RHINELANDER - Northwoods National Bank customers will start using a new bank soon.
Peoples State Bank will buy Northwoods National.
The group will buy all of Northwoods' assets, active loans and deposits.
Bank leaders say the transition should be easy for Northwoods customers.
"The transition from being part of Northwoods to now being part of Peoples State Bank is going to be very seamless because we've got the same type of data system both banks are working off of presently," said Tom Knudsen, Peoples Northern Region President.
Northwoods' customers will get the same statements from Peoples State.
Peoples State will also buy the Northwoods' building on Lincoln Street.
That means Rhinelander will have two peoples state bank locations.
"They'll be able to bank in Minocqua, Eagle River and Rhinelander so hopefully that will help provide conveniences for them because I know they have a lot of customer base that is outside of the city of Rhinelander. So that's going to be a real plus," said Knudsen.
The merger is expected to be approved by March.
Peoples State Bank has been in Rhinelander since 1998.
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.
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.
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.
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