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YMCA/ Aspirus plan could mean changes for Scott Street


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PUBLiSHER’S NOTE ............................................ 3 METRO BRiEFS .................................................... 4 Healthy reroute

CAPiTOL EYE ....................................................... 6 GOP readying for Democrat guv

NEWS ANALYSIS ................................................ 7 A historic midterm, by the numbers

COVER FEATURE ................................................ 8 The return of hemp

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Healthy reroute?

The YMCA/Aspirus downtown project could hinge on whether city council approves a road closure and the state approves the reroute

The $40 million Aspirus/YMCA project hinges on closing part of McIndoe Street, which means rerouting Hwy. 52 traffic down Scott Street (shown here), which would be converted to two wider travel lanes.

Thao says she won’t join closed session meetings

City Council Member Mary Thao announced Tuesday that she will no longer participate in closed session meetings after saying earlier she had been bullied at previous meetings. Thao told the council that until there is a safe space for all perspectives and until the council can fix its procedures she will not be participating in any more closed sessions. Thao’s announcement came after several people spoke in support of Thao, reacting to allegations Thao made that other members of the council bullied her and “made her feel so small.” Other council members told City Pages there was a disagreement but don’t remember anything that would constitute bullying. Among those speaking at Tuesday night’s council meeting was Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger, who suggested the city hire a mediator to make things right, because the city risked a riff with the Hmong community in general. County board members Ka Lo and Katie

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The audits have always confirmed that voting machines have been working correctly, Magney says. He failed to answer questions about where the concerns came from; whether from state lawmakers or the WEC itself, and didn’t answer questions about whether anything specific prompted the concerns. Wausau City Clerk Toni Rayala says Wausau has had audits in the past and its voting machines have never had a problem. But election issues have occurred in Marathon County in the past. In the April 2018 election, a recount found missing ballots in the village of Weston; and earlier this year it was discovered that roughly 50 Marathon County voters with a last name staring with the letter A were accidently stricken from the voting rolls due to a clerical error.

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Rosenberg spoke on Thao’s behalf. Several spoke to the need to combat racism, though Thao previously told City Pages that she didn’t “want to play the race card, and won’t” about the October meeting that prompted her complaint. In the meeting Tuesday, Thao voted against going into closed session to discuss property tax valuation lawsuits from Aspirus and potential litigation related to the RiverLife project. She walked out after the motions to go into closed session were approved. She was not present for an open session decision to accept a $270,000 settlement with Aspirus.

A 92-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and died last week in an incident on Wausau’s east side. Neil Olson, 92, was hit at the intersection of N. Sixth Street and Park Avenue at 5:10 pm Nov. 7. Olson died after being transported to Aspirus Wausau Hospital, police reports say. According to police reports, Olson stepped out into traffic when he was struck by a vehicle. After an investigation by the Wausau Police Department Crash Investigation Team and Wisconsin State Patrol, investigators determined that speed was not a factor in the crash and no traffic violations occurred. Police said the driver, Dean Dietrich, was cooperative with the investigation.

Election audits target Wausau and other county municipalities

Good week for: T.Rex coming to Colossal Fossils in 2019

Wausau is one of five municipalities in Marathon County named by the Wisconsin Election Commission to have its voting machines audited this year. The state has routinely performed the audits for many years following the November elections, says WEC spokesperson Reid Magney, but this year drastically increased the number of audits in response to increased concerns about election security. This year the commission ordered at least 5% of wards in the state audited, and at least one in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. ng ati

money from the city, despite it being a $40 million project. “I don’t think this community should slow down this process when there is so much overwhelming public support,” Rasmussen says.


Very little opposition was heard to a plan announced by the Woodson YMCA and Aspirus to build a major $40 million expansion and clinic in downtown Wausau. But one of the steps needed to complete that plan hasn’t gone as smoothly: closing part of McIndoe Street, which is a state Hwy. 52 thoroughfare through the city. But city officials and leaders of the YMCA and Aspirus hope that’s largely settled as the council later this month could approve the road closure to allow the expansion to start. The closure is being requested because the expanded YMCA campus would cover multiple city blocks. Eliminating that section of McIndoe drew the ire of Cloverbelt Credit Union, because it would have closed off an entrance and eliminated the credit union’s address. A compromised was reached to close only the block between Second and Third streets. The other challenge of closing the road is that it’s a state highway, which would have to be rerouted. The current plan being worked on between the city and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation would reroute Highway 52 (westbound) onto Scott Street. That would involve changing the street to two wide travel lanes, down from its current three lanes. Not everyone on the city’s Capital Improvements and Street Maintenance Committee was ready to make the closure happen. Committee member Mary Thao says she wanted more information about the alternatives. “My need to slow down is not because I’m trying to stop something great from happening,” Thao says. “I want to remind us that the decisions we made in the past with Thomas and the riverfront, some of them have been costly decisions for us.” Public Works Director Eric Lindman told the committee that while the final traffic study on rerouting the highway isn’t yet complete, city staff has been working with DOT officials and both parties believe that rerouting Hwy. 52 on Scott Street is the preferred option. Committee member Lisa Rasmussen says she felt it was time to move the project forward, considering the multiple meetings already held on the issue, and that the proposers haven’t asked any

Dinosaur museum Colossal Fossils this summer will be able to quote a line from Jurassic Park: We have a T.Rex. Colossal Fossils founder David Daniels announced this week that the museum has raised $75,000 to fund the purchase of a T.Rex replica. The museum has been working on fundraising for the T.Rex for about four years, Daniels says, but fundraising really kicked in when the museum rented Ivan the T.Rex about a year and a half ago. The museum has ramped up its traveling exhibit schedule this year, though tampered down the days it’s open in the Wausau Center mall, opening mostly for special events. Daniels says the T.Rex will likely come sometime in summer 2019, and Colossal Fossils will host an event to celebrate the occasion.

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▲ Carolyn Michalski, left, Milt Pachal and Rita Pachal outside the Weston village hall show their enthusiasm for the passage of a referendum seeking to override the Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC.

Bad week for: Sheriff ’s office mistakenly released inmate social security numbers

The Marathon County Sheriff ’s Department has new computer equipment that will have some amazing new capabilities. Unfortunately, its first release contained jail inmate’s Social Security numbers. It happened in Tuesday’s Jail Report, sent out every morning to “law enforcement partners” and members of the media. Sheriff ’s staff quickly recalled the message. The new system was part of an overall software change. This week the agency switched over to new computer-aided dispatch, records management, mobile computer and jail management systems. “Although our staff has been trained, we will still be in a learning phase as we become more proficient with the new product,” Billeb said in an email announcing the changes. The mistake means that most of the nearly 400 inmates booked in the Marathon County Jail or its partnering jails that take overflow inmates had their Social Security numbers released. Several of the fields in the spreadsheet were blank, so not every inmate’s private information was noted. Billeb told City Pages that the wrong report was accidentally generated through the new system and was quickly caught by a county employee. The problem has now been corrected, Billeb says. No one from the general public has access to the jail report, Billeb says.

About that referendum question in Weston and Rib Mountain...

In the Nov. 6 election, two Marathon County municipalities — Rib Mountain and Weston — joined more than 100 Wisconsin municipalities in agreeing that dark money in politics is a bad thing. Referenda passed with overwhelming majorities in Rib Mountain and Weston. The question asked whether there should be a U.S. constitutional amendment clarifying that only human beings have inalienable rights and that money is not the same as free speech. These advisory referenda are an effort nationwide to pressure state legislatures to ratify the amendment to the constitution. So far, 19 state legislatures have ratified the amendment; 38 states are needed, according to the group’s website. In Wisconsin, 142 communities have voted for the referendum and more than 780 have nationwide. The Citizens United vs. FEC, decided in January 2010, presented the Supreme Court with a challenging conundrum. The case was brought by Citizens United, the producers of an unflattering documentary about Hillary Clinton. They challenged a ruling by the FEC

that the film constituted electioneering communication and was thus prohibited by a corporation within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election. The choice the Supreme Court faced was chipping away at the First Amendment, which protects free speech, or opening the doors to more money in politics. In a 5-4 decision, they chose to protect the speech of corporations, and it has become one of the most unpopular Supreme Court decisions to date. A Bloomberg poll showed 85% of Americans support an overhaul to how campaigns are funded. And so far, not a single advisory referendum on the subject has failed to pass, and often approved by large majorities. That was the experience of Rita and Milt Pachal, who led the way for Wausau’s referendum to be passed in 2014. They and a group of volunteers collected more than 2,600 signatures to put the referendum on the ballot in Wausau, and the city council unanimously allowing it on the ballot. People supported the petition from all political leanings, Rita and Milt say. Only one person told him to get off his porch while collecting signatures, Milt says; otherwise, most enthusiastically signed. Wausau was the first to pass the referendum north of Highway 10. People from all political persuasions helped collect signatures. Kay Meyer of Rib Mountain and Carolyn Michalski of Weston met Rita through a church event. When they learned about the referendum effort, they jumped on board to get one started in their own communities. Both Rib Mountain’s town board and Weston’s village board unanimously agreed to allowing the referendum on their ballots. Communities such as Knowlton, Eagle River and Shawano could be next, and there is talk in Kronenwetter of one as well. And Michalski says bringing a countywide referendum to the county board could be next.

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GOP readying for Democrat guv

Republicans are seeking to shore up legislative influence over the executive branch following November election With Republicans set to lose the

executive branch, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald said he and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos are interested in codifying GOP moves in recent years on things such as the makeup of certain state boards. Fitzgerald pointed toward the WEDC as a priority given Evers’ campaign trail pronouncement he’d gut it and replace it with the old Department of Commerce. Still, Fitzgerald said Republicans have no interest in taking away the governor’s power to appoint the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, an agency Evers has said he’s looking to shake up. The Juneau Republican’s comments come after Vos told reporters Nov. 7 he’d be interested in rolling back some gubernatorial authority, suggesting lawmakers may have given outgoing Gov. Scott Walker too much power. But Fitzgerald said the comments from Vos were mischaracterized. “Tony Evers is going to have the most powerful veto pen in the nation. The idea that he’s not going to be able to keep the Legislature in check, I think would be naive to think that. It’s equal, balanced government, and we’ll respect Tony Evers like we have any other governor, and we’ll work with him,” he said. Fitzgerald said he and his caucus are also open to scaling back rule making authority, but added any changes made would have nothing to do with Evers, but rather “how the caucuses feel about rulemaking.” Evers denounced Vos’ comments in a tweet, writing the GOP efforts amount to “a complete violation of the separation of powers in our system.”

