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  • Mallek-Woyak Engagement

    Bruce and Kari Woyak, Plover, recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlin Woyak, to Lucas Mallek, son of James and Lana Mallek, Junction City.

  • Fifth-ranked Rosholt boys look to progress

    The Rosholt High School boys cross country team is poised to improve on its finish at the WIAA Division 3 State Meet from a year ago.

  • The week in recreation: Prairies and platitudes, mendacity and mindfulness

    It’s another lovely week in Portage County, and there are two quick things to think about before we all head out to Schmeeckle Reserve and visit the Ron Zimmerman Prairie. First is that there is now a Ron Zimmerman Prairie. Second, I hope if Ron ever reads this column that he’s a forgiving guy, because I might have fibbed a little about pine needles not too long ago.

  • Duda is steady local volunteer for more than 17 years

    As usual, I come away from interviewing Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers for these articles feeling amazed and humbled by the people I meet. Ruth Duda is no exception. The 84-year-old has been an RSVP volunteer for 17-1/2 years and is still going strong.

    
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Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:00 PM

Individuals who wish to vote early in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, Presidential Election may vote in-person starting Monday, Sept. 26. Voters are reminded to bring proper photo identification. Stevens Point City Clerk John Moe said voters have two options for voting absentee. 

Mark Kitowski, founder of KPR Brokers, announced the locally-based realty agency will donate $1 per new “like” on its Facebook page, 10 percent of accepted offers and 10 percent of the proceeds from any listing agreement signed in October to breast cancer research. (Contributed photo)
Mark Kitowski, founder of KPR Brokers, announced the locally-based realty agency will donate $1 per new “like” on its Facebook page, 10 percent of accepted offers and 10 percent of the proceeds from any listing agreement signed in October to breast cancer research. (Contributed photo)
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:29 PM

Voters are used to seeing yard signs in the month of October. Political candidates typically encourage their supporters to show their pride in election years. Most yard signs are different shades of red, white and blue.

  • Office Direct wins CAP Services’ Business Expansion Contest

    CAP Services recently named Office Direct Interiors of Stevens Point the winner of CAP’s first Business Expansion Contest. Office Direct will receive a $1,000 cash prize, free marketing assessment, mentorship through the Packers Mentor-Protégé Program, and referrals for services specific to the business’s needs.


  • In-person absentee voting starts Monday in Stevens Point

    Individuals who wish to vote early in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, Presidential Election may vote in-person starting Monday, Sept. 26. Voters are reminded to bring proper photo identification. Stevens Point City Clerk John Moe said voters have two options for voting absentee. 


  • Shooting investigation sought truth; man charged

    A 31-year-old Marshall man has been charged in the March shooting incident in Stevens Point that led to the death of 21-year-old Deonta M. Lezine.


  • Although Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza made it abundantly clear no decisions have been made, discussions regarding the future of city hall have resumed with a presentation of potential options during the Stevens Point Common Council meeting Monday, Sept. 19. The overall discussion started during the Andrew Halverson administration, when the city hired Bray Architects to complete a study on city department’s space needs and possible solutions. 


  • Portage County officials said several people in Portage County have reported receiving scam phone calls where the caller states that the recipient has missed jury duty and that they now have to pay a fine for their missed court appearance. The caller then instructs the person to obtain a money order or PayPal voucher to pay off the debt.


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  • “Redefining Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve: A New Era of Cooperative Land Stewardship” will be presented Stephen Laubach at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, by at the Waupaca Area Public Library.


  • Taste of Norway reveals country’s influence on Iola area

    Nestled along the north branch of the Wolf River, the seventh annual Taste of Norway will give visitors a bit of flavor of Norwegian culture next month.

    The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Iola Historical Society, 210 Depot St. and will feature pastry making and lost arts artisans demonstrate their crafts. The event is free and open to the public.


