RHINELANDER - On Tuesday, Oneida County became the 50th of Wisconsin's 72 counties asking the state to "Just Fix It."
The "Just Fix It" campaign is a push from the state's Transportation Development Association. It's asking the state government to raise more money to repair and maintain roads.
"This resolution is saying how the state wants to do that is up to them," Oneida County Board Supervisor Robb Jensen said. "But do something. Don't keep doing the same old, same old, because we're going to continue to fall farther and farther behind."
Options for raising more money include increasing the gas tax, raising registration fees, or putting tolls on some roads in Wisconsin.
But that effort could stop short on Gov. Scott Walker's desk.
"The one area where I draw the line is, I made a firm pledge to the voters that I would not raise the gas tax and fees associated with transportation," he said last week in Plover. "I respect those who disagree with me, but that's a pledge I made."
In addition to 50 counties, more than 350 cities, towns, and villages have signed on to the "Just Fix It" movement in Wisconsin.
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 … 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.
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