Senate Democratic Leader Jen Shilling knocked Vos for his “temper tantrum,” adding the speaker “is panicked over the loss of a Republican governor and the vision of a new day under a Democratic administration.”

Vos: Protecting pre-existing condition coverage is No. 1 Speaker Robin Vos said his “number one priority” for the lame-duck session is to put protections for people with pre-existing conditions into state law. Vos was a guest on “UpFront with Mike Gousha” on Nov. 11. Gousha asked why Evers shouldn’t have a say on some of these issues. Vos responded that Evers didn’t win a mandate Nov. 6 in the close election. “There is no mandate for his agenda. He won the election and I congratulate him on that. The outcome is not what I wanted,” Vos told UpFront, a partner of “But I certainly am not going to forget that the rest of Wisconsin, outside of the people who live in Dane County and Milwaukee, want to make sure that we have that balance. And my job is to make sure that the policies that have made Wisconsin successful stay on the books, and that we don’t roll back all of the reforms that have us as one of the most successful economies in the country,” Vos said. Vos also said he would not let Evers “screw up” the Foxconn deal. During the campaign, Evers was critical of the contract and the amount of money the Walker administration committed to the Taiwanese tech giant for creating jobs in Wisconsin. “I represent the area where Foxconn is,” Vos said.

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“I am not going to allow incoming Gov. Evers to screw up the largest economic opportunity for the region that I represent in the state. So yes, I want to make sure the deal that we have for Foxconn does not all of the sudden get changed,” Vos said. Vos later added Foxconn executives hoped to “show (Evers) why, perhaps, his rhetoric was wrong.” “My hope is that (Evers) opens his mind and ignores his base and says ‘Let’s learn about why this Foxconn investment was so important,’ and why it’s going to be transformational for Racine, Kenosha and all of Wisconsin, as opposed to just being a knee-jerk liberal saying ‘We gotta eliminate this deal,’ like many in the Assembly and the Senate said,” Vos said.

Kaul names DOJ priorities while Schimel has yet to concede Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul discussed his priorities upon taking over at the state Department of Justice on “UpFront with Mike Gousha.” Kaul said he wanted to build on relationships between DOJ and law enforcement agencies around the state. He said he wanted to tackle the opioid crisis by making sure law enforcement is “targeting large-scale traffickers” to “slow the supply of heroin, and fentanyl and meth” into the state. Kaul also said another early priority would be justice for sexual assault victims, and preventing another backlog of untested rape kits. A backlog of untested kits was an issue in his campaign against Republican incumbent Brad Schimel, who has yet to formally concede the race. “We still have not had a single conviction resulting from the testing of the kits in the backlog, and only three people have been charged with a crime,” Kaul told UpFront, a partner. “I also want to take action in my first hundred days in office, and I hope to work with the Legislature on legislation that will do as much as we can to prevent there from ever being a backlog from happening again,” Kaul said, adding that would involve “clear guidance” to law enforcement about the timeline for submitting kits. Gousha asked Kaul if he would join other Democratic attorneys general around the nation in pushing back against Trump administration policies. “If there are federal policies that are harmful to Wisconsinites, and that are either unconstitutional or illegal, I think that the attorney general absolutely should stand up for the best interests of Wisconsin,” Kaul said.

Senate leadership teams set The Senate Dem and GOP caucuses have elected their leadership for the upcoming two-year session beginning in January. Dems voted to keep their current team in place after losing one seat in the chamber on Nov. 6. Sen. Jennifer Shilling, of La Crosse, keeps her post as minority leader. Meanwhile, Sen. Janet Bewley, of Ashland, will remain assistant minority leader; Sen. Mark Miller, of Monona, will continue as caucus chair; and Sen. Janis Ringhand, of Evansville, will remain caucus vice-chair. Senate Republicans retained Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, of Juneau, as majority leader, and Roger Roth, of Appleton, as president. The caucus elected Sen. Dan Feyen, of Fond du Lac, as assistant majority leader. He replaces former Assistant Majority Leader Leah Vukmir, of Brookfield, who left her seat to run for U.S. Senate. Members also voted to keep Sen. Howard Marklein, of Spring Green, as the chamber’s president pro-tempore. Meanwhile, Sen. Van Wanggaard, of Racine, was re-elected as caucus president and Sen. Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point, as vice caucus chair.

Dane County vying for “crucial” Wisconsin county in elections In looking at Wisconsin politics, many national pundits talk about “crucial” Waukesha County. But state’s second most populous county is doing what it can to vie for that title. Dane County continues to be a growing powerhouse for Dems fueled, some believe, by an intense dislike of Gov. Scott Walker and President Trump. Whatever the cause, the county hit 95% of the presidential votes cast in 2016 and produced a 150,808-vote margin for Dem Tony Evers, who took 74.7% of the vote. That’s up from Dem guv nominee Mary Burke’s 69.7% four years ago. Evers’ advantage in Dane County alone wiped out Gov. Scott Walker’s advantage of 120,498 votes in the three WOW counties, the heart of GOP country. Add in Evers’ margin of 133,319 in Milwaukee County and the Dem nominee had just enough cushion to offset a loss in the 15-county Green Bay media market by 75,350 votes, along with deficits in other counties around the state. As insiders look at the numbers, they see trends that should worry both parties. For Dems, it’s another poor performance with rural voters as Evers wins 19 counties — up from Burke’s 16 four years ago — but can’t break through in places such as the Fox Valley. What’s more, Walker rolls to 59% of the vote in Marathon County, the site of Trump’s October visit and once a place that Dems could expect a decent performance.


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A historic midterm, by the numbers One example: Walker underperformed even in GOP strongholds Election 2018 is in the books, and as midterms go, it was one to remember. State schools Superintendent Tony Evers denied Gov. Scott Walker a third four-year term. U.S. Tammy Baldwin rolled to an easy victory over state Sen. Leah Vukmir, RBrookfield, and got another six-year term. Republicans kept two targeted congressional districts and preserved firm majorities in the Legislature despite a Democratic sweep of statewide offices. And turnout in the midterm was the highest since 1948. Walker’s failure to hit his 2014 marks in the suburban counties around Milwaukee, combined with the strength of the Democratic turnout in Dane and Milwaukee counties, helped drive Evers’ win, according to a review of county returns. Four years ago, Walker took 72.4% in Waukesha County, 75.9% in Washington County and 70% in Ozaukee County (collectively known as the “WOW” counties for the Republican Party). Had he hit those percentages this year, it would have flipped 21,185 votes to the governor and away from Evers. That would have more than made up for Evers’ 30,849-vote margin of victory last week. Instead, Walker hit 66.1% in Waukesha County, 72.2% in Washington County and 62.7% in Ozaukee County. Meanwhile, Dane and Milwaukee counties produced big numbers for Evers. The state schools superintendent took 74.7% of the vote in Dane County, which went to Democratic nominee Mary Burke with 69.7% four years ago. Evers won Milwaukee County with 66.5%; Burke hit 62.8% in 2014.

In all five counties, turnout was up compared to four years ago. In raw numbers, Evers’ 150,808-vote margin in Dane County alone wiped out Walker’s advantage of 120,498 across the three WOW counties. Add in Evers’ margin of 133,319 in Milwaukee County and the Dem nominee had more than enough cushion to offset a loss in the 15-county Green Bay media market by 75,350 votes, along with deficits in other counties, including getting less than 39% in Marathon County.

• The upcoming four-year term will be the first one since 1982 that Democrats will hold all five statewide constitutional offices. That was during Gov. Tony Earl’s tenure, when James Flynn served as lieutenant governor, Doug La Follette was secretary of state, Charles Smith was state treasurer and Bronson La Follette was attorney general. The five simultaneously held office from 1982-86.

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which saw 55% turnout, and the 2012 recall election between Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett, when 58% of voters cast a ballot. Turnout in two Democratic strongholds was strong: 71% in Dane County and 55% in Milwaukee County. In Waukesha County, unofficial results show turnout roughly matching Dane County’s. Washington County saw about 68% percent of eligible voters, and 75% in Ozaukee County.

• Democrat Mandela Barnes is prepared to make history as the state’s first African-American lieutenant governor. He’s also the second African-American person elected to statewide office in Wisconsin. The first was former secretary of state and civil rights leader Vel Phillips, who passed away in April at age 95.

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When Jamie Degenhardt started

researching hemp growing in early 2018, the regulations around the newly legalized crop weren’t even written. Just back from a hemp expo in Milwaukee that drew 1,500 attendees, he and his father were looking for a new business they could do together. The state was poised to start a pilot project around hemp, allowing the crop to be grown in Wisconsin for the first time in decades (it was prohibited because of its relationship to marijuana). Degenhardt was intrigued by the prospect of being one of the first to get into a new field; or rather, an old field made legal again. His experience with his dad at the expo sealed the deal for him, if he wasn’t already convinced by the high potential profit margin and medical benefit many tout. “One lady had actual raw flower,” Degenhardt says. “It looked and smelled amazing.” Degenhardt turned out to be more than just one of the pioneers. He’s now credited with being the first person in Wisconsin to harvest a hemp crop under the state’s new pilot program. Degenhardt planted his first seeds April 28, in a greenhouse at his farm located in Greenwood, about 15 miles west of Marshfield, and put the starter plants in the ground May 22. Eventually Degenhardt ended up with 3,000 plants on about an acre and a half. Thanks to his former occupation as a welder, he was able to construct a lot of the lab equipment he now uses to extract CBD oil from his harvest. The financial potential for hemp is enormous. The raw flower alone can yield about $65 per pound; fully extracting every potential bit of the hemp plant can bring the yield to $500 per pound or higher. Degenhardt and other growers say the plants grow fast and large. The variety they use reach as tall as nine feet; industrial hemp used mainly for its fibers can reach 20 feet tall. Grower Misty Poehnelt of Medford says her first yield this year, on about an acre of land, brought in far more than they expected. Poehnelt and her husband Derek expected to grow only enough for their own use of its oil. They harvested enough to sell some excess oil as well. And that’s where Degenhardt comes in too. Not only is he a grower, he also runs an extraction business, Uno Xtracts Cannabis Processing, which the Poehnelts use to create their CBD oil. Degenhardt also owns a retail store in nearby Neillsville where he sells both his own products and those of others, such as Sarah Kelley, whose business, Sarah’s Garden, creates



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Wisconsin once grew more hemp than all other states combined. Local farmers like Jamie Degenhardt are trying to reclaim that status.

hemp-based creams, lotions, lip balms and even cheese puff snacks among the variety of products. There’s certainly money to be made in this line of farming, but when talking with growers, product makers and sellers of hemp-based products, it’s clear that those involved care deeply. They want to spread the word about the wonders of hemp—a fast-growing plant whose fiber has many industrial uses and oil is used for a multitude of health benefits. Their passion runs deep enough that some of them have put their personal finances on the line. “I maxed out my credit cards buying the equipment for this,” Degenhardt says. “It’s gotta work.” Roughly nine customers per day stop in at his store, and the average customer drops a good amount on their products. So far, so good.

