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.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
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