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RHINELANDER - Employees with AirPro Fan and Blower Co. in Rhinelander showed their neighborly spirit Saturday morning.

"We just felt there was such a need for right now," said Administrative assistant Lori Miller.

The company purchased food items to fill 500 bags from Trig's grocery and gave them away to community members in need from 10 a.m. until noon.

Airpro Fan and Blower Co. President Keith White said this gesture is simple and helps those with short term needs.

"We wanted to do something simply favorable and love our neighbors," said White

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WAUSAU - Michelle Neathery thought soap would be a retirement hobby.

Now it's her full-time job.

"I started to decide making this more of a business, coming back, selling to the public," Neathery said.

Neathery started making scented soaps on the side in 2003 while working other full-time jobs.

But after the United Health Group eliminated her department a few weeks ago, Neathery began devoting even more time to Little Bull Falls Soap Works.

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MINOCQUA -
According to a Facebook post from Minocqua Sandwich Company, on March 26, Minocqua Sandwich Company received an anonymous donation for $100 to buy sandwiches for the heroes at the Howard Young Hospital emergency room. 

Bad Bones BBQ also received a donation to provide $100 worth of BBQ to the Marshfield Clinic.

According to a Facebook post from Minocqua Sandwich Company, "Per Mar Security over on Highway 70, donated $200 to be used to buy sandwiches for people on the front lines. After that money was raised, folks within the Per Mar Security world, their friends, and family, raised another $400 amongst themselves to keep this idea going."

Minocqua Sandwich Company decided to give $100 worth of sandwiches or burritos a day to whomever is working during the COVID-19 pandemic until money runs out.

Owner Minocqua Sandwich Company Kirk Bangstad says he loves the generosity of the community.

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RHINELANDER - Movie theaters across the country are shut down right now. At Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander, staff are still finding a way to put smiles on customers' faces.

Late Friday night, owner George Rouman decided to host a spontaneous curb-side popcorn sale. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, cars lined up to purchase a jumbo bag of movie theater popcorn and a candy of their choice for just $5.

"We're clearly very careful about how we're accepting the money," said Rouman. "People are very satisfied and they've been waiting for quite a long time, many of them."


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ONEIDA CO. - Friday, Gov. Tony Evers called on the State Legislature to send an absentee ballot to every Wisconsin voter ahead of the April 7 Presidential Primary. However, Republican state leaders say the plan is simply not feasible.

About 1,400 absentee ballots were requested in Oneida County during the 2016 presidential primary. This year, that number has jumped to 4,000, as more people are looking to avoid voting in person.

Next Thursday, April 2, is the last day to request an absentee ballot from your municipal clerk. Oneida County Clerk Tracy Hartman encourages people to request it earlier than that. Under current laws, the ballot must return to the polling location by election day, on April 7.

"If you wait till April 2nd to request it," said Oneida County Clerk Tracy Hartman. "And if something happens with the mail and its delayed a day, your ballot may not get there. So we're encouraging everybody to get their requests in as quick as possible."

You can request an absentee ballot by going to MyVote.wi.gov. For now, there will still be in-person voting, despite the Safer at Home order.


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THREE LAKES - While schools across the state are closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff at the Three Lakes School District work hard to keep the student-body well-fed.

"We feed kids here," said Food Service Director Tina Halverson. "That's what I've done for 20 years. Now we're just doing it a little differently."

Staff deliver breakfasts and lunches to students around the district by bus.

"We have runners, we have packers, we have assemblers, we have extra helpers," said Halverson. "We have it down to a really good system right now."


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RHINELANDER - Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Oneida County. The individual is in their 20s with a known history of travel. According to Conlon, the patient has been compliant with instructions from health officials and is currently in isolation. 

We will have more details as they are made available by the county.

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