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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/14/2019
What We're Working On
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We'll talk to management and employees of a Merrill Company that is ahead of President Trump when it comes to paid family leave.

We'll show you how Nicolet College is trying to encourage high school seniors to choose to attend Nicolet after they graduate.

And tonight on Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following sporting events:


Boys State Swim Meet


Girls Basketball:

Mosinee vs. Lakeland

Laona/Wabeno vs. Three Lakes


Boys Basketball:

Laona/Wabeno vs. Phelps

Medford vs. Northland Pines

Antigo vs. Rhinelander


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

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




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BOULDER JUNCTION - Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce members are looking to bring more visitors to the area.

One way they plan to do this is by adding more outdoor events like the Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon. 

Saturday, they held their second annual triathlon headquartered at Camp Manito-wish YMCA.

People from all over the country cross country skied, snowshoed, and fatbiked. 

"With the triathlons we have found that we're reaching a new market that hasn't been to Boulder Junction before and we got a lot of new faces," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Theresa Smith.

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EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN - People from around the United States visited Eagle River to drive as fast as they could through icy courses during the second annual Subaru Winter Experience. Most of them were here for fun, but one driver meant business.

Keanna Erickson-Chang doesn't have the bravado you'd expect in a race car driver.

"Typically I'm pretty calm, in the car and out," said Erickson-Chang.

She had no interest in racing cars growing up, she just took winter driving classes to be safer on the roads.
 
"But once I learned all the techniques in sliding the car," said Erickson-Chang. "I started having more fun and it snowballed from there."

Erickson-Chang has raced for four years. Saturday she took a pause to hone her skills on Dollar Lake at the second annual Subaru Winter Experience in Eagle River. She normally competes on gravel, but she used the ice instead for a chance to practice at slower speeds.

"We have to be early, because with the low grip it takes so long for everything to happen so patience is a key value out here," said Erickson-Chang.

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MADISON - A report says Wisconsin last year saw a slight decrease in the number of students who received breakfast at school through a federally subsidized nutrition program.

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MADISON - Advocates say Wisconsin's nearly 400 nursing facilities are in crisis due to a shortage of workers and the state's low Medicaid reimbursement rate.

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RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.

Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon.  Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal.  Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.

In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.

Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.

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MINOCQUA, WISCONSIN -
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.

Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.

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THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning.  By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.

The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning.  About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.

The school first held Career Day in 2009.  Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.

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