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OCTOBER 2017

Ribbon Cuttings Business PM Schedule Member News Calendar of Events New Members

Updates on a pair of important topics

By David Eckmann, President/CEO he Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is uniquely positioned to convene and collaborate with community stakeholders. Our diverse membership, coupled with our role to help shape the well-being of our region with other organizations, is core to our work. As we head into our program year, there are two topics that you should know about. It should be no surprise that the topics relate to the need to develop, attract, and retain talent in our community.

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In recent months, the Chamber has been invited to participate in United Way’s effort to create a family-friendly program which will support organizations of all types in their efforts to recruit and retain talent. Essentially, the United Way of Marathon County is employing their capacity to support early childhood development and their ability to develop programs that help organizations of all types to enhance the quality of life of employee’s families. The work we do to develop, retain and attract talent cannot be done by one organization alone. It is incumbent that organizations like the Chamber and United Way work together to build a stronger, more vibrant community. On Wednesday, November 15, the United Way will host

an event at Northcentral Technical College to welcome business leaders to participate in a discussion and to learn about the importance of building a family-friendly workplace. Please visit this link for more information. United Way is doing very important work and we are happy to help where we can. On another note … Earlier this week, the UW System announced the proposal to merge the two-year college campuses with geographically affiliated comprehensive four-year universities. If approved, UW-Marathon County and UW-Marshfield – Wood County would be affiliated to UW-Stevens Point. This is an important development for our community. Over 100 years ago, land-grant education institutions were developed in Wisconsin. Now, in 2017, our community has the opportunity to participate in re-inventing the UW presence in the greater Wausau region. With the high level of excellence of Northcentral Technical College and the transformation of the UW, the greater Wausau region will be positioned to effectively compete in the 21st century knowledge economy. The Chamber has been invited to participate in a dialogue with UW-Stevens Point and UW-Marathon County. As we move forward, we will keep you apprised on progress and offer information sessions on this transformational opportunity.

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Chamber News

October is Manufacturing Month The State of Wisconsin has declared October 2017 Manufacturing Month. Join Wisconsin DPI in this celebration as we promote manufacturing and manufacturing careers and education along with these great partners: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) Wisconsin Technical College

System (WTCS), and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) The DPI will join the national celebration of manufacturing in our schools. We recognize that manufacturing can empower a student to define their own success through the multitude of opportunities available. It is a career

ICYMI: (In Case You Missed It)

The Wausau RiverWolves hosted a Business PM and a ribbon cutting at Marathon Park on Tuesday, October 3. The PM included the introduction of the team’s new mascot, Howler.

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that requires skill, thought, and creativity. Manufacturing offers a wide range of career paths for a student to pursue - like sales, working the assembly line, carpentry, computer programming, or engineering. A career in manufacturing means more than a life filled with hard labor and little growth.


Chamber News

Coming up on our calendar: October 26: Business PM: Crystal Finishing Systems October 31: Business Essentials: Develop Culture-Friendly Employee Handbooks November 1: ATHENA Leadership Award® Program

Registration is open for Business EXPO 2018: Don’t miss your opportunity to host a booth at the largest business trade show in the state! The Business EXPO is the time to showcase new products and services, make key business contacts and network with thousands of attendees from around Wisconsin. Register now to take advantage of an ‘Early Bird Rate.’

Help us welcome the newest Chamber members! Support the regional economy do business with members.

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November 9: The Power of You: Building Your Personal Brand November 9: Business PM: Granite Peak Ski Area November 10: Nothing But Networking November 14: Business Essentials: Change Happens ... December 7: Business PM: Marco Technologies For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

