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UPDATE: Some traffic now moving after head-on Oneida Co. crash causes injuries, stopped traffic on Highway 8 Submitted: 11/16/2018

ONEIDA COUNTY - One lane of traffic started moving on Highway 8 again late Friday morning between Tomahawk and Rhinelander.  A head-on crash had brought the highway to a standstill and injured at least two people.

The crash happened near Memorial Forest Road. The Wisconsin DOT set up a detour using Highway 51 and County Highway K in Oneida County.

Newswatch 12's Adriana Michelle, who is on scene at the crash, said she saw two totaled cars on site. Around 10:30 a.m., she saw emergency responders using the "Jaws of Life" on one car.

Oneida County dispatch called the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Woodboro First Responders, Nokomis First Responders, and Crescent First Responders to the site, with Newbold First Responders helping with traffic flow.

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Rhinelander Area Food Pantry enters contest to raise money for produce Submitted: 11/15/2018

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RHINELANDER - Volunteer Michael Wiernasz thinks the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry should grow more food in their greenhouse.

"Broccoli plants and kale plants [are great] in the fall for the community garden," said Wiernasz.

Not much grows in the greenhouse after August, but with the right equipment they could do more.

"Watering system and electric ventilating system [would allow] the greenhouse to extend the [growing] season into the fall months," said Wiernasz.

Garden curator Tom Jerow agrees.

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Evacuations in Marshfield as police deal with armed, distraught man Submitted: 11/15/2018

MARSHFIELD - Apartments and a retirement home needed to be evacuated in Marshfield Thursday as police dealt with an armed man.

Around 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Marshfield Police rushed to 1907 S Vine Avenue after an intoxicated man called claiming his gun had been stolen.

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Forest County Ties That Bind Us gets national recognition Submitted: 11/15/2018

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CRANDON - Forest County Ties that Bind Us works to provide cancer prevention education and helps people dealing with cancer in its community. Founders of the group never expected it to grow as much as it has, and certainly never thought they'd get nationally recognized for their work. 
 
"It was really exciting," said Kadie Montgomery. 

"I was surprised," said Jodie Stamper. 

Montgomery and Stamper have been a part of Forest County Ties that Bind Us from the beginning. 

"I never thought that it would get this big when we first started it," said Montgomery. "I thought it would be a little organization but little Crandon and Forest County really took off with the whole thing." 

Now, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health named Ties that Bind Us a Community Star of 2018. The award honors people or organizations that are dedicated to rural health. 

"I think this is our goal that we've been looking for is just to say we are a rural community, we do help one another… it's an amazing feeling to be able to say 'Yeah, we're doing that,'" said Montgomery. 

Through community support with events like the annual Colors of Cancer Run, the Forest County group purchased two robots to allow kids in cancer treatment to still attend school, continually hosts cancer prevention events, and provides food and gas gift cards to cancer patients.

"[Forest County is] more than 30 minutes away from a hospital so for patients who have cancer who have to travel to medical appointments frequently, they have radiation, they have chemo, things like that," said Stamper. "It becomes a struggle for patients." 

"Being a rural community, we're excluded from a lot of other non-profit organizations and funding," said Montgomery. "So we really needed to create something that worked for our community and our county."
But neither Montgomery or Stamper ever imagined that Ties that Bind Us would work so well. 

"We just thought if we could make a difference in a few people's lives it'd be awesome but to be recognized at this level is just really rewarding," said Stamper. 

The award was officially announced Thursday, which was also National Rural Health Day. 

Both Montgomery and Stamper credit community support for the group's success. If someone is interested in donating or volunteering for the group, visit their Facebook page.


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DNR teams up with hunters in an attempt to stop deadly disease in deer Submitted: 11/15/2018

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NORTHWOODS -  "This is a new thing for everybody," said DNR Deer Biologist Curt Rollman when talking about Chronic Wasting Disease.

He said the DNR deer needs some extra help this gun deer season.

"Last year in deer hunting season we had one deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease," said Rollman.

That deer was shot in northeast Lincoln County near Camp 10 Ski Hill.

Another deer with CWD was found less than two miles away in Oneida County during a special hunt in March. And one was found Thursday in Portage County.

Chronic Wasting disease or CWD is a deadly disease in the deer population.

"The DNR[ wants to start] working [with hunters] to see what this disease is all about in the Northwoods," said Rollman.

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Public Works crews get break from potholes, plowing to make downtown Minocqua 'pop' for the holidays Submitted: 11/15/2018

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MINOCQUA - Instead of working on the roads, members of the Minocqua Public Works crew hovered above Oneida Street on Thursday morning.

"We're all cross-trained and we all do everything throughout public works," DPW Director Mark Pertile said.

Pertile's talented team tested bulbs and planted a train set in front of the balsam Christmas tree in Veterans Park.  It was some of the final work to do before the "Island City" hits the holidays.

"Downtown is really starting to pop," Pertile said.

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As school-age vaping skyrockets, federal government looks to ban some sales of fruit-flavored e-cigs Submitted: 11/15/2018

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CRANDON - More than 3 million high schoolers regularly use e-cigarettes.

That number jumped 78 percent since this time last year, according to numbers released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The agency is looking to take action against e-cigarettes. It's looking to keep them away from kids by banning the sale of sweet and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes in places accessible to kids. If it's successful, they'll no longer be available at convenience stores and online.

"What adult is going to smoke cotton candy or crème brule? The kids, that's what attracts them or makes them interested," said Forest Co. Public Health Nurse Holli Denton on Thursday.

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Peoples State Bank collects 7,700 items to send to U.S. soldiers overseas Submitted: 11/15/2018

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RHINELANDER - LeRoy Eades began collecting supplies to send overseas to veterans 17 years ago.

At the beginning, he and his partner Ray Zastrow would just send a few boxes. 

But this year, with the help of Peoples State Bank, Eades will send 25 boxes to troops in Afghanistan for Christmas.

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Adams County Sheriff's Office Identify Remains Found On October 20th Submitted: 11/15/2018

ADAMS COUNTY - A Facebook Post from the Adams County Sheriff's Office says the remains of a man who was reported missing in June of 2017 have been identified.

The human remains found by deer hunters in the town of Monroe on October 20th this year were identified as William J. Sheeran.

Local and state investigators processed the area. 

No criminal activity is suspected in Mr. Sheeran's death.

No other information is being released at this time.

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Clinical report: Play as important as academics for children's brain development; state children's museums offer opportunities Submitted: 11/14/2018

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EAGLE RIVER - Pediatricians prescribe all kinds of remedies to keep children healthy, from drugs to immunizations to regular check-ups.

But a national association wants them to start prescribing something else too: play.

A new clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics found play should be more than just something children do in their free time. Play has a critical role in their development.

Traditional thinking holds that teaching kids academic basics outside of school helps set them up for success. But Rhinelander pediatrician Dr. Julia Pickens says play is just as important for brain development.

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