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Wausau's Alano Club offers hope in fight against addiction, but faces crisis of its own

10:37 PM, Aug. 24, 2013
The front of the Alano Club is shown in downtown Wausau, Friday.
The front of the Alano Club is shown in downtown Wausau, Friday.
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In a small, unobtrusive building on Wausau's east side, miracles happen every day.

One of Wausau's best kept secrets, the Alano Club at 711 McClellan St., is a nonprofit organization and social meeting place that offers hope and inspiration for thousands of people struggling to overcome the grip of addiction. Inside the club, members find the often-lifesaving strength and courage to fight their illness.

"Had I not found this club, I would be dead by now," said Darren Letner, president of the club. "Dead, or incarcerated, for sure." ...

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