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New Pope Makes Local Catholics HopefulSubmitted: 03/14/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


RHINELANDER - The world spent the last few days looking to the roof of the Sistine Chapel for white smoke. Yesterday we met the new Pope for the first time.

But he takes control of the Catholic Church at a challenging time. Still, Northwoods Catholics are confident.

As tens of thousands of faithful watched for white smoke in St. Peter's square, more than a billion Catholics around the world waited to find out who their new leader would be. That included students right here at Nativity of our Lord Catholic School in Rhinelander.

"The kids were really excited. And then we prayed for him that he would lead us, lead the church in so many wonderful ways into the future," says Mary Mangerson, a Nativity Kindergarten Teacher.

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina made history Wednesday in more than one way. He's the first non-European Pope in nearly 2,000 years.

"It's a very positive and very historical change. Because the developing world is being represented now, where many of the poor and marginalized are being left behind," says Father Tom Thakadipuram.

He's also the first Pope to choose the name Francis, after Saint Francis of Assisi. One of the things he represents is rebuilding the Church.

"He heard that call to rebuild the church. I think that is the main message now. Because the Church has been wrought with different issues," says Father Tom.

The Papacy and future of the Catholic Church has been the focal point of international news for weeks. Every network has been on Pope-watch for days. Non Catholics KNOW the Pope's kind of a big deal, but why? What does the Pope mean to Catholics?

"We know that leaders are important to us in our everyday lives and as a Catholic we look to our leaders to guide us in our faith," says Stacie Simkins, a Nativity 2nd Grade Teacher.

"He becomes the face of Christ. He becomes the face of stability and at the same time inspiration to the new world," says Father Tom.

"I think it's a feeling of belonging; everyone belongs to this family, and he is the leader of our family," says Mangerson.

As the world learns more about this reportedly humble man from Buenos Aires, Catholics are hoping for someone up to the task of leading them through the challenges the Church faces.

"I think we need a leader who's pastoral. And he appears to me to be someone who loves people and has a gentle spirit," says Mangerson.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/24/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Police departments across the U.S. are having problems recruiting officers, and North Central Wisconsin is no exception. Tonight we talk with local police departments to find out why fewer young people want to become police officers than in years past.

We talk to the Northland Pines School District Superintendent about a program that allows international students to get both a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

And we'll introduce you to a Langlade County couple who want to share their passion of sled dog racing with the community.

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

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Dr. Jeff Chism at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in Rhinelander says the number one problem this time of year is overdoing outdoor winter sports, not frostbite.

It doesn't matter if you snowshoe or cross country ski, Dr. Chism says doing too much, too soon can cause harm.

"They really aren't ready for that and their feet aren't ready for that. They get blisters. They get tendonitis. They get those kinds of problems. The slower they go into it and try to work into it, the better it is for them," said Dr. Chism.

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ELTON - Most people enjoy taking their dogs out for walks. But Beth and Ken Castaldi prefer exercising their many dogs a little more competitively. For them, "Snow-Time" is really show time. It's all going to the dogs…At least that's what Beth and Ken Castaldi believe. Beth has been racing dogs for four decades, something she's just dog-gone crazy about. "Oh the dogs! Absolutely the dogs. I'm the type of person who loves working with puppies," says Beth.
Beth says it's more of a dog teach dog world. "The older dogs are so important because they train the younger dogs. They can teach them a whole lot faster than we do," Beth explains.
But Beth and Ken aren't the first mushers to ride in Langlade County, the history dates back to the 40s. "A mail route was established between the Shawano area and it went north into… I believe Green Bay and even further… and they actually used dog sled teams to deliver the mail," said Beth.
Beth and Ken want to share their passion with the community, even if you don't have a dog. "We have members that do sprint racing with their sled dog team. We have long-distance or mid-distance racers …we have members who don't even have dogs," exclaimed Beth.

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NORTHWOODS - Jordan Gaiche's lifelong dream has always been to be a cop. 

"That passion has evolved over time from of course every little boy's dream of the cool car and the badge and the uniform and all those things to wanting to play a bigger role in my community and make a difference," said Gaiche. 

He is one of three new officers who were sworn into the Wausau Police Department last week. Nowadays, Gaiche is unique in his career aspirations. Fewer young people want to become police officers than in years past. 

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ANTIGO - Two months after they went missing, two Antigo children will soon be back with their father.

Antigo Police tell us Averie and Dalton Brown have been found in Hill City, South Dakota.

They were with their mother, Cathy Brown, who was taken into custody on a warrant.

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LANSING, MI - Michigan environmental officials say Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit.

The finding by the Department of Environmental Quality is good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have grappled with the man-made water crisis since 2014.

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APPLETON - Authorities say a man charged a decade ago in Wisconsin with trying to kill his girlfriend's unborn child has turned up in New York.

Sheriff's officials say the U.S. Border Patrol stopped a vehicle in Malone, New York Friday because of suspicious criminal activity. Manishkumar Patel was a passenger in the vehicle.

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