WASHINGTON - Northwoods Republican Congressman Sean Duffy thinks his rural background is perfect for his latest role in Congress.
Duffy will be the new Vice-Chairman of a subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.
That's contained under the House Financial Services Committee.
"Being born and raised in rural America, I understand how important our small community credit unions are. They're the lifeblood of economic growth within our community," Duffy says.
Duffy's subcommittee will take a more relevant role after the 2008 financial collapse and the Dodd-Frank legislation that followed it.
"Our small community banks were not the cause of the financial crisis. But often times, they bear the brunt of the new rules and regulations that have come out. The cost of compliance, the cost of these regulations are far higher for them. So that's a focus for me," he says.
Within the Financial Services Committee, Duffy also serves on the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity.
Milwaukee Democrat Gwen Moore is the only other Wisconsinite on Financial Services.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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