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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 07/27/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We take our Long Summer Weekend to Langlade County:

We talk about the importance of lumber industry in Langlade County and throughout Wisconsin, and we talk to Northcentral Technical College and a local lumber company about how NTC is like a pipeline of talent for the industry.

We show you the Langlade County Fair's annual horsemanship showcase and introduce you to some of the competitors.

And when you go shopping for produce, you normally take a list and pull straight from the store shelf. But tonight we take you to a Deerbrook farm where you buy a season's worth of vegetables without knowing what you'll get.


We'll bring you the details on these stories and more on our long summer weekend in Langlade County tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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ANTIGO - Forced to memorize equations, rules, and quality standards, Josh Denter could feel his head spinning a bit.

"[Memorizing] tons, tons of stuff," Denter said.

But the 41-year-old lumber quality control worker from a small community near Reedsburg embraces the mental challenge he faces in Antigo.

"It's awesome," Denter said.  "I wouldn't be here if they didn't have it."

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RHINELANDER - News that his wife was cheating on him may have led a Waukesha man to light a van on fire, shoot off a gun, and trigger the Oneida County SWAT team near Pelican Lake last week.

Prosecutors filed formal charges against 51-year-old Richard Hitchcock in Oneida County Court on Thursday.

Hitchcock is accused of burning his van in the woods and firing three shots last Thursday. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office responded with its SWAT team, a drone, and canine units before arresting Hitchcock.

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RHINELANDER - Seventeen-year-old Ashlee Martinson was "incapable of making rational choices" when she killed her mother and stepfather in Oneida County two years ago, her lawyer argues.

Attorney Mark Schoenfeldt is arguing for a reduced sentence for Martinson, who is currently serving a 23-year prison term.

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LANGLADE - A legacy that started in 1947 lives on in the small community of Langlade. 

Bob and Joni's bar has gone through three generations of owners and a few name changes since it opened more than 70 years ago. 

But one thing has remained the same. 

"If you're not laughing, smiling, having a good time, you're probably at the wrong bar," said Bob and Joni's manager Jeremy Walters.

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WAUPACA COUNTY - A 15-year-old boy died after being accidentally shot in Waupaca County.

According to the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office, police received a call just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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MERRILL - Twenty-one-year-old Tyler Monroe may have been looking to flee to Canada after killing his father last year in a Merrill apartment.

But in court on Wednesday, Monroe's defense attorney suggested it was also plausible someone else killed Kevin Monroe, 55.

On July 14, prosecutors charged Tyler Monroe with killing Kevin Monroe in January 2016 and hiding his corpse. On Wednesday, Lincoln County Judge Jay Tlusty found enough evidence to support the charge and allowed the case to continue.

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RHINELANDER - All the rain across the Northwoods this spring and summer likely didn't help get rid of any mosquitoes.  The pesky insects can carry the West Nile Virus, which has animal rehab workers worried about an increase in cases.

Wild Instincts Rehab Director Mark Naniot has seen between 10 to 15 cases of suspected West Nile Virus come in to his Rhinelander-area facility.  Naniot usually doesn't submit his birds for testing because they often come back negative.  But he received word from the state Wednesday saying there are 27 counties with confirmed cases -- including Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, and Langlade counties.

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