Those interested in running for a seat on their village or town board, city council, or school board, have until 5 p.m., Jan. 7, 2020 to file nomination papers to appear on the ballot next spring. The first day any candidate can begin circulating nomination papers is Dec. 1, 2019.
To be eligible to run, candidates must be age 18 or older and live within the district they wish to represent. Persons with a felony conviction may not appear on the ballot.
The Spring Election is set for April 7, with a Feb. 18 primary date, if necessary. A primary will only be held if more than two official candidates are running for the same seat.
Persons who miss the filing deadline may still register as write-in candidates, but will not have their names printed on the ballot.
Candidacy papers are available through the local clerk's office or by contacting the clerk directly.
The April 7 election will also
have a statewide race for justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and serve as the 2020 Presidential Preference vote.
All 13 Price County supervisor seats will be up for election in the spring. Each term is for two years, with the current terms expiring April 20, 2020. Incumbents for each district are as follows: District 1, Larry Palecek; District 2, James Adolph; District 3, Sheryl Slaby; District 4, Jeffrey Hallstrand; District 5 James Hintz; District 6, Paula Houdek; District 7, Dennis Wartgow; District 8, Marguerite Sue Bocock; District 9, Jordan Spacek; District 10, Robert Kopisch; District 11, John Vlach; District 12, Bruce Jilka; and District 13, William Teeters.
The City of Park Falls will hold an election for five aldermanic seats. Elections will be held to succeed: District 1 alderpersons Daniel Greenwood and Dennis Wartgow, District 2 Alderperson James Corbett, District 3 Alderperson Anthony Thier, and District 4 Alderperson Dina Bukachek. All terms are for two years.
The City of Phillips will hold elections for mayor and all three at large alderpersons. The current mayor is Charles Peterson. Jerry Clark, John Vlach, and John Klimowski hold the three at large seats. All terms are for two years.
The Village of Prentice will hold an election for three village trustee seats to succeed: Doug Hagen, Jessica McKittrick, and Brad Swenson. All terms are for two years.
The Village of Catawba will hold an election for the expiring term of trustee Gayle Burcaw.
The Village of Kennan will hold an election for one trustee seat.
The Village of Butternut (Ashland County) will hold an election for three village trustees to succeed: Lisa Hilgart, Larry Meverden, and Gary Vander Wyst. All terms are two years.
School District of Chequamegon
The School District of Chequamegon will elect three board of education members to serve three-year terms to succeed: Greg Wirsing (Town of Fifield), Roger Strand (towns of Eisenstein and Sherman), and Lois Freeland (towns of Gordon, Jacobs, Peeksville, and Shanagolden in Ashland County and parts of the Town of Spider Lake in Sawyer County).
School District of Phillips
The School District of Phillips will elect three board of education members to serve three-year terms to succeed: Joe Fox (towns of Emery, Flambeau, and Worcester), Marty Krog (Town of Elk), and Kevin Rose (villages of Catawba and Kennan, Town of Harmony, parts of the towns of Catawba, Georgetown, and Hackett, Kennan).
School District of Prentice
The School District of Prentice will elect three board of education members to serve threeyear terms to succeed: Randy Erickson (Town of Hacket), Darrell Pierson (Town of Spirit), and Hellen Palmquist (Town of Knox). Terms begin on April 27, 2020.
School District of Butternut
The School District of Butternut will elect two board of education members to serve three-year terms to succeed Gary Mertig and Katie Weinberger. The seats are at large and the terms begin on April 27, 2020.
While many holiday shoppers look to big box stores for Black Friday or online deals during Cyber Monday, it's the weekend in between that's reserved for local shops to make their mark on the holiday sale season.
"Sure, you can't buy everything in a small community, but you can certainly support the community you live in by buying some things, and that's a big deal," says Barb Chapman, co-owner of The 5 Senses in Phillips. Her store is one of several locally-owned retail stores that rely on the holiday shopping season to boost sales.
From Thanksgiving Day to the following Monday is one of the busiest shopping events of the year. Last year, an estimated 165 million people shopped during that five-day period, spending an average of $313, according to a study by the National Retail Federation.
Originally designed by American Express a decade ago, Small Business Saturday is aimed at getting customers into small, local stores. In 2011, a year after the credit card company kicked off its campaign, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution supporting the shop small movement, which has grown ever since.
"The tradition of Thanksgiving weekend holiday shopping has become a five-day event with consumers spending money in stores, supporting local small businesses, and online with their mobile devices and computers," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a press release. "Even as people are starting to purchase gifts earlier in the season, consumers still enjoy finding good Thanksgiving deals and passing time shopping with family and friends over the long holiday weekend."
Those family groups are something Cabin Creations owner Kristin Harper has witnessed in her Phillips store. "People are here visiting their families. This is where they grew up and so there's a lot of family shopping on those days," she said.
Harper said her busy season really starts with the beginning of the nine-day gun deer hunt.
"I think what people are beginning to remember is that shopping is supposed to be fun. How can shopping online be fun?"
— Barb Chapman
"I basically run the same promotion all of deer hunting season because it's become such a busy week. Most years, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are the busiest days out of that nine-day hunting season, but all of the hunting season is busy."
Harper emphasized she believes local shoppers are already good at supporting local businesses and pointed out the retailers in Phillips all work together to be non-competitive by not carrying the same merchandise. "We try to work together so that we can all do something a little bit different so it gives people a reason to shop at all of the stores," she said.
But how do small shops compete with the reach and selection of big box stores and online retail?
According to Chapman, it comes down to customer experience and customer service.
"I think what people are beginning to remember is that shopping is supposed to be fun," she said. "How can shopping online be fun?"
Kelly, Chapman's daughter, and co-owner at the eclectic 5 Senses gift store stressed there are advantages to being
a small store, like the ability to hold events such as tastings or demonstrations. She said walking into a large retailer and not receiving any attention from employees can be a turnoff for the shopping experience.
And when it comes to competing on price with online retailers, Chapman said she doesn't mind people being smart consumers. "I tell people when they come in with their phones and they're pricing to go right ahead."
Chapman said it's a misconception that Amazon prices or other online outlets are cheaper, at least for the products she's carrying. Her store carries only minimal amounts of products so that what's on display is always changing.
"What it boils down to is customer service, and we know our products well," Chapman said. "So you can either talk to us or you can talk to somebody that's not sure what the product is."
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses create two of every three jobs across the country, a major part of the economic engine both locally and nationwide. In Wisconsin, about half of the workforce is employed by a small business.
A 2018 study commissioned by American Express showed approximately 67 cents from each dollar spent at a small business stayed in the local community.
"People need to realize that unless you support the businesses in your own back yard, we're not going to be around," said Chapman.
Shopping local this holiday weekend
From Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 participating businesses in Phillips will be displaying Shop Local posters encouraging people to sign up for that business's drawing to be entered into a Chambersponsored drawing for one of three $25 Chamber Dollars prizes.
Adding to the festive atmosphere will be free movie showings at the Phillips and Park Falls movie theaters.
At Cinema North in Phillips will be the movie "Abominable," running at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., sponsored by Phillips Moose Lodge #2661.
"Abominable" will also play at the Park Theatre in Park Falls at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., sponsored by Northwoods Community Credit Union and an additional $1 will be taken off regular concessions prices courtesy of Flambeau Hospital.