RHINELANDER - The end of the election means the end of the political ads. Today we spoke to viewers about the ads they're happy to live without.
After the votes were tallied, we had a clear winner for the "Most Hated Ad" in the Northwoods.
"You're Damn Right!" said Tom Moritz of Rhinelander.
"'You're Damn Right'! That was sooo annoying!" said Tammy Gobert of Rhinelander.
The constant stream of political ads might annoy people, but do they really sway voters?
"No, not at all," says Moritz.
The people I spoke to said the ads are too extreme. Their main complaint? Taking things out of context.
"If it's not the whole truth, isn't it a lie?" said Virginia Kreft of Rhinelander.
Some say the ads do more than twist the truth, they turn us against each other.
"They polarize the two parties and they've polarized Americans. I guess I'd have to say that's how I'd sum it up. The whole campaign was so Un-American," said Kreft.
Voters say, next election, a more straightforward, less backhanded campaign would be much appreciated.
"I think if the candidates would have just ignored what somebody was saying about them and just kept on the issues and what they were going to do to improve things, they probably would have won in a landslide," said Moritz.
According to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, presidential candidates spent $45 million in advertising in Wisconsin, and over $800 million nationwide.
Two photographic exhibits to open next week at ArtStart
RHINELANDER - The artists paired together in ArtStart's next exhibition couldn't have much different backgrounds.
Next Friday, the Rhinelander gallery will open with two very diverse displays.
"We have two photographic exhibitions opening. One is a solo artist, so the whole gallery will be their work, and the other is an artist who worked with teens as a kind of therapy program, photography and art as therapy," said ArtStart Development Director Melinda Childs.
HAZELHURST - Tourists make a big economic impact in the Northwood, but they don't stay forever. Monday, locals thanked them for coming to the Northwoods this summer.
People stood outside of Whitman's Bar and Grill just off of Highway 51 in Hazelhurst to wave goodbye. The bar has been doing this for 44 years.
One of the owners says this isn't just a party for the tourists, but for locals as well.
"It's also a goodbye summer party for a lot of the locals. Most of the people that come, I know," said Whitman's Bar and Grill co-owner, Mary Whitman. "They may be tourists that come up for a week or weekends, but it's a party. We give away free street corn, free sloppy joes and it's just a thank you.
RHINELANDER - More than 50,000 people in Wisconsin apply for unemployment benefits every week.
Now, the state Department of Workforce Development wants to know how it can improve the unemployment insurance system.
"Our Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council really likes to get out there and hear firsthand from those who deal with that system directly. We're looking for their suggestions and their ideas on what we might do to make the system even better," said Dave Anderson, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the state Department of Workforce Development.
RHINELANDER - It can be difficult to get around the Northwoods, especially in the snow. For people with physical disabilities, it can seem almost impossible. A new piece of technology changed Bob Simon's life. Now he's hoping to help others with physical disabilities enjoy the outdoors.
"I used to love to hunt and fish," he said.
But when Simon, who is from Rhinelander, lost his legs during a work accident in 2008, he didn't know if he'd be able to enjoy the outdoors again.
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