RHINELANDER - If you drop by a certain restaurant in Rhinelander today, you might be surprised by who cleans up your table.
"Teachers, Principals, anybody from the school district," said, Elvisa Sabani, Owner of Friendship House Family Restaurant, "They're serving coffee, water, helping bus tables, anything they can do to help."
This is the second year Rhinelander school district staff jumped behind the counter at the Friendship House Family Restaurant. In return, owners Tony and Elvisa Sabani are donating half of their proceeds for the day.
"We raised about $4,500 [last year] so that was pretty exciting, and our goal for this year is to be able to beat what we raised last year," said Dave Wall, Rhinelander School District's Assistant Superintendent.
More than 50 district employees will take turns today. They started at 5:30 this morning, and they'll be there through the dinner shift tonight.
The district's assistant superintendent says it's a great chance to fund some student activities, and a big change of pace from their normal jobs.
"We're just very excited and happy that they allow us this opportunity. And it helps us with a new appreciation for what their work staff does. I mean, you put on the miles working here!" said Wall.
You can still grab dinner at the Friendship House off Highway 17 in Rhinelander. School staff will serve until 9 o'clock tonight.
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.
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.
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