MERRILL - No parent wants to see their child in pain.
But that's something a Merrill family battles after their three-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer.
Their community is giving them their support.
Brian Stollarczyk preaches at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
He gives comfort to people in their time of need.
Now he needs their comfort.
"Back in April our son went through a period where he got real pale and then suddenly had a little fever," Stollarczyk said.
"We thought ok, we'll take him to the doctor and get some antibiotics prescribed."
That's when they found out three-year-old Luke Stollarczyk has Leukemia.
He'll have numerous treatments over the next three years.
"It's even hard to know what to say or what to do. You're just trying to absorb what's happening to your child, much less the treatments they are prescribing," said Stollarczyk.
"Without faith we wouldn't have much to hold on to."
But he says he has a lot to hold on to, a whole community to be exact.
The members of his church decided to put a fundraiser together to help pay with medical bills.
"We saw a need for the Stollarcyk family. Even though there is insurance involved here, there's a lot of extra cost for pastor and Sarah." said Board of Elders chairman, Jack Kleinschmidt.
More than 600 people showed their support at the Merrill Eagle Club Sunday.
"Our pastor sometimes fills in for churches that are without a pastor at the given time. So he really knows a lot of people in the community." Fellowship Ministry board member, Sherrie Kleinschmidt said.
The people Stollarczyk touched are now returning the favor.
For Luke, events like this takes a lot of energy.
He didn't have much to say, but he is grateful.
"Can you say thank you Luke? Thank you."
With the help of his community and family, Luke will need to save that energy for his battle ahead.
WAUSAU - The First Thursday means more than just a day in Wausau. It's a chance for stores to stay open later, and bring people downtown. The theme for the fourth, 2015 installment focused on live art in the Wausau River District and 400 Block.
For Wausau's Valerie Berkely, it gave her the chance to get others in touch with art.
Berkely greeted people passing by with a "Hi, I teach painting here" during the occasion outside the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
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