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Looking back: Ferraro campaigned in Merrill in 1984


MERRILL (WAOW)--Geraldine Ferraro, 75, died Saturday. Residents in one local community recall the day the first female vice presidential candidate visited North Central Wisconsin.

On Labor Day in 1984 Democratic Presidential candidate Walter Mondale and Vice Presidential candidate Ferraro campaigned in Merrill.

Secret Service scouted the area a month and a half before the visit and security personnel kept a close watch on the duo during the parade.

Organizers say the pair chose the small central Wisconsin city because of it's public pride. The event brought an extra 20,000 people to the streets that year.

Mondale and Ferraro weren't the only presidential hopefuls to ride in the Merrill parade; John F. Kennedy also made a stop there during his run for the white house in 1960.

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