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  • Odds and ends: Looking for sunshine where we can find it

    A lot of folks seem to be in a funk lately. That may be due to the new generation of robber gazillionaires who loom on the horizon like those massive science-fiction spaceships that blot out the sun and run on endless supplies of green slime converted into energy by the negative vortex of black-hole ethics, or something like that.

  • SPASH boys hockey team looks to contend this season

    With a talented group of returnees and newcomers, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) boys hockey team will look to compete with the top teams in the state this season.

  • Peter Pan will battle Hook in middle school production

    One might think he was in London … that is before being whisked away to Neverland. Pacelli Catholic Middle School students take Peter Pan to the stage – British accents and all – in three shows at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Pacelli Catholic High School.

  • Last-second win gives Amherst back-to-back State Titles

    The Amherst High School football team won its second consecutive State Title in a wild WIAA Division 5 State Championship Game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison Thursday, Nov. 17.

    
Odds and ends: Looking for sunshine where we can find itSPASH boys hockey team looks to contend this seasonPeter Pan will battle Hook in middle school productionLast-second win gives Amherst back-to-back State Titles
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Historic Iola Marker No. 8: Krause Publications – The Early Years is unveiled by Rawhide Boys Ranch founder John Gillepsie and Cliff Mishler, president of the Iola Historical Society and longtime employee of Krause Publications. (Contributed photo)
Historic Iola Marker No. 8: Krause Publications – The Early Years is unveiled by Rawhide Boys Ranch founder John Gillepsie and Cliff Mishler, president of the Iola Historical Society and longtime employee of Krause Publications. (Contributed photo)
Monday, December 5, 2016 1:01 PM

Chet Krause founded the Iola-based publishing company Krause Publications in 1952 working out of his parent’s home in Iola. In 1964, after 12 years of growth, the company was organized as a corporate business and built its first office building in 1957 at the corner of Water Street and North Washington Street (now Chet Krause Drive).

Portage County began the process for a recount of the presidential election Monday, Nov. 28, by organizing records for the recount. Here, Portage County Register of Deeds Cynthia Wisinski, former longtime Park Ridge Village Clerk Jeri McGinley and Ashley Gaede of the Register of Deeds Office go through some records. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Portage County began the process for a recount of the presidential election Monday, Nov. 28, by organizing records for the recount. Here, Portage County Register of Deeds Cynthia Wisinski, former longtime Park Ridge Village Clerk Jeri McGinley and Ashley Gaede of the Register of Deeds Office go through some records. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Monday, December 5, 2016 1:14 PM

Portage County is beginning a recount of the presidential election vote from the Nov. 8 election, and Portage County Clerk Shirley Simonis and her staff have spent the first part of this week getting ready for it.

  • Stevens Point Wastewater Plant receives national recognition

    The Stevens Point Wastewater Treatment Plant is a water resources Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today.


  • Portage County begins recount of presidential vote

    Portage County is beginning a recount of the presidential election vote from the Nov. 8 election, and Portage County Clerk Shirley Simonis and her staff have spent the first part of this week getting ready for it.


  • Bar Association recognizes two attorneys for pro bono work

    The Portage County Bar Association recognized two lawyers in the Portage County community on their membership in the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society.


  • Every child likes unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day, and Toys for Tots wants to ensure that happens. Once again, the Stevens Point Morning Rotary Club-coordinated Toys for Tots collection is underway with about 50 different drop-off sites in Stevens Point and Plover, as well as a drop-off location at Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative (CWEC), 10401 Lystul Road, Rosholt, for donors on the east and northern portion of Portage County.


  • Stevens Point taxpayers can expect tax bill to rise next year

    After the completion of a citywide revaluation of properties, Stevens Point taxpayers may want to start planning for an increase to their tax bill. Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza said he wanted to get the word our early to help residents better prepare for possible increases.


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  • Frostbite run will usher in cooler temperatures, support youth programs

    Cooler days are forecast, but there remain opportunities for people to get out and stay active as winter comes near.


  • Cookie walks sample taste of holiday season

    There’s no better way to get a taste of the holiday season than through cookies, but often it is difficult to find time to bake them, especially when families enjoy a large variety.

    Area churches offer a solution: Cookie walks.


  • Christmas craft show, school holiday fair connects community

    The holiday spirit has hit Amherst in the form of its annual Christmas craft show, which this year will feature new items and a “find the pickle” challenge.


  • Peter Pan will battle Hook in middle school production

    One might think he was in London … that is before being whisked away to Neverland. Pacelli Catholic Middle School students take Peter Pan to the stage – British accents and all – in three shows at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Pacelli Catholic High School.


  • Discover magic at the Enchanted Forest

    If you can’t see the forest through the trees, then just enjoy the trees. The 22nd annual Enchanted Forest will open at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Rosholt Fair Park Community Building, 186 Forest St., Rosholt, and will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23. Santa’s visits with the little ones are 6 to 8 p.m. every Saturday.


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VIDEO: Plover VFW, American Legion holds Veterans Day ceremony
The Plover Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10262 and Plover American Legion Post 543 held joint Veterans Day ceremonies Friday, Nov. 11, to honor all servicemen and servicewomen who have fought for or are fighting for their country at the Korean War Memorial in Plover.
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  • Odds and ends: Looking for sunshine where we can find it

    A lot of folks seem to be in a funk lately. That may be due to the new generation of robber gazillionaires who loom on the horizon like those massive science-fiction spaceships that blot out the sun and run on endless supplies of green slime converted into energy by the negative vortex of black-hole ethics, or something like that.


