News Briefs: Week of November 4
Democrat seeks 12th District state senate seat
A Wausaukee Democrat has announced her candidacy for public office. Wendy Klawitter is running for Wisconsin’s 12th District State Senate seat, currently held by Republican Tom Tiffany of Minocqua. In a campaign announcement, Klawitter said she seeks to represent “everyone in the 12th District, not just those with the most money or those in a small geographic region of the district.”
The voice of northern Wisconsin isn’t being represented, she stated, adding that education, infrastructure, industry and environmental concerns are suffering. Klawitter said she believes in Medicaid expansion and the legalization of marijuana.
The election for the 12th Senate District will take place in fall 2020. Tiffany is running in a special election to replace Republican Sean Duffy who resigned his seat in September.
Big Bundle Up
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce is asking residents to help keep Wisconsin warm this winter by dropping off new or gently used cold weather attire. The Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up campaign is underway and accepting coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items through Nov. 28. This is the ninth year of the campaign which has to date collected more than 155,000 items to help families in need. A collection box is located at the Rhinelander chamber, 450 W. Kemp Street. All items donated at this location will be given to Warm for Winter Clothing Pantry for distribution. The chamber is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Additionally, other chambers and some Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers are collection sites. For more information, call 715-365-7464.
Preparing for Entrepreneurial Success
Nicolet College is hosting a free workshop for anyone who has been thinking of starting their own business, who has an idea for a new business or is looking for guidance to turn your idea into reality. The workshop will be held 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7, at Nicolet College Fireside Center. Attendees will complete a comprehensive self-assessment, receive advice and guidance from an experienced business coach and identify the next steps to take. RSVP to 715-365-4905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turkey Trot kicks off Thanksgiving Day
Registration is open for the second annual 5K Turkey Trot in downtown Rhinelander. The run/walk starts and ends at the St. Mark Lutheran Church parking lot Thursday, Nov. 28. Registration before Nov. 1 is $20; on or after that date is $25, with $30 same-day registration. Winners of each age group will receive a Thanksgiving pie as their award. Age groups will be in 10-yeaer increments. Funds raised from the race will pass through St. Mark Lutheran Church and then be disbursed to area individuals or organizations in need. The race begins at 8 a.m. Same-day registration and packet pick up is 6:45-7:45 a.m. To register and for more information, visit rhinelanderturkeytrot.com.
Winter room tax grant applications
The Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee is accepting applications for the winter disbursement of room tax community grants. Funding is available for non-profit community groups and organizations. Proposed projects should focus on projects for Rhinelander and the town of Pelican that will bring people to the area, or encourage them to stay longer. Funds can be used only for advertising and marketing activities and may not be used for operating expenses, volunteer stipends or infrastructure. Visit explorerhinelander.com or stop by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce office for an application. Applications are due to the chamber by 5 p.m., Wednesday Nov, 27. For more information, call 715-365-7464.
Hemp license applications, registration open
Approximately 5,000 acres of hemp were planted in Wisconsin in 2019 for the state’s research pilot program. Anyone interested in growing hemp next year can apply to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection until March 1, 2020. The state’s research pilot program requires that anyone who wants to grow or process hemp obtain a license and register their intent. Hemp can contain no more than 0.3% total THC, the psychoactive ingredient present in marijuana. People who received licenses in 2018 or 2019 will not need a new license but will need to register if they plan to grow or process in the coming year. Among the requirements for a license is passing a background check, developing a research plan, signing an agreement and meeting other reporting and recordkeeping requirements and paying to have their crops sampled for THC levels. For more information, visit http://datcp.wi.gov.
League of Women Voters of the Northwoods
The November meeting of the LWVNOW will be held at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Oneida County ADRC, 100 W. Keenan St., Rhinelander. The group will kick off the League of Women Voters’ 100th anniversary Nov. 12 with a video interview of Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” followed by a discussion of her book. Weiss tells the story of Tennesse, the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Though the outcome is known, the book tells that the path to get there was not an easy one. The LWVNOW encompasses Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas counties. Monthly meetings are open to all. For more information, visit www.lwvnow.org.
Three Lakes announces Fab Lab class schedule
Winter community classes will take place at the Three Lakes Fab Lab beginning Nov 12. The classes are free for Fab Lab members and $10 each for nonmembers. Adobe Illustrator for Makers, parts 1 and 2 will be held Nov. 12 and 19. These prerequisite classes will provide skills to create or modify existing designs that can be used with equipment in the Fab Lab. Classes on using the vinyl cutter, laser engraver, basic and advanced 3D modeling for makers, 3D printing and how to use the Roland Mini Mill are scheduled throughout the winter. All classes begin at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, email Fab Lab director Nate Koch at email@example.com.