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.
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.
MADISON - A $3 billion tax break bill for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group is poised to pass the Wisconsin Assembly on a bipartisan vote.
Democratic state Rep. Cory Mason said during debate Thursday that he intends to vote for the bill. He is the first Democrat to publicly say he will back the measure that is being championed by Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republicans.
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.
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