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Grass Fire in Merrill Delays TrafficSubmitted: 04/30/2013
Story By WJFW News Team

MERRILL - A grass fire in Merrill slowed commuters down this afternoon.

Traffic was backed up for more than a hour on Forest Drive and Highway 107.

Both lanes were shut down. The Merrill Fire Department says the fire started around 5 P-M and lasted for about an hour.

No one was injured. About half an acre of grass was burned.

We don't know yet what caused the fire. The Wisconsin DNR is investigating.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/27/2015

- Northern Wisconsin has the worst roads in the state, but the money for big road projects goes to southeastern Wisconsin. Why?

- What will the Governor's budget proposal mean for the authority of the Natural Resources Board in Wisconsin?

- And a city in the Northwoods has helped a girl raise the funds to make her NASCAR debut this weekend.

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

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WESLACO, TEXAS - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border without addressing questions being raised about his stance on immigration.

The likely Republican presidential contender remained invisible to reporters on Friday during a visit that could have given him a chance to spotlight illegal immigration and border security.

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IRON COUNTY - Gogebic Taconite made official its decision to stop pursuing a mine in northern Wisconsin.

This week, the company withdrew its preapplication for an iron mine east of Mellen.

GTAC closed its Hurley office last month.

The proposed mine drew protests from people concerned about the environmental impact it could have.

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MINOCQUA - A new club at Lakeland Union High School could get more students interested in engineering. The Robotics Club gives students a chance to use robots and drones to understand the core concepts of engineering.

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MADISON - A Milwaukee man has pleaded guilty to threatening Gov. Scott Walker's adult son on Twitter.

Online court records show Robert Peffer pleaded guilty Friday to four misdemeanor counts of using a computer to send threatening or obscene messages.

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RHINELANDER - Last December, doctors diagnosed 26-year-old Johnathon Ottman of Rhinelander with lung cancer that spread to his brain.

Because Ottman hasn't been able to work since receiving his diagnosis, different groups in the community, including Boy Scout Troop 672 and Sammy Jr's bar, have helped raise funds to pay his medical bills.

On Friday, Ottman's family will host a Zumba party at the Northwoods Banquet Center to keep up the fight.

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MADISON - The number of walleye fishermen can keep could change. The DNR wants to change how it sets the walleye bag limit in ceded territory.

It wants a three walleye bag limit for all lakes and rivers in the territory.

The tribes have treaty rights allowing them to harvest fish from lakes in most of northern Wisconsin.

The Natural Resources Board will consider the proposal on April 8th.

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