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The latest nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the WeekSubmitted: 09/23/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas

THE NORTHWOODS - We're getting to the point in the fall sports season where conference standings are starting to shape up.

Last week there were some amazing performances from local athletes to help their teams to the top. It's time to check out our nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.

NOMINEE 1

Northern Elite quarterback Joey Swanson helped lead his team to an important win over Crandon on Saturday. Swanson ran the ball 31 times for 191 yards and a touchdown in the conference victory and the Predators remain undefeated.

NOMINEE 2

In the GNC, the Northland Pines soccer team topped Rhinelander on Thursday 1-0 and Levi Pruni scored the game winning goal. Pruni also scored a goal Saturday in a win over Iron Mountain.

NOMINEE 3

The GNC had their first conference volleyball meet on Saturday. Tomahawk went 3-0 and took first place. Becca Doughty played a big role with 89 assists, 10 digs and 9 aces in the Hatchets victory.

NOMINEE 4

And in girls swimming, Rhinelander had a convincing win over Merrill on Monday by a score of 109-60. Marie Sandstrom took first place in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke helping lead the Hodags.

You can vote on any of the nominees on the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.

Austin Salzgeber from the Medford football team was last week's winner.




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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/30/2015

- Find out how a local group is trying to help the endangered Monarch Butterfly population.

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

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WISCONSIN - With the Fourth of July right around the corner, many people will enjoy the holiday out in the warm weather. If you do, it's important to remember food safety to avoid getting any food illness this weekend.

Bacteria spreads much faster in the heat. Any food left out for more than an hour could go bad. 

Health Department workers say to keep your food out of what they call the "food danger zone".

"It's 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and ways that they can do this is to put cold food items on top of ice and water baths and hot items, you're going to want to keep them covered with foil or kept on the cooler side of the grill," said Forest County Health Department Nutritionist Karly Johnson.

Food kept inside at room temperature should be put away after two hours. Make sure to wash any utensils or plates used for raw meat before reusing. That's the best way to avoid common food illnesses.

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VILAS COUNTY - Earlier this month, legislators put a proposal into the state budget that would take away a county's ability to make its own shoreline zoning regulations. Here in the Northwoods, two counties have come out against that proposal.

If the state budget went through as it's written right now, individual counties and lake associations could lose their power to set zoning regulations. That's a big issue for many in the Northwoods. Vilas County alone has 1,300 lakes. The proposal has caused great concerns.

"The concern was that the proposal had the potential for doing great damage to the environment, had the potential for causing a severe problem as far as assessment procedures, and generally was opposed by the citizens-the residents-of this county," said Chuck Hayes, a Vilas County supervisor.

Vilas and Oneida counties both held board meetings last week. Both counties voted to ask for removal of zoning changes from the budget. They argue the issue of shoreline zoning was never given any time to be discussed.

"At the very least, I think the public should have had a chance to weigh in on this issue that affects the environment," said Hayes. "The counties, the municipalities and individual residents, their opinion wasn't sought on this. It was simply put in."

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MADISON - Leaders of the Senate and Assembly plan to hold a news conference on Wednesday morning to announce terms of the agreement. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos's spokeswoman Kit Beyer said Tuesday the deal had been reached and details would come out Wednesday.

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MADISON - Update: 6/30  5:40pm

Republican Sen. Luther Olsen says the budget-writing committee hopes to meet on Thursday to complete its work so the Legislature can vote on passing the state budget next week.

Olsen commented Tuesday after leaving a five-hour closed meeting with Republican senators.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker will greet President Barack Obama when he comes to La Crosse on Thursday to talk about the economy.

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WISCONSIN - Wisconsin's maple syrup season saw success in 2015.

Maple syrup production rose 14 percent compared to last year.

The total production was 215,000 gallons.

That amount is the second highest ever for the state behind 2013.

Newswatch 12 visited Whataview Farm in Phelps in March.

They had a great season and are excited to supply its customers.

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