HARSHAW - The State of Wisconsin does a good job of using the internet to let voters know the people on their ballots.
But the state doesn't do much more to help people learn about candidates
A Northwoods organization wants to provide an resource to help.
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is promoting their Vote411 website.
They aim to help voters in the upcoming April county supervisor elections.
"It's very hard to get to know the local people. How many of us have walked into those elections and seen names and just flipped a coin?" asks League of Women Voters of the Northwoods Spokesperson Jane Trotter.
The Vote411 website is a nonpartisan resource.
Organizers encourage candidates to fill out information about themselves and their policy stances.
Candidate information automatically pops up for voters when they enter some basic information.
"You can, as a prospective voter, go and put in your address, drill down to the information for the candidates for your specific location. They may not have been covered in your local newspaper because you may be too far out of town," says Trotter.
The League's Northwoods chapter helps collect candidate information for Vilas, Oneida, and Lincoln Counties.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
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