You there, with the hemp!

▲ Jamie Degenhardt, in his hemp field, located about 15 miles west of Marshfield, this summer. The plants can reach 8-9 feet, and industrial hemp strains used for fiber can grow up to 20 feet.

When Degenhardt opened his shop, Cannabis Cultivators of Clark County, in Neillsville this year, one of the first things he did was walk to the police station, product in hand. The local police department is right next door to Degenhardt’s shop, and he wanted to make sure there was no confusion. One glance at the product and it’s easy to see why. The hemp bud in raw form looks and smells just like marijuana. The difference is that hemp doesn’t contain THC, the compound in marijuana that produces a high —or at least not enough to be psychoactive. That “drug” aspect is still a common question that Milwaukee’s expo vendors heard a lot, says Jim Naumann, who ran the expo and is organizing the Central Wisconsin Hemp Conference this weekend in Marshfield. The answer is no. Hemp typically has 0.3% THC levels, versus 5% or more for marijuana. Hemp instead contains higher levels of CBD, the compound attributed to health benefits and which negates any effects the minimal amount of THC might have. That hasn’t stopped hemp from being confused and conflated with marijuana, and led to a ban on growing it across the U.S. in the 1970s during President Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs initiative. The ban hit Wisconsin hard. The state in 1920 was the largest producer of hemp in the U.S., with more acres dedicated to the plant than all other states combined. Things began to turn around when the state finally allowed the use of CBD oil in 2016, but the legislation was confusing, hemp advocates say. It seemed to allow

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the possession of CBD oil but not the sale, leaving everyone wondering if they could actually have it or not. Local police in Wausau told City Pages at the time they wouldn’t actively go searching for users of CBD oil, especially given the still prevalent meth and heroin epidemics. All that was clarified in November 2017 when Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 100 into law that initiated a pilot program for restarting agricultural hemp in Wisconsin. The law says a person can “plant, grow, cultivate, harvest, sample, test, process, transport, transfer, take possession of, sell, import, and export industrial hemp in this state.” That’s crystal clear, especially in contrast to the previous bill. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection now has licensed 242 growers and 99 processors. That includes three growers in Marathon County, and three licensed growers and three licensed processors in Portage County (and none so far in Lincoln). Licensed growers must record and report data to the department, and 30 days before harvest the state tests the crop for THC to ensure levels are below the 0.3% threshold when dried, as specified in the law (in final concentrated form it can have up to 1% THC). Applicants include people of many ages, and plenty looking to grow them in greenhouses, signaling that hemp could be an urban crop as well as a rural one.

Hemp growing licenses are classified into three levels, each one costing more: 0-30 acres ($150), 31-199 acres ($5 per acre) and 200 acres or more ($1,000). Background checks are performed. There is also a $350 one-time fee. Anyone wanting to process hemp must apply for a separate license. Once someone is accepted into the program, the grower must allow DATCP officials access to hemp fields to inspect and sample, and growers must submit planting and final reports. THC levels are tested prior to harvest to ensure someone isn’t growing marijuana under the guise of hemp. The main species that’s considered “industrial” hemp is Cannabis Sativa L.

Healthy harvest

Misty Poehnelt became a regular user of CBD oil as part of her pain management plan to address a chronic condition. Poehnelt has EhlersDanlos Syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the connective tissue. The CBD oil isn’t a panacea by any means — it’s only one part of her pain management strategy — but it helps a lot, she says. So Poehnelt enthusiastically applied to be one of the state’s first hemp growers. She’d never farmed an acre in her life, but was determined to learn. After attending a growers’ workshop, she bought her seeds and wanted to see what would happen. She figured she would at least be able to grow enough for her own use.

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◄ Misty Poehnelt is one of several central Wisconsin growers to participate in the state’s hemp pilot program launched this year. She and her husband (and two small children) grew their crop in a garden at their home in Medford.

She ended up with more than that. Hemp grows tall and fast, shooting up an inch or two per day. She planted in May and by August had a huge crop on her one-acre plot. She is now working with Degenhardt to process her plants into oil, which she then plans to sell as well as keep for her own use too. According to a 2017 report from the World Health Organization, “CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials.” It also says there is preliminary evidence of CBD being effective in treatment for other medical conditions, that CBD has a “good safety profile” and that there is no evidence of recreational use or any other public health problems. But health blogs abound extolling the benefits of CBD, including pain relief, easing anxiety, alleviating cancer symptoms, reducing acne and helping heart health. Others say taking CBD oil has helped them sleep better, and given them more energy and focus during the day.


Excitement, trepidation, and banking obstacles

This spring when Jim Naumann co-hosted a hemp conference in Milwaukee, he didn’t know what to expect. There were 25 speakers slated to educate at the event, and roughly that many exhibitors. Naumann would have been happy with 500 attendees. Instead, they ended up getting 1,500 attendees, and vendors nearly sold out of everything. If one were to put the left over product for sale all together, he says, it would have easily fit in one 18-gallon tote. Naumann knew there needed to be another expo, and this time they wanted to reach the central Wisconsin area, to promote growers and producers here. As word got out, vendors and exhibitors kept piling in, and they outgrew their first planned location at the fairgrounds in Marshfield. The event this Saturday, Nov. 17, now will be held at the Marshfield Mall Expo Center. How many people does Naumann expect? “Well, I have 3,000 wristbands,” he says.

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It was the Republican-controlled state legislature that not only passed the CBD oil legislation but also created the pilot program and legislation making it completely legal. Recent election results show a similar embracing of medical marijuana, with referendums passing in every county they ran in, mostly with overwhelming majorities even in counties that vote heavily Republican. Hemp and marijuana both are starting to politically become what they have been in society for a while — something with support from people of all political persuasions. The banking industry, on the other hand, hasn’t been so quick to jump on board. Both Poehnelt and Degenhardt had trouble securing loans. Even Naumann, the founder of the convention, has had issues with banks. “We tried to get a checking account,” Degenhardt says. “I had it for two days and then they canceled.” Another bank said OK, only to cancel the account right away too. Even his dad’s personal account was canceled, Degenhardt says.



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Lyssa Blakeside and Anna Zachow, who run a hemp based health business in Wisconsin Rapids, say they’ve had to rely on international banks because of the local perceptions of hemp. That creates its own problems, as credit card transactions are often flagged as fraud because they originated from Canada or Mexico. Naumann says he had difficulties with banks until he started using his LLC name, which doesn’t say anything about hemp. “In the beginning they were concerned because the website and Facebook pages said ‘cannabis’” Naumann says. Marijuana growers and sellers in Colorado and other states that have legalized it face the same issues, using cash because banks take their cues from federal, not state laws. The U.S. Farm bill that would make hemp legal at the federal level is still stalled in Congress (the hang up is related to changes to the SNAP Food Program, not hemp), so banking might be a problem for a while. But some banks in Colorado have decided to do business with the marijuana industry anyway, and others have made concessions for longtime customers.

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Brothers Ryan and Jesse Dermody form this eclectic blues-rock band based in Duluth. With energy-filled live performances, this soulful, energetic drum and electric guitar duo has toured across the Midwest, playing more than a thousand live shows. Their music features guitar riffs, harmonies and fast drum rhythms. You may even see both brothers playing the drum set together, or drumming on bar stools. It’s a mesmerizing and energetic sound. 8 pm. 715-356-2600.


Did you know central Wisconsin is home to an improv comedy group? HotDog! Improv Comedy takes audience suggestions and turns them into scenes, jokes and other tomfoolery during their hilarious performances. So if you enjoy improv groups such as Chicago’s The Second City, this is a show for you. Since audience suggestions drive the show, each one is completely different, so you won’t hear the same joke twice. Come out, laugh, and experience a completely unique comedy experience. 9:30 pm. 715-298-6181.

Richard Marx With a career spanning nearly three decades, this Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. His self-titled debut in 1987 spawned four Top Five singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. He was even more successful with his 1980 album Repeat Offender which went quadruple-platinum. Not only is he an all-star performer, Marx is also a successful songwriter who has wrote hits for Josh Groban, NSYNC and Keith Urban. He’s still an active live performer, touring around the United States, China and Europe. 8 pm. Tickets start at $35.


Music has taken jazz artist Jamie Fletcher to over 95 countries, but she still performs in her home state of Wisconsin. In 2016 she won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for keyboardist of the year and in 2017 was nominated for vocalist and jazz artist of the year. Currently, she works at The Renaissance School of Arts in Appleton where she teaches privately for all ages. Her sophisticated and powerful voice paired with her talents on the piano will move you. 7:30 pm. 715-298-1331.

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It’s time to kick off ski season with the Warren Miller Entertainment’s 69th Annual Ski Film. This legendary film series, created by the distinguished ski and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller, takes you to some of the world’s most spellbinding skiing outposts and travels the globe, by land, air, and sea to explore the ties that bind ski culture. This night is more than just a film, it’s an entire evening celebrating winter sports season with local vendors, raffles and food trucks getting you ready to return to the snow. 6:30 pm. Tickets start at $20. 715-842-0988,

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Mosinee Summer Theatre Shows: The Sound of Music (1998) • Hello, Dolly! (1999) • Annie Get Your gun (2000) Guys & Dolls (2001) • Oklahoma! (2000) • Annie (2004) • Peter Pan (2005) • Big River (2006) Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2003) • South Pacific (2007) Mosinee Community Theatre Shows: The Music Man (2008) • Meet Me In St. Louis (2009) • Cinderella (2010) • Nunsense (2011) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2012) • Chicago (2013) Wizard of Oz (2014) • Crazy for You (2015) • Little Mermaid (2016) • Drowsy Chaperone (2017) DESSERT RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.


