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50th World Championship Snowmobile Derby Wraps UpSubmitted: 01/20/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


EAGLE RIVER, WI - It was 50 years in the making and didn't disappoint. The World Championship Snowmobile Derby wrapped up today in Eagle River. Even though it was chilly out, the racing action was hot!

Over 30,000 people turned out for the weekend's festivities and everyone was waiting for the main event, the 50th running of the World Championship. 12 elite drivers competed for the title, including last years winner, Nick Van Strydonk from Tomahawk.



The field ran 10 laps and then took a quick break to make adjustments to the sleds if necessary. Then after a few cautions and restarts, it was pole sitter Malcolm Chartier from Marine City, Michigan just edging out Jordan Wahl to take the checkered flag.

Wausau native Matt Schultz had a great race of his own...the former champ finished in third place.

Earlier in the day, the Snow Cross Pro-Open final was also held. 10 drivers showed off their skills in the middle of the track for the 15 lap competition. Ross Martin from Kenosha, Wisconsin took the top spot.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/28/2015

- Railroads across Wisconsin could start fining people who walk along railroad tracks. It's an effort to save lives after one of the most deadly years in the state's travel history. Eight people died in train-involved deaths in 2014. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to the Tomahawk Railway to find out why there are so many accidents and what can be done to stop them.

- Police departments can use social media to help their communities. But if it's used the wrong way it could be dangerous. A traffic app called Waze can be used to warn other drivers about where police are in the area. But some officers are worried it could be used to target police. Newswatch 12s Kaitlyn Howe will have more from a Northcentral Wisconsin police chief about how he feels about the app.

- And find out about the "Snow Days Sweepstakes" put on by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.

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

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LANSING, MI - People will eventually be able to hike or bike from Ironwood, Michigan all the way to Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced the plans for the trail in 2012, and just this week, the trail got its name. It will be called the Iron Belle Trail.

The Michigan DNR held a three-week trail naming contest this past fall. It got nearly 9,000 entries.

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- More snow might not be the first item on your wish list. But it could get you a weekend getaway. As the snow piles up, so do your chances of winning a Northwoods sweepstakes.

Rhinelander's Chamber of Commerce is running the Snow Day Sweepstakes. Executive Director of Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Dana DeMet, said the chamber hopes the sweepstakes will offer another way for people to enjoy winter in the Northwoods. It could also help people stay excited about getting more snow this time of year.

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TOMAHAWK - Railroads across Wisconsin could start fining people who walk along railroad tracks. It's an effort to save lives after one of the most deadly years in the state's travel history.

Eight people died in train-involved deaths in 2014. 2015 also became a deadly year for trains in Wisconsin just two days into the new year. A Milwaukee man was hit and killed by a train on January 2nd.

Railroad experts say many accidents happen because trains can't stop fast enough.

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WASHINGTON, DC - The director of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah says he had already taken steps to address reports of overmedication of patients before federal officials announced a review of prescription practices at the Wisconsin facility.

Tomah VA director Mario DeSanctis says his staff began looking into the unusually high rate of opiate prescriptions in 2012. In an interview with the La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1BxJtoY ) this week, DeSanctis says steps to institute solutions to the problem have already been taken.

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MERRILL - A social media app called Waze could be dangerous to local police departments.

The app can be used to warn other drivers about where police are in the area.

But some officers are worried it could be used to target police.

"I think the potential for something like that to happen in a big city is better, or bigger. But that isn't to say that our officers should not be aware of their surroundings," says Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff.

50 million people use Waze.

Neff says officers in his department are safer because they're moving around a lot.

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RACINE - Gov. Scott Walker says he's planning trips soon to the important 2016 presidential primary states of South Carolina, Nevada and Florida.

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