EAGLE RIVER - Medical groups use the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to inspire, motivate and direct students following medicine.
It's an event for the brightest young Americans.
This year's event will include an Eagle River junior.
Jessica Sullivan goes to school at Northland Pines High School. She's excited to see the nation's capital for the first time.
But she wasn't completely on board with the opportunity when she first got the letter in the mail.
"At first I was kind of indifferent because I thought it was a scam, just something to get money," Sullivan said. "And then we looked into it and when we saw it was backed by the American Heart association then we began to get excited."
Sullivan has a genetic condition that impacts the symmetry of her body.
That's why her left leg was about four inches shorter than her right leg.
Doctors have helped extend the bone through painful operations to match the length of her right leg. Sullivan says she's had more than 10 surgeries.
But her mother Theresa finds inspiration in her daughter.
"Every day keeping her focus up and her optimism and determination and you know she's been my inspiration," Theresa said. "So I'm not just proud of her but I'm in awe."
Jessica Sullivan says she wants to help people the way doctors helped her. She'll be in Washington for the Congress on February 14th.
The Sullivan's will get the chance to meet PhDs, Nobel Prize winners and Ivy League reps during the three day program. Sullivan says each day's program starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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