ROTHSCHILD - It was a packed house at the Patriot Center in Rothschild Saturday night.
The Lincoln Day Dinner kicked off with a bit of mingling, but the event was really about getting involved in your government.
"I think if more people would do it, I think our country would be better served, said Congressman Sean Duffy.
"We have so many people out here engaging in the process today. On the Republican side is excellent and it's a great way when the democrats do it too. This is government participation and to come out and see your governor, your assemblymen, your senator… yea that's fantastic."
This is the second annual dinner.
Legislatures from different counties came as one and discussed different topics.
State Representative of the 87th District Mary Williams loves everything about events like this.
"I have one of the largest districts in the state. So it's rather hard to get to everybody when we do doors, you know to get to everybody," Williams said.
"But in an event like this just think of all the people that you can meet inside your district and outside your district."
The main message Governor Scott Walker wanted the people take away is that Republican needs to reconstruct the bases of their party.
"Their dream is that someday that through their hard work and determination they'll live their own life and pursue their own jobs and start their own company, to make their kids get an education that allows them to do a better job than they did," said Governor Walker.
"That's the message we need to take because that's a relevant message in every one of those groups I mentioned, every other person in this state and in this country. That's the message that republicans need to deliver because that's the bases of our party."
The event included speeches from state senators, state reps and of course, good old fashioned campaigning.
"There's a primary election February 19th and I'd like all of the voters out there to remember to go to the polls and to vote for Pat Roggensack." said Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack.
"This is probably the biggest audience I've talked in front of, especially this race," said Representative Don Pridemore.
"So it allows more efficiency in terms of campaigning strategy. That's why I'm so glad to be here and glad I was invited."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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