Helping life-long friend through hard times Submitted: 11/10/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

EAGLE RIVER - Most people don't worry much about a cold. A day of rest usually gets you back to work.

But for one Northwoods woman with low immune system, colds can turn into something worse.

Lisa Bishop feels healthy.

But she's threatened by things like the common cold.

"Since January 2010, I was a type one diabetic for 23 years. In January 2010, I had a research transplant that was an islet cell transplant." said Bishop.

Since that transplant, she's had no immune system.

"It's very easy for me to get infections. I've been through multiple surgeries, sinuses, my lungs because of fungal infection,"Bishop said.

"If somebody comes near me that has a cold I generally get something worse."

Medical bills and travel expense are piling up.

She says it has been tough.

But a dinner at the Nutty Squirrel in Eagle River helps Bishop with her expenses.

"We've talked about this for a long time. We're glad we're able to help out." said co-organizer, Krista Fornear.

"We hope it raises a lot of money and everybody can come out and have a good time, fun place and enjoy themselves."

Krista Fornear thought this was the perfect time to give back.

That's because Bishop's father helped her family when her father died.

"He actually put a benefit on for him; just about a month before he passed away," Fornear said.

"So for years, and years, and years, seeing all Lisa's health issues, this was actually one of those things that we just wanted to pay forward."

Fornear used social media and word of mouth to get donations from all over the state.

"My mother was getting phone calls from people that received the local paper from hundreds miles away, other parts of the state," Fornear said.

"They didn't even know Lisa and wanted to donate, just because they read her story. Which was really really cool."

That helps Bishop stay financially and physically healthy.

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MERRILL - This weekend Northcentral Technical College hosted its fourth annual Fire and EMS University for firefighters across Wisconsin.

It provides training on firefighting and EMS techniques at the Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill.

In a simulation training exercise, firefighters have their hoods covering their face so they couldn't see anything when they entered a basement. They had to feel a fire hose and use teamwork to get around and save a dummy.

Firefighters from all over Wisconsin can come to the all-day event. They came to refresh their skills, teach and learn new techniques.

"We put out some classes that are very interesting and not run every day and if it applies to their department they'll send people," said Dean of the Public Safety Division of Northcentral Technical College Doug Jennings.

The school keeps adding other training tools as well. Just this year they added more training features, such as a simulator that allows law enforcement to practice driving trucks, squad cars and EMS vehicles.

On Saturday the students also trained with the aerial ladder.

"We are the only fire department in Lincoln County with an aerial ladder," said Merrill Fire Chief Dave Savone. "And so most of our firefighters have to operate our aerial ladder. And so we felt this truck operation aerial ladder operations is a great class for them to come and see."

UST Fire Apparatus brought a new aerial ladder truck for the students to practice with, and teachers from southern Wisconsin and St. Louis, Mo., also came to help coach.

Firefighters say they want to constantly re-educate themselves.

"It's great to get the extra practice," said Dean Johnson from the Town of Wausau Fire Department.

Northcentral Technical College also offers semester schedule curricula for law enforcement and fire science. 

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MILWAUKEE - A published report says unauthorized improvements have been made to a footpath on state land that a donor to Gov. Scott Walker has been trying to buy.

A spokesman for business executive Elizabeth Uihlein acknowledged that workers at her adjoining property may have cleaned up the trail slightly.

But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Z18WU8 ) reports those who have seen the trail say the improvements are significant.

Uihlein is seeking to buy 1.75 acres along Rest Lake, where the footpath is located. But a tentative deal with the Department of Natural Resources was put on hold after critics raised questions.

A DNR spokesman says the agency inspected the site on Thursday and found an "established trail." He declined to say whether the department had talked to Uihlein or her representatives.

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MERRILL - Merrill residents might have heard a lot of music in town today.

Merrill High School hosted the Merrill Marching Invitational. Three high school marching bands took over the football field at Merrill High School Sunday.

Antigo, D.C. Everest, and Merrill high schools all showcased their musical creativity.

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RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event featured a hay maze, horse-drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

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Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp that portrayed the lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. had a piece of history to share.

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Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

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