Eat yummy food, get a handmade painted bowl and support a good cause. Empty Bowls highlights hunger in the community and raises funds for The Neighbors’ Place to help needy families in the area. As Marathon County’s largest food panty, The Neighbors’ Place distributed more than 1.8 million pounds of food last year. Come in, pick out a handcrafted bowl, receive a bowl of soup, bread and some dessert for a delicious meal. Stay for a silent auction and live music by Manson acoustic, or if you’re in a hurry take the soup to go. 11 am-2 pm. $12 donation includes choice of handcrafted bowl and meal, ages 6-12 meal only $5, under 5 free meal.

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Colossal Fossils is taking a break from traveling around the state sharing their collection of fossils and opening their location this Saturday. Listen to the musical masterpieces of Mozart and Beethoven as you peruse the gallery of fossils and ancient history, with a special appearance by Rex, the museum’s walking, roaring pet tyrannosaurus. The day of fun also includes a family coloring contest where the winner wins a colossal collection of real fossils. Tours happen on the hour from 10 am-2 pm. $6 adults and children, $5 seniors, free 3 and under.

Be Amazing Annual Fall Fest SUNDAY 11/18 | GREENHECK FIELD HOUSE, WESTON

Get the whole family together for a day of activities presented by Be Amazing, a community organization with a mission to empower and inspire people of all ages to positively impact our community. There will be tons of fun throughout the afternoon such a reading with a therapy dog, a teddy bear clinic, project stations, photo booth, a silent auction and more. Enjoy a day full of family fun and learn how to be amazing! 2-4 pm. Free admission, $5 includes unlimited bounce houses and ice skating. See Facebook event.


This authentic homegrown Wisconsin bluegrass band knows how to draw a crowd with their good vibes and high energy. They play an array of original tunes while band-members swap the guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and bass around the stage. They’ve performed all around the tall pines of the north and the mountains and swamps of the south, but they still perform regularly in their home state, including hosting the annual Jackpine Jamboree during Labor Day weekend. You’ll love their original “slopgrass” sound and refreshingly fun stage presence. 3-7 pm. 715-344-9825.

▲ Divas in a Man’s World MONDAY 11/19 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU

Fifteen years ago in City Pages’ annual Best of the Wausau Area Survey, we asked, “What kind of show the Grand Theater ought to host, but never would?” One of the top answers was a drag show. Here’s what we wrote, “Is Wausau ready for sequin pasties and men with legs that won’t quit? We think so. Bring it on!” You asked for it and now it’s here! This “star-studded” concert spectacular features some of the world’s best celebrity and female impersonators in a Vegas-style production. It’s fabulously fun with extraordinary dancers, over 50 dazzling costume changes and breathtaking lighting effects. You’ll see impersonations of some of the music industry’s greatest legends including Cher, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, and Joan River as the host of the show. These superstar drag divas perform favorite hits from the 1960s to today. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $29.


Playing funky pop and rock hits from the 60s to present, this talented local band covers a range of popular songs from a wide span of genres. Don’t be surprised to hear Johnny Cash, Weezer and the Talking Heads all in one show. The trio, formed in 2015, consists of Bob Allen on vocals and guitar, his brother Brandon Allen on drums and vocals, with Wade Kaiser on bass and vocals. You won’t be disappointed with their highly energetic and entertaining live shows. 8 pm. 715-344-7026.

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Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Medallion Room Wausau, WI

This concert is an opportunity to “Lean on Me” and find support and camaraderie. The Living River Quartet will share goodwill in spiritual song, feel-good music, and traditional Christmas songs. We invite you to listen to music that can soothe your grief and lyrics that say the words you need to hear.

We’ll share the 30 most common complaints grievers reveal. Learn how you can satisfy expectations without compromising your feelings. The “Good News” is that almost every bereaved person is capable of finding joy—even when the holidays hurt!

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B AR B EAT Thursday November 15 Mike McAbee · Intermission, Wausau. Singer, songwriter. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Rage Against Malarkey’s with Circle of Heat and Gnarcissus · Malarkey’s Pub, Wausau. Variety. 10 pm. 715-819-3663 Jerry Duginski and Friends · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Acoustic. 9 pm. 715-845-2030 Friday November 16 Aaron Williams & the HooDoo · Intermission, Wausau. ► Rock, blues. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Levi Ballenger · City Grill, Wausau. Variety. 7 pm. 715-848-2900 Brad Emanuel · Great Dane, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-845-3000 Brothers Burn Mountain · Minocqua Brewing Co. Blues, rock, folk, Americana. 8 pm. 715-356-2600 Open Tab · Rookies Sports Pub, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 8 pm. 715-344-7026 Soul System · Malarkey’s Pub, Wausau. Funk, reggae, soul. 10 pm. 715-819-3663 Road Trip · North Star Casino, Bowler. Variety. 9 pm. 715-787-3110 It Takes Two · Daly’s Restaurant, Wausau. Acoustic variety. 7 pm. 715-298-1331 Substyle · Hiawatha, Wausau. Blues, soul, R&B. 9:30 pm. 715-848-5166 Ramshakel · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Variety. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Hot Dog Improv Comedy Show · Mountain Edge Restaurant, Wausau. 9:30 pm. 715-298-6181 Abby & Luke · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Country. 9 pm. 715-359-2363

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Saturday November 17 Your Mom Band · Great Dane, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-845-3000 Amelia Ford & Brian Arthur · Central Waters Brewing Co., Amherst. Variety. 5 pm. 715-824-2739 Jamie Fletcher · Daly’s, Wausau. Jazz. 7:30 pm. 715-298-1331 The Bad Downs · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Alt rock. 8:30 pm. 715-359-2363 Elvis Christmas Special · Rookies Sports Pub, Stevens Point. Elvis Tribute artist. 7 pm. 715-344-7026 IfIHadAHiFi and Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends · Intermission, Wausau. Pop, rock. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Alex Rossi · Malarkey’s Pub, Wausau. R&B, funk, rock. 10 pm. 715-819-3663 Road Trip · North Star Casino, Bowler. Variety. 9 pm. 715-787-3110 DJ Jonah · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Open Tab · Palms Supper Club, Weston. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-359-2200

Ongoing Karaoke Mondays · Oz Nightclub, Wausau. 9:30 pm Wednesdays · The Beat, Stevens Point. 7 pm · Oz Nightclub, Wausau. 9:30 pm Thursdays · Joy & Kevin’s Denmar Tavern, Wausau. 9 pm · Partners Pub, Stevens Point. 9:30 pm · Palms Supper Club, Weston. 7:30 pm· Labor Temple, Wausau. 9 pm Fridays · Kevin & Joy’s 19th Hole, Schofield. 9 pm · Pagel’s Pub & Grub, Athens. 8 pm · Pro Players, Schofield. 9 pm · Labor Temple, Wausau. 9 pm · Next Stop Lounge, Rothschild. 9 pm · Whiskey River, Wausau. 9 pm Saturdays · Kevin & Joy’s 19th Hole, Schofield. 9 pm · Labor Temple, Wausau. 9 pm · The Jim, Schofield. 9 pm · Joy & Kevin’s Denmar, Wausau. 9 pm every other Sat. Sunday · Oz Nightclub, Wausau. 9:30 pm Ongoing Extras Mondays · Open Mic, Partners Pub, Stevens Point. 9:30 pm. 715-544-0661 Tuesdays · Open Mic, Malarkey’s, Wausau. 9:30 pm · Trivia, Partners Pub, Stevens Point. 7 pm Wednesdays · Open Mic, Intermission, Wausau. 9 pm · DJ, Partners Pub, Stevens Point. 9:30 pm Thursdays · Open Mic, Sawmill Brewing, Merrill. 6 pm Saturday · DJ, Oz Nightclub, Wausau. 10 pm Sunday · Open Mic, Intermission, Wausau. 9 pm

O N S TAGE Mamma Mia! · Thurs.-Sun. 11/15-18, DC Everest Senior High School, Schofield. Musical about woman’s search for birth father feat. songs of ABBA presented by DCE Performing Arts. Thurs. 6:30 pm; Fri.-Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 1 pm. $12 adults, $8 students, seniors. Heathers: The Musical · Thurs.-Sat. 11/15-17, UW-Stevens Point Jenkins Theatre. Based on dark, cult classic 1988 film, edgy and humorous Off-Broadway rock musical about high school hierarchy and a mysterious new student. Recommended for mature audiences. 7:30 pm. $24 adults and seniors, $14 youth. ▼Matty Ann & the Vacant · Thurs. 11/15, UW-Stevens Point Dreyfus Center. Punk rock. 8 pm. $5.

