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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/22/2019
What We're Working On
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The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry has been holding classes on nutrition, but now it will be going in a different direction. We'll tell you about the change and talk with food pantry workers about the new plan.

Plus, we'll show you the "Living History Museum" at Peace Lutheran School in Antigo where kids make historical characters come to life.


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




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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander alderwoman will not face criminal charges for an alleged incident at city hall.  Dawn Rog says the accusations were "grossly overblown" and a "blatant attempt" at character assassination.

Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek sent a letter Friday explaining why he did not plan to file charges or a citation against Rog.

A city-contracted IT worker named Peggy Schauer told police Rog yelled at her and pushed her in the City Hall basement on Feb. 21.

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RHINELANDER - Oneida County will close its snowmobile trails Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

According to a press release from county recreation coordinator Joe Renik, the trails are rapidly deteriorating.

Most of the county's trails opened on Dec. 29, 2018, which means riders saw nearly three months of continuous riding.  Oneida County trails closed on March 20 in 2018.

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RHINELANDER - The treadmills and elliptical machines that used to fill the building at 51 Brown Street in downtown Rhinelander will be replaced with armchairs and high top tables.

"The kind of atmosphere that we're striving for is for kids to be able to have some control over what they need," said Special Education and Pupil Services Director Maggie Peterson.

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RHINELANDER - Shelves stocked with ferret food, fish tank cartridges, and reptile basking bulbs would suggest Jennifer Marshall knows a thing or two about pets.

"We can say our zoo has grown, considerably," Marshall said.

With 21 pets of her own -- from snakes, to geckos, to a hedgehog -- Marshall certainly does, but that wasn't always the case.

"I didn't even own a reptile until last year," Marshall said.

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MINOCQUA - Instead of worrying about blizzards, soon you'll be watching out for thunderstorms. Severe weather season will soon be here.

Our Weatherwatch 12 Meteorologists went to MHLT Elementary in Minocqua Thursday to talk weather with the third grade class.

The students learned how forecasts are made and where the energy for thunderstorms comes from. They also heard about tornadoes, flooding, wind, and hurricanes. It's all part of a weather unit that's been taking place at the school.

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MADISON - A judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued the injunction Thursday. He refused the Legislature's request to put the order on hold.

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RHINELANDER - The Northwoods will soon get the chance to experience what it's like to travel in Iceland. 

Nicolet College Art Gallery plans to exhibit one photographer's journey in pictures. 

Craig Pilecky of Antigo traveled to Iceland twice in the years of 2016 and 2017.

He traveled to well known sites, such as the nation's legendary Ring Road, to capture its beauty. 

Since then, he's spent much of his time choosing photos for his exhibit debut. 

"I've worked very hard on it. I've spent a long time in post processing and going through a lot of my images," said Pilecky. "When you are on these trips you take thousands of shots."

The exhibit will open March 25th at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. 

Pilecky hopes his gallery will help people learn more about the history of Iceland. 

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