  • Ice Age Trail Hike-A-Thon: 30 years of linking glacier beauty

    Winding along the eastern boundary – and dancing across the line – of Portage County is a small portion of what some hikers call one of the most beautiful trails in the area, and next month’s annual Ice Age Trail Hike-A-Thon will help celebrate it.


  • 29th annual Festival of India to celebrate culture, empowerment

    As they have been inspired by the Stevens Point area community, organizers of the Festival of India hope to educate and entertain with workshops, music, dinner and dance at the 29th annual event next month.


  • Walk for Water helps reach half of goal; fourth annual event Sept. 17

    The Makah Foundation, established by Stevens Point resident Sam Dinga, has reached more than half its goal of installing 40 pump wells to provide clean drinking water in Cameroon, Africa.

    And there are more opportunities to help.

    The fourth annual Walk for Water will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in Iverson Park, Stevens Point. Walkers may register onsite for $10 per adult and $5 per child under 12 years old.


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  • Fifth-ranked Rosholt boys look to progress

    The Rosholt High School boys cross country team is poised to improve on its finish at the WIAA Division 3 State Meet from a year ago.


  • Rosholt girls cross country set to contend in Division 3

    The Rosholt High School girls cross country team moved up to fourth in the Wisconsin High School Cross Country Coaches Association Poll this week following its showing at the Smiley Invitational at Tribute Golf Course in Wausau Saturday, Sept. 17.


  • SPASH football hosts rival Rapids for Homecoming Friday night

    The third-ranked Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) football team (5-0,4-0) will battle for the Ol’ River Jug when it takes on Wisconsin Rapids (4-1, 3-1) in its Homecoming Game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Community Stadium at Goerke Field to highlight Week 6 of the high school football season.


  • Fourth-ranked Almond-Bancroft falls at Wild Rose

    With the lead in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 (CWC-10) on the line, the Almond-Bancroft High School football team lost at Wild Rose Friday, Sept. 16.


  • SPASH boys look to compete with state’s elite

    With most of its lineup back from last year, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) boys cross country team has its sights set on contending with the top teams in the state this season.


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  • The week in recreation: Prairies and platitudes, mendacity and mindfulness

    It’s another lovely week in Portage County, and there are two quick things to think about before we all head out to Schmeeckle Reserve and visit the Ron Zimmerman Prairie. First is that there is now a Ron Zimmerman Prairie. Second, I hope if Ron ever reads this column that he’s a forgiving guy, because I might have fibbed a little about pine needles not too long ago.


  • Wolf population out of control, summit attendees say

    I traveled upstream last week for a first-of-its-kind Great Lakes Wolf Summit held in northern Wisconsin. Organized by two Republican lawmakers from northern Wisconsin, it called together agriculturists, game managers, sportsmen and wolf advocates.


  • Alternative perspective: Who needs parks, anyway?

    I got my first “fan” letter, and I’m not sure what to think of it, so I’m just putting it out here in its entirety. I think the writer must like my column, but I’m not really sure. It’s real, isn’t it? At least I think it looks real.


  • And now for our weekly therapy session …

    It’s only the second week of fall, which few realize is part of a nine-month super-season called “Not-Summer,” or sometimes “The Time of Wistful Longing to Return to the Cabin for Just One More Week.” Maybe a time to disavow things believed earlier in the year.


  • Wolf management debate will continue at summit

    Have you ever caught the howl of a wolf? Ever been serenaded by the chorus of a wailing pack of wolves? If you have, it no doubt raised the hair on the back of your neck. Aldo Leopold described the call of a wolf as “an outburst of wild defiant sorrow, and of contempt for all the adversities of the world. Every living thing (and perhaps many a dead one as well) pays heed to that call.”


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  • Master Gardeners donate $3,000 to local gardening programs

    The Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers (PCMGV) recently disbursed $1,500 to the Portage County Boys & Girls Club of Portage County’s Green Thumb gardening program and $1,500 to the Hunger and Poverty Prevention Partnership of Portage County’s Giving Gardens Program.


