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Flight into Rhinelander delayed due to broken power cable Submitted: 05/20/2019

RHINELANDER -
UPDATE: Passengers who were supposed to arrive in Rhinelander at 3:15 p.m. will be able to take a flight out of Minneapolis that will arrive late Monday evening. 

A broken underground power cable at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport delayed a flight set to arrive in Rhinelander from Minneapolis Monday afternoon. 

Around 1:30 p.m., workers noticed malfunctioning equipment in the weather station at the airport, which affects navigation. 

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Tomahawk to debut self-watering downtown flower baskets, seeks donations Submitted: 05/20/2019

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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk's Main Street organization thinks a big part of making its downtown beautiful is the flower baskets that hang every summer.

But the 32 baskets take a lot of volunteer power to keep watered.

This year, the downtown will display flowers in new, self-watering baskets. They'll only need to be watered every three or four days, instead of every day.

"Beautification is always a focal point of any great downtown. You want to bring in something that's very inviting, very community-orientated, and who doesn't love flowers?" said Tomahawk Main Street Executive Director Aimee Dickrell.

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Retired, But Always Ready: Former police officers pass Vilas Co. concealed carry certification course Submitted: 05/20/2019

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CONOVER - After 34 years working as a Chicago police homicide detective, Joe Danzl got used to carrying a gun.

"I don't want to say it's second nature, but I'm pretty relaxed when I'm shooting," Danzl said.

Ten years into retirement and living in Eagle River, Danzl now has a concealed carry permit for his 9mm Beretta.  The permit works all around the state of Wisconsin, but traveling is a different story.

"I just want to exercise my right to be armed when I choose to be," Danzl said.

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Study shows Wisconsin farmers heavily use potentially deadly weed treatment chemical Submitted: 05/20/2019

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SUGAR CAMP - To prepare their fields for planting, many Wisconsin farmers use a harsh weed killer called glyphosate; it's the same active-ingredient found in Roundup. 

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Vilas Co. prosecutors file homicide, drug charges against driver involved in deadly head-on crash Submitted: 05/20/2019

EAGLE RIVER - Police think a man caused a deadly crash while driving high in Vilas County this winter.  He now faces homicide and drug possession felonies.

Prosecutors filed charges against Tyler Metz, 19, on May 14.

Metz, who lives in Douglas County, was involved in a head-on crash on Highway 51 at Bakken Road in the township of Boulder Junction on Jan. 23.

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Merrill's Ace Hardware to give away American flags to customers, veterans Submitted: 05/20/2019

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MERRILL - The Ace Hardware store in Merrill employs a few veterans on its 17-person staff.

But it plans to do even more for veterans this Saturday.

It will give away American flags to the first 240 customers to its store. Ace will also donate 200 flags to the local VFW post, something it did last year for the first time.

"It was really gratifying to see how much the VFW post was really honored by it and just thanked us so profusely," said Merrill Ace Hardware owner Tim Haight. "Ace is all about honoring American veterans."

The Merrill store will join Ace stores across the country on Saturday. Together, they intend to give away one million American flags.

The Flying Aces fighter pilots in World War I inspired the name for Ace stores.

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What We're Working On Submitted: 05/20/2019

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


A recent lawsuit in California where two people say they now have cancer due to herbicides has led to concerns about herbicides used by farmers. We talk to a local farmer who uses no chemicals on his farm to get his thoughts on the issue.

Plus, we'll show you how some former officers in Vilas County are taking a free weapons course even after they've retired.


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

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RASF award ceremony features full ride scholarship for senior Submitted: 05/19/2019

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RHINELANDER - Seventy-six seniors received scholarships Sunday afternoon from the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation. The presentation of 184 scholarships was followed by snacks and refreshments.

Adam Bloom received three awards including the Rhinelander High School Principal Scholarship. He said it was cool being recognized for different talents.

"To see what people think what you're great at, that you know about and things you never even imagined," said Bloom.

Just over $232,000 was given out, plus one fully paid tuition toward a four-year degree.

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Unique planters include pets in gardening Submitted: 05/19/2019

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RHINELANDER - At a class in Rhinelander Sunday, people learned that gardening is something the whole family, even pets, can enjoy.

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One for the Heroes lunch supports area first responders Submitted: 05/19/2019

RHINELANDER -
The One for the Heroes lunch at Rhinelander GM-Toyota Saturday, gave people the chance to rub shoulders with first responders while also supporting their agencies.

Fire fighters, police officers and other first responders were treated to a brat or hot dog lunch while community members were able to make a donation for that meal. The money raised will go back to the departments that attended.

Those agencies gave tours of emergency vehicles and demonstrated equipment like drones and diving gear. 97.3 WHDG, a host of the event, attended the lunch with its Hodag Hot Wheel. There was also a bounce house for children who attended.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, event organizers believe they had raised more than $200 dollars.

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