  • Thankful for great people who touch our lives

    This year’s Thanksgiving column isn’t the one I was planning to write, as it’s about something lost: another of those heroes of nature who a number of local residents would recognize, but all of us knew in one way or another, at least in spirit.


  • Pipeline is for real; political pundit, not so much?

    So I got another letter from Lester Robert Peeples, who goes by “Les Rob” with his friends. Since my first letter from him in September, a few folks have asked me, “Steve, is Les Rob Peeples real?”


  • Hunting season changed over years but still made memorable

    Depending how old you are, this year’s deer hunt may not compare to those of the past. In some respects, it will be much better. In others, it may be worse. Let’s look back in time, just to put it in perspective. Here are some interesting facts from years past, as composed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


  • For Madison picnic, stop by Governor Nelson State Park

    Southern Wisconsin has both a Governor Nelson State Park and a Nelson Dewey State Park, the latter was also named for a governor. Apparently it’s easy to get the two confused – especially for my kids.


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  • Krause Publications honored by Iola Historical Society with marker

    Chet Krause founded the Iola-based publishing company Krause Publications in 1952 working out of his parent’s home in Iola. In 1964, after 12 years of growth, the company was organized as a corporate business and built its first office building in 1957 at the corner of Water Street and North Washington Street (now Chet Krause Drive).


  • Polish American Congress honors Sisters of St. Joseph for longtime service

    The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (SSJ-TOSF) were one of seven recipients of the Congressman Clement Zablocki Civic Award in November. Seven sisters were on hand Nov. 6 at the Polish Center of Wisconsin in Franklin for the awards luncheon.


  • 27th annual Gala for Giving exceeds $85,000 in support of local patients

    Under-insured and uninsured patients in Portage County will be provided additional access to basic medical resources due to the support generated by the 27th annual Gala for Giving held Saturday, Nov. 5, at SentryWorld.


  • Military branch bell-ringing challenge will be held Dec. 3

    The fourth annual Armed Forces Challenge Salvation Army bell ringing fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at various locations in the area. The Armed Forces Challenge allows representatives of all five military branches to ring bells at Salvation Army posts throughout the Stevens Point area.


  • Stevens Point Judo Club hosts guest sensei Wanta

    Sensei Dave Wanta, who trained at the Olympic Training Center, was recently the guest coach for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the Stevens Point Judo Club Tuesday, Oct. 25. He instructed 30 judo students on the mat.


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  • Verona J. (Josephine) Herek

    Verona J. (Josephine) Herek, 96, town of Stockton, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 4, 2016, at the Atrium Care Center of Stevens Point in the presence of family under the care of Heartland Hospice.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Custer with Rev. Gregory Michaud officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery.

    Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Immaculate Conception Parish until the time for mass. 


  • Gertrude T. Slagowski

    Gertrude T. Slagowski, 96, Stevens Point, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at the Atrium Rehab Facility while under the care of Ministry Hospice.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis Stanchik officiating. Burial will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation was scheduled at Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, with a parish rosary at 7 p.m., and in the St. Faustina Room of the church from 9:30 a.m. Friday until the Mass.


  • David J. Gburek

    David J. Gburek, 78, Mosinee, brother of a Plover man, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

    Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Mosinee, with the Rev. Donald Przybylski officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at Beste Funeral Home in Mosinee, from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m., and again at the funeral home from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m.


  • Tillie Shirek

    Tillie Shirek, 94, a former Junction City resident, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at the Portage County Health Care Center in Stevens Point. She was 12 days from her 95th birthday.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Milladore, with the Rev. John Ofori-Domah officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until the Mass.


  • Richard Dale “Dick” Buck

    Richard Dale “Dick” Buck, 66, Antigo, father of a Plover woman, died at home Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

    Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.HonorOne.com.


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  • Sorry, one more time, to write about the monarch butterfly. Never mind the subject is out of season, they having all fled southwest on their integrated compass reading. My sense of the monarch, and other species as well, that this migration business bothers our humanity, the sense of prideful humanity, threatens our place in Genesis when a flimsy half-gram animal creature can figure out how to get to central Mexico from central Wisconsin without MapQuest.


  • Here’s a list you want to stay away from: Condé Nast Traveler’s unfriendliest cities in the United States. The publisher used several criteria to develop the list – many from travelers who’d visited these places, so to be sure, it’s subjective. I can’t claim to be able to verify the list since I haven’t visited most of the places on it. What I can say is that being a Midwesterner, I’m aware of our reputation of being friendlier than many. Also, as someone who’s spent plenty of time down south, I’d vouch for those who say there are many friendly folks there as well.


  • It is known, certain dramatic ends inspire ghosts, at the very least ghost stories. Murder comes to mind, especially the messy variety, a generous advantage to ghosts. Some nationalities are notably ghost-ridden, the Scots come to mind, Mexicans, Tahitans, Japanese. For some reason, Norwegians do not suffer ghosts, lutefisk is a barrier of some sort. American Indians suffer ghosts with theatric aplomb, the likely precursors to Edgar Allen Poe.


  • Wow, what a crazy last few weeks it’s been. It’s funny how we make plans and then life just happens anyway, and through no fault of our own we find ourselves in a tornado of activity from which we cannot extricate ourselves, and we simply have to ride it out. I’m getting too old for this. Not really, but my body certainly is rebelling and letting me know how unhappy it is with the current circumstances.


  • When many plants are losing their leaves or shriveling at season’s end, the kale family is coming into its own.

    Consider growing kale because:


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