RHINELANDER - After Wednesday night's presidential debate both political parties took away positives and negatives for each side.
The first debate of the 2012 election is now behind us and voters, along with political parties gathered a lot of information.
Andy Loduha of the Oneida County Republican Party says, "I think what you saw last night was a successful business executive, Mitt Romney, talking about things he knows and understands. Versus Barack Obama, a law school professor talking about things that he memorized. Mitt Romney clearly understood the things he was talking about."
Jean Roach of the Oneida County Democratic Partys responds, "Romney's vision is one in which the private sector dominates the economy and dominates all facets of our lives. The other vision is Obama's vision is a more balanced one which the private sector has a very important role to play, but the public sector, that is government, also has a very important role to play."
Some look at the debate as a win for Romney, while others say the debate means more than that, Roach says, "It was not about winners and losers. Politics is a very serious issue and I think, probably, most Americans sat down to see what do the two candidates stand for. What's their vision for America?"
Loduha says, "I think on their side they were clearly disappointed and saw how poorly their candidate, Obama, performed when he's up against someone like Romney who's learned from experience and life lessons and business experience and success. Obama's never been in a verbal fight like he was last night."
Either way you look at it, both parties are focused ahead and already preparing for October 16th at the second debate, Loduha says, "On the Obama side they were saying the president is going to bring his "A" game next time. I think Mitt Romney's going to improve his game even more than what he did too. So I think these debates are going to continue to be very colorful, very spirited."
Roach looks forward to it, "I anticipate a very similar kind of debate. I think that it was a civilized exchange between the two men and I think the American people will once again get a window into the important issues in front of the American public."
The next debate is in New York and will be a town meeting format focusing on foreign and domestic policy.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
EAGLE RIVER - A new type of foundation could give you a better way to build a home, and the idea for the improvement starts right here in the Northwoods.
Composite Panel Systems in Eagle River builds composite panels for home foundations. Composite means anything made of two or more materials, which includes fiberglass in this case. The company describes the EPITOME Quality Foundation Wall as a revolutionary composite building solution for residential foundations.
The company makes them off site, and then they put them together on location. Composite Panel Systems' Scott Weber says that means a shorter build time compared to concrete foundations.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
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