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10th Annual Relay For Life Meat RaffleSubmitted: 03/09/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


EAGLE RIVER - This is the tenth annual relay for life fundraiser meat raffle.

BMO Harris bank teamed up with the owner of sportsmans chalet ten years ago.

"My father had cancer may years ago and it had meant something to me to do the cancer," said Sportsmens Chalet Owner, Laurel Frank.

"With the bar I have many many customers in the last two years that have had cancer and I'm hoping that this is a way to solve the problem."

They're raising money by raffling off meat.

"We have hams, steaks, pork chops. We have new York strips," BMO Harris Bank Branch Manager and Vice President, Connie Olson said.

"We have crab legs and lots of different things that surprises us after a while."

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 1,600,000 cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year.

It estimates there are approximately 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer.

Some of these people are cancer free, while others still have evidence of cancer and may be undergoing treatment.

"I was told that one out of every 10 women end up with breast cancer," said cancer survivor, Dorothy Baumgartner.

"And when I was in radiation, they said the number has gone to one in every four women."

One of the cancer patients I spoke with is going through Chemo Therapy right now, but remains optimistic.

"I just know I'm going to make it another year and another year," cancer patient, Martha Letner said.

"My doctor even said that kind of attitude is what you need."

In August they'll have a relay for life of the Northwoods at Northland Pines High School.


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WISCONSIN -

Turkey season began last week and hunters have a new option for what they can do with the turkeys they shoot.

The DNR started a turkey donating program this year.

You can donate turkey's to three processors in the southern half of the state.

"A little bit further south of here in areas where there's usually a lot of deer donations and a lot of turkey shot so that we can try and get some good participation for the first year," said DNR's Wildlife Biologist, Jeremy Holtz.

The meat is donated to food pantries. The hope is to have the program be successful and grow to other parts of the state, and potentially here in the Northwoods.

"It may be that meat processors in Marathon, Lincoln or Langlade County would have no problem with that. But when you get further north, it may be less common for meat processors to handle wild turkeys on a regular basis," said Holtz.

The processors use the breast meat. The DNR is asking hunters to not just donate the scraps.

"Processors will be removing the breast meat from the bird and they'll be grinding it up and making it available at food pantries as ground turkey," said Holtz.

If you want to see a list of the processors, follow the link below.

There are also turkey permits still available. Contact your local DNR office for more details.


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