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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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ONEIDA COUNTY - Stories of teens sending nude photos to one another through texts, social media, and different apps are part of the reality of the modern world.

But now, posting or sharing a nude photo of someone without their permission could get people in a lot trouble with the law. That's because Wisconsin has some new, strict laws on sharing nude photos.

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WAUSAU - Wausau Police want to find a convicted dog killer now accused of prostitution.

They're looking for 23-year-old Sean Janas.  In 2014, Janas was convicted on two felonies for poisoning her boyfriend's dog. She spent a year and a half in prison after she was convicted in the death of the German shepherd-Labrador mix.

Last month, an undercover officer got in touch with Janas, who was advertising as an escort on the website Backpage.

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LANSING - A state agency has revised Michigan's quarantine for the emerald ash borer to include four more counties in the Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Wednesday that the quarantine for the bug now includes Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette, and Menominee counties. The agency said the bug was detected in traps in Dickinson and Marquette counties.

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