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It's Time to Spring Forward-- and Check your Smoke DetectorsSubmitted: 03/09/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

It's Time to Spring Forward-- and Check your Smoke Detectors
RHINELANDER - Daylight savings time means we'll finally get a little more sunlight, but it's also the time firefighters want you to make sure your homes are safe.

Fire Departments recommend checking your smoke detector once a month. They also want people change the batteries twice a year. That's why daylight savings is the perfect time to remind people to do so.

"With fire situations in homes the earliest detection possible will save your life because a bad situation only keeps getting worse if you don't know the fire is going on it's easy to get possibly trapped, or in a situation you can't get out of. Or maybe get the rest of your family members out of your house in time," says Ryan Berghammer, from the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Firefighters say the worst mistake people make is taking out the batteries when something gets smoking in the kitchen, or stealing the batteries to use in other things. The smoke detector often gets left with the batteries out.

Another thing they want people to know is carbon monoxide detectors are NOT good indefinitely. Because of the sensors inside they last from five to seven years.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/22/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Winter weather warnings and advisories are in effect for our entire viewing area until midnight tonight, and some areas have already seen more than 5 inches of snow. We'll keep you up to date on the latest forecast and take you live outside to bring you the current road situation.

We'll show you the snow conditions at Granite Peak Ski Resort in Wausau and find out how today's snowfall helps improve the ski area.

And a plan to put a roundabout in Rhinelander is leaving area residents concerned especially with how trucks would handle them. We talk to a Department of Transportation official and a truck driver to get their view of the plan.

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


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ABBOTSFORD -
Two people died and another person went to the hospital after a shooting in Abbotsford early Saturday morning.

In a press release, Colby-Abbotsford Police Chief Jason Bauer says the suspect is 26-year-old Tyler Zimmerman.


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MADISON - Several Wisconsin farmers organizations have joined a new coalition in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association have become part of the new Americans for Farmers and Families coalition.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - The Oneida County Highway Department spent most of the morning preparing for the winter weather parts of the state are expecting to see. 

Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek to get an update as to what the highway department has been doing to prepare. 

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MADISON - Falling out of a tree stand can be a real risk for hunters.

Spinal injuries make up more than half the injuries suffered in falls from tree stands.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that a review of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' trauma database for tree stand-related injuries from 1999 to 2013 shows 55 percent resulted in one or more spinal injuries.

The review looked at 117 patients who were hurt.

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MADISON (AP) - In a tack to the left in an election year, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he wants a state law to guarantee people with pre-existing conditions don't lose health insurance.


He also wants Wisconsin to join Minnesota, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska in obtaining a federal waiver to offer reinsurance. That is a move designed to lower premiums for people in the private insurance marketplace.

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MINOCQUA - Firefighters got called to a fire in Minocqua around 3 p.m. Sunday.
A fire broke out in the garage of a home on West Squaw Lake Road and quickly spread throughout the house.
When firefighters arrived the garage was completely engulfed in flames.

Due to the secluded location of the house firefighters had to set up a water filling station about a mile away at the Birch Trail Resort.
"There's really no good spot to get water we don't have any fire hydrants this way or within about 20 miles of here actually," said Minocqua Fire Department Chief Andy Petrowski. 

Petrowski said the five departments that responded to the scene set up 9 water tanks.
The department ran water from a nearby lake and attacked the fire from the attic.

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