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Donations coming in for River Bend Trail in MerrillSubmitted: 06/28/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


MERRILL - A group in Merrill wants to build a 2 and-a-half mile bike trail along the Wisconsin River. They've had a lot encouragement from the community, and now they're starting to get financial support too.

It'll cost around $1,000,000 to make the River Bend trial safe, eco-friendly, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Once you start looking at environmental factors and safety factors, the dollars do start adding up. But we want this to be a high quality trail that's going to last for years and years," said Debbe Kinsey, Administrator for the Merrill Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The Merrill Chamber of Commerce Foundation is overseeing the project. Kinsey says economics, health benefits and recreational enjoyment make the trail worth every penny.

"How wonderful it will be to connect our downtown to Council Grounds State Park that gets over 200,000 visitors per year. And now they can walk or bike from Council Grounds all the way downtown once it's completed."

So they've raised $75,000 for the project. Kinsey says that money has come from private families for the most part. They're still waiting for bigger donations from local businesses. They hope to have the trail open by next summer.


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- Last month, voters in the Unified School District of Antigo rejected a referendum that would have consolidated the district's seven elementary schools. Now the district has to figure out what to do with the teachers, staff and students of one school that will close in June.

- Plus, until now Price County has never had any type of public transportation.  Park Falls hasn't even had a taxi service in years.  That all changed in April with a new bus.

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

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Northwoods timber harvesters can now use a new business tool. 


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The goal of the program is to offer an easy to use application.


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WAUSAU - The Mayor of Wausau blames "a violent world", in part, for this weekend's officer involved shooting.

A Wausau police officer shot and killed a man allegedly armed with a knife late Saturday night.

Mayor Robert Mielke said that he believes the shooting was justified and the entire police force has his full support.

"It's a very sad situation," said Mielke. "It's sad for the family involved with the individual. But it's also very sad for the officer involved and the other officers involved. It's a traumatic thing. But we're going to get through this and we're going to heal through this."

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MATTOON - Last month, voters in the Unified School District of Antigo rejected a referendum that would have consolidated the district's seven elementary schools. The referendum would have kept two rural schools -Mattoon and Crestwood -open.

But now, Mattoon Elementary School will close at the end of this school year. The school board voted 5-4 to close the school this June.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office warns people to clean up your campsite before you leave or face a fine. That's after this past weekend, where people left a messy site at the Underdown camping area in Gleason.

The Forestry Department saw people left litter including a mattress at the site. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office say there's zero tolerance for littering.

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ADAMS COUNTY - Update-We now know the names of two men who died in a two car crash near the Wisconsin Dells over the weekend.

The Wisconsin State Patrol tells us 65 year old Timothy Helm and his passenger, 72 year old Frances Chowaniec died at the scene of the crash.

Both men were from Oxford.

24 year old Kolton Coon of Wisconsin Dells was the second driver.

He was taken to a hospital and expected to survive.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon around 2:00 on County Road B north of state highway 23 in Adams County.

Wisconsin State Patrol is still investigating.





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RHINELANDER - The Oneida County Humane Society hopes expanding its current facility will help the animals and the public.

OCHS announced plans to expand and improve the animal shelter at its annual Furball fundraiser.

It will use $100,000 grant the shelter got from PETCO last year to help cover some of those costs. But OCHS will also need to raise more money to cover all the wanted changes.

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