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Head of firefighters union running for governorSubmitted: 11/13/2017
Head of firefighters union running for governor
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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."

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/17/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We talk to area school district administrators about the problem they're facing with teacher shortages and how the schools are trying to work around those shortages.

We'll bring you the scene at Dunkin' Donuts in Rhinelander today where several police cars arrived and an officer even stood on the roof, not for an emergency, but for a good cause.

And we kick-off another season of Friday Night Blitz where we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following football games:

Prescott vs. Rhinelander

Wittenberg-Birnamwood vs. Northland Pines

Shiocton vs. Tomahawk

Deerfield vs. Three Lakes/Phelps

Belleville vs. White Lake/Elcho


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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EAGLE RIVER - On Friday night, expect the line at the Eagle River ice arena to be out the door.

People in the area always look forward a tradition in its 56th year.

The Eagle River Recreation Association hosts a huge auction in mid-August.

"It keeps the lights on in this place. To run a rink is extremely expensive. We try to the best we can with what we have here to bring down those fees so hockey and skating becomes affordable for everybody up here," said ERRA President Patrick Schmidt.

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THREE LAKES - The Three Lakes School Board stands by its district administrator after questions over a political ad.

Friday morning, the Three Lakes School Board issued a statement saying they feel it is the best interest of students to continue under the leadership of Dr. George Karling.

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MILWAUKEE - Heavy rains that flooded a section of Interstate 43 in the Milwaukee area left several motorists stranded.

The North Shore Fire Department responded to the scene Friday morning to help motorists, some of whom were sitting atop their flooded cars. Four people had to be rescued, and two others got out on their own.

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MADISON - Buildings destroyed by a natural gas explosion in Wisconsin will be removed at the end of the month.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the July 10 blast in Sun Prairie destroyed six businesses, one home and killed a volunteer firefighter. Many of the buildings damaged include apartments.

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NORTHWOODS - Trout Habitat Project coordinator Kyle Siebers volunteers his time searching the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest for flat, dry streams and rivers.

"I've always been interested in the outdoors," said Siebers. "I just wanted to give back."

Siebers worked alongside CNNF biologists, technicians, and volunteers to restore trout habitats. The group recently restored a quarter mile of habitat for Wild Brook trout near Wabeno.

"We built brush bundles and cut the woody vegetation along the stream banks and then we bundled that together to put in the stream to narrow it," said Siebers.

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RHINELANDER - Hardly anyone goes through life without knowing someone who is affected by cancer in some way.

Thursday evening people gathered to honor those impacted by cancer at the11th annual Celebration of Life in Rhinelander.

Organizers emphasized that cancer survivors can still live active and productive lives.

Becky Gauthier of Rhinelander gave the keynote speech.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2017.

She shared her story that's been driven by courage.

"If it's ever you, just have hope," Gauthier said. "Don't ever give up. Just know that miracles happen every day and even if they tell you bad news, it doesn't mean it's your future."

At the end of the ceremony organizers released butterflies as a symbol of hope. 

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