  • Mallek-Woyak Engagement

    Bruce and Kari Woyak, Plover, recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlin Woyak, to Lucas Mallek, son of James and Lana Mallek, Junction City.


  • The Stevens Point Judo Club’s Nate Way recently earned a silver medal in the heavyweight division at the Amateur Athletic Union National Judo Tournament Saturday, Aug. 13, in Milwaukee.


  • Local Realtor launches breast cancer awareness campaign

    Voters are used to seeing yard signs in the month of October. Political candidates typically encourage their supporters to show their pride in election years. Most yard signs are different shades of red, white and blue.


  • Duda is steady local volunteer for more than 17 years

    As usual, I come away from interviewing Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers for these articles feeling amazed and humbled by the people I meet. Ruth Duda is no exception. The 84-year-old has been an RSVP volunteer for 17-1/2 years and is still going strong.


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  • Sharyn L. Wetzel

    Sharyn Lee Wetzel, 69, Wisconsin Rapids, mother of an Amherst man, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home in Schofield, with the Rev. Amanda Sampey officiating.

    Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon Friday until the service.

    Condolences may be offered online at www.HonorOne.com.


  • David W. Sieck

    David W. Sieck, 56, Stevens Point, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, of pneumonia.

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in Greenwood Cemetery in Seward, Neb.

    Visitation will be at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.

    Memorials may be made to Special Olympics or St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point.

    Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.


  • August ‘Gus’ ‘Clarence’ Wanta

    August “Gus” “Clarence” Wanta, 92, Rosholt, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at Willow Brooke Point in Stevens Point.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Sept. 26, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Rosholt with the Rev. Roy Witucki officiating.

    Visitation was at the Shuda Funeral Chapel - Stevens Point Sunday, Sept. 25, and at the church Monday.

    Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.


  • Rev. Carl Selle

    The Rev. Carl Richard “PC” (for Pastor Carl) Selle, 75, Rosholt, a former campus minister at Peace Lutheran Campus Center in Stevens Point, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, after living with brain cancer for nearly two years.

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, with a luncheon to follow.

    Visitation was scheduled at Peace Lutheran Campus Center in Stevens Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

    Memorial donations may be made in his name to International Student Ministry, Inc., Box 22, Stevens Point, WI, 54481 or online at www.isminc.org.


  • Ronald A. Siclovan

    Ronald A. Siclovan, 57, Stevens Point, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, while traveling to his son’s hockey game in Minnesota.

    A funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Marilyn Lange officiating. Burial was at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation was at the funeral home Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday.

    A memorial in his name will be established at a later date.

    Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.


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  • Are you a conformist or an individualist? I ask this question because I’ve been thinking about how people look and how we perceive them as a result.


  • I am so very weary of all the things demanding my attention these days. Can someone please make it all go away? My day begins with sound. At 7 a.m. my alarm clock goes off, or rather comes on, with music from a local radio station. It used to go off at 6 a.m., but it was almost unbelievable how many times I woke up to that horrid Justin Bieber song so I finally just changed the time I woke up.


  • The last century has witnessed an amazing light show, what started with T. Edison’s breakthrough of the incandescent has been reimagined with miniature fluorescents and now LEDs, light emitting diodes. The diode in our time seemingly endowed with magical properties, this the detail at the core of every microcircuit and cellphone, now part of a lighting revolution. To the end, it’s goodbye Tom Edison.


  • The Silk Road was the super highway to history, sort of like the original Walmart. The Silk Road was named for the stuff expensive pajamas and lingerie are made of, which explains everything. Though it could have been named the Cinnamon Road. Or the black powder road. Or the apple road, rhubarb road, asparagus road. As for corn, squash and pumpkins, they went the other way.


  • We’re two weeks into September, and fall is finally here. Doesn’t it feel great? I absolutely adore this weather. The days are glorious and the evenings amazing. I just want to stay outside forever when it’s like this.


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