RHINELANDER - With only two days until the elections politicians are taking every opportunity to reach out to voters.
The 7th Congressional Race is now the most expensive in the state.
Republican Representative Sean Duffy and Democratic challenger Pat Kreitlow have jointly spent more than $8 million on their campaigns.
In an area where manufacturing companies provide most of the jobs, ensuring small businesses succeed is a top priority for 7th district candidates.
Democratic candidate Pat Kreitlow "Small business owners around here deserve relief in a couple of different ways. One it's small middle class families where those small business are who should see tax relief by extending tax reliefs for 98% of Americans but also there should be tax credits for businesses that hire workers."
With Environmental Protection Agency regulations like Boiler MACT which requires paper mills to reduce pollution emissions--some small businesses struggle to stay successful.
Republican candidate Sean Duffy said, "We've passed over 30 jobs bills that have taken the weight of government off our small businesses like manufacturing and our farmers. It's important we let them focus more on running their businesses and expanding, growing, and hiring people instead of dealing with government, the red tape, rules, and regulations."
In the Northwoods, unemployment teeters close to 8%. Putting people back to work is what Congressman Duffy says is the only way to fix our deficit.
"The most important thing we can do is grow the economy. There's not a correlation with raising tax rates and bringing in more revenue. There's a correlation with the economy and putting more people back to work. When more people are working and making more wages more money comes into the federal government," said Duffy.
"Deficit reduction is only going to come with a balanced approach. You can't tax your way to prosperity. You can't cut your way to prosperity. Mega millionaires need to pay their fair share and make sure they're not paying a lower rate than hard working families around her. But you also have to go after the wasteful spending," said Kreitlow.
Growing up Kreitlow says his family struggled. He waited in line with his mother for food stamps. And was the first in his family to attend college. He says his story shows he's more in touch with hard working Americans.
Kreitlow said "My story is much more like there's. My work ethic is like theirs. We're very practical folks around here."
As a father of six and someone who grew up logging in Wisconsin, Duffy says he's more in touch with voters than his opponent.
Duffy said, "I've been open and accessible making sure I'm listening to voters whether it's my town hall at least once every year per county I've done more than that with coffees with your congressman."
Kreitlow and Duffy will continue traveling around the state reaching out to voters. Both candidates say they're confident going into Tuesday's race. »
Big bucks to expand nutrition, physical education in Wisconsin schools
WISCONSIN - Seven Wisconsin school districts have been awarded a total of $3.2 million in federal grants to help them expand their nutrition and physical-education programs.
To qualify, the districts have to implement programs that teach students healthy eating habits and good nutrition. They also have to make sure kids have access to certain physical fitness activities, which could include fitness assessments or developing certain team skills.
The largest grant is going to the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, which will receive about $850,000. The Mukwonago Area School District and Pittsville School District will each get about $445,000.
WISCONSIN - Six out of ten people with Alzheimers and dementia will wander off at some point.
That puts them at risk for injury or even death. And not all of those people are found quickly enough.
That's why Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill that will help find them quicker.
The Wisconsin Silver Alert bill will create a program that works like an Amber Alert for missing children.
An effective alert system is crucial to the Northwoods because of the growing aging population and severe winter weather.
For advocacy groups like the Alzheimer's Association, the new bill is a huge victory.
"Family caregivers of people who have Alzheimers, or another type of dementia are worried and concerned about whether or not their loved one might wander away from home," said Julie St. Pierre, an outreach specialist for the Alzheimer's Association in Rhinelander. "It's very important that those caregivers out there know that there are important resources that can help keep their loved ones safe in the home. The Silver Alert is certainly now a part of that safety net that we have in place."
The Alzheimer's Association was just one group that worked closely with the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network to get this bill passed.
A coordinator for the network believes this system will save lives.
"This bill really advances [us] one step forward in addressing the needs of an aging population. And that's extremely important in the Northwestern part of Wisconsin," said Joe Libowsky, coordinator for the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. "In the Rhinelander area, where you have fairly severe weather, it makes the urgency of getting out the alert as quickly as possible even more important."
The alert system will heavily involve all 500 law enforcement agencies in the state to respond to at-risk adults who are reported missing.
Wisconsin joins 30 other states with a silver alert system.
MINOCQUA - People need to drive slow since roads are still icy. There was a two car crash at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Old Highway 70 in Minocqua. Two people were transported to Howard Young Medical Center. Police say road conditions were a factor.
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