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Enrollment begins Tuesday under federal health lawSubmitted: 09/30/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Whether it's a mad rush or a trickle, the public will get their first chance to shop for insurance through the new online federal marketplace Tuesday.

Wisconsin state health and insurance officials deferred to the federal government to establish the exchange.

They say they are just as curious as the public about what it will look like and how it will work, and they've done all they can to be prepared for the opening.

The online exchange, or marketplace, is supposed to offer a consumer-friendly way to buy health insurance while forcing insurers to compete for business.

Consumers can apply online at healthcare.gov, through a call center, in person, or through the mail.

Nearly 700,000 Wisconsin residents are expected to be eligible to buy insurance on the exchange.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/12/2016

- Valentine's Day falls on a weekend for the second year in a row. That's good news for local restaurants who expect more people to come in. But the weekend holiday ISN'T great for everyone...especially floral shops. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to Woodruff to find out how the weekend hurts the flower business.

- Plus, tonight on Friday Night Blitz we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following basketball games:

Boys:

Three Lakes vs. Wabeno/Laona

Northland Pines vs. Elcho

Chequamegon vs. Phillips

Flambeau vs. Prentice


Girls:

Tomahawk vs. Rhinelander

Mosinee vs. Northland Pines


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

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

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ST. GERMAIN - Fans and racers with a need for speed won't need to wait any longer for the Radar Run.

Two days of snowmobile dragging and bikini races started Friday in St. Germain.

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HAZELHURST - A Northwoods landmark will be demolished by the end of the year.

The "T-Bird Country" bridge in Hazelhurst has was built in 1938. 

The bridge is part of the Bearskin State Trail, but the DOT says the bridge is dangerous because it's not tall enough.

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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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APPLETON - Gov. Scott Walker plans Friday to sign a Republican-backed bill to overhaul Wisconsin's civil service system.

Walker's office says the GOP governor is scheduled to sign the bill into law at Manpower Group in Appleton.

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MADISON - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would dramatically expand landlord rights.

The Republican bill would allow landlords to dispose of or sell trespassers' property; evict tenants if they cause damage without repairing or paying for it; and evict a tenant if the tenant, a tenant family member or guest engages in criminal activity, including dealing drugs. The landlord could terminate the tenancy regardless of whether anyone was arrested or convicted.

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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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