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Chamber Awards

Linetec and J & D Tube Benders honored at Manufacturing Excellence Awards A pair of businesses received awards at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards held on Tuesday, October 17. The Chamber honored manufacturers that have demonstrated excellence in their practice at the event held at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild. Linetec received the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category and J & D Tube Benders Inc received the award in the small to medium manufacturer category. The large manufacturer category included those businesses with more than 300 employees, while the small to medium manufacturer category included businesses with less than 300 employees. “Linetec feels very honored to receive this award, especially considering the number of distinguished manufacturers that are based in the Wausau area,” said Rick Marshall, President of Linetec. “We would like to thank the 570 employees of our company. They are the ones that drive our positive culture and our core values, enabling Linetec to perform well and consistently for our customers.” “J & D Tube Benders would like to thank the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our company as the recipient for 2017.” said Tom Felch, President/Owner of J & D Tube Benders Inc. “It truly is an honor to be recognized for this award. The efforts of all of our employees is what makes our company what it is today. We encourage involvement from our employees at work, as well as in the community that we operate in. Our management team believes our responsibility reaches far outside the walls of our building.” Roxanne Baumann, Director of Global Engagement with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, was the keynote speaker at the event. WSAW/WZAW’s Jeff Thelen served as the master of ceremonies for the event. The event was part of the Chamber’s celebration of

Linetec received the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category. Mike Schauls, from left, Tammy Schroeder, Rick Marshall and Jane Kessel represented the business at the program. Manufacturing Month. The recipients displayed excellence in contributing to the growth in the region’s economy, operations, innovation, workplace culture, quality jobs, supply chain management and commitment to the region.

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Chamber Awards The finalists were: Small to medium manufacturers (1 299 employees): AROW Global Inc FreMarq Innovations Inc J & D Tube Benders Inc Wilson-Hurd A Division of NelsonMiller Large manufacturers (300+ employees): County Materials Corporation Domtar Paper Co LLC Linetec Watch video profiles, produced by US Workstories, for both the finalists in the Small to Medium category and Large category on the Chamber’s YouTube channel. Customodal was the presenting sponsor for the event. The platinum sponsors were Ellis Construction and Ruder Ware LLSC, the gold sponsors were Marshfield Clinic Inc, River Valley Bank and Wipfli LLP, the silver sponsors were Greenheck, M3 Insurance, MBE CPAs and MCDEVCO Inc and the bronze sponsors were The Boson Company Inc, The Dirks Group LLC, Newmark

J & D Tube Benders Inc received the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the small to medium manufacturer category. Jeff Schaupp, from left, Darrin Koehler, Jon Felch, Tom Felch, Janet Felch and Lisa Felch represented the business at the program. Grubb Pfefferle, REI Engineering Inc and RMM Solutions Inc. WSAW/ WZAW was the media sponsor and US Workstories was the video sponsor. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats and Greenheck received the award in 2016 in the small to medium and large

categories respectively. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) encourages manufacturing employers to host tours as October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. For more information on statewide events, visit wmc.org.

Roxanne Baumann, Director of Global Engagement with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Awards on Tuesday, October 17.

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Chamber News

Registration is open for 2018-2019 Leadership Excellence program Registration is open for the 20182019 Leadership Excellence program. Leadership Excellence is a Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce program led by Ray Mickevicius and includes 12 sessions totaling almost 100 hours. Leadership Excellence improves the ability of those enrolled to manage change, create synergistic teams and uncover positive solutions. The program is an interactive leadership program designed to develop the enrollee’s professional and personal self, based on their strengths. Leadership Excellence is open to individuals at any level of the corporate or organizational ladder, from new employee to senior level manager.

“From the moment we came on board, it was different than any class I’ve been through. You really get a 360-degree perspective towards problems that are occurring in the area with local businesses.” said Leadership Excellence

graduate Victor Carungj, supply chain manager at Wausau Window & Wall Systems. “Every time I went to the class, I felt like, wow, I can’t wait to get to the next one.” Applications are now being accepted for the next session which begins in September 2018. An enrollment fee of $775 or payment of the full tuition will secure enrollment in this session. For more information on the program, contact Sharon Baumann at 715-8456231 or sbaumann@wausauchamber. com or visit the Chamber’s site. Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce members can participate in Leadership Excellence at a reduced rate.

The hype Immersion Project continued this month with a day spent learning about the region’s history and heritage.

