RHINELANDER - Some hunting enthusiasts like to stay sharp be shooting sporting clays. A few even compete in area competitions.
And then, there's the elite shooters.
Rhinelander's Jim Sarkauskas is one of the top shooters in the state. He's earned his second All-American team honor in three years.
"The points tallied not unlike NASCAR," Sarkauskas said. "The bigger events you get more points The high you finish, the more points you have."
Joe: Jim has been competing for 25 years. He's also the owner of Rancho del Zorro shooting academy. Teaching others the sport is almost as fun as winning.
Jim will typically shoot about 500 rounds each week to stay sharp. A Typical competition may have between 600-800 rounds. Jim put the ultimate test to his teaching skills and had Joe Dufek take a couple of shots.
"The key is hitting the targets where they're headed, not where they are," Jim explained.
At first, Sarkauskas almost had Joe shooting like a pro. "I got it."
But ultimately, Joe does need a little work. "Knew I wasn't going to hit them all."
"What I enjoy is the individual competition just like in golf," Jim says. "It's you against the ball. It's you against the target. I prefer to shoot."
Last weekend, Jim won the senior veterans title at a state competition in Hudson. He connected on 111 of 150 targets. In 1999, he won a world championship in 20-gauge shotgun.
MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
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