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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/22/2019
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry has been holding classes on nutrition, but now it will be going in a different direction. We'll tell you about the change and talk with food pantry workers about the new plan.

Plus, we'll show you the "Living History Museum" at Peace Lutheran School in Antigo where kids make historical characters come to life.


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 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander alderwoman will not face criminal charges for an alleged incident at city hall.  Dawn Rog says the accusations were "grossly overblown" and a "blatant attempt" at character assassination.

Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek sent a letter Friday explaining why he did not plan to file charges or a citation against Rog.

A city-contracted IT worker named Peggy Schauer told police Rog yelled at her and pushed her in the City Hall basement on Feb. 21.

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MINOCQUA - A certified nursing assistant who just received his license stands accused of sexually assaulting an elderly patient with dementia in Minocqua.

Jacob Schlosser, 18, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault in Oneida County Court on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, Schlosser inappropriately touched the 80-year-old patient while bathing the patient. Schlosser also allowed the patient to masturbate him through his pants.

A report on the incident from the Minocqua Police Department shows someone Schlosser knows tipped officers off to what happened.  The witness told police Schlosser told her about what happened, adding he didn't think the patient would remember it because of the Alzheimer's.

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RHINELANDER - Oneida County will close its snowmobile trails Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

According to a press release from county recreation coordinator Joe Renik, the trails are rapidly deteriorating.

Most of the county's trails opened on Dec. 29, 2018, which means riders saw nearly three months of continuous riding.  Oneida County trails closed on March 20 in 2018.

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MERRILL - A Wausau manufacturer will relocate its operations to Merrill. A big reason for the move is the city provided FreMarq Innovations a $100,000 loan. If FreMarq keeps at least 50 jobs for the next two years, it will not have to pay the loan back.

Merrill City Administrator Dave Johnson said it's a win-win for Fremarq and the city.

"The council did the right thing and they voted to approve this. And now we have this program going and it will be to the benefit of the city," said Johnson.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - A judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued the injunction Thursday. He refused the Legislature's request to put the order on hold.

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI - A scientific report says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought.

The warming climate also could mean less overall snowfall even as lake-effect snowstorms get bigger, according to the report released Thursday by a team of researchers from universities primarily from the Midwest.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to 2.9 percent after five straight months at 3 percent.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that Wisconsin's unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in February. That is near the record-low of 2.8 percent reached in April last year.

Prior to last year, Wisconsin's unemployment rate never dropped below 3 percent.

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MADISON - Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has filed a motion to withdraw the state from an ongoing federal lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Kaul filed the motion Thursday after fellow Democrat, Gov. Tony Evers, ordered him to withdraw Wisconsin from the lawsuit.

Kaul had been blocked from taking action under a law passed by the Republican Legislature in a lame-duck session shortly before he took office. But a Dane County circuit judge on Thursday ruled that the laws were unconstitutionally passed, giving Evers and Kaul a window to take action.

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