Northwoods Spotlight - Kim Parsons Memorial Tour June12Submitted: 06/12/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

Northwoods Spotlight - Kim Parsons Memorial Tour  June12
- Saturday nights in Three Lakes mean racing at TNT Speedway.

But this weekend, drivers can earn some hardware. It's the tour, and more importantly, the cause behind it is this week's "Northwoods Spotlight."

Steve Parsons has been an announcer for several area tracks for about 35 years. Kim Parsons helped her dad many times for over 5 years.

"My daughter always wanted to be the trophy girl," Steve PArsons exlaines. "She thought it was neat to hand out the trophies."

But five years ago, Kim died from a fall in a freak accident. Her story doesn't end there however. Despite her death, Kim is helping people.

"She was an organ and tissue donor," Parsons adds. "Since my daughter's death, she has helped over 40 people. It boggles my mind."

Steve created the Kim Parsons Memorial Tour - to help promote organ and tissue donation. He's teamed up with UW-Health. And Burt Trophy and Awards out of Marshfield provide the trophies at a reduced cost. They'll go to about 5 feature winners each night for over 50 events at 27 different tracks.

Saturday's race will be the first of two stops at TNT Speedway. Organizers and Drivers support the tour and the message it brings.

"Drivers always like to get a trophy anytime," says TNT Speedway owner Tim Rutzen. "It's always good to support organ donation."

Through a young racing fan's death, Organ and tissue Donation awareness is getting some attention.

Last year 115 Wisconsin donors helped make 443 organ transplants possible. To see other stops on the tour, click on the link below.

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ARBOR VITAE - You won't want to wear your best clothes to one race in May.

Minocqua's Color Run Fundraiser is a 3K and 5K race for Arbor Vitae-Woodruff and MJ1 schools.

The race is one of the schools' biggest fundraisers for field trips, additional school supplies and equipment.

The Color Run raised almost $20,000 last year.

"It comes from all of the kids and their fundraising in the community, with the help of grandparents and parents and friends," says AVW Principal Rich Fortier.

The race will be at the Minocqua Park Complex on May 5.

To find out how to register, click below.

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RIB MOUNTAIN - A Wisconsin State Patrol Captain wants to know, who's ready to report for duty? The department is looking for  new cadets. But recruitment and training is no easy task.
"[It's] very hard to find qualified candidates. It's a struggle," said Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Adrian Logan.
Captain Logan wants five people to answer the call. 

The department's looking for new cadets who'll train to become state troopers.
However, the process of finding the right candidate is no easy task and takes dedication from both sides.
"It's a very extensive process," said Logan.
After passing a background check and interview, candidates will go through 12 weeks of field training, 26 weeks of training with an officer, then a yearlong probation period.
"You've got to be committed to it," said Logan.
The dedication for the role doesn't stop there. 

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NEW LONDON - New London police have sent pieces of candy from a St. Patrick's Day parade to the State Crime Laboratory to see if it's tainted.

Police warned people not to eat candy they got at Saturday's parade over concerns it may be contaminated. They received about 10 complaints about children and others developing temporary numbness or rash since Saturday.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department wants your help to purchase its next K-9 dog.

Their previous K-9, Drago, retired a few months ago and the department is now looking for a new one.

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CRANDON - A Crandon man pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual and physical abuse of children in Forest County Court Monday.

Matthew Christenson pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of child abuse recklessly causing harm. All charges are felonies. 

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VILAS AND ONEIDA COUNTIES - Oneida and Vilas Counties will close their snowmobile trails this week. 

Lincoln County will also close its remaining trails. Zones 2 and 3 are already closed. Zone 1 will close at midnight on Monday, March 19.

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In his 20 years with the Vilas County Jail, administrator Bill Weiss can count on two hands how many times an inmate got out earlier than they should.

"It's pretty rare," Weiss said.

Weiss needed to add to that tally last week.  The jail let Edward Chosa Junior go as a "free" man on March 13, however that wasn't his correct release date.

"It was a clerical mistake," Weiss said.

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