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The latest nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the WeekSubmitted: 09/23/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas

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THE NORTHWOODS - We're getting to the point in the fall sports season where conference standings are starting to shape up.

Last week there were some amazing performances from local athletes to help their teams to the top. It's time to check out our nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.

NOMINEE 1

Northern Elite quarterback Joey Swanson helped lead his team to an important win over Crandon on Saturday. Swanson ran the ball 31 times for 191 yards and a touchdown in the conference victory and the Predators remain undefeated.

NOMINEE 2

In the GNC, the Northland Pines soccer team topped Rhinelander on Thursday 1-0 and Levi Pruni scored the game winning goal. Pruni also scored a goal Saturday in a win over Iron Mountain.

NOMINEE 3

The GNC had their first conference volleyball meet on Saturday. Tomahawk went 3-0 and took first place. Becca Doughty played a big role with 89 assists, 10 digs and 9 aces in the Hatchets victory.

NOMINEE 4

And in girls swimming, Rhinelander had a convincing win over Merrill on Monday by a score of 109-60. Marie Sandstrom took first place in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke helping lead the Hodags.

You can vote on any of the nominees on the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.

Austin Salzgeber from the Medford football team was last week's winner.




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Downtown Rhinelander hopes it can attract many of those women, and maybe even some men, to get started on holiday shopping.

The first-ever Holiday Open House on Saturday will feature sales, special events, and demonstrations at several businesses.

Its timing falls perfectly with the hunting season.

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Lincoln County had an HPV campaign running this summer.

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NORTHWOODS - The Wisconsin Deer Donation program needs help from hunters this fall. The program lets hunters donate their deer to help feed those in need. Experts are concerned that the winter weather could cut into the number of deer kills this season. DNR managers think it will be difficult to find and hunt them.

"This year it's looking a little lean, especially in the north," said DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz. "With this deep snow, it's changed the deer behavior and it's going to change hunter behavior too. So I wouldn't be surprised if we saw that our donations were down this year under the circumstances."

Donating takes three simple steps: you register your kill, field dress the deer, and then you take it to a DNR approved processing center. The venison is then ground-up, frozen, and shipped to local pantries, as well as people in need. One meat market owner and program volunteer feels the impact of fewer deer.

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Drew's Piggly Wiggly welcoming new ownersSubmitted: 11/20/2014

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Their family has had a grocery store in Merrill since 1944.

They've owned the Piggly Wiggly for 25 years.

For the Drews, it's always been about family.

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