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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/23/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Now that the Packers lost a chance to go to the Super Bowl, what do they do with all the Packer Super Bowl gear that won't sell? We visit a Tomahawk collectables store to find out.

We'll show you what a Hodag Country Festival fan-favorite does as a tradition every morning - even in subzero temperatures - to prove we are one nation.

And sadly, the Eagle River Fire Department had to take down the popular Ice Castle sooner than planned. We'll show you the dismantling of the structure and tell you why they had to take it down early.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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 LOCAL NEWS

TOMAHAWK - Sunday's Packers loss hit fans hard. But it also affected stores who support those dedicated fans. 

Robert Augustine has owned Augie's Collectibles in Tomahawk for 29 years. 

Before Sunday's loss, Augustine was hopeful the team would make it to the Super Bowl. 

He placed an order to have 16 new types of Packers gear added to his store, but canceled it. 

"When the Packers are winning, everybody's pumped up excited for Packers parties," said Augustine.  

"If they won everybody would have wanted the championship stuff because they want things new, but unfortunately we'll have to wait until next year for that."

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EAGLE RIVER - People stopped at the site of Eagle River's Ice Castle on Monday, cell phone cameras in hand. But unlike the previous week, they weren't taking pictures of the beautiful and iconic castle.

Instead, they were taking pictures of it being demolished.

Warm winter weather meant the Ice Castle's structure started coming apart, making it a safety hazard.

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RHINELANDER - The YMCA of the Northwoods teamed up with LIVESTRONG to create a fitness program that supports
cancer survivors and patients. The 12-week program focuses on rebuilding strength and stamina.
YMCA Wellness Director, Stephanie Ruckeim says it offers so much more than just physical strength.
"It's about trying to increase that muscle mass, increase their flexibility, their endurance and also work
on their self-esteem and self-confidence," says Ruckeim.

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MADISON - While two Wisconsin state agencies have scrubbed references to climate change from their web sites, the Division of Emergency Management has released new information on global warming and its effects on the state.

Wisconsin emergency management officials, in an online post, describe how climate change could generate flooding, drought and forest fires.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MILWAUKEE - The state chamber of commerce is praising Gov. Scott Walker's welfare reform proposal that would penalize low-income parents who don't work more than 80 hours a month.

But the Democratic leader of the Wisconsin state Senate says the measure shows Walker has a double standard. Senate Minority Leader Jen Shilling says Walker is creating one set of rules for working families while giving millions in tax breaks to the wealthy.

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MADISON - Wisconsin lottery officials say a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million is days away from expiring.

The ticket was purchased Aug. 6 at Aberg Avenue Mobil on Madison's east side. The location is also known as Kelley's Market. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball.

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WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan, a longtime champion of free trade, is applauding President Donald Trump's move to pull out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Wisconsin Republican says in a statement that Trump "has followed through on his promise to insist on better trade agreements."

It comes after Trump signed an executive memorandum in the Oval Office Monday to leave the proposed Pacific Rim trade pact.

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MINOCQUA - Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington D.C. today to promote gender equality. Here in the Northwoods, hundreds rallied in Minocqua for a similar reason. They showed their support for not just women's rights, but human rights. 

Not everyone could travel to D.C., so instead they held a Women's March in Minocqua.

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