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  • Pavelski returns home following run to Stanley Cup Finals

    Coming off the best season of his professional hockey career, Plover native Joe Pavelski was back home last week to host his annual golf tournament.

  • Two-year adventure begins far from home

    In the U.S. when your parents take you for a walk after dinner, there’s a good chance you’ll go to get ice cream. In Comoros, when you go for an after-dinner walk with your host father, there’s a good chance you’re going to get sugarcane.

  • Stevens Point Sixers hold on to beat Plover

    The Stevens Point Sixers American Legion baseball team held off a late rally to snap their losing streak against the crosstown rival Plover Black Sox at Memorial Park in Plover Tuesday, June 21.

  • Minnesota River Scenic Byway is historical and outdoor prize

    On an early-June expedition down a portion of the Yellowstone Trail, I took a side trip to visit several Minnesota parks that are part of their own named road. Although it has a longer formal name, the route is known more simply as “The River of Stories.”

    
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Portage County officials are applying for a state grant to create and establish a drug court for offenders of nonviolent, drug-related crimes due to drug addiction. The court treatment program would be an alternative to incarceration and require the sentenced offender to participate in intense therapy and counseling, and meet weekly with several different support personnel. (Portage County photo)
Portage County officials are applying for a state grant to create and establish a drug court for offenders of nonviolent, drug-related crimes due to drug addiction. The court treatment program would be an alternative to incarceration and require the sentenced offender to participate in intense therapy and counseling, and meet weekly with several different support personnel. (Portage County photo)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:46 PM

Portage County officials hope to secure funding to create and establish a drug court in 2017 in an effort to reduce drug-related crimes and treat those offenders for drug addiction.

Among the service projects McDill Elementary School fifth-graders have participated in with Student Council members creating ornaments, writing letters and providing care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan. (Contributed photo)
Among the service projects McDill Elementary School fifth-graders have participated in with Student Council members creating ornaments, writing letters and providing care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan. (Contributed photo)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:49 PM

More than 40 students at McDill Elementary School and their advisors recently were recognized nationally – the only elementary school in the state to be honored – for their efforts throughout the school year raising money and conducting service projects for more than a dozen local organizations.

  • Retired UWSP professor talks about dark history of Native American treatment

    Retired University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) history professor David R. Wrone recently presented a lecture about the heinous mistreatment of Native Americans by frontiersmen and the American Government to the American Bar Association (ABA) during its annual Leadership Meeting held June 16 to 18 in Vancouver, Canada. 


  • Nine properties in Park Ridge will have swales put in to help protect roads from water damage and deterioration as the Village Board continues looking at future options for road repairs and drainage. Village Board members unanimously approved awarding the swaling, topsoil and seeding project to Stuczynski Trucking and Excavating Inc., Stevens Point, Monday, June 20. While there are areas throughout the village that need the attention, the board determined the most significantly impacted areas – nine of them – should be done first.


  • McDill Student Council wins national award for community work

    More than 40 students at McDill Elementary School and their advisors recently were recognized nationally – the only elementary school in the state to be honored – for their efforts throughout the school year raising money and conducting service projects for more than a dozen local organizations.


  • County hopes state will `just say yes’ to drug court

    Portage County officials hope to secure funding to create and establish a drug court in 2017 in an effort to reduce drug-related crimes and treat those offenders for drug addiction.


  • School forest prairie dedicated to former teacher who created it

    A former Stevens Point Area Public School teacher will be forever memorialized in a dedication at Boston School Forest. School district officials dedicated the Boston School Forest prairie – which she helped create and maintain – to Former Environmental Education Coordinator Karen Dostal Friday, June 17.


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  • Pavelski returns home following run to Stanley Cup Finals

    Coming off the best season of his professional hockey career, Plover native Joe Pavelski was back home last week to host his annual golf tournament.


  • Stevens Point Sixers look to contend in WVLL this season

    With a veteran group returning from last summer, the Stevens Point Sixers American Legion baseball team will look to make a run at the Wisconsin Valley Legion League (WVLL) Title this season.


  • UWSP Backcourt Club golf outing set for Aug. 1

    The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Backcourt Club will host its 24th annual golf outing to support the UWSP men’s basketball team Monday, Aug. 1, at the Stevens Point Country Club.


  • Stevens Point Sixers hold on to beat Plover

    The Stevens Point Sixers American Legion baseball team held off a late rally to snap their losing streak against the crosstown rival Plover Black Sox at Memorial Park in Plover Tuesday, June 21.


  • Point native Provisor addresses community prior to 2016 Olympics

    On Saturday April 9, 2016, central Wisconsin was highlighted on the national stage when I won a spot on the United States Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team at 85kg in Iowa City, Iowa. Imagine, a kid from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, taking top spot in the USA! That says a lot about the sports programs and the people who support youth sports in central Wisconsin.


