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.
WAUSAU - Most magicians wow us with their tricks, but Magician Lou Lepore does more.
He teaches his audiences how to do some of the tricks he performs. He spent the last week as magician-in-residence at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau putting on magic shows and hosting workshops.
It was part of the museum's latest exhibit on Mystery, Magic and Mayhem.
Students from local schools visited him during his six-day residency as in-house magician.
"We had schools come in, and depending on the size of the kids, if it was about 20 or under we would do a class, an actual workshop with them and teach them magic," says Lepore. "You would teach them maybe a half a dozen tricks that they can use with friends and family and things like that. If it was more than 20 we did a show."
Lepore specializes in sleight of hand using items like cards or coins. He also dabbles in cabaret.
Lepore has been doing magic for more than 40 years, but this was his first time as an in-house magician.
"They said can you do an artist-in-residency, and I said I have no idea what that is, what do I do?" says Lepore. "They said you're gong to show your art form, being magic, and you're going to teach kids classes and do demonstrations and workshops. I said oh yeah, I've done that for fairs, festivals so I can do all that for you."
Two more magicians will perform at the museum through April.
MADISON - If all this snow melts too quickly, there could be severe flooding in areas of Wisconsin.
That's according to the National Weather Service.
Steve Buan, the senior hydrologist for the North Central River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minn., says the ripening flood conditions have been caused by higher-than-usual snowfall and frost depths nearing 8 feet in some places.
APPLETON - Law enforcement officials say they have exhausted all efforts to recover a handgun thought to be used in the shooting of a 25-year-old man in an Appleton nightclub.
That includes taking apart some of the club's plumbing system.
Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider tells Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1kFLfi0 ) they will keep following up on leads on the gun's whereabouts but they've so far pursued it as far as they could.
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the schoolís boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
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