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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/19/2019
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We'll show you a new billboard in Merrill that the Holy Cross Sisters put up to call attention to the immigration humanitarian crisis. We'll also talk to the group about the project and the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party to get his reaction to the billboard.


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CRANDON - Hundreds of people braved the weather to watch the 2019 Footstock Barefoot National Championships in Crandon Sunday.

"The wind and the rain just add confusion, but it makes it interesting," said competitor Andre Devilliers. 

The event attracts athletes from around the world. 

Devilliers was born in South-Africa, where he got into the sport at age 9.

"The fun thing about this sport [is] anybody can do it," said Devilliers.

12-year-old Sophie Miljevich started barefooting only a month ago. 

"I just wanted to learn how to barefoot and now here I am," said Miljevich.

Miljevich, a Rhinelander native, beat a two-time women's national champion to take the title.

"If someone wants to try it, do it. You're never going to regret it," said Miljevich.

Over 140 skiers came out to participate.

Among them was 10-time national champion Peter Fleck, who's still going strong at age 55.

"It's a lot of fun to go up against some of the younger guys and give them a hard time," said Fleck.


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PORTAGE COUNTY - Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a St. Germain man for allegedly driving drunk with a child under the age of 16 in his car.

Terry Thomas Gumhold was stopped on County Hwy W in Portage County driving 94 mph is a 70 mph speed zone.

Open alcohol containers were found in the vehicle and Gumhold was asked to perform a field sobriety test.

Gumhold's alcohol level was above .02 which is his legal limit.

Gumhold was served with his fourth OWI offense.

He was also issued citations for speeding and consuming open intoxicant in a motor vehicle.

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CALEDONIA - Police say an officer responding to a report of a burglary attempt in Caledonia, Wisconsin, was attacked by a man with an "edged weapon" and fired his gun, killing the man.

Caledonia police said in a statement on the city's Facebook page that the officer suffered a serious head wound and was taken to a hospital. His injuries were described as serious but "survivable."

The unidentified man shot by the officer died at the scene. No other information was immediately released.

Caledonia is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Milwaukee.


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LAKE TOMAHAWK - With nearly 140 dues-paying Legionnaires, American Legion Post 318 in Lake Tomahawk already surpassed its membership goals for 2020.

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MADISON - A new report says life expectancy in Wisconsin has dropped for two years in a row fueled by increased deaths from alcohol abuse and opioids.

The Wisconsin Policy Forum report released Monday finds that while Wisconsin is mirroring a national trend in shorter life expectancies overall, the state loses ground due to alcohol and opioid deaths and increased mortality among black people.

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say a 12-year-old girl was shot when bullets struck her home.

The shooting happened early Sunday. Police say the girl was sitting on her bed when bullets entered her bedroom and struck her.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports police say the girl was struck more than once by the bullets, which were fired outside her home.

The girl was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police don't know who fired the gun and say the investigation continues.

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.

Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, says Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night.

One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under former coach Mack Brown. Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004. He won the Doak Walker award given to the nation's top running back in 2004.

Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.

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MADISON -  A man who spent 25 years in prison for a 1992 homicide wants the state of Wisconsin to pay him nearly $6 million in compensation.

The state Claims Board is set to consider Derrick Sanders' demand for $5.7 million Thursday.

Sanders and two other men were convicted of homicide charges in 1993 in the shooting death of Jason Bowie in Milwaukee. Sanders pleaded no-contest to being party to first-degree intentional homicide.

But he later argued he didn't intelligently enter the plea because he didn't understand the potential for punishment, and a Milwaukee County circuit judge last year agreed and tossed out the plea. Prosecutors dropped the charges after that.

Sanders is now 48. State law limits compensation for wrongful convictions to $25,000, but Sanders is arguing for more.


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