We look into the history of the Eagle River man who was shot and killed by officers outside of Merrill Tuesday morning after he was pulled over in Antigo, shot at a police officer and lead police into a chase that took them to Lincoln County.
We'll introduce you to the founder of the Raptor Education Group in Antigo which helps nurse injured birds back to life and returns them to the wild.
And today was "Miracle Treat Day" at Dairy Queen as the restaurant raises money for the Children's Miracle Network.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
ANTIGO - When you can't catch fish, it's easy to blame the lure. If you need something different, people in Antigo make a lure that you might want to try. The Mepps assembly plant is located right off Highway 45.
Mepps fishing lures were originally made in Paris, France, starting in 1938. Back in the 1970's, a local Antigo sporting goods store owner, Todd Sheldon, decided to buy that facility and moved it to Nice, France. His son, Mike is now the president of the company.
"The guys that own the Mepps company in France were getting old enough to where they wanted to retire so we bought the Mepps company in France in 1972," said Sheldon.
One detail that makes the lure number one in the world is that they use actual animal tail fur.
"The tails are washed, dyed and tied back there," said plant worker Kim Wiegert. "And they're dehydrated. They will store a long time, so they can last 3 to 5 years."
There are many benefits to using real hair as opposed to artificial hair.
"The hair is hollow and goes through a lot of wear and tear," said Wiegert. "Other hairs would disintegrate, and fall apart. With these, it'll last longer, the fish can bite on them and it'll take a long time before they'll actually chew them apart."
Along with the hairs, there is a secret way to put the lures together that makes Mepps the best.
"We have a certain wind that we have and we can tell when we put them together, how it should be. All of our spinners are field tested before they actually go out," said Wiegert.
Even though the company distributes their product around the world, the Sheldon's still enjoy being based in Antigo.
"It's home. I grew up here and my parents grew up here and of course my kids did. And it's such a different pace of life here than the rest of the world," said Sheldon.
Everyone putting the little pieces together are women. Kim is just one who works in the plant that has been there for nearly 40 years. She also gives tours of the facility to the public.
"I like to react with the people when they come in, especially ones that have fishing stories to tell you. It's interesting here and you get to meet other people," said Wiegert.
LANGLADE COUNTY - Since March, Langlade County hasn't had a district attorney.
Its former district attorney Ralph Uttke went to work in Marathon County. The governor could have appointed someone for the job, but chose not to. Since then, a special prosecutor has been filling in.
But all district attorney positions statewide are up for election on November 8th.
Now Portage County assistant district attorney, Elizabeth Constable, will run for the position.
"It was always my plan to be a prosecutor," Constable said "And that's what I've done for my entire career."
Constable has been an assistant district attorney in Portage County for the past two years and also an assistant DA in Wood County for five years before that.
"I'm at the point in my career that I feel qualified to step into a leadership position," Constable said.
So when former Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke left the office this spring, Constable saw her opportunity. She has a home ouside Elcho, so she decided to run��"and she's running uncontested.
"It all just worked out perfectly," Constable said.
Newswatch 12 caught Constable on vacation. But if she wasn't, she probably would have been in the courtroom. In her seven years, she's prosecuted 25 jury trials. But she's passionate about the justice system because she's seen it work, and wants it to work.
"I've had cases where I've really seen a turnaround in the defendent...the objectives of the sentencing actually worked," Constable said.
Part of that passion comes not only from her law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School. Before that, Constable got her masters in religion and philosophy from Harvard University��"on a full scholarship.
"Kind of studying people, who we are, what we do , how we think, what motivates us," Constable said.
It's that kind of study that lends itself well to her work as a prosecutor, she said.
"I really do also want to see that the defendants for the most part I just want to see them get on the right path," Constable said.
THREE LAKES - Research shows that lakes with no shoreline development generally produce bigger, faster-growing fish. Lakes with heavily developed shorelines--full of homes, lawns, beaches, and docks--have the opposite effect.
Researchers at the UW-Madison Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction want to know more about that dynamic.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Driving through the Northwoods, you can see plenty of deer, cows, and horses…but bison? Those are a little rarer--unless you travel to a ranch in Florence County, where the Rock family thinks they've tapped into a special and healthy food source.
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