RHINELANDER - Imagine canoe racing for more than 14 hours non-stop at night.
A group of camp counselors did just that, at the finish line of the Hodag Challenge.
"We're set on track for victory and we're loving the hodag challenge."
A challenge that no one would ever dream of doing except these group of people.
"I knew it was a pretty big HoneyRock tradition," said canoe race participant, Beth Lutz.
"I've had friends who've done it before and they all encourage people to do it. Just thought it sounded like fun."
54 miles and more than 14 hours of non-stop canoeing along the rainbow flowage and Wisconsin River into Boom Lake.
This group started in Three lakes at Honey Rock and finished at Hodag Park.
They did it with only their strength, survival gear and words of encouragement to push each other on.
"A few years ago we just had the idea of let's see how fast we can do it and about seven canoes of people decided to do it. This weekend we had about 27 canoes, about 80 people do it." Honey Rock director, Rob Ribbie said.
But it wasn't an easy course.
"My canoe, we tipped over into the river. We lost one of our maps. All kinds of crazy things happened." said Lutz.
"It's an epic race. It really tests your body and definitely your mind," Canoe race participant, Aaron Devries said.
"Being out there you kind of have to encourage each other and keep pushing."
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.
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.
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