TID #1 has received final certification from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. The Multi-Use Tax Incremental Finance District is located in the Town of Florence and encompasses 652 acres. The project plan focuses on industrial park user expansion, industrial park infrastructure, an assisted living/senior housing development, an RV dump station along US 2, motel/hotel expansion, downtown redevelopment, US 2 commercial developments, and a residential development.
Feb. 25, 2014 - Keyes Peak Winterfest Cancelled - Keyes Peak Winterfest has been cancelled for this weekend due to another "Arctic Blast" that is headed our way! The Florence Chamber of Commerce apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused, but the welfare of our children is what is important.
Feb. 19, 2014 - Exploring Entrepreneurship Classes - Discover whether becoming an entrepreneur is for you. Attend this session to learn the personal considerations to starting your own business, where to find an idea, how to conduct market research, and how to judge if your idea is financially feasible. Participants will take home a packet of great resources. No fee. Light snack provided.
Feb. 4, 2014 - Is your Business suffering from Propane cost/shortage? - The state of WI is looking for 5 businesses per county that are suffering economic hardship from the cold weather and resulting propane shortage. If your business is suffering due to the very high propane costs and shortage of deliveries, please fill out the attached 1 page worksheet.
Feb. 4, 2014 - Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race a Huge Success - The 2nd Annual Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race another success!
Jan. 7, 2014 - Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race - The 2nd Annual Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race will take place on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at Keyes Peak Ski Hill.
Dec. 16, 2013 - Florence County Snowmobile Trails Open - The Florence County Snowmobile Trails officially open today Monday December 16th.
Nov. 19, 2013 - Vendors Space Available for Christmas in Florence - If you sell something that will make a good Christmas gift, reserve your spot now for access to 400-500 Christmas in Florence event attendees. Application and details can be found at www.FlorenceCountyChamber.org.
Oct. 7, 2013 - Northwoods Rail Transit Commission Expands into Michigan - Restoring and improving freight rail service in the Northwoods becomes a two-state effort after NRTC (Northwoods Rail Transit Commission) accepts 3 Michigan Counties as members at last meeting. The NRTC now has 15 member Counties.
Oct. 6, 2013 - Office of Business Development can help your Business - Are regulations costing your business time and money? Do you need help solving a state government related problem. Take advantage of the following contacts from the Office of Business Development.
Oct. 5, 2013 - Enter Regional Business Plan Competition for prizes - The 2nd Annual UPWard Initiative Business Plan Competition has been designed to encourage entrepreneurs to explore new ideas and start new businesses in the Upper Peninsula and Florence and Marinette Counties in Wisconsin.
Sept. 6, 2013 - Cancelled - US Senator Ron Johnson NOT in Florence - We just heard word that Senator Johnson cannot come to Florence this week..... here is his office's official reason:
"Last week, President Obama decided he would seek Congressional approval before attacking Syria. Given Senator Johnson's position on the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, he must participate in a series of hearings on Capitol Hill this week that will prevent him from visiting Florence County as he had planned. He hopes to be able to reschedule his visit as soon as his schedule allows it."
July 24, 2013 - First Badwater Bash a Big Success
July 15, 2013 - Badwater Bass Tourney Results - The winners of the Badwater Bass Tourney.......
July 13, 2013 - Badwater Bash & Bass Tourney - Pre-register soon for Bass Tourney on Twin Falls Flowage on the WI/MI border in Spread Eagle, WI. Only the first 50 boats accepted at only $50 per boat. 100% cash payout with $1000 guaranteed pot. Either WI or MI fishing license can be used.
July 11, 2013 - Badwater Bash Bass Tourney Registration Filled - The Badwater Bash and Bass Tourney has filled all 50 boat slots for the Bass Tournament. There will be no additional registrations taken Saturday morning July 13th.
June 27, 2013 - Badwater Bash & Bass Tourney Receives Tourism Grant
June 18, 2013 - Florence County Approves 1st Tax Increment District
May 16, 2013 - Bella's Boutique Pet Grooming Grand Opening - A new Florence County business, Bella's Boutique Pet Grooming, is holding their Grand Opening on Tuesday, May 16th from 1pm until 4pm.
Apr. 8, 2013 - 9th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference - The 9th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference titled "Forest Economies: Still Standing Strong" will take place April 11th at the Encore on Central Ballroom in downtown Florence, WI. Space is limited to register early.
Apr. 7, 2013 - Keyes Peak Ski Hill End of Season Specials 3/23 & 3/30 - End of Season recreation specials at Keyes Peak Ski Hill
Mar. 21, 2013 - Senator Tiffany and Representative Swearingen in Florence for Joint Listening Session - State Senator Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and State Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) will be holding a joint listening session on Thursday, March 21st from 10am-11am in the lower level conference room at the Natural Resource Center on the corner of US 2 and Hwy 70 in Florence.
Mar. 7, 2013 - WI DNR holds Whitetail Deer Management Forum in Florence County - The WDNR will hold a Whitetail Deer Management Forum on March 25th, 2013.
