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5th Northwoods Blizzard Blast held in Conover Submitted: 02/17/2018

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CONOVER - Hundreds of people gathered in Conover to celebrate all things winter. On Saturday the fifth annual Northwoods Blizzard Blast was held. 

There were horse drawn sleigh rides, sledding, giant ski races, and plenty of other winter activities.


Event Chairman Lanny Studdard says the event is special because organizers put their heart into it.

"They care about the community, they care about giving back, and I think that concern shows in what they put on here. And it's a wonderful party in the middle of winter when nothing else is going on," said Studdard.

Proceeds from the event go to Northwoods area fire and EMS departments.


Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team

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They hope the camp encourages younger members to keep traditions going and never forget where they came from.
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The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.

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"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.

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