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Lisa Neubauer, candidate for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, casts her vote.(Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - President Donald Trump declared the state Supreme Court race a victory for Appeals Court judge Brian Hagedorn on Friday as opponent Lisa Neubauer contemplated seeking a recount.

Trump tweeted congratulations to Hagedorn "on his big surprise win over a well funded Liberal Democrat in the Great State of Wisconsin" — a 6,000-vote win considered evidence of a reinvigorated Republican base of voters whose enthusiasm has waned in recent elections.

Congratulations to Brian Hagedorn on his big surprise win over a well funded Liberal Democrat in the Great State of Wisconsin for a very important Supreme Court seat. Republicans are producing big for Wisconsin!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2019

Neubauer, also a state Appeals Court judge, hasn't decided whether she will seek a recount but has been laying the groundwork all week as county elections officials canvass the votes to determine the official tally.

MAPLE BLUFF - Gov. Tony Evers returned a hyper-realistic painting of children in Milwaukee to the governor's mansion Friday that Gov. Scott Walker took down eight years ago.

Artist David Lenz, who from the start intended his painting "Wishes in the Wind" to be hung in the mansion, called the picture's return "bittersweet in reverse."

At an unveiling at the mansion Friday, Evers said placing the painting above a fireplace at the governor's mansion amounted to a "homecoming" that would remind public officials their actions have consequences for children. 

"Looking into their eyes should remind us of the responsibility we all share to work together to ensure a bright future for all kids in Wisconsin," Evers said.

"Wishes in the Wind," a David Lenz 2010 oil that was removed from the governor's mansion during Scott Walker's term has been returned by Gov. Tony Evers.(Photo: Painting by David Lenz)

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"Wishes in the Wind," a David Lenz 2010 oil that was removed from the governor's mansion during Scott Walker's term has been returned by Gov. Tony Evers.(Photo: Painting by David Lenz)

MAPLE BLUFF - Gov. Tony Evers returned a hyper-realistic painting of children in Milwaukee to the governor's mansion Friday that Gov. Scott Walker took down eight years ago.

Artist David Lenz, who from the start intended his painting "Wishes in the Wind" to be hung in the mansion, called the picture's return "bittersweet in reverse."

At an unveiling at the mansion Friday, Evers said placing the painting above a fireplace at the governor's mansion amounted to a "homecoming" that would remind public officials their actions have consequences for children. 

"Looking into their eyes should remind us of the responsibility we all share to work together to ensure a bright future for all kids in Wisconsin," Evers said.

RELATED: Artwork shuffle at governor's mansion raises eyebrows

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Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry (left) is introduced by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett during the official announcement that Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention at Fiserv Forum on Monday. Milwaukee snagged the event over Houston and Miami.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Alex Lasry and leading Democratic politicians including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore helped shepherd Milwaukee's winning bid for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

But now that preparations for the event are beginning to ramp up, the local organizing committee is ready for a build out.

"We'll be hiring an executive director and a staff that will be getting involved, handling a lot of the day to day for putting this on," Lasry said Friday after appearing at a Milwaukee Business Journal-sponsored forum on convention-related opportunities for local firms.

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McFARLAND - How cool is it to be Matt Hamilton?

Since February 2018 the mustachioed Olympic gold medal-winning curler from McFarland has:

Rung the opening bell at the New York Stock ExchangeCompeted against Jimmy Fallon in shuffleboard curling on The Tonight ShowThrown out first pitches in two Major League stadiums, including Miller ParkDelivered a puck attached to a curling stone before a Toronto Maple Leafs/Washington Capitals outdoor game, then shook hockey god Alex Ovechkin's handAdorned the side of a box of Remington razors and became an official Remington Beard BossGiven curling pointers to country music star Dierks Bentley, who brought him on stage at a concert 

American Curler Matt Hamilton bobblehead(Photo: Journal Sentinel files)

He even has his own bobblehead.

Unnoticed by pretty much everyone in the U.S., curling only attracts American attention once every four years, when its part of Olympic coverage. However, the sport exploded following the men's team's first-ever gold medal in South Korea in 2018.