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Top Ten Emergency Preparedness Gifts For The Holidays That Show You Care

All to many injuries occur during the Holiday's and often times the key is preparedness Here are some things we all can do to protect ourselves according to the Division Of Emergency Management.These also make just great for gifts for the Holiday Season.

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Your Couch May Be Giving Off A Toxic Flame Retardant That Was Outlawed Over 35 Years Ago

Manufacturers removed the cancer-causing flame retardant from baby pajamas in 1977 - but apparently no one in the furniture industry got the memo.  A recent study shows that more than half of the couches sold in the United States contain the toxic chemical in question:  pentaBDE.

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Rayman, Family and Friends Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner On an Irish Wake Table.

As is our yearly custom, I bundled Mrs. Rayman into the car and off we went to a lodge in Northwestern Wisconsin to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family and friends meet at the lodge and share a beverage or two along with conversation before the big feast. It seems each year our conversation turns to the table. Our table is laden with turkey, cranberries, pies, and all the traditional Thanksgiving dinner  trimmings, but the truth is, it is  a very special and unique table with quite a history, it's an "Irish Wake Table."

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Christmas By The Lake Volume VI
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Christmas By The Lake Volume 6 Available Now With Local Musicians To Help Local Charities

A Christmas Tradition continues this year with the release of Christmas By The Lake Volume 6. This years CD proceeds will benefit two organizations; the Northern Lights Foundation and Flood Homes with Hope.

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Park To Use Snow Bridge To Help Skiers In Chester Bowl, Other Upgrades Happening, and They Need Volunteers [VIDEO]

The flood this past Summer destroyed a lot of recreation areas around the city, and some of the most obvious were in Chester Bowl. The water was diverted and problems arose with grants and other issues the DNR brought to light.

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Hartley Nature Center Gets A New Face Every Winter, List Of Events

I love to walk the path and trails around the Hartley Nature Center, and JJ (my oldest) loves to take nature classes in the summertime to do crafts, take the trails, and learn more about some animals and critters.

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Source: Gary Paulson via flickr
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Bounce House Injuries Send An Increasing Number Of Children To The Emergency Room

You see them at every children's birthday party these days - Those infamous, multi-colored, inflatable bounce houses.   And with their growing popularity has come an increase in reported injuries caused by them.

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See Liz Chan’s Video “A Christmas Song”, Debut This Morning On KOOL Morning Show

Thanks again to Liz Chan, my special guest on the radio. Being a song writer myself, I can appreciate the amount of work that goes in to making an album, let alone a video. This is a great idea, iconic town, and great performance.

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Thanksgiving Is Biggest Food Waste Day In United States

Americans will get together this year to share stories, football, and eat a feast of food. Thanksgiving is the biggest waste of food day of any other day in America. We waste $282 million of uneaten turkey every year, and the problem is getting worse.

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Small Business Saturday Invites You To Be Local, Shop Local

Black Friday is always a rat race, you get pushed, you get shoved, and sometimes you get a deal that is hard to take back later because that item is closed out or was on a short special. Why not shop local, with local artists, businesspeople, and friends.

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Guess What The Filithiest Item In The Average Houshold Is

Holiday season and cooking go hand in hand, especially here in the Northland. We like to eat, and plenty of it. With that comes dirty dishes, pots n pans, utensils, spills, and counter tops and stoves that need a good cleaning.

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By: John Lamparski Getty Images Entertainment
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Retailers Are Ruining The Holidays

Remember when you could get up early and go shopping at 7 am the day after Thanksgiving? Seems like so long ago you could eat your weight in turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy etc. then undo your pants and sit on the couch and watch football.

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