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ATHELSTANE - Children from the Northwoods learned how to hunt deer and sing along to Native American drums.

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GREEN BAY - The Packers welcomed Oakland to the cheese-state for an early non-division clash.

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WAUSAU - Smokey Bear serves as a national safety symbol.

One farm in Wausau dedicated ten acres of land to celebrating Smokey's 75th birthday this year.

Willow Springs Garden takes pride in its annual corn maze.

People who came this October got to spend about 45 minutes walking through a giant Smokey Bear.

Volunteers said it takes a lot of planning to make their field of dreams a reality.

"It takes a good year to get it planned out," said volunteer Meghan Walters. "What's going to be our theme? Once the weather turns nice, [we plan] how are we going to plant the corn, who's planting the corn, and then how are we going to create the maze."

The regular corn maze season ended Sunday.

However, Willow Springs will transform it into a haunted corn maze this week.

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WESTON - Over 500 athletes with intellectual disabilities competed in this years R-2 Regional Bowling Tournament.

The event featured teams from Central and Western Wisconsin.

Amber Weinfurter, the athletic director of the event says she most impressed by the high level of sportsmanship among the athletes.

"To see the expression and the excitement and them cheering on people not only on their team," said Weinfurter. "It's the sportsmanship that is fantastic that you see at special Olympics is fantastic because they want to do their best and cheer everybody on."

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RHINELANDER - Women in the Northwoods should go to the doctor often to make sure they are in good health.

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RHINELANDER - Children from all over the Northwoods gathered in Rhinelander for some new seasonal activities.

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MINOCQUA - Dozens came to the Northwoods Wildlife Center's open house Saturday afternoon.

It's the only day of the year the center gives tours of its rehabilitation facilities.

During these tours, people learned about the process of nursing wild animals back to health.

"We're not a zoo so unless they're non-releasable we aren't socializing with them at all," said wildlife rehabilitator Amanda Walsh. "We're making sure they're clean, providing good care for them, but we're not schmoozing with them. We're just making sure they have what they need and we'll go from there."

Tour guides brought groups outside where animals were getting re-accustomed to life outdoors.

Executive director Mickey Mueller explained why it's important for these animals to have minimal human contact.

"They came in here as wild animals and when they're released we want them to thrive and survive without human contact, without humans feeding them," said Mueller. "That they're able to get along on their own."

Mueller said the best part about her job is seeing rehabilitated animals released back into the wild where they belong.

Although Saturday was the only chance to see rehab animals, people can always come to learn more about the facility or check out the birds of prey tour.

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