RHINELANDER - Last night, Republicans Tom Tiffany and Rob Swearingen both celebrated victories.
Swearingen beat Democrat Merlin Van Buren for the 34th Assembly District seat.
Tiffany moved from the 35th Assembly to a 12th Senate seat, defeating democrat Susan Sommer.
Newswatch 12's Lex Gray talked to Tiffany and Swearingen just as the elections were called.
"I'm very humbled by the support I've had in the 34th Assembly District. We've been door-to-door since the whole primary election back in April, and I think the quality of people we have here in the 34th district is second to none, and we appreciate all the support we had tonight," Swearingen said.
Tiffany outlined his goals for his new office.
"Number one, we're going to take a look at the budget, number two, we're going to take a look at the iron-ore mining bill to see if we can rejuvenate that, and thirdly, additional reforms to the state agencies to make sure they're accountable to the people of Wisconsin that they serve," he said.
"The first priority is to look at any piece of legislation that comes across my desk that would affect jobs in the Northwoods," Swearingen said. "Whether that's a mining legislation, whether it's tourism, whether it's a general promotion, we've got to jump-start the economy here in the north, and hopefully we have some legislation that comes across early that affects jobs in the Northwoods."
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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