MERRILL - Losing weight can be challenging on your own.
That's why one Northwoods community is encouraging people to come together in support of healthier lifestyles.
The Merrill Weight Race is gaining hundreds of participants.
Their one goal is to lose weight.
Riverside Athletic Club and Ministry Health Care teamed up for the event.
They're challenging people of all shapes and sizes to get healthy over the next four months.
Participants will weigh in monthly and compete in challenges.
"We've created some weekly challenges for them to incorporate into their lifestyle that are setting the groundwork for the foundation for some of those healthy habits for a weight loss program or just living healthier. They can ban together for support but then we'll also provide education," said Tom Weaver, Ministry Health Care public relations.
Ministry Health Care and Riverside Athletic Club will be providing professional support for participants.
They hope the program helps people lose weight and be healthy.
"A program like this can either be as simple as people making a few changes in their diet, exercising a little bit, that may make a lot of difference really ramp up and do things pretty seriously make dramatic changes, increase exercise a lot," said Weaver.
The Merrill Weight Race program is completely free to participants.
You can compete on a team or on your own.
They only require you to attend a monthly educational program and weigh in once a month to see your progress.
MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
WAUSAU - Wausau Police want to find a convicted dog killer now accused of prostitution.
They're looking for 23-year-old Sean Janas. In 2014, Janas was convicted on two felonies for poisoning her boyfriend's dog. She spent a year and a half in prison after she was convicted in the death of the German shepherd-Labrador mix.
Last month, an undercover officer got in touch with Janas, who was advertising as an escort on the website Backpage.
MINOCQUA - Channeling your child's energy can be quite a task. The Family Resource Connection from Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin has found a way to combine music and movement to stimulate your child's development.
The Music Garden program is designed to awaken your child's imagination while celebrating the remarkable bond shared between you.
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