Vukmir, Duffy respond to immigration concerns after GOP rally in MinocquaSubmitted: 10/30/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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Vukmir, Duffy respond to immigration concerns after GOP rally in Minocqua
MINOCQUA - A migrant caravan moving toward the U.S.-Mexico border feels a long way from Oneida County.  But it's an important issue Republican supporters want their Senate candidate to take a strong position on.

Voters got to hear from that candidate, Leah Vukmir, in Minocqua on Tuesday afternoon.

Congressman Sean Duffy and State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) joined Vukmir at the GOP offices along Highway 51 during a 45-minute stop.  The visit drew a crowd of several dozen supporters.

Vukmir says her opponent Tammy Baldwin would prefer to see "catch and release" of illegal immigrants at the border, but Vukmir said the U.S. is and should be a "nation of laws."

"The privilege of being an American requires the responsibility of going through a process of citizenship," Vukmir told reporters after the event. "I watched my family members do that [Vukmir's father immigrated from Greece] and I believe most people here in Wisconsin feel very strongly about that issue as well."

Vukmir said a border wall is the best, first step, but laws need to be strengthened, too.

Congressman Duffy told Newswatch 12 a secure border would prevent caravans from trying to come here in the first place. Responding to President Trump's suggestion of using an executive order to eliminate birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S., Duffy wanted to look into the idea more before making a decision.

"I think we are the only country that does that," Duffy said. "I gotta look at it. I can't tell you if I'm opposed or in favor. I gotta see what the proposal actually looks like."

According to an Associated Press report, about 30 other countries have birthright citizenship, including Canada and Mexico.

Duffy, Testin, and Vukmir all received cheers as they hammered opponents, namely Tammy Baldwin, on taxes, immigration, and healthcare. Supporters also voiced approval for President Trump's economic policies, which Duffy said are not getting enough attention.

"Three years ago, we were afraid if you lost your job you couldn't pay your mortgage. You have jobs everywhere today, there's for-hire everywhere in all of our communities and that's because of these good policies," Duffy said.

The latest Marquette Law Poll shows Vukmir trails Baldwin by 10 points among likely voters, but Duffy says Republicans actually have the momentum now.

"Barack Obama would not come to Wisconsin, Joe Biden would not come to Wisconsin if these races were a lock," Duffy said. "They're really, really close and that's why you see these headliners from the Democrat Party coming in trying to save Tammy Baldwin."

Vukmir, Duffy, and Testin went from Minocqua to a rally with Eric Trump in the Wausau area later Tuesday afternoon.

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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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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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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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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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SCHOFIELD - The future numbers don't look good for Wisconsin's workforce.

The working-age population is projected to keep shrinking. It will be lower in 2040 than it was in 2010.

Those statistics concern groups like the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation, and it's putting forth a strategy to reverse the trend.

"If we don't solve the demographics issue in this state of an aging population and both retaining the young folks that we have in this state, as well as attracting additional young folks, the level of skills of those employees won't matter," WMC Foundation Executive Director Wade Goodsell.

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