Friday November 23 Brian McLaughlin · Great Dane, Wausau. Acoustic. 9 pm. 715-845-3000 Chaz’n Gerry · Central Waters Brewing Co., Amherst. Singer, songwriter duo. 6 pm. 715-824-2739 Michael Saint · Minocqua Brewing Co. Classic rock. 8 pm. 715-356-2600 Dirty Deuce · Malarkey’s Pub, Wausau. Rock. 10 pm. 715-819-3663 Phil Vaught · North Star Casino, Bowler. Variety. 9 pm. 715-787-3110 Bradley Sperger · Granite Peak Ski Area Historic Chalet. Variety. 6 pm. 715-845-2846 Jiffy Slim · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Country, folk, punk. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Adam Greuel & Sarah Vox · Point Area Bicycle Service, Stevens Point. Folk. 7:30 pm. 715-498-4122 Travis Lee and Harold Melo · Intermission, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Justin Zopel Trio · Daly’s Restaurant, Wausau. Edgy jazz. 7 pm. 715-298-1331


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Richard Marx · Fri. 11/16, North Star Casino, Bowler. Pop and rock performer, songwriter and producer with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. 8 pm. Tickets start at $35. Dream To Discovery · Fri. 11/16, Planetarium, Wausau West High School. Experience excitement of today’s space missions as you journey from NASA’s test facilities all the way to Pluto. 6 pm. $5 adult, $4 youth and senior. Reserve: Night of Legends Christmas Show · Fri. 11/16, Les & Jim’s Lincoln Lanes, Merrill. Feat. performers as Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin and Neil Diamond. 6:30 pm. $15 advance, $20 at door. Benefits Northwoods Veterans Post. 6:30 pm. 715-218-2528 Magic Mike XXL · Sat. 11/17, Coral Lanes, Rothschild. Men dance to steamy choreographed routines. 9 pm. Tickets start at $25. Tickets: Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter” · Sat. 11/17, Grand Theater, Wausau. Legendary film series takes film-goers across the world to some of the most spellbinding skiing outposts. 6:30 pm. $20., 715-842-0988 Michael Stephenson · Sat. 11/17, UW-Stevens Point Dreyfus Center. 8 pm. $5. HUNKS: The Show · Sat. 11/17, Weston Lanes. Male revue show for ages 21+. 8 pm. $15. Tickets: Tanya Tucker · Sat. 11/17, Lake of the Torches, Lac du Flambeau. Country start with breakout hit “Delta Dawn”. 7 pm. Tickets start at $30. The Stargazer · Sun. 11/18, UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium. Explore the nature of the stars and stellar life cycles. 2 pm. Central Wis. Youth Symphony Concert · Sun. 11/18, Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Youth Symphony and Philharmonia with Concerto Competition winners announced. 4 pm. $3 or $10 a family. Divas in a Man’s World · Mon. 11/19, Grand Theater, Wausau. Vegas style production of favorite hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today featuring female impersonators of Cher, Dolly Patron, Diana Ross and Joan Rivers. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $29. Girls Night Out Show · Tues. 11/20, Mountain Edge, Wausau. Magic Mike male dancers. 8-11 pm. $21.95 general admission. Tickets: UWSP Jazz Band Concert · Tues. 11/20, UW-Stevens Point Noel Fine Arts Center. Swing, ballad, disco, new age. 7:30 pm. $12 adult, $10 seniors, $5 youth. Boogie & The Yo Yo’z · Fri. 11/23, North Star Casino Resort, Bowler. Country. 9 pm. Free. Newsies · Fri.-Sat. 11/23-24, Thurs. 11/29 & Sat. 12/1, UWSP-Wausau Center for Civic Engagement. Musical tale of newsboy strike when publishers raise distribution prices set in 1899 NYC. Presented by Central Wis. Children’s Theatre. Fri.-Sat. 2 pm & 7 pm; Thurs. 7 pm. $15 adult, $12 youth & seniors. Callbacks · Sat. 11/24, Creske Center, Mosinee. 20th anniversary reunion show, brings back alumni and popular acts. 7 pm. Free will donation. Holiday Musicale · Sun. 11/25, Merrill History & Culture Center. Performances by The Vocal Jayz, Jim Bjorklund, Joshua Olson & Saydie Stewart, Carol & David Finanger with Marlene Graap as organist. 4 pm. Free will donation. Reservations required: 715-536-5652

E VENTS/SPECTATOR SPORTS Night Out at the Woodson & Classical Thursdays · Thursdays thru 11/15, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau. Central Wis. Symphony Orchestra musicians perform to enhance gallery strolls. 4-7:30 pm. 715-845-7010 Mosinee Girls Varsity Basketball · Thurs. 11/15, Mosinee High School. Vs. Wausau East. 7:15 pm. Fellowship of Christian Athletes Celebration Banquet · Thurs. 11/15, Highland Community Church, Wausau. Food, fundraising and inspiration with baseball legend Darryl Strawberry. 5:30 pm. Reservations required: 715-897-5394, Hunger & Homelessness Bus Tour · Fri. 11/16, United Way of Marathon Co., Wausau. Learn local needs and ways to fight hunger and homelessness. 10:45 am-1:15 pm. Free or $10 with boxed lunch. Register: DCE Girls Varsity Basketball · Fri. 11/16, DC Everest High School, Schofield. Vs. Hudson. 7:15 pm. Vintage Board Game Night · Fri. 11/16, Woodson History Center, Wausau. 100+ games or bring one to share. 7-10 pm. Free. 715-842-5750, Merrill Girls Varsity Basketball · Fri. 11/16, Merrill High School. Vs. Rhinelander. 7:15 pm. Wreath Sales · Fri.-Sat. 11/16-17, WOWSPACE, Wittenberg. Pre-decorated wreathes available. Fri. 5-7 pm; Sat. 11 am-2 pm. Stevens Point Holiday Parade · Fri. 11/16, downtown, Stevens Point. Magic of the Polar Express theme, runs from the start of Main St. near Post Office to Town Square. 6-7 pm. Wausau Winter Market · Saturdays thru 4/27, Boys & Girls Club, Wausau. Local food direct from farmers, bakers, bee keepers. 8 am-noon. On Facebook Empty Bowls · Sat. 11/17, Wausau West. Soup, live music, silent auction; fights hunger in north central Wis. 11 am-2 pm. $12 meal and bowl, ages 6-12 $5 meal only, 5 and under meal only free. 715-845-1966

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Santa’s Helpers Holiday Boutique · Sat. 11/17, Quality Inn, Rib Mountain. Unique handcrafted items. 7:30 am-3:30 pm. 715-842-1616 Craft Fair · Sat. 11/17, Birchwood Highlands Apartments, Weston. Unique gifts, handmade crafts, raffle prizes, concessions, more. 10 am-2 pm. 715-359-7000 Holiday Bazaar · Sat. 11/17, Peace United Church of Christ, Schofield. Bakery, crafts, country store, books, raffle, luncheon, more. 9 am-2 pm. 715-359-2136 Central Wis. Hemp Expo · Sat. 11/17, Marshfield Mall Expo. Exhibitors, speakers and more. Presented by Hemp for Fitness. 9 am-6 pm. $5. Arts & Craft Show · Sat. 11/17, Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Wausau. 10 am-5 pm. Free. 715-845-4341 All Holidays Country Store and Bake Sale · Sat.-Sun. 11/1718, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Wausau. Décor, collectibles, gifts, taco lunch. Use S. 10th Ave. parking lot. Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 9 am-noon. 715-845-4832 Wausau Jaycee’s Fall Craft Show · Sat. 11/17, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Variety of vendors. 9 am-3 pm. 715-551-9589 St. Therese Holiday Showcase · Sat. 11/17, St. Therese, Schofield. Holiday craft fair with 70 vendors, bake sale and luncheon. 9 am-3 pm. Free admission. 715-359-2421 Santa’s Workshop Craft Show · Sat. 11/17, Sara Park, Tomahawk. Handcrafted and unique items from 32 of Santa’s helpers. 9 am-3 pm. 715-224-2450 Be Amazing Annual Fall Fest · Sun. 11/18, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Glow skate, teddy bear clinic, bounce houses, service projects, more. 2-4 pm. On Facebook Tinsel Trail · Sun. 11/18, Holiday Inn, Stevens Point. Hundreds of arts and crafts vendors sell homemade items and goods. Proceeds reinvested into Portage Co. 9 am-4 pm. $3 entrance fee. Facebook: Tinsel Trail 2018 Merrill Girls Varsity Basketball · Tues. 11/20, Merrill High School. Vs. Antigo. 7:15 pm. Festival of Trees · Wed.-Sun. 11/21-25, Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Rothschild. View and bid on trees and décor. Wed. noon-5 pm; Thurs. 1-5 pm; Fri. 9 am5 pm; Sat. noon-5 pm; Sun. noon-2 pm. $5 adults, $3 age 12 & under (free under 2). Senior Stroll · Wed. 9 am-noon, seniors $4. Teddy Bear Breakfast · Sat.-Sun. 9-10:30 am, children and teddy bears visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy holiday activities. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under, $3 under 2. Reservations required. Opening Gala · Tues. 6-9 pm, exclusive viewing of trees with live music, raffles, silent auction and more. $50 before 11/17, $60 after. Marshfield Rotary Winter Wonderland · Open Daily Nov. 23-Dec. 31, Wildwood Park, Marshfield. 1.5 million lights on display with family friendly activities. Bring non-perishable food donation. 5-9 pm. Black Friday Hunter’s Polka Dance · Fri. 11/23, Dale’s Weston Lanes. Music by the All-Star Polka band. 7-11 pm. 715-359-8488 Wausau East Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament · Fri.-Sat. 11/23-24, Wausau East High School. Fri.: 5 pm Mosinee vs. West; 7 pm East vs. Port Edwards; Sat.: 5 pm Port Edwards vs. West; 7 pm East vs. Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers Hockey · Sat. 11/24, Mosinee Recreation Center. Vs. Monroe Blues. 8 pm. Small Business Saturday · Sat. 11/24, Wausau. Shop local stores and give the gift of a sustainable community. Small Shop Saturday · Sat. 11/24, Marathon Elementary School. 50+ vendors with products and crafts with concession. Fundraiser for Marathon Venture Academy. 9 am-2 pm. 715-443-2538 Wausau RiverWolves Hockey · Sat. 11/24, Marathon Park, Wausau. Vs. Milwaukee Power. 5 pm. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 5-18, free under 5., 715-869-3132

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Mural, Mural on the Wall: Jane Kim Artist Residency · thru Sun. 11/18, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau. Science illustrator and founder of Ink Dwell completes large painting onsite, illustrating how bird feather get their color and more. 715-845-7010 Behind The Wall of Birds: Presentation and Book Signing · Thurs. 11/15. Jane Kim tells story of 2,500 sq. ft. mural for Cornell Lab of Ornithology depicting the evolution of birds, which is documented in book The Wall of Birds: One Planet, 243 Families, 375 Million Years. Followed by book signing. 5:30-6:30 pm Buying and Leasing Commercial Real Estate · Thurs. 11/15, UWSP-Wausau Sonnentag Room. Analysis and investigation needed before signing commercial lease or buying commercial property. 3-4:30 pm. Free members, $15 nonmembers. Pre-registration required: Holiday Roping · Thurs. 11/15, Hsu Growing Supply, Wausau. Learn to make own holiday garland. 5-7 pm. $45., 715-675-5856 Beauty in a Broken World · Fri.-Sat. 11/16-17, St. Anthony Spirituality Center, Marathon. Storytelling in the framework of praying, beadwork, conversations. Fri. 5:30 pmSun. 3:30 pm. $95. Register: Writers’ Group · Fri. 11/16, Marathon Co. Library, Marathon. Meet other local writers and share work. 2 pm. 715-443-2775 Acrylic Pointillism a la Seurat Workshop with Val Berkely · Sat. 11/17, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Learn about Seurat and color theory. 1-3:30 pm. $75, includes supplies. Register:

