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State gearing up for anti-Heroin campaignSubmitted: 07/26/2013
Story By Kailey Burton

State gearing up for anti-Heroin campaign
MINOCQUA - Across the state, police say one drug is their biggest challenge- Heroin.

This year, the Department of Justice will target the drug statewide. The Lakeland area is working on its own campaign.

In Minocqua, the Lakeland Prescription Drug Task Force made it harder to sell and abuse prescription drugs. The problem is, those people who used those drugs are still ADDICTED, and heroin is usually the easiest fix to find. Drug prevention specialist Bob Kovar says we need to prevent addiction in the first place.

"Somebody that's addicted to opiates needs to fulfill that addiction however they can... Typically we're pretty reactive. We kinda don't throw resources at people until we have to. So we end up spending a lot of money on prisons and then our justice system," said Kovar.

The state's campaign will officially start later this summer or early fall. The focus IS on prevention and awareness, but leaders hope it will go further.

"It can't just be an awareness campaign. I think there has to be a real push towards policy change... Healthcare, law enforcement, justice, our schools, we all need to be working together. I think when we work together and we implement programs that are proven to work, yes we can make a difference," says Kovar.


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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/19/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12

We'll tell you about a plan to put up a dog park in Eagle River and talk to the man behind the idea.

We'll show you how people in Tomahawk are pumping gas to help the High School get new sports equipment.

And we talk to Rhinelander kids who opened up a cookies and lemonade stand to raise money to help provide water filters for people in Africa.

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

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EAGLE RIVER - People living in Eagle River could see a dog park sometime in the near future. 

"It'll take some work to get it done, but I think in the long run, once it's done it'll be very good for the community and it'll be very well used," said Ron Kressin, who's leading the project. 

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RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder from 1982. 

Robin Mendez was charged with homicide in February in the death of his wife. 

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RHINELANDER - Earth Day can be a good time to reflect on the "health" of the world around you.

Nicolet College's Sustainability Fair focuses on all things green this weekend.

This year's theme is Sustainability where you would least expect to find it.

There will be about 40 booths at the fair ranging from gardeners to investment brokers…and even green funerals.

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RHINELANDER -  A class of second graders at Crescent Elementary School in Rhinelander turned a lesson plan into a life lesson. The students helped provide clean water to villages in Africa after learning about pollution.
"They couldn't believe kids their age didn't have access to a faucet with running water," said Prom.
"A lot of people walk a lot of hours to get their water," said eight- year- old Ava Sadak.
The class decided to take action. They raised money for three weeks during their lunch break.
"Every time a customer came up to get cookies and lemonade it just felt great," said eight- year- old Wyatt Crowell. 

"Every penny we raised went to those filters," said Prom.
The Rhinelander students learned directly from people who understand the impact the filters will have on certain countries in Africa Thursday.
Members of Wild Intentional Leadership Development stopped by the school to thank the students for the 16 filters that they'll bring back to Africa and taught them about the continent.
"For us that goes way beyond what we expected," said Wild Intentional Leadership Development Regional Director Rev. Henry Mukonda.
"Feels great that we're helping people and knowing that we're providing clean water," said eight- year- old Taylor McKinney. 

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PRICE COUNTY - Price County blames 43 years of road salt for a high-traffic bridge starting to fall apart.

Corrosion has eaten away at the Highway H bridge over the Elk Lake Chain in Phillips, and work started Tuesday to replace an aging bridge deck.

Price County Highway Commissioner Don Grande often got calls about the condition of the bridge.

"I would say right now it's weekly," he estimated. "'Hey, when are you going to fix that bridge? What's going on with that bridge? Why does the bridge look so bad?'"

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MADISON - The state Department of Justice will prosecute a Taylor County sheriff's detective for releasing records of two unsolved murders to producers of a national television show.

Sergeant Steven Bowers is accused of felony misconduct in public office.


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