EAGLE RIVER - Everyone wants a promotion and today in Vilas County, an employee of over three decades to become the newest Sheriff.
Vilas County Chief Deputy Joe Fath was sworn in to his new role this morning. Fath was appointed by Governor Walker as Sheriff after the death of former Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich.
"I'm excited [to be] accepting some of the new responsibilities and the new duties as sheriff. I look forward to working with other municipal and government officials as well as our county board," says Joe Fath, Vilas County Sheriff.
Fath doesn't have too many specific goals on his agenda. But he is already hard at work.
"This coming Monday we meet with our law enforcement committee to address our budget and put together a 2014 budget, which is going to be a challenge," said Joe Fath.
Fath is looking forward to the challenges. But he never planed on being Sheriff.
"I've been with the department thirty-two years, I've been chief deputy for the past eighteen years, so it never really was my goal to be sheriff," says Joe Fath.
Fath will fill the rest of this year term, ending in 2015. He also plans to run for Sheriff another term after that.
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.
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.
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