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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/11/2016
- If you've ever voted before, you've likely seen the Eagle voter machine take your ballot. But those machines need to be tested before every election to make sure they're working properly. We'll show you how that's done tonight at 5, 6 and 10.

- Plus, an Antigo High School graduate is now a student manager for the Wisconsin Badger Basketball team. We'll tell you his story.

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




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TOWN OF CRESCENT - Tracy Hartman usually does the work she did Thursday at the Crescent Town Hall alone.

"In my nine years, I've had somebody show up once," Hartman said.

But it's a job she knows hundreds of people count on her to do and get right.

"There's always pressure, yes," Hartman said.

Before every election, the Crescent Town Clerk runs a public test of the town's voting machines, which is required by state law.

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IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.

During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.

MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.

"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.

For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.

"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."

These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.

"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."

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EAGLE RIVER - Jewelry, flowers, dinner and chocolate all rank high for traditional Valentine's Day gifts.

If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth,

There are many choices.

"Chocolate is probably number one. Then turtles and also fudge. But, chocolates wins out," says The Country Store of Eagle River Owner Debbie Preuhs.

Our busiest days are those two days before Valentine's Day and then Valentine's Day.


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MINOCQUA - Channeling your child's energy can be quite a task. The Family Resource Connection from Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin has found a way to combine music and movement to stimulate your child's development.

The Music Garden program is designed to awaken your child's imagination while celebrating the remarkable bond shared between you.

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MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.

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MADISON - A bill that would prohibit people form bothering hunters in the woods goes before the Assembly. Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker.

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FARGO, ND - Police say an officer shot during a standoff at a North Dakota home has died.

Police officials say 33-year-old Officer Jason Moszer died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday from a single gunshot wound. Moszer was shot while responding to a domestic violence report at a home in Fargo Wednesday evening.

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MADISON - Fire safety rules might prevent the use of real Christmas trees in some spots.

A bill now approved by the Assembly would ensure live trees are still allowed in churches and the state Capitol rotunda.

National Fire Protection Association guidelines call for banning live Christmas trees in places where 50 people or more gather.

The guidelines also allow limited quantities of combustible vegetation....if local fire officials decide adequate safeguards are in place.

Under the bill, the state and local governments would not be allowed to prevent placement of Christmas trees in the Capitol rotunda or in a church.

Trees in the rotunda and churches would be presumed to be safe during fire inspections.

The Assembly approved the bill Tuesday evening.

Now it goes to the state Senate.

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