RHINELANDER - Tony Evers believes serving as state superintendent has given him a good idea of what the important issues are. He is one of several Democrats who plan to run for a chance to take on Governor Scott Walker in next year's gubernatorial election.
On Tuesday, Evers made a stop in Rhinelander. He says he believes the key to making the state strong is by investing in people, something he says hasn't been done over the last eight years.
Evers believes strengthening the middle class and the state's education system are key ways to invest in people.
Evers also says the Northwoods faces some problems that other areas of the state do not.
"I'm not going to forget about Northern Wisconsin, they are not going to be like this separate state. They are a part of Wisconsin and we have to meet their needs also," said Evers.
For the Northern part of the state he says roads, access to broadband, schools, and keeping millennials in the area are all important issues.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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