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DECEMBER 2018

Member News Calendar of Events New Members Ribbon cuttings

An update on the Discovery Phase of strategic plan By David Eckmann, President/CEO he end of a calendar year brings an opportunity to both reflect and to look forward to new opportunities. Perhaps one of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s larger undertakings in the last decade is to gather business and governmental support to create an economic development strategic plan for the region. Consensus to develop a plan was built on strong agreement that our region, to effectively compete for talent and support innovative organic growth, requires a collective vision and a plan that will help us to create the place where people and businesses want to locate.

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Now, three months into the economic development planning process, I can share an update on our progress. Since early September, TIP Strategies, an economic development planning firm out of Austin, TX, has visited our region three times. Over the course of their visits, they have met with a variety of stakeholder groups which include municipalities in the county, K-16 education leaders, business leaders (manufacturing, health care, finance, insurance, education), the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturing Alliance, a wide variety of young professionals, workforce development and human resources professionals, outdoor recreation organizations, the Central Wisconsin Visitors Bureau, not-forprofit organizations, commercial and residential real estate professionals, Hmong community leaders, as well as profes-

sionals in the agricultura and ginseng industries. In addition to these meetings and focus groups, a community-wide survey was offered to the general public, resulting in more than 350 survey responses. Invitations for engagement and participation have been received well by our community, and for that we are extremely grateful. At the conclusion of TIP’s recent visit, they closed the Discovery Phase of the planning process and began the Opportunity Phase. Where the first phase is intended to identify our regional Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, the next stage begins to identify themes that our community must consider as we develop a plan of action. Talent, community amenities and creative industry are three key themes that emerged from the Discovery Phase. It should be no surprise that talent development, retention, and attraction is a priority given our current labor crisis and the projected decline in the working-age population. Closely related to the need to attract and retain talent is the importance of both supporting existing and building community amenities to attract people to the region. A strong K-16 education system and downtown vibrancy will also be an important part of our future success. Finally, we must develop and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to foster the growth of creative industries. For more information on the latest TIP Strategies presentation and to track progress in planning, please visit WausauChamber.com.

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Supervisory Management Certificate

April 5–June 14, 2019 $1,350 The Supervisory Management Certificate program is a sixday series designed to give current and potential supervisors the essential tools and skills required to be an effective supervisor and manager. This certificate program will teach you the key skills you must master to be successful. Explore topics critical to developing effective management skills such as interpersonal and communication skills, motivation and empowerment, delegation, the role of emotional intelligence, and conflict resolution.

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Certificate

February 8–March 22, 2019 $1,195 The Conflict Resolution and Mediation Certificate Program is a five-day, skill-centered series for professionals and community members interested in learning more productive ways of resolving conflicts at work, at home, and in the community. Participants will learn how to recognize the underlying motivations that fuel disagreements, barriers to resolving conflict, and proven mediation techniques that promote collaborative thinking and agreements that benefit everyone. Led by Cade Spaulding, trained Conflict Mediator and Assistant Professor at UWStevens Point. This program fulfills Wisconsin Chapter 767 requirements and meets the 40-hour training requirement for membership in Wisconsin Association of Mediators (WAM). Other membership requirements apply.

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Chamber News (In Case You Missed It)

Coming up on our calendar: January 10: Ribbon cutting: Jackson Hewitt January 8: Business PM: Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort January 10: Ribbon cutting: Greenfire Management Services LLC January 15: Women’s Leadership Conference January 18: Nothing But Networking January 22: Business PM: Wausau Curling Club Inc

Business PM networking events were held on November 29 at Condor Coffee in Weston and on December 13 at Compass Properties in Wausau.

For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

Help us welcome the newest Chamber members! Support the regional economy - do business with members. Adaptive Communities Inc Heartland Communications Group LLC - WRJO/WERL WCYE/WHOH - WATW/WBSZ/WJJH/WNXR Holiday Inn Express - Weston Jackson Hewitt Vantage Agora Wenger Equipment LLC Zipperer Financial LLC

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Ribbon Cuttings Ribbon cuttings (clockwise from right) were recently held at McLit: Marathon County Literacy Council in Wausau, These Hands Massage in Wausau, Spectrum Insurance in Wausau and Basil in Weston.

