WAUSAU - Nowadays, Marge and Wally Engel spend their nights playing Scrabble inside their home in Wausau's Primrose Retirement Community. But that wasn't always the case.
"I've been with him for 77 years," said Marge. "It's been quite a long time and I must say enjoyable, and I'm very thankful that we are still together."
The two met in 1938 while Marge was on a church ski trip. Their love story is pretty unique because Marge literally fell for Wally.
"Wally was standing at the bottom of the hill and I was at the top, and I was going down on my skis and I saw him put his hand out just like this, and I saw that hand and I thought, 'Oh, he'll move his arm in before I get there.' Well, he didn't pull his arm in," said Marge.
"When I caught her, she was right in my arms, and I looked at her and she just kind of looked up at me, and we were together. It was kind of like a miracle," said Wally.
Miracle or not, Marge and Wally know just how hard they worked to stay together over the years.
"You have to think about the other person and yourself and the conditions that arise and how you're going to deal with it," said Wally.
"Marriage isn't all a bed of roses, let's face it. If it is, if people say that, I think there's something missing a little," said Marge.
Nothing seems to be missing for them. The pair has three sons, three grandchildren, and two great granddaughters.
The Engels say love, commitment, and a little bit of humor keeps their relationship going.
"When we made our commitment it was for life, and we've been blessed with an extended life, so I'm very thankful for that," said Wally.
"I think you can call us antiques," said Marge.
Even though some days can be tougher than others, the Engels know they've got all the pieces they need in each other.
Wally will also be turning 102 in a few weeks. He and Marge say they're just enjoying each day and not thinking too far into the future right now. They also say they're both grateful to have had each other and their health for so many years.
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.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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