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Dow Approaches Highest Level Since 2008 Crisis

Posted: 01/26/2012 - The Dow Jones industrial average is trading near its highest close since the financial crisis. Solid news on factory orders and strong earnings reports from U.S. manufacturers are helping the market at midday.

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Rate on 30-year Mortgage Down to Record 3.88 pct.

Posted: 01/19/2012 - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell again this week to a record low. The eighth record low in a year is attracting few takers because most who can afford to buy or refinance have already done so.

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Iowa Company Announces Illinois Bank

Posted: 01/17/2012 - An Illinois bank owned by Muscatine-based Central Bancshares Inc. is buying two branches of a Wisconsin-based bank.

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Zappos.com Hacked

Posted: 01/16/2012 - Zappos.com has sent an email to customers letting them know that the website has been hacked.

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Wisconsin Bankruptcy Filings Fell in 2011

Posted: 01/14/2012 - Wisconsin bankruptcy filings decreased in 2011 -- the first time in six years. U.S. Bankruptcy Court records show there were nearly 27,000 bankruptcy petitions filed last year in Wisconsin and that's a 10 percent decrease from 2010.

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Antigo to Vote on Elementary School Referendum Again

Posted: 01/12/2012 - The school board voted Tuesday to hold the same referendum on April 3rd. Board members voted 3-3, but Gary Kieper, the board's president voted in favor of pursuing the referendum.

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Retail Sales up in Dec., Ending 2011 with Record

Posted: 01/12/2012 - Retail sales barely rose in December, but the gain was enough to push sales to a record level for 2011. It was the largest annual increase in more than a decade.

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Money Order Scam Targets Area

Posted: 01/11/2012 - They say the victim will receive a package through a UPS-type carrier or the postal service containing a money order. The money order will either have your name on it or be blank with instructions to become a secret shopper.

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Oil Prices Fall as Concerns about Iran Retreat

Posted: 01/09/2012 - Oil prices are starting the week lower after analysts said that nations should have ample supplies despite Iranian threats to cut off exports from the Persian Gulf.

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Minn. Tribe, Wis. Group Among EPA Grant Recipients

Posted: 01/08/2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced $25,000 grants to each of four recipients in the Great Lakes region, including a Minnesota tribe and a Wisconsin nonprofit organization.

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Cashing in on Unused Giftcards

Posted: 01/06/2012 - It’s been dubbed “the gift that always fits.” Nowadays, just about every business offers a giftcard. So what’s if Santa brings you a gift card to a store or restaurant you never visit?

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Retailers Report Solid Finale to Holidays

Posted: 01/05/2012 - But merchants relied on heavy discounting to get shoppers to buy in a challenging economy, raising concern about what it will take to get them to spend again in coming months.

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BBB Warns Homeowners to be Wary of Company Selling Deeds

Updated: 01/04/2012 - The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers not to be duped by a company that is selling homeowners their property deeds for an exorbitant price – almost 30 times the price if they bought it themselves.

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