MADISON - The head of the Wisconsin state firefighters union is running for governor as a Democrat, joining a crowded field hoping for the chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Mahlon Mitchell launched his campaign Monday with stops in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison.
Mitchell said Monday he is running for governor "because after eight years of Scott Walker, it's time for change."
The 40-year-old Mitchell grew up in Delavan, where the 50-year-old Walker was also raised.
Mitchell lives in Fitchburg and is president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. He is a former Madison firefighter.
The Democratic primary is scheduled for August 14 and the election is November 6.
The Wisconsin Republican Party is criticizing Mitchell over his opposition to the Act 10 collective bargaining law.
Mitchell was outspoken against Walker's proposal in 2011 that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, although it did not apply to police and firefighters.
Mitchell also ran for lieutenant governor in the 2012 recall but was defeated.
Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman says Mitchell went to "extreme lengths to protect big government special interests during the recall" and now he's "doubling down on the failed policies of yesterday."
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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