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Students Shave Heads for Cancer ResearchSubmitted: 03/14/2013
Story By Lex Gray


TOMAHAWK - When you think of cancer, you probably think of hospitals, chemo, and going bald.

Thinking of that usually makes us sad, especially when it comes to kids.

But today in Tomahawk, a group of kids decided to embrace it and go joyfully bald.

Nine kids and two teachers from St. Mary's School in Tomahawk shaved their heads today.

They did it on behalf of St. Baldrick's, a national organization that raises money for childhood cancer research.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has raised over 100 million dollars.

These kids, who call themselves "St. Mary's Angels," wanted to add to that by $5,000 – and they're almost there.

Fifth grader Jimmy Lee is the captain of the team. His mom, Rita Lee, and other teachers help out.

"It's very humbling to watch a group of kids who are ten years old and younger come together to do something like this," Rita said. "Even as adults, we feel like we can't really make a difference just one person. And they just proved to us that you really can."

Sixth-grader Peter Daigle got involved last year. That's when his great-aunt died of cancer.

"It was maybe a week before we were going to shave our head, and she passed. And so that really gave me a lot of courage to go up there and shave my head," he said. "This year, I just did it in remembrance of her and anybody who needs it."

Peter and Jimmy each raised almost $500. Altogether, the Angels raised almost $4,000. Their goal is $5,000.

If you'd like to donate, you can send a check to St Mary's School, 221 East Washington Avenue, Tomahawk, IW 54487.

You can also donate online by visiting the link below.

Related Weblinks:
St. Baldrick's Donation Page

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NORTHWOODS - Prescription drugs play an important role in our health.

They help us recover if we're sick, cope if we have a chronic condition and help manage pain.

But those drugs can expire or just stay in the back of our medicine cabinets for months or years.

And if those drugs get into the wrong hands—such as toddlers or abusers—that's a problem.

That's why many local police and sheriff's departments participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program.

It's run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Saturday was National Take-Back Day.

"We're keeping the controlled substances in the hands they're supposed to be in, especially with the pill epidemic now, it's important that these stay out of the hands of people that are abusing them," said Minocqua Police Officer Matthew Tate. 

Several area police departments hosted drop-offs Saturday. 

You can drop off prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, vials and pet medications. You cannot bring in inhalers or aerosol cans, and you cannot drop off illegal drugs or needles.

All the drugs are brought to the state Department of Justice where they will be incinerated.

That's better than just flushing them or throwing them out in the trash.

"It's very important that it's not getting into our ground water is the main thing," Tate said. "We just don't want people dumping them in toilets or in their garbage."

If you have prescription drugs you want to get rid of safely, don't worry if you missed Saturday's opportunity. Many area police stations have drug drop-off bins in their lobbies, so you can drop them off any time of the year.


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MINOCQUA - You know summer in the Northwoods will soon be here when seasonal businesses start opening up again.

Wildwood Wildlife Park opened up Saturday in Minocqua.

Hundreds of people rushed to the gate today to see all different types of animals, some local and some exotic.

"We are so busy today but it's a beautiful day to come out to Wildwood," said the park's director Judy Domaszek. "This is one of our baby aoudads, it's an African sheep, and as you can see in the background there are many people busy playing with the baby goats, and the sheep and the pigs and the tortoises, and they're just enjoying their day."

On Saturday the park had a giraffe feeding.

Workers also have been renovating and expanding the park.

The park has many new animals on the way, including some baby animals that were born there.

"The mouflon sheep are new, we've got some new reptiles, we have some new babies that we're going to have down in the nursery in a little while," Domaszek said. "We actually had a baby badger born here at the zoo. And we have a baby kangaroo. Those guys are all coming down when it's safe to come down."

Wildwood is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Then after Memorial Day the park stays open till 5:30 p.m. for the summer. 


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The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department says  36-year-old Justin Bohn of Wisconsin Rapids shot and killed his 5-year-old daughter, Paige, and his 3-year-old son, Devon.



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