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Brad is a certified Professional Business Advisor for University of Wisconsin Stout’s Manufacturer Outreach Center. In his role, he helps manufactures improve their competitive positions in today’s rapidly-changing economy. Brad’s expertise includes business and innovation strategic planning, business coaching and team-innovation improvements improvement initiatives.

Melissa is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Marketing from UW Eau Claire. Melissa has extensive experience in employee recruitment branding in the manufacturing industry. Prior to moving to central Wisconsin, Melissa held positions in Lansing MI, which lead marketing and branding of the manufacturing sector.

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October is MANUFACTURING MONTH


Chamber News

Blitz update Our volunteer Ambassadors have been divided into a pair of teams and are battling for new members in the Chamber’s 2017 Blitz. Team Jan, top, and Team Keri Anne, below, have received prizes from members like Central Beer Distributors Inc and WSAW/WZAW.

The Branch’s fall cohort began with a kickoff event on Saturday, October 7. The student team will work on a corporate innovation project for Church Mutual Insurance Company.

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Log into your Member Information Center (MIC) on WausauChamber.com and add a Hot Deal or two to your account. Look for the Hot Deals link under your account’s shortcuts. View current deals at wausauchamber.com/hotdeals. We’ve collected some great offers from these members this year:

Don’t miss this free opportunity to bring in business! If you need help accessing your MIC, please let us know! Contact Judy at 715-848-5966 or jpitek@wausauchamber.com


Member News Update from Mayor & on proposed Micon Cinema From a release from Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke: The City received feedback from representatives of the Mall that they had met with MICON Cinemas and that the MICON team is unable to move forward. I had called upon both parties to meet in face-to-face discussions to seek a ‘go-no go’ determination.

In most cases the deal terms of a project are negotiated between the private parties, but with the City’s involvement, we have purposely worked to ensure that this process has been very open and transparent. The City still believes that an entertainment use, like a cinema, is a meaningful way to help reposition

Wausau Center and add an important addition to Downtown Wausau. In our role as owner of the land underneath Sears, we have a vested interest in ensuring its reposition and we have already negotiated the terms of decoupling the property from the Mall’s ground-lease which should allow a faster decision on a future alternative.

National Women’s Small Business Month

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Chamber News

Ribbon cuttings

Several ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings have been held over the last few weeks. Clockwise from top right, below, a ribbon cutting was held at All Star Nutrition in Rib Mountain on September 29, a groundbreaking was held at SC Swiderski LLC’s Urban West project on October 2, ribbon cuttings were held at SEEK Careers/Staffing and at the Wausau RiverWolves on October 3, a groundbreaking was held at the Riverlife project in Wausau on October 4 and a ribbon cutting was held at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin on October 11.

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Chamber News Seminars to provide advice to businesses on securing financing to launch, grow exporting efforts

Ribbon cuttings were also held at Floorology on October 12 and Skylight Autism Center on October 13. To view more photos and video click the photos below or ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter account.

Local businesses interested in learning more about how to secure funding to begin or expand their exporting efforts are invited to attend a free seminar on financial assistance for global market expansion at on November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Wisconsin Airport, Second level conference room, 200 CWA Drive, Mosinee. During the half-day seminar, experts on international trade will outline specific programs available to help companies finance their export initiatives. The seminar will combine presentations and roundtable discussions to provide attendees with practical advice and information on how they can secure funding to help achieve their exporting goals. “Two barriers often cited by Wisconsin companies thinking about entering new international markets are complexity and cost,” said Katy Sinnott, vice president of international business development the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), one of the statewide sponsors of the event. “This seminar will dispel misconceptions about both and will have a particular emphasis on the many sources of funding available to help companies’ achieve their strategic exporting goals.” In addition to WEDC, the seminar also is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Experts from all three sponsors will join representatives from the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Centers providing information and answering questions from businesses. To register or for more information, visit Join.inwisconsin. com/faroadshow.

