EAGLE RIVER - People in Vilas County will soon vote for their county leadership.
Spring elections are right around the corner.
But many people struggle finding information on local candidates.
That's why they a local county held a forum tonight.
Newswatch 12 was there.
12 candidates spoke with people in Vilas County at the Eagle River Inn tonight.
This was an introduction for each candidate to tell people why they're running.
The Vilas County Republican Party hosted the forum.
They wanted to make sure people were more aware of each candidate.
"An awful lot of people don't understand just how important local government is. Our daily lives really are more affected by local government than they are by national government," said Vilas County Republican Party member, Bud Kuppenheimer.
"Unfortunately we get low turnouts for local elections; which are really ironic and sad."
Despite the weather, the moderator was pleased with the turnout.
He hopes the forum helped voters.
"These are all local races, there's not much money. There's very little in campaign contribution," Northland Pines School Board candidate, Shirley Kufeldt said.
"So without campaign contribution, there are no advertisements. There are no radio ads, TV ads; nothing in the newspaper."
The Spring Election is on April 1st.
The Republican Party said they did not endorse, promote or offer any assistance to candidates in a non-partisan election.
EAGLE RIVER - When school starts up again in the fall, buses usually fill with kids.
But Parsons of Eagle River car dealership is filling buses with school supplies for their second annual Fill the Bus fundraiser.
The car dealership began collecting school supplies last week for their month long fundraiser to benefit kids in the Northland Pines and Phelps school districts.
"Last year our new car manager, Brandee, and some others sat down and came up with this idea to help the local schools. It was such a success last year we decided to try it again this year," said Parsons Eagle River co-owner Jenny Gretzinger.
RIVER FALLS - A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand.
Three Square Market, also known as 32M, says it expects about 50 employees to take advantage of the technology. The chips are the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger.
VILAS COUNTY - When Dee Burlingame walks into the Sayner Cemetery, she walks to the very back of it, near the wooded area.
"When we bought that plot we did so laughing and saying that the deer would come and run across us," said Burlingame.
Dee and her husband of more than 34 years, John Burlingame, have called Sayner their home for many years, even though they met in Cleveland, Ohio. But about a year ago, Dee's life took an unexpected turn.
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