RHINELANDER - There will only be one name on this spring's mayoral ballot. But that doesn't mean there is only one candidate running.
Last month, the city clerk ruled that Chris Frederickson's and Scott Counter's candidacy papers were invalid because they failed to properly date the forms.
The clerks ruling came after candidate Alex Young challenged their papers with the Wisconsin Election Commission. Despite the ruling, Frederickson said, "It is going to be a lively race."
Frederickson challenged the Commission's decision. On Monday, the State Election Commission rejected his challenge. It confirmed that the city clerk was correct in throwing him off the ballot.
Frederickson said he has learned from the experience.
"Being able to accept fault and the move on. Not allowing pride or other issues to stop you from moving forward. I think these are blocks that typically happen in our society and I won't be dissuade[d]," said Frederickson.
Frederickson said he decided to stay in the race because he is being encouraged by the community.
"I believe that the taxpayers of Rhinelander need a strong leaderm and I look forward to being that person," he said.
Scott Counter also plans to run as a write-in candidate. Frederickson has not officially filed to be a write-in candidate but plans to do so on Thursday.
The spring General Election will be held on April 3.
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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