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Election Day Preview: 35th Assembly DistrictSubmitted: 10/31/2012

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LINCOLN COUNTY - Three candidates want a state Assembly seat that includes all of Lincoln and parts of four other counties.

We’re making sure you’re informed going to the polls in less than a week with a look at the wide-open 35th Assembly District.

None of these three candidates have ever run for a state office.

But the race between Republican Mary Czaja, Democrat Kevin Koth, and Independent Patrick Tjugum is drawing plenty of statewide attention.

This is a swing district in the Northwoods, and outside groups have started putting money into the race.

But the candidates prefer to keep the focus local.

"The experience, with me being in town government for ten years, town chair for the last three years, my involvement as a union officer, union president," Democrat Kevin Koth said.

"I believe in less government," Republican Mary Czaja said. "I believe in less government regulation, and more independence by the individual."

"The biggest thing is, I have no party-planned votes," Independent Patrick Tjugum said. "They say they can be independent, they can cross party lines."

But Tjugum says when elected, Democrats and Republicans stick with their party in voting.

This is an open seat, with Republican Tom Tiffany stepping down to run for state Senate.

Tiffany, a Republican, won it by 16 points two years ago.

All three candidates named jobs as their top priority.

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WISCONSIN - OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The fine for a first drunken-driving offense, including court costs and surcharges, can be as high as $1,000. But industry experts are questioning whether heavy fines serve as effective enough deterrents.

A Northwestern Media report says the actual fine ranges from $150 to $300. But court costs can add $600 to $700.

Nina Emerson is a former director of the Resource Center for Impaired Driving at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She says a hefty fine is a "hollow threat." She says options like sobriety checkpoints are what get people's attention.

Democratic state Representative Jon Richards of Milwaukee says fines play an important role in deterring drunken drivers. He says it's just one part of the deterrence effort, and he'd like to see overall penalties get tougher.

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Wisconsin DNR lightens 22 year restrictions on largemouth bass Submitted: 04/21/2014

WISCONSIN - Anglers in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season for the first time in 22 years.

The bass season has been catch-and-release in northern Wisconsin since 1992.

But DNR leaders say the fish is doing so well that this year anglers can take them home. The largemouth season runs from May 3 to March 1, 2015.

Some restrictions still apply on smallmouths in the northern zone, however. Anglers still must immediately release smallmouth bass caught between May 3 and June 20.

But between June 21 and March, they can take home smallmouth bass that are 14 inches long.

Daily bag limits are five bass total

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Celebrating Easter Sunday traditionally Submitted: 04/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - People celebrate Easter Sunday in different forms of fashion.

Some might have Easter breakfast or have their own Easter Egg Hunt.

Others might take a traditional route and head to church.

Newswatch 12’s Shardaa Gray found out how one church celebrates Easter Sunday.

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Support for survivors of suicide Submitted: 04/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - Losing someone to suicide can be difficult.

But it's a reality some families in the Northwoods have to live with.

The suicide rate in north-central Wisconsin has gone up in 2013.

Suicide experts believe high levels of depression and alcoholism in Wisconsin contribute to more suicides.

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Wisconsin DNR assessing winter deer killSubmitted: 04/20/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials are using road-kill and radio-tracking data to assess the harsh winter's effect on the state's deer herd.

Department of Natural Resources staffers are looking for 10 carcasses in every county so they can check a number of biological signs, such as fat stores and pregnancy.

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First indoor Easter egg huntSubmitted: 04/20/2014

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MANITOWISH WATERS - Most Easter egg hunts take place outside.

But with the recent snow fall, some were in danger of being canceled.

One Northwoods camp found an alternative to keep the festivities going.

Camp Jorn YMCA in Manitowish Waters hosted their first Easter Egg Hunt.

More than 30 kids ran around inside of the camp.

Camp Jorn daycamp director says they got the idea from Boulder Junction's Easter Egg Hunt.

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34 Acres burned in Township of Cary Submitted: 04/19/2014

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WOOD COUNTY - Pittsville fire fighters put out a field fire in the Township of Cary Saturday.

It burned more than 34 acres.

Pittsville Fire chief says it happened around 1:55 Saturday afternoon.

Rock and Vesper fire departments also helped put the fire out.

The DNR also helped by using a patrol plane to spot the fire.

The chief says it started after debris traveled from a burn barrel.

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