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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/29/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

On this Memoria Day, we take you on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with a Vietnam veteran from Arbor Vitae.

A Tripoli resident found a plaque in his home that turned out to be for a veteran of World War I and World War II. We'll show you what the American Legion in Tomahawk did with the plaque to honor the veteran.

And a three thousand acre wildlife area about 10 miles west of Rhinelander is managed by the DNR, but now it's getting help to care for the land from a local sportsmen group. We'll show you how the Wisconsin River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is helping to preserve the area.

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

EAGLE RIVER - Many people see Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. The real meaning behind the day can get lost in all the picnics and family get-togethers  

"It's not about barbecuing or any of that stuff; it's about saying thank you and mourning those who passed away for our freedom," said Commander of the Eagle River VFW Post 8637 Denny Geiseman. "Some gave it all, and they gave the ultimate sacrifice, and they should never ever be forgotten. Never."

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PHELPS - The Phelps Historical Museum hopes to promote interest in the town's past. It saw the traditional kickoff of summer as a good time to open it's doors for the season.

The museum hosted an open house on Memorial Day. Admission was free and the event ran from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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TOMAHAWK - Almost 30 years ago, the U.S. government gave the family of Tomahawk-area Army veteran Vern Kamin a traditional bronze plaque after he died.

Those plaques usually go at the gravesite of the veteran, but this plaque never made it to Greenwood Cemetery in Tomahawk until this year.

In April, the Tomahawk American Legion had an unexpected visitor.

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ARBOR VITAE - Firefighters in Vilas County called a trailer home a total loss.

Jane Fosch left her home to visit family Monday. Not too long after, her house was up in flames.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MARINETTE - A Wisconsin attorney has decided to resign, saying an unmanageable workload and a lack of resources is driving him away.

WLUK-TV reports that Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey is resigning next month. He and other Wisconsin prosecutors have been asking for more resources for years.

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MILWAUKEE - Police in Milwaukee are investigating separate shootings that left two people dead and 10 wounded.

The wounded include two children. The dead include a 37-year-old Milwaukee man who was shot during an argument Saturday afternoon, and a 29-year-old Milwaukee man who was shot Saturday night under circumstances that remain under investigation.

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ELM GROVE, WI - Three people were injured when show ponies pulling a wagon in a Memorial Day parade in southeastern Wisconsin rushed onto a crowded sidewalk.

Authorities say a 9-year-old boy and a 58-year-old woman who were struck by the carriage Monday in Elm Grove were taken to a hospital. The boy, who is from Racine, suffered a minor cut and stomach pain. The woman, of Brookfield, suffered ankle, shoulder and head injuries.

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SHEBOYGAN - SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have identified two men who died when their single-engine plane crashed in a farm field in Sheboygan County.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office said Saturday the pilot was 67-year-old Dennis Hall of McHenry, Ill., and the passenger was 19-year-old Filip Smecko of Janesville, Wis.




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