MANITOWISH WATERS - A Manitowish Waters woman wants to change the look of the areaís downtown.
Some local residents arenít thrilled with her plans.
The town used a forum to talk things out.
Newswatch 12 was there and talked with the townís supervisor.
"Itís creating a lot of tension in the community. I think we have to find a way to fix it and to ease their feelings." said Manitowish Waters Town Board Supervisor, Eric Behnke.
Construction can cause tension.
You can find that feeling in Manitowish Waters.
One person in the community want to upgrade a local park.
But a good portion of the funding would come from a private donor.
"Itís creating a lot of hardships, people are not happy about it and as a town we need to find a way to make this situation better." Behnke said.
Liz Uihlein owns businesses in the area.
She wants to change the look of the community and she could.
But the town hasnít approved her proposal.
Thatís why the chamber sponsored a town forum so people could talk and ask questions about the donations.
"Is there a process that you use to evaluate them? At what point do we say, you know, 'Too much of our budgets is these donations and itís not what we have funded'?" said town resident, Scott Bertz.
"As well as how much of this is the townís plan and how much of this is someone elseís plan?"
But many of those questions donít have answers.
Thatís because donations donít need a vote by the townís people.
"Unfortunately with our policy, if itís a donation, some of the town board members can use that money without townsmen approval," Behnke said.
"I think thatís what we need to focus on."
But the possibility of voting on donation spending is still up for question.
"The one thing we can do is be open and honest with people. We have to communicate with people about whatís going on," said Behnke.
"If they donít have an opportunity to vote on these projects, then they really donít know about them. So I think itís our job to communicate with the people about whatís happening and educate them on where the moneyís coming from and what itís being used for."
Students celebrate International Day in the Northwoods
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
Diehard Bears fan trades in his orange and blue for green and gold
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
ďMr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,Ē says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. ďOne kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,Ē and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.Ē
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. Itís an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
ďWell I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,Ē says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
Attorney general candidates believe heroin high priority, growing problem
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin will get a new state attorney general this election year.That could mean new changes for the department.
But many of the candidates agree that more needs to be done to deal with heroin in Wisconsin.
Police and prosecutors say the drug continues to spread throughout the state. Republican candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, believes heroin and opiates are one of the stateís biggest challenge.
"We're seeing more people die from accidental drug overdoses than we're seeing in car crashes," Schimel said. "That is a dangerous statistic for us to be looking at."
According to a Gannet Wisconsin Investigative study, at least 199 people died in 2012 in Wisconsin from drug overdoses.
The legislature has passed several bills this session to fight heroin and help people who are addicted to the drug.
State Rep. Jon Richards-(D) Milwaukee, is one of three Democratic candidates running for attorney general. He believes the state needs to keep going after drug traffickers.
"Local prosecutors and law enforcement are already stretched to the max in terms of their man power," Richards said. "We have to be addressing these new problems of public safety in creative ways and effective ways."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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