EAGLE RIVER - Medical groups use the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to inspire, motivate and direct students following medicine.
It's an event for the brightest young Americans.
This year's event will include an Eagle River junior.
Jessica Sullivan goes to school at Northland Pines High School. She's excited to see the nation's capital for the first time.
But she wasn't completely on board with the opportunity when she first got the letter in the mail.
"At first I was kind of indifferent because I thought it was a scam, just something to get money," Sullivan said. "And then we looked into it and when we saw it was backed by the American Heart association then we began to get excited."
Sullivan has a genetic condition that impacts the symmetry of her body.
That's why her left leg was about four inches shorter than her right leg.
Doctors have helped extend the bone through painful operations to match the length of her right leg. Sullivan says she's had more than 10 surgeries.
But her mother Theresa finds inspiration in her daughter.
"Every day keeping her focus up and her optimism and determination and you know she's been my inspiration," Theresa said. "So I'm not just proud of her but I'm in awe."
Jessica Sullivan says she wants to help people the way doctors helped her. She'll be in Washington for the Congress on February 14th.
The Sullivan's will get the chance to meet PhDs, Nobel Prize winners and Ivy League reps during the three day program. Sullivan says each day's program starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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