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.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
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