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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/23/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Now that the Packers lost a chance to go to the Super Bowl, what do they do with all the Packer Super Bowl gear that won't sell? We visit a Tomahawk collectables store to find out.

We'll show you what a Hodag Country Festival fan-favorite does as a tradition every morning - even in subzero temperatures - to prove we are one nation.

And sadly, the Eagle River Fire Department had to take down the popular Ice Castle sooner than planned. We'll show you the dismantling of the structure and tell you why they had to take it down early.

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




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TOMAHAWK - Sunday's Packers loss hit fans hard. But it also affected stores who support those dedicated fans. 

Robert Augustine has owned Augie's Collectibles in Tomahawk for 29 years. 

Before Sunday's loss, Augustine was hopeful the team would make it to the Super Bowl. 

He placed an order to have 16 new types of Packers gear added to his store, but canceled it. 

"When the Packers are winning, everybody's pumped up excited for Packers parties," said Augustine.  

"If they won everybody would have wanted the championship stuff because they want things new, but unfortunately we'll have to wait until next year for that."

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RHINELANDER - The YMCA of the Northwoods teamed up with LIVESTRONG to create a fitness program that supports
cancer survivors and patients. The 12-week program focuses on rebuilding strength and stamina.
YMCA Wellness Director, Stephanie Ruckeim says it offers so much more than just physical strength.
"It's about trying to increase that muscle mass, increase their flexibility, their endurance and also work
on their self-esteem and self-confidence," says Ruckeim.

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EAGLE RIVER - People stopped at the site of Eagle River's Ice Castle on Monday, cell phone cameras in hand. But unlike the previous week, they weren't taking pictures of the beautiful and iconic castle.

Instead, they were taking pictures of it being demolished.

Warm winter weather meant the Ice Castle's structure started coming apart, making it a safety hazard.

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MADISON - While two Wisconsin state agencies have scrubbed references to climate change from their web sites, the Division of Emergency Management has released new information on global warming and its effects on the state.

Wisconsin emergency management officials, in an online post, describe how climate change could generate flooding, drought and forest fires.

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WITTENBERG - An expansion of the Ho-Chunk casino in northern Wisconsin could draw $37-million a year away from other tribes that own casinos in Wisconsin.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band commissioned the economic impact study.

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RHINELANDER - Packers fans in Rhinelander wished for a different outcome in the NFC Conference Championship game Sunday. But they stay loyal to their team, regardless of the outcome.

"This had to be a mistake-free game," said Tim Mulhern, who watched the game at Bucketheads Bar and Grill.  

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PINE LAKE - After two years of planning, the Pine Lake Fire Department finally got a brand new fire truck. The department received the truck last Saturday.

The official name of the truck is Pierce Enforcer Pumper, but is simply 'Engine One' to the department. Over the past week, firefighters have been getting the truck ready to go.

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