▲Wintering Woodpeckers · Sat. 11/17, Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, Stevens Point. Take a walk to look for woodpeckers and discover clues they leave behind. Dress for the weather. 1-2 pm. 715-346-4992 Amnesty International: Central Wis. Chapter · Mon. 11/19, Unitarian Universalist Church, Wausau. Global movement to campaign to end abuses of human rights. 7 pm. 715-842-1893 or 715-212-1270 Hobbies and Crafts Night · Mon. 11/19, Marathon Co. Library, Hatley. Creating, socializing. 3 pm. 715-446-3537 Needle Arts · Tues. 11/20, Marathon Co. Library, Athens. Work on projects, crochet lessons. 1 pm. 715-257-7292 Stitchers and Rippers · Tues. 11/20, Marathon Co. Library, Stratford. Tweens, teens and adults practice math and learn to quilt. 3:30-4:30 pm. 715-687-4420 Art 101: Surveying Sculpture · Wed. 11/21, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau. Join curator of exhibitions for gallery walk focused on sculpture and the artists who create 3D artworks. 12:15-1 pm. 715-845-7010 Holiday Making Workshop · Sat. 11/24, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Ages 9+ make gift tags and collage ornaments. Noon-3 pm. $35, includes supplies. Register:, 715-298-9198


ARTS/EXHIBITS Woodson Art Museum, Wausau · Free admission. Gallery hours Tues.–Fri. 9 am–4 pm, Sat.–Sun. noon–5 pm; open until 7:30 first Thursday of each month. 715-845-7010, Birds in Art · thru Nov. 25. Celebrates avian marvels through many mediums. Also on view: Dynamic Designs: The Serigraphs of Anne Senechal Faust, vibrant silk-screens · Sharing the Shoreline, shorebirds through sculptures and works on paper · Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture, variety of formats from the Museum’s collection. Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. noon-5 pm. 715-571-6551, Second Annual National Juried Exhibition · thru Dec. 29, juried by Frank Bernarducci Merrill History & Cultural Center · Gallery hours Tues.–Fri. 9 am–1 pm. 715-536-5652, Thru Nov.: Remember When You Needed Film To Take a Photo, nostalgic look at photography Woodson History Center, Wausau · Tues.–Fri. 9 am– 4:30 pm, Sat.–Sun. 1–4:30 pm. marathoncountyhistory. org. Rural Electrification: Outlet for Change demonstrates changes that came with electricity in the early 1900s. Milking Time: Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County · The development of an industry. Marathon City Heritage Center · Regular hours second Sunday of each month 10 am-1 pm starting in October. Free. Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau · Free. Gallery hours Tues.–Fri. 10 am–5 pm; Sat. noon–4 pm. 715-842-4545, Modern Line · thru Nov. 30. Featuring Terry Gunderson Shulta and Graham Coulson. Gifted By Hand · Nov. 16-Dec. 29. Opening Gala: 12/7, 5-7 pm CVA Student/Volunteer Exhibit · Nov. 16-Dec. 29. Opening Gala: 12/7, 5-7 pm Colossal Fossils, Wausau Center Mall: Open for DINOvember · Sat. 11/17. Listen to musical masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven as you peruse gallery of wooly mammoths, dinosaurs and fossils. 10 am-3 pm, tours on the hour starting 10:00, last at 2:00. $6, $5 seniors, free 3 and under. 319 Gallery, Wausau · Local artists and former Talent Shop artisans. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday shopping. Gallery hours Mon.-Sat. 11 am-3 pm. 715-574-8179 Meet the Bees · thru Nov. 30, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield. Sam Droege’s macro photography with beeswax artist Jessie Fritsch. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm. Cattail and Colorama · thru Dec. 4, Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic Weston. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm. 715-393-1000 Gift of Art · thru Jan. 4, Q Artists Cooperative, Stevens Point. Art for the holiday season. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-3 pm. 715-345-2888 Gift Gallery · thru Dec. 23, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 am-5 pm; Sat.-Sun. 11 am-3 pm. Think + Make + Show · thru Dec. 3, UW–Stevens Point Carlsten Gallery. Faculty and staff share creative research. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm & 7-9 pm; Sat.-Sun. 1-4 pm. Mixed Media and Woodcarving · thru Nov., Lincoln Center Gallery, Stevens Point. Mixed media by Nancy Karg and Woodcarving by Ron Okray. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 am-4:30 pm. 715-346-1401

Healthy Family Night · Thurs. 11/15, Central Wis. Children’s Museum, Stevens Point. Healthy meal with activity and program for entire family. 5-8 pm. Dinner $3 per person, free under 2. Campus Visit and Tour · Fri. & Wed. thru 12/12, UWSPWausau. Discover high quality education at affordable cost. Fri. 10-11 am; Wed. 4-5 pm. Storytime and Activities Featuring Bear Says Thanks · Sat. 11/17, Barnes and Noble, Wausau. 11 am. 715-241-6360 Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event · Sat. 11/17, Barnes and Noble, Wausau. Activities, games, cosplay, LEGO building, more. 2 pm. 715-241-6360 Teen Night · Sat. 11/17, YMCA, Stevens Point. Gym activities, music, snack, video games, basketball and more. 7-10:30 pm. Free.

▲Create a Turkey Windsock · Mon. 11/19, Marathon Co. Library, Mosinee. Make turkey windsock using variety of craft supplies. 3:30 pm. 715-693-2144 Toddler Tuesday: Gobble, Gobble · Tues. 11/20, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau. Ages 18 mos.-4 years and accompanying adults share turkey-themed hands-on art projects. 10:30 am-noon. 715-845-7010 Give Thanks for Story Time! · Tues. 11/20, Marathon Co. Library. Stories and crafts. Athens 10 am; Hatley 10:30 am. 715-257-7292, 715-446-3537 Teen Dance Night · Tues. 11/20, Weston Lanes. Dancing, music by Underground DJ. 7-10 pm. $10. 715-359-8488 Bounce House Night · Wed. 11/21, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Ages 11 and under jump in four bounces houses. 6-8 pm. $5. 715-359-6563 Vacation Fun Day · Wed. 11/21, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Ages 5-12 enjoy activities during no school day. 7 am-5:30 pm. $45. Register: Tumbling Turkey Jamboree Fun Camp · Wed. 11/21, YMCA, Wausau. Gymnastics for ages 4-7. 1-4 pm. $45 members, $56 non-members. 715-845-2177 Storytime with CI · Wed. 11/21, CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, downtown Wausau. Books, songs, crafts for all ages and stages. 9-10 am. 608-819-6394, Storytime: Mickey Mouse Goes Christmas Shopping · Sat. 11/24, Barnes and Noble, Wausau. 11 am. 715-241-6360 Escape Room Family Adventure · Sat. 11/24, Marathon Co. Library, Rothschild. Test problem-solving skills and teamwork as you try to get out of escape room. 10:30 am. Registration required: 715-359-6208 Very Simply Eric Carle · Sat. 11/24, Marathon Co. Library, Wausau. Hear stories by Eric Carle followed by related crafts and activities. 10:30 am. 715-261-7200 Family Game Day · Sat. 11/24, Marathon Co. Library, Rothschild. Board, card games. 11:30 am. 715-359-6208 Parent’s Night Out · Sat. 11/24, Greenheck Field House, Wausau. Ages 4-11 enjoy food, activities, swimming. 5-8 pm. $20, $15 additional sibling. Register by 11/20: Breakfast with Santa · Sat. 11/24, Labor Temple, Wausau. All you can eat, Santa, face painting, elf shelf. 8 am-noon. $6 adults, $3 ages 5-12, free under 5. 715-848-1768

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Ongoing CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, Wausau. 9-10 am. 608-819-6394, Birth-to-Three Play Group · Thursdays thru 12/20, Caregivers and children learn and practice social, developmental and play skills in fun environment. Developmental Screeners · Tuesdays, free informal assessment of communication, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving and social emotional skills for ages birth to five. 9-10 am. Register: 608-819-6394, Boys & Girls Club. For grades 4–12: art, sports, skateboarding, homework help and more. Wausau site open weekdays 3– 7 pm, non-school and snow days 7 am–5:30 pm, noon– 5:30 pm early release days. High School Nights Tues. & Thurs. Club open to high school students to use skate park, gym, computer lab and games room, 7-9 pm. D.C. Everest Greenheck Field House site open weekdays 2:45–7 pm, 1:30–7 pm early release days, closed non-school and snow days. Membership info, details: 715-845-2582 and Math Tutoring · Tuesdays & Thursdays, UW-Stevens Point Science Building A113A. Wide range of middle and high school level mathematics conducted by math education students. 4:30-6:30 pm. Free. Register: 715-346-2120 Foam Toy Fun Night · Fridays thru Dec., Marathon Area Swim Association. Fun for ages 6-16 on winter days. 5:30-7:30 pm. Free members, $4 general. 715-443-3772 Chess & Art at Achieve Center, Wausau · Fridays, Chess club for ages 7+ coached by Chess Master, 4 pm. Art Club for children and families, 4 pm. 715-845-4900 Wausau Children’s Museum, Wausau Center Mall. Open weekdays 9:30 am-2 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 1 pm5 pm. $3 children 1-13, free 0-12 months and parents or caregivers. 608-408-4668, Marathon Co. Libraries Story Times · Recurring, weekly programs, 715-261-7220. • Family Story Time · 30-min. of stories, songs for all ages with guardian. Sat. 10:30 am, Wausau; Tues. 10:30 am Rothschild and Hatley, 10 am Athens; Wed. (will not meet 11/21) 10 am Wednesday Mosinee and Spencer, 10:15 am Stratford; Thurs. (will not meet 11/22) 10:30 am Marathon City, 9:30 am Edgar • Play & Learn Story Time · 60-90-min. of story, song, activities for all ages, with Family Resource Center. 715-845-6747. Tues. 10:30 am Athens, 11 am Rothschild; Wed. 10:30 am Mosinee, 10:45 am Stratford (will not meet 11/21); Thurs. (will not meet 11/22) 10 am Hatley, 10 am Edgar; Fri. 9:30 am Wausau • Preschool Story Time · Wed. & Thursdays, Wausau. 30-min. stories, songs, rhymes. 10:30 am • Tales for Tots · Tuesdays, Wausau. For ages 2–3 with adult. Books, songs, fingerplay. 10 & 10:30 am

