RHINELANDER - The Northwoods Patriots President officially announces she'll be running against Senator Jim Holperin in the expected recall election.
Republican Kim Simac is also a leader of the Tea Party movement in Wisconsin and led the recall effort against Holperin.
She was in Rhinelander Thursday, May 5, to make her campaign announcement for the 12th Senate District.
Simac says Holperin ran away instead of fighting for the people of the Northwoods when he went to Illinois with the other Democratic Senators.
Simac says, "Jim Holperin represents the eight years of Doyle. There was, I think, a billion dollars worth of taxes that were OK'd through those years on the people of Wisconsin and so I think that's what we're going to have to try to run against."
Simac says she wants to focus on issues like the economy, tourism, and education. She says, "I would promise that if I get elected I will work as hard as I can, and campaign as little as possible, and try to give the taxpayers a bang for their buck as far as a person in the workplace. It's amazing to me how much money we spend in this country, it's amazing how much time is wasted, and probably that reflects the mess that we're all in."
Simac lives in Eagle River. She and her husband own Great Northern Riding Club. They have nine children and eight grandchildren.
The Government Accountability Board is in the process of verifying the signatures on the recall petition.
If there are enough valid signatures, the recall election is expected to be held July 12th.
If more candidates announce they're running, there would be a primary election.
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
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