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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/08/2016
- Take a trip with us to one of two covered bridges in Wisconsin, the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge in Price County.

- Plus, Wine, women, and welding may sound like a dangerous combination, but the class turned out to be a pretty successful event for the Advanced Welding Institute in Eagle River. The women had fun learning a new skill while helping out a good cause.

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




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LINCOLN COUNTY - A town near Merrill, Harding, hopes the public can help solve a series of crimes.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's department is looking for the person taking signs in the town of Harding.

"A suspect has been traveling through the town of Harding and has been stealing road signs,"Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jim Fischer said. "Whether it was road indication signs or stop signs."

The town of Harding has had signs vandalized or stolen before. But the town's supervisor Donald Graap says not this many in such a short period of time.

"Usually it's just one or two signs they take," Graap said. "This time it was 13 to 14 and some from the county."

If a crash happens because of a missing sign, the person who took the sign will be held responsible.

"If there was property crash or injury crash and that person could be tied to the theft of that crime they could be found civilly liable for any damages be it injury or property," said Fischer.

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MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for fatally beating his father last year.

Forty-one-year-old John Edward Balistreri blamed his 77-year-old father for his mother's death 25 years earlier.

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RHINELANDER - Last year, many people got sick even though they got the flu shot.

Health experts say that's not the case this year. They think this flu season has been a good one so far.

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PRICE COUNTY - By the late 1980s, the U.S. Forest Service knew it needed a new bridge to span the South Fork of the Flambeau River in Price County. The old bridge in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, built in 1955, was taking a pounding from travelers, school buses, and heavy logging trucks.

In 1991, that new bridge was finished.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - New campaign finance reports show state Supreme Court hopeful JoAnne Kloppenburg is outpacing rival Joe Donald in fundraising.

Reports covering the month of January were due to the state Government Accountability Board on Monday.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - Stolen road signs could make it harder for drivers to find their way in western Lincoln County.

Deputies tell us that about 10 signs went missing in the Town of Harding over the last few weeks.  They were taken right off their posts.  Most were road signs, but at least one was a stop sign.

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BALSAM LAKE, WI - A Wisconsin couple is facing criminal charges after authorities say they found the two highly intoxicated in their pickup truck and the woman's 9-year-old daughter behind the wheel.

Jason Roth and Amanda Eggert have pleaded not guilty to charges in Polk County Circuit Court.

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MANITOWOC - Police in Manitowoc say a man fatally shot at his home was apparently targeted by his assailant.

In a news release Friday, police Capt. Larry Zimney says no one is in custody, but the public is not believed to be in any danger.

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