• Book Babies · Mondays, Wausau. 20-min. “lap sit” for babies to 2 years with adult with books, songs, developmental activities. 10 am. • Sensory Story Time · Wednesdays, Wausau. Geared toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder. Featuring stories and soothing interactive activities. 9:30 am Play & Learn Playgroups · thru Dec. Relax with others who have young children for learning activities. For both parents & kids. Sessions 90 min. 715-845-6747. Mondays G.D. Jones School, Wausau, 2:30 pm Tuesdays Athens Community Hall, 10:30 am · Rothschild Library 10:30 am • Wednesdays Mosinee Library, 10 am · Stratford Public Library 10:15 am Thursdays Edgar Village Hall and Hatley Library, 10 am Fridays Marathon Co. Library, Wausau. 9:30 am · 1st & 3rd Fridays Marathon City Village Hall 10 am Central Wis. Children’s Museum · 1100 Main St. Downtown Stevens Point. Hands-on exhibits & activities for children and adults to explore together. $5 children & adults (1 & under free). Hours, Tues.–Fri. 9 am–4 pm; Thurs. 9 am-8 pm; Sat. 10 am–4 pm; Sun. noon–4 pm. 715-344-2003,

O UTDOORS/SPORTS Central Wis. Speed Skating Club, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Join any time, free to try. Opportunity to compete at national/ local levels. Skates provided for kids through season. $235 + US & State Speed Skating fees. Practice most Sundays 6-7:30 pm., 715-581-8262 Open Skating · Marathon Park, Wausau. Mon.-Fri. (except 11/22-23) 11 am-1 pm; Wednesdays & Sundays. Wed. 7-9 pm; Sun. 2-5 pm. Cancelled for special events or holidays. $2 youth, $3 adults. $3 rental. 715-261-1570 Open Skate · Fri.-Sun. 11/16-18, Smith Center, Merrill. Fri. 6:30-8:30 pm; Sat. 1-3 pm & 6-8 pm; Sun. 1:30-3:30 pm. $3 admission, $2 skate rental. 715-536-7313 Open Climbing Wall · Fri. 11/16 & Wed. 11/21, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Climbing instructions, proper fit for harness and helmet. 6:30-8:30 pm. $5, space limited. 715-359-6563 Public Skating · Fri. 11/16 & Wed. 11/21, Greenheck Field House, Weston. $3 skate rental, $3 admission. 7-8:20 pm. 715-359-6563 Stevens Point Turkey Trot · Thurs. 11/22, Pfiffner Park, Stevens Point. Non-competitive walk/run. 9 am. Free, bring non-perishable food item.

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Minocqua Turkey Trot · Thurs. 11/22, Torpy Park, downtown Minocqua. Run before Thanksgiving feast. 9-11 am. $25 individual in advance, $30 day of; $60 family in advance, $70 day of. Register: Turkey Jam Aerobics · Thurs. 11/22, Woodson YMCA, Wausau. Try moves from Zumba, Yoga, Insanity, Kick boxing and R.I.P.P.E.D during Turkey Jam or Thankful Cycle Burn. Both at 8 am. Free with non-perishable food donation. Fitness Feast · Thurs. 11/22, Aspirus YMCA, Weston. Thanksgiving workouts. Turkey Shred 8:15-9:15 am or Turkey Tabata 9:15-10:15 am. Eastbay Turkey Trot · Thurs. 11/22, Eastbay, Wausau. 5K run/walk certified by USA Track and Field with flat, fast course along city streets. 8:30 am. $30, free 5 and under. Fees donated to Marathon Co. Hunger Coalition. Register: Turkey Skate · Fri. 11/23, KB Willett Ice Arena, Stevens Point. Bring non-expired canned good and skate for free. $4 skate rentals. 9-11 am. 715-346-1576 Open Skate · Sat.-Sun. 11/24-25, Smith Center, Merrill. Sat. 6-8 pm; Sun. 2:30-4:30 pm. $3 admission, $2 skate rental. 715-536-7313 Public Skating · Sat. 11/24, Greenheck Field House, Weston. $3 skate rental, $3 admission. 2:30-3:50 & 7-8:20 pm. 715-359-6563 Open Climbing Wall · Sat. 11/24, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Climbing instructions, get properly fitted for harness and helmet. 2-4 pm & 6:30-8:30 pm. $5, space limited. 715-359-6563

LIFELINES Stepping On · Wednesdays thru 11/28, Aging & Disability Resource Center, Wausau. Balance and strength exercises, safety at home, more. 1:30-3:30 pm. $10 donation. Register:, 1-888-486-9545 Honoring Choices: Advance Care Planning · Thurs. 11/15, Aspirus Kronenwetter Clinic. Discuss healthcare values, goals and experiences, consider possible future choices, make a written plan. Afternoon appointments available. Free. Register: 715-847-2380 Learn About Medicare Options at Security Health Plan Seminar · Thurs. 11/15. Learn how you can afford and receive quality health care. Marshfield Clinic, Weston: 10 am, 1 & 5:30 pm; City Grill, Wausau: 10 am & 1 pm. Free. Register:

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Moon hangs with Mars Look to the southern sky Nov. 15-16 to spot the moon hanging out with Mars, with the duo being closest together on Thursday. Red Mars now is shining more brilliantly than most stars. While the two appear close together in the sky, the moon is about 250,000 miles away and Mars is 330 times farther away or about 82,500,000 miles from Earth. In the southwest, get your last look at Saturn, now over the horizon after sunset, and setting by around 7:00 pm. In December, Saturn will be lost in the sun’s glare. Telescope viewers have a spectacular view of the planets gorgeous rings right now. In the morning before dawn, notice an obvious pair of “stars” right next to each other low in the east-southeast. This is brilliant Venus making a show with the star Spica, and with sunrise at around 7:00 am, it’s not a hardship to get up and see this pairing. Venus (known now as the “Morning Star) is up by 5:00 am, and is so bright you’ll see it in the brightening blue sky long after the stars have faded into the dawn. That bright star to the pair’s upper left is Arcturus. The Leonid meteor shower peaks in the predawn hours on either Nov. 17 and Nov. 18. Expect to see 15 meteors an hour from a dark sky location and with the moon setting before then, even faint meteors could be spotted. The Leonids are fast-moving, and while many are faint, this shower is known for its fireballs. Though the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, they radiate from an area in the constellation Leo the Lion, easily spotted by its distinct sickle, or backwards question mark, shape. Leo is fully above the eastern horizon by 1:00 am but the meteors really shine between 3:00 am and dawn when the radiant reaches its highest point. Happy viewing.











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Look Good…Feel Better · Mon. 11/19, Aspirus Regional Cancer Center, Wausau. Local beauticians offer help to cancer patients with wigs and make-up application to restore self-confidence. 6-8 pm. Register: 715-847-2803 Ongoing Downtown Memory Café · A gathering for people in early stages of dementia, with care partners. Refreshments, conversation, music and activities. Free. 10:30 am. Pre-register: Wausau, 3rd Thursday, First United Methodist Church. 715-842-9809 · Stevens Point, 2nd Wednesdays, Lincoln Center. 715-346-1401 Strong Bones · Help improve muscle strength, bone density, self-confidence, sleep and vitality. Weston · Atrium Post-Acute Care of Weston, 6001 Alderson St. Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. 715-675-2045 · Athens Area Fire Dept. Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10 am. 715-573-4649 · Tomahawk United Methodist Church, 1104 School Rd. Call 715-539-1080 for times & dates · Merrill Enrichment Center, 303 N Sales St. 715-539-1072 Immunization & STD Clinics · STD clinic is at Aspirus Wausau Family Medicine, 425 Wind Ridge Dr., Tuesdays 1:30– 4:30 pm, no appointment necessary. Appointments required for immunization clinics at Marathon Co. Health Dept., 1000 Lake View Dr., Wausau, 715-261-1900. Most vaccines $7 per dose: 1st Mon., 4–6 pm · 2nd Wed., 2–4 pm 3rd Thurs., 4–6 pm · 4th Fri., 9–11 am United Way Volunteer Connection: To find opportunities call 715-848-2927 or 2-1-1, or see, Some current donation needs: Nutritional Drinks. The Neighbors’ Place can use donations of Boost and other high calorie, high protein nutritional drinks. Contact Kathy at 715-845-1966 or Rides for Elderly Neighbors. Faith in Action looking for volunteers to drive seniors to doctors’ appointments and the grocery store in the greater Wausau area. Contact Linda at 715-848-8783 or Deliver a Hot Meal. Seniors in need of food rely on Mobile Meals to deliver prepared meals between 11 am and 12:15 pm. Contact Doris at 715-848-5848 or Peyton’s Promise Weston Food Drive · Village of Weston Municipal Center, Weston. Supports 32 food pantries and backpack programs throughout Marathon Co. Items may be dropped off between 8 am–4:30 pm. Other locations include Pick n’ Saves, Weston Trigs, Schofield City Hall, Fantastic Sam’s, Covenant Community Church or Abby Bank. 715-218-4401 Neighbors’ Place Food Pantry · Mon.-Fri. 745 Scott St., Wausau. Eligible persons may use the pantry once every two weeks. ID and proof of Marathon County residency required. Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 10:30 am–1:30 pm; Wed. 1:30–4:30 pm. 715-845-1966 Jubilee House Community Meal · Thursdays, St. Matthew School, 225 S. 28th Ave., Wausau. Free community meal, 4:30-6 pm. 715-842-3148 Community Center of Hope Food Pantry · Mon., Tues. & Fri., 607 13th St., Mosinee. Must live in southern Marathon County. Proof of address & income required. Mon. 9 am–11:45 am, Tues. 3–5:45 pm, Fri. Noon1:45 pm. 715-693-7145, The Open Door · 319 Fourth St., Wausau. Provides free clothing, resource help & support group information to recently released inmates 18 & older of the Marathon County jail system. Daily 5–10 am. 715-574-6882 Child Car Seat Safety Check · 1st Wed., Aspirus Hospital Women’s Health Birthing Center entrance, 4–6 pm. 715-847-2864 · 3rd Wed. Yach’s Body & Custom, Rib Mountain, 11 am–1 pm. 715-359-0482 Celebrate Recovery · Tuesdays, Christian Assembly. Christ centered recovery for life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. 6:30-8 pm. Wausau Family Resource Center · Provides support programs. 715-845-6747, Learning Essentials About Parenting · Mondays. Frank discussion about joys and trials of parenthood. Childcare available. 6–7:30 pm Parents of Teens LEAP Classes · Wed. Parent education & support group that runs in 6-week sessions. 6–7:30 pm

