As if we had to tell you, the biggest shopping day of the year is a mere few days away.

A recent Nielson survey found that a majority of Americans list newspapers as the ultimate shopping guide and the most effective way to learn about Black Friday deals.

In addition to dozens of inserts and the typical coverage you get with the Herald (including the announcement of our all-county football team in Thursday's edition), our Thanksgiving issue will include an exclusive ThanksGIVEaway contest.

Readers of Lee newspapers nationwide will have an opportunity to win a $5,000 prize. In addition, the Herald will give away three $100 runner-up prizes.

To enter the contest, take the link from our Thanksgiving Day newspaper, type it into your browser and go to the contest page where you can sign up for the contest. The contest begins on Thanksgiving Day and ends 10:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

Ragtime festival comes to area

The second movie from Chippewa Falls native Nick Holle and a few other Chi-Hi grads, "The Entertainers," featured a close-up look at six musicians who have performed at the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Peoria, Ill.

Holle introduced the movie to local audiences last Sunday and Monday at Micon Cinemas in Chippewa Falls. The documentary was well-received here, as it has been elsewhere, winning several awards from film festivals.

One of those performers featured in the film, Faye Ballard, is coming here this winter for Eau Claire's 15th annual Ragtime Festival, which is Jan. 10-12 at the First Congregational Church. Proceeds go to the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.

Past national champions Bill Edwards and Adam Swanson, both profiled in the film, have previously played at the Eau Claire festival. Jim Radloff of Eau Claire, who has played at the national competition and knew almost all of the musicians in the film, saw the movie for the first time Sunday.

"My hats are off to the producer and his crew. It captured the spirit and the excitement of the competition, but also showed a very humanitarian side to all of the people who were featured in it, too," Radloff said. "It was well done."

For more info on the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, go to www.ecragtime.org

Area soccer player meets Olympian

Not many people get to meet their heroes. But through hard work and dedication, Chi-Hi senior Tally Halvorson did just that.

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Halvorson raised $510 through the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association and TOPSoccer and recently got to meet, eat with and play soccer with Abby Wambach during Wambach’s visit to West Allis.

Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year...

Thumbs down on health care law

The Affordable Care Act isn’t a favorite of the majority of people responding to a poll question on Chippewa.com, the Herald’s website.

Readers were asked: “What should Congress do about the Affordable Care Act?”

There were more than 770 responses. Of those, 57 percent said to dump the ACA, that it was a train wreck. Another 27.5 percent said Congress should work with the president to make changes and get the law on track.

Another 14.1 percent said to do nothing, that the law is needed and will eventually work fine. And 1.4 percent were undecided.

This week’s question asks: Are you going gun deer hunting?

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