Weston blood drive helps both with supply shortage, community groupSubmitted: 07/12/2018
Story By Thomas Goris

Weston blood drive helps both with supply shortage, community group
WESTON - Dozens of people helped fight against a major blood shortage while also benefiting a community group Thursday.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin hosted a blood drive at the Weston Municipal Center.

Many hospitals across the state face an extreme blood shortage.

Blood Center of Wisconsin Account Manager Becky Brown feels that blood is one resource people cannot take for granted.

"Blood is the one thing that we cannot replicate, we need human blood. It's really important for us to maintain a healthy supply, for cancer patients, for trauma patients, those that need it, and I think it's taken for granted. [People think] it's going to be there when you need it," said Brown.

Within thirty minutes of the blood drives start, more than 15 people were registered to donate.
Brown feels touched by the support the community has shown.

"I just think it's really a wonderful thing that people do to give back to them, to give back to the community, because the patients in need really do need the blood," said Brown.

The blood drive also benefited the "Be Amazing" group in Wausau.

"Be Amazing" was started by the daughter of Jason Weiland, the Everest Metro Police Detective killed in a shooting rampage last year.

The Blood Center donated $10 to "Be Amazing" for every pint of blood.

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Starting a new health routine can be intimidating, but easing into the process can do the trick.

Just as balance is key in yoga, it is important to have in your lifestyle, too.

That's a mindset that Laurel Parins lives by.

"Whether that is a twenty minute walk, a class here at the studio… that will make you happier when you're not restricting yourself," says Parins.

She opened Roots Health Studio in Minocqua at the end of May after working in the fitness and nutrition field in Green Bay for some years.

"I really wanted to bring my knowledge of healthy lifestyle-living back to the community I grew up in."

Laurel gets that a new "health journey" can be intimidating, but she says you can't go wrong.

"Once you try it, you'll never regret it."

Laurel offers yoga and barre classes, personal training, and nutrition services at Roots.

For more info, click the link below.

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The accident happened on Highway 17 around 9:45 a.m. 

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Daniel Guild, Jeff Eder, and Stephen Kil will be interviewed for the position. They were selected from a pool of 39 applicants. 

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"I had very good parents, my father was a pastor," said Strehlow. 

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