RHINELANDER - Progressives in the Northwoods rallied Thursday night to support Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference and President Trump.
As dusk fell, they gathered in downtown Rhinelander with signs and chants.
The rally was one of hundreds across the country termed "Nobody is Above the Law." They were organized after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and named Matt Whitaker the Acting Attorney General.
"We think this is a constitutional crisis. We've been waiting for this moment, because our president has been threatening to do something like this for a long time. We're very concerned that the president, who is the subject of the investigation, is trying to control, or limit, or even shut down the investigation. That's not appropriate. That's not what you have in a democracy," said Alan Reder, who came from Elcho for the protest.
"Regular Americans want to know that our government is still of the people, by the people, and for the people, and that we're still an American country," said Lake Tomahawk's Catherine Parker.
The rally was organized by the Northwoods Progressives group. More than 50 people came together in Rhinelander with fewer than 24 hours' notice.
"It's very heartening to see that people come out, that people are concerned here," Reder said.
TOMAHAWK - Two local car mechanics told us a stretch of Highway 51 near Tomahawk is so bad, they won't even drive on it. Both said the road is rougher than they've ever seen it, a condition echoed on roads throughout the Northwoods.
But the nine-mile stretch near Tomahawk especially stands out for some drivers.
"[Highway] 8 to Highway S, the southbound lane, is buckling so bad, you just bounce down that road. The cars, when they bounce down there, the suspension just takes a beating," said Gary Luedke, the service manager at Heritage Chevrolet in Tomahawk.
Luedke has seen problems with ball joints, tie rod ends, and even tires with chunks missing. All of the damage comes from bad winter roads like Highway 51.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - A business development agency in the Northwoods pictures new homes, apartments, and jobs coming to Lac du Flambeau in the next decade. Building those and making them a reality may get a boost from a new tax deferral process.
Lac du Flambeau has been identified as an "Opportunity Zone." Essentially, it allows investors to avoid paying taxes on capital gains through things like profits made through trading stocks.
PHILLIPS - You can still get protection with a flu shot. The Price County Health Department says it's not too late. In Wisconsin, the number of people taking advantage of the flu vaccine is up this year.
Last year, 37 percent of people in Wisconsin received a flu shot during the flu season. This year, that number slightly rose to 38 percent.
Many of us worry about the flu during the winter months. But it can still be a problem through the warmer months because of airplane travel. Travel between the northern and southern hemispheres will allow the flu to spread anytime during the year.
Even in late February, we are still encouraged to get the shot.
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