Congressional candidates make final pitches in NorthwoodsSubmitted: 02/17/2020
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen

Congressional candidates make final pitches in Northwoods
NORTHWOODS - Candidates for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District special election are making their final pitches to voters Monday - just one day before the primaries.

The winners of the Republican and Democratic races will face each other on the May 12th special election.
Tricia Zunker spent part of her day at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, which offers liberal arts and technical degrees. She says she wanted to learn from college leaders about how she can best support the trades, in Northern Wisconsin.

"We don't live in this world where college is for everyone," said Zunker. "We need people in all facets of society for a thriving society. There's really great jobs in the highly-skilled and technical fields."

Republican candidate Jason Church also on the campaign trail in Rhinelander this morning. He was speaking to voters at the Dinky Diner along with U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman.

The military veteran had a lot to say about some recent attack ads, arguing that he's too liberal.

"It's false, it's twisted narratives, but that's what you get from people who want to do anything to move up in office and hold on to power," said Church. 

Church's opponent State Senator Tom Tiffany is rallying with supporters Monday night in Minocqua, ahead of the big day.

Democrat Lawrence Dale is knocking on doors in Northern Wisconsin.

Polls open at 7 a.m. - just make sure you bring a state issued ID to cast your ballot.

If you're not already registered, make sure to also bring proof of residence like a utility bill, for same-day registration. A Wisconsin issued state ID can also serve as proof of residence. 

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SHAWANO COUNTY - A vehicle crash claimed the life of one person in Shawano County on Tuesday.

According to the press release, around six on Tuesday evening, the Shawano County Sheriff's office responded to a call in Wittenberg at County Trunk Q near Cardinal Lane.

A preliminary investigation found that  the 48-year-old male driver crossed over into oncoming traffic, hitting another vehicle head on.

The 83-year-old driver was in stable condition, but the 82-year-old died at the hospital.

Alcohol does not seem to be factor and the crash remains under investigation.

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MADISON - Wisconsin has a new system in place to speed up the payment of $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits, the head of the state Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday, before a legislative hearing to examine how the state has handled claims during the coronavirus pandemic.

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RHINELANDER - The Northwoods United Way will be hosting another facemask packet giveaway on Thursday, June 4th starting at 9 am.

The masks will be given out in quantities of 15, with one packet given to each car that comes to the distribution event until supplies run out.

"Based upon the success of our first facemask giveaway, we decided to have another event for those that were unable to get masks from us last time. These facemasks will give our populations another level of protection while shopping for essentials, getting fuel, and going to appointments.", says Nancy Sattler, Executive Director of the Northwoods United Way.

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NORTHWOODS - Wisconsin ranks among the top states in the country for reported cases of Lyme disease.

Experts at the Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence in Minocqua warn you may see more ticks across the Northwoods this summer.

"The ticks this summer are more prevalent it appears," said office manager Kathy McCaughn. "I believe it's because it was a milder winter."

Ticks are known to carry a variety of illnesses, the most common being Lyme disease.

"If it's not treated acutely, it can have the potential to have long term effects," said Nurse practitioner Ashley Johnson.

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MINNEAPOLIS - The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges to be filed against the white police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man during an arrest, even after the man said he couldn't breathe and stopped moving.

Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said he believes officer Derek Chauvin should be charged in Monday's death of George Floyd. Chauvin and three other officers were fired Tuesday. The video recorded by a bystander shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes as Floyd is on the ground with his face against the pavement.

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