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25 tons of drugs collected for Drug Submitted: 05/03/2014
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ACROSS WISCONSIN - Last Saturday police departments across the state collected prescription pills. It was a part of the National Prescription Drug "Take-Back" Day. Now, law enforcement, as well as residents, are getting recognition for ranking third in the nation for collecting the drugs.

Wisconsin law enforcements gathered more than 50 thousand pounds of unwanted, expired and unused prescription pills.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Wisconsin ranked third in the nation.

California and Texas are the top two states.

The attorney general and DNR praises everyone who helped out last weekend.

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Rhinelander Lions Club gives free dinners Christmas Day Submitted: 12/25/2014

RHINELANDER - A local Lions Club hosted a free Christmas dinner Thursday.

The Rhinelander Lions Club has been putting on the dinner for about 30 years. The club starts preparing the dinner in November with help from Trigs.

"They deliver their stuff to us on Christmas Eve here," said Christmas Not Alone Co-Chairman Thomas O'Rourke. "They bake their turkeys for us in their bakery. That's a big help because this year we baked 30 20lbs turkeys."

More than 180 people ate at the Rhinelander Armory Thursday. They also delivered more than 117 meals to people who couldn't leave their house.

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Antigo Firemen enjoy working on Christmas Submitted: 12/25/2014

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ANTIGO - Many people spend Christmas away from work and with their families, but some have to work on the holidays to keep people safe.

Fireman may have to work on Christmas, but they don't seem to complain.

"This is like the holiday I mean for us we don't have to do much," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brian Baginski. "There ain't very much open to inspect or do inspections. Basically it's just a day when we get calls we go on, we do our normal duties around the station."

Fireman have very important jobs but when they're on duty and not on a call they get to sit back, relax, recline, and watch Christmas movies.

"What did we start with? I forgot the first one but the second one was the Christmas story," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brett Hefty.

Baginski enjoys working on Christmas because as a fireman he can help people on the holiday.

"I love my job and I enjoy helping people out, holidays you know some of the elderly people are lonely and usually that is most of our calls," Baginski said. "People are lonely and they need someone to call to."

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

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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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Free Christmas dinner held at White Lake Community CenterSubmitted: 12/25/2014

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WHITE LAKE - A group of volunteers in White Lake wanted to make sure everyone got a Christmas dinner.

They held a free community dinner Thursday afternoon.

They've been preparing for the meal for a couple of months.

This is the second year the dinner has been held.

The group also does other fundraising throughout 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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Deadly 2 car crash leaves one deadSubmitted: 12/24/2014

THREE LAKES - A Three Lakes man died from a two car accident in Three Lakes Tuesday.

Three Lakes Police Chief Scott Lea says 75-year-old Glenn Hoffmann was driving a pickup truck northbound on Highway 45. Lea says he lost control crossing the centerline into oncoming traffic.

It happened around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 45 and Big Lake Road. Maribeth Carroll of Watersmeet, Michigan couldn't avoid the crash in the southbound lane.

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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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