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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/06/2015
- One Northwoods football field needs major repairs. Football officials say the field at Jay Stadium in Merrill is almost unplayable. The Merrill Area Public School administration wants to fix the field, but it doesn't know what to do yet. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to Merrill to find out more.

- Plus, the Phelps basketball team takes being a family to the next level. Four out of their five starters are related

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

MINOCQUA - Leaders at Minocqua Winter Park often hear from locals that they don't get the chance to visit the park. Staff members want to change that, so the park will host Lakeland Community Appreciation Day this Sunday.

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EAGLE RIVER - The former Lac du Flambeau man who owned and ran an ATM business that appeared in some U.S. and Canadian casinos will serve three years in prison.

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MERRILL - More private schools in Northcentral Wisconsin could take part in the statewide voucher program.

Three schools in Lincoln and Marathon counties that aren't already a part of the program are applying this year.

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VILAS COUNTY - Visitors to one Northwoods courthouse may notice some changes in security.

The Vilas County Courthouse will put in place new security measures starting March 16.

The biggest change the public will notice is that only one entrance will now be open to the public.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - A representative of Wisconsin's Native American tribes told state lawmakers about the challenges facing tribal communities.

Chris McGeshick, chairman of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community delivered the annual State of the Tribes address Thursday.

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BARABOO - Circus World, with its roots in the Ringling Bros., says it's committed to keeping elephants in its shows in Baraboo.

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus plans to eliminate elephants from its circus performances by 2018. Feld Entertainment says some cities and counties have passed ``anti-circus'' and ``anti-elephant'' ordinances, making touring difficult with changing regulations.

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MADISON - Update: The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a right-to-work bill on a straight party line vote.

The bill passed Friday on a 62-35 vote, with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against. The Senate passed it last week.

It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker, who plans to sign it Monday.

Democrats hoped to convince 14 Republicans to join with them in rejecting the bill.

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BAYFIELD - Wisconsin's winter wonder re-opened today after a temporary closure.

The National Park Service closed the caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Tuesday evening due to high winds.

Concerns were that wind and blowing snow could make the ice leading out to the caves unsafe.

Around 12,000 people have visited the ice caves along the south shore of Lake Superior in Northwestern Wisconsin since they opened last weekend.

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