Mar. 7, 2013 - Historical Society to Hold Season's First Meeting March 12 - The Florence County Historical Society will begin its 2013 meetings on Tuesday, March 12 at 2pm in The Judge House on Central Avenue.
Mar. 7, 2013 - Florence County Library Offering Book Discussion - The Florence County Library will hold its first organizational meeting for the book discussion on March 20, at 5pm at the library.
Feb. 8, 2013 - 7th Annual Keyes Peak Winterfest
Jan. 30, 2013 - Fur Tagging Cancelled for February 3rd - The February 3rd fur tagging date from 5pm to 7pm at the Florence Natural Resource Center has been cancelled.
Jan. 4, 2013 - FREE Fishing Weekend - Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on FREE Fishing Weekend
Jan. 3, 2013 - New Ski Instruction and Racing Event at Keyes Peak Ski Hill - Kids ages 6-17 will be excited about a special skiing event at Keyes Peak Ski Hill for Saturday, January 19th. Cost is only $5 for lessons, lift ticket and ski rentals if needed.
Jan. 3, 2013 - Commonwealth Sportsman Club hosts Fisher Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Commonwealth Sportsman Club Fishing Derby will take place on January 26th on Fisher Lake.
Dec. 14, 2012 - Keyes Peak Ski Hill Opens Friday December 14th - Keyes Peak Ski Hill opens this weekend, Friday December 14th at 3:00 pm.
Dec. 6, 2012 - Rail Study Survey Underway in Northern WI and MI Border Counties - On 11/19/12 WI-DOT mailed out 1100 surveys to businesses who are or may use rail in northern Wisconsin and the Michigan Border Counties. This data is important to quantify current and potential rail business in our region. Surveys are due back 12/14/12.
Nov. 8, 2012 - Pride Manufacturing Now Offers Retail Golf Tees Locally - Order Your Personalized Golf Tees Today

Get 1,000 personalized, 2 3/4" printed white golf tees regularly priced at $120 but available at a special Christmas pricing for $49.99. Orders must be placed by December 10th.
Nov. 2, 2012 - Is Rail Shipping Gone for Good or Can It Remain an Option for Northwoods Businesses? - The Nine County Northwoods Rail Transit Commission has partnered with WisDOT to create a Rail Market Study that will be mailed to businesses in mid-November. The study will quantify the amount of business existing and potential in Northern WI and the UP of MI border counties that will be shared with rail operators in order to facilitate the growth of reliable and economical rail service in our region. Improved rail service in our northern region would be a catalyst for economic growth.
Nov. 1, 2012 - Christmas in Florence a Month Away - Mark your calendars - the 3rd Annual Christmas in Florence event will be Saturday, December 1st from 11am-4pm.
Oct. 4, 2012 - First Lady Tonette Walker Hikes to Beautiful LaSalle Falls in Florence County - Florence County's largest Waterfall, 22 foot LaSalle Falls on the Pine River, was the highlight of a recent First Lady Tonette Walker's Walk with Walker event. You can explore 7 waterfalls and numerous rapids on Florence County's two state-designated Wild Rivers.
Sept. 19, 2012 - Lost Lake Cabins Concession Business Bid Opportunity - If you are interested in bidding to run a concession maintenance business for the US Forest Service Cabins at Lost Lake please follow link for information on how to bid.
July 3, 2012 - Health Alert: Cooling Shelter Set Up in Florence Town Hall - A cooling shelter will be open today at 3:45 pm at the Florence Town Hall. It will remain open until 8 pm this evening.
June 6, 2012 - New Florence County Website Business Ads Seminar - For only $8-$29 per month you can advertise your business on the new Florence County website. The number of ads are limited attend this seminar or contact Wendy Gehlhoff 715-528-3294 asap.
June 5, 2012 - State of Wisconsin ATV & UTV Rear License Plate Requirement - New rear plate requirements for ATV & UTV effective July 01-2012.
May 3, 2012 - WDNR Bat Survey - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bat Survey
Apr. 3, 2012 - Florence County ATV Trails Officially Open April 13th. - Florence County Opens ATV Trails Early This Year-April 13th.
Mar. 26, 2012 - 8th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference on April 19th, 2012 - This conference fills up fast, so register now.
Mar. 15, 2012 - Closure of Snowmobile/ATV Trails - Closure of Snowmobile/ATV Trails effective March 12, 2012
Mar. 1, 2012 - Northeast Wisconsin Job Center Employer Newsletter - The Employer News Letter is a publication of the Wisconsin Job Center serving Northeast WI. The intent of the News Letter is to keep you informed of the changing issues and trends in workforce development, from a local, regional and national perspective, to help your business succeed in a constantly changing marketplace. The publication is designed to provide information to area employers on business services available at the Green Bay office of the Wisconsin Job Center along with related information and issues that employers will find useful.
Feb. 24, 2012 - DMV Takes Permanent Occupancy in Natural Resource Center
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