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  • Amherst will host Springs in battle of reigning State Champions

    A pair of No. 1-ranked teams and defending State Champions will square off when the Amherst High School football team (1-0) hosts Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in Week 2 of the high school football season.

  • Magical Wyalusing State Park is oldie but goodie

    There’s nothing wrong with treating a state park like a hotel, and we just had a four-star experience at one of Wisconsin’s first. Sure, it was mosquito-infested and a little cramped, but for the most part, Wyalusing State Park makes a stellar overnight residence.

  • Walleye tournament raises $16,000 for United Way reading program

    Organizers of the Dan Sandstrom Walleye Tournament raised $16,000 for United Way of Portage County’s Learn for Life at their event Saturday, Aug. 13, on the Wisconsin River in Stevens Point.

  • Blubber run and have more fun

    Stevens Point Brewery is gearing up for its third annual Blubber Run and fifth annual Pointoberfest next month.

    The 5K noncompetitive Beer Run and Costume Contest takes place with run packet pickup and day-of registration pickup at 1:30 p.m. with the race starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Point Brewery, 2617 Water St., Stevens Point.

    
Amherst will host Springs in battle of reigning State ChampionsMagical Wyalusing State Park is oldie but goodieWalleye tournament raises $16,000 for United Way reading programBlubber run and have more fun
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World renowned jazz artist Benny Golson is among the talent scheduled to perform during the 14th annual Riverfront Jazz Festival Sept. 3 and 4 at Pfiffner Pioneer Park. Golson takes the stage Sept. 4. (Contributed photo)
World renowned jazz artist Benny Golson is among the talent scheduled to perform during the 14th annual Riverfront Jazz Festival Sept. 3 and 4 at Pfiffner Pioneer Park. Golson takes the stage Sept. 4. (Contributed photo)
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:08 PM

Central Wisconsin’s largest jazz festival is just around the corner and will combine local and world renowned talent into two days of entertainment.

The 14th annual Riverfront Jazz Festival will showcase a new lineup this year during the two-day event, held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, in Pfiffner Pioneer Park, 1100 Crosby Ave., Stevens Point.

The book “From the Boys With the Colors: Letters from ‘The Great War’ WWI: The McCreedy Brothers” contains the letters home from Charles McCreedy Jr. and his younger brother, Selden McCreedy, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. McCreedy of Stevens Point.
The book “From the Boys With the Colors: Letters from ‘The Great War’ WWI: The McCreedy Brothers” contains the letters home from Charles McCreedy Jr. and his younger brother, Selden McCreedy, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. McCreedy of Stevens Point.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:10 PM

The Portage County Historical Society has released two more books in its series of publications about World War I.

  • The state Department of Workforce Development reported it has found no probable cause for a discrimination complaint that Portage County Corporation Counsel Michael McKenna filed against Portage County Executive Patty Dreier last year. In its determination, the state says there is no probable cause to move forward with the complaint McKenna filed Aug. 31, 2015, alleging Dreier repeatedly discriminated against him due to his age and his status as a veteran, citing performance reviews and reprimands as well as an alleged comment regarding “extravagant lifestyles” of county veterans as evidence.


  • Local farmer’s death due to a buildup of gases in outdoor workspace

    While the Portage County Coroner’s office hasn’t had the necessary time to isolate exactly which poisonous gas was to blame, the tragic death of a local farmer – and 16 of his cattle – Monday, Aug. 15, was due to a “perfect storm” of conditions that trapped gasses in a high enough concentration to be fatal while he was agitating (mixing) his farm’s manure pit.


  • Portage County Health Care Center (PCHCC) Committee members have taken a step back in the future of the Health Care Center, choosing to revisit alternate options that include a possible referendum for the Health Care Center (HHC). “I am not throwing anything out at this time,” Committee Chair Jerry Walters said. “One might just be the answer.”


  • Residents of the town of New Hope gathered Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station to discuss recent water quality issues the town faces and to plan possible action that the town could take to protect groundwater and surface water quality from further degradation.


  • Plover officials do not believe there will be a significant financial impact to the village as they implement a relatively new state law that requires the village to form a Tourism Commission. The Village Board approved forming the five-member commission during its Village Board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 17.


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  • Jazz Festival to showcase local, worldwide talent

    Central Wisconsin’s largest jazz festival is just around the corner and will combine local and world renowned talent into two days of entertainment.

    The 14th annual Riverfront Jazz Festival will showcase a new lineup this year during the two-day event, held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, in Pfiffner Pioneer Park, 1100 Crosby Ave., Stevens Point.


  • Blubber run and have more fun

    Stevens Point Brewery is gearing up for its third annual Blubber Run and fifth annual Pointoberfest next month.

    The 5K noncompetitive Beer Run and Costume Contest takes place with run packet pickup and day-of registration pickup at 1:30 p.m. with the race starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Point Brewery, 2617 Water St., Stevens Point.


  • Rosholt Fair will mark 90 years

    One of the largest fairs in the area will wrap up the summer season, celebrating 90 years over Labor Day weekend. The Portage County Fair of Rosholt will take place Friday through Monday, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday; admission is $5. A weekend pass is $12. Monday will follow previous years’ admission: free. Ride wristbands are $17.


