Wisconsin's former lieutenant governor campaigns for Hillary ClintonSubmitted: 10/23/2016
RHINELANDER - With a little over two weeks before the presidential election, local officials continue to campaign for their pick for President of the United States.

Wisconsin's former Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton visited Rhinelander Saturday to show her support for Hillary Clinton.

In 2008, Lawton served as the first Midwest co-chair for the Democratic nominee.

"If we want to have the possibility of honest policy debate and work together as a nation toward those higher ends, she's the only candidate that can lead us there," said Lawton.

Lawton served two terms from 2003 to 2011 under Governor Jim Doyle. She says Donald Trump's accusations of a rigged campaign are outrageous.

"Undermine our confidence in the integrity of our election system when there is no evidence of this ever happening, is to me an outrageous dirty trick of Donald Trumps," said Lawton.

Lawton was also the first statewide elected official or former elected official to endorse Bernie Sanders.

She says Clinton offers an "aspirational vision of what America can be."

Story By: Allie Herrera

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WAUSAU - Enthusiasm, excitement and surprises continue to pack the 2016 election season.

 Republican politicians in Wisconsin still have something to add to this election.  

On Sunday Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Sean Duffy all stopped by the Wisconsin GOP office. 

They came together to encourage voters to get out and vote early. 

About 30 people came out to hear what the politicians had to say.

"We need to convince people who maybe we don't know where their opinions are in terms of election," said Governor Walker.

 "But we work with them, we live next to them, we go to church with them those are the people we need to reach out [to]."

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RHINELANDER - A teenager died in a car crash near Rhinelander late Saturday night.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says emergency responders found a 17-year-old thrown from an overturned car in the ditch near County Highway C and Tenderfoot Road in the Town of Stella.

A family member called police around 11:45 p.m. Saturday to report the 17-year-old took a drive into town and hadn't returned.

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Saturday, local officials helped people properly dispose of those unwanted medicines as part of Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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On Saturday firefighters from around the Northwoods came together as one. 
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The bond between local departments led to a rare training opportunity. 

"Being able to share an opportunity like this is vital," said Boulder Junction Fire Department Chief Matthew Reuss. 

A donated house in Boulder Junction was lit on fire so that the fire departments could practice structure training.  

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On Saturday nearly 600 volunteers from the Northwoods decided to help feed some of those children. 

The "Food for Kidz" organization, invited people to Lakeland Union High School, to help package non- perishable goods.

 The packages will be donated worldwide and to nearby food pantries.

Within the past eight years volunteers have packaged one million meals.

 Last year was the first year the organization started donating to local food pantries. 

This year volunteers will give 30,000 meals to the Northwoods community.

"It's just the recurring exuberance of the people that come in and do the packing we have many, repeat people that come year after year," said "Food for Kidz" Co-chairman John Breiten. 

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"We have to let these Veterans know [and] these active duty service members know that we've got their back, that we're there for them," said Stevens.

Stevens didn't qualify to join the service due to diabetes. 

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"[It was] when I learned about the alarming statistic that 22 U.S veterans and active duty service members lose their battle with PTSD and lose their lives," said Stevens. 

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