Two candidates running for Lincoln Co. sheriff Submitted: 06/13/2018
Story By Allie Herrera

Two candidates running for Lincoln Co. sheriff
LINCOLN COUNTY - It's fitting two yard signs sit close to each other along Main Street in Merrill when you consider the two candidates running for sheriff sit on similar sides when it comes to bigger issues.

"I'd like to make cuts where we can make cuts," said Ken Schneider, who's currently a Lincoln County patrol lieutenant. 

"[I want to] evaluate everything and then determine what we need versus what we want," said Pete Borchardt, who's currently a Merrill Police Department patrol officer. 

Both Schneider and Borchardt want to take a closer look at budgets and see what change, if any can be made.

They'd also like to improve on the relationship the sheriff's office has with other agencies in the county.

Earlier this month, Schneider posted a chart comparing the two candidates on Facebook.

"I believe the reason why that was posted was to boast his qualifications and to belittle me. I'm not going to run a negative campaign and I don't want to say anything negative about the other side," said Borchardt. 

Schneider says his experience at the sheriff's office, which goes back more than 25 years, is part of the reason why he stands out from his opponent. Over the years Schneider has been in several supervisory positions. 

"I have a lot of experience in almost every portion of this agency, either working there or supervising there," said Schneider. 

Schneider said he posted the comparison chart because he found people didn't know each candidates background or experience. Newswatch 12 asked Schneider if he reached out to Borchardt before making the chart. He said he didn't. 

Borchardt, on the other hand, says his 20 years working with the Merrill Police Department as a patrol officer, has prepared him to lead the sheriff's office. 

Borchardt also wants to focus on serving the public the right way, addressing drug issues in the county, and making potential changes to the take home squad program. He says squad cars should stay within the county and it's his understanding some deputies don't live within county limits. 

"I don't have any allegiance to anyone there so I'm going to be a boss not a buddy," said Borchardt.
Both candidates will be running as Republicans. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff primary election will be August 14.

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Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.

Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.

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Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found an unresponsive man on the floor.  Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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He plans to leave after the school year ends, but the school board is already preparing to find his replacement.

Early next month, the Three Lakes School District will host two input sessions for the public.

Three Lakes residents can go to give their opinions on what they want in a replacement. 

Karling's decision to retire comes about a month after he faced criticism for allowing the district to be featured in a campaign ad for Gov. Scott Walker. 

People who can't make it can still send their thoughts to the Three Lakes Board of Education. People can submit comments by writing to:

Board of Education, Three Lakes School District
6930 West School St. 
Three Lakes, WI 54562 

or email: tr@threelakessd.k12.us.

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Emergency responders got the call around 7:30 p.m. for a home near Hodag Park.

Steve Smith heard a dispatch call over his step-sons radio about the fire at his neighbor's home on Rose Street.

"We walked out the front door and it was plain as day," said Smith. "The flames were rolling out of the front window."

At first, Smith wasn't sure if anyone was in the home. "There was a man they brought out," said Smith. "unfortunately, I heard he was deceased,"

Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier confirmed the victim was found dead on the scene.

"Life saving measures were done by the paramedics. Unfortunately, the male had passed away," said Gauthier. "At this point, it appears that it was due to something left on the stove."

Gauthier says more details about the victim will be released on Monday. 

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Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,

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Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.

"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.

Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.

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