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19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight welcomed homeSubmitted: 04/28/2015

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WAUSAU - Eighty-one Wisconsin veterans are back home from the trip of a lifetime.

They all participated in the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

The flight took place on the fifth anniversary of the first flight.

More than 1,000 people packed Central Wisconsin Airport on Monday night to welcome back the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans.

The veterans spent Monday touring the memorials in Washington DC.

Newswatch 12's Lauren Stephenson was the only TV reporter on the flight.

Stay tuned to Newswatch 12 as she brings you stories of some of our nation's heroes.

Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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TOWN OF SKANAWAN - A pair of proposed gravel pit mines could significantly change one area in Lincoln County. The mine sites would cover approximately 125 acres in the Town of Skanawan, southeast of Tomahawk. Experts believe the area has an extremely rich deposit, but some people worry the project will hurt the environment and grow larger than what the county could approve.

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RHINELANDER - Fields of an invasive plant called phragmites stand all along Wisconsin's Lake Michigan shore. Invasive species workers hope most of the plants stay away from the Northwoods.

But workers chopped down a stand of phragmites on Monday on Highway 8 just west of Rhinelander. The stand had been chemically treated in the fall, a step that workers hope will help control the spread of the species.

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ANTIGO - Allergic reactions to bee stings can pose one of the biggest health threats to students. Local school teachers watch carefully for possible allergic reactions, especially during recess and on field trips.


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MERRILL - The Community Warming Center in Merrill finished up its first winter season a few weeks ago. The center provides a place to stay for people in need from November through April.

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EAGLE RIVER - Many Northwoods communities need to make improvements to their roads now that spring has arrived. Rhinelander needs to improve some roads so badly that it's willing to impose a new sales tax to pay for the work.

But another local community will repair not only its roads but the pipes underneath them.

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Local kids help protect batsSubmitted: 04/27/2015

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RHINELANDER - Seventh graders in Rhinelander will help protect bats this summer thanks to some help from the U.S. Forest Service.


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RHINELANDER - Last year, a valve malfunction in eastern Wisconsin sent natural gas leaking into the air. A similar situation in the Northwoods could cut off gas supply to a whole city and be dangerous to people in the nearby area.

Wisconsin Public Service wants to be ready in case something like that happens. A natural gas station near the intersection of Highways 8 and 47 provides natural gas to most of Rhinelander. Workers rushed there on Monday, simulating their response to a leak.

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