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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/23/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Right now, seaplane pilots have no options for parking, repair, and refueling between Shawano and Duluth. We talk to a member of an organization that is trying to change that by constructing a seaplane base in Park Falls.

Snowmobile racers compete at the Winter Hatchet Nationals Ice Oval Snowmobile Racing at the Tomahawk Speedway this weekend. We'll show you how they've prepared the track to keep it from melting, and we talk to a snowmobile champion from Tomahawk to find out how he feels about racing in his home town.

And on tonight's Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following games:

Girls Basketball Playoffs:

Rhinelander vs. Merrill

New London vs. Elcho

Lena vs. Elcho

Wausau West vs. Three Lakes

Bonduel vs. Crandon


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.





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RHIENLANDER - Police think a Rhinelander woman tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband. During Megan Danielczak's preliminary hearing on Friday, a detective explained in more detail what led up to Danielczak's arrest.

Rhinelander Police Detective Sergeant Kyle Parish said Danielczak told police she "went through with it" because she was scared of the hitman.

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RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man accused of murdering his wife in 1982 listened to more than two hours of testimony against him on Friday. 
 
Police arrested Robin Mendez earlier this month for the death of his wife, Barbara. 

The State used a timeline to argue Robin Mendez had enough time to kill his wife at the Park City Credit Union where she worked.

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MERRILL - Merrill went without a homeless shelter for the last two winters. 

Now, construction is finally about to begin on a new one. 

The building was donated to the Merrill Community Homeless Center board in October.

Board Secretary Dee Olsen says Merrill has had 30 adults and five families suffering from homelessness in the last five months.

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TOMAHAWK - The near freezing temperatures will help snowmobile racers compete at the 2nd Annual Winter Hatchet Nationals Ice Oval Snowmobile Race at the Tomahawk Speedway.

Last year during the race, temperatures reached far above freezing causing track co-owner Andrew Bartelt to plan ahead.

"I actually covered this entire speedway with tents and stuff like that to block the UV rays. This year we were preemptive and we put a UV blocker in the water which came along with blue coloring so it looks pretty," said Bartelt.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

ROSSVILLE, INDIANNA - Authorities say no one survived when a small Wisconsin-bound plane carrying multiple people crashed into a central Indiana farm field.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting Prominent Kewaunee County businessman John Pagel and his son-in-law were among those killed.

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BAYFIELD - Many people hoped cold temperatures this winter would allow the ice caves of Lake Superior to be open.

But park rangers don't think it's going to happen this year.

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ST. IGNACE, MI - The Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas has closed to all traffic for the second time in three days due to falling ice from its cables and towers.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority advised motorists Friday to reduce their speed to 20 mph as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop. It says bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the 5-mile (8-kilometer) span to provide instructions.

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MADISON - Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says a tax cut and juvenile justice overhaul that Gov. Scott Walker has made top priorities are in serious jeopardy of not passing the Senate.

Fitzgerald told The Associated Press on Friday that there's "not close to enough support" to pass the per-child tax credit and sales tax holiday bill the Assembly approved on Thursday.

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