RHINELANDER - A Trio of Northwoods hockey Players are part of a history making team. Their dream season is taking them to California.
Kelly Knetter of Wausau on the left, Katie Detert of Rhinlander in the middle and Tomahawk's Nicole Nerva are members of Team Wisconsin's U16 team.
Earlier this month, Team Wisconsin won both the state and Central District Playoffs. That means the team earned their first ever trip to the USA Hockey National Championships.
The Championships are in San Jose. Pool Play begins next week.
The young ladies are excited to play against the Nation's best.
"It's good to play against the top competition and see where I stack up against them," says Detert. "There will be college coaches there from Division One and D-3 Schools."
"Being the first girls team to go is exciting," adds Nerva. "Many of the other teams play together all-year long. We don't practice together. So we have to come together and talk to each other when we're playing."
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.
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