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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/30/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll update you on the Rhinelander City Council's decision to remove Kristina Aschenbrenner from the City Administrator position.

We'll tell you about a group of people from Minocqua who took a bike ride across Wisconsin and dedicated it to a friend with serious health problems.

And people driving down Highway 8 in Rhinelander may have to watch out for construction for a while. We'll tell you what crews are doing on two intersections of the bypass.

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




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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner finds herself out of a job this week.  City attorney Carrie Miljevich confirmed the city council voted 6-2 Monday night to remove Aschenbrenner following a closed-door performance review. The vote was effective immediately.

Alderman Mark Pelletier moved to remove Aschenbrenner in open session and Alderman Sherrie Belliveau seconded the motion. Aldermen Tom Gleason and Steve Sauer voted against the decision.

"The city council has determined to move in a new direction," council president George Kirby said via phone Tuesday morning.  Kirby stressed the move was not a "firing," but declined an on-camera interview at this time.

Aschenbrenner was hired in August 2015 and started September 8. She beat three other candidates for the job.

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WAUSAU - Golfers in Wausau know their money will go to a good cause after Monday.

The Marshfield Clinic teamed up with Furniture and Appliance Mart for their 14th annual Fore a Cure golf outing.
 
The outing raises awareness and money for breast cancer detection equipment.

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WAUSAU - The Marathon County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two people who were killing in a Sunday car crash.

Rudolph Schleif, 88, and Emily Schleif, 87, were killed from injuries in the crash.

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WOOD COUNTY - An 18-year-old Wood County man will spend more than a decade in prison for killing a woman last fall.

A jury found Miguel-Angel Oertel guilty of killing 47-year-old Theresa Coates at her home in Saratoga last August.

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RHINELANDER - Oneida County Board Chairman Dave Hintz knows he faces a big decision in the coming weeks.

"It would cross the vital line. It's a significant project," Hintz said Monday afternoon.

Hintz and the Oneida County Board may consider helping with a $15 million loan to bring new business to town. Last week, the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation announced that possible deal to help Rhinelander Coated Products retrofit and move into the old Printpack building on Kemp Street.

"It's a very positive reaction," Hintz remembers thinking when the news first broke.  "It's a project that has a lot of potential."

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MERCER - A few times, people in Mercer almost gave up.

For years, they had dreamed of a paved hiking and biking trail that would improve the look of their town, provide a new recreational outlet, and connect to the trail system in Vilas County.

More than once, it looked like it might not happen.

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MERRILL - Going back to school can be a fun time. A school in Merrill wants to make sure its students stay safe.

Trinity Lutheran Grade School makes sure its students know the importance of crosswalk safety. 

"Once they're outside, they're usually pretty good," said Jeff Holt, a teacher and the school's safety patrol advisor. "Again, understanding how important it is following the safety rules. They see what could potentially happen if they don't."

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