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Packers - Rodgers close to dealSubmitted: 03/28/2013
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GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are close to completing a long-term contract extension. It would make the star quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history, according to league sources.

Speculation is the deal could average $25 million per year.

A former Super Bowl MVP, Rodgers is under contract through 2014. He signed a six-year, $65 million contract in October 2008. Rodgers' base salary in 2013 is just over $9 million, while his 2014 deal is worth $10.5 million.

Baltimore Quarterback Joe Flacco became the NFL's highest-paid player earlier this month.


He signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract with the reigning champion Ravens.


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RHINELANDER - After all the 4th of July events Saturday, people definitely got hungry. People were able to stop at the Oneida County Senior Center's fundraiser for a bite to eat.

The senior center sold walking tacos, drinks, and desserts for people to eat in or take out. It was the second year the center held the event.

"We have an assembly line right on the kitchen counter there with whatever people want on them," said Oneida County Senior Center Activities and Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Schroeder. "I thank everyone for stopping in. We really appreciate it."

The center hoped 200 people came out. They wanted to raise about $1,000. All the money was for a good cause.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - Imagine cleaning out an old garage and finding a hand grenade.

It happened in Lincoln County.

A call came in to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m..

A man was cleaning the garage at some property he had just purchased between Merrill and Tomahawk.

He found what looked like a hand grenade.

A Lincoln County Deputy and a member of the Marathon County Bomb Squad checked it out.

The grenade was confirmed to be live, and was secured for future disposal.

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EAGLE RIVER - A fire in Eagle River severely damaged a garage on McKinley Boulevard early Sunday morning.

The Eagle River Fire Department said the fire started in the garage just after midnight Sunday morning.

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PHELPS - One person died after their car caught fire in Phelps early Sunday morning.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office got a call around 1:00 a.m. Sunday reporting a car on fire in the ditch alongside Highway 17 in Phelps. 



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RHINELANDER - It's been a while since Independence Day fell on a Saturday, but that coincidence of the calendar made for a busy weekend for local firework stands.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin prison guard has served a one-day suspension for a joke he posted on Facebook about President Barack Obama and lynching.

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WAUSAU - A crash in Wausau left one man injured after a van collided with his motorcycle Friday night.

The Wausau Police Department got a call about a southbound crash around 9:00 p.m. on Grand Avenue near Ruder Street.

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