What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/21/2018
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Medical professionals in Wisconsin worry about the impact that a current nursing shortage could have on the state's health care system. We talk to a Nicolet College nursing student and a Rhinelander School District nurse about the image of nursing and how it could be affecting the decrease of nurses.

We'll take you live to Tomahawk where the School District hopes a safety roundtable session tonight will open more lines of communication between the school and community.

And we talk to an Eagle River area syrup harvester about how the cool weather is helping to create a successful syrup season.

We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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CRANDON - A jury found a Crandon woman guilty Wednesday of trying to sneak narcotics into the Forest County Jail. 

Patricia Kirker was found guilty on all five felonies. 

The jury made its decision in less than an hour.

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CRANDON - An inmate in the Forest County Jail committed suicide Wednesday morning. 

According to a press release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, jail staff found the man shortly after 6:30 a.m.

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ASHLAND COUNTY - The Ashland County Board has rejected a $9.5 million wrongful death claim from the family of a 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy.

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RHINELANDER - The ground won't thaw for another month or so, but you can start planning your garden now.

You'll have to wait until mid-May to plant flowers, but you can get away with some vegetable seeds.

Bare root plants are also a good option for early-spring. Those include apple trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes.

"We can help out here when you come out and make sure you get everything you need to get started."

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WISCONSIN - When you think of a nurse, you may have the image of a woman leaning over a hospital bed or someone putting a Band-Aid on a crying child. But in reality, nurses play a critical role in medical care.

The number of people in that role is decreasing in Wisconsin. And medical professionals worry about the impact it could have on the state's health care system.

The Wisconsin Center for Nursing Research projects a shortage of 20,000 nurses in the state by the year 2035.

Nursing students at Nicolet College are excited to graduate but they are fully aware of the current issue Wisconsin nurses face.

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MINOCQUA - People don't often realize what is going through police officers' heads when they arrive on a scene. Whether it's a traffic stop or a robbery, a lot of training and preparation comes before an officer can respond. The Minocqua Police Department holds a Citizen's Academy to show people in the community just what it takes to be a police officer. 

Michelle Littleton enrolled in the Citizen's Academy four years ago to see what a day in the life of an officer is really like. 

"I wanted to see behind the scenes to what they're doing each and every day," said Littleton, of Hazelhurst.
She learned there is a lot more to an officer's job than the public might realize.

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MINOCQUA - A Minocqua store will stock up on more locally sourced food products this spring and summer season. The Wild Berry Market teamed up with a new community-supported agriculture group, or CSA.

The Lake Superior CSA combines local farmer products into vegetable, meat, and fruit boxes.

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