WHITEWATER - The federal government is investigating whether the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and dozens of other universities have mishandled sexual abuse complaints.
The U.S. Department of Education said Thursday that 55 colleges and universities are under investigation. It declined to provide details of the probes, but said some were prompted by complaints, while others were initiated following compliance reviews triggered by other factors, such as news stories.
A spokeswoman for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater a complaint against that school was filed with the Education Department. She declined to comment on it because it is still under investigation.
Spokeswoman Sara Kuhl says the university is committed to investigating sexual abuse complaints in a ``timely and effective'' manner and provides the people making them with help in reporting the incidents to law enforcement officials.
Several ash trees in Rhinelander have become infected with the emerald ash borer and will need to come down. Tonight we'll show you what signs to look for to keep an ash tree on your property from being infected.
You'll hear from inmates at the McNaughton Correctional Center on what it's like making the transition from being in prison to going back into the community.
Plus, tonight on Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following games:
Houghton vs. Northland Pines
Antigo vs. Lakeland
Medford vs. Rhinelander
Florence vs. Three Lakes/Phelps
Rib Lake/Prentice vs. Tomahawk
That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - Almost 12,000 people took a trip into history this year. But you only have one more day to check out the Pioneer Park Historical Complex in Rhinelander. The museum closes for the season Saturday.
Complex Director Aprelle Rawski calls it a place to not only see the history of logging, but also the history of Rhinelander.
"We get so many people who come in and see, pictures of their relatives, or 'Oh my gosh, my uncle donated that and he's been gone for 30 years.' It's really nice," said Rawski.
WOODRUFF - The odds of catching someone who poached a deer remain pretty low unless someone saw or heard it happen. Luckily for law enforcement, that's what happened in Woodruff and Minocqua last week.
RHINELANDER - Lifting brand-new bikes out of the basement to see the light of day for the first time, Gene Welhoefer couldn't wait to put them to use.
"We'd love to wear the tires out in year one," Welhoefer said.
The Three Lakes principal loaded bike after bike--29 on this trip--into a trailer parked outside of Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander Thursday afternoon. The school district purchased 63 bikes to promote healthy habits in Three Lakes students.
"Get outside, breathe some fresh air, soak in some sunshine, take a little ride," Welhoefer said.
RHINELANDER - People know Rhinelander businesses for producing goods such as specialty papers at the Expera mill, food wrappers at Printpack, and sausage at Trig's smokehouse. But AirPro, an industrial fan manufacturer, also maintains a vital role in the Rhinelander business scene--and now it's strengthening its relationship with its employees.
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