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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/24/2016
- The Turtle-Flambeau was created 90 years ago when the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built the Turtle Dam. Hear from the people who manage and live on the flowage.

- Plus, we'll tell you about work that is being done on an area ATV trail.

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




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ANTIGO - When the lieutenant governor and state lawmakers visit Sartori Foods, the company puts them to work.  Tuesday afternoon Rebecca Kleefisch, Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), and Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) put on hair nets and rubber boots to rub Asiago cheese and learned a thing or two about what keeps the family-owned business churning.

"This is really a lot of fun and we got our hands dirty today," Kleefisch laughed.

Czaja chose Sartori as the first stop of a day-tour of Antigo-area businesses. 

"I think [Sartori] is kind of one of the stars of the 35th Assembly District," Czaja said.  The Irma Republican's main goal of Tuesday's tours: turn workforce data into names and faces.

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NORTHWOODS - Michelle Reiche loves spending Saturday afternoon with her kids and dog Dexter.

"Kids were catching frogs down the ponds down here and he was going down by them and he [Dexter] must have drank some of the water," said Reiche.

But that fun afternoon changed when that water made Dexter very sick.

"I ran over to him right away and he was just shaking like this," Reiche said. "I knew something was wrong right away as soon as I went to him."

The family took the dog to Central Wisconsin Animal Emergency Care Center in Kronenwetter. The doctor said Dexter most likely was exposed to Blue-Green Algae.

"They didn't think he was going to live," Reiche said. "They basically told us he was more than likely not going to survive. "

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Many people use the hundreds of miles of ATV trails here in Oneida County. And those trail users will soon have a wider stretch of path to use as we approach the busy Memorial Day weekend.

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RHINELANDER - When high school senior Valarie Puza got her invitation to Rhinelander's scholarship award ceremony, she knew she had gotten some money to help pay for college.

She had no idea she would be going home with more than $30,000 in scholarship money.

$227,425 was awarded to 84 seniors at the annual ceremony.

Puza won seven scholarships, including the Gaffney Trust Future Teacher's scholarship worth $25,000.

"At first it didn't really hit me," said Puza. "But then I just thought about it, and I thought wow, that's a couple years of college paid for. And it's a good opportunity that I got any money, let alone the amount that I did."

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Wisconsin's right-to-work law will stay in effect as the law goes through court challenges. An appeals court made that decision Tuesday.

The bill was championed by Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker, but a Dane County Circuit Court judge found it unconstitutional in April.

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MADISON - Wisconsin employers could see another drop in unemployment insurance taxes in 2017 due to an improved economy and employer-friendly changes in the system.

Wisconsin's unemployment insurance trust fund had a $1.3 billion deficit in 2010 following the Great Recession. Gov. Scott Walker's office said Tuesday it now sits at a $1 billion balance.

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MADISON - Two of Gov. Scott Walker's major financial backers are now helping to raise money for Donald Trump.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced the creation of the Trump Victory Committee on Tuesday. One of the vice-chairs is Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks.

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MADISON - The defense of Wisconsin voting laws being challenged in federal court as discriminatory begins with local clerks saying they haven't encountered any serious problems with the changes.

Clerks from northern Milwaukee suburbs of Cedarburg and Port Washington both testified Tuesday in federal court in Madison. They were the first witnesses called by the state Department of Justice in defense of more than a dozen laws being challenged, including elements of the voter identification requirement.

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