  • Festival features finger-picking, folk music

    Whether it’s a guitar, banjo or mandolin, grab an instrument and get ready to pick the music at the seventh annual Bluegrass in the Pines.

    The festival, which features 10 different bands from around the state and country, begins at noon Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Rosholt Fair Park in Rosholt. 


  • Lions celebrates 60 years of helping kids

    For one family, it’s the extra touches of counselors, a photo and synopsis of the week since the child has difficulty remembering. For another, it’s “best all-inclusive resort in the world for vacation.” These reactions are what Rosholt Lions Camp and Lions Foundation officials treasure.

    And it is the reason they celebrate 60 years this month.


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  • Magical Wyalusing State Park is oldie but goodie

    There’s nothing wrong with treating a state park like a hotel, and we just had a four-star experience at one of Wisconsin’s first. Sure, it was mosquito-infested and a little cramped, but for the most part, Wyalusing State Park makes a stellar overnight residence.


  • Przekurat wins National Walleye Tournament Championship

    A Stevens Point man won the 2016 Cabela’s National Walleye Tournament (NWT) Championship on Lake Oahe in Mobridge, S.D., Saturday, Aug. 6. Jason Przekurat captured his first pro-am championship win, catching 13 walleye weighing 36.67 pounds, to withstand a challenge from Joe Okada of Cambridge, who finished with 14 walleye weighing 35.22 pounds.


  • Equipment key, but attitude is critical in good trip

    Last week was supposed to be one in which I checked off a major goal for the year – taking that first trip to Yellowstone – but ultimately it was too far to go in too short a time, with too much left to do at home. We called it off at the last minute.


  • Annual Sandstrom Walleye Tournament raises money for Learn for Life program

    The 10th annual Dan Sandstrom Walleye Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, with take-off at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. Tournament results and a raffle and music entertainment will follow at the Moose Family Center, 1025 Second St. N., Stevens Point.


  • Let the Point Geography Challenge begin

    A colleague tells of a new University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) student wandering our building on the first day of the fall term and looking for a room that was actually located in the library. Informed of the fact, the student asked where the library was.


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  • Great Northern Distilling launches new spirit

    Great Northern Distilling, a Plover-based company, announced it has a new spirit to offer, Great Northern Distilling Rye Whiskey. 


  • WWI books contain letters from Portage County soldiers

    The Portage County Historical Society has released two more books in its series of publications about World War I.


  • Mason elected as Wisconsin DAR regent

    Judy Mason, a Stevens Point resident and a member of the Stevens Point Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), was elected as State Regent of the Wisconsin DAR at the Wisconsin State Conference in Milwaukee.


  • Senior volunteer Doxtator volunteers more than 1,500 hours

    I have always loved raising my family and living in Portage County, even though I am not “native” to this county as my husband is. The other thing I love is meeting new people and having them share their stories with me.


  • Part 3: Later owners of 1665 Main St. house

    The buyers of 839/1665 Main Street from Nellie Kelly and her older children, the John Martini family, did not have to worry about money shortages, apparently. After John Martini’s death on April 12, 1921, he left an estate valued at more than $100,000, according to the May 21, 1921, Daily Journal. That sum is easily equal to $1.2 million in 2016 money, according to the website measuringworth.com. 


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  • LaVonne Stuettgen

    LaVonne Stuettgen, 69, Stevens Point, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at her home after a battle with cancer. She was under the care of Ministry Hospice.

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Shuda Funeral Chapel - Stevens Point.

    Visitation will be at the funeral chapel from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.


  • Richard “Dick” Strasser, 87, Wausau, a Stevens Point native and brother of a Plover man, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at his home.

    A private memorial service will be held.


  • Ronald R. Schroeder, 67, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

    A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King.


  • Anne M. Radue

    Anne Mary Radue, 98, Stevens Point, died at her home Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerzy Rebacz presiding. Burial will be at St. Germain Cemetery in St. Germain.

    Visitation will be at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, and at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the Mass.


  • Patrick J. McGinley

    Patrick J. McGinley, 73, Plover, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at his home.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. Ed Shuttleworth officiating. Burial will be in the St. Bronislava Parish Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Plover from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, and at the church from 9 a.m. Thursday until the Mass.


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  • ‘Orange’ you glad for this bold color in the garden?

    Orange is one of the hottest and rarest colors in the garden. While various annuals, perennials and bulbs have been hybridized to bear various ranges of orange blooms, true orange appears in just a few: 


  • Getting up too early on Saturday has great payoff

    Last Saturday I did a few things I never do on a Saturday. The first thing I did that I never do is get up before the sun did. I am not a morning person, except for when I’m camping. Then I get up with the sun, because the whole forest gets up with the sun, and you simply can’t sleep in with all that chirping going on.


  • Language impacts lives, more than we know

    Peace Corps training is winding to an end here in Comoros, and I am getting ready to head to my village and set up my house and classroom and prepare to be an English teacher for the next two years.


  • Garden parade: Old, new, maintaining blue

    What’s old is new again. That was a common thread through the 19th annual Garden Parade in the Plover-Stevens Point area earlier this month. It is sponsored by Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers.


  • Astilbes are fine garden-enhancing beauties

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


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