TOMAHAWK - Bryan Van Stippen announced today he will run as a democrat for the the 35th assembly district.
That's the distict Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma) holds now.
Last year Van Stippen was elected to Stevens Point City Council.
He said based on that experience he wants to focus on local control instead of Madison politics.
"It was frustrating to see, especially serving on a finance committee, and some of the decisions we could no longer make because we didn't have opportunity to do so, so that's one of the things I want to bring back to Assembly District 35," Van Stippen said.
Van Stippen is a lawyer for the Ho-Chunk Nation and a small business owner. He is a husband and a father to a young daughter, and they live in Deerbrook.
Besides local control, Van Stippen said he wants to focus on environment and education.
"I have a young daughter here who's going to be entering the school system," Van Stippen said. "My wife is an early childhood educator. And to me that's something that needs to be explored to ensure that she has a future in our education system and she can have the opportunities I had as I went through school."
The 35th District includes all of Lincoln County and parts of Oneida, Langlade, Marathon and Shawano counties. The election will take place in November.
RHINELANDER - Donations to members of the military will fill the lobbies of local banks soon as part of a care package donation drive.
Rhinelander's Military Support Group kicked off its 19th donation drive this fall, partnering with People's State Bank for the third year.
"We have vets working for us, we have families of vets, a lot of our base is vets, that's just a strong community base for us," said commercial banking specialist Stacy Timm.
Nearly 7,300 items were donated in 2017 and 8,900 items were collected last year.
A brat fry earlier this month, raised just under 700 dollars to help send those donations to veterans and active duty service members.
Support group member LeRoy Eades said donations mostly go to Wisconsin service members who can't make it home for the holidays.
"A lot of them won't be home for Christmas, so this is just a little piece of Christmas we're giving to them," said Eades.
Peoples State will accept donations until Veterans Day on November 11. Donation drop-offs can be found at bank locations in Rhinelander, Wausau, Rib Mountain, Weston, Eagle River, Minocqua and Marathon.
ST. GERMAIN - Few things can ruin a Friday night fish fry in Wisconsin - except maybe a lack of fish.
"A lot of those Lake Erie perch are ending up on the plates of Wisconsin restaurants and Wisconsin suppliers, so when something happens to Lake Erie â€¦ then the restaurants and suppliers can feel that," said DNR Fisheries Supervisor David Boyarski.
Faced with a shortage of yellow lake perch, Cathy Kuske, DJ's Northwoods Family Restaurant manager, has found a way to combat the issue.
"When I ask the distributor how much they have, he'll tell me how many cases and I'll order twice as many cases as I normally do, just so we don't run out," said Kuske.
WAUSAU - After Gov. Tony Evers introduced a "red flag" proposal in September, leaders in the Wisconsin legislature never brought that bill to the floor. The governor revealed his plan Monday to get Republicans on the record about gun control.
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