Loading

35°F

35°F

37°F

35°F

34°F

35°F

37°F

37°F

34°F

33°F

37°F

36°F

37°F
NEWS STORIES

Quick Thinking 9 Year-old Saves Diabetic Sister's LifeSubmitted: 04/27/2012
Story By Kailey Burton

Play Video

MINOCQUA - When complications from type 1 diabetes threatened 6-year-old Hannah Grzejka's [Jay-ka's] life, her big sister knew just what to do.

Juvenile diabetes requires constant monitoring to keep under control and even then, blood sugar can drop dangerously and require immediately action.

Thankfully for Hannah, her 9 year-old sister was ready when things took a turn for the worse on the bus ride home.

"I was feeling a little bit bad," says Hannah Grzejka.

"I said, 'Do you feel low or high?' and she said 'I think I'm low' so then I gave her a glucose tablet," says Hailey Grzejka.

And that action, may have saved Hannah's life.

"My heart just stopped [when the school called me] because I guess Hannah was about at 50, which is really low, and if it would have went any further, she probably would have went into a seizure... It's a good thing Hailey caught it," says Dawn Grzejka, the girls' mother.

Like a good big sister, Hailey has always kept a close eye on Hannah, and from an early age has soaked in information about her sister's serious condition.

"It makes me feel scared because she can pass out and she can die while she's passed out," says Hailey.

But in good, big sister fashion, Hailey put years of learning into action.

"Mom's been doing this since Hannah was two, [when she was diagnosed] so I've been watching this since 2005," says Hailey.

"I've told Hailey, if your sister goes low on the bus, this is what you do... And she listened! I'm very proud of her," says Dawn.

While Hannah's diabetes likely won't ever be cured, and will require continuous careful monitoring, their mother knows she has another pair of watchful eyes, ready to help.

"Even if they're playing outside, she'll come in and tell me, 'Hannah's not feeling good', or 'Hannah looks funny' She does keep a really good watch on her sister," says Dawn.

On May 8th Arbor Vitae Woodruff elementary will hold a 'Walk to Cure Diabetes' supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. If you'd like to support the walk you can turn in donations to the school by Friday May 4th.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
Opening weekend deer hunt number downSubmitted: 11/23/2014

RHINELANDER - Hunters from all over got out on opening weekend to enjoy the start of gun hunting season.

But this year's opening weekend hasn't been as successful as last year's.

About 103 total deer were registered on opening day at Rhinelander's main registration location.

DNR workers say that number is actually down 25% from last season, and that downward trend is continuing into Sunday.

+ Read More
Bottled milk makes a comback in Crandon Submitted: 11/23/2014

Play Video

CRANDON - Not many people buy bottled milk anymore. But a locally owned store in Crandon recently brought it back.

"Grandpa sold bottled milk in 1935 when he came to Crandon and for many years after that,"

Now third generation Jay Schaefer is continuing the tradition at Schaefer's IGA in Crandon.

He's selling another locally owned business product on his shelves.

+ Read More
Rhinelander Premier Resort Tax will be on spring ballotSubmitted: 11/23/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Some Wisconsin cities rely on tax money from tourists to pay for certain things.

Rhinelander's city administrator wants to know if people would support raising sales tax on tourism related businesses.

The question will be on the ballot next spring.

City leaders think the extra tax could bring in about $400,000 every year.

Businesses like restaurants and department stores would see the increase.

The money would help improve the city's roads.

+ Read More
DNR announces new wetland restoration planSubmitted: 11/23/2014

MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources and federal environmental officials have developed a new plan to promote wetland restoration.

Currently the DNR requires parties that get permits to fill in wetlands to offset the impact by either restoring wetlands elsewhere or by purchasing credits from banks established by other entities that have done restoration work.

+ Read More
Wives and girlfriends enjoy Holiday Open HouseSubmitted: 11/22/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The start of the deer hunting season normally leaves wives and girlfriends at home by themselves, but an organization in Rhinelander wants to get them out of the house.

This was the first time Downtown Rhinelander Inc. hosted Holiday Open House Saturday. Businesses along Brown street welcomed wives, girlfriends and families into the their stores.

The owner of Hext Theater in Rhinelander believes this is kind of like a kick-off for the holiday season.

+ Read More
Wisconsin gun hunt beginsSubmitted: 11/22/2014

MADISON - A Wisconsin tradition is continuing as the state's nine-day gun deer hunt gets underway.

The season opens as the sun rises Saturday and will run through Nov. 30. Forecasts for opening weekend called for freezing rain and fog with highs ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s both days.

As of Wednesday the state Department of Natural Resources had sold 615,644 licenses, about 15,400 fewer than at the same point last year. The agency sold 635,165 licenses in all last year.

+ Read More
Empty Bowls event fills Rothschild with soup, hopeSubmitted: 11/22/2014

Play Video

ROTHSCHILD - The Rothschild Pavilion couldn't easily hold the huge number of people on Saturday who wanted something simple " soup.

Lines snaked out the door for the 7th annual Empty Bowls event.

Everyone who tried one of 41 different soups will help fight hunger for others in northcentral Wisconsin.

"It's a true reflection of the caring quality of Marathon County," said The Neighbors' Place Executive Director Tom Rau.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here