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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/22/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


The unusual weather this spring could have an effect on how many fish you might catch this season. We talk to a local bait shop owner about the connection between the weather and the number of catchable fish that are in the water.

We'll take you to a recycling event and tell you how you can help a local homeless shelter by bringing in old appliances.

And we'll show you how the Rhinelander District Library is adding a twist to the typical craft contest.


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





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MINOCQUA - You can help the Oneida County Dive Team by grabbing your goggles and swim cap Saturday (June 23) morning.

Swimmers will launch from Torpy Park for the Minocqua Island Swim Challenge.

The race is one mile long, but people can choose to swim just 400 meters, too.

The water temperature will be about 65 degrees during the race.

"A lot of people will wear wet suits and be very comfortable. I have seen plenty of people go without and have no trouble," says Laura Fuhrman.

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TOWN OF BUENA VISTA - A motorcyclist died Thursday night after crashing in Portage County.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office says Dylan Heck, 20, was riding on County Highway J in the Town of Buena Vista around 7:00 p.m. when he lost control on a curve and went off the road. Heck hit a utility pole and died at the scene.

Heck was from the Town of Almond.

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's new mayor wants to turn his city into "the best city in America."  It's tough to quantify or gauge that ambitious goal, but Chris Frederickson thinks a curbside appeal project could be a great first step and it's all about using people's desire to compete.

Frederickson launched his Civic Pride Curbside Appeal Contest this week.  The mayor will find 10 homeowners along River Street -- one of the busier streets in town -- willing to have their lawns groomed, primped, and prettied for free.  Homeowners need to sign an easement agreement with the city to allow the work and contest to happen on their properties.

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RHINELANDER - More than 10,000 cars pass through one of the area's busiest intersections each day: Highways 8 and 47 on Rhinelander's west side.  But next year, all those cars might need to go around the intersection as construction for a roundabout gets started.

The Department of Transportation is considering two options for traffic flow as crews build an approximately $2 million roundabout.

Option 1: the intersection largely stays open as a "T", but Kemp Street gets closed completely.

Option 2: widened off-ramps detour traffic around the intersection to Boyce Drive or Kemp Street.

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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk worked for nearly 20 years to buy property to connect the city to nearby trail systems.

But bikers will have to wait another year for the connection.

The city now expects the path to be finished next August or September.

The project got pushed back because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can't fund its part of the project this year.

Tomahawk is still ready for the addition.

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PELICAN - A group of neighbors in the Town of Pelican found a cluster of caterpillars near their homes on Lake Julia Road.

Last year, the plants hosting the more than 20 monarch caterpillars were mowed over.

This year, the group has a plan to protect the at-risk insects from meeting the same fate.

More than 20 monarch caterpillars have moved into some foliage on Lake Julia Road in Pelican.

"I just thought, 'Oh wonderful, I'll have to protect these,'" said butterfly enthusiast Mary Dork.

Last year, Dork was pleased to find a field of milkweed near her house covered in monarch caterpillars.

"You can always tell where the caterpillars are because of the leaves being eaten," said Dork.

The DNR says monarchs have been at risk of being endangered since 2014.

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PRENTICE - Right now, anyone can walk into the Prentice School District building at just about any time.

There's no buzzer system and the front door mostly stays unlocked.

The district is concerned about security, but says a solution is expensive.

That will all change starting this summer.

Prentice was one of the first districts in Wisconsin to get a state grant for school security. It will install a secure entrance, cameras throughout the school, and a new communication system.

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