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.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
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