Possible downtown reconstruction discussed at open forumSubmitted: 02/10/2014

MANITOWISH WATERS - A Manitowish Waters woman wants to change the look of the area's downtown.

Some local residents aren't thrilled with her plans.

The town used a forum to talk things out.

Newswatch 12 was there and talked with the town's supervisor.

"It's creating a lot of tension in the community. I think we have to find a way
to fix it and to ease their feelings." said Manitowish Waters Town Board
Supervisor, Eric Behnke.

Construction can cause tension.

You can find that feeling in Manitowish Waters.

One person in the community want to upgrade a local park.

But a good portion of the funding would come from a private donor.

"It's creating a lot of hardships, people are not happy about it and as a town
we need to find a way to make this situation better." Behnke said.

Liz Uihlein owns businesses in the area.

She wants to change the look of the community and she could.

But the town hasn't approved her proposal.

That's why the chamber sponsored a town forum so people could talk and ask
questions about the donations.

"Is there a process that you use to evaluate them? At what point do we say, you
know, 'Too much of our budgets is these donations and it's not what we have
funded'?" said town resident, Scott Bertz.

"As well as how much of this is the town's plan and how much of this is someone
else's plan?"

But many of those questions don't have answers.

That's because donations don't need a vote by the town's people.

"Unfortunately with our policy, if it's a donation, some of the town board
members can use that money without townsmen approval," Behnke said.

"I think that's what we need to focus on."

But the possibility of voting on donation spending is still up for question.

"The one thing we can do is be open and honest with people. We have to
communicate with people about what's going on," said Behnke.

"If they don't have an opportunity to vote on these projects, then they really
don't know about them. So I think it's our job to communicate with the people
about what's happening and educate them on where the money's coming from and
what it's being used for."

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Harley Davidson recalls thousands of bikesSubmitted: 07/10/2014

MILWAUKEE - More than 66-thousand Harley-Davidson motorcycles need to come in to be repaired.

The company is recalling Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.

Motorcycles with anti-lock brakes built between July 1, 2013, and May 7, 2014, are included in the recall.

Harley-Davidson says the front brake line can get pinched between the fuel tank and the frame.

That could cause front brake fluid pressure to increase, increasing the risk that the front wheel could lock up while riding.

The company knows of five crashes and two minor injuries related to the defect.

The problem was found because of warranty claims.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson will notify owners later this month.

Dealers will replace the brake lines for free and attach straps to hold them in place.

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Flooding could affect private wellsSubmitted: 07/09/2014

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WISCONSIN - A snowy winter and wet summer add up to more than just isolated flooding. DNR leaders are concerned that private wells across the state could become unsafe to use. Cities and towns are required to test their drinking water frequently, but private well owners must take it upon themselves to check their wells. DNR drinking water staff say there are clear warning signs that your well is contaminated.

"The first thing I would look for is any time there is a change in appearance, taste, or smell of their water; they should be doing some type of investigation," says DNR Drinking Water Program Director Mark Pauli. "Typically, you'll be able to see signs if some sort of flooding has occurred for a person's well."

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Local health care workers prepare for mass casualty emergenciesSubmitted: 07/09/2014

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MERRILL - A group of Wisconsin health care workers learned how to handle disaster situations while in Merrill Wednesday.

They learned how to decontaminate patients in a mass casualty emergency, and also got the chance to practice what they've learned at Northcentral Technical College in Merrill.

Teachers from the Center of Domestic Preparedness in Alabama came to NTC to hold the training.

"If there's some sort of contamination associated with the emergency they can do the decontamination outside of the facility so that the patients in the hospital, the hospital staff and the hospital itself are protected from contamination," says John Skinner from the Center of Domestic Preparedness.

This was the first time this kind of training has been offered in Wisconsin.

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Companies outsource jobs after getting money from economic development agencySubmitted: 07/09/2014

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WISCONSIN - A new report shows at least two companies outsourced jobs after receiving money from the state's economic development agency.

One of the companies received a second award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)even after the fact.

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Young girls learn that manners matter at a tea party Submitted: 07/09/2014

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RHINELANDER - Manners matter, especially in public. A group of local librarians is looking to teach them to young girls.

Rhinelander District Library held their annual tea party Wednesday. A large group of girls had the chance to enjoy hors d'oeurves and an interpretive dance.

The librarians want to emphasize how important it is to learn table manners.

"We always talk about please's and thank you's obviously, passing everything to your right," said Children's Department Assistant Librarian Denise Chojnacki. "The one that really cracks us up is when we say 'And everybody sit up in their chair.' The whole room just perks up. So we get a big kick out of that, but it's good for them to know manners when they go out in public."

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Political/Lobbying groups aiming to use ratings to push/pull voters to candidates Submitted: 07/09/2014

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ACROSS WISCONSIN - Political groups hope to use their influence to turn voters to candidates they support this fall election season. Lobbying and political groups from both sides of the aisle will start circulating their scorecards and ratings of state legislators to voters before November's election.

UW Madison Professor of Political Science Kenneth Mayer says the reports reflect which candidates the organizations want to support to advance their agendas.

"This is a way of separating friend from foe," Mayer said. "It's a shortcut that voters can use to see which legislators the group supports, and it's very common."

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Graduate student seeks to learn how invasive species interact in Northwoods lakesSubmitted: 07/09/2014

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BOULDER JUNCTION - Much of graduate student Adrienne Gemberling's life this summer revolves around what's going on in a dozen hot-tub sized tanks standing side-by-side at UW-Madison's Trout Lake Research Station near Boulder Junction.

She hopes to find answers to meaningful biological questions.

Adrienne wants to know if some invasive species keep each other in check if they're in the same lake.

She also wants to see if other combinations help invaders take over lakes faster.

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