WAUSAU - Seven of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates participated in a public forum this weekend. Citizen Action of Wisconsin held the event at the Wausau Labor Temple.
Citizen Action is a statewide grassroots organization. Dozens of people came out to hear the candidates' opinions on many topics including prison reform. health care, and rural broadband.
"We think that a great number of candidates are coming to these forums, and it's great how many people are coming out. That tells me that people are really getting engaged and that people are prepared to take back the state and make sure state government starts fighting on behalf of the people," said Executive Director of Citizen Action Robert Kraig.
Director of EAG Interpreters Tony Gonzalez questioned candidates about their stance on immigration. He says regardless of who people decide to vote for, they should know what each candidate stands for.
"It's important with candidates, with any prospective candidates whether they be republican, democrat, or independent, to hear what they say so we can hold them accountable in the future about what they're saying or promising," said Gonzalez.
Organizers say the group has been hosting these forums in major regions across the state.
RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Festival brings more than a dozen country music artists to Rhinelander every year. However, it hasn't always been that way.The grounds may be empty now but last weekend every inch was covered with campers.Gerry Vanharpen knows what it takes to get tens of thousands of people to come together over country music.
"We've been working the festival from the very beginning," said Vanharpen.
Vanharpen's parents Bernie and Diane started the Hodag County Festival with just five performers in 1978. This year the 41st annual festival had 17.
About 20,000 people went to this year's festival. Vanharpen said when the last person left the camp grounds Sunday it was just the beginning.
"We work year round planning the next one," said Vanharpen.
Vanharpen has already started working on security and next year's lineup. She wants to make sure the cheers get louder ever year.
MINOCQUA - People buying brats in Minocqua Thursday and Friday did more than just filled their stomachs. They helped the area homeless at the same time.
Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) hosted a brat sale fundraiser at the Trig's in Minocqua. The money raised will go towards the Frederick Place, which provides safe housing to those in need.
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