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Monthly Sessions

Member News

Program runs September 2018 through May 2019 from 8:30 am to 4 pm on either the 1stgroup or 2ndofWednesday of the month.said Floorology distinguished Five Star Contractors,” President Kelly Knipper. “This national designation further sets September - 2 days: Creating a Personal Platform for March – us 1 day: Leadership of Lifequality tile contractors and apart as one ofand the Quality area’s highest Development as a Leader and Success in this Program in the Community represents our commitment to professionalism and service that Leadership, have distinguished us overinthe years.” October - 1 day: Leadership, Organizational Alignment, and April – 1 day: Communities Balance, The Building Blocks of Successful Organizations and Communication Local accounting firm Rudahl, Howell & Company, LLP of November - 2 days: Leadership, Communication, and May – 1 day: Part III - Putting it All Together Part 2: Wausau is pleased to announce a merger with MBE CPAs Successful Change Efforts in Organizations The Challenges of Leadership, Evening Graduation Celebration LLP. “MBE CPAs is a growing firm that shares my values December – 1 day: Part I - Putting it All Together: and business practices. Each office is small enough that our An Introduction to the Power of Leadership: Emotional professionals will continue to have close personal relationships n Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served Intelligence, Being, Discipline, and the Practices of Leadership with the people we work with. Being part of a team of highly basis; class size is limited.also allows us to draw on the individual skills Abbotsford Story,it Inc. is pleased to announce the skilled professionals January –The 2 days: Part II - Putting All Together, continued: presentation of $6,100 in donations to area organizations and expertise others. MBE provides small town feel Leadership, Ethics, and Government n Tuition is $2,675 forofChamber Members andthe $2,975 AbbyBank communities. 2017, these for our customers while full rangeand of high quality February within – 1 day:the Leadership in the DevelopmentInofSeptember Community for Prospective Members andproviding covers allamaterials donations were presented to the following organizations in our professional services with the strength and expertise of a larger Response to Changing Social Challenges and Needs graduation expenses. Tuition due in full by August 15th. local communities: The Good News Project, Town of Maine firm,” said Joni Howell, CPA of Rudahl, Howell & Company, n A $775 non-refundable feeformust accompanyto the Fire Department, North Central Community Action Program, LLP. “We are excited the opportunity work with Howell and the Rothschild Elementary School. AbbyBank’s charitable and continue the tradition of quality professional services and application form in order to secure your enrollment. The foundation, The Abbotsford Story, Inc. accepts requests relationships that they havetuition. established,” said Jonathon fee is strong counted towards the program’s The applifrom area schools, non-profit organizations or community Wendorf, CPA, CGMA of MBE. “This is a great addition to our cation form is online at www.wausauchamber.com. organizations for funds needed to enrich, create or support Firm and will also have significant benefits to the community, n Classes - no travel required existing community public projects. andheld thelocally businesses and people we can now work with.” The merged practices will retain the name MBE CPAs LLP. n Scholarships available Creative Business Services/CBS-Global recently announced Youbecan Research learn more about Gary the program andpresented how to enroll the sale of 2581 Packerland Drive in Green Bay. The site will librarian Gisselman ‘Wausau Grows by contacting Sharon Baumann at Change, 715-845-6231. the new home of Famous Dave’s, opening in mid-December. Up: Industry, Culture and 1890s to 1920s,’ as part The new location of Famous Dave’s will feature an in-house of the Marathon County Historical Society’s History Speaks smoker and sport a fresh decor at the former Tony Roma’s series. The program was held on October 14 at the Woodson location. History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.

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Floorology joined an elite group of 50 contractors from Retired forensic photographer Bob Sanders will present across the country in being named a Five Star Contractor by ‘History of Forensic Imaging and Photography,’ another the National Tile Contractors Association. Floorology is the topic in the Marathon County Historical Society’s History third tile contractor in the state of Wisconsin to receive this Speaks lecture series. His presentation will be held at 2 p.m. on distinction. To obtain Five Star certification, contractors must Saturday, October 21, at the Woodson History Center, 410 be a member of NTCA, and complete a rigorous application McIndoe St., Wausau. Sanders will trace the development of process that includes: submitting examples of work, reviews forensic photography, from the first cameras through film and and recommendations from vendors, peers and customers. digital imaging. He will talk about how techniques for altering Applicants must prove their commitment to service, quality, photos affect OERTEL forensic imaging, and will Designer demonstrate infrared CHRISTINA | Graphic safety and superior job performance as well. Five Star photography of gunshot residue. Sanders retired as the Forensic Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 Imaging Unit Leader in the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory “Everything that I got out of the program percent of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education in Wausau. He spent 36 years as a forensic photographer and my work lifeisand my personal life donations Foundation Certified Tile Installer program or ACT certification helped imagingin specialist. There no admission fee; however, for installers. “We are very proud to be included in this are appreciated. Registration is not required. and created a lot of great habits.”

