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Packers hold end-of-season press conferenceSubmitted: 01/28/2015
GREEN BAY - Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will focus on starting off the 2015 season clean.

That was the tone of his end of the season press conference Wednesday.

McCarthy says he is proud of all the Packers accomplished this season.

That's despite his team's collapse in the NFC Championship game, but now it's all about the future.

"The 2015 football team will not bear the burden of what happened in 2014 or before that," says McCarthy. "That's not the way we operate. We won't internalize the things that go on outside our building. We're going to create another opportunity to build the best football team we can in 2015 and we're going to go for it."

Part of going for it means making changes.

McCarthy says that process starts right now.

"It's important to evaluate," says McCarthy. "I obviously haven't had that opportunity, so we'll look at everything. We'll look at every job description, every job responsibility, performance, mine included and we'll look to make changes."

Those changes include preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft.

That's something for which general manager Ted Thompson has already planning.

Story By: Dan Marz

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Fat Biking in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 01/28/2015

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WINCHESTER - People of the Northwoods find creative ways to enjoy the outdoors.

The beauty of the Northwoods in the winter can be enjoyed on two wheels. The two wheels are bit bigger on a fat bike than your regular bike wheels. They're big enough to handle the snow on the trails.

"It's awesome to be able to ride a bike in the winter in January on trails, not on the roads not dealing with salt in the woods," said WinMan Trails user Jimmy Vogel.

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WOODRUFF - Some of last year's hunting rules changes could become permanent.

Many of the new rules were just temporary, but some could stick around.

Last year, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board allowed temporary rule changes for the season.

Those changes came out of the Deer Trustee Report, but they'll expire this year.

Now, the DNR wants to hear from the public before permanent rules go into effect.

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ASPEN - The Neillsville snowboarder that Newswatch 12 featured this week raced Thursday in the Winter X-Games.
Daina Shilts finished second in first ever Unified Snowboarding dual slalom race at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
10 Special Olympic athletes teamed up with 10 winter-x game participants for the snowboard race.
Shilts was paired with 2006 Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Teter.

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MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School Nordic skier will head to Sweden to compete in the Nations Cup.

Seventeen year-old Mack FitzPatrick will be a part of the United States under-18 team.

FitzPatrick treats Nordic skiing as not only a year-round sport but a lifetime sport.

"Pretty much been skiing my entire life," FitzPatrick said. "I've been on the Lakeland ski team all throughout high school and middle school teams. It's been a part of my life."

He trains hard outside of ski season.

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MERRILL - A Northwoods program wants all kids to stay active.

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THREE LAKES - The Three Lakes football team will look a little different starting in the fall.

That's because they will be playing with 11 players instead of eight.

The school board unanimously approved the decision last week.

The change will put Three Lakes back into the Northern Lakes Conference, which means the Bluejays won't have to travel out of the way just to play football.

They will get to play more local teams like Crandon and Wabeno-Laona.

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the state will help the Milwaukee Bucks pay for a new basketball arena with $220 million in bonds that would be paid for by projected growth in income taxes from NBA players.

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So what went wrong?

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GREEN BAY - The Packers will head to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champions this Sunday.

That game will determine who goes to this year's Super Bowl.

The NFC Championship will be a matchup between the top two seeds in the NFC.

Green Bay will play in a tough environment.

Seattle is known for having the loudest fans in the league, but the Packers are looking forward to the challenge.

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DALLAS - The Big Ten conference capped off its football season with a national championship Monday night, when Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20.

The championship finished a strong bowl season for the conference. The Big Ten went 5-2 against ranked teams--more wins over ranked teams than any other conference.

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