Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Open HouseSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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RHINELANDER - The new Rhinelander Area Food Pantry features new aisles for easier shopping, a sitting area, and large scale for weighing food.

You could see the updates at the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Tuesday. The pantry held an open house to celebrate its new location.

It opened its doors at 627 Coon Street on October 4th. It's the former Golden Harvest Building.

The new set up helps make food distribution more efficient.

"Everything is going quite smoothly compared to what it might have. We're still making a lot of changes. As time goes on, as we get more and more comfortable with this area, we'll fit in better. But, it is going very nicely," said executive director Guy Hansen.

The move would not have been possible without generous support from the community.
Two of the larger donors were honored. The Food Pantry received a $26,000 donation from the USDA Rural Development match grant to help buy its equipment. It also received a $10,000 grant from Wisconsin Public Service for the insulation of the building.

"They can see what a well-run and efficiently stocked food pantry looks like. We can be proud of this facility that we have here in the Oneida County Area," said Hansen.

The pantry is holding a silent auction to raise money. The auction will run until the end of the month. You can submit your bids at the pantry.
The pantry distributes food to local households on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. It is always looking for monetary donations and non-perishable food items.

Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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Free meals helps fight hunger in northcentral Wisconsin Submitted: 10/21/2014

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WAUSAU - Nearly a billion people in the world don't eat enough to stay healthy. People in Wisconsin do much better than that, but too many still struggle with hunger.

One church in northcentral Wisconsin wants to help more people understand the hunger issue.

St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Wausau serves hot meals every Tuesday. They've been doing this for about a decade. More than 30 people had a hot meal Tuesday. They don't ask for an ID or any type of income verification.

They started this because they saw more people ending up on the streets.

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Teal pumpkins to signal allergy-safe trick-or-treating in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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NORTHWOODS - Teal pumpkins will act as a beacon to some trick-or-treators in the Northwoods this Halloween.

For kids with food allergies, gathering candy might not be an option.

A new program by the Food Allergy Research & Education organization wants to help those kids. They've come up with the Teal Pumpkin Project.

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Rennes Health and Rehab Center to expandSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander will add an extra 10,000 square feet to its facility.

The center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. It offers rehabilitative and skilled nursing services.

Right now the facility has 72 beds.

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Wisconsin DNR encourages composting Submitted: 10/21/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants homeowners to compost or mulch fallen leaves. This will help keep the leaves out of landfills and lower the chances of burning piles.

DNR leaders say composting means more room and landfill and less chance of stray sparks from burning piles that can start wildfires.

Fewer burning piles will also helps maintain a high level of air quality.

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77-year-old & dog survive float plane crash in Price Co.Submitted: 10/21/2014

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PRICE COUNTY - A 77-year-old pilot from Florida and a dog survived a float plane crash in Price County Tuesday, according to the Price County Sheriff's Department.

The crash happened on Big Dardis Lake north of Phillips around 4 p.m.

The release says a person was able to canoe to the plane and save the 77-year-old pilot and his dog. Both weren't hurt from the crash.

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Nicolet's College Visit Night gives people more information about schoolSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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RHINELANDER - People who want to learn more about going to school at Nicolet College can go to College Visit Night. College Visit Night will be held from 5-7pm on Tuesday.

The event will give people an idea of what programs the college offers. It's taking place at the University Transfer Center.

There will be admissions information, campus tours and financial aid information.

"We open this opportunity up for students to come in and make an informed choice about their educational path. We work with non-traditional students coming in, high school students, parents, support whoever wants to come and see what we're all about at Nicolet," says Nicolet College Career Coach Kelly Anunson.

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Humane societies see influx of kittens Submitted: 10/21/2014

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NORTHWOODS - We know fall for pumpkins, football, and falling leaves but it's also known for kittens.

Shelters in northcentral Wisconsin refer to both fall and spring as "kitten season."

The Oneida County Humane Society has already found homes for 30 kittens just in the last month. Right now the adoption center has 25 kittens.

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