Candidates try to capture millennial vote before November electionSubmitted: 10/17/2018
Rose McBride
Rose McBride

Candidates try to capture millennial vote before November election
NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN - Millennials are getting involved in the upcoming election in ways only their generation can.

"I got registered on Snapchat last week," said 20-year-old Adam Brzezicki.

Yes, social media platforms like Snapchat are to thank for getting the word out.

"Go right to newsfeed stories, and it says register to vote and five minutes later you're registered to vote," said Brzezicki.

This election season, young people are getting active and voting for issues important to them, like keeping tuition affordable.

"It's hard being a single parent and trying to get a better education," said 30-year-old Jen Boydston.

Candidates are taking some measures to capture the youth vote on November 6.

"It's really important on a college campus or with young working millennials to remind them about how bad things were before, how we moved the state forward," said Governor Walker.

Governor Walker visited G3 Industries in Kronenwetter Wednesday. 

He spoke about the state's decreasing unemployment rate during his time as governor, and how he believes young people have many options when it comes to jobs after graduation.

Later in the afternoon, Senator Tammy Baldwin also made a stop in Wausau at The Mint Café to thank voters for their support and mingle with people having lunch.

When it comes to young voters, she said three things really matter most.

"I think engaging, listening, and showing up really matters," said Baldwin.

Baldwin, the nation's first openly gay Senator, also mentioned issues relating to equality have always been important to the young generation, and this is the first time they're seeing equal rights go backwards. She says that encourages them to get involved.

"I think a lot of folks are pretty shocked and want to be a part of continuing our forward momentum in our country," said Baldwin.

Young voters agree that every vote counts. Their generation could be making a big difference this election season.

"It could be the last few votes of our generation that ultimately decide who wins it," said Boydston.

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A report of a noisy house party and fight near Crandon led to six drug-related arrests earlier this month.  Officers eventually found heroin, cocaine, and guns along with other drug items inside, but getting there took some extra work.

According to a release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, police responded to a home at 7840 Love Knot Lane in the Town of Lincoln, which is east of Crandon, on March 7 around 7:15 p.m.

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CRANDON - Recently, flooding closed roads and frustrated communities from Rhinelander to Plover. A bad combination of rain and melting snow led to days of flood warnings. As those warnings go away, a related risk could do a lot more than frustrate you - it could make you sick. Flooding can cause contamination in wells, but the Northwoods is lucky to have a world-class water testing facility.

RT Krueger's Northern Lake Service in Crandon has about 50 specialized machines that test drinking water for half of the municipalities in Wisconsin. Krueger tests Rhinelander's water three times a week. Every year 65,000 water samples flow in and out of this lab.

"The safe drinking water testing for the city of Madison is being performed up in little tiny Crandon," said Krueger.

Many people have their own wells, which are not tested regularly like municipal water. If your well is submerged due to flooding, filtered groundwater mixes with potentially harmful surface water.

"You're introducing the bacteria and all the compounds and organisms that are normally above the water that you're drawing," said Krueger.

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VILLAGE OF HEWITT - Monday around 7 A.M. Wood County police responded to a man who was run over by a dump truck in the Village of Hewitt.

When the police arrived they were informed by emergency responders that the man's injuries were fatal.

The victim of the accident was 77-years-old.

Police have ruled the death as an accident, and it was determined that the subjects involved were performing maintenance on the dump truck when the accident happened.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department, Hewitt EMS, Marshfield Ambulance, and the Wood County Coroner's Office all responded to the accident.

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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man could face prison time after police arrested him in an online underage sex sting.  Oneida County prosecutors charged Adam Van Roy with three felonies on Monday.

A Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agent working with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office posed as a 19-year-old woman named 'Julia G' on several social media applications March 13-15.  Van Roy, 36, started talking with 'Julia' during that time.  

'Julia' soon told Van Roy she was actually only 15 years old.

The agent's notes show Van Roy asked 'Julia' for pictures, including nude images, and asked her "what do you like in the bedroom?"

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MILWAUKEE - Officials say a man shot by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police on campus is hospitalized in stable condition.

University Police Chief Joe LeMire said at a news conference Tuesday two officers found the man, armed with a gun, sleeping on a bench in the Fine Arts Complex building around 7 a.m., an altercation occurred and he was shot. The police officers were treated for minor injuries.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/19/2019

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We talk to a snowplow driver in Lincoln County who says he was attacked with a baseball bat after accidently knocking down a mailbox.

We'll take you to the ribbon cutting for a new utility garage in Stevens Point and show you some sustainable design features that are part of the facility including the largest solar array in Central Wisconsin.

And we'll speak with a water testing specialist in Crandon to go over the importance of testing groundwater especially after there has been flooding in the area.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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PARK FALLS - Shopko announced it would close all of its stores Monday. That leaves many towns and cities across the Northwoods wondering what, if anything, can fill the gap that will create within their local economies. 

Some groups in Park Falls plan to try to capitalize on a unique federal tax incentive program. The Park Falls Area Community Development Corporation and area Chamber of Commerce already had a plan to educate people on a fairly new tax benefit program, one that will help create opportunity in the area.

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