Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
Motorcycles rumbled through central Wisconsin Saturday for the 10th annual Wausau Fire Charity Ride.More >>
MILWAUKEE (AP) -
Wisconsin's workplace smoking ban is 2-years-old.
And restaurant officials say overall sales in the hospitality industry are up slightly.
The ban includes state or local government buildings, taverns, restaurants, stores, hotels, day care centers, state institutions, college residence halls, hospitals and more.
Critics, particularly those in the tavern industry, saw the ban as an unnecessary intrusion on private business that would deter customers who want to smoke.
But the Wisconsin Restaurant Association's Pete Hanson tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/MMNpeU) Wisconsin taverns and eateries followed national economic trends and largely were unaffected by the ban.
Based on state tax collection data, Hanson says restaurant and tavern sales increased 1 percent in 2010 and 2 percent in 2011 but that trend has been ongoing for years.
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