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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/17/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

A large building in Laona that used to be a store hasn't been used for several years. Now 2 men want to put the building on the National Register of Historic Places. We talk to the men about the big plans they have for the building.

We'll show you how professionals in the heavy machinery industry are showing people in Merrill different opportunities in the field by giving them hands-on experience.

And we talk to a Rhinelander firefighter about how to stay safe while trying to keep warm this winter.

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




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LAONA - Lumber, logging, and the Connor family make up a lot of Laona's history. But some people say the rural town could be losing a lot of its history.

A group of people want to preserve that history and it's starting with one building.   

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MADISON - Rhinelander's former police chief just finished the FBI's "crown jewel" of training.  Mike Steffes -- who is now the Deputy Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Law Enforcement Services --completed the three-week "National Executive Institute" in September.

The academy is designed for executives that lead more than 500 sworn officers and serve populations of 250,000 or more.

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RHINELANDER - Chris Sandstrom knows that, like hockey, his task is all about precision.

"Trying to guess this doesn't work too well," said Sandstrom, kneeling on the ground at Rhinelander Ice Arena on Tuesday morning.

Sandstrom and a small crew have spent the last two days carefully preparing every inch of the rink.

"You can't make a mistake. If you make a mistake, it can't be redone," he said.

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MERRILL - The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for heavy equipment operators to increase 10 percent in the next 10 years. 
 
Industry professionals are always trying to find more qualified people to fill those positions.

They worked with Nicolet College to develop curriculum for the basic heavy equipment operator course. 

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem.

The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans.

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MADISON - The leaders of Gov. Scott Walker's job creation agency met behind closed doors again to discuss contract negotiations with Foxconn Technology Group but didn't take any action.

The electronics giant wants to build a flat-screen manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. Walker signed a $3 billion incentives package for the company last month.

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MADISON - A bill would prevent University of Wisconsin employees from working part-time at Planned Parenthood.

The Republican-backed measure is due for a public hearing before the state Senate's health committee.



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MADISON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not want to "shovel more money at a failing program" to replace federal subsidies that President Donald Trump is eliminating that help make health insurance more affordable.

Ryan told reporters Monday that he supports the president's decision last week to end the subsidies. In Ryan's home state of Wisconsin the loss of the subsidies is projected to result in premiums increasing 36 percent for the average insurance plan sold through the federal exchange.

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