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State Senate seat in western Wisconsin won by Democratic candidateSubmitted: 01/17/2018
MILWAUKEE - A historically red district in Wisconsin that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016 has voted in a Democrat in a special election.

Patty Schachtner beat GOP state Representative Adam Jarchow to become the first Democrat to represent the 10th Senate District in at least 16 years.

Jarchow tweeted his concession late Tuesday, when Schachtner was leading by roughly 1,600 votes out of more than 20,000 cast and returns were largely complete across five counties.

The results won't affect control of the state Senate, where Republicans hold an 18-13 advantage.

Schachtner will replace Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who resigned to serve as state agriculture secretary.

Every county in the district voted for Trump in 2016. Schachtner says her victory could be a bad sign for Republicans statewide.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says dissatisfaction with national politics influenced the special election.

Walker told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee that the Democratic win was a "wake-up call to distinguish between the inaction of Washington versus the positive action we are taking in Wisconsin."

He did not blame Trump by name, but said there is "frustration overall" with Washington.

Walker says he thinks "people look at Washington and think there's not as much getting done as maybe some people had hoped."


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RHINELANDER - Stocking your cabinet with vitamins and supplements can take a toll on your wallet, but doing so can keep you healthy.

There are five fundamental supplements you can take to get your health on track.

That includes a multivitamin, a probiotic, vitamin D, omega 3, and fruits and greens.

Our Northwoods climate can leave many people lacking Vitamin D in particular.

"Vitamin D: It is lacking up here. We are all bundled up. We also have a lack of sunshine and our skin isn't exposed to the sun and a lot of people are dealing with winter blues," says Dr. Kelley Embree at Hometown Chiropractic Center.

Hometown Chiropractic plans to host monthly health talks.

The next class on vitamins is January 24th at 6:00 p .m at the Tomahawk location.

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MINOCQUA - Monday night at a Minocqua town board meeting around two dozen people gathered to discuss wake boat operations on area lakes.

Minocqua resident Jerry Mader had asked the topic to be put on the agenda out of concern for the impact wake boat waves have on shorelines.

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RHINELANDER - Three years ago Petco bought Doctors Foster and Smith in Rhinelander with the intention of keeping all local jobs in place. But Tuesday, the company announced it would lay off 55 people. 

Those employees worked in marketing, merchandising, and ecommerce support. Petco issued a statement saying the positions will go to the National Support Center in San Diego. 

Now, dozens of people at one of Rhinelander's largest employers are out of a job.

Petco purchased Doctors Foster and Smith back in February of 2015. 

Petco will still employ more than 450 people in Rhinelander in the pharmacy, customer care, and Live Aquaria businesses as well as the distribution center and retail store. 

Petco said the change came because they want to expand "key operational areas" in Rhinelander.
Laid off employees found out Tuesday. 

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Oneida County loggers saw a spike in sales this past year.

Local loggers say that record came as a surprise.

Enterprise Forest Products owner Dennis Schoeneck has been logging for more than 40 years.

"I've been through a lot of ups and downs," said Schoeneck.

One of those downs happened to be last year.
"It rained. It rained so much. [There was] so much rain we couldn't get a break," said Schoeneck.

But to Dennis's surprise, Oneida County broke a two-year-old timber sales record in 2017.

"We're just trying to do the best we can," said Schoeneck.

Oneida County Forestry Director John Bilogan says the record was half a million dollars more than their average annual sales.

"We brought in $1,925,000 worth of timber revenue," said Bilogan.

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The Department of Natural Resources says the disease was found in a four year old deer in West Allis.

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WISCONSIN - On Tuesday, the State Assembly passed legislation that aims to change how violent sex offenders are placed on supervised release in the state.

Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) cosponsored the bill and says the changes are meant to help protect rural areas of the state.

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MADISON - Governor Scott Walker wants to close Wisconsin's youth prisons in Lincoln County earlier than first planned.

Walker is urging the Legislature to adopt his plan to close the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake juvenile facility at Irma this spring, rather than 18 months from now.

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MADISON - Impersonating someone on social media would be made a crime under a bill up for a vote in the Wisconsin Assembly.

The measure slated for approval Tuesday targets the practice known as "catfishing." That is one someone impersonates another person online with the intent of defrauding or harassing them.

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