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.
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
WAUSAU - The name sounds scarier than most of the symptoms would suggest, but doctors take West Nile virus seriously.
This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
PARK FALLS - Filling a downtown with businesses doesn't just happen overnight. Leaders in Park Falls found that out over the past six years, but slowly they're making progress. This year, the Park Falls Downtown Beautification Committee finished a plan to improve downtown.
"It's a very dedicated group, small group of people that just kept at it and at it and at it over the last six years until we came to the finished product," says committee chair Laurie Wagner.
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