ANTIGO - Many people struggle to keep up with the rising cost of college.
One local technical college is trying to help.
Thursday is "A Day for NTC Students" at the Northcentral Technical College in Antigo.
Employees team up and call on area businesses to donate to the NTC Foundation.
The money goes to scholarships for NTC students.
"The program started because we have a need. Over 80 percent of our students are financially aidable and need assistance. Now this short term program that we're talking about today, those are for students who don't even have an eligibility for financial aid but still have a significant financial need," explains NTC Foundation Executive Director Jeannie Worden.
Langlade Hospital started a matching campaign a few years ago.
This year, it will match donations up to $5,000.
The hospital believes helping NTC students pay for their schooling ends up benefiting the hospital and its patients.
"25 percent of our nurses came from NTC. In the last year, about 70 percent of our medical assistants came out of the NTC program, and about 50 percent of the nurses we hired the last year. So you can see these are local people who are well-trained and it's an investment. This endowment is an investment in our community," says Langlade Hospital Executive Director David Schneider.
Medical students aren't the only NTC students that stay in the Antigo area once they grauduate.
72 percent of NTC students end up working for local businesses.
That means businesses that donate likely see a return investment.
The NTC Foundation hopes to raise $12,000 Thursday.
The program's raised more than $160,000 over the last 14 years.
The Wausau campus has its own fundraising day.
You can call (715) 803-1302 to donate, or visit the website linked below.
MERRILL - When you live to be 100, you often often outlive your friends and even family members.
Lenore Ehlert, from Merrill, turned 100 years old on Wednesday.
"Well, actually, it doesn't feel much different, it's just another day," said Ehlert.
While celebrating that milestone, she found herself thinking of her husband who she lost 65 years ago.
Her husband, Merrill Police Captain, Elmer Krueger was shot and killed while on duty in July of 1952.
"July 19th and he died about three days later," said Ehlert.
Records from that time show an officer's death didn't lead to weeks of ceremonies and salutes like it does now.
"After the funeral, everything was just kind of forgotten," said Ehlert.
But decades later, it's not all forgotten. Merrill police officers, members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and other first responders were all at the party to show that they were bonded for life after the tragedy years ago.
"It really is truly, that Lenore is part of our family," said Michael Caylor with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
In addition to law enforcement, Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Sean Duffy and Attorney General Brad Schimel all wrote Lenore letters wishing her a happy birthday.
"It's quite an honor and I know part of it is for my husband and his memory," said Ehlert.
Elmer's memory was seen all throughout Lenore's special day.
"Know that you're part of the law enforcement family. Elmer was a brother, most of us didn't know him, but he's a brother nonetheless," said Lincoln County Sheriff, Jeff Jaeger.
She was surrounded by friends and family helping her celebrate her 100 years.
"If we're all to live as old and to be as loved as yourself, what a wonderful world this is going to be," said Caylor.
When asked for advice on how to live to be 100, Lenore said to keep your mind and body active, and to eat good food.
MADISON - MADISON, Wis. (AP) - " The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's request to provide federal low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses affected by flooding.
The SBA will provide loans for up to $200,000 for damaged homes, $40,000 for damaged property, and $2 million to businesses for physical damage and economic loss because of flooding.
MERRILL - A $5 million facility that just opened in Merrill hopes to give people a place to learn more about heavy equipment and technology.
On Friday, Nortrax, a division of John Deere, celebrated the grand opening of a facility. Dozens of community members and officials were at the ribbon cutting.The process to open up the location on South Pine Ridge started a few years ago.
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