MINOCQUA - People who live in the Northwoods know it's easy to find natural beauty and peace and quiet.
But living in a remote area sometimes means having to travel far for things like medical services.
That's especially tough for people with physical disabilities.
Bob Lotz CPO, FAAOP hopes to make things a little easier on his patients.
He opened the Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Minocqua about three years ago.
Patients come to him from all over the Northwoods and Upper Michigan.
"My experience includes working at children's hospitals and the Mayo Clinic, and this is all I've ever done. I just really enjoy what I do," Lotz said. "I enjoy having patients coming through the door. At this point, it becomes a question of whether they can pay for it or not because of the new insurance environment out there."
That was the case for Tom Peterson of Ironwood. He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident last July.
"The convenience of it being close is amazing, especially during the winter months," Peterson said. "I had problems with Medicaid, saying I would have to wait about six months to get into a prosthetic, and Bob said I should have been walking a month ago when I first came in in a wheelchair, then walker. It's benefited me amazingly."
Lotz hopes to eventually be able to open his Minocqua office full-time.
RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of signs around downtown Rhinelander this summer. Some say "road closed," others say "detour". But some new, large signs will help you find all the downtown businesses are still open.
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. printed several laminated signs directing people to those downtown shops and restaurants. The signs will be placed on Lincoln Street as well as various entry points downtown.
Hext Theater Owner Jim Hext, who serves as DRI's promotions director, says some store owners put signs up in front of their buildings, which made a big difference.
"A lot of traffic flowed to their businesses then because of the signage that they put up," Hext said. "So this is in hope that people will kind of see that as well too."
LAONA - This time last year, staff at Camp LeFeber in Laona thought they weren't going to have another season. The Boy Scout Camp was set to close last summer, but with the help of one group and people in the community, it'll stay open this year and perhaps for years to come.
Camper Erik Norlock has made the trip from Whitefish Bay to Camp LeFeber in Laona since he finished 5th grade.
"I care a lot about every single scout that we have here," said Norlock. "And being about to do it in such an amazing place is really something that touches home for me."
But the now high school graduate and hundreds more boy scouts who travel to the camp every year almost didn't have a place to go back to.
PHILLIPS - Having just finished her sophomore year in high school, Park Falls' Allison Michels can barely drive a car legally. But even at a young age, she, like many high schoolers in Price County, is already taking college-level classes at Northcentral Technical College.
Michels is taking advantage of a summer Certified Nursing Assistant class at NTC's Phillips campus.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's July 4th parade will follow a slightly different route this year, due a major downtown reconstruction project. But the parade organizer says people are as excited as ever for the celebrations.
Instead of going down Brown Street as in years past, the parade will step off right in front of the Oneida County Courthouse on Oneida and Davenport Streets. The route will then go down Pelham Street, past City Hall, and north up Courtney ending at Young Street.
"We know there's excitement when they're saying, 'Is there going to be a parade? Is there going to be a parade? How are you going to do it,'" parade director Dale Schlieve said.
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