RHINELANDER - If you look at the Wisconsin state flag, you see the arm and hammer symbol.
It represents the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing is what brought Governor Scott Walker to the Northwoods today.
"You should also look at the bottom left hand corner on the shield there… the flag there's a symbol of manufacturing in this state," said Governor Walker.
Governor Walker talked about Wisconsin's state flag many times today.
"That's important because when you think of manufacturing you think of agriculture, those are two of the key industries that help build this state.
It's a proud part of our heritage, and our history," said Walker.
The stop at HyPro Incorporated in Rhinelander focused also on Wisconsin's state motto,"Forward."
Governor Walker says HyPro is a company doing just that.
"And this, not just this site but this company is growing. Between here, Berlin and now moving to Whitewater, we've got a company that's adding about 81 jobs. They've had tremendous growth in 2009 and we're pleased to see that it's a shining example of manufacturing that can do well," said Walker.
Governor Walker believes Wisconsin manufacturers can compete worldwide too.
"We can compete with anybody in the world. We can compete with sites in China, in Mexico in India and anywhere else, if we've got the right investments and capitol, if we've got the right technology and most importantly if we've got a skilled workforce," said Walker.
He says it's important to keep skilled workers in Wisconsin, and in companies like Wausau Paper.
A company in New York recently invested $130 million to buy Wausau Paper's two Wisconsin mills.
"It's one of those where we're going to continue to follow up on not only with Wausau paper but with their new partners, as well as reaching out to others in the union leadership and other wise just to make sure that we've got a full game plan and that we're doing everything in our power to make sure the jobs stay and ultimately grow here," said Walker.
RHINELANDER - Most people stop by Rhinelander's chamber of commerce to get their picture taken with the giant hodag out front. Visitors to the chamber can also stock up on Rhinelander trinkets and gear.
Now, the chamber has decided to downsize its store in order to let someone else set up shop.
EAGLE RIVER - A lot of things need to go right to build a 40,000 square foot addition in just one year. Workers in Vilas County used a fairly mild winter to their advantage to work toward that goal.
Construction on the county courthouse's addition is both on budget and essentially on time. Crews have the drywall up on the second floor and are working to do the same on the first floor soon. Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says a rainy spring held some masonry work up, but it's nothing crews can't handle to stay on track.
"Very well disciplined," Alleman said of the workers. "They're working every day, things are being done on time. I think overall that makes for a good project."
- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.
However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.
"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.
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