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Featured Athlete(s) of the Week: Abby Parris and Melissa BrucknerSubmitted: 01/08/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Featured Athlete(s) of the Week: Abby Parris and Melissa Bruckner
MINOCQUA - Lakeland girls basketball lights up the scoreboard better than almost anyone. The T-Birds fast paced style helped them tally 90 points in Friday's win over Medford. One pair of Thunderbirds combined to score 73 of them.

"That's incredible. In fact, I don't think I've seen that," said Head Coach Melissa Ouimette.

Sophomore Abby Parris tied a school record by scoring 43 points.

"I had no idea, I thought I had like 30 or something, and that was just really cool for me," said Parris.


Meanwhile, T-Birds junior Melissa Bruckner added 30 points of her own. But she says she was more focused on something else.

"So I'm just like Abby, you've got to break this record; you've got to break the record for most threes in a game. So I kept trying to fire her up, kept throwing her the ball, like 'Abby, you're at five, two more, keep on going,'" said Bruckner.

Parris finished with six three-pointers, which was good enough to tie that school record as well. Together, the duo was so dynamic that they outscored Medford's entire team 73 to 72.

"That night, I don't know what about it, I was just hitting like everything," said Parris.

"Everybody knew, get Abby the ball, she's on fire," said Ouimette.

The hot shooting helped the T-Birds stay undefeated in the Great Northern Conference, but Ouimette says the best part of being their coach goes beyond just that.

"They're great leaders and they're great teammates so I'm looking forward to having them back next year, and I get Abby for one more year after that," said Ouimette.

With Parris and Bruckner not going anywhere, there's a good chance more scoring records may be broken. The T-Birds are back on the court Tuesday night against Antigo.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/14/2018

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Citizens all over Wisconsin are going to the polls today to exercise their right to vote in the primary elections. We'll take you live to local polling places to see how the turnout has been for the elections and tell you why some ballots may not go into the machine the first time.

Today's elections involve several local and state races in Wisconsin. We'll bring you a preview of the races on Newswatch 12 at 5 and 6, and we'll give you the latest totals on Newswatch 12 at 10.

And we talk to employees at a Lac du Flambeau construction company and tell you why businesses in that area are hiring people both inside and outside of the reservation.


We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Everything from construction to the local call center want to bring in more employees, even outside of the reservation.

"[Work] has been picking up in the past couple of years and so we're swamped now," said LDF Construction site foreman William Krause.

LDF Construction is part of the tribe's Business Development Corporation. The BDC was created to maintain sustainable jobs throughout the community in 2012.

"The Lac du Flambeau area is definitely growing [in business]," said Krause.

Even though the area is growing, Krause said nearly every business involved with the BDC needs more workers.

LDF Holdings employee Tiffany Boman lends money to customers. She thinks people might not be applying to Lac du Flambeau businesses because they think the reservation is only open to native workers.

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TOMAHAWK - Hundreds of people lined up to get groceries today, but not a single person had to pay a dime.

The Feeding America food truck was parked at Sara Park in Tomahawk Tuesday.

Anyone, no matter their income or living situation, could fill a shopping cart full of groceries to take home.

This is the 5th year Darlene Laabs and the Northwoods Vineyard Church raised money to bring the food truck to the Northwoods.

Laabs started this in honor of her late husband who always worried about children being hungry.

"I feel really blessed that I am able to do this," said Laabs. "We are doing this all for the glory of God and I am doing it in his memory. I know that he's looking down and is well pleased with the project."

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police have shot and killed a 48-year-old man on the city's south side.

Police Chief Alfonso Morales says officers were following up Monday afternoon on a suspect who fled from them earlier in the day. Officers conducted a traffic stop, and Morales says the Milwaukee man got out of the vehicle with a gun.

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SUPERIOR - A jury has found two people guilty of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer following a protest at Enbridge Energy's Line 3 construction site in Wisconsin last summer.


Wisconsin Public Radio reports that 24-year-old Alexander Emery Good-Cane-Milk of South Dakota and 26-year-old Kyla L. Hassig of Minnesota were also found guilty of trespassing on the site where Enbridge was working to replace a 12.5-mile (20-kilometer) segment of its 1960s-era oil pipeline in Wisconsin.

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MERRILL - Employees at Merrill's Church Mutual Insurance Company feel like they're repaying the military in some small way.

On Monday, they packed about 300 backpacks for military children across the country.

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MERRILL - Park City Credit Union could barely fit its headquarters in its 40-year-old building in the center of Merrill.

Assets, staff, and branch locations have all grown in the decades since the credit union was founded.

But its headquarters will soon move to a new, spacious, conveniently located new space.

"We were busting at the seams. We had employees on all levels, and we were completely out of space," said President and CEO Val Mindak. "We're busting at the seams because we're adding staff, we're adding products and services, we're serving the community. We're just much more diversified than we ever have been."

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