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Hank Hanten and his "Little Brother" often play basketball at The Centre in New Richmond during the winter months. During the other seasons they can be found hiking at Willow River State Park, playing golf, catching a movie at the local theater or ringing bells for the Salvation Army.

Big Brothers, Sisters sought in St. Croix County

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When Hank Hanten's three daughters became adults, he found himself with more time on his hands. He volunteered at various nursing homes and when the opportunity to become a mentor presented itself, Hanten took it.


Hanten, a Hudson resident who volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin, went through an interview process and background check before being placed with a boy from Somerset.

"We have a ball together," Hanten said.

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