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Member News The Marathon County Historical Society will present ‘Genealogy 102: Family History Resources in Marathon County,’ another topic in the History Speaks series, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. Research Librarian Gary Gisselman will host a panel discussion. During this presentation, a panel of experienced genealogists will discuss useful resources available for researching family history in Marathon County, and how to access them. There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated. Registration is not required. L. Bruce Lorenz, CFP, MBA has recently received the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner, relative to his position with Midwest Professional Planners, Ltd. The Certified Financial Planner certification identifies individuals who have met rigorous professional standards and have agreed to adhere to L. Bruce Lorenz the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism, and diligence when working with clients. Lorenz’s responsibilities include developing client relationships, analyzing their current financial status, developing new financial strategies, and monitoring clients’ plans and strategies. Lorenz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communications from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, and an Masters degree from Kansas University. September 15, 2017. “We are grateful for the partnership that Peoples has with our community,” stated Deacon Bryan Hilts of St. Anthony Spirituality Center. “Kaci and Tony from Peoples are awesome to work with.” Tony Braun, VP commercial banking/market leader, and Kaci Sessions, assistant vice president/branch manager are strong community partners in Marathon. The solar panel project was started in July of 2017 as a way for the center to use earth-friendly energy and Brian C. Resch save on future energy costs, cutting St. Anthony’s electric bill e year, At full solar radiation, the array will save the by 20 of thpercent. Peoples State Bank is donating $1,000 rking events o tw e n st e rg e la from 37,478 pounds of CO² emissions a year. pm tonight to fund two solar panels at SSt. Spirituality Center 6 to 8environment for one of th om tay Anthony fr M P s es n si u B O are committed to being good stewards of all creation. In EXP St. Anthony reduce “We in Marathon. The solar panels will thehelp Center, onferenceour C & el ot H day-to-day running of the center, as well as our long-term st ek their energy bills and become more earth-friendly. check the reet) Stoney Cre ve.,The hschild (across ot R A al ri Impe in securing its future,” stated Deacon Hilts. gthen presentation was held at St. Anthony Center on initiative 1100Spirituality stren ionships and Brian C. Resch has recently accepted a position as Wealth Manager with Midwest Professional Planners Ltd. Resch adds his advisory and investment management experience to the Duluth team, where he provides asset management, financial planning, and business retirement plan services to clients across the region.

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Member News Schenck is hosting an annual Payroll Forum, ‘Building Confidence while Navigating the Payroll Maze,’ in a number of locations throughout Wisconsin. Participants will receive updates about recent payroll changes and filing requirements, get answers to frequent payroll questions and learn how to manage compliance effectively. A wide variety of topics will be addressed, including 2018 EEO-1 reporting rules, employment classifications, overtime calculations and incentives, supplemental wages, yearend activities and more. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 7100 Stone Ridge Drive, Weston. Cost to attend is $25 per person. To register, visit the Schenck website at schencksc.com/events. Call 800-2362246, extension 1266 for more information. The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County will host a fall Preview Day for prospective students and their families on Friday, October 27 at 9 a.m. in the Auditorium (Room 131). The event is free and open to the public. This campus preview will feature information on admissions, degrees and the financial aid process. Attendees will also have the chance to tour campus and hear from current students, faculty and staff. “We’re excited to show prospective students and the community all the opportunities their local University of Wisconsin campus has to offer. We invite you to learn about our high-quality UW education, exceptional faculty and staff and discover all the ways you can get involved on campus,” said Cindy Bailey, associate dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. During campus visits, participants will be able to view labs and classrooms, athletic facilities, student common spaces and music, theatre and arts areas. Advisors will be available to discuss campus life, housing options and academic planning, including UW-Marathon County’s associate degree options and the Guaranteed Transfer Program with every fouryear UW campus. Attendees are encouraged to register prior to the event. Visit uwc.edu/campus-preview or call 888-INFOUWC for additional dates, details and to RSVP. Applications for the Wausau River District’s Main Street Makeover contest are now available. Businesses within one of the state’s 34 Main Street districts are eligible to apply for the Main Street Makeover contest. Recipients will work with a team of experts (façade, merchandising, interior design, marketing) a to implement a two-day complete facelift for their business next spring. Applications for the 2018 makeover program are due on December 1. The Wausau River District’s Christmas on First Open House

