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Baumgartner has more confidence going into second Olympic GamesSubmitted: 02/04/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

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IRON RIVER, MI - Thursday is opening day of the Olympic Games.

Nick Baumgartner is on his way to Sochi.

Baumgartner was born and raised in Iron River, Michigan. He will compete in the
men's snowboardcross for Team USA.

It's Baumgartner's second trip to the Olympics.

He finished 20th in Vancouver in 2010.


The competitors are flying down the hill going around 60 miles per hour.

A year after the Vancouver Olympics, he suffered his first major injury.
Despite that, he won the X-Games.

It gave him both a different perspective and confidence he uses today.

"I broke my collarbone in 2011," Baumgartner explains. "Just twelve days before
I won the X-Games. I was excited to be able to race. It's the year I won. I
learned from that. I make sure I smile a little bit - make sure I'm having fun.
If I do that, good things will happen and I will perform the best I can."

Nick will be the focus of our first "Spirit of the North" story Thursday on
Newswatch 12 at 6pm and 10pm.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/18/2014

- Cranberry growers in the Northwoods will start harvesting soon. The weather has delayed the harvest for many farms across the area, but that doesn't mean the farmers won't have a good year. We'll tell you why coming up on Newswatch 12.

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

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Detective team arrest 3 people for growing marijuanaSubmitted: 09/18/2014

BRUCE CROSSING, MI - Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, or UPSET arrested three people for growing marijuana.

It happened Wednesday at 11:30 in the morning near Bruce Crossing.

UPSET detectives seized nearly $6,200 in cash, 130 marijuana plants, a gun, 5 pounds of marijuana that had already been made, 1 gallon of what detectives think was hemp oil and illegal mushrooms.

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Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation raffles neon Hodag signSubmitted: 09/18/2014

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation is holding the 2014 Neon Hodag Sign Raffle.

Your support will help in raising money to award more scholarships for RHS graduates annually.

The RASF is a non-profit charitable organization with a volunteer governing board that raises money and distributes scholarships to Rhinelander students, many of whom may not get scholarship support from other sources.

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Middle School students in Merrill work to get rid of invasive speciesSubmitted: 09/18/2014

MERRILL - Students at Prairie River Middle School in Merrill want to enjoy the river behind their school.

They spent time on Tuesday clearing out some of the invasive species along the riverbank.

"They're taking over and we need to get rid of them while there's still time," says 8th grader Morgan Henrichs.

Science teachers at Prairie River Middle School want to teach their students how to get rid of invasive species.

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Annual Colorama Craft Fair returnsSubmitted: 09/18/2014

ST. GERMAIN - You may have seen the fall colors popping up across the Northwoods, but did you know that St. Germain is the birthplace of Colorama?

The 55th Annual Colorama Craft Fair returns this weekend. There will be a farmers market and vendors selling arts and crafts. It's a family friendly event with pumpkin painting and hayrides.

For the adults, there will be wine tasting and beer from local micro-breweries.

It's the perfect way to kick off the fall season.

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Wisconsin single mom poverty rate rose 2.5 percentSubmitted: 09/18/2014

WISCONSIN - A recent survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau has found poverty is increasing for single mothers in Wisconsin.

The latest American Community Survey, which focused on family homes with children under the age of 18, found 4 out of 10 single-mother households in the state were living in poverty last year. The bureau says the increase from nearly 40 percent in 2012 to 42.5 percent in 2013 is statistically significant.

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Merrill Area Public School District's online charter school lags behind rest of district in mathSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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MERRILL - The Merrill Area Public School District found out how their district compares to others in the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction evaluates districts and schools and gives them report cards every year.

But the district's online school did much worse than the rest of the district in math.

Students at Bridges Virtual Academy learn almost entirely online.

About 29% of Bridges students are proficient in math. But the state average is about 49%, and the district is almost 52%. That could be because many of the students at Bridges used to be homeschooled.

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