RHINELANDER - Today, Easton Senoraske feels pretty good, by tomorrow he probably won't. Easton has leukemia, and the chemo that's saving his life, is also putting it on hold.
Last year, around this time the 13-year-old played baseball for the Hodags. Now he's sidelined.
"You can tell it's taken a toll on him a little bit. Body-wise, strength-wise… He still has strength but, you know, he's tired more," said Mark Senoraske, Easton's father. "[He] still has a smart mouth, so you know, that's the road to recovery," he said with a smile.
For now, Easton travels to Marshfield from Rhinelander, every 2 weeks, for treatment that costs thousands of dollars, out-of-pocket.
"Today's a big one, it's tens of thousands of dollars," said Senoraske. "But it's part of his treatment... You really can't put a price on it, you know? You have to have it done. That's why the support of the community is… you can't put a price on that…"
Tomorrow friends are holding a Family Fun Night to fundraise for Easton's treatment and travel cost. They're calling it "Going to Bat for Easton" in honor of his love for baseball.
It's at the Taj Majal Banquet Center in Rhinelander tomorrow between 2:00 and 10:00 pm.
There will be live music, a spaghetti dinner, a bake sale, games and crafts for children, arcade games, the Rhinelander Fire Department, and tons of raffles.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
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