RHINELANDER - You recognize the red buckets, the friendly smiles, the bells ringing. When you're out shopping in Rhinelander you can hear those bells again. Because the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign returned today.
NRG Radio Stations traditionally help the Salvation Army start the event. Duff Damos was the first of today's volunteers to brave the cold and ring that bell.
Campaign Coordinator Kim Swisher says people have been extremely generous even just in the first few hours.
"Our need for the Rhinelander Salvation Army has definitely grown. Last year we served 93 families and the need has already greater than that this year. The economy is tight, and people have been generous anyway. We've had children come up and put coins in the kettle, we've had seniors come up and put dollars in the kettle. Whatever you can give really adds up," says Swisher.
Eighty-six cents from every dollar donated stays in Rhinelander. The remaining money goes toward state and national efforts, including Hurricane Sandy relief.
WAUSAU - The General Assembly takes up the budget Tuesday. Monday, some local representatives and school officials talked to the public about why they believe the budget will hurt schools.
Democratic representatives Mandy Wright and Katrina Shankland spoke in Wausau today.
Shankland, who represents Stevens Point, stated, "In the last session, Republicans took over 1.6 billion dollars from our public education. They robbed our students of $550 in aid per student. And in this budget, they only return $150. That simply is not acceptable."
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