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Voters will decide whether to get rid of treasurer's office in April electionSubmitted: 03/18/2018
Voters will decide whether to get rid of treasurer's office in April election
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MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin voters will decide April 3 whether to eliminate the office of state treasurer.

The little-known position dates to territorial days, but Republicans say it's outlived its usefulness. The office has already been stripped of most of its duties over the past decade.

But it has defenders, who say it's an essential check on executive power. They argue it should have powers restored so it can function as a strong independent watchdog.

Attempts to remove the office have been voted on in the Legislature for decades, but it's never gotten enough support to go to voters until now.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/19/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


One veteran on the 34th Never Forgotten Honor Flight was able to get his grandson on the flight at the last minute. Tonight the veteran and his grandson tell us why it was important for the two of them to be on the trip together.

We introduce you to a Minocqua tattoo artist who was homeless at one time and is now using his talents to help others who face the same struggle.

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 football games:

Freedom vs. Mosinee

Northland Pines vs. Stratford

Sparta vs. Ashland

Greenwood vs. Edgar

Gibraltar vs. Newman Catholic


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

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

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THREE LAKES - A handful of students in Three Lakes arrived to school in style Friday, on board a fire engine.

Three Lakes Elementary third grader Garrett Mandli was one of the students aboard the fire trucks Friday morning for the eight annual Ride to School program.

"It[was] cool," said Mandli. [I got to go on the truck] because I won the fire escape plan drawing contest."

Each grade from pre-k to fifth participated in the contes. The fire department chose winners from each grade.

Garrett's sister Gracie also won the poster contest for the second grade.

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MADISON - Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is alleging his Democratic opponent Tony Evers plagiarized material that was part of the state budget request submitted by the education department he runs.

Walker made the charge on Friday, hours before Walker and Evers were to meet in their first debate. Polls show the race is a tossup.

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MADISON - Dispatch logs show multiple shots were fired in the home of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who vanished after her parents were found dead inside the house.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department released dispatch logs Friday that indicate responding deputies found multiple rounds in the home and the door kicked in.

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MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources is going to vote on emergency rules establishing catfish seasons.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a law this spring authorizing the DNR to create regulations for taking catfish by hand, with a bow or with a crossbow.

The regulations would authorize fishing for catfish by hand from June 1 to Aug. 31 and establish a bow-fishing season that runs concurrently with the rough fish spearing season. Most Wisconsin counties have a continuous open season for spearing.

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TOWN OF ENTERPRISE - A simple contraption made from wood and holding batteries and cameras ended up in Jason Manders' hands Thursday morning after a long flight.

"I've never held anything that's been in space, so this is pretty cool," Manders said.

Getting that contraption back from high above the earth was much more complicated.

"I didn't really know what I was going to get into," Manders admitted.

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FLORENCE - The Florence Bobcats had a disappointing 2017 season.

"We had three games cancelled last year. We didn't want to go through that again," said Head Coach Kent Walstrom. 

But in the 2018 season, the Bobcats have a near perfect record and clinched a playoff spot.
 
"It was amazing, best feeling ever. Especially after last year, having to forfeit half our season, it was pretty cool," said junior Tobiahas Wheeler.

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