WAUKESHA - President Obama wants to train more people for in-demand jobs.
That was the focus of his speech in Waukesha Thursday.
The President spoke to workers at a GE plant.
He said GE is an example of how job training programs can be successful.
"I'm just saying, you can make a really a good living and have a great career without getting a 4-year college education as long as you get the skills and the training that you need," said the President.
President Obama has asked Vice President Biden to lead a review of all job training programs.
He also asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Thursday's stop was part of a 4-state tour.
The President is expanding on some of the themes from his State of the Union address.
The President has a 44-percent approval rating in Wisconsin.
That's down from a 49-percent approval rating in October.
11:02 A.M. President Barack Obama arrived in Wisconsin this morning to talk up some of his themes from the state of the union address.
The President is expected to discuss jobs and the minimum wage.
Just before 11:00 a.m., he arrived the General Electric plant in Waukesha that makes gas engines.
It's part of a 4-stop tour the President is making.
He will expand on themes from his State of the Union address.
Today's visit comes as Obama's approval rating in Wisconsin has sunk to its lowest level in 2 years.
A poll released Monday says his approval rating among Wisconsin voters is 44 percent.
That's down from 49 percent in October.
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MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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