What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/26/2017
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Last year road construction forced the 4th of July parade in Rhinelander to be rerouted effecting several businesses on the route. Tonight we talk with businesses about what it was like last year and how they expect business to be much better this year.

We'll show you how crews were hard at work pumping out water that caused flooding in the Lake Nokomis area.

And some of the Newswatch 12 staff will strap on some snowshoes tonight to participate in this year's snowshoe baseball games in Lake Tomahawk. We'll bring you a preview and tell you how the league is preparing for the event.

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

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TOMAHAWK - A Northwoods racetrack plans to put on a world-class show for former NASCAR driver next week.

But the Tomahawk Speedway will now have several hours of extra work ahead of them after someone used the Tomahawk Speedway Sunday night when the track wasn't even open.

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RHINELANDER - One Rhinelander man dedicated his life to giving back to the city and taking care of its natural resources. Now he's getting recognized for all his work.

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball games provide entertainment throughout the summer for the Northwoods and visiting tourists.

2014 was the last time the field got new mulch. To prepare for this season, the league got a whole new field of mulch put in with help from the Pukall Lumber Company.

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NORTHWOODS - One bird population flies high this summer. In the Northwoods, grouse numbers are up 30 percent.

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EAGLE RIVER - Before you head out on an outdoor adventure this summer, you might want to check your packing list.

Tom Stephens and his wife, Jessica Allen, own The Hiker Box in Eagle River.

They're used to helping people get ready for outdoor trips, including camping, hiking, or kayaking.

They say packing food, water, fire starters and emergency blankets are crucial.

Clothing is important, too, right down to what socks you wear.

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RHINELANDER - The recent rain and cold weather makes it hard to believe that next week is the Fourth of July.
Last summer, Rhinelander's annual parade got re-routed due to the downtown streetscape project.

Many businesses noticed a decline in their Fourth of July sales.
CT's Deli, Chef Tom Jordens said the torn up roads dampened sales, but he's confident this year his sales will double.

"So this year we're very excited, not only are we going to have a road in front of us, but also celebrating our two year anniversary. We'll be featuring Bloody Mary's, ice cold beer and fantastic food," said Jordens.
He said they'll feature a Fourth of July themed sandwich and "Hippie Juice" to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Bucketheads owner, Mike Hastreiter said the construction made it difficult for visitors to get to his business.

"There were a lot of people who were coming from out of town or hadn't been in here in a while [they] were confused on where to go and how to get down here. It definitely effected our day business, our nighttime business not as much, but we were definitely impacted by it," said Hastreiter

This year, Hastreiter expects more customers attracted by the parade and the changes to come downtown.

Local businesses and organizations interested in participating in the parade can pick up applications at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.

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RIB MOUNTAIN - One person died after a single car crash in Rib Mountain Sunday night.

Police say the man was driving when the car went into a pond just after 7 p.m. The accident happened near Lilac Avenue and Phlox Lane.

Two people went into the water and pulled the driver from the car, but the driver died.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Office and Medical Examiners Office are conducting the investigation.

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