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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/23/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Right now, seaplane pilots have no options for parking, repair, and refueling between Shawano and Duluth. We talk to a member of an organization that is trying to change that by constructing a seaplane base in Park Falls.

Snowmobile racers compete at the Winter Hatchet Nationals Ice Oval Snowmobile Racing at the Tomahawk Speedway this weekend. We'll show you how they've prepared the track to keep it from melting, and we talk to a snowmobile champion from Tomahawk to find out how he feels about racing in his home town.

And on tonight's Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following games:

Girls Basketball Playoffs:

Rhinelander vs. Merrill

New London vs. Elcho

Lena vs. Elcho

Wausau West vs. Three Lakes

Bonduel vs. Crandon


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

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





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PARK FALLS - The thousands of lakes in the Northwoods make it a popular place for seaplane pilots.

But there's no place set aside to park, repair, or refuel the planes in the area.

Park Falls plans to become that Northwoods hub this year.

Mike Drover, who runs Phillips-based Long Lake Aviation, and Park Falls leaders plan build a seaplane base where the Park Falls Municipal Airport meets the Flambeau River.

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WAUSAU - Police spent hours trying to get a man with a gun out of a Wausau home Friday morning. 

According to a press release, Wausau Police went to a home on the 100 block of Maple Street looking for Bennie Green, 35. Green was a suspect in a gun fire investigation from Wednesday night. Police think Green fired a gun near North Third Ave and Norton Street that night. No one was hurt in that situation.

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SHAWANO COUNTY - Thursday marked a big victory for a group of people wanting to keep a sex offender out of their Forest County neighborhood. A Shawano County Judge ruled in favor of continuing an order that stops Jeffrey LeVasseur from moving to Blackwell.

The hearing itself lasted about seven and a half hours on Thursday. But to the Blackwell residents in the civil case, the lengthy trial was worth the outcome.

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ROSSVILLE, INDIANNA - Authorities say no one survived when a small Wisconsin-bound plane carrying multiple people crashed into a central Indiana farm field.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting Prominent Kewaunee County businessman John Pagel and his son-in-law were among those killed.

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DEERBROOK - You won't find classic "fish fry" cod at this popular Deerbrook spot.

Haddock takes the prize for favorite dish at Sammy's Bar and Grill.

They serve baked and deep-fried haddock, but owner Pam Jansen says it's actually the grilled version that people go for on Fridays.

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WOODRUFF - Highway 47 in Woodruff temporarily closed down this afternoon so a MedEvac helicopter could lift a man to the hospital after a snowmobile accident. 

A group of snowmobilers were on the trail next to Highway 47 just south of Walter Dr. when one of the snowmobilers hit a bump and was thrown off his sled. 

"They were all traveling the same direction, just hit one of the bumps in the trail and that's what caused everything to happen," said Woodruff Police Officer Jeremy Herrmann. 

The man was airlifted to a hospital and has unknown injuries. 

The crash happened around 4 p.m. 

Highway 47 was closed in both directions for nearly half an hour, causing a backup of cars. 

The DNR, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Minocqua Police and Fire Departments, and Woodruff Police and Fire Departments all responded.

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MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night.  Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.

The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.

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