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Horse soccer? It's real.Submitted: 10/03/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Horse soccer? It's real.
MERRILL - A local stable finds a unique way to train their horses.

In fact, it's so unique the Today Show featured the group in it's segment, "Fact or Fiction."

"It's a blast. You've got a big horse kicking a big ole' ball around and it looks silly. It's a lot of fun. Anybody can get into it," says Equine Soccer player Marty Bever.

He plays at the Keystone Stables in Merrill.

That's where America's Equine Soccer League got its start.

"Equine soccer is a training tool that we slowly started playing real soccer games with. There are other people in the country that do this. We use it as a way to get on your horses in the winter instead of parking them outside in the winter, waiting for the snow to thaw," explains league creator Terry Fenwick.

It also gives people the chance to improve their skills and relationships with their horses.

Other riders around the country play the sport thanks to Terry Fenwick and his wife, Jolene.

They started the league in 1997.

Now people from all riding backgrounds and ages play.

"Right now we play 3 on 3. We're in a 60 by 120 arena...So we have 2 forwards, we have a goalie. It's a lot like your regular soccer game," says Fenwick.

But equine soccer is more than just a game.

It helped Marty Bever transition back to civilian life after serving in Iraq.

He's been back for three years.

"It was just able to calm me down a little bit. And that was kind of a nice transition back into the civilian life," Bever explains.

The Today Show featured the league on its Wednesday show.

Members of America's Equine Soccer League hope the national attention will inspire others to join.

"The fact that they found us and wanted to do something about us is really humbling. We hope that it takes off and helps us go. We hope that we can use this to better the game and better the league, and get more people interested in this," explains Fenwick.

"I've met some really great friends and I can't wait for every season to start," adds Bever.

They hope you'll feel the same way.

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A Vilas County family's 12-hundred pound memorial to a man killed last year disappeared 2 months ago, and now, the family wants anyone with information to come forward. We talk to the widow, the contractor and a deputy about this mystery.

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"It is truly an amazing experience," said Hom.

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Oneida County Fair Starts Aug.3Submitted: 07/24/2017

RHINELANDER - Music, fair food and family fun come together next week for the annual Oneida County Fair.

The fair starts Thursday, Aug. 3 with a procession through Pioneer Park.

The fair goes until Sunday afternoon.

Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig says there will be plenty of entertainment for fair-goers.

"Lot of great music. Entertainment every night. Starting Thursday evening. We have entertainment both on two different areas. We have a beverage garden area that we have music on," said Gehrig.

Entertainment highlights include an ABBA tribute band and The Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band on Saturday night complete with a chicken dinner put on by CT's Deli.

Gehrig says this year they're trying something new.

"We have a pallet… a recycling pallet contest. We're looking for people in the area to build new items with the pallets," said Gehrig.

Competitors with the best pallet creations will get gift certificates from local businesses.

The fair will also be hosting the traditional ugly lamp contest as well.

Registration and more information on the fair can be found via the link below. 

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