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  • St. Croix, Wisconsin, other rivers run through our celebrations

    If I didn’t have my day job of being an academic, I’d want to work in a park, and the July 4 of July weekend always provides the chance to do that during one of Stevens Point’s best events.


  • Minnesota River Scenic Byway is historical and outdoor prize

    On an early-June expedition down a portion of the Yellowstone Trail, I took a side trip to visit several Minnesota parks that are part of their own named road. Although it has a longer formal name, the route is known more simply as “The River of Stories.”


  • Chippewa Falls is fine Yellowstone Trail excursion destination

    The Yellowstone Trail, which runs coast-to-coast through Stevens Point and whose ostensible purpose is to take visitors to Yellowstone National Park, has plenty of fine intermediate stops – including Chippewa Falls, the destination for my second brief camping trip of the summer.


  • Yellowstone Trail is timeless cure for restlessness

    There are good time warps and there are bad time warps. A year-old Facebook post about Wisconsin removing tax funding for state parks is a bad time warp, a putrid souvenir left by the Badger State’s budgetary grim reapers in Madison. It showed up on a friend’s social-media feed the other day, riling him, me and several others in a way that was both an unnecessary irritant and a critical reminder that our elected public officials often have no clue as to how to serve the public.


  • Students monitor cavity nesting trail at Roosevelt Elementary School

    The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society has helped to preserve cavity nesting songbirds in central Wisconsin for the past 14 years. Presently, it has 80 monitors who record data for more than 1,400 nest boxes in Portage, Adams, Clark, Marathon, Monroe, Waupaca and Wood counties each week starting late March through August.


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  • Sallie M. Magalska

    Sallie Marie Magalska, 74, Green Bay, a former Stevens Point resident, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at her summer home in Hazelhurst.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, with the Rev. Patrick C. Beno officiating. Burial will be in Most Precious Blood Cemetery in New London.

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


  • Donna L. Berard

    Donna L. Berard, 83, Wisconsin Rapids, sister of a Junction City woman, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Wisconsin Rapids.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids, with the Rev. Jim Altman officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. Friday until the Mass.


  • John J Levi

    John Joseph Levi, 61, a Stevens Point native and brother of a Stevens Point woman, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Centennial Colo., where he resided with his family for the past 21 years.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 8, at St. Stanislaus Church of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, with the Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery.


  • Chester L. Krause

    Chester Lee Krause, 92, a lifelong Iola resident and perhaps its best-known citizen who founded Krause Publications, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, of complications of congestive heart failure. At the time of his death he was under hospice care at Iola Living Assistance where he had been admitted June 22.

    A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School gymnasium, 540 S. Jackson St., Iola, with the Rev. Dale Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in the town of Iola in Waupaca County.

    Visitation will be in the gymnasium from 11:30 a.m. Friday until the service.


  • Jean C. Borski

    Jean Cecilia Borski, 88, Stevens Point, died Saturday, June 25.

    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at St. Peter Church in Stevens Point.

    Visitation will be at the Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, with the St. Peter Rosary Society praying a rosary at 6 p.m., and in the St. Faustina Room of the church from 9 a.m. Thursday until the Mass.


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  • Two-year adventure begins far from home

    In the U.S. when your parents take you for a walk after dinner, there’s a good chance you’ll go to get ice cream. In Comoros, when you go for an after-dinner walk with your host father, there’s a good chance you’re going to get sugarcane.


  • With community celebration coming up, a toast to those who made it memorable

    Riverfront Rendezvous is here again, and thousands of area residents will flock to Pfiffner Pioneer Park for three days of music, food and good times with family and friends.

    In Stevens Point, there are only two real homecomings. One is Trivia, the other Riverfront Rendezvous. Right?


  • What’s not to like about E.O. Wilson? To think of Earth Day and Earth Week in the same breath as E.O. Wilson is, I think, synonymous, Edward Osborne Wilson. To wonder if the Republican party, as desperate as they are for a candidate of bona fide credentials as a conservative, capital “C” Conservative, might nominate E.O. to the presidency when their convention in Cleveland is up for grabs.


  • It’s early in the season, and already, we have so much to do in the yard. To help you spend more time on the gardening you enjoy and less time on annoying maintenance, snuff out weeds early in the season. 


  • With all the braying lately about who we are putting on the $20 bill and who can pee in what bathroom, I’ve been searching for some peace and quiet these days. It’s amazing what human beings can get their undies in a bundle about, and sometimes they go out of their way to find new ways to tie that knot.


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