High school students compete in welding competition Submitted: 11/02/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

EAGLE RIVER - Wisconsin officials want to grow the economy through manufacturing.

Those employers look for properly trained workers.

A welding competition helped students get ready to fill those manufacturing jobs.

You'll see plenty of sparks at factories in the Northwoods.

But for these high school students, a welding competition is their chance to shine.

"Expect anything and everything. You just gotta be ready for whatever comes at you." said Wausau competitor, Kyle Stein.

12 welders competed at the Advanced Welding Institute in Eagle River for the Skills Competition.

"What we were doing in there is real world. You get a blue print and you gotta follow the blue print to exact tolerance; sometimes within a thousand of an inch," Stein said.

"If we're doing something like that in there, it's going to prepare you for what you're going to see in the workplace."

The real world feel puts some pressure on competitors.

"The hardest part about this competition was coming into a new shop with unfamiliar welders and not knowing what their settings are going to be," Stein said.

"Then having to tune that welder so that you can get it so that it will well decent."

The winner goes to compete in Wisconsin Dells.

After that then they go to Nationals.

Rachel Fleischman was close to representing Wisconsin last year.

"I really hope I make it to nationals because last year I took second in state. I didn't get to make it to nationals," Fleischman said.

"I was really looking forward to nationals."

Those hopes help students get ready for the workforce.

"This is practice. This is what you're going to be doing when you get out into the job. Why not be ready for that before you jump feet first into it?" said Stein.

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EAGLE RIVER - Many of us already put out the scary decorations and pumpkins for some Halloween spirit.

If you're looking to take it up a notch, dress like a zombie and grab your running shoes this Saturday.

The 2016 Zombie 5K Fun Run starts at 5 p.m. at Three Eagle Trail in Eagle River.

Zombie Fun Run is still in great need of runners.

Registration is $30 for a t-shirt and a spot as either a runner or a zombie.

Run times don't matter for this race; it is just a race for the fun.

Runners will be given flags attached to a belt to wear throughout the race.

Zombies will then hide on the trail and run after the runners to steal their flags.

Runners with flags left at the end of the race are the winners.

"It's something different. Nothing you know that is normal," said Hallow Fest co-chair Susie Erikson.

You must be over 13-years-old to participate.

Feel free to come in full costume and make-up for the race.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday after Hallow Fest.

You can register up until 15 minutes before the race starts on Saturday.

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Wisconsin's former Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton visited Rhinelander Saturday to show her support for Hillary Clinton.

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 Republican politicians in Wisconsin still have something to add to this election.  

On Sunday Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Sean Duffy all stopped by the Wisconsin GOP office. 

They came together to encourage voters to get out and vote early. 

About 30 people came out to hear what the politicians had to say.

"We need to convince people who maybe we don't know where their opinions are in terms of election," said Governor Walker.

 "But we work with them, we live next to them, we go to church with them those are the people we need to reach out [to]."

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On Saturday nearly 600 volunteers from the Northwoods decided to help feed some of those children. 

The "Food for Kidz" organization, invited people to Lakeland Union High School, to help package non- perishable goods.

 The packages will be donated worldwide and to nearby food pantries.

Within the past eight years volunteers have packaged one million meals.

 Last year was the first year the organization started donating to local food pantries. 

This year volunteers will give 30,000 meals to the Northwoods community.

"It's just the recurring exuberance of the people that come in and do the packing we have many, repeat people that come year after year," said "Food for Kidz" Co-chairman John Breiten. 

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BOULDER JUNCTION - Nearby Fire Departments often rely on each other when they need extra man power. 

On Saturday firefighters from around the Northwoods came together as one. 
"It's vital to have that community bond between the fire departments," said Arbor Vitae Fire and Rescue Chief Mike VanMeter.

The bond between local departments led to a rare training opportunity. 

"Being able to share an opportunity like this is vital," said Boulder Junction Fire Department Chief Matthew Reuss. 

A donated house in Boulder Junction was lit on fire so that the fire departments could practice structure training.  

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RHINELANDER - We all have Tylenol and other medicines in our cabinets at home, but what do you do with them when they expire?

Saturday, local officials helped people properly dispose of those unwanted medicines as part of Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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WAUSAU - Scott Walker faced a tough crowd at times in Iowa during his failed presidential bid. Now, an undercover video released this week may show those protesters were planted on purpose.

The Journal Sentinel reported the videos show activist Scott Foval bragging about disrupting a Walker rally in Iowa. Those videos were released by conservative activist James O'Keefe.

Foval talks about bringing people out of state into Wisconsin, but doesn't give a reason why.

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