RHINELANDER - Not many people get to watch an industry grow throughout the years.
But the Rhinelander Airport director has seen the airline industry undergo many changes.
Joe Brauer just got the Lifetime Service Award from the Wisconsin Airport Management Association.
He's worked in aviation for nearly 45 years.
He still remembers the moment he decided to join the business.
"I received a post card one day after I graduated from high school. It said if you want to see the world, go to airline school," said Rhinelander Airport director Joe Brauer. "I signed up for it and two days later, someone was there and he signed me up for it."
Brauer believes his career has been rewarding because he got to see many changes in the business.
"We didn't have computers back in those days. The airline industry was basically regulated at that point. All the routes and airlines were regulated. I've seen some really interesting things in deregulation in 1979."
Brauer knows more challenges to aviation will come.
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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