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Plover woman ordered out of rat-infested homeSubmitted: 02/07/2013
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PLOVER - A Plover woman has been ordered to leave her rat-infested mobile home.

Portage County health officials say Darlene Flatoff has kept more than 300 rats in her home since last March. An inspection report says the home doesn't have adequate sewage disposal and is overrun with rats and their droppings.

Health officials say the problem began when Flatoff brought home domesticated rats from the pet store, they bred with wild rats and her place became infested.

The sheriff's office expects the eviction to be carried out within the next 10 days. The rats will be removed and the mobile home will be razed.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/20/2014

- We'll show you how the loss of one event in the Rhinelander area has opened the door for a new one downtown.

- A central Wisconsin paper mill will transition to international ownership after being owned by an American company.

- And hundreds of kids in third world countries will get to open a Christmas gift this year. It's all thanks to people who donate a shoebox filled with supplies for kids. The boxes are part of a world-wide organization called Operation Christmas Child. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to the Rock Mission Center in Eagle River where volunteers are collecting boxes filled with toys, toothbrushes, and hope.

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

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Wisconsin mom accused of damaging son's earsSubmitted: 11/20/2014

MILWAUKEE - A 26-year-old Fond du Lac woman is charged with felony child abuse after she was caught on video jamming cotton swabs into her son's ears, causing them to bleed.

According to the complaint, Jenna Schumacher took her 15-month-old son to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment of chronic ear bleeding and perforated eardrums.

The complaint says doctors found no medical reason for the ear injuries, but discovered a piece of a cotton swab in the boy's ear.

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Chequamegon-Nicolet trails need workSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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NORTHWOODS - You may need to wait a little longer to go cross-country skiing on certain trails. Trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are packed with snow, but they're not ready for skiers just yet.

"We found with the ground so warm, that all of the snow that we received in the last week really packed down to very little of a base," explained Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Lands and Recreation Program Manager Jeff Mell. "We're really waiting for that base to build up where we can put a track on top of it at this time."

The trails are still open for hiking and snow-shoeing, but motorized trails won't be open until December. Forest Service leaders want people to be careful out on the hiking trails this weekend and the week following. The lands and recreation manager explains that most times, winter activities and firearm season don't overlap.

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Freeze the Gain encourages holding weight steady over the holidays in Forest CountySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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CRANDON - Forest County health workers hope they can help people maintain their weight over the holidays.

A national study found average Americans gain one or two pounds around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"That weight typically doesn't come off," said Forest County Health Department Director Jill Krueger. "You're accumulating a pound or two every year, which is a risk factor for obesity down the road."

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The Retail Shed looks to play a piece in improved economy in LaonaSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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LAONA - A drive through Laona might convince you that the community is struggling economically. That's true for many small Northwoods towns. But one locally-owned, independent store is trying to move things in a better direction.

Within the last few months, both the grocery store and the hardware store in Laona closed.

Now, the hardware store is back open, with new owners and a new name. It's called The Retail Shed.

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Early major snow storm keeps Northwoods boat businesses busySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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THREE LAKES - You'd think cold weather would slow down business for boating shops. But our recent early major snow storm has actually kept boat maintenance and storage businesses busy.

"Normally we've got, you know, nicer weather than now," said Ryan Lamon, sales manager at Watercraft Sales in Three Lakes.

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New projects for Lakeland AirportSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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ARBOR VITAE - The Lakeland Airport could see big changes in the next few years. That could include a make-over to their entire runway. The airport managers finished building their new maintenance building two weeks ago. The building cost more than $500,000 and that cost could mean fewer projects in the near future.

"Every year the airport receives $150,000 in federal money in what's called our entitlement money," explained Lakeland Airport Administrator Jon Schmitz. "So we used up every cent we had up to 2014 for the maintenance building. You can only retain it for three years, so you use it or lose it."

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