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Friday Night Blitz - Crandon knocks off Laona/WabenoSubmitted: 09/13/2013
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Friday Night Blitz - Crandon knocks off Laona/Wabeno
- Joe and Marisa take you on another exciting night of high school football. Highlights from Laona/Wabeno at Crandon, Rhinelander hosting Lakeland, and Mosinee in Antigo.

Plus Marisa catches up with the Northland Pines football team. This week's Newswatch 12 Player of the Week and more.




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EAGLE RIVER - A business run out of a woman's basement creates a product sold around the world. Annie's Woolens is an online business that mainly sells Christmas stockings made in Eagle River.

Anne Maillette started Annie's Woolens 29 years ago. She and her six employees spend most of the year making a variety of Christmas stockings.


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RHINELANDER - Parents looking to get their kids out of the house during the holiday break may want to consider going to the library. 

On Friday, more than a dozen kids spent part of their day at the Rhinelander District Library for a free movie showing. The kids also got free popcorn to snack on.

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MADISON - Some deer hit by cars stay along the road longer than people would like.

That's happening as the state adjusts to a new carcass pickup system.

A provision in the state budget transferred responsibility for picking up dead deer from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Transportation.

The change took effect in September.

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WOODRUFF - As Father Aaron Devett gave his Thanksgiving Day sermon at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff Thursday morning, a service of a different kind was happening in the kitchen. 

"We kind of see these two feasts coming together," said Devett. 

Every year, volunteers cook, serve, and deliver meals to people for Thanksgiving. 

John Danner has been organizing the big meal for more than 20 years. When he first started, he was cooking for about 50 people, now it's nearly 600. 

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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. 

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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.

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RHINELANDER - Many people spend Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family and food.

But some people who work on the holiday don't get that opportunity.

Thursday morning, Grace Four Square Church in Rhinelander had volunteers lined up ready to serve up meals for people who can't be with their families for Thanksgiving.

"[The meals are for] those that are volunteering and working in our community, our elderly, our shut-ins," said Pastor Joseph Fehlen.

Fehlen says this is the tenth year volunteers have come together to help others in the community on Thanksgiving.

"We're doing 400 meals this year," said Fehlen.
About 100 volunteers pitched in to help prepare and deliver the meals.

"We have turkey, stuffing, real mashed potatoes not those flaky things, cranberries, buns and pumpkin pie," said Fehlen.

After the assembly line and food relay was complete, volunteers split up to deliver the meals throughout Rhinelander.

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