WAUSAU (WAOW)--The Russians are in Wausau! Three Russian visitors and their interpreter arrived in Wausau on Friday, February 11th. The group is taking part in the Open World Program through North Central Technical College. It is federally funded through the Library of Congress.
Tuesday morning they met with media representatives. They questioned TV, radio and newspaper reporters and editors about their role in covering government issues. The discussion focused on the similarities in coverage and differences. After this meeting, the group toured WAOW TV and had their pictures taken on our news set.
While here, the group is learning about North Central Wisconsin. They say they are especially interested in seeing how our government works. They have met with local leaders in Wausau and are now visiting Madison to see state government in action.
The delegates will most likely find their visit to Madison interesting. Thousands of people have converged on the Capitol to protest the Governor's Budget Repair Bill. The Governor says concessions are needed from public employees to help balance a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.
The delegates will return to North Central Technical College in Wausau on Friday. They hope to put ideas together on things they've learned in the US and hope to take them back to Russia to put into use through a community action plan they develop.