RHINELANDER - Heading into tonight's debate we asked around town, what issues are people most looking forward to hearing the candidates debate?
People on both sides of the aisle seem to be looking forward to hearing about the same thing.
"I'm hoping Romney will let us know what his definite plans are tonight," says Ellen McVeigh, from the Oneida County Republicans.
"What you need from Mitt Romney tonight is the question that says, 'And what are the details to your economic plan?'" says Jackie Cody, from the Oneida County Democrats.
"I'm looking for Governor Romney to get specific. I think a lot of the public have not read the plan and so I think he should recap and be specific. Tell us exactly what he's going to do," says Manya Sauernheimer, from the Oneida County Republicans.
But predictions about who will win weren't quite as synchronized.
"Romney, of course," says McVeigh.
"I think Governor Romney going to win the debate tonight based on substance," says Sauernheimer.
"The way the news media plays it up you would think we're talking about a football game here. But it's not a football game, it's too serious for that. I expect people will go away feeling that they have learned something from tonight. And have a feeling about which candidate they believe can best lead this country," says Cody.
The debate airs tonight right here on Newswatch 12 at 8 o'clock.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
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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