- Four Wisconsin State Assembly candidates will debate in Wausau tonight. The two Democrats and Republicans will argue about topics like jobs, healthcare and the direction of the area. We'll have a preview of the debate tonight on Newswatch 12.
- Cranberry Fest draws about 40,000 people to Eagle River each year. Organizers think this year will be no exception. They started preparing for this weekend's festival today. Find out more tonight on Newswatch 12.
- The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform tonight in Rhinelander. We caught them earlier today at a special concert for students in Rhinelander. Hear what brought them here and how you can go to their concert tonight.
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WAUSAU - Four state assembly candidates will debate in Wausau Wednesday night. The two democrats and republicans will argue about topics like jobs, healthcare and the direction of the area.
The 86th district covers most of Western Marathon county and a small portion of Wood County. A Republican has held the seat for more than a decade. The city of Wausau traditionally votes for Democrats, but it is nearly entirely in the 85th district. That could mean good things for the incumbent Republican John Spiros.
The race is between Spiros and Democrat Nancy Stencil.
Virgin Airlines lets some employees have unlimited holiday vacation days, experts say strategy won't work in Northwoods
NORTHWOODS - Unlimited vacation time might sound unrealistic, but Virgin Airlines is letting some of its employees take off whenever they want. Nicolet Staffing thinks that wouldn't work in the Northwoods.
Virgin Airlines got the idea from Netflix. One hundred seventy employees can only take the unlimited days off when they feel that their team is up to date with every project. They also need to make sure their vacation time won't damage the business or their career.
Nicolet Staffing branch manager Robert Erickson says with so many manufacturers in the Northwoods, that system isn't possible.
Wisconsin gets record timber sales on state lands; catching up on land management plan
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin made a record amount of money from timber sales on state lands in the most recent fiscal year.
Timber sales totaled $ 11.7 million during the most recent fiscal year. The fiscal year ended in June. DNR Chief Forester Paul DeLong says they fell behind on their land management plan in the early 2000s, so the record sales reflect the fact they're trying to catch up.
"We'll actually come back down slightly looking forward a bit because we will have worked down that backlog," DeLong said.
COLD SPRING, WI - Sheriff's officials say a Minnesota man has died in a hang-gliding accident in southern Wisconsin.
Authorities say 57-year-old of Joseph Julik of Taylors Falls, Minnesota, was hang gliding at an airport north of Whitewater on Monday when his glider caught a wind shear, which caused it to pitch to one side and nosedive about 100 feet.
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