The Immersion Project continued with sessions focused on education held on December 11 and 12, 2018.

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Chamber News

Chamber unveils new leadership program The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will offer a new leadership program beginning in the fall of 2019. Transformational Leadership will be led by program designer and facilitator Bridget Wenman, President of Perspectives Training and Consulting, LLC, and will include nine sessions totaling more than 70 hours. The program will build an arsenal of personal growth strategies for participants, equipping them with the ability to create and inspire change in participants, their organizations and the community. Individuals at any level of leadership will benefit from a renewed understanding of the region’s history, its Bridget Wenman founders and the impact that they can have on the generations which will follow. Wenman, a Wausau native, has more than 20 years of experience coaching executives, using a wide variety of solutions to help them define their culture, refine their

workforce and increase productivity. Wenman has a degree in organizational communication from UW-Oshkosh and was the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient. “I have been impressed with the quality of leadership programs that the Chamber has brought to our region and I am excited to help them continue in that tradition by implementing a program that not only challenges the participant, but impacts their organizations and the community.” said Wenman. “Congratulations to Ray on his retirement. It’s well deserved.” The Chamber’s current Leadership Excellence program has been led by Ray Mickevicius since 2004. Mickevicius is retiring, having graduated hundreds of individuals from the program. Registration for the 2019-2020 Transformational Leadership program is now open. The first in the series of monthly sessions will be held on Sept. 6, 2019. For more information on the program, contact Sharon Baumann at 715-848-5943 or sbaumann@wausauchamber.com.

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador volunteers met at El Tequila Salsa in Rib Mountain to celebrate the holidays on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

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Women’s Leadership Conference

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center, Rothschild Cost: $75 for members and non-members

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oin hundreds of attendees from across the state for the fifth annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Attendees at every age and every stage (from entry level to senior leadership) are invited to attend this high-impact, interactive leadership conference, which is designed to provide attendees with powerful framework and tools to grow professionally and personally and become more effective leaders and the best version of themselves.

Featuring National Speaker Tim Kight of Focus 3 Kight’s program, The R Factor, focuses on building cultures of success by aligning the power of leaders, culture and behavior to achieve exceptional results. The R Factor is a simple, proven, systematic and powerful framework for being intentional in the way you think, make decisions and act as a leader in your work and personal life. Behavior, not talent, technology or tactics is the driving force of strategic success. This isn’t motivation. It’s skill-building.

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Member News

The Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point hosted a Grow Your Customer Base event at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Ambassador Profile: Chamber Ambassadors will be profiled each month in Chamber Connection.

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had the opportunity to meet so many great business owners! We have so many amazing people in our area.

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teers who engage new and current members, reviewing benefits, highlighting programs and events and ensuring member needs are met. If you would like a visit from an Ambassador or would like to learn more about the group, please contact Judy Pitek at 715848-5966.


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Breakout sessions from regional manufacturers who are leaders in Automation and Innovation! Vendor Fair with Automation Suppliers This conference is ideal for Business Owners, Presidents, Process Improvement Professionals, Engineers, Plant Managers, and Technology Professionals within the Manufacturing industry.

Cost: $125 per person Confirmed! Keynote Speaker DAN ARIENS CEO and Chairman of the Board, The Ariens Company

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Member News event brings together nearly 1,000 business leaders and offers a cadre of top-notch speakers. The lunch keynote is Ed Henry award-winning journalist and FOX News chief national correspondent, bestselling author and syndicated radio host Dennis Prager, and retired Army Staff Sergeant and veterans advocate Travis Mills. For more information or sponsorship opportunities please contact Brittany Rockwell at brockwell@ wmc.org or (608) 661-6917.

Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport (Spirit) has initiated critical care airplane transport in addition to its award winning interfacility critical care ambulance and medical helicopter transport program. This new service ‘Spirit 3’ will enhance medical transport services by transporting patients to cities inside and outside of Spirit’s service area. International Air Charters, Inc., will provide all aviation services including the aircraft, pilots and maintenance. “We are excited to add the first fixed wing base in north central Wisconsin,” said Charlie Kotke, regional manager, Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport. “The airplane allows us to provide the continuity of care for patients as they move from one hospital to another, or for longer transports due to the enhanced range and speed of the aircraft.” The airplane, a Cessna Conquest II, is a medicallyconfigured twin-turboprop that is based at Lakeland Airport/ Noble F. Lee Memorial Field, Arbor Vitae and can travel at speeds of more than 350 mph. Spirit’s highly-trained medical crew consists of a critical care registered nurse and a critical care paramedic. The airplane has been outfitted with the Spectrum Patient Loading System which is versatile, lightweight and compact. Spirit’s first fixed wing transport recently traveled from Eagle River to Rockford, IL to meet the specific request of the patient. “This new fixed wing service supports our mission of meeting the needs of patients in the rural setting and challenging weather of north central Wisconsin when seconds count,” said Ted Ryan, Director, Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport. “This essential element adds to our comprehensive approach of providing exceptional critical care medical services in the communities we serve, and beyond.” Business Day in Madison, to be held on March 6, has become the premiere business gathering annually in the state. The

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The Center for the Visual Arts offers three exhibits, the Gifted by Hand exhibit in the Caroline S. Mark Gallery, the CVA Volunteers & Student exhibit in the Loft Gallery and Artful Gifting exhibit in the Vault Gallery. All exhibits are free and open to the public. The Win Brockmeyer Memorial Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 23rd annual Win Brockmeyer Memorial Scholarships, a program administered by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. The student athletes nominated by their school’s respective coaching staffs include: Trey Buchberger – Wausau East High School, Elliot Samuels – Newman Catholic High School, Derek Mesunas – D.C. Everest High School and Vue Thao – Wausau West High School. From these nominees, a Selection Committee composed of members of the press, area school athletic directors, and a representative of the Community Foundation, will choose one of these athletes as the Win Brockmeyer Outstanding Senior High School Football Player of the Greater Wausau Area for 2018. That announcement will be made at a recognition breakfast on Friday, December 21, at 8 a.m., at the Wausau Country Club. Each nominee will be honored with at least a $500 scholarship, and the student selected as the Outstanding Player of the Year will receive a $1,500 scholarship. In the Win Brockmeyer Scholarship Fund’s history, 75 young men have received scholarship awards totaling nearly $65,000.

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Member News Recently, CITYLAB, a newsletter of the Atlantic Monthly, posted an insightful, and well written article about the dark store loophole battle taking place in Wisconsin. The article features interviews with West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow, Wauwatosa assessor Shannon Krause, and West Allis assessor Jason Williams. The article can be found here. The Ninth Annual Eastbay Turkey Trot raised more than $58,000 for the Marathon County Hunger Coalition – an increase of over $6,000 from last year and a new record! This year’s event once again also had record participation. Over 1,800 runners trotted on Thanksgiving Day. Eastbay will present a check to the MCHC on December 19 at 11 a.m. at the Footlocker.com/Eastbay Corporate office located at 111 S. First Ave., Wausau. Hunger Coalition member pantries met over 151,000 requests for food assistance in 2017. Over 55% of those requests for food assistance were for children and seniors. Nutritious food is vital for kids to feed their growing bodies and minds, and seniors should not have to choose between food and medicine. Amanda Tabin, Community Impact Director for United Way of Marathon County commented on the results of this year’s event. “We are so grateful to Eastbay and the event’s sponsors and participants for their support to improve food security and health in our community.” The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation to support a future tactile exhibition, inviting all visitors to experience a new way to ‘see’ by touching a selection of artwork from the Museum’s collection. Woodson Art Museum director Kathy Kelsey Foley and assistant director Matt Foss received a $3,000 grant check during a December 5 luncheon at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay. “We are thrilled, honored, and humbled to be among the recipients of a 2018 Green Bay Packers Foundation grant,” said Woodson Art Museum director Kathy Kelsey Foley. “The Woodson Art Museum is grateful to receive a 2018 award, and we look forward to welcoming visitors of all interests – football and art – to experience our tactile exhibition, debuting in early 2019.”

anodize, thermal improvement and stretch forming for aluminum. “Tammy has greatly expanded Linetec’s presence in our industry,” praised Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing. “In her new role, Tammy will continue to oversee all aspects of Linetec’s marketing.” Some of her current responsibilities he listed Tammy Schroeder include website designer, social media administrator, digital content manager, industry-facing public relations coordinator and educator, and technical article author. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with architects, specifiers and architectural product manufacturers who work in both commercial and residential building markets. Schroeder earned and maintains her LEED Green Associate credentials through the U.S. Green Building Council. She also participates and coordinates Linetec associates’ involvement in numerous other professional organizations, such as Aluminum Anodizers Council the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the American Institute of Architects, the Association of Licensed Architects, the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America, and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. In addition to industry associations, Schroeder works closely with Linetec’s human resources team to support the company’s connections to local nonprofit organizations and community events, as well as to recruit, recognize and celebrate the achievements of Linetec’s associates.

