MERCER - We’re making sure you’re informed going to the polls a week from today.
Our election previews continue with Wisconsin’s largest assembly district geographically – and it looks much different than it did two years ago.
Redrawn boundaries in the 74th assembly district mean incumbent Democrat Janet Bewley now hopes to represent a very different area than before.
The 74th now includes all of Price County and the Lac du Flambeau reservation.
But a political newcomer, Republican John Sendra, stands in Bewley's way to Sendra's candidacy focuses on one big issue.
"For me, it's mining," Sendra said. "This is a no-brainer. This is the low-hanging fruit. We have the biggest iron-ore deposit in the United States, why wouldn't we go after it?"
Gogebic Taconite wanted to open an iron-ore mine in the middle of this district earlier in the year.
Bewley voted against easing the permitting process for mines in the state.
"What the bill ended up being is a very lengthy list of very drastic things that came out of nowhere," Bewley said. "Who knows where they came from? Well, we know where they came from. They came from the mining company."
We asked each candidate how they distinguish themselves from their opponent.
"I listen, he preaches," Bewley said. "I listen, I think, I try to do the right thing, not the popular thing."
"Maybe Janet needs to observe a little bit better," Sendra said. "If she doesn't see what's going on in the economy up here, maybe she needs to be preached to."
Bewley won with 53 percent of the vote in 2010.
This district also includes Iron, Ashland, Bayfield, and part of Douglas County.
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the school’s boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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