RHINELANDER - Local food pantries got a thirteen thousand dollar boost from a month long challenge last December.
The Northwoods community and Peoples State Bank joined forces to help out local food pantries.
This is the fourth year the bank challenged the community to raise food and money.
Peoples State Bank asked local communities to make food and cash donations.
The bank offered to match up to 5-thousand dollars of donations at each branch according to Rhinelander Area Food Pantry General Manager Jane Motowski.
"It's worked very well for us. We've gotten over two-thousand dollars every time they've done it. The community is very generous because we usually end up getting about the biggest check that's given out."
Almost 1,700 dollars went to the Vilas Food Pantry. The rest of the money went to the Lakeland Food Pantry and the Marathon County Hunger Coalition.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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