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  • Evening of Chocolate Decadence benefits Epilepsy Foundation

    The Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin will hold its 12th annual Evening of Chocolate Decadence from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb.11, at the Stevens Point Country Club, 1628 Country Club Drive, Stevens Point.

  • Amherst football trio commits on National Signing Day

    After helping the Amherst High School football team win the WIAA Division 5 State Title last fall, seniors Tyler Biadasz, Garrett Groshek and Ben Gutschow made their college choices official Wednesday, Feb. 3.

  • Verso files for bankruptcy for debt restructuring, operations to continue

    Verso Corporation, which operates the Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids paper mills, announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, the company and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary bankruptcy petitions with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

  • Egner records 500th win, 14th-ranked UWSP women set for key stretch

    Head coach Shirley Egner, who recorded her 500th career victory earlier this month, and the 14th-ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) women’s basketball team will face a tough stretch as it looks to stay atop the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) standings.

    
Evening of Chocolate Decadence benefits Epilepsy FoundationAmherst football trio commits on National Signing DayVerso files for bankruptcy for debt restructuring, operations to continue Egner records 500th win, 14th-ranked UWSP women set for key stretch
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Jeremy Kleifgen announces Sentry’s plans to launch a co-op information technology employment training program Friday, Jan. 29. The program’s goal is to hire University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students and give them real-world experience, and potentially hire them full-time after graduation. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Jeremy Kleifgen announces Sentry’s plans to launch a co-op information technology employment training program Friday, Jan. 29. The program’s goal is to hire University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students and give them real-world experience, and potentially hire them full-time after graduation. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Friday, February 5, 2016 10:00 AM

Sentry Insurance announced Friday, Jan. 29, it plans to open a new Information Technology (IT) Co-op program to give University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) students hands-on, real-world project experience.

The author administers a kiss after catching a muskie on the Wisconsin River during a November fishing excursion. (Tom Jensen photo)
The author administers a kiss after catching a muskie on the Wisconsin River during a November fishing excursion. (Tom Jensen photo)
Friday, February 5, 2016 10:15 AM

A Chris-Craft is a hand crafted wooden boat named after Christopher Craft, whose middle name was Columbus. Christopher Columbus kinda rings a bell. Wonder who thought of that.

  • Business council honors local leaders and businesses

    Two Portage County businesses and two leaders in the county’s business community were honored Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Portage County Business Council’s (PCBC) annual awards dinner held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point.


  • Verso reaches agreement with creditors for debt reorganization

    Verso Corporation recently announced it finalized a restructuring support agreement (RSA) with creditors holding at least a majority in principal amount of substantially all tranches of funded debt of Verso and its subsidiaries in connection with Verso’s filing for bankruptcy protection.


  • Sentry seeks to open IT co-op to give students hands-on training

    Sentry Insurance announced Friday, Jan. 29, it plans to open a new Information Technology (IT) Co-op program to give University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) students hands-on, real-world project experience.


  • The village of Plover has issued a snow emergency effective at noon Tuesday, Feb. 2, until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, or until such earlier time as snowplowing operations have been declared completed by the Plover public works manager.

  • Individuals who wish to vote early in the spring Primary Election may vote in-person starting Monday, Feb. 1. Voters are reminded to bring proper photo identification as the new voter ID laws are now in effect. 


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  • Amherst football trio commits on National Signing Day

    After helping the Amherst High School football team win the WIAA Division 5 State Title last fall, seniors Tyler Biadasz, Garrett Groshek and Ben Gutschow made their college choices official Wednesday, Feb. 3.


  • SPASH’s Kizewski and Menge sign National Letters of Intent

    Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) seniors Victor Kizewski and Justice Menge signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday, Feb. 3, to continue their athletic careers in college.


  • UWSP men’s basketball falls to Whitewater, hosts River Falls Saturday

    With a chance to work its way back into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) race, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) men’s basketball team fell at home to UW-Whitewater Wednesday, Feb. 3.


  • Egner records 500th win, 14th-ranked UWSP women set for key stretch

    Head coach Shirley Egner, who recorded her 500th career victory earlier this month, and the 14th-ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) women’s basketball team will face a tough stretch as it looks to stay atop the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) standings.


  • Ninth-ranked SPASH boys continue late-season surge

    With only four seniors on its roster and a first-year head coach, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) boys hockey team has continued to make progress this season.

    SPASH is scheduled to close out this week with games against four ranked opponents in four days, starting with a matchup against eighth-ranked Bay Port (13-5) at K.B. Willett Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.


