MERRILL - Merrill firefighters will soon call a new facility home.
Construction on the new fire station is almost complete.
The building will be ready January 31st.
The fire department will move in the following week.
The department is looking forward to the move.
The old fire station was built in 1915.
It had plumbing and electrical issues.
"To expect the people who take care of our lives and property, these are our firemen and paramedics, to have them live in a less than adequate situation, it was asking a bit much of them," said City of Merrill Administrator Dave Johnson.
The new, state-of-the-art fire station cost $3.5 million.
It will also house new equipment.
"A local foundation donated 2 new fire trucks because they thought that we should have nice, shiny, new equipment up to date to go into our nice, shiny, new fire station," said Johnson.
The fire department will host a dedication ceremony on February 6th.
MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
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