- 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.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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