EAGLE RIVER - Soccer is becoming one of the more popular sports around the world.
Last weekend, the Headwaters Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) hosted it's end of the year tournament. It's been going strong for more than 25 years.
We check out some of the sights and sounds in tonight's Northwoods Spotlight.
"Soccer is exciting," HYSA President Patti Gill says. "It's a great way to get the kids to get out and move. We start in August and go thorugh September. It's a great way to get the kids to move."
Kurt Hartwig of Eagle River is watching his son Andrew play.
"This is my fourth child going through," Hartwig explains. "He's the last one. This has been a great weekend. Beautiful weather. He's having the time of his life."
Andrew Hartwig adds, "I like playing soccer because it follows in my brothers and sisters footsteps. You also get to learn different positions and play with different people."
"Years ago, it was a little lumpier," Kurt remembers. "Actually, we have grass now. Before they used to play on brown stuff. It's very green this year. We had a tent before. People used to huddle inside to keep warm. Weather has been great this year."
"I think with World Cup, people are getting excited about soccer," Gill says. "It's growing."
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.
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.
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