RHINELANDER - Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman will face competition from one of his officers if he chooses to run for sheriff again in 2018.
Sgt. Greg Gardner announced his candidacy for sheriff in a press release Monday afternoon. Gardner is a 22-year veteran of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. He also served four years as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.
Gardner describes himself as a lifelong Oneida County resident who "welcomes scrutiny and understands that he is responsible to the taxpayers of Oneida County."
In his career with Oneida County, which started in 1995, Gardner has been a deputy sheriff, detective sergeant, and sergeant. He was a field training officer and Special Response Team member.
Gardner currently serves as the liaison officer for the School District of Rhinelander. He is in his first year as school resource officer at Rhinelander High School. Gardner also teaches at Nicolet College's Law Enforcement Recruit Academy as an adjunct instructor.
"I have enjoyed a great career with Oneida County and I want our current and younger officers, along with all employees, to have the same great work experience that I was fortunate enough to have," Gardner said in his press release. "I look forward to working with the citizens of Oneida County, and listening to their concerns as well as ideas to improve the Sheriff's Office."
Gardner is the second candidate to formally announce his campaign. Oneida and Forest county Medical Examiner Larry Mathein announced his campaign about a week ago.
Hartman has not announced publicly whether he will run again next year. Hartman was first elected sheriff in 2014 after Gov. Scott Walker appointed him in 2013. Hartman replaced Sheriff Jeff Hoffman, who retired.
LAND O'LAKES - Eleven years ago, retired Col. Don Hamilton wanted to make sure veterans were appreciated across the Northwoods.
"Me and two other guys, we kind of were having a cold beer one day and said 'You know, we ought to do something fun for the veterans,'" said Hamilton. "Why don't we just put them on a free snowmobile for a day?"
EAGLE RIVER - For Greg Herfindahl, 20 degrees below zero is the magic number.
When temperatures are colder than that, Herfindahl's school buses don't always cooperate.
He owns Schilleman Bus Service in Eagle River, and the thermometer reached 30 below in Land O'Lakes overnight. In the morning, the buses, which serve the Northland Pines School District, just didn't go.
"As soon as we started pulling out of the yard, right away they're losing power," Herfindahl said. "We've got issues."
As the diesel fuel gelled in frigid temperatures, buses stopped running, and Herfindahl told Northland Pines he couldn't confidently get students to school. That led to a day off for students.
THREE LAKES - Art teachers constantly strive to think of projects that will let students explore their creativity. Three Lakes Elementary School students are getting to work on something that will end up displayed far beyond their parent's refrigerators.
"I've had my class send letters, notes, nothing as big as this before," said Three Lakes Third Grade Teacher Jessica Noe.
MADISON - A power outage impacted terminal operations at the Madison airport for about 2 ½ hours.
The outage at the Dane County Regional Airport happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday, and a backup generator also failed. Airport spokesman Brent McHenry told WMTV that passengers could not get on or off planes.
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