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Tammy Schroeder has been promoted to marketing manager at Linetec. Throughout her 19 years with the company, Schroeder has worked in various sales and marketing roles. Most recently, she held the role of senior marketing specialist for Linetec’s high-quality, high-performance architectural coatings and services. These include liquid paint coatings, powder coat,

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Member News Sarah Rudolph will discuss theatre and pathology at 6:30 p.m. on January 14 at the Edgar High School Auditorium in Edgar. This presentation is part of the History Speaks in Your Town series presented by the Marathon County Historical Society and the Continuing Education office of UW-Stevens Point at Wausau. People once gazed in upon asylum patients confined within fenced-in yards as a form of entertainment. While no longer afforded such entertainment, Americans continue to find fascination in madness, mental illness, eccentricities, and pathology. Focused on the evolution of theatrical representations, this presentation will trace the various portrayals of mental illness over time and how they have coincided with larger cultural impressions of pathology. Dr. Sarah Rudolph has taught and directed theatre on Wausau’s UW campus for nearly three decades, and she has pursued research and creative work helping to illuminate depictions of mental illness within a social context. This talk is free and open to the public. Also next month, the Marathon County Historical Society will present Side Streets of Downtown Wausau, another topic in our History Speaks series. Join us for this presentation at 2 p.m. on January 27 at the Woodson History Center in Wausau. The presentation will take a look beyond the main streets of Wausau, to other sites that graced the central part of the city. Together, they broaden the story of this community. Gary Gisselman is the research librarian at the Marathon County Historical Society, and a walking “encyclopedia” of local history. There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated. Registration is not required. All donations are appreciated. Registration is not required. The Historical Society is grateful to Janke Book Store and to Compass Properties for their sponsorship of the History Speaks series, and to the Murco Foundation and the Larry and Elsie Lohr Fund for their support for History Speaks In Your Town. For more information, please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750. Based on feedback from interested writers, the Marathon County Historical Society has added a session for an upcoming writers workshop. A Few Choice Words: A Writers Workshop will be offered twice: from 10 a.m. to noon on January 9 and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on January 12. Both will be held at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. Professional educator and writer Victoria Lindsay of Weston will lead this workshop. Through lecture, writing time during the workshop and informative handouts, participants will

learn ways to stimulate memories so they bubble to the surface, and will learn writing techniques that add zest and spice to their stories. The aim is to help people record their own stories, and will offer tips for writers at all experience levels. The cost of the workshop is $15 per person. There’s a limit of 12 participants; please register in advance. For more information or to register, please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715842-5750. Team members from REI Engineering, Inc. and Northwest Petroleum Services, Inc. collected 3,725 food items and monetary donations for Blessings in a Backpack DC Everest and Wausau. The donation will benefit school-age children in need in the D.C. Everest and Wausau School Districts. Blessings in a Backpack provides food over the weekend to children that may not get enough to eat on the weekends. Students receive a package each Friday with two breakfast items, two snacks, and two lunches of easy to prepare food items. “REI is proud to be a community partner and help enhance and support the needs of our community,” states REI President Jeny Nieuwenhuis.

Each month, Wisconsin Central Time NEWS brings you insightful articles, updates, and events about the issues being discussed and the goals being achieved by Marathon County government. Check out the latest articles from Wisconsin Central Time NEWS — now in a mobilefriendly format — to see how county officials and employees are working to make Marathon County a great place to work, play, live, and do business. View or subscribe at WisconsinCentralTimeNEWS.com.

