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Thieves Steal 360 Pound Fundraiser PumpkinSubmitted: 10/30/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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MERRILL - How many people does it take to steal a 360 pound pumpkin? That's what the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is trying to figure out.

The giant pumpkin disappeared from Gail's Place in Merrill Saturday night. It was donated to raise money for the Wisconsin Trail Blazers Dog Sled Club. People paid a dollar to guess the weight of the pumpkin, with the promise of taking home half the pot if they guessed right.

Saturday night Gail's husband covered it up with a family heirloom blanket to protect it from the frost. Sunday morning he came inside with bad news.

"He said, no really, it's gone. Oh my God, the people that were in here were just floored over that. How could anybody do that? He just wants his blanket back, they can have the pumpkin," says Gail Haig.

The pumpkin is worth $300.

If you have any information you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 715-536-3726.

Gail says if the thieves return the pumpkin and the blanket to her bar on County Road K and Spring Lake Road, she won't turn them in.

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