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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/20/2014
- We'll show you how the loss of one event in the Rhinelander area has opened the door for a new one downtown.

- A central Wisconsin paper mill will transition to international ownership after being owned by an American company.

- And hundreds of kids in third world countries will get to open a Christmas gift this year. It's all thanks to people who donate a shoebox filled with supplies for kids. The boxes are part of a world-wide organization called Operation Christmas Child. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to the Rock Mission Center in Eagle River where volunteers are collecting boxes filled with toys, toothbrushes, and hope.

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




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Log truck and compact car collideSubmitted: 11/20/2014

NEAR RHINELANDER - A semi-truck carrying logs and a compact car collided this morning on highway 17 near Rhinelander.

The crash happened on Highway 17 at the intersection of Cross Country Road across from the Cross Country Bar and Grill in Rhinelander around 8 this morning. At this time, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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High school students play role in hair product education videoSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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MERRILL - You might not think of Merrill when it comes to hair products, but a salon in the town sells more of a brand than any competing salon in the U.S., according to Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon Vice President/Co-Owner Thomas Christensen.

Stylists at Cost Cutters in Merrill can take credit for selling so much of the Piranha X brand. The company uses stylists and marketing to target young men.

"You got to speak their language, and so we really want to do that make sure that is important," Piranha X CEO Michael Vincent said. "And we want to do it with credibility so we are just not posing, we're actually really a part of that lifestyle."

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Petco buys Foster and SmithSubmitted: 11/19/2014

RHINELANDER - The pet supply company Petco will buy one of the Northwoods' largest employers.

There's an announcement on Petco's website saying it will buy Doctors Foster and Smith in Rhinelander.

It says the sale will unite one of the largest pet specialty stores and one of the largest online pet stores. The sale should be done by 2015.

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New projects for Lakeland AirportSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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ARBOR VITAE - The Lakeland Airport could see big changes in the next few years. That could include a make-over to their entire runway. The airport managers finished building their new maintenance building two weeks ago. The building cost more than $500,000 and that cost could mean fewer projects in the near future.

"Every year the airport receives $150,000 in federal money in what's called our entitlement money," explained Lakeland Airport Administrator Jon Schmitz. "So we used up every cent we had up to 2014 for the maintenance building. You can only retain it for three years, so you use it or lose it."

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Seventh and eighth grade students in Northland Pines School District could move to high schoolSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines School District built a brand new high school in 2006.

The school has about 150 fewer students now than they did when it first opened. That's left many empty classrooms. District administrators want to change that.

The Northland Pines School District might move seventh and eighth grade students to the high school. Administrators want those students to fill the empty classrooms in the high school.

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The Retail Shed looks to play a piece in improved economy in LaonaSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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LAONA - A drive through Laona might convince you that the community is struggling economically. That's true for many small Northwoods towns. But one locally-owned, independent store is trying to move things in a better direction.

Within the last few months, both the grocery store and the hardware store in Laona closed.

Now, the hardware store is back open, with new owners and a new name. It's called The Retail Shed.

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Chequamegon-Nicolet trails need workSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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NORTHWOODS - You may need to wait a little longer to go cross-country skiing on certain trails. Trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are packed with snow, but they're not ready for skiers just yet.

"We found with the ground so warm, that all of the snow that we received in the last week really packed down to very little of a base," explained Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Lands and Recreation Program Manager Jeff Mell. "We're really waiting for that base to build up where we can put a track on top of it at this time."

The trails are still open for hiking and snow-shoeing, but motorized trails won't be open until December. Forest Service leaders want people to be careful out on the hiking trails this weekend and the week following. The lands and recreation manager explains that most times, winter activities and firearm season don't overlap.

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