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  • Birthday muskies run in family during November trip

    A Chris-Craft is a hand crafted wooden boat named after Christopher Craft, whose middle name was Columbus. Christopher Columbus kinda rings a bell. Wonder who thought of that.


  • Heart of winter brings flurry of retirements

    Tuesday’s snowstorm was a big block party that brought all the neighbors out for a fiesta of snow throwers and shovels. There were almost as many folks out on the sidewalks as we can see on our way back from downtown summer festivals.


  • One last grouse hunt on Mead comes up empty

    “Only a fool seeks grouse when bluegills are biting through the ice,” friends Dan and Jim must have thought last weekend when I told them of my plans to hunt before the ruffed grouse season ended.


  • Nothing better than parks and penguins, but watch for foxes

    On my first day back in the office from Australia, I was encouraged by my employer to “walk like a penguin.” Meant to remind me to be careful on ice, the advice took me right back Down Under, where I recently visited an urban national park whose highlights include – what else? – penguins, even in the Australian summertime.


  • Grand Junction serves as meeting place for dog exchange

    This is the second installment of the column I call, “On the Road to Ames.” It’s a tale that has connections with seven states and the road trip the boss and I took last week that covered more than 2,100 miles.


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  • Plover pastor named associate general secretary of USCCB

    Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, S.T.L., was appointed on Feb. 3 associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where he will serve as administrator of the USCCB’s pastoral offices and a member of the executive staff. He is a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse and is pastor of St. Bronislava Church in Plover. The appointment is effective March 1.


  • Helbach family donates artwork to Portage County Health Care Center
    Paul Helbach, and his sister Bonnie, donated a piece of wildlife artwork to the Portage County Health Care Center, a senior living facility administered by the county, to commemorate more than 10 years of care given to the Helbach family. Both Paul and Bonnie’s parents, Walter and Theresa Helbach, were residents of the center.

  • Nay-osh-ing holds presentation about knitting during wartime

    Nay-osh-ing Chapter, Plover, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) met recently for a presentation by Janet Zblewski titled “Knitting Goes to War.”


  • 50th Wedding Anniversary

    Jim and Madeleine Haine recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.


  • Stevens Point gymnasts compete at state meet

    In December, 42 level 3 to 5 compulsory gymnasts from Russell Gymnastics in Stevens Point competed in the USA Gymnastics (USAG) state meet in Madison. They qualified for the state meet at meets during the competition season, which ran September to November 2015.


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  • Wilbur ‘Bill’ Doxsee

    Wilbur “Bill” Doxsee, 94, Stevens Point, died at home Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

    A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Church of the Intercession in Stevens Point. Interment will be at Forest Cemetery in Stevens Point.


  • Judith M. Sommers

    Judith M. Sommers, 76, Stevens Point, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Dennis Stanchik officiating. Burial will be in the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King.

    Visitation will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church from 9 a.m. Friday until the Mass.


  • Harold J. Rutkowski

    Harold J. Rutkowski, 78, Shantytown, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church in Bevent. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Friday.


  • Walter Nichiporuk

    Walter Nichiporuk, 90, formerly of Stevens Point, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Leitchfield, Ky.

    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Ted Trifon officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. Friday until the services.


  • Esther M. Ostrowski, 96, formerly of Galloway, sister of a Rosholt woman, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galloway, with the Rev. Augustine Bentil officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the church from 2 p.m. Thursday until the Mass, with a rosary service at 3:15 p.m.


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  • Once a ritual practice was to give every kid a crystal radio, Christmas often as not the occasion. To inform those who don’t know, a crystal radio receiver was an unpowered device sometimes referred to as the cat’s whisker receiver. No other power source was required than the energy of the radio waves themselves received however tenuously by a frail wire antenna.


  • Desiderius Erasmus once said, “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” That pretty much describes how I feel about books as well. 


  • “Ask your doctor if (fancy, new, expensive drug name) is right for you.”

    If you watch the evening news on any of the network-affiliated TV stations, you’ve heard this plea countless times from the big pharmaceutical companies.


  • A remarkable thing recently happened … the fuel rods have been pulled on the first nuclear plant in Japan to restart since the tsunami destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi station. Shortly after that disastrous event all Japan’s nuclear power plants were shut down.


  • Many people have seen one or both of the Hollywood movies titled “Red Dawn,” films that depicted the reaction of American teenagers when their country is invaded by forces of a foreign country. They periodically show up on television and are available on video.


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