- Scientists go out at night on boats charged with electrical currents, which temporarily stun the fish. They then collect the fish to do population studies. See the video tonight on Newswatch 12 at Five.
- Plus, parents try to keep their kids safe in the sun. But what happens when parents aren't around to put sunblock on? Earlier this week, NBC shared a story about two boys getting terrible sunburns during a preschool trip to the park. The boys' mother says teachers didn't put any sunblock on her kids. Now, that has some people wondering what their child's preschool is doing to keep their kids safe. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek is live at a playground with more.
We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - A Norther Lights Tour scientist explained Rhinelander's role in potato breeding and genetic studies on Wednesday night.
Every year about 50,000 varieties of potato are tested to see if they could be commercially sold.
Only about one in a 100,000 will become a named potato variety.
"The Rhinelander agriculture research station on Highway C is really where that process starts by making the cross pollination, raising those plants for the first time in a greenhouse and then evaluating them in the fields there for a couple years," said UW- Madison Assistant Professor of Horticulture Jeffry Endelman.
MADISON - A convicted sex offender from Rhinelander can keep pictures of children he cut out of magazines.
A state appeals court dismissed new charges against Albert Chagnon Thursday.
Prosecutors charged the 33-year-old last year with 23 counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent. Chagnon was about to be released from prison when a guard discovered a notebook in his pants containing photographs of fully-clothed young girls cut out of magazines or newspapers, including the Lakeland Times.
Chagnon argued that the charges should be dismissed because he didn't take the photographs. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with him Thursday, saying state law doesn't cover Chagnon's conduct.
EAGLE RIVER - You may not notice the Northwoods trade school tucked along Highway 17 in Eagle River, but one national organization thinks it deserves more attention.
The Advanced Welding Institute will receive an award for its high graduation and employment rates.
The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges is granting the Institute its School of Excellence Award. School administrators are invited to attend the professional development conference in September in Arlington, Virginia.
WESCOTT - The body of a man who jumped in a Shawano County lake to rescue his 10-year-son has been recovered.
The body was found after authorities resumed a search of Shawano Lake early Thursday.
Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber says the boy was tubing on the lake without a lifejacket Wednesday and lost his grip while trying to get back on a pontoon boat. Bieber says the boy's father jumped in the water, and the boat carrying the boy's grandfather and 9-year-old brother drifted away.
Sheriff's officials found the 10-year-old boy in the water near a buoy.
MADISON - Newly released documents show Gov. Scott Walker's office was involved in drafting legislation to overhaul Wisconsin's open records law and keep some government materials secret.
Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee passed a measure earlier this month that would have shielded many documents created by state government officials from the open records law, including drafts of legislation and staff communications.
MARQUETTE, MI - A historical marker has been placed in Marquette to commemorate the location of the first steam railroad in the Upper Peninsula.
The Mining Journal of Marquette reports (http://bit.ly/1MvloGk ) the Iron Mountain Railroad was built in 1857 and was used to transport iron ore from mines west of Marquette to the city's harbor on Lake Superior.
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