RHINELANDER - Almost everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that Wisconsin's year of elections is over... almost.
Many voters, and even the candidates themselves can go into a post-election coma today. But county clerks are still hard at work to put this election to bed.
November 6th will last 45 more days for employees in county clerk offices. The day after the election each municipality in Oneida County brings in their ballots, registrations and voter logs to County Clerk Mary Bartelt's office.
The Thursday after every election they begin the Board of Canvass.
"We will be going through each and every individual poll book counting by hand, versus the result tape, and cross reference everything to the election night spread sheet," says Bartelt.
Monday they'll basically count again to record every vote for the State Voter Registration System.
"We bring up the township it's in, and then we start scanning and beeping in every single one individually. That's how we record our votes," says Bartelt.
If everything balances they'll file away the poll books and ballots.
"Poll books have to be saved for ten years. These are actually put down in our storage room. All the ballots have to be locked up for 22 months," says Bartelt.
Elections are like the Olympics of county clerk work: they come around every four years and take a ton of prep work.
"There isn't a dull day, especially this year with the six elections that we had. We'll never forget how to do an election, how to set it up in the SVR System," says Bartelt.
Important skills used a half dozen times this year alone.
"Next year it's going to be like a piece of cake if we just have two elections," says Bartelt.
This election saw 86 percent voter turnout in Oneida County. That's ten to 15 percent higher than the last presidential election.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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