RHINELANDER - A Northwoods high schooler made a difference by hosting a bone marrow drive in Rhinelander Saturday.
Rhinelander High School Key Club hosted "Be The Match" inside the schools cafeteria.
The purpose of the event is to add people to the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. A representative for "Be The Match" says about 12 thousand patients need a bone marrow transplant each year.
"Some have a match and others do not. So every person that joins the registry, whether they become a match or not, is giving hope," said Be The Match community engagement specialist Kelli Vanderwielen. "I always communicate that with every drive sponsor that one person getting on the registry that day makes a huge difference."
One of the donors plans to donate a kidney to his aunt this year and has done blood drives before, but nothing like this.
"I knew about donating bone marrow, but it's just something… it's harmless," Bone Marrow donor Jason Hall said. "Come in for half hour, get the test and I'm on my way."
It all depends on the genetic make up of the donor on whether they're a match for the patient. It could take weeks before they know if they're a match.
RHINELANDER - People at Rhinelander's City Hall know if you need to know a specific ordinance or resolution, you could always turn to Kathy Johnson. That's going to change this week. The city administrator's assistant retires at the end of the day Friday.
Johnson started working for the city five years ago. She and her husband moved here from Rockford, Illinois. Johnson served under four city administrators over that time, including Blaine Oborn, Phil Parkinson, Kristina Aschenbrenner, and Keith Kost.
WOODRUFF - The frontline against Aquatic Invasive Species starts at boat landings across the Northwoods. But understanding what you're fighting starts in Northwoods Schools.
That's why Arbor-Vitae Woodruff Elementary School teachers are teaching their students about AIS.
More than 50 fourth grade students have been learning about invasive species, participating in field work, and going on field trips through The Great Lakes Expedition. It's all part of the school's curriculum to teach fourth grade students about Wisconsin's history and geography.
CHETEK, WI - Sheriff's officials in northwestern Wisconsin have identified the teens involved in a fatal plane crash.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Owen Knutson died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into a river in a rural area near Chetek Wednesday evening. An 18-year-old passenger, Hunter Gillett, was seriously injured. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School senior is hospitalized at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota.
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