RHINELANDER - In Wisconsin, nothing sounds better than a Friday fish fry.
“There’s these traditions, and they’re rich, and the very recipes at times and the way we cook the fish and other materials we’re proving for the public, ours are a direct result of what was started decades ago,” said fish fry organizer Jim Barnes.
Over 100 volunteers served hundreds of people at the Nativity of Our Lord Fish Fry in Rhinelander.
Barnes believes the dinner is not just about the fish.
“We all like to come together, we all enjoy eating and we do this once a year, just like the smelt fry is in about another month- it's a once a year thing. And it's where the community of Rhinelander can come together, break bread together- eat together in other words, because we play together, we worship together, why not eat together,” said Barnes.
Just down the street at the Claridge Clubhouse, they serve fish fries year round.
But the Lenten season helps increase business, by 20 percent.
“Our best night of the week is always Friday night and it brings in a number of people, we fill up and turn over the tables a couple of times, so it's a very good evening for us,” said Clairidge general manager Edward Orikowski.
Orlikowski says there’s just something special about a Friday fish fry.
“They come, they have a great fish fry, they talk, they meet their neighbors, they meet other people in the community, so it’s great food, great atmosphere, and it’s also a place for people to socialize,” said Orikowski.
The church agrees there’s something special, maybe even a higher power looking out for their Friday fish fry.
“There’s gotta be, someone above us, who has created us, because the amount of variety of people that are in this community- have hearts full of gold. It just, makes me; it just gives me a big thrill and gets my juices going,” said Barnes.
The Clardige Clubhouse has a Friday fish fry every Friday night.
You’ll have to wait another year for the Nativity of Our lord fish fry.
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 school’s 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."
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin’s attorney general enforces and defends laws made by the state, but one of Wisconsin’s candidates for the position believes his opponents will only pick and choose.
Right now Republican Candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, faces three Democrats, Rep. Jon Richards, Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne. Richards represents a portion of Milwaukee in the State Assymbly. Happ is the Jefferson County District Attorney. Ozanne is the Dane County District Attorney.
Schimel says some of his opponents, especially Richard will only enforce laws they agree with.
"That's problematic and I believe that's not what the attorney general should be doing, that's a crusade, that's a policy maker," Schimel said. "If Rep. Richards wants to do that then he should stay in the legislature."
Richards has been in the Legislature since 1998.
Newswatch 12 asked him Friday if he would pick and choose laws to enforce.
He said he’d look at the constitution to determine how he would enforce laws in Wisconsin.
"I can grantee you there are plenty of laws that I voted against that I will end up enforcing and making sure that we implement," Richards said, "And there are some laws that I think clearly violate the U-S constitution or the state constitution and we'll be taking a hard look at those."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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