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Businesses want to keep people warm Submitted: 01/05/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray


EAGLE RIVER - People can get frostbite and hypothermia in just a short amount of time.

So it's important to stay warm. But not everyone can afford heat.

Area businesses understand.

They're opening their doors to keep people OUT of the cold.

Trig's and Walmart will stay open 24 hours in Rhinelander, Minocqua and Eagle River.

Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital will keep their doors open too.

The businesses believe it's important to look out for community members.

"It's great for the community. People feel that they can come here. Even if they need to more than warm up," said Trig's supervisor, Andy Jensen.

"We can carry out their groceries for them when they drive up. They can get some hot food here. It's nice that people know we care."

Trig's wants to be sure their customers are as comfortable as possible.

They're even expanding their space to accommodate people.

"Normally we have the upstairs closed, but we're going to leave it open the next couple nights so people can come up, relax and warm up a little." Jensen said.

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino and the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resources building will stay open during business hours.

The Tribal Natural Resource building will be open 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday.

The Lake of the Torches Resort Casino opened their doors Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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