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  • 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.”

  • County Board OKs new Government Center concept

    Portage County Board of Supervisors agreed to move forward with a $78.5 million construction plan for a new Portage County Government Center, but not everyone was in favor of it.

  • Council divided on whether or not to require sidewalks for new developments
    The Stevens Point Common Council voted Monday, June 20, to require sidewalks for a subdivision development on Green Avenue to remain consistent with the Portage County Bike and Pedestrian Plan, which the city adopted. However, the vote was divided, and opposition said forcing a small segment of an otherwise completely sidewalk-void roadway is absurd. 
    
Stevens Point Sixers hold on to beat PloverMinnesota River Scenic Byway is historical and outdoor prizeCounty Board OKs new Government Center conceptCouncil divided on whether or not to require sidewalks for new developments
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 9:01 PM

A new state law will require all municipalities in Wisconsin to create tourism commissions to properly manage room tax money after other cities – none of which are in Portage County – were found to be syphoning the cash into general fund accounts. An alternative to creating the Tourism Commission would be to simply hand the room tax money over to the Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the area’s “tourism entity.” The city opted to create the commission.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:18 PM

The 32nd annual Riverfront Rendezvous will offer a little something – whether that is food, drink, music, friends, parade or kids’ activities – for everyone, organizers say.

  • 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.


  • County Board OKs new Government Center concept

    Portage County Board of Supervisors agreed to move forward with a $78.5 million construction plan for a new Portage County Government Center, but not everyone was in favor of it.


  • Park Ridge Village Board members will spend about $4,000 to determine whether a new Fire Department building should be built on the Village Hall property. Board members voted unanimously Monday, June 20, to award a preliminary design bid to Lampert Lee, an engineering firm, for $3,900. In the next several weeks, representatives from the firm will sit down with Fire Department personnel and village board members to discuss what the building should look like, what should be included, and different cost-effective options to consider when ultimately making the decision on whether to build, Village Board President Kathy Budelier said.


  • Council divided on whether or not to require sidewalks for new developments
    The Stevens Point Common Council voted Monday, June 20, to require sidewalks for a subdivision development on Green Avenue to remain consistent with the Portage County Bike and Pedestrian Plan, which the city adopted. However, the vote was divided, and opposition said forcing a small segment of an otherwise completely sidewalk-void roadway is absurd. 

  • State law requires city to create Tourism Committee, hand over room tax

    A new state law will require all municipalities in Wisconsin to create tourism commissions to properly manage room tax money after other cities – none of which are in Portage County – were found to be syphoning the cash into general fund accounts. An alternative to creating the Tourism Commission would be to simply hand the room tax money over to the Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the area’s “tourism entity.” The city opted to create the commission.


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  • 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.


  • Drohner named co-Player of Year, SPASH lands five on All-State

    The WIAA Division 1 State Champion Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) softball team had five players named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA) All-State Team, as junior pitcher Aubrey Drohner was named the WFSCA Division 1 co-Player of the Year.


  • SPASH pulls away to bring home State Title

    The Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) softball team overcame an early deficit to win the WIAA Division 1 State Title at Goodman Diamond in Madison Saturday, June 11.


  • Panthers end run this season with State Championship

    After missing the State Tournament last season for only the fourth time in 16 years, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) softball team entered this spring with its sights set on returning to Madison.


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  • 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.


  • If there’s an outdoor “play season” for most of us working stiffs, it has now begun in earnest. The indicators are all there. First of all, we’re still in Wisconsin, as best as I can tell, and that means each week from now until well into harvest time will bring dozens, if not hundreds, of daily festivals and concerts and picnics and gatherings in each and every community throughout this most lovely of states.


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  • Local man graduates from U.S. Air Force Academy

    Clayton Reid recently graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Reid is the son of Daniel and Marie Reid, Plainfield, and the grandson of James and Betty Burns, Almond. 


  • Cullen tells Rotary Club about book on state politics

    A former Wisconsin Senate Democratic majority leader and cabinet secretary to Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson talked about his book “Ringside Seat: Wisconsin Politics, 1970s to Scott Walker” to the Stevens Point Rotary Club Wednesday, June 15.


  • Thompson-Quinn Engagement

    Hailey O’Connell Thompson, daughter of John Michael Thompson and Jean Buckley, Stevens Point, recently announced her engagement to Duncan Mitsuru Quinn, son of Miki and Kevin Quinn, Middleton, R.I.


  • Konkol celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

    Gary and Sandy Konkol recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family Sunday, June 12, at Shooter’s in Plover. 


  • Russell Gymnastics competes at USAG Regional and Junior Championships

    In April, three gymnasts from Russell Gymnastics in Stevens Point competed in the U.S.A. Gymnastics (USAG) Region 4 Regional Championships in St. Louis.


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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Elaine C. “Good Girl” Kruzitski, 76, Plover, an owner of the former Johnny & Elaine’s bar in Arnott and Plover, died Saturday June 25, 2016, at Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Plover.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. Dan Oudenhoven officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the Shuda Funeral Home in Plover from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, with a general rosary prayed at 7 p.m., and at the church from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday.


  • Chester ‘Chet’ Wroblewski

    Chester “Chet” Wroblewski, 88, town of Carson, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at his home, while under the care of Ministry Home Hospice.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 24, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Mill Creek, with the Rev. Dennis Stanchik officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery in Stevens Point.

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


  • Florence C. Lein

    Florence C. Lein, 85, Blue Earth, Minn., mother of a Stevens Point woman, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

    A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, Minn., with the Rev. Russ Jacobsen officiating.

    Visitation will be at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, Minn., from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the service.


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  • 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.


  • There is a certain dismay when the Christian Easter and the Jewish Passover are disparagent holidays, as this year. It reflects a discord in our religious heritage that is uncharitable and jealous despite the vividness of the historic connection.


  • Trivia Weekend always brings back happy memories of contests past. And while I could write a book about all the years of trivia I’ve played and all the teams I’ve had the opportunity to play with, let me tell you about how I came to play the game in the first place.


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