EAGLE RIVER - People in Vilas County will soon vote for their county leadership.
Spring elections are right around the corner.
But many people struggle finding information on local candidates.
That's why they a local county held a forum tonight.
Newswatch 12 was there.
12 candidates spoke with people in Vilas County at the Eagle River Inn tonight.
This was an introduction for each candidate to tell people why they're running.
The Vilas County Republican Party hosted the forum.
They wanted to make sure people were more aware of each candidate.
"An awful lot of people don't understand just how important local government is. Our daily lives really are more affected by local government than they are by national government," said Vilas County Republican Party member, Bud Kuppenheimer.
"Unfortunately we get low turnouts for local elections; which are really ironic and sad."
Despite the weather, the moderator was pleased with the turnout.
He hopes the forum helped voters.
"These are all local races, there's not much money. There's very little in campaign contribution," Northland Pines School Board candidate, Shirley Kufeldt said.
"So without campaign contribution, there are no advertisements. There are no radio ads, TV ads; nothing in the newspaper."
The Spring Election is on April 1st.
The Republican Party said they did not endorse, promote or offer any assistance to candidates in a non-partisan election.
BEAVER DAM (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic voters are getting nervous over their large field of candidates running for governor.
The primary isn't until Aug. 14. No one has emerged as the clear front-runner ahead of next weekend's state convention. And no one is showing signs of dropping out.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is stockpiling resources and is in the middle of a $1.4 million TV ad campaign where he's run three ads unopposed touting his record.
Democrat Denise Hutchison, of Green Bay, says she hopes the field will narrow. She's optimistic that may happen after this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. But she also thinks whoever wins the primary will get the full support of Democratic voters.
MADISON (AP) - \Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin farmers produced about 2.5 billion pounds of milk last month, down 0.6 percent from 2017.
Bob Cropp is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the slowdown in production is good for milk prices. Prices have been low for three straight years because of an abundance of milk on the market.
The USDA report says there were 5,000 fewer cows in the state compared to last year.
Darin Von Ruden is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. He says farms that remained open faced cold and snowy conditions this spring.
Cropp says some experts believe milk prices may reach $17 per 100 pounds by November.
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