ANTIGO - Businesses and groups in Antigo will spend hours drawing, planning, and stacking cans of food this week.
The city hopes to surpass last year's total of more than six tons of food donated to the Antigo Community Food Pantry.
The Pinnacle Team of Thrivent Financial and the pantry started the Canstruction contest in 2013.
This year, 17 businesses and organizations will build structures out of cans and items needed by the pantry.
"Each one of them, individually, are working toward the common good of benefitting the local food pantry, which serves hundreds of people on a weekly basis," said Jean Greening of Pinnacle Team of Thrivent Financial.
Construction takes place this week. At the end, judges and the public will choose in four categories, and everything will be donated to the pantry.
"Not only do we get the food, awareness is created of the need in our community," said Antigo Community Food Pantry Manager Rose Prunty. "People begin to understand the importance of donating food to the food pantry."
The public can pick the "People's Choice" winner next week by voting online. Click the link below to visit the food pantry's website.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
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