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Chow Down and Help Defeat Hunger in WisconsinSubmitted: 01/28/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


WAUSAU - For 30 years Feeding America has put food on the table for families in need in Wisconsin.

Recently we asked you to help out. You may have seen the promotion we've been running all month long with Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley and his wife Courtney Finley, alongside Newswatch 12's Kailey Burton, asking you to donate to the Defeat Hunger Bowl.

"What that is, is to help us restock our shelves after the busy holiday season so we can put food back on our shelves and help it get out to those in need, " said Patti Habeck with Feeding America, Eastern Wisconsin.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin supplies food to shelters and food pantries in 36 counties, from the Northwoods past Milwaukee. Each year they help feed 330,000 people.

"That's 105,000 children. Its 33,000 seniors, and a lot of families that just need that extra help, and that's what these donations do. They just give families a little extra help," said Habeck.

Saturday, January 26th, you can join Johnsonville Brats and Coca Cola at the Walmart in Wausua from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and chow down for a cause. A brat and a drink will be $2 with all proceeds going to Feeding America.

"You know a little bit, a $2 donation goes a long ways, to helping someone out. Sounds like a little bit when you're giving a couple cans of Chef Boyardee, but for someone that's a whole day's worth of food," said JP Doyle, Manager at Wausau's Rib Mountain Walmart.

It's not too late to give a food donation either! You can drop off cans and boxes of dried food, in the Defeat Hunger Bowl bins at your local Walmart. They'll be taking donations until the end of January.


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Police prepare for 4th of JulySubmitted: 07/03/2015

MINOCQUA - You can find tourists all over the Northwoods already for the holiday weekend.

That means area police departments are busy making sure everyone stays safe.

The Minocqua Police Department has all of their officers working extended hours on July 4th, but the police chief says they worry more about safety than law enforcement.

"[The] 4th of July is more family-oriented," says Minocqua Chief of Police Dave Jaeger. "You have a lot of families down there with their children, so we're down there to make sure that it's a safe environment."

Places like Minocqua will be packed with people this weekend, so police just want to make sure holiday events go on safely.

"We mainly focus on, during the parade, we do the re-route, and we have officers on the parade route in case there's any type of issues or accidents that may occur, that we have to respond to," says Jaeger.

The Minocqua Police Department also works with the chamber of commerce and public works to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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ANTIGO - Low temperatures this time of year can cause problems for some farmers. One Northwoods strawberry farm had to close down for a few hours earlier this week because the berries aren't ripening as fast as normal.

"The cold days this week made the berries ripen much slower than normal," says Andy Merry, owner of Merry's Berries.

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NORTHWOODS - Many people travel to the Northwoods for the fourth of July. 

That means there can be a lot of extra traffic.

Wisconsin State Patrol makes sure it's ready for the holiday.

It has more people staffed on busy holiday weekends.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A cracked lime kiln has caused a fire that damaged the Verso paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids.

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NORTHWOODS - As people start getting ready for the 4th of July, many will camp here in the Northwoods.

The DNR expects almost 3,000 people to camp in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest this weekend.

The DNR thinks this will be their best 4th of July yet, with almost all of the campgrounds full.
People say there's nothing better than camping in the Northwoods.

"We like to come up to the Northwoods because it's beautiful and the water's crystal clear," said Prairie Farm resident Peter Fetting. "The other campers are always really friendly, and I've been coming up here for 30 years. This is my 30th year coming up here to camp."

People already got a head start heading out to beaches and on the water Friday. Campers say more people should come enjoy the woods this summer.

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MADISON - Wisconsin could force drunk drivers to pay in more money to support SafeRide Home programs in the state.

Earlier this week, we told you the state was planning to kick in less money to support county SafeRide Home programs. The program offers free taxi rides home from bars.

A proposal passed by a Capitol committee on Thursday night could help SafeRide Home.

It would add a $50 surcharge to some OWI offenses. That money would go back into SafeRide Home programs.

The proposal is part of the state budget, which has yet to become law.

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PARK FALLS - Kelly Meredith's paint-splattered uniform and face tell us what she does.  But the Butternut muralist prefers to think of her job as a historian.

"Those stories need to go out to the rest of us," Meredith said.

Brush stroke by brush stroke, Meredith went to work this spring, painting the uniforms and faces of Northwoods World War II veterans and bringing their stories back to life.

"They weren't gods and heroes," Meredith said. "They're ordinary people who overcame their fear and the courage and dignity to basically save the world."

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