What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/23/2016
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Governor Scott Walker was at Nicolet College in Rhinelander today to talk about school funding. Find out what he has to say about preparing students for higher education.

We'll tell you why some kids from low-income families in Forest County won't have to start school without supplies.

And we'll introduce you to an amazing athlete with the Rhinelander Hodags swim team who is home-schooled and hopes her younger siblings will become great swimmers as well.

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

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EAGLE RIVER - A suit filed in Vilas County may determine how much you pay for a gallon of gas.

Krist Oil Company filed a lawsuit Monday in Vilas County Circuit Court challenging Wisconsin's minimum markup law on gasoline.

The company alleges the law violates businesses' right to operate free of anti-competitive and arbitrary government regulation.....and amounts to a hidden tax on consumers.

The law was passed during the Great Depression to prevent large sellers from undercutting smaller ones.

It requires gasoline retailers to charge 6 percent over cost they pay, or 9.18 percent over the average wholesale cost...whichever is greater.

A state Justice Department spokesman says the agency is reviewing the lawsuit.

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MADISON - A federal appeals court says early voting in Wisconsin can continue.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in July struck down a host of Wisconsin's election laws, including limits on early voting. He also ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting for anyone struggling to obtain photo ID.

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RHINELANDER - The sun casts longer shadows around Tom Jerow this time of year, but he knows there's plenty of work left to do.

"It's really a year-round endeavor," Jerow said.

The gardener picked green beans by the bagful Monday morning, working quickly through the Rhinelander Community Garden to race a fast-approaching end of summer.

"Even though it's a short growing season, we do pretty good here," Jerow said.

Here, is a small plot of land just east of Hodag Park on Thayer Street. The ten-year-old community garden had a decent 2016, with cucumbers and green beans growing by the basket full.  (Jerow says they routinely pick about 20 pounds of green beans three days a week.)  But cabbage and asparagus plants were plagued by pests.

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WABENO - The AmeriCorps volunteers in Wabeno this summer come from across the country.

"It was my first time away from home and away from my parents, so I had a rough first month or two," said 21-year-old Mariah Ward, who's from Olympia, Washington.

Now, she's in unincorporated Wabeno, in rural Forest County.

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MERRILL - A Merrill man who attacked two police officers will spend the next two years in prison. 

28-year-old Kristopher Wilmot was sentenced in Lincoln County Court Monday.

Wilmot was arrested in June 2015 for attacking two police officers during a possible domestic violence call.

When officers entered the apartment, Wilmot started punching one of the officers in the face and hit the other on the side of the head. 

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MERRILL - The Merrill Enrichment Center broke ground on the future home of its new facility Monday.

The City of Merrill will be building a new Enrichment center and Expo Hall at the Merrill Fairgrounds. 

The current center is in the basement of Merrill City Hall. The new location will be more convenient for people who use the center and those who work there.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/22/2016

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Kristopher Wilmot was sentenced today. He was arrested in June of 2015 for attacking two police officers during a possible domestic violence call in Lincoln County. Will tell you what his punishment will be.

Is the growing season coming to an end? We talk to local gardeners to find out when they expect to wrap up their work. And we'll tell you how they donated to the food pantry.

And we'll take you to where the groundbreaking took place for a new expo center in Merrill.

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

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