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NW Spotlight - Antigo hockey kids 11-13Submitted: 11/13/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


ANTIGO - There aren't many things cuter than little kids on skates. A group of aspiring hockey players took the ice in Antigo - and they did it for free.

Put kids on skates, and it's like learning how to walk again. But they were at the rink with one goal in mind.

8-year-old Anja Strong proudly proclaims, "I really want to be a hockey player."

"I like ice skating a lot," adds 10-year-old Wyatt Dickman.

And 6-year-old Aili Strong told us, "I said, can we go and play hockey?"


USA Hockey and the NHL teamed up to offer Try Hockey for Free Day. Antigo joined nearly 500 local rinks throughout the country in hosting the event earlier this month.

Dom Hilger is the vice president of the Antigo Area Youth Hockey Association (AAYHA). He says, "We ended up with 40 kids this year, so if we retain half of that, it'll be great for our program."

Boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 9 took to the ice... and some needed more help than others.

Coaches say it's important to introduce kids to the sport at an early age.

SOTS - Dom "If they want to start when they're 10, 11, 12, 13 - sometimes it's harder for them to get acclimated," Hilger explains. "Because it's such a fast paced game."

A record 12,000 skaters took advantage of the free day across the country.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/31/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We will take you to Tomahawk where the Harley Davidson plant announced it will lay off 39 workers.

Renovations have begun at the Antigo Public Library. We'll give you details on what to expect when the project is finished.

And preparations are underway for this weekend's Mud Run in Manitowish Waters. Will show you some of the obstacles runners will encounter.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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ANTIGO - A fire left some minor damage to a business in Antigo earlier today.

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MOSINEE - After looking for several hours, searchers recovered a man's body after an apparent drowning near Mosinee.

About 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the Marathon County Sheriffs Office got word of a possible drowning near Beans Eddy Boat Landing.

The Sheriffs Dive team and fire personnel searched the scene.

According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, the man's body was found shortly before midnight.

He had apparently fallen into the water when he was pushing his pontoon boat off a sand bar.

The man's name has not be released.

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People die from heroin overdoses every day throughout the U.S., and it's a problem we see here in the Northwoods as well. 

That's why Lac Du Flambeau hosted it's first Overdose Awareness Day to help people learn more about drug addiction.

"Having lost my sister last year, and other families that lost loved ones like that, an awareness and education needs to be done in Indian Communities," said organizer Jeanne Wolfe. 
 
A special agent gave a presentation about heroin.

Afterwards the people at the event could talk about ways to prevent drug use in the community.

The event was also a way to deal with grief.

"Nothing has really been done to recognize or talk about our sorrow and the loss a person goes through when somebody dies unexpectedly like that," Wolfe said. 

Wolfe hopes to host the event again next year.


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RHINELANDER - It all started with an idea.

 After visiting a church in Whitewater, Rhinelander's Barbra Thompson came back with an idea for her own community.

Thompson realized her community was missing something. 

The Table event started providing free meals to the people of Rhinelander 20 years ago. 

"A great, great opportunity to serve those in need, and I think our community in Rhinelander appreciates it," said a volunteer from St. Mary's Hospital.

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TOMAHAWK - It doesn't look like the candidates for northern Wisconsin's seat in Congress can agree on a debate schedule just yet. 

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) said earlier this week he wants two debates, one in Superior and one in Wausau.

But that's apparently not enough for his democratic challenger. Mary Hoeft said she wants six debates.
Originally Hoeft said she wanted a debate in all 26 counties in the district.

"But people said to me, Mary, when you make this request to the Duffy campaign, make it reasonable," Hoeft said. "So alright I went in my head from 26 down to six." 

Hoeft said more debates would help voters make a more informed decision when they go to the polls. 

"But I'm happier than if he had said zero," Hoeft said. "But I'm not going to stop, though. I'm going to ask the people of the 7th Congressional District, if you want more forums, make sure that your voice is heard."

Hoeft hosted a meet and greet in Tomahawk Wednesday morning. She addressed a group of about 20 people. 

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ANTIGO - People hoping to use the Antigo library will need to find a different location for the next month.

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