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State Emergency Operations Center helps communities respond to storm damage in MinnesotaSubmitted: 06/16/2014
Story By Associated Press

MINNESOTA - Authorities have activated the State Emergency Operations Center to help communities in southwestern and northern Minnesota respond to damage from recent severe storms.

The announcement says it's just a partial activation that requires officials from various agencies to determine whether state resources are needed for the recovery effort. It says no local officials have requested state resources so far.


The state Homeland Security and Emergency Management division says local officials are assessing damage to 12 township and county roads in Rock County. More than 6 inches of rain fell in Pipestone County, flooding roads in 75 locations in the Edgerton area and washing out the road to a bridge on the Rock-Pipestone County line. Sandbagging continues in Koochiching County to protect the International Falls water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities.


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TOMAHAWK - Train engineers see risky behavior around railroad tracks often in Wisconsin. The state has more than 4,000 active crossings.

Cars ignore signs and signals at many of them. On other stretches of rail, people trespass to walk along tracks or fish from bridges. That's a major safety concern, especially with more and more trains rumbling across Wisconsin.

"We just want to make sure that everybody is safe and aware that rail traffic is increasing in the state of Wisconsin, all over the state," said Wisconsin Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Susie Klinger. Klinger oversees Tomahawk Railway.

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ANTIGO - The Antigo Police Department thinks a K-9 police dog could help keep drugs out of the city.

The department currently borrows other cities' K-9 dogs for some cases, but now police in Antigo want their own dog.

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RHINELANDER - Students who graduate from Nicolet College can now easily transfer to a new four year school. Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin will now accept students who transfer with an associate's degree from Nicolet College. Nicolet wants its students to easily transfer to four year schools.

Northland College is now recognizing credits that Nicolet gives for a handful of their degrees including Business Management, Graphic Design, Early Childhood Education, and University Transfer Liberal Arts Associate of Science-Natural Resources Emphasis programs. Staff members at Nicolet say this deal is very clear-cut for students looking to pursue these degrees.

"We have put a lot of institutional resources into building these articulation agreements," said the Dean of University Transfer/Liberal Arts program Emily Stuckenbruck. "So it's very clear to students from the get-go; if you take this list of courses, or you have selected from these courses available, they will transfer to these institutions."

Nicolet has deals similar to this at more than 75 schools across the country. Leaders say it helps students save money.

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TOMAHAWK - Pastor Carolyn Rauschert is no stranger to the Tomahawk community. She spent her summers at her grandparents' home on Manson Lake. Rauschert, a mother of six children, worked at a Dunkin Donuts before setting off for her new career.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/01/2015

- The Antigo Police Department thinks a K9 police dog could help keep drugs out of the city. The department usually borrows other cities' K9 dogs for some cases. But now, Antigo Police wants it own. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek spoke with Antigo's police chief to find out how a K9 unit can help keep Antigo safe.

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

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ST. GERMAIN - You can see artwork from artists across Wisconsin this weekend, when the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce hosts the 8th annual Walk in the Woods Art Fair.

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EAGLE RIVER - The sexual assault case against a 31-year-old Vilas County man will move forward after waiving his preliminary hearing in Court on Monday.

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