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Shooting puts city, high school football game on lockdownSubmitted: 08/30/2014
MEDFORD - A shooting near a high school football game put players, coaches, and fans on lockdown Saturday.

Medford Police Chief Ken Coyer says a man opened fire on the 500 block of South Park Avenue, just down the street from Medford Area Senior High School. The shooting happened just before 3 this afternoon.

As a precaution, the chief says they stopped the Medford vs. Chippewa Falls football game and told everyone to go inside. Community members were also asked to stay inside their homes.

The suspect took off in a car away from the city of Medford. He's now in custody.

The game did start again just before 6 p.m..

Police don't know why the shooting happened or if there was an intended target. No one was hurt in the shooting.



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Neon Glow Fun Run lights up stormy nightSubmitted: 08/30/2014

PRENTICE - Nearly 100 people didn't let storms keep them from running a 5K Friday night. The Prentice Pines Golf Course turned into a glowing 5K course for the second annual Neon Glow Fun Run.

People dressed up in their brightest outfits. They also wore a lot of glow sticks.

Organizers started the event last year to bring people together the night before Prentice Progress Days community festival starts. The event also raises money for the Prentice Fire Department and Ambulance Services through raffles and food sales.

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Couch potato race promotes physical activitySubmitted: 08/30/2014

RHINELANDER - One type of potato you couldn't find at Potato Fest this year was a couch potato. Leaders at the YMCA of the Northwoods helped promote health and staying active by putting on the second annual couch potato race.

Teams of racers had to build a moving couch and push it down Brown Street in downtown Rhinelander. They also had to finish obstacle courses along the way.

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Potato Fest draws in large crowd, teaches kids about agricultureSubmitted: 08/30/2014

RHINELANDER - Potato salad, french fries, mashed potatoes...just about every form of potato was at the second annual Potato Fest in Rhinelander Saturday.

"[We've got] great food. We have just about every single food that can be made with a potato. We have lots of fun games," said the 67th Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks. "We have potato sack races, the potato dig for kids, and the Wisconsin spud mobile is here as well."

There were a few changes to the event this year. Event organizers made sure people had something to do every minute at Potato Fest.

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Gov. Walker warns Potawatomi it could lose gamesSubmitted: 08/29/2014

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's administration has warned the Forest County Potawatomi tribe that it could lose about 2,000 slot machines if it succeeds in withholding its $25 million annual payment to the state.

The Potawatomi say they're withholding the money because the state may end up owing the tribe money if Walker approves the Menominee tribe's proposed Kenosha casino. The Potawatomi fear a Kenosha casino would significantly cut into their Milwaukee casino profits.

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Firefighters and WPS workers work together for confined space trainingSubmitted: 08/29/2014

MERRILL - Firefighters put in a lot of work to help people in a variety of different crises.

They need to go through a lot of training to know how to do that.

The Merrill Fire Department got valuable training this week.

They got the chance to practice rescuing someone from a confined space at the hydro power plant in Merrill.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the Merrill Fire Department to partner with WPS. Anytime we can get realistic training it's very very valuable to us," says the captain in charge of training Mike Drury.

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2014 numbers good for state banksSubmitted: 08/29/2014

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LAONA - Only one in twenty banks in Wisconsin lost money in the first half of 2014.

Industry leaders see that as a sign of success and progress.

Those numbers had been worse over the past few years, especially during the recession.

Wisconsin banks made about a half-billion dollars in the first six months of the year. Their total assets were above $100 billion.

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School district leaders stand by their co-curricular policySubmitted: 08/29/2014

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ANTIGO - Some parents think the Antigo School District's co-curricular code punishes students too harshly. Students can be banned from playing a sport or doing an extra-curricular activity if they break the code multiple times.

Some parents believe the Antigo School District's co-curricular code works like a three-strike policy. However, district leaders say the policy actually gives students many chances to get back on track.

Coaches don't even have to report the student to the district right away. They can work with the student to get them back on track.

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