RHINELANDER - Most of us know we should get a flu shot ever year. But this year, it's even more important.
Flu cases are on the rise in the Northwoods. That's why the Oneida County Health Department wants everyone to take precautions. The Health Department wants everyone to know it's never too late to get your flu shot.
"Getting your flu shot is the best way to protect against getting the flu. And again, it is never too late to get your flu shot to help protect you," says Rob Deede, RN.
The Oneida County Health Department is still offering flu shots. It's something they don't usually do in mid-January. Children under 18, pregnant women, and people 50 years or older are most likely to catch the flu. But they're not the only ones who should get the shot.
"Everyone six months and old, can and should get the flu shot. Especially those with medical conditions or would get sick easier than others," said Deede.
You can walk in anytime from 8:30 to 4:00 next Monday through Friday. The flu shot is 25 dollars and is covered by some medical insurances. For more information visit the Oneida County Health Department website or call them at (715) 369-6111.
SAYNER - A needle and thread means more to Pat Andersen than just sewing.
"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - On a busy stretch of Highway 47 near Lac du Flambeau -- where hundreds of wheels spin at 55 miles-per-hour each day -- just one tire drags at a slower pace, pulled by one man: the Tire Man.
"I guess I'm the only one nutty enough to do it, I suppose," Frank Tarantino said with a laugh.
Tarantino lives in Mercer, but trains for marathons in Lac du Flambeau. He started pulling a tire on a chain a few years ago after reading about it in a fitness magazine. People often stop to take his picture.
"Little by little you run a little further, a little further," Tarantino said.
RHINELANDER - Cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital for the 10th annual Celebration of Life Thursday. The event honors those battling cancer or survivors of cancer and shows people what kinds of services the James Beck Cancer Center offers.
The center's namesake lost his life to cancer, but now others will be able to benefit from his gift to the hospital.
"With his vision and his dollars we were able to put this cancer center here in Rhinelander so patients don't have to travel to larger cities," said Director of Cancer Services Kimberly Hetland.
This year's speaker was Mike Regole, a survivor of tonsil cancer. He spoke about his experience at the center, how family and support affected his journey, and how he ran a business while having cancer.
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