CRANDON - Summertime means racing in the Northwoods, and one of the most anticipated events is coming up this weekend in Crandon.
Steve Barlow knows truck racing. The Pro 2 Racer is considered 'the godfather of modern off-road racing.'
He likes to describe the action coming to Crandon this weekend. "If you could ride the biggest roller coaster, the fastest roller coaster - and do it 100 times, that's what this race track is like."
Twice a year, the community of Crandon welcomes some of the top drivers in the country.
Keegan Kincaid is a Pro Lite Racer from Crandon. He adds, "this is the race that I look forward to the most throughout the season. It's coming to your home track. Your friends, your family, everyone that you know comes to this track."
This weekend, The Brush Run Races will feature 12 classes of sportsman and pros.
"Racing here is something that you dream about when you're a kid," adds Barlow. "And when you come here and get to do it for the first time, it's like no other race track you've ever been on."
The stands may be quiet now, but come this weekend, 20,000 fans will be on hand for the big event. The off road course provides high flying action for the whole family.
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.
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.
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