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Rhinelander's Mayor cautiously optimistic mill buyer will keep plant openSubmitted: 03/22/2013
Story By Lane Kimble


RHINELANDER - We need to wait awhile to figure out how the sale of Wausau Paper's Rhinelander and Mosinee mills will really effect the communities.

But Friday night, we did find a sense of cautious optimism coming from city leadership.

Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns worked at the paper mill from 1955 to 1994. He's seen plenty of changes at the plant over the years, including three separate sales.

That past experience keeps him hopeful for the future.

"Confident's not a good word, but I'm hoping that it will be," Johns said. "That's important to all of us. You know, we have PrintPack down on the other side of town, that's an improvement to our community and we're proud of that and we're proud of that paper company."

KPS Capital Partners in New York invested $130 million to buy the two Wisconsin mills.

They're offering Wausau Paper 25 percent ownership in the new paper company they plan to form. Wausau Paper claims the investment group has "significant experience" in the paper business.

Mayor Johns hopes KPS understands Rhinelander needs to keep its mill.

"Any industry in this day and age is important to the community, especially when it's over 100 years old, you've had it here and it's been a part of your community for those many years," Johns said.

The sale isn't official just yet. There are seveal steps to go through, including establishing a new collective bargaining agreement with the unions.

Wausau Paper hopes to wrap things up by the end of the second quarter this year.

KPS invested in Waupaca Foundry, Inc., based in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Just last month, Waupaca Foundry dolled out a $200 million return to investers.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/22/2014

- The Wausau Police Department will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss the recovery of the body of a 22-year-old woman that had been missing for nearly four years. Stephanie Low went missing from her Wausau apartment in October of 2010. Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel says the press conference will be at 4 p.m today. We will update you with this story.

- Plus, you can expect to see two Northwoods authors in Rhinelander tonight. Judith Norling Carlson and Ann M. Andrashie will be at the Rhinelander Public Library from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. They will share their writing experiences and discuss their books. Find out about their experiences on Newswatch 12 at 10.

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

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Son shoots father in hunting accidentSubmitted: 09/22/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - A boy shot his father in a hunting accident in Marathon County.

Police say the 11 year old boy was hunting for turkeys with his father and two other relatives. The boy mistook his father for a turkey on Sunday and shot him in the upper left area of his chest.

The man was flown to an area hospital and was believed to be stable Sunday night.

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Phillips prepares for Saturday's Fall Harvest FestivalSubmitted: 09/22/2014

PHILLIPS - Phillips hopes more than the fall colors will draw visitors to the community this weekend.

The city will host the 21st Annual Fall Harvest Festival.

A farmer's market, sidewalk sales, food booths, scarecrow contests, and pumpkin decorating are part of Saturday's celebration.

We asked the Chamber of Commerce what people like best.

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Liberal group says Wisconsin voters can't get IDsSubmitted: 09/22/2014

MADISON - A liberal group is telling federal judges that Wisconsin driver's license offices aren't open enough to produce enough IDs for would-be voters before the Nov. 4 election.

The law has been dormant since February 2012 pending legal challenges. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, reinstated the photo ID requirement Sept. 12 while it ponders the merits of arguments against the law.

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Updated-Name released in deadly UTV crashSubmitted: 09/22/2014

TOWN OF LITTLE RICE - We now know a Rhinelander man died in a UTV accident on Gobbler Lake Road in the town of Little Rice.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department tells us 52-year-old Richard Johnson died from injuries he suffered in the crash. Johnson apparently missed a curve and left the road.

It happened after 10:40 p.m. on Saturday.

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Michelle Obama to campaign in Wisconsin for Burke, Chris Christie to campaign for WalkerSubmitted: 09/22/2014

WISCONSIN - Michelle Obama is coming to Milwaukee next week to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

The visit on Sept. 29 comes the same day that Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is to be campaigning across the state in Hudson, near the Minnesota border, for Gov. Scott Walker.

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Woman accused of driving drunk with kids in the carSubmitted: 09/22/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - Police accuse a woman in Marathon County of driving drunk with kids in the car.

A Wausau trooper from Wisconsin State Patrol arrested 35 year old Jessica Poetsch from Waukesha for her 4th OWI. It happened Sunday night, around 8 in the evening. There were 2 children in the car at the time of her arrest.

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