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Lincoln County Makes Request For Fairgrounds RenovationSubmitted: 05/02/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

MERRILL - Good things take time. The Lincoln County fairgrounds is going to take some time to rebuild. But first, the County board needs to approve it. The board met last night to push a request for a fairgrounds proposal. The request detailed some of the work planned.

"To replace the grand stand. To have a like structure replacing it. Basically it will be a 2500 seat structure with a covering. It's pretty much exactly what was there before," says Randy Scholz, Lincoln County Administrative Coordinator.

A storm blew down the grandstand last summer. At the next meeting, the maintenance director will bring the proposal in front of the board. The board can then pass it, deny it, or make changes to it.

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Last year, tourists spent nearly $12 billion in Wisconsin.

That's according to a report the state Department of Tourism released today.

It found tourism spending went up about $500 million from 2014.

Last year marked the sixth straight year of increasing spending.

Visitor spending last year generated $19.3 billion in total sales as travelers' money moved through the state economy.

The spending generated $1.5 billion in state and local taxes.

The third quarter of 2015 saw the most spending.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's Department of Justice is creating a new bureau to handle officer-involved deaths and other sensitive investigations.

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

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