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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.

  • 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.

  • Best of Show awards announced for 2016 Rosholt Fair

    The winners of Best of Show have been announced for the Portage County Fair of Rosholt held Friday through Monday, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5. The winners in their categories included: 

    
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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. 

Kyle C. Engen
Kyle C. Engen
Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:00 PM

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.


  • Bancroft School was slated last spring to receive new windows, doors and a new dishwasher to increase energy efficiency, but as of earlier this week the materials had not been ordered. Almond-Bancroft School Board members wanted to know why during their board meeting Monday, Sept. 19.


  • Citing the uncertain future of a proposed new Portage County Government Center and how to address Portage County Health Care Center (HCC) needs, County Board supervisors delayed funding the projects for a year.


  • 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. 


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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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  • The Portage County Public Library Board of Trustees recently announced it hired Larry Oathout to be the new Portage County Public Library director. Oathout earned a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film from Indiana State University and worked in the radio industry for many years before pursuing a career in libraries. He has two master’s degrees, one in speech communication from Eastern Illinois University and one in library science from the University of Illinois.


  • Best of Show awards announced for 2016 Rosholt Fair

    The winners of Best of Show have been announced for the Portage County Fair of Rosholt held Friday through Monday, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5. The winners in their categories included: 


  • Henry and Lorrain Tork celebrate 70th anniversary

    Henry and Lorraine Tork recently celebrated their 70th anniversary with dinner at Michele’s Restaurant Wednesday, Sept. 14, and a reception held at their home with family and friends Saturday, Sept. 17. 


  • Suehring-Silvernale Wedding

    Aaron Suehring and Elizabeth Silvernale were married Aug. 13, 2016. Aaron is the son of Bob and Sue Suehring, Junction City, and Elizabeth is the daughter of Willy and Robin Silvernale, Foxboro.


  • 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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  • Ruth V. Hetze

    Ruth V. Hetze, 96, Plover, formerly of Junction City, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016l, at Maple Ridge of Plover Community Based Residential Facility.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Martens / Rembs Funeral Home, Junction City, with Rev. Mark Lundgren and Rev. Dr. Timothy Roser officiating. Burial will be held in Union Cemetery, Milladore.

    The family will receive relatives and friends from 1 p.m. Friday until service time at Martens / Rembs Funeral Home.

    Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com.


  • Therese “Terri” V. Pfiffner

    Therese “Terri” V. Pfiffner, 91, Plover, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. 

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with Rev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating.

    A time of visitation will precede the funeral at the on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. Interment will be held in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Online condolences may be made to www.bostonfuneralhome.net.


  • August “Gus” “Clarence” Wanta

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

    A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Wanta will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at St Adalbert Catholic Church. The Rev. Roy Witucki will officiate.

    Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Shuda Funeral Chapel – Stevens Point and again Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. A rosary will be

    prayed Sunday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Shuda Funeral Chapel - Stevens Point.

    Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com. 


  • John A. Worzalla

    John A. Worzalla, 90, Stevens Point, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at the Portage County Health Care Center.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, with theRev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at the church from 8:30 a.m. Saturday until the Mass. American Legion Post 543 of Plover will hold a ritual at 6:45 p.m. Friday, and a rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Friday.


  • Virginia Kubisiak

    Virginia “Sis” Kubisiak, 89, Plover, diedTuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in the emergency room at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital. She had been at the Atrium Care Center for six days. She had suffered from dementia since 2010 and had been kept at home under the care of her family.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at St. Stanislaus Church of Holy Spirit Parish, with the Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Monday until the Mass.


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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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