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Security beefed up for Labor Day in Wausau

Marchers in a Labor Day parade.
Marchers in a Labor Day parade.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – You'll be seeing increased security today at the Labor Day Parade in Wausau after the controversy surrounding who would be able to march.

Wausau police told the Wausau Daily Herald that they would be there in case anything happens. The controversy comes after the Marathon County Labor Council decided to not invite Republican legislators to the event. Mayor Jim Tipple put pressure on the council, saying they'd have to reimburse the city for the police and other services used in the event if they didn't let everyone in.

The Labor Council relented, with president Randy Radtke saying the move has generated support and conversation about Labor Day, like they hoped it would. “We will let everyone march and hope these Republican politicians finally take away some lessons about what Labor Day really means.”

Since then both Congressman Sean Duffy and State Senator Pam Galloway have announced they'd be at the parade.

The parade starts today at 4 PM on West Wausau Avenue and will run south along Third Avenue to the Labor Temple.