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Fox Valley Ghost Hunters vist WJFWSubmitted: 10/17/2013
RHINELANDER - Do you believe in paranormal activity?

Craig Nehring from the Fox Valley Ghost Hunters joined us on Newswatch 12 Today to share more about what he does in paranormal research.

See him Thursday, October 17 in Boulder Junction at the Boulder Junction Community Center.



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EAGLE RIVER - The World Championship Derby started as a small oval racetrack on Dollar Lake.

The race began back in 1964 thanks to Chanticleer Inn's John and Betty Alward.

They wanted a way to keep business up during the slow winter season for themselves and fellow resort owners.

Their son Jake still runs the inn and remembers the excitement behind the "newness" of the sport.

"Every factory wanted their machine first! Money was not the object… it was getting the right machine the right equipment….The right this and that. People flew to Minneapolis to get and engine or a part!" says Alward.

The 55th World Championship Derby is this weekend.

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MADISON - Governor Scott Walker wants the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a welfare overhaul package this year that includes tougher work requirements and additional drug testing.

Walker unveiled the proposals Thursday. They are backed by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and state Sen. Chris Kapenga.

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OSHKOSH - A defendant accused of initiating a fatal police standoff at a Neenah motorcycle shop will be allowed to represent himself at his upcoming trial.

That's after a judge allowed the ninth and tenth lawyers assigned to the case to withdraw.

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CRANDON - A new local owner could reopen Crandon's shuttered nursing home facility.

Peg and Jim Houle officially bought the former AGI Healthcare facility, which announced its closing last April. All 37 residents were moved by May.

The Houles replace Milwaukee-area lawyer Robert Roth, who shut down the nursing home when it was no longer profitable.

The Forest County Economic Development Partnership helped coordinate the sale to the Houles.

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RHINELANDER - Wednesday night Alex Young, the sole candidate running to be Rhinelander's next mayor, told the community why he is the right person for the job. There were supposed to be three candidates until an issue with campaign papers came out. 

"I think that I've got experience that I've gained from my years of involvement in different levels of government that I can bring to bear on the office for the mayor," said Young, who spend over ten years as a city councilman. 

Young was the only participant in the forum at the Rhinelander District Library Wednesday. But it wasn't supposed to be that way. 

On January 11, City Clerk Val Foley announced Christopher Frederickson and Scott Counter's candidacy papers were invalid. 

Each candidate had to collect at least 50 and not more than 100 signatures from city residents. Frederickson and Counter did that, but they certified the pages before many individuals themselves signed the nomination papers.

Young was the one who found the mistakes.

"I think it's unfortunate that those errors led us to where we are today. But I think paying attention to details is important and especially the nomination papers are literally the most important documents to get your name on the ballot," said Young. 

Even though Young was the only one at the table, Frederickson was in the audience, listening to what Young had to say.

"I have high resolve and I don't plan on quitting," said Frederickson. 

Frederickson said he is disappointed he made the mistake. While he couldn't participate in the forum, he still plans on entering the race. 

"[I'm] still fighting to be on the ballot. I have an appeal in with the state ethics commission, they are in review of it," said Frederickson.

Frederickson wants to see more engagement with the community and the city government. 

Young wants the voters to have a voice in the process and knows that candidates will likely run write in campaigns. Until then, he will just continue spreading his message. 

"I'm going to do my best to continue to talk about the things that are important to me and the things I would look forward to doing. If there are other candidates that are looking at pursuing a candidacy through the write in process, [I]suppose that's their right to do and I look forward to the race," said Young. 

Frederickson said is still fighting to get on the ballot, but will still run as a write in candidate if his appeal is denied. Counter told us last week he plans to run as a write-in no matter what.

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander middle school students could experience a new class schedule this fall.

School administrators have worked for a year and half to change the 20-year-old master schedule.

James Williams Middle School Principal Richard Gretzinger says the main focus of a new schedule is to give students a 30 minute free or "enrichment" period.

"Sometimes students get caught up in getting to go to one class to the other to the other. If we can break up that day for those students and give them some movement, brain breaks and activities… Studies have shown that they will be effective through the day," said Gretzinger.

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CRANDON - UPDATE 1/17/18

The Wisconsin Department of Justice identified Craig Justice, a 21-year veteran of the Forest County Sheriff's Department, as the officer who shot and killed Cude on January 4. Justice worked at the Crandon Police Department for one year before joining the Sheriff's Department.

As is normal in an officer-involved shooting, Justice is on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

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