MERRILL - Moving can be difficult and emotional, but for a local fire department, it's all smiles as they prepare to move for the first time in decades. Today, the Merrill Fire Department broke ground on their new home. Their new station will be built on the corner of Pier and Second Streets.
"It's going to bring some advantages to us because we have the two main drags right here in town so we'll be able to go east and west right out of the fire station," says Dave Savone, Merrill Fire Chief.
This will be a big upgrade from their current station which was built in the 1960's. The new building will be home to both the fire department and EMS.
"Both the fire service and the EMS for the southern half of the county. So both operations will be running out of this building. So we'll be running three ambulances, two fire engines, a tender and a ladder truck," said Dave Savone.
Plans for the new station have been about a year in the making. The Fire Chief said all 23 of his men are excited for the move.
"It's an exciting day. You know, the Merrill Fire Department has been around for 125 years. This is a big step into the 21st century with our fire department and the men are looking forward to this new step in our new tradition," says Dave Savone.
The project will be finished by January 31st of 2014. The project cost less than their 3-million-dollar budget.
ANTIGO - Just a few months ago, the Moore Family was looking for a new affordable home. They filled out paperwork with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in Langlade County and were told yes.
"We look for a number of things; we look for an identified need, and the need for housing if the current housing is not serving the family's needs," said Langlade Habitat for Humanity President Paul Grinde.
For the home to become theirs, the Moore's must put in 500 sweat-equity hours divided between themselves and volunteers. Leaders say it doesn't matter what set of skills you have, all you need to do is donate a little bit of your time.
HAWKINS - You could face challenges trying to get kids to sit down and read during summer. But kids in Hawkins believe they're doing more than reading this summer. It's all part of a country wide theme called Fizz, Boom, Read.
"The whole idea is to get kids excited about reading, to keep them coming to the library to check out great books, and hopefully have some happy teachers at the end of the summer," says Hawkins Library Director Arlene Mabie.
CRANDON - The case against an 18-year-old Laona man will go ahead after a Forest County judge found enough evidence to move forward Wednesday.
Austin Ginter, 18, faces reckless homicide charges in Forest County after a car crash killed 15-year-old Chance Harcus. Another 16-year-old girl was also injured in the July 13th car crash on Old 8 Road west of Crandon.
New information from a preliminary hearing Wednesday shows that Ginter only had his driver's license for two weeks before the crash.
MOLE LAKE - Health workers often face different challenges on the Sokaogon Chippewa reservation in Mole Lake compared to elsewhere in the Northwoods.
"I think they're a little different. We have a (few) more challenges. Sometimes, for a lot of people, it's more crisis than prevention, or preventative services," said Tammy Queen, who works at the Sokaogon Chippewa Health Clinic. "A lot of times, they'll come in when something's bad instead of coming in before something gets really bad."
On Thursday, the tribe wanted to get people thinking about their health before problems occur.
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