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Friendship House provides free Thanksgiving meal for the communitySubmitted: 11/27/2014
RHINELANDER - Many local businesses want to pay it forward this Thanksgiving. That includes Friendship House in Rhinelander.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition. For many people that means turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and spending time with family.

You could do that all today for free at the Friendship House. The chef said he likes having people enjoy on Thanksgiving.

"I love making a lot of different desserts. It is time for people to go out, splurge a little bit, and go off their diets. It's Thanksgiving" said Chef Chris Hazelton.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for those around us. Chefs made 50-60 turkeys for the festivities.

Friendship House wants people to have a place to gather with their family. This is their 9th year providing a free dinner.

"It's good for us to be able to give back to the community because they are so good to us. It's a nice thing for us to be able to do," said Hazelton.

Friendship House served Thanksgiving Dinner from 11-3 p.m. They are open every day from 5:30-9 p.m.

Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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 LOCAL NEWS
Chimney fire significantly damages Conover homeSubmitted: 11/27/2014

CONOVER - Firefighters blame a chimney fire for damaging a Conover home, according to the Vilas County Sheriff's Office.

The fire happened around 4:49 p.m. Thursday at 3950 E. Pioneer Rd. That's south east of Conover near Pioneer Lake.

The sheriff's office says the fire significantly damaged the house.

No one was hurt.

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Lead found in City of Wausau drinking waterSubmitted: 11/27/2014

WAUSAU - Wausau Water Works recently found elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

Now they're asking homeowners to be cautious when using that water.

The city stopped installing lead service lines in 1965.

They stopped using lead solder in 1986.

Today most pipes are made of either copper or plastic.

Any home with lead service lines could have lead in its water.

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Bundle Up program aims to keep families warm; how you can helpSubmitted: 11/27/2014

RHINELANDER - You can help families stay warm this winter by donating your extra winter clothing to the Big Bundle Up Campaign. Tourism groups across Wisconsin are looking for mittens, scarves, coats, and other winter gear.

"Those would be really helpful for a lot of people in the area," Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dana DeMet said. "And I think the biggest challenge in the Northwoods is that it's just not as visible, so it's a little harder sometimes to garner that support if you are not faced with it on the streets every day."

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How you can "Go Green" this holiday season Submitted: 11/27/2014

RHINELANDER - Many people "go green" by recycling or riding a bike instead of driving a car to work.

You can also "go green" by shopping this year.

Green Tuesday asks people to buy gifts in their communities.

It also encourages you to keep the environment in mind when shopping.

That could mean buying organic toys or clothes or even meals from organic restaurants.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Madison police question benefits of body camerasSubmitted: 11/27/2014

MADISON - As a growing number of police departments nationwide equip officers with body-worn cameras, Madison police are issuing a report that questions some benefits of the devices.

Police plan to present the report to the Madison City Council on Tuesday.

The report notes that studies have shown departments that use the cameras have seen fewer citizen complaints. But it also says more research is needed to see if the cameras actually bolster trust in officers.

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Madison College to train police on use of dronesSubmitted: 11/27/2014

MADISON - Madison College is developing a program to train law enforcement officers on how to operate drones.

Several law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin are considering the use of drones, for situations such as search-and-rescue missions or tactical operations.

Madison College is coming up with training that will show police and firefighters how to fly the unmanned aerial devices, as well as how to use them ethically.

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Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson; peaceful ``pro-community'' car cruise in St. LouisSubmitted: 11/27/2014

ST. LOUIS, MO - A handful of people are gathered in downtown St. Louis for what the organizer is calling a ``pro-community'' car cruise.

Organizer Paul Byrd says the Thanksgiving morning cruise is meant to be peaceful and to counteract the violence seen earlier this week in Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

The Imperial, Missouri, man declined to say whether he supported Wilson but said he supports police officers.

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Milwaukee students protest Ferguson shooting caseSubmitted: 11/26/2014

MILWAUKEE - The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer in Milwaukee is showing solidarity with the family of Michael Brown.

More than 100 protesters gathered in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee and then marched through the streets Tuesday demanding justice for both Brown and for Dontre Hamilton, a Milwaukee man killed by Officer Christopher Manney earlier this year.

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