Possible downtown reconstruction discussed at open forumSubmitted: 02/10/2014

MANITOWISH WATERS - A Manitowish Waters woman wants to change the look of the area's downtown.

Some local residents aren't thrilled with her plans.

The town used a forum to talk things out.

Newswatch 12 was there and talked with the town's supervisor.

"It's creating a lot of tension in the community. I think we have to find a way
to fix it and to ease their feelings." said Manitowish Waters Town Board
Supervisor, Eric Behnke.

Construction can cause tension.

You can find that feeling in Manitowish Waters.

One person in the community want to upgrade a local park.

But a good portion of the funding would come from a private donor.

"It's creating a lot of hardships, people are not happy about it and as a town
we need to find a way to make this situation better." Behnke said.

Liz Uihlein owns businesses in the area.

She wants to change the look of the community and she could.

But the town hasn't approved her proposal.

That's why the chamber sponsored a town forum so people could talk and ask
questions about the donations.

"Is there a process that you use to evaluate them? At what point do we say, you
know, 'Too much of our budgets is these donations and it's not what we have
funded'?" said town resident, Scott Bertz.

"As well as how much of this is the town's plan and how much of this is someone
else's plan?"

But many of those questions don't have answers.

That's because donations don't need a vote by the town's people.

"Unfortunately with our policy, if it's a donation, some of the town board
members can use that money without townsmen approval," Behnke said.

"I think that's what we need to focus on."

But the possibility of voting on donation spending is still up for question.

"The one thing we can do is be open and honest with people. We have to
communicate with people about what's going on," said Behnke.

"If they don't have an opportunity to vote on these projects, then they really
don't know about them. So I think it's our job to communicate with the people
about what's happening and educate them on where the money's coming from and
what it's being used for."

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Girl who was shot on Milwaukee playground diesSubmitted: 07/13/2014

MILWAUKEE - Authorities say a 10-year-old girl who was shot on a Milwaukee playground in May has died.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says in a statement that Sierra Guyton was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital at 1:35 a.m. Sunday. The office says it won't release further information and that police have put a non-disclosure order on the case.

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Merrill plant loses close to $2 million damages Submitted: 07/13/2014

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MERRILL - A Northwoods plant lost close to two million dollars of equipment in a fire Sunday morning.

It happened at the Northern Wires manufacturing company around 1:30 in the morning. A nearby business saw smoke coming out of the building.

It took 45 minutes for the Merrill fire department and other responding crews to put the fire out.

"They used a thermal imaging camera to find the fire. They used water, put the hot spot out. Then it took a long time because the ceilings in there are probably 20 feet high," said Merrill Fire Captain Bob Akey. "So all the smoking hot gases took us an hour and half to air the building out."

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Italians celebrate 100 years of settlement Submitted: 07/13/2014

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MERRILL - More than 350 people celebrated their Italian roots in Merrill Saturday.

Nine Italian families settled in the Schulz Spur community between 1914 and 1922. The community is just north of Merrill.

Italian families from across the United States, Canada and even Italy gathered at Merrill Area Recreation Complex to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the settlement.

Families were able to catch up and see pictures of their ancestors.

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Raising money to promote healthy livingSubmitted: 07/13/2014

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LANGLADE COUNTY - A lot of different golf tournaments raise money for community organizations. The fundraiser in Langlade County, Spirits At The Lake, raises thousands dollars for the county's health foundation.

The Community Health Foundation is the philanthropic branch of Langlade Hospital. It's goal is to promote healthy living in the county. The foundation raises money at different fundraisers. It funds other organizations that teach people how to stay healthy.

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Vietnam War nurse shares experience overseas Submitted: 07/13/2014

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WAUSAU - Some people who served overseas might have a hard time explaining their experience in war, but one nurse told her story of serving in Vietnam at the Woodson History Center in Wausau Sunday.

"Ever since I was little I remember wanting to become a nurse," said 67 year old Vietnam War nurse Lynn Kohl.

Kohl of the town of Main has helped people her whole life.

"I'd take an aspirin to somebody, but what I found out later was my mom was one who actually wanted to be a nurse," Kohl said. "I think she was behind me pushing me. It was engrained in my brain."

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Tree harvests up but advocates want more changesSubmitted: 07/13/2014

APPLETON - The amount of timber being harvested from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest rose 6 percent last year. But advocates say more can be done to manage the timber and help the region's struggling economy.

63.2 million board feet of wood were cut in 2013. That's up from 59.7 million board feet the previous year.

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Quitting help to be offered to Wisconsin smokersSubmitted: 07/13/2014

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin smokers who see doctors at several clinics in the Milwaukee, Madison and Janesville areas for any reason will be automatically offered free help in quitting under an experimental study.

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