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Kohl discusses assortment of topics with Prescott students

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PRESCOTT - When Herb Kohl thought of running for the U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin in 1988, he initially didn't think too highly of his chances.

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"When the job opened up, I didn't think I was a willing candidate," he said.

Nonetheless, Kohl won the seat that year and has been elected to three six-year terms since, including last year, when he easily defeated Robert Lorge.

Besides being a U.S. Senator, Kohl is also well-known in Wisconsin as the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks National Basketball Association (NBA) team since 1985 and helping build his family-owned business, Kohl's department stores, as he was President from 1970 through the sale of the corporation in 1979.

Kohl, 72, stopped in at Prescott High School last Wednesday to answer questions in teacher Jeff Ryan's civics classes.

"It gives me a chance to do something good," Kohl said about being a U.S. Senator. "Everyday is an exciting day in Washington D.C."

For more read the Dec. 5 print version of the Herald.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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