returns for its 25th year on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday November 5 from noon to 4 p.m., Christmas on First offers a first chance and sneak peek at holiday gifts at stores on First, Second, and Third Avenues with refreshments, door prizes and a chance at a grand prize basket. A trolley will also run shoppers to and from the east side of the River, at the 400 Block or Grant Streets to Alexander and Second Avenue, and Clark Street and Second Avenue on the near west side. The trolley is free to ride and will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wausau RiverWolves have announced their roster for the 2017-2018 season. The roster includes eight Wisconsin natives. The roster also features players from six other states including Colorado, Ohio, Wyoming, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri. Forward Owen Routheut is the lone foreign-born player from Feversham, Ontario. “Our roster is what junior hockey is about. We are developing and showcasing players from not only Wisconsin, but all over North America. We are a melting pot of hometowns, and really it creates life-long friendships. Now a Wisconsin guy, can go to Sheridan, WY to see a buddy or to skate over the summer. I love having players from all over,” said head coach Tim Brownell. The RiverWolves opened their inaugural season on October 13 at the Marathon Park Ice Arena. Wausau School District’s John Muir Middle School received a Silver level Wisconsin School Health Award. This award signifies the school’s commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions that contribute to their academic success. “I commend your school for having health and safety policies and environments, health education, physical education and other physical activity programs, nutrition services, family and community involvement, and health promotion for staff,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. John Muir Middle School will be presented with the award in December at the Wisconsin School Health Award Ceremony in Appleton. Wausau East High School technology education and engineering students attended the third annual Construction Trades Career Day held at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center. Students participated in hands-on demonstrations, learned about a variety of apprenticeship opportunities and tried out a variety of simulators. Careers at the event included plumber steam fitter, iron worker, operating engineer, painter, insulator, electrician, roofer, bricklayer-mason-tile setter, and carpenter millwright.

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“The Collision of Cyber Security and Your Digital Identity” Featuring Jake DeWoskin, Computer Integration Technologies, Inc. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time / 6:00 P.M. Central Time WATCH ON FACEBOOK LIVE facebook.com/rasmussentechnology

John Kozlovich, Wausau West High School social studies teacher, participated in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History over the summer. Kozlovich was chosen to participate in a seminar on Thomas Jefferson and the European Enlightenment at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. The coursework was taught and facilitated by Dr. Frank Cogliano, scholar and author of several books on Jefferson’s life and presidency. Kozlovich also received a scholarship funded by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to attend the 28th annual Colonial Wiliamsburg Teacher Institute in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. He collaborated with educators from throughout the nation on content relating to a wide range of American History and went on guided tours to nearby Richmond and historic Jamestown, Virginia. Wausau School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards established this week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected Board of Education plays in our communities. “The nine municipalities making up the Wausau School District are incredibly fortunate to be served by our Board of Education, collectively, and our Board of Education members, individually. Each Board member puts in untold hours listening to constituents, preparing for Board of Education meetings, acting with strategic intent, and being ever mindful of ensuring students are at the center of decisions. Each and every decision, whether an easy decision or a decision with which they have to grapple at length, resonates as a decision on behalf of students and student interests. With the greatest humility and appreciation, I thank our Board of Education members for their dedicated service.” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Schwei.

