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National fitness competition helps kids in Langlade County become more active Submitted: 04/28/2017

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ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.

Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.

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A storm spotter class attracted nearly a hundred people to Rhinelander Thursday afternoon Submitted: 04/28/2017

RHINELANDER - A storm spotter class attracted nearly a hundred people to Rhinelander Thursday afternoon.

Attendees of the class learned about cloud formation, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding.

However, Emergency Management Program Assistant Dawn Robinson says the main focus was on how to become a certified storm spotter.

"Storm spotters are a valuable resource to us in the community because we have people out there all the time doing all sorts of activities," said Robinson.

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Springtime snow hurts plants Submitted: 04/28/2017

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RHINELANDER - Plenty of people felt spring in the air with the warm weather and sunshine just a few days ago.

But anyone trying to start their gardens early saw all their work covered in snow Thursday.

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Minocqua Police Department seeking chaplains for volunteer program Submitted: 04/28/2017

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MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations.  The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.

The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program.  The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed.  Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.

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BREAKING: Teets found not guilty on all counts Submitted: 04/28/2017

VILAS COUNTY - 7:23 p.m.-- A Vilas County man walked free Friday night after facing sex assault charges.

After about three hours of deliberation, a jury decided Rodney Teets was not guilty of three felony sexual assault counts.





6:30 p.m. -- Rodney Teets, 36, testified in his own defense Friday, facing three counts of felony sexual assault with a dangerous weapon.  Teets cried at times, but claims the sex was never forced. 

A 19-year-old woman accusing him claims Teets assaulted her at knife point in July 2015.

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Davenport Street bridge closure delayed additional week Submitted: 04/28/2017

RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge.  The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.

Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather.  Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.

This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016.  The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.

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Three Lakes High School students turn a class project into a business using fab lab Submitted: 04/28/2017

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RHINELANDER - Childhood friends are no business partners thanks to a class project.

Three students used their Three Lakes Fab Lab to make a septic tank screen hose, which helps stops clogs.

They haven't graduated high school yet, but a company in Illinois is already manufacturing their product.

Three Lakes High School students Tom Stuckart, Jack Connelly and Stephen Gensler had the idea of making their screen hose last summer and started making the prototype when school started in September.

"It's amazing what a little bit of hard work can actually get you. The community has been awesome supporting us and things like that.

 Just having the opportunity to come here and speak is awesome," said Stuckart. 

On Thursday their business JTS Waste products became official as an LLC.

They presented their business at the Annual Oneida County Economic Development Committee meeting in Rhinelander today.

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Black bears waking up from hibernation, DNR reminds people to remove outdoor food sources Submitted: 04/28/2017

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WOODRUFF - USDA Wildlife Services relocates more than 500 black bears in Wisconsin every year.

Bears can cause a lot of damage, especially when they've just woken up from hibernation.

The DNR receives more than 800 nuisance calls for bears each year.

"They're opportunistic, looking for any food sources out there, grills, bird feeders, any garbage cans anything like that," said DNR wildlife damage specialist Brian Koele. 

Koele says it's important bears don't get acclimated to humans.

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What We're Working On Submitted: 04/28/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The trial continues for Rodney Teets, a Vilas County man accused of sexual assault of a woman at knifepoint. We'll bring you the details.

We'll tell you why the City of Rhinelander is delaying the Davenport Street Bridge project AGAIN and when the construction is expected to start and finish.

Despite this current cold weather, bears will still come out of hibernation in the Northwoods. Tonight we talk to a DNR wildlife damage specialist to find out what you can do to keep black bears away from your property and what to do if you see a bear.

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

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Police identify suspect in Lincoln County church burglaries Submitted: 04/27/2017

MERRILL - Police think they found the person who broke into several churches in Lincoln County.

Officers from both the Merrill and Tomahawk Police Departments searched an apartment at 229 Second Street South in Tomahawk April 21.

Merrill Police told us the search warrant allowed police to look for evidence in the Merrill burglaries.

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