Information on the candidates|
Congressional candidates explain positions, vote nears
|A glance at the candidates for the seventh Congressional District candidates.|
PARTY — Republican
AGE — 43
RESIDES — Wausau
EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, St. Mary's University; law degree, William Mitchell College of Law.
CAREER — Served in Congress since 2011. Previously served as district attorney in Ashland County. Worked his way through college as a competitive lumberjack. Starred in the sixth season of MTV's "The Real World."
PERSONAL — Married, seven children.
PARTY — Democrat
AGE — 31
RESIDES — Ashland
EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Northland College, 2007; fellow, Leadership Wisconsin, formerly Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program.
CAREER — Consultant whose clients include the Bayfield Regional Food Producers Cooperative, Bayfield Shores Harvest Trail and Lake Superior CSA. Previously served as executive director of the nonprofit Alliance for Sustainability and taught sustainable community development at Northland College. Served on the Ashland City Council from 2011 to this year.
PERSONAL — Married.
PARTY — Gree
Top photo, Kelly Westlund, shown campaigning with Democratic supporters in Antigo, and Republican Sean Duffy, lower photo, are locked in a tight race for the Seventh Congressional District seat. Duffy is the incumbent.
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wausau Republican, faces Democrat Kelly Westlund, an Ashland councilwoman in the race for the Seventh Congressional District, which includes a huge portion of northern and western Wisconsin, including Antigo and all of Langlade County.
Also on the ballot is Green Party candidate Lawrence Dale, an Eagle River insurance salesman. The election will be held on Tuesday.
Westlund visited Antigo recently, visiting with Democratic supporters at Fifth Avenue Restaurant and Lounge and touring local businesses. She suggested the polls show a tight race, noting that prior to Duffy’s election in 2010, the region was represented for decades by Democratic Congressman David Obey.
“It’s a swing district,” she said. “There is a real opportunity to take it back.”
Westlund said the key is to motivate her supporters.
“Something is happening here,” she said. “We want to show people there is a different way to do politics.”
Duffy has visited Antigo over the course of his two terms on Congress, but has not campaigned here this fall.
The Associated Press asked both major candidates to responsd to a series of questions. Exerpts
Daylight Savings ends early Sunday morning
Critical school referendum is on the White Lake ballot Tuesday
|Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, at which point most of the country will set their clocks back one hour.|
This is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. ReadyWisconsin urges you to check these items.
—Smoke Detectors: Check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work, due, in most cases, to dead or missing batteries. Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their homes.
—Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room and nearly 500 are killed each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. To protect your family from carbon monoxide, follow these simple safety tips:
Make sure you have working CO detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have CO detectors on every level incl
Bill Callaway of Callaway Clocks and Antique Radio Service in downtown Antigo is ready to “fall back” as daylight savings time ends Sunday morning.
Humane Society offering waffles
|It’s simple economics, White Lake District Administrator Bill Fisher said, small rural schools need referendum dollars in order to operate.|
On Tuesday, White Lake voters will go to the polls to decide whether the district should be allowed to spend $250,000 above state-imposed revenue limits for each of the next three years in order to maintain programs and meet expenses. It is the same question White Lake asked in spring, when it lost by the slimmest of margins, with just two votes separating the nays and the ayes. Final tally was 179 opposed to 177 in favor.
Fisher said that the larger turnout, expected in part due to a spirited race for governor, may tilt the results in the referendum’s favor, noting that until April, district voters had regularly approved operating referendums dating back to 2001.
“The state’s funding formula does not address the unique needs of rural schools,” Fisher said. “We continue to lose about 15 percent in state aid every year, and our expenses don’t go down 15 percent. Unless the funding formula changes, rural schools will continue to have to go to referendums to operate.”
The referendum comes with a price tag of 89 cent
Amy Peters, secretary at White Lake School, poses with the recognition plaques in the school’s new commons and gymnasium area. The plaques, which highlight those who donated maple logs for the new gymnasium’s floor, are an example of the close relationship between the school and the community.
|Enjoy some great specialty waffles while supporting the Langlade County Humane Society on Sunday.|
The Society, which operates the county animal shelter, will host its first annual waffle-Mania Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Vickie and the Vets.
Nick Salm will be cooking up renowned Belguim waffles with 10-plus toppings available. There will also be sausages and chicken tenders from Edelman’s Meats, Culver’s frozen custard and Mark Steckbauer’s maple syrup. Cost is $7.50 per plate, including coffee and juice.
To top off brunch, loaded Bloody Marys will be available for $5 and mimosas for $2.
Also participating will be Thrivent Financial and National Mutual Benefit Branch No. 2
The Humane Society’s flurry of fund-raising activities continues on Saturday, Nov. 8, when the group will team with North Star Lanes and Thrivent Financial for Pins for Pets. There will be family fun bowling from 4 to 8 p.m. and moonlight bowling after 8 p.m. Bowling is $10 per person including shoes.
There will also be entertainment and music for everyone, bowls of soups, stews and chili, barbecue sandwiches and vegetarian meals along with soda, chips, pie and c
Representatives from the Langlade County Humane Society, joined by chef Nick Salm and sponsors, are ready for Waffle-Mania Sunday at Vickie and the Vets.
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