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Florence football looks to continue success in playoffsSubmitted: 10/18/2018

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FLORENCE - The Florence Bobcats had a disappointing 2017 season.

"We had three games cancelled last year. We didn't want to go through that again," said Head Coach Kent Walstrom. 

But in the 2018 season, the Bobcats have a near perfect record and clinched a playoff spot.
 
"It was amazing, best feeling ever. Especially after last year, having to forfeit half our season, it was pretty cool," said junior Tobiahas Wheeler.


Last year the team played 11-man football, and had too many injured players to field a full team for several games. But this year the team switched to 8-man and has stayed healthy. 

"We have talent and we had talent last year. That was the frustrating part, we just weren't healthy," said Walstrom.

With all of the parts clicking into place, the Bobcats were not only more successful, but also had a lot more fun.

"There's no better feeling than winning your homecoming game. We didn't even get to have a homecoming game last year and when we won that this year it was just an amazing feeling," said senior Coleton Armstrong.

Friday they travel four and a half hours to Luck in western Wisconsin, where they'll face the Cardinals. This week was all about preparing to face a tough opponent.

"We're just trying to play smart, trying to play fast and aggressive. They like to run a lot so we're going try to stop the run," said Wheeler.

Now, they have they have one goal in mind: to keep winning. 


Story By: Rose McBride

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MOSINEE - Rib Mountain's Russell Vanskike is an American Red Cross volunteer who flew out of Mosinee Thursday morning to assist Hurricane Michael relief efforts.

"We start people up on the road back to trying to get a normal life again," said Vanskike.

Vanskike has helped eight disaster areas recover within the last three years.

"Last year, I went to Hurricane Harvey," said Vanskike. "The year before I was in the Carolinas with hurricane Matthew."

Vanskike will be serving meals to people who are just returning home after the Category 4 hurricane. 

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NORTHWOODS - Another winter approaches without a wolf hunt in Wisconsin. 

Last month Congressman Sean Duffy proposed removing wolves from the federal endangered species list. That legislation got support from both parties. 

Duffy grew up in northern Wisconsin. He wants to give the management of endangered species to the states instead of the federal government.

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TOWN OF ENTERPRISE - A simple contraption made from wood and holding batteries and cameras ended up in Jason Manders' hands Thursday morning after a long flight.

"I've never held anything that's been in space, so this is pretty cool," Manders said.

Getting that contraption back from high above the earth was much more complicated.

"I didn't really know what I was going to get into," Manders admitted.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Most of the veterans on the 34th Never Forgotten Honor Flight served in Vietnam. But one veteran joined the service decades before they did.

"I wanted to do this before I became 100 years old," said Chester Lynn, who lives in Phelps. 

Lynn got his wish and joined the Honor Flight at 95 years old.

"It means a lot," said Lynn. "It shows that the people do care." 

Lynn was the only WWII veteran on the trip.

"I was 18 years old when I joined the service," said Lynn. "That was back in 1942." 
 
He served in one of the Army's Cavalry units.

"Very fortunately we did not have the horses," said Lynn. "They mechanized us, and it was quite an experience." 

Lynn got to share some of that experience with younger veterans on the trip.

"The same way as when I teach younger kids about Vietnam, I'm learning from him," said Larry Akerberg, who served in the Army during Vietnam. 
 
Akerberg felt lucky to share a guardian with Lynn.

"Made me feel proud to be with somebody like him," said Akerberg.

Lynn was just glad to see Vietnam veterans getting the recognition they didn't have when their service ended. 

"This trip showed me that they are honored," said Lynn. 

The program also gave him a chance to see the monument that recognizes his service.

"I've seen pictures of it, but this is quite something," said Lynn. 

Quite something, to memorialize one of the greatest journeys in Lynn's long life. 

"Now, I'm just kind of taking it easy," said Lynn.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - There are still no leads for police in their effort to find 13-year-old girl Jayme Closs.

Thursday, police revealed the autopsy from the Barron County medical examiner and ruled the deaths of parents James and Denise Closs as a homicide.

One hundred volunteers scoured the area for pieces of evidence that can provide clues to the girl's disappearance and her parents' death.

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IRON MOUNTAIN, MI - Officials say a deer in Dickinson County carried the first known case of chronic wasting disease in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the 4-year-old doe was shot on a farm in Waucedah Township. Laboratories confirmed the animal was infected with the fatal nervous system illness found in deer, moose and elk.

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HUDSON - The Wisconsin man who founded Little Free Library, a project that now sets up boxes for sharing books around the world, has died. Todd Bol was 62.

A spokeswoman for Little Free Library says Bol died Thursday in a Minnesota hospice of complications from pancreatic cancer.

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Flooding aid approved Submitted: 10/18/2018

MADISON - Floods in Wisconsin did a lot of damage earlier this year.

Now federal disaster aid will be available to help cover the cost of repairs.

People and businesses will be able to ask for federal aid in eight counties in southwest Wisconsin.

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