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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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OPEN HOUSE Join us to learn about our collaborative initiative to develop and retain talent in central Wisconsin.

You are invited:

6 p.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Information Technology Entrepreneurial Center (iTEC),

Northcentral Technical College, 1000 W. Campus Dr., Wausau WI 54401 Please RSVP here by October 23, 2017.

The event will include a presentation by a graduate of the program and a meal. A collaborative initiative of:

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Cellcom: Reasons to check out a mobile wallet

A mobile wallet refers to an apps that allow you to pay with your phone. These apps store your credit, debit or prepaid card information securely on their servers and allow you to pay for purchases in-store or online without having to swipe your card or enter your information. There are some good reasons to consider taking advantage of the technology: • Security – Mobile wallet apps do not send your card information to complete a transaction. Instead, a unique code is generated, meaning the digital risk for information being compromised is low. • Online shopping – If you are constantly entering your credit card information into shopping websites, you can enter your card details with a few convenient taps and perhaps eliminate the need to create an account and store these details with a retailer. • Rewards – Your mobile wallet can be a one-stop shop for everything you need at the checkout, including those loyalty points.

2017 BLITZ TEAMS: TEAM CAPTAIN:

TEAM CAPTAIN:

JAN MUELLER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

JOSH NEWTON COUSINEAU AUTO

JOANN DRAEGER NICOLET NATIONAL BANK

MATTHEW WOLLER GRAPHIC HOUSE INC

LEAH GIORDANO

MARATHON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

JON WILTSE

ANSAY & ASSOCIATES LLC - MOSINEE

CHRISTINE REYNEBEAU BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA - SAMOSET COUNCIL

JACK HOOGENDYK HOPE LIFE CENTER

MARTA STEPHENSON

FIRST WEBER GROUP REALTORS - WAUSAU

SHANA CZECK PARADISE SOLUTIONS INC

BRANDON HENNES SCHENCK SC

CONNIE FRIEDERS FIRST BANK FINANCIAL CENTRE

MEG ELLEFSON ASCENTIVES INC

BRIAN GAUNT

BUSKA RETIREMENT SOLUTIONS INC

JOEL PERGOLSKI

AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL - CORNERSTONE ADVISORS

SAMANTHA PLIESEIS

SERVICEMASTER RESTORATION PROFESSIONALS

JOSEPH MUIA

FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS

ELIZABETH TILLISCH MS LIZ NATURALS

BILL GLEASON

KERI ANNE CONNAUGHTY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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MICHAEL EICHACKER RUDER WARE LLSC

JACKI LACERTE

COLDWELL BANKER ACTION REALTY - WAUSAU

BECKY PEMBLE AFLAC - WAUSAU

ZACH KYHOS

BUSKA WEALTH MANAGEMENT

JANE RITGER WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO

NICKI COURTRIGHT

PRIMROSE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

MARK ANDERSON

VALLEY COMMUNITIES CREDIT UNION - WAUSAU

LISA TESKE

PER MAR SECURITY SERVICES INC - SCHOFIELD

CHERYL ANDERSON SCHERRER CONSTRUCTION CO INC

JUDY NITSCHKE

SPECTRUM INSURANCE GROUP LLC - WESTON

CONNIE DEVOE MARATHON SAVINGS BANK

PAUL SCHLIEPP

ANSAY & ASSOCIATES LLC - MOSINEE

ALICE MAGUIRE AFLAC - WAUSAU

KHAM YANG

VALLEY COMMUNITIES CREDIT UNION - MOSINEE

STEVE LACERTE

COLDWELL BANKER ACTION REALTY - WAUSAU

CHRISTINE FROST RASMUSSEN COLLEGE - WAUSAU

GLEN ERDMAN MBE CPAS

ELIZABETH TILLISCH MS LIZ NATURALS

BILL GLEASON


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Chamber Connection, October 2017  

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's monthly e-newsletter.

Chamber Connection, October 2017  

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's monthly e-newsletter.

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