RHINELANDER - With only a few weeks until November 6th the political tension is heating up.
While some houses are decorated with pumpkins and ghosts for Halloween, others are decorated for a different kind of season-political season.
Like wearing your favorite team colors-residents are sporting their political Blue and Red.
Jackie Cody of Oneida County Democratic Party said "It's a wonderful part of the Americana and the elections."
Peter Biolo of the Oneida County Republican Party said "It helps describe what people feel."
It's the war of the lawn signs and with only a month left until the November 6th elections political enthusiasts are lining their front lawns with their favorite front runners.
From Obama to Romney--to more local races like Duffy and Kreitlow--they're telling their neighbors who they support in a big way.
Republican Bob Schultheis said having neighbors with Democratic signs makes him want to get more Republican signs.
"It's competition you've got to grind them a little bit, Schultheis said.
Democrat Avis Pence said she got lawn signs after her neighbors put up Republican candidate signs.
"It gives me more incentive to put mine up," she said.
No matter what side you're on, the signs are a creative way to show your support.
"I think it is something that helps motivate people; helps energize both on their side and perhaps. When you see someone supporting someone you want to become a part of it too," said Biolo.
So what happens to a neighborhood when political signs are clashing?
Cody said "Every once and a while someone will come in and say we need to balance the neighborhood. That means they need to take a few Obama signs, Kreitlow signs, and a few Susan Sommers signs and inform their neighbors there is another side to that story of politics."
And after the election then what happens?
When the election is over, Schultheis said "We'll have a barbeque and a couple of stories sit by a campfire and maybe have a beer, brats, and some Wisconsin cheese."
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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