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Future of Merrill Pool in JeopardySubmitted: 10/24/2012
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MERRILL - Merrill's City Administrator wants the pool closed for next summer.

The community pool is more than 40 years old, and Dave Johnson says it has several structural and leakage issues.

He estimates a full renovation, or the construction of a new pool, would cost about 3-million dollars.

Johnson told Newswatch 12 the pool is like "shoveling more money into a bottomless pit".

To simply open for the summer, the pool would at least need to meet federal regulations by becoming accessible for disabled persons.

That would cost around $20,000. But Johnson wants the whole pool shut down until a new, more efficient one is built.

Merrill city officials will decide later this year.

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Medical College of Wisconsin to do concussion studySubmitted: 12/17/2014

MADISON - The Medical College of Wisconsin will help study concussions for the Defense Department.

The school got a four-year federal grant of more than 5-million dollars.

Concussions have become common injuries on battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in professional and youth sports.

The study will initially include about 900 athletes from 10 local high schools and two local colleges.

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Walker says he wants schools to have Common Core choiceSubmitted: 12/16/2014

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker is backing off his call for the Legislature to repeal Common Core academic standards, saying he simply wants to insure there is no mandate they be used.

Walker in July during his re-election campaign called on the Legislature to repeal the standards covering what students should know in the subjects of math and English. Walker said then he wanted them replaced with something Wisconsin-specific.

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Expansion plan announced by Granite Peak leaders Submitted: 12/16/2014

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WAUSAU - Leaders at a central Wisconsin ski hill want to double the amount of visitors they get.

They think expanding its hill is the way to go.

Granite Peak will be asking the Department of Natural Resources to expand its ski area.

They announced the plans in a press conference earlier today.

Granite Peak leases more than 1600 acres in Rib Mountain State Park.

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Study: Teens turning to e-cigs over traditional cigarettesSubmitted: 12/16/2014

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RHINELANDER - For the first time, a national study shows more teenagers use e-cigarettes instead of cigarettes, according to the University of Michigan Monitoring the Future study released Tuesday.

The study, in its 40th year, looks at substance trends of young Americans in 8th, 10th and 12th grade. More than 40,000 students across the U.S. participate in the survey.

E-cigarettes are relatively new to the study. The product itself is relatively new as well. It creates a vapor that you inhale. Typically, this vapor contains nicotine, although the specific contents of the vapor are proprietary and are not regulated, according to the release.

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Wisconsin ranked as 12th highest taxedSubmitted: 12/16/2014

MADISON - A new analysis finds that Wisconsin is the 12th highest taxed state in the country and third highest in the upper Midwest.

The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance said that was based on Census data on tax collections Tuesday. It analyzed the tax data as a percentage of personal income.

The data shows that Wisconsin moved from 13th worst in 2011 up one spot to 12th in 2012, the most recent year available.

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Business owners hopeful snow melt won't hurt businessSubmitted: 12/16/2014

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ST. GERMAIN - Just a few weeks ago, the Northwoods seemed to have plenty of snow for snowmobiling. There was one problem: the trails weren't open. Just after trails in Vilas County opened last Friday, some of the snow melted.

"We could tell that we were losing a lot of snow. We decided to stay off the trails and just kind of see how it played out, and you know, here we are waiting for some new snow," said Hiller's Pine Haven Resort Owner Mark Hiller.

The heavy snowfall at the end of November seemed to help Hiller's business.

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Veterans thanked for services and donations to diabetic institute Submitted: 12/16/2014

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RHINELANDER - Veterans could get a good meal in Rhinelander Tuesday night. Volunteers thanked them for their service and for donating to a health institute.

"To have someone like Michelle and her volunteers to come forward and give us a dinner based on us being veterans is really special," said VFW Post 3143 Commander Jim Pederson.

37 veterans could thank a dozen volunteers for a nice home cooked meal Tuesday night, but Michelle Fenske couldn't have thanked VFW Post 3143 enough for donating to the Schulze Diabetes Institute in Minnesota.

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