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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/17/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We take our Long Summer Weekend to Vilas County where we show you the progress of a major reconstruction project on Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl which is now halfway done.

We meet a cranberry farmer who's been in the business for almost 40 years and talk to him about the history of cranberry growing in the Manitowish Waters area.

And we introduce you to a 76-year-old Eagle River man who competes in Triathlons with people half his age.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more on our Long Summer Weekend from Lincoln County tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Just a few years ago, crumbling cement, steps, and seats filled Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl. Now, a major reconstruction project is halfway done. It will hopefully give people from all over a chance to learn about Native American culture and traditions once again.

"We increase that sense of pride in our community," said Director of Planning and Development Emerson Coy.

Coy still remembers how the old Indian Bowl used to look like.

"It was used in bad shape before that and it was sad," said Coy.

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - On a busy stretch of Highway 47 near Lac du Flambeau -- where hundreds of wheels spin at 55 miles-per-hour each day -- just one tire drags at a slower pace, pulled by one man: the Tire Man.

"I guess I'm the only one nutty enough to do it, I suppose," Frank Tarantino said with a laugh.

Tarantino lives in Mercer, but trains for marathons in Lac du Flambeau.  He started pulling a tire on a chain a few years ago after reading about it in a fitness magazine.  People often stop to take his picture.

"Little by little you run a little further, a little further," Tarantino said.

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EAGLE RIVER - Doctors thought back surgery and age would hold Jack Godding back.  

Just a few months after being told his limits, he out did them and set higher standards. 

"In general I'm racing against myself," said Goding. 

When you think of competitive athletes, someone like Eagle River's Jack Godding probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. 

That mind set will be your disadvantage if you're ever up against Jack in a race.

"It's a personal goal, personal goal," said Gooding. 

Jack's been competing in races most of his life and started kayaking just six years ago. Not even back surgery could slow him down. 

"First [the doctor] said I wouldn't be able to kayak for almost a year," said Godding.

Just a few months later he was cruising through the waters.

"I'd like to see how many younger ones I can out do ," said Godding. 

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NORTHWOODS - Next Monday's solar eclipse will look fascinating, but it can damage your eyes for a lifetime.

It's never safe to look directly at the sun's rays, even though there will be a partial eclipse here in the Northwoods.

Regular sunglasses won't protect you, so if you plan to view the solar eclipse you need special solar eclipse sunglasses.

Those glasses are one size fits all, so it's important to check they are snug on your child's head, too.

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TOMAHAWK - You probably won't think about the Christmas season for quite some time. But at the Steigerwaldt Tree Farms in Tomahawk, the Christmas season is a year round affair. 
 
For Steigerwaldt Tree Farms President and CEO Ed Steigerwaldt...'Oh, Christmas Tree' took on a different meaning at a young age.

"I started working the tree fields with my dad when I was eight or nine years old," said Steigerwaldt.
Decades later, he's still in those fields, singing a different tune this time of year.

August means trees won't be cut for several months. Planting happened in the spring, but it's still a busy time getting trees sheared and tagged.

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RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax.  Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.

Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases.  Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations.  Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city  would pay for the electricity.  

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CRANDON - A Muskego man blew through a stop sign in Laona, then tried to run over a victim with his van last month, according to testimony in Forest County Court on Wednesday.

Nicholas Bland, 41, heard evidence against him on four felony charges.

One passenger in the van driven by Bland talked to police about chasing the victim.

"He had said they got pretty close," testified Forest County Sheriff's Deputy William Hujet. "When I asked him about pretty close, he just kind of said maybe a car length."

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