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Heavy snow great for ski slopesSubmitted: 01/22/2018
Ryan Sandberg
Ryan Sandberg
Meteorologist/News Producer
rsandberg@wjfw.com

Heavy snow great for ski slopes
WAUSAU - Heavy snowfall may make for bad road conditions, but it makes for great ski slopes.

Granite Peak Ski Area in Rib Mountain hasn't needed to make artificial snow since December 31.


"That is the fastest we've ever stopped making snow. We got our good base going right off the gate. We got a 60 inch base about right now. So that also made us open early," said Director of Marketing Lisa Zilinsky.

Zilinsky says the fresh snow is great for skiers and snowboarders.

"It's fluffier, it gives a good base all around. You can see people falling already which gives a good landing for people. It's just an overall better experience when it's coming down while you're on the hill," said Zilinsky.

Zilinsky says there's generally an increase in lift ticket sales after bigger snowfalls.

The added snow helps grow the base which usually allows for a longer ski season.


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

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


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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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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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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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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HURLEY - Wayne Valliere Jr.'s family received some justice Monday after a jury found two of the five men accused of his murder guilty.

The jury made their decision in just an hour and a half, finding both Richard Allen and Joseph Lussier guilty on counts of first degree homicide and hiding a corpse.

"I am feeling satisfied by the jury's verdict," said Wayne Valliere Sr., Valliere Jr.'s father.

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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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