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      Battle for the Mirror Ball set for Thursday

      For two months now, local celebrities have been practicing their dance moves all in preparation for Thursday night's Dancing With the Stars Marquette County Style event. The celebs have been asking for votes from the community while they've been practicing. Wednesday night's dress rehearsal gave organizers and participants a chance to reflect on all the work that's been done and the money that's been raised so far.

      "When we started this, it was a leap of faith and we honestly said to each other, you know, maybe we're going to have a break even proposition here for the first year, and that was ok. But the community has been spectacular," said Jeff Nyquist of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. "We've already got lots of plans to expand, we've got some surprises up our sleeve for next year."

      Organizers are hoping to bring in about $30,000 from the event. The Dancing With the Stars Marquette County Style event will be at the Forest Roberts Theatre. The show starts at 7 p.m.