MERRILL - Some big changes could be coming to a school near you.
The school district of Merrill will have a new Superintendent next year. Come April 2nd they'll have a new school board too. Candidates in the school board race are ready to fight for one of the three open spots.
We spoke with four of the six candidates and the tone was the same.
They want to move the district forward.
"The past is the past, let's move forward and move on," said candidate Norbert Ashbeck.
" I want to make sure that our district, is able to move forward and into the 21st century," said candidate John Schull.
They are two of the six candidates vying for a spot on the Merrill School Board.
Others include former school board president Jeff Verdorn, incumbent Chuck Bolder, current school board president Lin Kautza, and newcomer Linda Yingling.
"I understand that there have been divisions on the school board in the last few years," said Schull.
Merrill's school board has struggled with issues in the past, including political divisions.
"My biggest concern is stability with the board. I think we got to learn to work together and if you don't agree with the majority result, we don't need to be bantering about it in the newspaper," said Bolder.
An open minded board could make tackling issues like a budget crisis easier.
"There's going to be a continual problem over the next years with declining enrollment and we'll be losing thousands of dollars each year," said Schull.
That's something the district can't afford. It had to close a 1 point 5 million shortfall for this school year.
"I would make every effort to try and find monies in the system to keep the system quality and at a high standard without raising taxes," said Ashbeck.
The candidates want to move forward, but they can't do it without the voters.
"I just hope that people in the community vote for a good school board," said Bolder.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
MINOCQUA - Channeling your child's energy can be quite a task. The Family Resource Connection from Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin has found a way to combine music and movement to stimulate your child's development.
The Music Garden program is designed to awaken your child's imagination while celebrating the remarkable bond shared between you.
WAUSAU - Wausau Police want to find a convicted dog killer now accused of prostitution.
They're looking for 23-year-old Sean Janas. In 2014, Janas was convicted on two felonies for poisoning her boyfriend's dog. She spent a year and a half in prison after she was convicted in the death of the German shepherd-Labrador mix.
Last month, an undercover officer got in touch with Janas, who was advertising as an escort on the website Backpage.
MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.
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