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UPDATE: Storm knocks out power for thousands across the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 08/26/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson


ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - More than 6,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers got ready for the day in the dark Monday morning.

Storms caused major power outages across the Northwoods.

"3:45 a.m. this morning the storm kind of came into our service territory starting in the Minocqua area moving through to kind of Eagle River, Rhinelander, down into the Wausau area," says WPS Community Relations representative Kelly Zagrzebski.

The majority of the outages were in Eagle River, Rhinelander and Wausau.

Merrill, Tomahawk, and Elcho had some outages, too.

"The majority of the damage that we're seeing from this storm is blown fuses, blown transformers, lots of lightning strikes. A little bit of wind up in the Rhinelander area, not so much down in the Wausau location," adds Zagrzebski.

WPS sent more than 20 crews out to turn the power back on.

4,000 homes got their power back by 10 o'clock Monday morning.

"We really want to encourage people to make sure that they give us a call when their power does go out. Don't assume that their neighbors are calling," says Zagrzebski.

They also want to remind customers to stay away from downed power lines.

Those lines may still be live.

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- The Turtle-Flambeau was created 90 years ago when the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built the Turtle Dam. Hear from the people who manage and live on the flowage.

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

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Many people use the hundreds of miles of ATV trails here in Oneida County. And those trail users will soon have a wider stretch of path to use as we approach the busy Memorial Day weekend.

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She had no idea she would be going home with more than $30,000 in scholarship money.

$227,425 was awarded to 84 seniors at the annual ceremony.

Puza won seven scholarships, including the Gaffney Trust Future Teacher's scholarship worth $25,000.

"At first it didn't really hit me," said Puza. "But then I just thought about it, and I thought wow, that's a couple years of college paid for. And it's a good opportunity that I got any money, let alone the amount that I did."

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RHINELANDER - When police get called for an active shooter situation, they want to be sure they're prepared. Officers in Oneida County were trained to handle these crisis situations Tuesday afternoon at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

We may not see active shooter situations in northern Wisconsin often.

But events like what happened at Antigo's prom about a month ago tell officers they always need to be prepared.

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TOWN OF HANSEN - Investigators want to know what caused a fire at a sawmill in Wood County Monday night.

The Wood County dispatch center received phone calls at about 8:50 P.M. Monday night that the Felty Amish Sawmill was on fire in the town of Hansen.

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RHINELANDER - Habitat for Humanity Northwoods wants to start building its 20th home. But first, it needs to find a family to receive the home.

The group will hold workshops to help families learn about Habitat for Humanity and apply for a home.

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IRON COUNTY - Tucked away in southern Iron County, many people consider the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage one of Wisconsin's best kept secrets.

When the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built the Turtle Dam 90 years ago, it flooded 16 natural lakes and impounded 14,000 acres creating the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.

The company owned the land until the state bought the flowage and 114 miles of shoreline surrounding it in 1990.

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