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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/20/2017
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Fire ripped through a home in western Vilas County this morning, torching the attic, main floor, and basement. Everyone made it out safely, but tonight, that couple is wondering what they do now. Tonight we hear the couple's story and get their reaction to the fire.

We talk to a Prentice man who recycles bicycles and has them shipped worldwide to people who need them.

And we'll show you a unique historical spot in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where you can view the beautiful fall colors.

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

ONEIDA COUNTY - A group of older adults feel like life just got started. Volunteers took about 20 young-at-heart seniors on an all-day ATV and UTV ride. 

They rode from Enterprise Camp ground down the west loop and around Pelican Lake.

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MANITOWISH WATERS - Heavy, gray smoke poured out of Kay Lackas' home in Manitowish Waters on Wednesday morning while firefighters rushed in, keeping her in a daze.

"I feel like that smoke, foggy," Lackas said.

Lackas was sleeping inside around 8:20 a.m. when she heard a loud bang of thunder, but didn't think much of it until she smelled smoke.

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RHINELANDER - An Oneida County detective believes that if a toddler hadn't been left in the care of his stepmother, 28-year-old Ellen Tran, he might still be alive.

Twenty-month-old Avery Edwards died in April of blunt force trauma at a Rhinelander home, and Tran is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death. She said the child slipped in the shower, but evidence pointed to an intentional act.

On Wednesday, Ellen Tran's husband, Trung, was also charged in the death of his son. Prosecutors say he knew leaving the toddler with his wife was dangerous, and he deserves some of the blame.

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MERRILL - Autumn bring amber colors, acorns and a lot of apples.

One local apple orchard is booming even though it underwent a few changes right before the picking season hit.

"I've taken over the farm, and we're transitioning now to ownership," said Olivia Telschow who was a nurse for more than 12 years. However, that all changed two years ago.

"My dad had a bout of cancer and it really took him out of the position to farm full time," explained Telschow.

And two weeks ago her mother retired which let Telschow change from manager of Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill to the new owner.

"It was kind of a blessing," said Telschow.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Nonpartisan attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislature say portions of a newly signed law that are designed to speed up legal appeals related to the Foxconn Technology Group's factory could be unconstitutional.

The analysis was prepared by attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislative Council at the request of Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling.

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RACINE - A Wisconsin woman and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to locking her 9-year-old granddaughter in a basement kennel.

Forty-six-year-old Gail Lalonde and 48-year-old Dale Deavers entered their pleas Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court.

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MADISON - A bipartisan band of young Wisconsin legislators has formed a group called the Wisconsin Future Caucus.

The caucus' co-chairs, Democratic Representative Amanda Stuck and Republican Representative Adam Neylon, announced the formation of the group during a news conference Wednesday.

They said they've got about 20 lawmakers 40 years or younger on board.

Neylon said the group will serve as a bipartisan platform to discuss issues affecting future generations.

He says the caucus plans to examine potential legislation dealing with self-driving cars and exempting young mothers from jury duty.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow for the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit.

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 along party lines Tuesday to pass the measure. It now heads to the full Senate, which could take it up next month.

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