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Friday Night Blitz - 9/20Submitted: 09/20/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas and Joe Dufek

THE NORTHWOODS - Joe and Marisa have another exciting week of Friday Night football. The game of the week is Lakeland hosting Medford. They also travel to Northland Pines, Tomahawk and Merrill.

Plus, Marisa gets to know the Rhinelander volleyball team and they announce the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.



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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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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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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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BESSEMER, MI - Search teams found a 65-year-old Woodruff woman dead in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Wednesday morning.

The Gogebic County Sheriff's Office searched Black River Harbor (which is north of Bessemer) after receiving information that the woman might be in the area.

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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.

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TOMAHAWK - To sisters Kathy and Julia, Thanksgiving Day is about more than just turkey, potatoes, and prep work. 

"[It's] kind of always been a special holiday for my parents, who are no longer with us," said Julia Pankow. 

Kathy and Julia grew up in a large family with 11 other siblings, which meant a Thanksgiving Day meal was always as big in heart as it was in size.  

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RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.

The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.

"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.

In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."

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