TOMAHAWK - "The Freedom, the freedom," says motorcyclist John Ralph.
John Ralph started riding free in 1995. This weekend, he will ride with about 40,000 other motorcyclists in Tomahawk's Fall Ride.
"We're ghosts out there, no one sees us. So we always have to be alert, "says Ralph.
"Training will make you a better rider and safer out on the road" says Community Service Specialist for the Wisconsin State Patrol Ken Heis.
Ken Heis is at the Fall Ride to make sure everyone is safer on the road. He's in charge of The REF. It's a classroom on wheels for motorcyclists.
"Training won't kill you," says Heis.
But not knowing what you're doing will kill you.
"Last year, 48% of our motorcyclists that were killed in motorcycle accidents, 116 total last year, 48% were not properly endorsed," says Heis.
That's why John keeps up on his driver training.
"The thing about motorcycle riding, no matter how long you've been riding, you're never that good, where you can't learn something more," says Ralph.
Learning something more is important, so is wearing something more.
"The only thing you have on a motorcycle to protect you is what you wear. If a rock hits you in the head without a helmet or you go down and bump your head, even the slightest bump means that your days of riding could be over," says Heis.
John is doing his best to make sure he has many more days of riding ahead. "Enjoy the ride, get your training, and don't ride beyond your limits or abilities," says Ralph.
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.
RHINELANDER - You might be planning on waiting in line on Black Friday or sitting behind a computer on Cyber Monday. But in Rhinelander and other Northwoods cities, Small Business Saturday is another day to mark on the calendar.
Dawn Allen sold her goods at craft shows for years, but had always wanted to try something different.
"It was my dream to open up a shop one day," said Allen, the owner of Briar House on Keenen Street. So she opened Briar House in Rhinelander 21 years ago.
Allen sells women's clothes, shoes, accessories and has a full espresso bar.
But one of her favorite parts of the job is the community support.
"It's like a family here, it's more of a destination coming here I believe," said Allen.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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