Northwoods Spotlight: Spring Has Sprung on Outdoor ActivitiesSubmitted: 05/08/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

Northwoods Spotlight: Spring Has Sprung on Outdoor Activities
THE NORTHWOODS - Spring finally hit the Northwoods last weekend. Thousands of anglers were celebrating an unofficial holiday - the inland fishing opener. Lakes and rivers were busy. Some even got in some ice fishing. However, the cold water temps made the fishing slow.

Golf courses are opening 2 weeks later than usual. But not everyone is getting a late start. Eagle River Speedway was behind on prep work, but next week's opener is actually a week early.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/21/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Medical professionals in Wisconsin worry about the impact that a current nursing shortage could have on the state's health care system. We talk to a Nicolet College nursing student and a Rhinelander School District nurse about the image of nursing and how it could be affecting the decrease of nurses.

We'll take you live to Tomahawk where the School District hopes a safety roundtable session tonight will open more lines of communication between the school and community.

And we talk to an Eagle River area syrup harvester about how the cool weather is helping to create a successful syrup season.

We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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CRANDON - An inmate in the Forest County Jail committed suicide Wednesday morning. 

According to a press release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, jail staff found the man shortly after 6:30 a.m.

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RHINELANDER - The ground won't thaw for another month or so, but you can start planning your garden now.

You'll have to wait until mid-May to plant flowers, but you can get away with some vegetable seeds.

Bare root plants are also a good option for early-spring. Those include apple trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes.

"We can help out here when you come out and make sure you get everything you need to get started."

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ASHLAND COUNTY - The Ashland County Board has rejected a $9.5 million wrongful death claim from the family of a 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy.

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CRANDON - A jury found a Crandon woman guilty Wednesday of trying to sneak narcotics into the Forest County Jail. 

Patricia Kirker was found guilty on all five felonies. 

The jury made its decision in less than an hour.

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MADISON - The entire state of Wisconsin will be placed under quarantine for emerald ash borer.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the quarantine will take effect March 30th.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Bail has been cut from $500,000 to $400,000 for a fired Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed Australian woman.

Mohamed Noor made his first court appearance Wednesday in the July death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

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