CD-7 Republican candidate, Church, discusses trade in Rothschild Submitted: 01/22/2020
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin

CD-7 Republican candidate, Church, discusses trade in Rothschild
ROTHSCHILD - Candidates in Wisconsin's 7th congressional district race are taking their message directly to voters with less than one month until the primary election in February. 

In Rothschild Wednesday, Republican candidate Jason Church toured Wausau Tile; engaging in a wide-ranging conversation with staff.

First, he focused on trade and said the president's replacement for NAFTA, USMCA, should have been passed sooner. The United States-Mexico-Canada agreement was drafted in 2018 but only recently made its way to the president's desk.

During the discussion, Church also mentioned other factors that he believes have hampered Wisconsin businesses.

"I also see things like regulation and a continued push for more federal government involvement things like business, that stymie innovation, stymie growth and prohibit industries such as yours and others from doing what they need to do," said Church.

When asked his thoughts on the president's new $200 billion trade deal with China, Church said he trusts Trump despite his volatile relationship with China.

"You always need to be working towards a solution and I think that's what the president's doing here," said Church. "There are obviously verification mechanisms that are being put in place by the Trump administration to make sure they are in compliance."

Church was also asked about his support of the second amendment in light of a new TV ad that shows him firing a shot gun.

Church said gun control measures being pushed by Washington and people in coastal cities concern him. He went on to say that he believed gun violence can't be addressed without targeting mental health.

"Now we're finally saying your wounds up here, are the same as my physical wounds down here and you need to go and its okay to seek the mental health you need," said Church.

Church also commented on the impeachment proceedings, saying he believed Democrats have had it out for Trump since day one.

When asked how he would get things done in Washington, Church touted his endorsements from "like-minded" lawmakers like Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Rep. Adam Kinzinger or Illinois and Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas. 

During the discussion, Church also referenced his military record, siding with the Trump administration on the killing of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani. Church reiterated his belief that Soleimani may have funded the attack that injured him while serving in Afghanistan.  

Church will face Minocqua Sen. Tom Tiffany in the Republican primary for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district on Feb. 18.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - A second and third person have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Oneida County. That's according to a press release by the Oneida County Health Department.

The individuals are in their 60's and 80's. These cases are not related to each other, nor the first reported case in Oneida County on March 27th. That person is in their 20's.

All individuals are currently in isolation.

County health officials are working to determine how they may have been exposed to the virus and are contacting those who have been in close contact with these individuals.

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RHINELANDER - Running out of guns and ammo is usually the last problem that the Hodag Gun and Loan would ever have.

"A lot of times, these are fear, impulse purchases," store manager Chris Turk said.

That all changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, sending droves of customers into the store to buy firearms.

"We're in an unprecedented time here with this," Turk said. "It gives them a sense of protection even though I don't foresee anything happen where they will need this type of protection."

Chris Turk has spent roughly 17 years as Hodag Gun and Loan's manager.

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ELCHO - Social distancing quickly changed how Erica Rusch celebrated her 18th birthday, but her family and friends still wanted to do something for her special day.

"I had a senior who was just heartbroken by the collapse of the senior year and the unpredictable circumstances," said Erica Rusch's mother Jennai Rusch.

Erica Rusch planned to celebrate her 18th birthday surrounded by her family and friends, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans had to be adjusted to fit CDC regulations. 

"With the quarantine and everything like that, I can't celebrate with friends because of social distancing," said Rusch.

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MARATHON COUNTY - Officials at the Marathon County Health Department reported a second confirmed case of COVID-19 Sunday, March 29.

The patient is currently isolated. County health officials are working to determine how the person may have become infected. They are assuming there may have been community spread.

"We can't contain the spread without the help of everyone" said Judy Burrows, Public Information Officer for the Marathon County Health Department. "We (Marathon County Health Department) have the experience in disease investigation and monitoring persons who are in isolation. We need the community to help us help control the spread of COVID19."

Those who have recently had close contact with the individual will be isolated and checked on daily by health officials.

Symptoms of COVID-19 to watch for include: cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms.

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WISCONSIN - Wisconsin's Department of Health Services reported 1,112 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin on Sunday, March 29. 

According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed deaths has risen to 17 in the state.

16,550 people have tested negative.

As of Sunday, there are two confirmed cases in Vilas County, and three in Oneida County.

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According to a Facebook post from Minocqua Sandwich Company, on March 26, Minocqua Sandwich Company received an anonymous donation for $100 to buy sandwiches for the heroes at the Howard Young Hospital emergency room. 

Bad Bones BBQ also received a donation to provide $100 worth of BBQ to the Marshfield Clinic.

According to a Facebook post from Minocqua Sandwich Company, "Per Mar Security over on Highway 70, donated $200 to be used to buy sandwiches for people on the front lines. After that money was raised, folks within the Per Mar Security world, their friends, and family, raised another $400 amongst themselves to keep this idea going."

Minocqua Sandwich Company decided to give $100 worth of sandwiches or burritos a day to whomever is working during the COVID-19 pandemic until money runs out.

Owner Minocqua Sandwich Company Kirk Bangstad says he loves the generosity of the community.

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RHINELANDER - Movie theaters across the country are shut down right now. At Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander, staff are still finding a way to put smiles on customers' faces.

Late Friday night, owner George Rouman decided to host a spontaneous curb-side popcorn sale. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, cars lined up to purchase a jumbo bag of movie theater popcorn and a candy of their choice for just $5.

"We're clearly very careful about how we're accepting the money," said Rouman. "People are very satisfied and they've been waiting for quite a long time, many of them."

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