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Member News Schenck SC plans to join professional services firm CLA on January 1. “With our similar client service philosophies and cultures, joining CLA is a natural fit,” said Dan Young. “For our clients, we’ll bring greater and more diversified services. In addition, we’ll create exciting growth opportunities for Dan Young our team. We anticipate a seamless integration for both clients and team members, and look forward to beginning this new journey.” With this move, CLA will serve clients from 18 locations throughout Wisconsin. Young will lead the Wisconsin region as chief practice officer. “We exist to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities,” said Steve DeBruyn Steve DeBruyn, chief practice officer, CLA Eastern Midwest region. “As the world around us rapidly evolves, we continuously build our practice to lead the pace of change and innovation. Schenck has a strong reputation in Wisconsin and a solid team of well-respected professionals. Together we strengthen our ability to serve.” The more than 600 current Schenck employees will continue to serve clients locally and nationally from their existing offices, expanding CLA’s Wisconsin team to be more than 1,000 professionals.

most recent study by NorthStar Consulting in Madison. UW-Stevens Point also generates $21.2 million in state and local tax annually. WalletHub is a web-based service that offers advice and reviews of financial products and professionals and credit reports. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is a step closer to offering a doctor of physical therapy after receiving authorization from the UW System Board of Regents on December 7. Regent approval is a key step needed to launch a DPT program, the only one in the northern half of Wisconsin.The doctor of physical therapy would be among several health-related degree programs offered in the College of Professional Studies. Others are nursing, athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, dietetics, audiology and communication sciences and disorders. “The physical therapy program is being developed in partnership with local health care providers and has the specific intent of graduating physical therapists ready to collaborate and serve the evolving and diverse needs of rural communities,” said Kathryn Zalewski, physical therapist, physical therapy educator and consultant with the College of Professional Studies.

Good Ideas: A University Experience for Adults will be held on January 8, 9, and 10 on the UW-Stevens Point at Wausau campus. Registrations will be accepted through Tuesday, January 2 or until full. The program fee is $59. There is an optional lunch buffet for $39, which includes Time Federal Savings Bank encouraged the Wausau soup, sandwich, side and desert. For more information, or community to donate to The Women’s Community, Inc. a brochure, contact the Office of Continuing Education by matching all donations dollar for dollar up to a total at 715–261–6294 or visit this link. of $1,000earlier this month. Ya Yang, Wausau Branch Manager, said, “We are excited to encourage holiday The Alexander Walkway in the Upper Third Street giving to our local Women’s Community, Inc, that helps neighborhood has a holiday glow and it is thanks to people in need.” some innovative and caring citizens in the area. Through December 21, community members are invited to Wallet Hub ranks UW-Stevens Point sixth overall among contribute a tree to the walkway. Anyone looking to add 415 U.S. cities with universities in 2019. “People like to be a tree is responsible for supplying the tree, decorations where they’re welcomed and where they feel good, and and contacting GlassHatWi@gmail.com. The Wausau that’s what this community does.” said UW-Stevens Point River District event aims to bring Christmas down Third Chancellor Bernie Patterson. The university’s economic Street and encourage pride in the upper Third Street impact to the region is $421 million, according to the neighborhood.

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Cellcom: Get to Know Screen Time in iOS 12 With the launch of iOS 12 came new ways to monitor and curb your device usage and, through Family Sharing, your kids’ device usage. The feature is called Screen Time. The feature, found in your settings menu once you download iOS 12, will give you a summary about how you are using your device each day, broken down by categories. You can then dive in and see how much you are using each app, how many notifications you receive from apps or even how many times you are simply picking up your phone. By using Family Sharing, you can also see this data for others on your account. Once you’ve seen how much you use your device there are features available

to help you control and curb usage. Downtime lets you schedule a time when the device will lock you out of certain apps. This could be at bedtime to prevent you from scrolling social media or watching videos, during family dinners or maybe first thing in the morning to help you get out of bed and get rolling. You can pick which apps are always available, so you can still make calls, send texts or even keep specific educational apps open for your children. The App Limits feature allows you to set specific limits for each app – again for yourself or for someone on your Family Sharing – or for broad categories like social networking or gaming. Screen Time now houses Content

& Privacy Restrictions, which introduces the tools to remotely keep inappropriate content off a child’s device. While these settings were previously available they had to be adjusted on the device itself. You can set whether your child can install new apps, delete apps or make in-app purchases on iTunes or the App Store. This is also where you can set content ratings for books, music, TV shows, movies and apps. You can also turn off location-sharing. For more information on iOS 12, visit www.apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview. Follow Cellcom on social media for more tips and tricks to make your smartphone a more powerful tool.

