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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: 10/31/2014

- The mining issue might deicide the winner of the 25th State Senate district. The huge district covers a large portion of northern Wisconsin. Two types of mines have caused controversy in the district: a proposed taconite mine in the north and sand mines in the west. Newswatch 12s Adam Fox sat down with both candidates; he'll have the story tonight.

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

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Milwaukee police vote 'no confidence' in chiefSubmitted: 10/31/2014

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police have taken a vote that expresses no confidence in their chief after he fired a white officer who shot and killed a black man in a downtown park.

Union president Mike Crivello announced Friday that about 99 percent of the votes expressed no confidence in Chief Edward Flynn.

He did not say how many of the union's 1,600 officers voted, only that it was a majority.

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100 Yards of Halloween DecorationsSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - A lot of people in the Northwoods will put out decorations for Halloween. But one Rhinelander woman and her daughter have gone above and beyond. They've grown their display for the past 10 years to extend between their houses and covering more than 100 yards.

"We had four boys and we wanted a girl and she was born on Halloween, so my husband said, 'Look, we finally got our witch!'" said Linda Klaver.

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25th Senate candidates differ over mining law, agree on importance of broadband and educationSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - The mining issue might decide the winner of the 25th State senate district. The huge district covers a large portion of northern Wisconsin stretching from parts of Vilas County to parts of Barron County. Two types of mines have caused controversy in the district. A proposed taconite mine in the north, and sand mines in the west.

Gogebic Taconite is proposing a four-mile open pit taconite mine in Ashland and Iron County. Project leaders say the project will lead to 700 direct jobs, as well as numerous spillover jobs because of the construction of the mine.

Republicans rewrote and passed the state's mining law in 2013. Many believe the rule change weakened water protections, but Republican candidate Dane Deutsch doesn't agree.

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Drivers surprised by icy roadsSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - Drivers got an icy surprise as they hit the road this morning.

People needed to show a little caution as they got used to driving on snow and ice again.

Some accidents tied up traffic for a time. In Wausau, one lane of Highway 29 was shut down near Highway 51.

An accident caused the problem shortly after 4:00 a.m. The road was fully open again around 6:00 a.m..

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Hire me then fire me, Northwoods candidate for State Treasurer wants to eliminate positionSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - Hire me then fire me.

That's what a Northwoods candidate for State Treasurer wants voters to do.

Jerry Shidell is a libertarian from Rhinelander.

You'll find his name on the ballot for State Treasurer.

He plans on getting rid of the job.

Shidell says the treasurer doesn't have many responsibilities and the position costs too much.

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Fewer homeless people found in Wisconsin surveySubmitted: 10/31/2014

MADISON - A federal report tells us fewer people in Wisconsin need help finding a place to call home. It showed the number of homeless people has declined slightly.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made the report to Congress. It comes from a one-night count by local homeless advocacy agencies.

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