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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 12/06/2016
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A Lac Du Flambeau educator and activist gives us her reaction to the news that the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline says it does not plan to reroute the project in spite of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision not to grant an easement.

We'll tell you why forest health specialists are concerned that the deadly Oak Wilt disease in southern Wisconsin is now spreading into the Northwoods.

And we'll show you how donating a deer head will help DNR officials study Chronic Wasting Disease and give them more information for future hunting.


We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.





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MERRILL -
A Merrill Police and Fire Commission member will head to jail for five days, but avoided any prison time Tuesday.  A jury found David Hayes, 47, guilty of having sex with a 17-year-old girl, but not guilty of second-degree sexual assault after a two-day trial.

The jury returned its verdict in the David Hayes case around 1:30 p.m.  A woman accused Hayes of forcing her to perform oral sex on him during a car ride after a picnic in 2012.  The woman was 17 at the time.  She didn't report the incident to police until 2014.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - Prosecutors often struggle to turn a "He said, She said" case into a trial.

But the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office thinks it has enough to send a Merrill Police and Fire Commission member to prison.

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MINCOQUA - What's the holiday season without some Christmas carols?

The third Annual Carols in the Commons at Lakeland Union High School brought together hundreds of people together Monday night.

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FLORENCE COUNTY - Federal investigators will interview employees at a Florence County sawmill in the near future.

They'll try to piece together what happened in the death of John Chitko at the Chitko Brothers Mill in Tipler last month.

The Appleton office of OSHA is in charge of the investigation. It could propose fining the company if it finds safety violations. If so, those fines would have to be imposed within six months.

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RHINELANDER - Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia will add a new role as Deputy Chief Judge in our northern Wisconsin judicial district.

O'Melia is one of two Oneida County Circuit Court Judges.

Marathon County Judge Gregory Huber serves as Chief Judge in the Ninth Judicial Administrative District. O'Melia will become his deputy.

The judicial district includes 12 counties in northcentral Wisconsin. O'Melia will likely represent the Chief Judge in some official functions or dealings with other agencies.

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RHINELANDER - The Crescent Fire Department spent years trying to find a good place for a town pavilion. It turns out the best spot was right in its own backyard.

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VILAS COUNTY - Wisconsin's recount of the presidential election began four days ago. Forest, Iron, and Price counties sped through their recount and are among six counties in the state already done. 
 
But some Northwoods counties only started their recount Monday. Vilas County is one of them. 

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