Hundreds of medicines collected and disposed of properlySubmitted: 10/22/2016

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RHINELANDER - We all have Tylenol and other medicines in our cabinets at home, but what do you do with them when they expire?

Saturday, local officials helped people properly dispose of those unwanted medicines as part of Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Minocqua, Rhinelander, and Three Lakes Police Departments teamed up with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, the DOJ, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"A lot of the medications are absorbed into the water system, so they're finding pollutants in the water, so in order to avoid that, they've switched over to incinerating them or burning them," said Detective Josh Chiamulera.

People were encouraged to bring in prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as ointments and certain sprays.

"We found some in our basement that I knew we weren't supposed to throw away from literally 10 years ago," said Shelly Watz, a Rhinelander resident.

The Rhinelander Police Department said it expected to collect nearly 300 pounds of medication Saturday.

The departments hope to continue to bring awareness to the issue of prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin.

Story By: Allie Herrera

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BOULDER JUNCTION - Nearby Fire Departments often rely on each other when they need extra man power. 

On Saturday firefighters from around the Northwoods came together as one. 
"It's vital to have that community bond between the fire departments," said Arbor Vitae Fire and Rescue Chief Mike VanMeter.

The bond between local departments led to a rare training opportunity. 

"Being able to share an opportunity like this is vital," said Boulder Junction Fire Department Chief Matthew Reuss. 

A donated house in Boulder Junction was lit on fire so that the fire departments could practice structure training.  

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MINOCQUA - Every year thousands of kids go hungry. 

On Saturday nearly 600 volunteers from the Northwoods decided to help feed some of those children. 

The "Food for Kidz" organization, invited people to Lakeland Union High School, to help package non- perishable goods.

 The packages will be donated worldwide and to nearby food pantries.

Within the past eight years volunteers have packaged one million meals.

 Last year was the first year the organization started donating to local food pantries. 

This year volunteers will give 30,000 meals to the Northwoods community.

"It's just the recurring exuberance of the people that come in and do the packing we have many, repeat people that come year after year," said "Food for Kidz" Co-chairman John Breiten. 

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MERRILL - Terry Stevens started a new fitness regime Friday, but it's not just for fun.

 He is breaking a sweat for so much more. 

"We have to let these Veterans know [and] these active duty service members know that we've got their back, that we're there for them," said Stevens.

Stevens didn't qualify to join the service due to diabetes. 

But he still wanted to make a difference.

"[It was] when I learned about the alarming statistic that 22 U.S veterans and active duty service members lose their battle with PTSD and lose their lives," said Stevens. 

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RHINELANDER - A simple grooming process many people take for granted helps keeps John honest with himself.

"You can't think too far ahead, at least that's the situation I find myself in," John said.

Convicted of drunk driving seven times, John -- who Newswatch 12 is only identifying by his first name -- faced a harsh reality when he ended up in prison after three arrests in just 13 months.

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WAUSAU - Scott Walker faced a tough crowd at times in Iowa during his failed presidential bid. Now, an undercover video released this week may show those protesters were planted on purpose.

The Journal Sentinel reported the videos show activist Scott Foval bragging about disrupting a Walker rally in Iowa. Those videos were released by conservative activist James O'Keefe.

Foval talks about bringing people out of state into Wisconsin, but doesn't give a reason why.

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WAUSAU - People often leave unused prescriptions in their cabinets at home. But Wisconsin's Attorney General hopes you turn those prescriptions in Saturday to help solve a growing problem.

October 22 is Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Attorney General Brad Schimel said more people die from accidental drug overdoses in Wisconsin than from car crashes.

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RICE LAKE - The Merrill football team doesn't feel it got the respect it deserved when WIAA playoff brackets came out last weekend. The Bluejays shared a Great Northern Conference championship.

But they were pinned to a number 8 seed, the lowest in the bracket, and travel to face top-seeded Rice Lake in a Division 3 Level 1 game Friday night.

Recent history doesn't favor Merrill in the playoffs. It has lost six straight playoff openers, dating to 2009.

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