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Northwoods Spotlight: Paul JespersonSubmitted: 12/05/2012
Story By Marisa Silvas

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MADISON - 1,040 miles. That's the distance which seperates Merrill native Paul Jesperson from his hometown. Paul is in his second year on the Virginia Cavaliers basketball team.

Last week - he was back in his home state.

"It definately meant alot to me," Jesperson said. "It's not very often I get to play infront of my parents, my brothers, my sisters, me friends. To be able to play infront of them felt really good."


"We don't get to see him very often," adds Paul's father Jim Jesperson. "It gets us a chance to root for him."

Jesperson's started 7 games this season including the victory over Wisconsin. He keeps improving and is settling into his role.

"He's continually gotten better," said Virginia head coach Tony Bennett. "He's one of our more improved players. Just slowly gaining more confidence."

Bennett was a former NBA player, and shined at UW-Green Bay - playing for his father Dick Bennett. Tony was also an assistant for the Badgers for four seasons.

Paul developed his skills at Merrill, and helped lead the Blue Jays to a run at the state tourney in 2011.

Dave Arneson coached Jesperson in middle school. He says, "That was special. We had four or five kids who learned to play around him. Paul carried us. He was a great player."

Off the court, Jesperson isn't quite as serious.

"He's quite the practical joker," says Bennett. "He's kind of quiet, but he's funny. His teammates love him."

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/28/2014

- People in the Northwoods didn't let the chillier temperatures stop them from heading out for Black Friday this morning.

- Kids in Eagle River got a special treat at the Northwoods Children's Museum. The museum brought in two live turkeys for their annual Turkey and Traditions event. Every November, two turkeys are brought in to help teach kids about where their Thanksgiving meal comes from. Hear about the importance of the program coming up on Newswatch 12 tonight.

- If you're not in the Christmas spirit yet, a local model train show can help transport you to Santa's Village.

- And homemade pizzas turn into more than sauce and dough at one Eagle River household. We'll meet Gary Anderson tonight on Newswatch 12 and tell you how his pizza making turned into a fundraising tool to help people in the Northwoods.

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

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Holiday Model Train Show Opens in MinocquaSubmitted: 11/28/2014

MINOCQUA - If Black Friday and the snow didn't get you into the Christmas spirit just yet, a local train display could help.

The Northwoods Model Railroad Club opened Santa's Village Friday.

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Black Friday Shopping in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 11/28/2014

RHINELANDER - Many people woke up early and headed to the store for Black Friday.

It is considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year because it can mark the start of the holiday shopping season.

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Northwoods Children's Museum hosts turkeys for educationSubmitted: 11/28/2014

EAGLE RIVER - People who head to the Northwoods Children's Museum will get a special surprise.

The museum in Eagle River is hosting a couple of live turkeys this month.

Workers say the live animals help children understand exactly where their Thanksgiving meals come from.

The program has been running for about 10 years.

Turkey and Tradition draws a lot of people to Eagle River every November.

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Funeral set for 3 children who died in U.P. crashSubmitted: 11/28/2014

DAGGETT, MI - A funeral has been scheduled for the three children killed in a weather-related crash in the Upper Peninsula.

TV station WBUP-WBKP reports (http://bit.ly/1vpSGy8 ) the funeral for Michael, Maxwell and Joelle McCue is set for Sunday at the Carney Free Church in the Menominee County community of Carney. The children ages 11 to 14 died Monday after their van smashed into a semi-truck on snowy U.S. 41 near Daggett.

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Bundle Up program aims to keep families warm; how you can helpSubmitted: 11/27/2014

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RHINELANDER - You can help families stay warm this winter by donating your extra winter clothing to the Big Bundle Up Campaign. Tourism groups across Wisconsin are looking for mittens, scarves, coats, and other winter gear.

"Those would be really helpful for a lot of people in the area," Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dana DeMet said. "And I think the biggest challenge in the Northwoods is that it's just not as visible, so it's a little harder sometimes to garner that support if you are not faced with it on the streets every day."

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List of holiday events around northcentral Wisconsin this weekendSubmitted: 11/27/2014

NORTHCENTRAL WISCONSIN - Here is a list of some of the special holiday events going on around northcentral Wisconsin this weekend.

FRIDAY
Boulder Junction
26th Annual Christmas
5-8 p.m.
Downtown Boulder Junction

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