MERRILL - No parent wants to see their child in pain.
But that's something a Merrill family battles after their three-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer.
Their community is giving them their support.
Brian Stollarczyk preaches at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
He gives comfort to people in their time of need.
Now he needs their comfort.
"Back in April our son went through a period where he got real pale and then suddenly had a little fever," Stollarczyk said.
"We thought ok, we'll take him to the doctor and get some antibiotics prescribed."
That's when they found out three-year-old Luke Stollarczyk has Leukemia.
He'll have numerous treatments over the next three years.
"It's even hard to know what to say or what to do. You're just trying to absorb what's happening to your child, much less the treatments they are prescribing," said Stollarczyk.
"Without faith we wouldn't have much to hold on to."
But he says he has a lot to hold on to, a whole community to be exact.
The members of his church decided to put a fundraiser together to help pay with medical bills.
"We saw a need for the Stollarcyk family. Even though there is insurance involved here, there's a lot of extra cost for pastor and Sarah." said Board of Elders chairman, Jack Kleinschmidt.
More than 600 people showed their support at the Merrill Eagle Club Sunday.
"Our pastor sometimes fills in for churches that are without a pastor at the given time. So he really knows a lot of people in the community." Fellowship Ministry board member, Sherrie Kleinschmidt said.
The people Stollarczyk touched are now returning the favor.
For Luke, events like this takes a lot of energy.
He didn't have much to say, but he is grateful.
"Can you say thank you Luke? Thank you."
With the help of his community and family, Luke will need to save that energy for his battle ahead.
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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