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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/24/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll tell you why an Oneida County Supervisor wants the county to defy state law and do what's best for the county in regard to shore land zoning.

The principal of Nativity of our Lord Catholic School in Rhinelander was let go just before the school year ended. We'll bring you both sides of the story.

And we'll show you how AM Vets and Phillips Elementary School are trying to get kids hooked on fishing instead of drugs.

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




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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School seniors will say goodbye to their school in a couple of weeks. But not before they leave something behind.

A special group of students were selected to participate in the art show. Madison Krueger- Brown, Katie Vannatter, Hayley Strong and Ciarra Clifford have been committed to the arts during their whole high school career.

 On Wednesday they got a chance to showcase their work. 

This was the first year that the art show had open applications.

"You can't have a culture without art.That's a very basic part of our human existence is to have art. We like to create things to express ourselves," said Vannatter.

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MERRILL - The Merrill Fire Department wants you to stay safe, especially when it comes to fires.

There is a difference between campfires and bonfires.

Campfires are small fires used for cooking and heating, not the kind of fire you need to stand back from because it's so hot.

Always remember to fully put out fires before you leave.

And watch kids when they're near the fire.

"When you're making those fires, they're keeping an eye on how you're doing it. So once in a while they like to try to do it themselves," says firefighter Jon Leiskau.

Wildland fire season is about to wrap up, but you still need to pay attention to burning restrictions.

"Anything bigger than a campfire size: fire with a fire permit, and there is no open burning in the city limits," says firefighter Rick Sparks.

Fire danger signs are changed every day according to the weather conditions.

You can also visit the DNR website for updates.

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MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources' board has signed off on a fall deer hunt structure that scales back the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks for a fourth straight year.

The 2017 season structure designates Ashland, Iron and Vilas counties and the eastern half of Eau Claire County as buck-only. The designation protects does so they can give birth and grow area herds. The DNR's board passed the structure on a unanimous voice vote Wednesday.

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MEDFORD - The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Virginia Tech University, and Sandy Hook School in Connecticut all stir memories of deep fear and sorrow.

Mass shootings can happen anywhere, at any time.

In rural areas like northern Wisconsin, county courthouses could be prime targets. Taylor County trained for that possibility this week with an active-shooter simulation.

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EAGLE RIVER - A lot of things need to go right to build a 40,000 square foot addition in just one year.  Workers in Vilas County used a fairly mild winter to their advantage to work toward that goal.

Construction on the county courthouse's addition is both on budget and essentially on time.  Crews have the drywall up on the second floor and are working to do the same on the first floor soon.  Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says a rainy spring held some masonry work up, but it's nothing crews can't handle to stay on track.

"Very well disciplined," Alleman said of the workers.  "They're working every day, things are being done on time. I think overall that makes for a good project."

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RHINELANDER - A long-serving member of the Rhinelander Public Works Department who spent his entire life in the Northwoods will soon start a new career in a place nearly 200 miles from home.

Streets Superintendent Tony Gilman announced last week he plans to take a job with the city of Baraboo, which is a community of about 12,000 people. It's about an hour northwest of Madison near Wisconsin Dells.

Gilman wrote a resignation letter to Mayor Dick Johns dated May 17. In the two-page letter, Gilman praised the mayor and two aldermen. But he also criticized some of the other city leaders without using specific names.

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- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.

However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.

"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.

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