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      Picnic brings veterans together

      Volunteers put together an All Veterans Picnic near Crystal Falls Sunday.

      The 7th annual picnic honors veterans from all branches of the military. For a small donation, veterans and their families could enjoy a free lunch, raffles, and live music at Pentoga Park in Stambaugh Township. From day one, the picnic was an effort to fight old rivalries between Crystal Falls and Iron River residents.

      "There hasn't been any effort shown to ever do this, and we have communities that are so close together and so many veterans... I thought a picnic would really do the thing and it's been successful," said Gary Lane, USMC Veteran and Picnic Chairman.

      Seven years ago, the picnic served only about 40 guests. Now there are more than 200 that attend.