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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/29/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

On this Memoria Day, we take you on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with a Vietnam veteran from Arbor Vitae.

A Tripoli resident found a plaque in his home that turned out to be for a veteran of World War I and World War II. We'll show you what the American Legion in Tomahawk did with the plaque to honor the veteran.

And a three thousand acre wildlife area about 10 miles west of Rhinelander is managed by the DNR, but now it's getting help to care for the land from a local sportsmen group. We'll show you how the Wisconsin River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is helping to preserve the area.

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




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 LOCAL NEWS

TOMAHAWK - Almost 30 years ago, the U.S. Government gave the family of Tomahawk-area Army veteran Vern Kamin a traditional bronze plaque after he died.

Those plaques usually go at the gravesite of the veteran, but this plaque never made it to Greenwood Cemetery in Tomahawk until this year.

In April, the Tomahawk American Legion had an unexpected visitor.

"A gentleman brought the bronze plaque into the local American Legion Post 93 and gave it to me," said Joe Story, a Legion member.

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ARBOR VITAE - Firefighters in Vilas County called a trailer home a total loss.

Jane Fosch left her home to visit family Monday. 

Not too long after, her house was up in flames.

Jane's daughter- in- law, Linda Fosch, was at the home just before the fire started.

When she returned a few minutes later she saw crowds of people and smoke surrounding the home.

Fosch says she thinks the fire started in either the kitchen or bedroom.

"I went down to my brother in law's house [when I came back] there were all kinds of people and smoke by the house. So it happened that fast after I left," said Fosch. 

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WOODRUFF - Anyone with a craving for "Chicago Style" hot dogs or french fries know they can count on Hoggie Doggies in Woodruff.

This season, dedicated customers will see a new face behind the counter.

This month Steve Pletta celebrated his first season as the owner of Hoggie Doggies.

Pletta's been in the food business for 30 years working at schools and big institutions.

But this is his first venture on his own.

"Food is common to me, but owning a small business like this is a new adventure," said Pletta.

Pletta said the community has welcomed him with open arms, and the transition to owner went smoothly. 

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ARBOR VITAE - Firefighters never leave the station without their gear because they know it could save their lives. That's why it's important they have the best equipment.

Arbor Vitae Fire and Rescue recently put 11 sets of brand new turnout gear into service. Fire Chief Mike VanMeter says the new gear replaces the 12 year old equipment they've been using.

VanMeter also says newer houses are using more plastic, which generates hydrocarbons in the smoke and can harm firefighters. This new gear will help keep firefighters safer.

"To protect out firefighters from these toxic carcinogens so the newer gear is actually built to a better standard to help protect firefighters from those toxic chemicals," said VanMeter.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MARINETTE - A Wisconsin attorney has decided to resign, saying an unmanageable workload and a lack of resources is driving him away.

WLUK-TV reports that Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey is resigning next month. He and other Wisconsin prosecutors have been asking for more resources for years.

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ELM GROVE, WI - Three people were injured when show ponies pulling a wagon in a Memorial Day parade in southeastern Wisconsin rushed onto a crowded sidewalk.

Authorities say a 9-year-old boy and a 58-year-old woman who were struck by the carriage Monday in Elm Grove were taken to a hospital. The boy, who is from Racine, suffered a minor cut and stomach pain. The woman, of Brookfield, suffered ankle, shoulder and head injuries.

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SHEBOYGAN - SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have identified two men who died when their single-engine plane crashed in a farm field in Sheboygan County.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office said Saturday the pilot was 67-year-old Dennis Hall of McHenry, Ill., and the passenger was 19-year-old Filip Smecko of Janesville, Wis.




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BOWLER - North Star Mohican Casino will celebrate 25 years in gaming during the month of May and throughout 2017. On  Thursday, May 25, the "Midwest's Friendliest Casino" offered a free barbecue and ceremonial cake-cutting to mark the occasion. Guests enjoyed entertainment, games, and prizes all afternoon, including musical performances by Clint Miller and Kenny James Duo.

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