- 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.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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