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NEWS STORIES

Phillips Aquatic Foundation Looks to Make Splash with New Rock WallSubmitted: 12/29/2012
Story By Ryan Abney

PHILLIPS - Winters in the Northwoods can make staying active a difficult task.
A community pool in Phillips might have you covered for fitness away from freezing temperatures.

In this small town of 1400, holds a hidden gem for Northern Wisconsin.
A gem that one organization is using to help draw in more people and hopes it will help by-pass economic turbulence amid ramped fiscal cliff talk.

"We just feel like we needed a new feature to draw people into the pool and looking at something new and unique. And to the best of our knowledge there


isn't anything like this probably north of Milwaukee." Said Phillips Pool Coordinator, Karen Smart.

Kim Mess, who is a founding member of the Philips Area Aquatic Foundation, knows unique additions to the facility, like this rock wall, help ensure its survival in the future.

"It's worked, we've been able to keep this pool, and our likely hood to keep the pool is pretty high. It's amazing what a small town can do when a handful of people are passionate about their community."

Aquatic Director, Annie Knudson, devotes her time to helping people stay fit year around, and couldn't be happier for the foundation's success.

"Our pool wouldn't survive the way it does, so as people talk about budget cuts for education...An organization like this takes it up a notch and makes sure that this facility is available to the community ages into the future."

With 50,000 dollars to the foundation's name, this facility doesn't appear to be going off the deep-end anytime soon.


There's something you can do every day at the Phillips Community Pool-- for more information and specific hours visit phillipscommunitypool.com


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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/26/2014

- The Northwoods teaching assistant accused of having sex with an underage teen reached a plea deal. Find out more tonight on Newswatch 12.

- Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) wants a spot on the legislature's powerful budget committee. Find out which Northwoods lawmaker beat him to it.

- It's a double whammy for cranberry growers in the Northwoods " a smaller harvest, and lower cranberry prices. What the U.S. government is doing about it, tonight on Newswatch 12.

- And your organization can get some free help solving a challenge or working on a project. 16 members of the Leadership Oneida County program are spending 9 months getting to know the services and organizations in the county.


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

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Bakeries in the Northwoods prepare for ThanksgivingSubmitted: 11/26/2014

ST. GERMAIN - Not many "made from scratch" bakeries exist in the Northwoods.

But, the ones that do are busy preparing treats for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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Small Business Saturday: why stores want you to shop localSubmitted: 11/26/2014

RHINELANDER - Following Thanksgiving Day shopping and after Black Friday, Northwoods businesses hope you'll stick around for one more shopping day- Small Business Saturday.

The day encourages shoppers to stay local and help businesses in the community.
Small Business Saturday first began in 2010.

Last year consumers spent about $5.7 billion at independent stores.

Shops like Imaginuity in Rhinelander have jumped on board to bring in customers.

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Torgerson pleads not guilty for murder & disappearance of Stephanie Low; more information about informants Submitted: 11/26/2014

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WAUSAU - The case against a Wausau man facing murder charges will move forward. Thirty-five-year-old Kristopher Torgerson pled not guilty in court during his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Torgerson didn't admit to the murder in September, but he led police to Stephanie Low's burial site in the woods of Forest County. She had been missing for nearly four years.

Torgerson faces charges of intentional homicide, armed robbery, and hiding a body related to Low's disappearance and death.

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Representative Bill Kramer sentenced for sexual assaultSubmitted: 11/26/2014

MADISON - Representative Bill Kramer will spend five months in jail.

Kramer was sentenced to sexual assault charges yesterday.

The former Assembly majority leader agreed to a plea deal earlier this year. That was for two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

A criminal complaint says Kramer groped a woman outside of a tavern in 2011.

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Lawsuit filed claiming magazine subscription scamSubmitted: 11/26/2014

MADISON - The state Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against two Oregon-based publishing groups alleging they ran a subscription scam targeting the elderly.

The DOJ filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Madison.

It alleges Liberty Publishers Service and Orbital Publishing Group sent invoices to nursing home residents and the elderly warning them to renew their subscriptions to periodicals such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel but charged far more than the actual cost.

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After Ferguson, focus on body cameras for officers; many departments in Northwoods already use themSubmitted: 11/25/2014

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TOMAHAWK - On Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri refused to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

After that decision, Brown's family urged all police departments in America to start using body cameras to document situations.

A camera recording in the Michael Brown shooting could have given us a better sense of what happened.

We wanted to know if Northwoods police departments think body cameras are a good idea.

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