MADISON - Wisconsin Democrats say they are increasingly optimistic about their chances of knocking of Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year, even though a top tier candidate has yet to emerge and they're still recovering from a devastating 2016 election.
Democrats are gathering this weekend for the Wisconsin state party convention. They say liberals are energized in opposition both to President Donald Trump and Republicans closely tied to him like Walker.
Walker's approval rating has been below 50 percent since early 2014.
But their recent track record hasn't been good. Democrats are still trying to recover from Trump becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to carry Wisconsin since 1984. And Walker has been challenged plenty but has won three elections since 2010.
HARSHAW - Memorial Day gives us the chance to remember those who died while serving our country. On Saturday, hundreds gathered at a Northwoods ceremony to pay their respects.
"It's an observance. It's not a celebration. It hurts too much to celebrate," said United States Marine Tim Bahr. "If we don't talk about those who gave it their all, who's going to? For us Memorial Day is pretty much every day."
ANTIGO - When police showed up to a car crash near Antigo this week, the driver seemed discombobulated and out of sorts. Sunday night, Pao Vang, 33, told officers he had just flown in from vacation with someone else, even though he was the only one in the car. But it's what officers did find in that car soon after that has Vang in trouble.
Police towed the car from an intersection near the Langlade County Airport (where Vang said he just came from) to a nearby gas station. There, officers noticed bags full of what appeared to be marijuana sticking out of duffel bags in plain sight. They got a search warrant and found 133 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
MINOCQUA - You often see politicians in dress clothes, sitting in the capitol building, voting and arguing on the latest bills. But on Friday, Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) spent a part of his afternoon shadowing a McDonald's employee.
Peter Siegler is a senior at Lakeland Union High School and has been working at the McDonald's in Minocqua for two years. He's on the autism spectrum, but hasn't let that stop him.
BOWLER - North Star Mohican Casino will celebrate 25 years in gaming during the month of May and throughout 2017. On Thursday, May 25, the "Midwest's Friendliest Casino" offered a free barbecue and ceremonial cake-cutting to mark the occasion. Guests enjoyed entertainment, games, and prizes all afternoon, including musical performances by Clint Miller and Kenny James Duo.
CHETEK, WI - Sheriff's officials in northwestern Wisconsin have identified the teens involved in a fatal plane crash.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Owen Knutson died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into a river in a rural area near Chetek Wednesday evening. An 18-year-old passenger, Hunter Gillett, was seriously injured. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School senior is hospitalized at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota.
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