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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/27/2015
- Northern Wisconsin has the worst roads in the state, but the money for big road projects goes to southeastern Wisconsin. Why?

- What will the Governor's budget proposal mean for the authority of the Natural Resources Board in Wisconsin?

- And a city in the Northwoods has helped a girl raise the funds to make her NASCAR debut this weekend.

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




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LAONA - The state's Natural Resources Board (NRB) plays a major role in shaping how Wisconsin interacts with the natural world.

It's done that since its creation in the 1920s.

Now, Gov. Scott Walker wants to strip the citizen board of much of its power as part of his state budget proposal.

The NRB makes decisions on big issues like deer, wolf, and bear management, buying large pieces of state land, and fighting invasive species.

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RHINELANDER - An ongoing drug investigation led to the arrest of five people in Rhinelander earlier this week.

Investigators believe 40-year-old Michael Steinmetz, Jr. and 38-year-old Jaime Rickert were making meth in their Rhinelander apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, Steinmetz admitted to investigators that he made meth and dumped the waste in the toilet in his apartment.

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ANTIGO - A Northcentral Wisconsin school might need to let staff go and increase class sizes next school year.

But a lot of the Unified School District of Antigo's budget next year is uncertain.

The school could lose a lot of funding if the Governor's proposed budget is passed, and that won't be voted on until this summer.

The first year of the budget would also cut $150 of state aid for each student in a district.

To the Unified School District of Antigo, that adds up to about $370,000.

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PHILLIPS - The Badgers won't be the only ones hoping for a championship win. Two girls at Phillips Middle School are on their way to earn a different title.

"I was really surprised when I won it," said Phillips 6th grader Trinity Pesko. "I was just like so happy because I didn't even know it existed until class started."

Trinity competed in the National Geographic State Bee in Madison Friday. But she's not the only one headed to Madison competing for a top prize.

"We've showed our school that even from small towns, kids like this can go to a state spelling bee," said Phillips 6th grader Preethi Muruganandan.

Preethi beat out other students to qualify for the Badger State Spelling Bee held on Saturday.

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IRON COUNTY - Gogebic Taconite made official its decision to stop pursuing a mine in northern Wisconsin.

This week, the company withdrew its preapplication for an iron mine east of Mellen.

GTAC closed its Hurley office last month.

The proposed mine drew protests from people concerned about the environmental impact it could have.

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MINOCQUA - A new club at Lakeland Union High School could get more students interested in engineering. The Robotics Club gives students a chance to use robots and drones to understand the core concepts of engineering.

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ANTIGO - An Antigo man could spend more than 40 years in prison for allegedly biting a piece of another man's ear off during a bar fight.

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