Cellcom: Tips for backing up your smartphone Winter in Wisconsin means more risk for your smartphone getting lost or damaged in the elements. With all the photos, videos, apps and other information we have on our phones today, it is important to backup your device to make sure the content significant to you never gets lost if something happens to your device. Here are some options from Cellcom to make sure you never lose something important to you: • To create a backup with iCloud on iOS, visit the Settings menu and tap iCloud > Backup and toggle iCloud Backup on. This will back up your device daily when your device is

connected to Wi-Fi, connected to a power source and the screen is locked. • With iOS you can also create a backup through iTunes by plugging your device into the computer and opening the latest version of iTunes. Once the phone is connected, you simply select backup from the file menu. Note that if iCloud back up is enabled, the phone will not back up to iTunes. • On your Android device download the Google Drive app from the Google Play Store. Once you’re logged in with your default Gmail account, visit the settings menu and select Backup & Reset and then Backup My Data.

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• You can back up photos on your Android or iOS device using Google Photos. Simply download Google Photos from the application market and the first time you go through set up turn the Backup and Sync slider on. The default is to upload high quality photos (unlimited storage) over Wi-Fi only. We recommend sticking to these settings, but you can change them in the settings menu at any time. For step-by-step details and howto videos on how to back up and restore your device using any of these methods, you can visit cellcom.com/ backup. If you need assistance, visit a local Cellcom store or contact us.


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Rebuilding landmark a labor of love By Elizabeth Knight After 30 years of living on the west coast and building a successful career in the investment world, Mark Macdonald was ready to retire. “I retired in 2011 and now only work 14 hour days,” joked Macdonald. For three decades, Macdonald had worked with investments. He married, raised four children and was successful in his profession. In retirement, he wanted to do something different. “My job had always centered on investing in businesses,” commented Macdonald. “In retirement, I wanted to run my own business.” Macdonald always had a love for baseball. Growing up, his family owned a restaurant and golf course in North Bend which gave him familiarity with athletics and hospitality. As he explored options, he was attracted to the idea of purchasing a baseball team. His search led him to Wausau and Athletic Park, home to the Wisconsin Woodchucks, one of 20 teams in the summer collegiate Northwoods Baseball League. “The Woodchucks were a perfect fit,” shared Macdonald. “I grew up in Wisconsin, and I have always liked the people here. There is a genuineness to this community. I was excited to return to the midwest and invest in a place like Wausau.” Baseball certainly had a history in the city. The formation of the first city team dated back to 1871. The first baseball game played at Athletic Park, then known as Yawkey Park, was in 1912. Numerous minor league teams called the field home over the years, with the Woodchucks taking over in 1994. Macdonald’s purchase went through in 2012 and from the beginning, he was aware that the historic stadium required renovations. “When I bought the team, I knew Athletic Park needed a lot of work. I went into this experience with my eyes wide open understanding a significant investment needed to be made.” The first major renovation in the park’s long history officially broke ground in 2014 and over the course of the next three years, Macdonald, through a partnership with the city, invested over $7 million to update the stadium and

surrounding area. Improvements included new theatre style seating, grandstand, concessions, lights, luxury suites, restrooms, group seating areas, a community playground, a bullpen social seating area, and a tailgate pavilion. The goal: Bring back families and businesses to the ball field while providing a more comfortable, interactive experience for fans. The plan worked. Not only did individual and group ticket sales increase, but the renovations lit a spark in the neighborhood. Families filled the free community park adjacent to the field, even on non-game days. Businesses started popping up in the neighborhood. “This stage in my life is about having fun and making a positive impact on a community,” shared Macdonald. “And I think I’ve done that. What we’ve done at Athletic Park, and the neighborhood around it, is huge.” Reflecting on how his efforts have transformed not only a baseball team but also the neighborhood and city around it, Macdonald says, “I’ve been impressed and touched by the response from the community. We’ve created one of the most interesting baseball facilities in the state. This place sets Wausau and central Wisconsin apart. It has been a labor of love.”

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