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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/20/2018
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We'll tell you about a media campaign in Rhinelander that aims to draw attention to the problem of teen dating violence.

You can help the DNR keep track of wildlife in the Northwoods with the use of a trail camera. We talk to a wildlife biologist about the "Snapshot Wisconsin" project.

And we'll tell you about an award that the Wausau community hopes to earn that would give the area national recognition.


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

TOWN OF BRADLEY - Two people wound up in a trauma center after their motorcycle hit a bear in northern Lincoln County.

Deputies tell us it happened Saturday just after 5:00 p.m. in the Town of Bradley.

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EAGLE RIVER - This weekend people could take their pets out for some mini golf. Eagle Falls Adventure Golf in Eagle River hosted "Putts for Mutts."

The event raises money for the Vilas County Humane Society. Half of all proceeds from mini golf during the day went to support the organization.

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EAGLE RIVER - People who have a passion for protecting lakes in the Northwoods celebrated today.

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association held its first summer social event to bring members from all 10 lakes together.

The ERCLA is a non-profit that maintains and protects the Eagle River Chain of Lakes.

Organizers wanted to members to re-connect and express their goals for the future.

There was food, music and trivia.

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Plenty of runs happen all across the Northwoods every year.

But one kid uses his love of running not only as a way to help the community, but as a way to spend a little time with his dad.

Vladimir Boettcher started running cross country last year.

"I like running because you can just think through your thoughts and can be relaxing if you are going at a nice pace," said Boettcher.

He also uses the sport as a way to spend time with his dad.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

CHICAGO - Strong winds are causing life-threatening waves on lake Michigan.

The winds are causing high waves to slam against the break walls on Lakeshore drive. That's an area where swimming isn't allowed, especially today.

Winds are picking up all morning long, and the waves are different depending on where you are along Lake Michigan.

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MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin has recorded its first human cases of West Nile virus this year.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the case was confirmed in a Dane County resident.

Health officials are advising Wisconsin residents to continue protecting themselves against mosquito bites.

The department says the majority of human West Nile cases in the state happen in August and September.

West Nile virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito and is not transmitted person to person.

The state documented its first human infections from West Nile in 2002. Last year, 51 cases of West Nile infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

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MILWAUKEE - Heavy rains that flooded a section of Interstate 43 in the Milwaukee area left several motorists stranded.

The North Shore Fire Department responded to the scene Friday morning to help motorists, some of whom were sitting atop their flooded cars. Four people had to be rescued, and two others got out on their own.

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EAU CLAIRE - A Wisconsin sports talk radio host had a good reason when listeners heard dead air this week: He'd just been struck by lightning.

Bill Michaels was hit Thursday in Eau Claire as he hosted his show from the patio of a golf club as thunderstorms moved in.

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