LAC DU FLAMBEAU - On a busy stretch of Highway 47 near Lac du Flambeau -- where hundreds of wheels spin at 55 miles-per-hour each day -- just one tire drags at a slower pace, pulled by one man: the Tire Man.
"I guess I'm the only one nutty enough to do it, I suppose," Frank Tarantino said with a laugh.
Tarantino lives in Mercer, but trains for marathons in Lac du Flambeau. He started pulling a tire on a chain a few years ago after reading about it in a fitness magazine. People often stop to take his picture.
"Little by little you run a little further, a little further," Tarantino said.
Every other day -- sun, rain, or snow -- you can find Tarantino working on his fitness in a way he doesn't see as strange at all, dragging the tire two miles at a time.
"I just look at it like bench pressing or whatever, it's just part of my regime," Tarantino said.
The 68-year-old moved to the Northwoods from Chicago in 2000. He quit smoking, got in shape, but then stopped working out for eight years.
"The doctor grabbed me by the stomach and said, 'Hey... Uh-huh.' and so I started running again," Tarantino said.
Twenty pounds lighter, he's now finished 58 marathons, keeping track with x's tattooed on his shoulder. But running with the tire is just part of frank's program.
"It's his thing, he likes it and good for him," LDF Fitness Center Personal Trainer Kevin Allen said.
Allen met Tarantino a few years ago at the gym. He instantly took a liking to the outgoing marathon runner, sharing workout tips between the two.
"[People] will see him out doing his thing with the tire or you'll see him in here and they'll think to themselves, well, he's doing it, why can't i do it?" Allen said.
The "Tire Man's" road to 60 marathons hasn't always been smooth. He suffered a heart attack while pulling the tire two years ago. (Tarantino credits the people at the Peter Christensen Health Center for saving his life) But that didn't deflate his ambitions.
"You've gotta exercise if you want to live," Tarantino said.
Which means you'll find Frank moving along Highway 47 for the foreseeable future.
"They'll probably find me dead on the highway one day," Tarantino laughed.
Showing others nothing can get this "guy" to tire out.
NOTE: Tarantino plans to hit 60 marathons in October. After that, he may decide to run half-marathons instead.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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