MERRILL - The city of Merrill allows its citizens to take part in a neighborhood watch on their cell phones.
The website and phone app called Nextdoor connects neighborhoods on a secure social media platform.
When you join Nextdoor, you are sorted into a neighborhood based on where you live. Anyone in the city of Merrill can join the Nextdoor Merrill neighborhood.
There are secure pages for classified ads, lost dogs, town events, and government updates.
"It's really a way to communicate as a neighbor with another neighbor. And for us, the police department in the city of Merrill, it gives us a way to communicate with the people in our city on this social media," said Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff.
The Merrill Police Department launched the neighborhood last September. The app was launched to help with crime prevention.
"I just want to continue to build this to make it easier for us to get information out, and get information from people in the city," said Neff.
Merrill has about 340 registered neighbors. As more members join the site, the Merrill police department hopes to set up neighborhood watch groups.
"I would like to be able to, from this point, set up those neighborhood watch groups and run that out of Nextdoor. And, have people that are responsible for that area that we can communicate that they can disseminate information to their neighbors," said Neff.
If you are part of another community you can join your own neighborhood or start one yourself.
"Anyone can go to Nextdoor dot com and it asks for your address. If there isn't a neighborhood started in your city, you can start one yourself," says Neff.
You can join at www.nextdoor.com or on your smartphone.
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"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
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"I guess I'm the only one nutty enough to do it, I suppose," Frank Tarantino said with a laugh.
Tarantino lives in Mercer, but trains for marathons in Lac du Flambeau. He started pulling a tire on a chain a few years ago after reading about it in a fitness magazine. People often stop to take his picture.
"Little by little you run a little further, a little further," Tarantino said.
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Democratic state Rep. Cory Mason said during debate Thursday that he intends to vote for the bill. He is the first Democrat to publicly say he will back the measure that is being championed by Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republicans.
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