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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 07/17/2019
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We'll bring you the details of a faith-based group that is trying to buy a former school building in Mattoon to be used as a private school and tell you why the Antigo School District is trying to block it.

We'll show you some items found at the Oneida County landfill that shut down the recycling line and tell you why those items are hazardous to the people who need to sort them.

And we'll show you some of what happened at the motion hearing for a contractor accused of mishandling money in two different projects including the St. Germain Chamber's new building construction.


We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.






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RHINELANDER - Nativity of our Lord Parish in Rhinelander will see more structural changes following the renovation of its worship space in February 2018.

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MERRILL - Voters in Merrill threw just one alderman out of office on Tuesday, as four incumbents survived a recall election defined by property taxes and city spending.

Steve Sabatke beat out incumbent Tim Meehean by 18 votes in District 8.

But other than that, sitting aldermen held their seats in the first recall election in at least two decades in Merrill.

"I'm glad the constituents chose me to lead their district down the right path for the next generation," said Merrill Common Council President Rob Norton. "We have to work together. We have to unite. Everybody is going to have their opinions and their outlooks on things. But what we have to look for most is what is best for the community."

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RHINELANDER -
The former director of Ascension's St. Mary's and Sacred Heart Hospital foundations stole nearly $46,000, according to police.

Prosecutors charged Kimberly Baltus, 61, with a felony theft charge in Oneida County Court on July 9.

The police report shows Baltus admitted to stealing the money during a stretch that started in January 2017 and ran through October 2018, when she left the foundation.  

The foundation provides further support and services to patients in the Ascension system, including funding for the James Beck Cancer Center, free health screenings at wellness fairs, and diabetic supplies for patients in need.

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RHINELANDER - The dog days of summer will hang around for quite some time. That heat can cause issues for your car's engine and the people and pets you drive around.

"The hot weather can affect your battery as well as the cold weather," said Maze Certified Auto Repair owner James Maze. "I recommend having it checked out as well in the summer months and as well as the winter."

Maze says those kinds of failures can happen at the worst time. It's not the only issue that the heat can cause.

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RHINELANDER - The heavy machinery pushing dirt along Kemp Street on Rhinelander's west side doesn't flow nearly as quickly as the passing traffic, but Jed Peters still looks at the work and smiles.

"It has been impressive how quick things have moved along," Peters said.

The DOT project development supervisor says work on a $3 million roundabout at Highways 8 and 47 is about 30 percent done, having just started June 10.

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WAUSAU - UPDATE: James Begay was apprehended on his warrant and has been transported to the Marathon County Jail.

The Wausau Police Department thanks the community for sharing the information and offering tips.

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MERRILL - Police believe a group of men have been driving around north-central Wisconsin trying to scam homeowners through shoddy "improvement" work.

The latest case comes from the Town of Corning in Lincoln County. Sheriff Ken Schneider reports the men showed up at woman's home in the last week offering to seal her metal roof.

The suspect, described as an eastern European man in his 40s, offered to demonstrate the product when two other men got out of their truck and started putting the sealant on her roof.

A family member showed up soon thereafter, confronted the men and they left.

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