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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/20/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Voting polls opened today for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election. We'll show you the activity at the polls, and we'll bring you the results on Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll tell you why a recent change in short-term rental laws has Oneida County worried about getting every place inspected.

And we'll show you how kids at the Northwoods Child Development Center in Eagle River got on the NBC Olympics social media pages with their own version of the games.

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





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RHINELANDER - Voting polls opened for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Tuesday.

However, election officials had mixed feelings about the number of voters showing up.

Election Official Patty Fitzpatrick worked at the Oneida County Department of Aging voting location.
She saw a low number of voters, but she doesn't think that's because of weather.

"A lot of people view the election for judges as kind of a snooze, which is unfortunate because it really is important, because it's the judges who are upholding the law and making the law," said Fitzpatrick.

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EAGLE RIVER - The young athletes at Northwoods Child Development Center in Eagle River may not be ready to compete in the Olympics, but they're off to a pretty good start. 

"We believe in learning through play," said Director Teri Mason. 

The kids at the childcare center have been learning all about the Olympics by doing their own versions of the sports they're seeing on TV.

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WAUSAU - Wausau police believe a dead man may have been killed.  In a press release, the Wausau Police Department says officers responded to reports of a dead body in the 1000 block of Kickbusch Street on Tuesday around 10 a.m.

Investigators noted "suspicious circumstances" with the death.  The department is investigating the case as a homicide.

Deputy Chief Ben Bliven tells Newswatch 12 police do not have any suspects under arrest as of 12:50 p.m.  Bliven also did not release how the man died.

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LAND O LAKES - A snowmobiler died last night after hitting a tree near Land O Lakes.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department tells us they got a 911 call around 8:15 p.m. Monday.

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MINOCQUA - After months of construction, the Minocqua Fire Department could show off it's new home. The department held an open house for its new station Monday night.

The firehouse sits next to Minocqua's Chamber of Commerce building off highway 51. Chief Andy Petrowski says the biggest difference in the new building is how much more space they have in the new location.

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MERRILL - Sergeant Bryan Wrycha has seen a lot of these winter days. 

"You've got pockets of slush [and] areas of ice. You pretty much have it all," said Wrycha who works with Wisconsin State Patrol. 

Over the last 18 years, Wrycha has seen speed be the biggest factor when it comes to crashes, especially on snowy days.

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OSHKOSH - On Sunday night, police in Oshkosh ended what became a statewide search for a Northwoods homicide suspect.

The Oshkosh Police Department arrested 19-year-old James Lussier, the last of the five men accused of killing Wayne Valliere Jr. near Mercer and hiding his body. Earlier this month, Lussier tried to turn himself in, but was let go on an officer's error in Vilas County.

In a press release, the Oshkosh Police Department said it made the arrest at about 7:30 p.m. Lussier is currently in the Winnebago County Jail.

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