MERRILL - Bill Cortright sees opportunities, dreams, and a city with potential when he looks at Merrill.
Cortright grew up in Merrill and is now a motivational speaker. He went through a difficult childhood, grew up in an abusive household, and battled obesity. It's been at least 30 years since Cortright was last in the Northwoods.
"Some people might drive through downtown and say, 'Wow, this town is dying. Everything's closed. It's dying.' Me? I see, 'Oh my gosh, there's so much opportunity in here.' Look at how great this is," said Cortright.
He's a best-selling author, wellness specialist, and expert on stress management. On Monday, Cortright spent the day in Merrill sharing some of his messages with kids and adults.
"Why can't this be restructured to be a haven [or] a getaway, or why couldn't it be structured for people that want to build something but they don't want the stress of the city?" said Cortright.
Cortright visited the high school and held a book signing at the library on Monday. He also teamed up with Merrill's Friends of the River Bend Trail to raise money for the organization.
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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