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Community Rallies Support for Local FamilySubmitted: 01/26/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

Community Rallies Support for Local Family
RHINELANDER - A girl from Rhinelander battling cancer got a big dose of community love today. Mayor Dick Johns proclaimed today Leanna Kossack day.

Seventeen-year-old Leanna suffers from a rare cancer that doctors are struggling to find an appropriate treatment for.

Today, friends, family, even strangers came out to show their support.

The day started with a bake sale. Then supporters held a rally and walked through downtown Rhinelander to Bugsy's bar to kick off a pub crawl.

Nine downtown pubs are participating with drink specials and raffles.

Organizers say the turnout was overwhelming.

"To support this wonderful girl that's so courageous and so brave, the small community of Rhinelander, our small business owners, tavern owners that have opened up their establishments and allowed the community to come together is an unbelievable feat," says family friend Gayle Wilmot.

"There's a lot of people here to support her. I think she's a really strong person and I'm glad she's here today. I'm so thankful for everybody who's here today, and I think she's very thankful too," says Leanna's sister Alyssa.

There's still time to support Leanna tonight. Some downtown bars are participating in a drink special until midnight tonight. You can get half price drinks with the purchase of a wristband.

The money raised goes toward Leanna's medical expenses, and a foundation to help other kids with cancer.

Participating bars until midnight are:
Quade's Place, Knight Gallery, Big Daddy's, Bugsy's, Buckethead's, Robbie's Place and Sunset Junction.

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RHINELANDER - Nicolet College's Motorcycle Basic Rider Course teaches folks to safely hit the road on their bike.

The class is in full swing for the season.

Nicolet College Rider Coach Mike Murray says even experienced riders can use a "safety brush-up" this time of year.

Riders should always wear their helmet, long pants and shirts, gloves, and boots.

It's also important to keep your eyes moving for critters that come out of the woods,especially deer.

"If you know you're going to hit it: let off your brakes, hit it with your handle bars straight ahead looking straight ahead so that your bike stays straight up," says rider coach Mike Murray.

The course covers the basics about motorcycles and riding techniques.

It's meant to build confidence when you ride, so that you're prepared for emergencies on the road.

"I've been a rider for a long time. When I completed the class, I had to look back and say man there is a lot of stuff I learned here and a lot of things I was doing the wrong way," says program coordinator Mark England.

You have until October to sign up for the Basic Rider Course at Nicolet.

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RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.

There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.

"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.

All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.

"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."

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RHINELANDER - Bill Makris taught P.E. at Rhinelander High School for 30 years. But he's since shifted his time to teaching summer camps.

"These are kids that want to be here," said Makris.

The camps aren't your typical workshops or outdoor activities.

"Strength training, speed development, agility," said Makris.

He helps younger kids concentrate on attainable athletic goals.

"I do like running track and cross country so I want to increase my speed ability," said Rhinelander 8th grader, Sage Flory.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's prisons for young offenders could see some changes in the way they punish inmates.

A lawsuit is challenging punishment methods at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake prisons in Lincoln County.



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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy.

The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. They say in a statement that they are open to negotiation before the full Senate considers the measure.

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STEVENS POINT - Just shy of turning 96, Will Lehner's body doesn't quite work like it used to.

He's done a lot in his years, but on Wednesday, he did the one thing he never thought possible, he traded in his walker for some wings.

"Thank God that I'm here," Lehner said with a laugh.

The Pearl Harbor Navy Veteran climbed into a 1944 Boeing Stearman biplane--with a few helping hands--and took off over the skies of Stevens Point.

"I was anxious to keep going," said Lehner.

Lehner was able to enjoy this flight thanks to pilot Darryl Fisher.

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