TOMAHAWK - Doctor Bobbi Voermans collected a lot of honks, smiles, and waves Monday afternoon. But she dished out a lot of them first.
"The biggest thing is just sharing them," Voermans said.
The Hometown Chiropractic owner stood along Fourth Street in Tomahawk with her daughter, coworkers, even an inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex, to spread "Sunshine on the Streets."
"Putting a smile on someone's face is just the start of being a well-oriented community," Voermans said.
The group held signs with inspirational quotes, like 'Have your best day' and a variation on Wayne Gretzky's 'You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.' It's an idea a chiropractic friend from southern Wisconsin shared with Voermans. The doctor says people need to focus on emotional well-being just as much as physical and chemical health.
"If we're not in realm with all three of them, our bodies can't function well," Voermans said. "As a chiropractor, I look at how stress affects our body."
That message spread, at least down the street.
"Just a half-hour, [but] I could probably stand out here all day though," Samantha Bailey said with a laugh.
Bailey joined the efforts outside Park City Credit Union on Fourth Street. She left her poster design to others from inside the bank, but hoped a short time spent along a busy road could affect at least one person.
"Smiles, waves, people are so excited about this," Bailey said. "We've gotten a bunch of honking."
There's no statisitic to prove how many people Voermans and her team reached. But she knows that, if anything, just like her sign, this was her best day yet.
"There's a lot of negativity in today's world, so if we're going to put positiveness [sic] in it, we need to search that out." Voermans said.
This is the first time Hometown Chiropractic held "Sunshine on the Streets." Voermans would like to make it a yearly tradition, saved for the first day of spring.
One Antigo woman needed more space to share her folk medicine knowledge.
To keep up with demand, Kelly Keyser-Millar recently moved her 'Mortar and Pestle' shop right next door from its old location in downtown Antigo.
Digestion problems are a common reason that people come into the shop.
She recommends digestive bitters to get your system moving naturally.
"You're taking it 20 to 30 minutes before you eat. Once your digestive system is ready to go, it helps move the process along. Often where people get digestive upset is just that you're really sluggish," says Kelly.
Having a new workspace means Kelly will be busy brewing more new, folk medicine in the coming weeks.
WAUSAU - More than 115,000 people in Wisconsin live with dementia.
That number will double in the next 20 years, according to the state Department of Health Services.
Northern Wisconsin will likely see some of the biggest effects, with a population aging faster than the rest of the state. Communities and businesses can see the change coming, and at least one business seems well prepared.
"One of the first signs of dementia is financial confusion," said Rhonda Lewis, the Executive Administrative Assistant at Wausau-based River Valley Bank.
RHINELANDER - A group of local veterans want to see some changes by Veterans Day.
The flagpole at the Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander is surrounded by a fence, trees, and a road which doesn't leave much room for the Honor Guard to preform ceremonies on Veterans Day or Memorial Day.
Quarter Master VFW Post 3143 Ralph Larson isn't happy with the placement or look of the 28-year-old flagpole.
"I'm very disappointed with the City of Rhinelander," said Larson. "It's back here in the corner and nobody can see it."
He believes that's why only a handful of people ever attend the veteran ceremonies.
"Its three to five [people]. I think the highest we ever had is ten," said Larson.
VFW Commander James Pederson says around 60 people attend Newbold's veteran ceremonies even though Rhinelander has a larger population.
RHINELANDER - Four part or fulltime city administrators made their way in and out of Rhinelander during the last three years. Unexpected firings and resignations left some people wondering if anyone will come and stay.
Rhinelander could get a new city administrator by Friday afternoon. Rhinelander City Council President George Kirby hopes to find someone who will stick around. Someone who's got the talents of an HR Person, somebody that can help us with our budget process and help us with economic development," said Kirby.
The council thought they found that in past candidates but administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner was fired after only one year in 2016. Then in April, Interim administrator Keith Kost resigned just two months before his contract ended. This hiring round, the council started with 39 applicants and is now down to just three.
Current East Peoria, Illinois City Administrator Jeff Eder plans on having a long term career with the city and is not fazed by the positions' past switch ups.
"In order for the city to really succeed you need to elect officials to provide that overriding vision so we all work towards that vision," said Eder.
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