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  • 53rd Almond Tater Toot celebrates community

    Young, old, new residents and natives will come together at the end of the month to continue the Almond tradition of family fun with the 53rd annual Almond Lion’s Club Tater Toot.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, with food stands opening and music to follow, then continues with most activities beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30.

  • Point remains alive in Regional with win over Plover

    The Stevens Point Sixers American Legion baseball team kept their season alive with a win over the rival Plover Black Sox at the AAA Region 2 Regional Tournament at Jack Hackman Field in Marshfield Wednesday, July 20.

  • Bike-A-Thon supports local club, teaches kids to stay active

    The Boys and Girls Club of Portage County will bring together families, co-workers and neighbors during the eighth annual Bike-A-Thon Saturday, Aug. 6, to raise money for club programs.

  • Boettcher advances to National High School Rodeo Finals

    Matthew Boettcher of Custer will be in Wyoming this weekend to compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR).

    
53rd Almond Tater Toot celebrates communityPoint remains alive in Regional with win over PloverBike-A-Thon supports local club, teaches kids to stay activeBoettcher advances to National High School Rodeo Finals
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While on a fishing trip on the Wisconsin River north of the Verso Damn, the author decided to test out the new Pokémon Go phenomenon on a remote area of the river pictured above. Surprisingly enough, there were three nearby. (Steve Hill photo)
While on a fishing trip on the Wisconsin River north of the Verso Damn, the author decided to test out the new Pokémon Go phenomenon on a remote area of the river pictured above. Surprisingly enough, there were three nearby. (Steve Hill photo)
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:50 PM

If you’ve been living under a rock … OK, strike that. Regardless of your terrestrial status, you know about Pokémon Go. That’s because so many people are playing the two-week-old game on their smart phones that no stone has gone unturned in the search for a Legendary Pokémon (none of which have been found yet, apparently). 

Built in 1875, this house at 1665 Main St., Stevens Point, was neglected and finally abandoned until it was almost a wreck. But now it is being restored. (Contributed photo)
Built in 1875, this house at 1665 Main St., Stevens Point, was neglected and finally abandoned until it was almost a wreck. But now it is being restored. (Contributed photo)
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:27 PM

At the southwest corner of Main and Division streets – that is, at the central, most conspicuous residential intersection of Stevens Point – stands a splendid old house. At least, it once was splendid, and it can be again. Outside, it looks fine: most of its architectural features are intact, though it is 141 years old.

  • Cobblestone Hotels was given the final approval of its conditional-use request to build a four-story, 61-unit hotel in the downtown area of Stevens Point by the Stevens Point Common Council Monday, July 18. Cobblestone Hotels, a national chain of boutique-style hotels, plans to build an upscale hotel on the parking lot on Centerpoint Drive next to the Great Lakes Educational Loan Services call center. 


  • Portage County Supervisors made a move to bring county employees more in line with average market wages, which for many means a raise. After more than a year of study and development – as well as five amendments – Portage County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 19, approved 20 to 2 a resolution to adopt a new salary schedule for non-represented employees that will bring many of the county’s positions in line with neighboring counties and similar positions across the state as far as wages are concerned.


  • Portage County is in a state of unrest, and it is time to break free from it, make and stick to decisions, and move forward peacefully, according to Portage County Executive Patty Dreier. In her State of the County address Tuesday, July 19, Dreier spoke of a recent trip to Europe and Normandy for a World War II tour and the impact that seeing the flags and peaceful, supportive messages written throughout towns had on her.


  • The League of Women Voters of the Stevens Point area recently sent questionnaires to the two Democratic candidates for Wisconsin Assembly District 72, Russ Brown and David Gorski, in the Tuesday, Aug. 9, primary election. The questions, and the candidates’ responses, were as follows:


  • A warming center for the overflow of homeless from the Salvation Army of Portage County’s Hope Center during winter months was approved by the Stevens Point Common Council Monday, July 19. The Church of the Intercession will operate the warming center at 1417 Church St., Stevens Point. The center’s hours of operation will be 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. Guests of the center – three or four on average, organizers estimated – would be locked in for those hours and not allowed to leave.


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  • 53rd Almond Tater Toot celebrates community

    Young, old, new residents and natives will come together at the end of the month to continue the Almond tradition of family fun with the 53rd annual Almond Lion’s Club Tater Toot.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, with food stands opening and music to follow, then continues with most activities beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30.


