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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/26/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll update you on a major explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Superior which has caused multiple injuries and forced evacuations.

We follow the tour of a possible sulfur mine site in the Town of Lynne with concerned citizens in the area.

And we'll take you live to Lambeau Field in Green Bay where the Packers await tonight's draft along with all the other NFL teams.

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





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TOWN OF LYNNE - Zinc, lead, copper, and silver buried underneath Oneida County could be worth millions of dollars.

Mining companies have known about the deposit in the Town of Lynne for decades. It's underneath county-owned property, but has never been mined.

Now, a review of county mining rules could change the equation.

"You have to be able to get a mental picture in your mind of we're talking about to really understand it," said Karl Fate as he led a tour of the site for mine opponents on Thursday.

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SUPERIOR - An explosion with multiple injuries was reported at the Calumet Oil Refinery in Superior Thursday morning, according to the Superior Fire Department.

Smoke was seen billowing from the refinery just after 10 a.m. 

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MERRILL - It appears a Merrill man accused of killing his father might not go to trial. 

On July 14 2017, prosecutors charged Tyler Monroe with killing Kevin Monroe in January 2016 and hiding his corpse.

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EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River man pleaded not guilty to multiple drug related charges. 

Police arrested Scott Schmidt, 33, of Eagle River and Stephanie Wolfe, 34, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 30 for making meth in Schmidt's Eagle River home on Highway 45.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - UPDATE 3:05PM: Police arrested a shooting suspect in Plover this afternoon. 

The Portage County Sheriff's Office sent out an alert for Alec Varny, 18, early this morning. Police says Varney shot two people and stabbed a third. 

Varney was found driving in Plover. He was taken into custody with incident after he was pulled over. 

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RHINELANDER - DNA evidence from a pair of sweatpants could link a Northwoods man to a violent sexual assault. Prosecutors offered up some of that evidence against Richard Loppnow in Oneida County court on Wednesday morning.

The victim accuses Loppnow, 38, of forcing her into several sexual activities twice on his property south of Eagle River back on October 28 and 29th of 2017.  

The criminal complaint shows the first assault happened in a building on Loppnow's property.  Testimony revealed claims that Loppnow held a gun to the victim's head.

"[Loppnow was] advising that she could either be humiliated or shot in the head," Oneida County Detective Sergeant Ryan Rossing testified.  "She chose to be humiliated due to not wanting to be harmed."

After later moving to a mobile home trailer on the property, the victim claims Loppnow pointed a sawed-off shotgun or handgun to her head and gave her several options.

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MERRILL - People keep asking Northwoods veterans officers the same question.

When will the new national cemetery near Rhinelander open?

At an information session in Merrill on Wednesday, the VA said design plans are about 35 percent done. But a John Knapp, a VA representative, couldn't give a timeline on when construction might start or finish.

He said it depends on the contractor, the weather, and approval from the VA.

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