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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/19/2018
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Yesterday James Lussier who was being searched by police statewide was found and arrested in Oshkosh. He is one of five men facing homicide charges in connection with the murder of Wayne Valliere Jr. of Lac du Flambeau. We'll bring you more details on what happens next for Lussier.

Rhinelander residents will be electing a new Mayor on April 3rd. We talk to two of the three candidates running for the position.

And we'll show you a new system Nicolet College is using in place of textbooks to help students cut their costs.

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





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RHINELANDER - Nicolet College doesn't ever want a student to choose between buying a textbook or paying the bills.

But when one textbook can cost up to $300, it's a choice many students face. 

"We don't want their grades to suffer. We don't want them to have to make that choice [between] do we take a 'C' or do we get an 'A'? Because we're going to have the materials first day of class now because they're free. They're right there," said Open Education and Instructional Resources manager Cindy Domaika. 

Nicolet College is now offering 22 textbook-free courses. 

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RHINELANDER - Butterfinger, Black Forest, and Snickerdoodle flavors fill the cases at the newest bakery in Rhinelander.

Twin sisters Brooke Strong and Carmen Stamper own BC Cakes & More.

They just opened a second location on Brown Street a couple of weeks ago, but the ladies began re-inventing

flavors a few years ago at their Crandon location.

"Being able to try new things all the time with the flavors and getting suggestions from people," says Carmen Stamper.

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TOMAHAWK - This weekend people in Tomahawk could try out several different soups from local restaurants, all in support of a good cause. Our Sisters House held the Super Soup Supper Soup Competition.

Six different restaurants participated in the competition, the winner got a Golden Ladle and bragging rights.

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EAGLE RIVER - A Snow Show in Eagle River reminded visitors of all that snowmobiling clubs do for Wisconsin.
About 300 people stopped by the Eagle River Derby Track Sunday for the event.
The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs invited 15 vendors to help educate people about the economics and basics of snowmobiling.

"We just want everybody to be aware of all the work that goes into maintaining and upkeep of the snowmobile trails," said Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs President Dave Newman.
It was the 5th annual Snow Show.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

NEILLSVILLE - A Neillsville couple is expected in court soon after police and sheriff's deputies searched their residence and reported finding methamphetamine, marijuana and a hand grenade.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Monday the Marathon County Bomb Squad was called to the home Friday to handle the grenade. Authorities say that after it was removed, officers searched the residence and found the illegal drugs and paraphernalia.

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MADISON - A winter storm that's forecast to dump ice, heavy rain and flooding across much of Wisconsin has election officials concerned about getting polls opened and staffed on time.

The storm is set to hit on Tuesday, the spring primary for the state Supreme Court race and a host of local elections.

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STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point Police are investigating an armed robbery.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday morning, police and Portage County Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the R Store in the 5400 block of HWY 10 E in Stevens Point. Police say during the initial investigation, they determined an armed suspect displayed a weapon and took money from the store.

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WAUSAU - The manager of indie folk band Bon Iver is planning to run for the Wisconsin congressional seat currently held by Republican Sean Duffy.

Kyle Frenette is the founder of Middle West Management. He's managed two-time Grammy award winner Bon Iver and founder Justin Vernon since 2007.

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