PLOVER - Three ladies who grew up in Eagle River spend most of their summers in Central Wisconsin. The reason, it's where the rubber meets the concrete.
Paige Decker a race car driver from Eagle River says, "Getting in the car and putting my helmet on, that's my comfort zone and that's where I like to be."
Her cousin Natalie Decker adds, "When I'm here with my family it's awesome because we're all bonding and stuff."
And Paige's sister Claire Decker explains, "It's actually really thrilling when someone's door to door with you. It's like you can reach out and touch their car."
The Decker name and speed go hand in hand. But a family of snowmobile racers has given way to the new generation in stock cars.
"Racing has always been in my blood," Paige explains. "So I guess it just kind of stuck. Now I'm used to it, spending the week days at the shop and the weekends at the race track."
Claire adds, "A lot of guys will come over and help us because they knew our dads from racing before."
Allen Decker is Paige and Claire's Dad. "My job is to just like my father gave to me, the opportunity to go racing," Allen says.
Sisters Paige and Claire race with their cousin Natalie. All three started in go carts but moved up the ranks in a flash.
The youngest, Natalie just turned 16 and got her drivers license this summer... but she says it wasn't easy.
"(The driving instructor) said the major thing is you have to look in your mirrors," Natalie explains. "Well it's kind of hard because I've never looked in my mirrors before. I always had a spotter telling me where people are at."
The Decker girls are very competitive, but they enjoy having each other to count on, especially in such a male dominated sport.
Next year these talented ladies will be racing in the same class, but the ultimate goal is NASCAR.
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.
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.
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.
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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