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Jennings to become Unrestricted Free AgentSubmitted: 03/05/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

GREEN BAY - As was expected, the Packers declined to put a franchise or transition tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings on Monday.

Jennings will become an unrestricted free agent next week. That means he can speak with and sign with any team for any amount of money.

If he would have been given a franchise tag - the Packers would have been required to offer him a one-year contract. It would have been worth $10.537 million against their salary cap.

Green Bay is about $22 million under the cap. However, they ar looking to get huge contracts done with linebacker Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.


Jennings reportedly is looking for a deal between $12 million to $14 million per year. That would put him in the top three in the NFL.

Jennings missed 11 games the last two seasons with injuries.


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Antigo Firemen enjoy working on Christmas Submitted: 12/25/2014

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ANTIGO - Many people spend Christmas away from work and with their families, but some have to work on the holidays to keep people safe.

Fireman may have to work on Christmas, but they don't seem to complain.

"This is like the holiday I mean for us we don't have to do much," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brian Baginski. "There ain't very much open to inspect or do inspections. Basically it's just a day when we get calls we go on, we do our normal duties around the station."

Fireman have very important jobs but when they're on duty and not on a call they get to sit back, relax, recline, and watch Christmas movies.

"What did we start with? I forgot the first one but the second one was the Christmas story," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brett Hefty.

Baginski enjoys working on Christmas because as a fireman he can help people on the holiday.

"I love my job and I enjoy helping people out, holidays you know some of the elderly people are lonely and usually that is most of our calls," Baginski said. "People are lonely and they need someone to call to."

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Rhinelander Lions Club gives free dinners Christmas Day Submitted: 12/25/2014

RHINELANDER - A local Lions Club hosted a free Christmas dinner Thursday.

The Rhinelander Lions Club has been putting on the dinner for about 30 years. The club starts preparing the dinner in November with help from Trigs.

"They deliver their stuff to us on Christmas Eve here," said Christmas Not Alone Co-Chairman Thomas O'Rourke. "They bake their turkeys for us in their bakery. That's a big help because this year we baked 30 20lbs turkeys."

More than 180 people ate at the Rhinelander Armory Thursday. They also delivered more than 117 meals to people who couldn't leave their house.

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Free Christmas dinner held at White Lake Community CenterSubmitted: 12/25/2014

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WHITE LAKE - A group of volunteers in White Lake wanted to make sure everyone got a Christmas dinner.

They held a free community dinner Thursday afternoon.

They've been preparing for the meal for a couple of months.

This is the second year the dinner has been held.

The group also does other fundraising throughout the year.

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'Keep it Green' wreath in Merrill reminds people to stay safeSubmitted: 12/25/2014

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MERRILL - More than 400 people across the country die in fires during the holiday season each year.

The fire department in Merrill wants to help change that.

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Deadly 2 car crash leaves one deadSubmitted: 12/24/2014

THREE LAKES - A Three Lakes man died from a two car accident in Three Lakes Tuesday.

Three Lakes Police Chief Scott Lea says 75-year-old Glenn Hoffmann was driving a pickup truck northbound on Highway 45. Lea says he lost control crossing the centerline into oncoming traffic.

It happened around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 45 and Big Lake Road. Maribeth Carroll of Watersmeet, Michigan couldn't avoid the crash in the southbound lane.

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Remember to recycle gift wrap, boxes this ChristmasSubmitted: 12/24/2014

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RHINELANDER - The National Retail Federation expected Americans to spend nearly $620 billion on holiday retail sales this year.

Shoppers will put many of the gifts they buy in boxes or wrap them in paper.

Local landfills will see a lot of those boxes and paper come in after the holidays.

Not everyone knows or thinks to recycle those items.

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List of free Christmas dinners in the areaSubmitted: 12/24/2014

NORTHERN WISCONSIN - Tomahawk:
-At Grace Lutheran Church of Tomahawk
-11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.
-Reservations encouraged
-Call Debbie at 715-453-4066

Rhinelander:
-At Rhinelander Armory
-11a.m.-1:30p.m.
-Call 715-282-5904
-Home delivery available

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