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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/21/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll tell you about a survey Merrill Area Public Schools are giving residents to get input on how they would feel about a referendum.

We go to Rhinelander retail businesses to see how they're preparing for Black Friday.

And kindergarten teachers in Eagle River received grant funding for Lego sets. Today some of the kids enthusiastically show us their projects.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.





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LAND O' LAKES - Some artists learn about painting and pottery during art classes in school.

But one home schooled boy is finding other ways to perfect his art.

"Just being yourself and being creative," said 12-year-old Severt Beattie.

Beattie has a passion for painting.

"Sometimes I just want to be creative," said Beattie.
Beattie got inspired by art after discovering a family member was once a famous artist.

"My great grandpa was an artist. He has some really cool pictures he's made," said Beattie.

Beattie hits the books hard when he is getting home schooled. But often times, extra-curricular classes, like art class get overlooked.

"It makes me feel enjoyable and happy because I like all the colors," said Beattie.

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RHINELANDER - Paging through sales flyers, setting your alarm clock extra early, and standing in line with hundreds of people usually go hand in hand on Black Friday.

It's a day retail stores have to prepare for in advance and a day shoppers can't wait for because of those deals. 

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MERRILL - Merrill could be the newest local school district to rely on referendum money in its school budget.

The district faces a $1.8 million dollar operating deficit for next school year, and it has had to take from savings for years to keep the school running.

"We've been making cuts, and we've gotten in the habit of making cuts. Unfortunately, we became very good at making cuts," said Superintendent Dr. John Sample.

A consultant's survey got more than 1,600 responses from people in the district. It shows two-thirds of respondents support some sort of referendum to help pay for schools.

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MERRILL - Employees at Park City Credit Union in Merrill spent Tuesday afternoon passing out turkeys, potatoes, and pumpkin pies to families in need this Thanksgiving. It's one of the many acts of kindness the credit union does in the Northwoods.

This month, the state credit union association recognized Park City with the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action.

"There's one that's received in every state. We were lucky enough to receive the one in Wisconsin," said Park City Credit Union President and CEO Val Mindak. "We're very pleased about that for all of the things we're doing in our markets."

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Election season is starting early in Wisconsin.

Voters will fill three open seats in the Legislature over the next two months. Primaries are set for December 19th with the general elections scheduled for January 16th.

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MADISON - The authors of a Republican bill that would dramatically relax Wisconsin's air pollution rules say the regulations are placing an undue burden on businesses.

Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Duey Stroebel told the Assembly's Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations during a public hearing Tuesday that the state regulates scores of pollutants that the federal government doesn't and the rules need to be reviewed.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has voted to hire three additional staff after Gov. Scott Walker eliminated five positions with a veto in September.

The commission voted unanimously Monday for the authority to seek hiring three additional staff, with two focused on security issues.

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ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.

The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.

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