  • Bike-A-Thon supports local club, teaches kids to stay active

    The Boys and Girls Club of Portage County will bring together families, co-workers and neighbors during the eighth annual Bike-A-Thon Saturday, Aug. 6, to raise money for club programs.


  • The first Pop Music for Water concert will offer a unique experience for students and audience members, according to organizer Jonathan Smith, founder and instructor of Millennial Voice Studio.


  • Amherst Fair continues 4-H, FFA traditions

    The Portage County Fair of Amherst will stay true to its history, expanding livestock auction and exhibits and providing more prizes for the demolition derby, organizers say.


  • Get ready to Celebrate Plover with more fun activities

    It’s time to Celebrate Plover, bigger and better than ever. The fifth annual Celebrate Plover event will be 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, July 30, at Lake Pacawa, Plover, and it promises new items and an enhanced activities area to draw in older youth, organizers say.


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  • Pokémon, No Thanks: Wisconsin reality is perfect

    If you’ve been living under a rock … OK, strike that. Regardless of your terrestrial status, you know about Pokémon Go. That’s because so many people are playing the two-week-old game on their smart phones that no stone has gone unturned in the search for a Legendary Pokémon (none of which have been found yet, apparently). 


  • Japanese beetle has made resurgence in Portage County

    The Portage County University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Extension) office recently reported it has received an increase in calls regarding the Japanese beetle, some callers stating there are thousands of them eating every plant in sight.


  • UW-Extension identifies invasive pest in central Wisconsin

    The University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Extension) of Portage County recently identified an invasive insect in Portage County and in the city of Stevens Point. 


  • Wisconsin, Costa Rica are not so different at times

    When it comes to ways to mess up vacations, thinking too much is high on the list. During visits to Costa Rica, my wife’s homeland, that’s especially true for me. Now that we’ve returned from what we hope becomes an annual trip, there has been time to reflect on thoughts that threaten my enjoyment of paradise.


  • Costa Rica: Lazy writer’s outdoor option

    American geographic illiteracy has one upside for my family: it probably keeps a few more tourists away from beautiful Costa Rica.


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  • Studinski's celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

    Ralph and Lorraine Studinski recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family, friends and original wedding party members.


  • DAR will knit for active servicemen through Trees from Home program

    Nay-osh-ing Chapter, Plover, Daughters of the American Revolution plans to contribute to the local nonprofit organization Trees from Home, which sends Christmas packages to soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.


  • Former Stevens Point resident graduates from U.S. War College

    U.S. Army Col. Chad Chasteen, a former Stevens Point resident, graduated June 10 from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, Pa., with a master’s degree in strategic studies. Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley addressed the graduates about Army readiness and the future leadership challenges in a complex world. 


  • Christiansons celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

    Leonard and Shirley Christianson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends, including original wedding attendants. The former Shirley Engebretson married Leonard Christianson July 9, 1966, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Stevens Point.


  • New Hope parade celebrates 35 years in fashion

    The New Hope Firecracker Parade celebrated its 35th anniversary Monday, July 4, with a fashion show, a “firecracker” vocal arrangement, a tuba band and a return performance of a fishermen drill team that was among the participants in the first parade.


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  • Brian T. Cleveland, 58, Stevens Point, died Sunday, July 24, 2016.

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Brainard Funeral Home-Wausau Chapel, 522 Adam St., Wausau, with the Rev. Philip Schneider officiating.

    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. Monday until the services.


  • Patricia M. Lyons

    Patricia M. Lyons, 63, Stevens Point, died Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. Ed Shuttleworth officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Parish Cemetery in Fancher.

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


  • Cindy J. Martin, 59, rural Bancroft, died Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

    Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31, in the Stahl Funeral Home in Plainfield.

    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3 p.m. Sunday until the services.


  • Richard Rucinski

    Richard “Dick” Rucinski, 67, Bancroft, died Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, at St. Alexander Catholic Church in Port Edwards, with the Rev. John Swing officiating. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids.

    Visitation is scheduled at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the services.


  • Grace M. Shulfer

    Grace M. Shulfer, 72, Amherst Junction, died Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Atrium of Stevens Point.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Fancher, with the Rev. Dan Hackel presiding. Burial will be at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Fancher.

    Visitation will be at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home of Amherst from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24, with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m., and at the church from 10 a.m. Monday until the Mass.


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  • Astilbes are fine garden-enhancing beauties

    It’s hard not to love the refined grace of astilbe. Let me count the ways:


  • 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. 


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