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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/20/2014
- We'll show you how the loss of one event in the Rhinelander area has opened the door for a new one downtown.

- A central Wisconsin paper mill will transition to international ownership after being owned by an American company.

- And hundreds of kids in third world countries will get to open a Christmas gift this year. It's all thanks to people who donate a shoebox filled with supplies for kids. The boxes are part of a world-wide organization called Operation Christmas Child. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to the Rock Mission Center in Eagle River where volunteers are collecting boxes filled with toys, toothbrushes, and hope.

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




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 LOCAL NEWS
High school students play role in hair product education videoSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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MERRILL - You might not think of Merrill when it comes to hair products, but a salon in the town sells more of a brand than any competing salon in the U.S., according to Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon Vice President/Co-Owner Thomas Christensen.

Stylists at Cost Cutters in Merrill can take credit for selling so much of the Piranha X brand. The company uses stylists and marketing to target young men.

"You got to speak their language, and so we really want to do that make sure that is important," Piranha X CEO Michael Vincent said. "And we want to do it with credibility so we are just not posing, we're actually really a part of that lifestyle."

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Early major snow storm keeps Northwoods boat businesses busySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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THREE LAKES - You'd think cold weather would slow down business for boating shops. But our recent early major snow storm has actually kept boat maintenance and storage businesses busy.

"Normally we've got, you know, nicer weather than now," said Ryan Lamon, sales manager at Watercraft Sales in Three Lakes.

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Freeze the Gain encourages holding weight steady over the holidays in Forest CountySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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CRANDON - Forest County health workers hope they can help people maintain their weight over the holidays.

A national study found average Americans gain one or two pounds around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"That weight typically doesn't come off," said Forest County Health Department Director Jill Krueger. "You're accumulating a pound or two every year, which is a risk factor for obesity down the road."

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The Retail Shed looks to play a piece in improved economy in LaonaSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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LAONA - A drive through Laona might convince you that the community is struggling economically. That's true for many small Northwoods towns. But one locally-owned, independent store is trying to move things in a better direction.

Within the last few months, both the grocery store and the hardware store in Laona closed.

Now, the hardware store is back open, with new owners and a new name. It's called The Retail Shed.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Bus driver cited for deadly crashSubmitted: 11/20/2014

SHAWANO COUNTY - A citation against a school bus driver claims his failure to yield at a stop sign caused a deadly crash in Shawano County.

75 year old James Mueller has been cited in a crash near Pulaski that killed one woman and injured members of a high school volleyball team.

A report from the Shawano County Sheriff's Department shows Mueller was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign -- resulting in death. He was also cited for causing injuries.

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Wisconsin mom accused of damaging son's earsSubmitted: 11/20/2014

MILWAUKEE - A 26-year-old Fond du Lac woman is charged with felony child abuse after she was caught on video jamming cotton swabs into her son's ears, causing them to bleed.

According to the complaint, Jenna Schumacher took her 15-month-old son to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment of chronic ear bleeding and perforated eardrums.

The complaint says doctors found no medical reason for the ear injuries, but discovered a piece of a cotton swab in the boy's ear.

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Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platformSubmitted: 11/19/2014

WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders have chosen Paul Ryan to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years.

The new post could give the Wisconsin Republican a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond.

Ryan was the party's vice presidential nominee two years ago. He has sidestepped questions about his plans for 2016.

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Wisconsin residents warned to watch out for government imposter phone scamSubmitted: 11/19/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin consumer protection workers warn people to be on the lookout for a government imposter phone scam.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says residents around the state have been getting pre-recorded calls from a Steven Martin from the U.S. Treasury.

The recording warns that the treasury has launched an enforcement action against the person who answers.

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