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Marathon Co. Ramps Up Internet Predator InvestigationsSubmitted: 02/27/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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WAUSAU - One in seven children will be propositioned by predators online.

But the Marathon County Sheriff's Department will soon have more tools to help catch online predators. This month they joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Most Sheriff's Departments already have divisions that deal with investigating internet crimes. Marathon County does, too. But becoming a member of ICAC will open up more opportunities for funding.

The money will help them with their biggest struggle in fighting internet crime.

"Staying with the times. We've been having, I don't want to say difficulty keeping up with the times, but it's expensive, it's time consuming. We cannot ignore resources like this and try to continue," says Lt. Greg Bean.

The department hopes to use the money to hire more officers. They would be specifically committed to catching online predators.

Lt. Bean says they just joined the program, but they've already requested to add the new position of Technology Detective.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/21/2014

- A group of motorcyclists will ride 85 miles this weekend to raise money for the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids. Find out more tonight on Newswatch 12.

- A new trail in Forest County will run along Highway 8. The two mile trail will connect Crandon to the International Off-Road Raceway. Coming up on Newswatch 12 find out what access the trail will give to ATVers in the county and why the trail could get extended.

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

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Rummage sale focuses on raising money for the homelessSubmitted: 08/21/2014

RHINELANDER - People will swarm Trig's Riverwalk Center for the best deals for the next couple of days, but it won't just be for groceries.

People hunted today for the best used items at the Mammouth Rummage Sale. The sale began today and runs through Saturday.

"We are very busy! I thought they were going to run me down when I opened the door," said Bev Geske, a NATH board member. "They were lined up outside. We opened a little early because of that. [I think] we're going to be busy Thursday, Friday, and Saturday."

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Groups seek release of campaign investigation recordsSubmitted: 08/21/2014

MADISON - A coalition of media and open government groups are pressing a federal appeals court to release nearly three dozen documents linked to a secret probe into Governor Scott Walker's campaign.

Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker's 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups.

A federal judge halted the probe in May after one of the groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, argued the investigation violates its free speech rights.

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Unemployment rates fall in most of WisconsinSubmitted: 08/21/2014

MADISON - Unemployment fell in most Wisconsin cities and counties in July.

The state Department of Workforce Development released information today.

It shows unemployment rates fell in 22 of the state's 32 largest cities compared to June.

Unemployment rates fell in 63 of 72 counties, didn't change in four counties and rose in five counties.

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Wisconsin restaurants dealing with rising custard costs Submitted: 08/20/2014

RHINELANDER - Getting a double scoop of custard might cost you double.

Custard prices are up in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Key ingredients in custard are milk, eggs and butterfat. Butterfat is driving the cost of custard up.

A National Milk Producers report shows supply and demand is tight for butter.

Inventories have dropped more than 40% over the past year.

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ACT Exam mandatory for Wisconsin students this yearSubmitted: 08/20/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - College bound high school students in the Midwest need to take the ACT.

One Northwoods high school has seen an increase in how many students are taking the test.

About 60% of students at Northland Pines High School took the ACT last year, compared to about 53% that took it in 2010.

"We're increasing that number every year, doing our best to do that and encourage students to take this test," says Northland Pines High School Principal Jim Brewer. "It's not only just for students that are going to college, it's for anybody to take this assessment and see where they're at."

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Off-road vehicle park referendum fails to pass county board, for nowSubmitted: 08/20/2014

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CRANDON - The Forest County Board voted 10-10 Tuesday night to approve a referendum resolution that would send a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park proposal to this November's ballot. One supervisor was absent from the meeting and therefore didn't cast a vote in the matter.

A tie amongst supervisors Tuesday night means the board will move forward with the off-road project for now. That's even though a public referendum won't be on a ballot soon. The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated (WORVPI) is a major supporter of the project. WORVPI and county leaders will need to get much more information to the public.

Forest County Supervisor Larry Sommer voted against the referendum resolution because he believes people in the county need to see more information from the plan before going to a possible county-wide referendum.

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