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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/22/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll show you the wide spread damage to an Oneida County forest from last Tuesday's storm, and we'll talk with a county forester to get his reaction to the damage.

People driving down Highway 51 and Highway 64 in Lincoln County may find inspection crews on some of the bridges this week. We talk to a Department of Transportation maintenance supervisor about what crews will be looking for and why the inspection needs to be done.

And we'll take you live to Hodag Park for a huge high school baseball match-up between the Rhinelander Hodags and the Antigo Red Robins. They are the best two teams in the Great Northern Conference. If the Robbins wins, they clinch the conference.

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

TOMAHAWK - After two years of planning, the opening ceremony of a new Northwoods nature trail took place Monday. The trail immortalizes an important figure in Tomahawk.

Allan Bell wrote his "Birch Bark Nature Notes" columns in the Tomahawk Leader for more than three decades.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Paul Fiene could barely believe his eyes last Wednesday.

"This is by far the most devastating wind storm I've ever seen," said Fiene.

Fiene has been a forester in Oneida County for 22 years.

"We usually get a little patch here, an acre here, and a few trees there," said Fiene. "But never to this extent where 99 percent of the trees are knocked down."

Fiene estimates Tuesday's storm took out anywhere from 30 to 40 acres of pine, hardwood, hemlock, and aspen.

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MERRILL - Drivers in Lincoln County may encounter a few delays on their routes to work this week.

The Department of Transportation scheduled maintenance on five bridges on US 51 and WIS 64.

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WAUSAU - The Wausau community will see four new faces protecting and serving its city.

The Wausau Police Department swore in new officers to its team Monday.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who says he's been appointed an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, has denied he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security.

The denial follows a CNN report Saturday saying Clarke, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, failed to attribute sources at least 47 times in his 2013 thesis.

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MEDFORD - Powerful and versatile draft horses are being used in Wisconsin to help a cellphone company upgrade its towers among other jobs in the fields and forests.

Milwaukee Public Radio reports that draft horses can get in and out of spaces some vehicles can't because the animals are agile and lightweight.

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APPLETON - Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a person who had a gun at a bar in downtown Appleton.

An Appleton Police Department statement says officers on foot patrol got a report of a shooting inside Jack's Apple Pub just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers saw people coming out. As one officer went in, the statement says, the officer "encountered a subject with a gun" and shot the individual. Other officers then went inside to aid the person who was shot by the officer. That person later died at a hospital.

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MADISON - The Ho-Chunk Nation is urging a federal judge to reject a rival tribe's lawsuit tribe seeking to halt the Ho-Chunk's plans to expand a northern Wisconsin casino.

The Ho-Chunk wants to add games, a restaurant and a hotel to its Wittenberg casino. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans fears the development will hurt its casino about 20 miles away.

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