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Marshfield Mall hosts Widow's Weekend during gun deer seasonSubmitted: 11/19/2018

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MARSHFIELD - Some people used the start of gun deer season to get out in the woods. But others used it as time to shop until they dropped for an event known as Widow's Weekend, where families who decide to stay out of the woods stay in the mall instead to shop for deals. 

Marshfield Mall manager Bethany Gosar said it lets people shop from local booths.

"We always do our 'Wake Up Santa' event too," said Gosar. "So that also includes stuff for little kiddos [and so] that maybe women of the household can come out and bring their kids and see Santa too."

Santa Claus stayed Saturday and Sunday at the Marshfield Mall to start spreading the holiday spirit.



Story By: Angela Kim

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RHINELANDER - A Northwoods family business that started in 1900 opened its doors this weekend for a special event.

Forth Floral in Rhinelander brought out their best holiday decor for their annual holiday open house.

The three day occasion focused on a variety of decoration styles to spark people's creativity.

Staff members even put together colorful table settings to see what customers liked the best.

"Everybody makes a different table setting and they get kind of competitive," said owner RuthHempel."They like to see who's going to win. But it's [also] showing different ideas and simple ways you can spruce up a table."

Owner Ruth Hempel and her husband have owned the flower shop for the last 30 years. She said this tradition of an open house began for her family in 1930.

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LA DU FLAMBEAU - Wayne Valliere Jr. was murdered last year around the holidays.

It's been tough for the family, but despite their grief, they won't stop celebrating his memory.

"We are here not only to celebrate his life but to remind the community that this shouldn't have happened," said Wayne Valliere Sr. "Hopefully it will never happen again."

Valliere Jr.'s life was taken in December of 2017. Police records show his body was found on New Year's Day.

He would have turned 26-years-old Sunday.

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TOWN OF TOMAHAWK -

Two people suffered serious injuries after their car rolled over in the Town of Tomahawk Saturday night. Their car rolled on State Rd. 86 at Spirit View Rd. in Lincoln County.

Police suspect alcohol and speed may have been factors in this crash. 

The driver, 20, is from Tomahawk and the passenger, 21, is from Tripoli. 

They were both taken to Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital with serious injuries. They later were transferred to the trauma center at Aspirus. 


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STEVENS POINT -
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Joseph Stalnaker, 28, was arrested Sunday afternoon for one count of attempted homicide after stabbing two people Sunday morning. Stalnaker was taken into custody in Waupaca County by the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department. 

Stalnaker is being detained at the Portage County Jail. 



Stevens Point Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner reports the suspect from two early-morning stabbings was arrested as of 12:36 p.m. Sunday.  Zenner did not identify the suspect, but said more information will be coming soon.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MILWAUKEE - Less than one year after the city of Milwaukee implemented a restaurant grading system, the program will likely be eliminated because of an update made to the state's food rules to comply with federal guidelines.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Wisconsin Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's recommendation on Thursday included new rules prohibiting restaurant grading systems.

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MADISON - A prison near Madison is giving inmates access to a Wisconsin Job Center to help them prepare for life after their release.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Oakhill Correctional Institution inmates can use the center's computers with limited internet access to build resumes, search and apply for jobs, and set up interviews via email.

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NEW YORK - Health officials say there's no reason to skip Thanksgiving dinner because of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.

But they say it's a reminder to properly prepare your holiday bird. Cooking kills salmonella.

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APPLETON -
11:58 a.m.

Roemance Toney, who escaped from the Drug Abuse Correctional Center Saturday afternoon, was taken into custody Sunday morning. 

The Oshkosh Police Department learned that Toney was in the City of Appleton. He was arrested by the Appleton Police Department on a warrant from the Department of Corrections. 

Toney was arrested without incident. The Oshkosh Police Department plans to refer Toney to the Winnebago County District Attorneys under the crime of Escape. 

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