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More than 150 members of Wisconsin National Guard head for Afghanistan Submitted: 03/28/2014
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FORT MCCOY - About 160 members of the Wisconsin National Guard are getting ready to leave for a deployment in Afghanistan.

Members of the 829th Engineer Company will be sent off with a ceremony Friday morning at Fort McCoy.

The unit is usually involved in construction, but its mission this time will be to help break down American military bases. It's all part of U.S. efforts to reduce troop presence in Afghanistan.

This will be the company's third deployment. The previous two sent them to Iraq in 2003 and 2009. However, this will be the first deployment for about half the troops in the company.

The unit will head to Texas for some specific training before heading to Afghanistan. The troops are expected to return in the spring of 2015.



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'Keep it Green' wreath in Merrill reminds people to stay safeSubmitted: 12/25/2014

MERRILL - More than 400 people across the country die in fires during the holiday season each year.

The fire department in Merrill wants to help change that.

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Pantry distributes more food for the holidaysSubmitted: 12/24/2014

ANTIGO - Volunteers at the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry want to make sure everyone in Langlade County has enough food for a holiday meal. The pantry spent weeks preparing for its big holiday food distribution Wednesday.

The pantry never knows what donations its going to get. But volunteers always expect more donations this time of the year.

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List of free Christmas dinners in the areaSubmitted: 12/24/2014

NORTHERN WISCONSIN - Tomahawk:
-At Grace Lutheran Church of Tomahawk
-11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.
-Reservations encouraged
-Call Debbie at 715-453-4066

Rhinelander:
-At Rhinelander Armory
-11a.m.-1:30p.m.
-Call 715-282-5904
-Home delivery available

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Helpful Holiday Tips: how to avoid weight gainSubmitted: 12/24/2014

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MINOCQUA - Ham, Turkey, mashed potatoes, Christmas cookies and fudge all sound delicious.

You might find many of those on your table during the next few days.

As part of our Helpful Holiday Tips series, Marshfield Minocqua Clinic Diabetic Educator and Dietician Jaimee Gregor offers some tips on how to avoid weight gain during the holiday season.

Click "Play Video" to learn the tips.

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Remember to recycle gift wrap, boxes this ChristmasSubmitted: 12/24/2014

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RHINELANDER - The National Retail Federation expected Americans to spend nearly $620 billion on holiday retail sales this year.

Shoppers will put many of the gifts they buy in boxes or wrap them in paper.

Local landfills will see a lot of those boxes and paper come in after the holidays.

Not everyone knows or thinks to recycle those items.

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Rhinelander man arrested for sex registry violationSubmitted: 12/24/2014

MADISON - Police arrested a Rhinelander man last night for failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Attorney for western Wisconsin tells us 58 year old Gregory Porter was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month.

They accuse Porter of traveling between several states over the last couple of years, without updating his sex offender registration.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years.

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Oneida County snowmobile trails open- some spots dangerous to ride onSubmitted: 12/24/2014

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MINOCQUA - Oneida County snowmobile trails opened Tuesday at 5 p.m., but some parts of the area won't be open to riders.

Minocqua Forest Riders is one of a few clubs in Oneida County.

The club manages 160 miles of trail.

About a mile of the trail it covers is dangerous to ride on.

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