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Northwoods Spotlight: Merrill Sled Dogs (Feb 6)Submitted: 02/06/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas

Northwoods Spotlight: Merrill Sled Dogs (Feb 6)
MERRILL - In Merrill Last weekend, was the annual Cool Running Sled Dog Race.

Marisa Silvas introduces us to this 'dog-gone' event.

George Matos, one of the mushers who competed says, "You have to have confidence in them and they have to have confidence in you."

"The dogs are athletes," adds Rom Behm another musher.

Steve Wilcenski believes the event is so unique that, "...it should be on everyone's bucket list."


Many of us have furry friends at home. But chances are, they're not in shape like these guys. Over 200 sled dogs were competing in Merrill last weekend.

Typical breeds for sled dogs are huskies, pointers and hounds. These 4 legged friends start training for race season in the fall.

In sprint racing, as a general rule, mushers travel a mile per dog.


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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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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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BROOKFIELD - A cougar has been caught on camera too close for comfort at a Wisconsin home.

The homeowners called the Department of Natural Resources over the weekend when they spotted the cougar lying under a pine tree in their backyard.

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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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RHINELANDER - Nicolet College doesn't ever want a student to choose between buying a textbook or paying the bills.

But when one textbook can cost up to $300, it's a choice many students face. 

"We don't want their grades to suffer. We don't want them to have to make that choice [between] do we take a 'C' or do we get an 'A'? Because we're going to have the materials first day of class now because they're free. They're right there," said Open Education and Instructional Resources manager Cindy Domaika. 

Nicolet College is now offering 22 textbook-free courses. 

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EAGLE RIVER - You probably did something wrong if you ended up snowmobiling with police.

But Monday, dozens of riders invited DNR wardens and police to ride with them for a little fun and safety advice.

"I'm living in the Northwoods, this is living in my paradise," said Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club President Howard Wolf.

Wolf was pleased to share "his paradise" with dozens of people Monday.

"God, I just feel so happy," said Wolf.


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RHINELANDER - Butterfinger, Black Forest, and Snickerdoodle flavors fill the cases at the newest bakery in Rhinelander.

Twin sisters Brooke Strong and Carmen Stamper own BC Cakes & More.

They just opened a second location on Brown Street a couple of weeks ago, but the ladies began re-inventing

flavors a few years ago at their Crandon location.

"Being able to try new things all the time with the flavors and getting suggestions from people," says Carmen Stamper.

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