T OP T ENS Top selling titles at Janke Book Store Fiction Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver The Reckoning by John Grisham The Witch Elm by Tana French Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami Non Fiction Almost Everything by Anne Lamott The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman Pick of the Week Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Top selling music at Inner Sleeve 1. Greta Van Fleet “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army” 2. Halestorm “Vicious” 3. The Beatles “The Beatles” Anniversary Edition 4. Alkaline Trio “Is This Thing Cursed?” 5. Alice In Chains “Rainier Fog” 6. Kurt Vile “Bottle It In” 7. Billy F Gibbons “Big Bad Blues” 8. Devour The Day “Signals” 9. Tenacious D “Post Apocalypto” 10. Bottle Rockets “Bit Logic”

I N C ONCERT Five Finger Death Punch · Tues. 11/20, Target Center, Minneapolis. Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin · Sun. 11/24, Resch Center, Green Bay. Celeste Barber · Wed. 11/28, Barrymore Theatre, Madison. Jingle Ball · Tues. 12/3, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. Travis Scott · Sat. 12/8, Target Center, Minneapolis. Hot Tuna · Sun. 12/9, Barrymore Theatre, Madison. Richard Thompson · Wed. 12/12, Barrymore Theatre, Madison. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band · Wed. 12/12, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. Harlem Globetrotters · Thurs. 12/26, Resch Center, Green Bay. Bodeans · Thurs. 12/27, Barrymore Theatre, Madison. Styx · Sun. 12/29, Resch Center, Green Bay. Trans-Siberian Orchestra · Sat. 12/29, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. Randy Bachman · Sat. 1/20, Barrymore Theatre, Madison. Eric Johnson · Thurs. 1/24, Barrymore Theatre, Madison.

MOVIES Times may change, contact the theater before heading out Cedar Creek Cinema, Rothschild, 715-355-1080 Movie times Fri. 11/16–Mon. 11/19 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 2D (PG13) Daily 9:30, 10:15 am, 12:40, 1:25, 3:50, 4:35, 7:00, 7:45, 10:10, 11:00, 11:40 pm (except Sun.-Mon.) Fantastic Beasts: Crimes 3D (PG13) Fri.-Sun. 9:00 pm; Mon. 9:15 pm Instant Family (PG13) Daily 10:00 am, 1:10, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20 pm Widows (R) Daily 9:20 am, 12:30, 3:40, 7:40, 10:40 pm Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch (PG) Daily 8:30, 9:40, 11:10 am, 12:20 (except Sun.), 1:45, 2:50 (except Sun.), 4:15, 5:15, 6:30 (except Mon.), 7:30, 10:15 pm Girl in the Spiders Web (R) Daily 9:50 am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:10, 10:30 pm Overlord (R) Daily 8:45, 11:30 am, 2:15, 5:00, 8:00, 10:45 pm Nutcracker Four Realms (PG) Daily 9:10 am, 12:00, 3:15, 6:40, 9:15 pm Bohemian Rhapsody (PG13) Daily 9:00 am, 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:00 pm Castle in the Sky (NR) Sun. 12:55 pm; Mon. 7:00 pm Rogers Cinema 7, Stevens Point, 715-341-2700 Movie times Fri. 11/16–Mon. 11/19 Bohemian Rhapsody (PG13) Daily 6:30, 9:15 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12:45, 3:30 pm The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG) Daily 4:50, 7:00, 9:10 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12:30, 2:40 pm Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald 2D (PG13) Daily 6:30, 9:15 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12:30, 3:15 pm Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald 3D (PG13) Daily 5:00, 8:00 pm; Sat.-Sun. 2:00 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG) Daily 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm; Sat.-Sun. 1:00, 3:00 pm Overlord (R) Daily 6:45, 9:05 pm; Sat.-Sun. 1:25, 3:45 pm Instant Family (PG13) Daily 6:45, 9:15 pm; Sat.-Sun. 1:45, 4:15 pm Rogers Campus 4, Stevens Point, 715-341-6161 Movie times Fri. 11/16–Mon. 11/19 Widows (R) Daily 6:30, 9:15 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12:45, 3:30 pm A Star is Born (R) Daily 6:30, 9:20 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12:30, 3:20 pm The Old Man and the Gun (PG13) Daily 5:00, 7:05, 9:10 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12:50, 2:55 pm The Girl in the Spider’s Web (R) Daily 6:45, 9:15 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12:45, 3:15 pm Cosmo Theater, Merrill, 715-536-4473 Movie times Fri. 11/16–Tues. 11/20 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG13) Daily 7:00 pm; Fri.-Sat. 9:00 pm; Sat.-Sun. 1:00, 3:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG) Daily 7:00 pm; Fri.-Sat. 9:30; Sat.-Sun. 1:00, 3:00 pm Bohemian Rhapsody (PG13) Daily 7:00 pm; Sat.-Sun. 1:00, 3:30 pm


Johnny Depp as Grindelwald

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne foster an Instant Family

Magical sequel

Grindelwald is dense yet deft return to the high standards of the Harry Potter films Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald‎

out of 5 | 134 min. | PG13 Reviewed by Kimberley Jones

One disappointment of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was that it poured so many resources into crafting those fantastic beasts, crafting a compelling story seemed like a task on the to-do list that never got crossed off. Its sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald — the second in a proposed five-film series set roughly 60 years before the birth of a certain boy wizard named Harry Potter — does an about-face, backgrounding the magical creatures and crosshatching a half-dozen (at least!) engrossing plots and character pairings. It’s an improvement in almost every way. Returning director David Yates (who helmed the last four Harry Potter films) hurls The Crimes of Grindelwald almost immediately into an airborne action

sequence. Darkly shot and disorienting, it feels like a dry run for a future theme park ride, and its focus on the power-hungry wizard Grindelwald isn’t exactly a bestfoot-forward way to open the film. The casting of Johnny Depp as the big baddie Grindelwald still rankles. Was it really so impossible to locate an actor without a tired proclivity for playing weird dudes in makeup? It’s a thorn in the side of an otherwise exquisitely cast picture. Nominally the lead, but really more a calming buoy in a very busy movie, Eddie Redmayne returns as the magic zoologist and righteous nerd Newt Scamander, who is tender with the creatures in his care but hopeless when it comes to talking to his crush, no-nonsense American auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston). Tina’s sister, the sweet Queenie (Alison Sudol), is still head over heels for good-hearted baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), who can’t do magic. In the 1920s wizarding

community, that love affair between a witch and a no-maj is verboten, lending them a star-crossed quality that plays out in other permutations among the terrific additions to the cast. That new cast includes Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, haunted by a secret and stuck between her first love and her new fiancé; Claudia Kim as Nagini, a maledictus who transforms into a snake, which is exploited in the wizard freak show circus where she bonds with another tortured soul; and Jude Law as an impish young Professor Aldus Dumbledore, who recruits Newt to track down Grindelwald because Dumbledore can’t, or won’t, move against the once-cherished man he sees in the Mirror of Erised. Does it matter if the names Lestrange, Nagini, and Mirror of Erised don’t ring any bells for you? Not exactly. The film works as its own contained universe. But it’s a far richer experience if you can call

on seven books and eight films. That said, not knowing what a flash of green light means — that’s the killing curse, folks — takes the edge off of some of the more chilling moments. This might be too intense for young viewers, especially with the reduced screen time for all those cute beasts. (Do not fear! The duck-billed niffler is back.) The stunning art deco design and slinky costumes probably won’t do much for kids, either. What’s definitely gonna fly over their heads are the implied parallels between despots of yesteryear and right-here-right-now. Indeed, the film’s best action sequence isn’t the hurly burly stuff of digital effects overload; it’s Grindelwald riling up his base, convincing the elite they are in fact the oppressed, and encouraging their worst tendencies. This battle for wizards’ hearts and minds will presumably dominate the rest of the series.

Sentimental comedy misses its mark Instant Family

2 out of 5 | 118 min. | PG13 Reviewed by Josh Bell/Film Racket

Director Sean Anders based Instant Family on his personal experiences of fostering and adopting a group of siblings, but that doesn’t mean he and longtime co-writer John Morris ignored their instincts for loud, hacky comedy. Husband and wife Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are childless at the beginning of the movie, happily running their house-flipping business and letting Ellie’s sisters be the ones to pop out kids. But a stray remark makes them rethink their position, especially since they’re getting older. With that in mind, they embark on a journey to

become foster parents, planning to potentially adopt an older child, so that they aren’t senior citizens when their kid graduates from college. They get more than they bargained for in sassy teenager Lizzy, who doesn’t want to part from her younger siblings Juan and Lita. Suddenly they’re the parents of three rowdy kids who’ve been mistreated and shuffled from one foster home to another for most of their lives. That’s a lot for anyone to deal with, and Pete and Ellie are predictably overwhelmed at first, and then, just as predictably, forge a strong bond with the kids, right when external forces threaten to take them away. By playing up the slapstick, sitcomstyle aspects of foster parenting, Anders

makes it tough to take his social message seriously. (This message is most strongly expressed in the closing-credits statistics about fostering, and the photos of real foster families.) He also makes his characters into shrieking cartoons, so that both parents and kids are completely insufferable and unsympathetic, and their moments of bonding are as unconvincing as the strained moments of wacky comedy. Instant Family may be more subdued than Anders and Morris’ previous comedies (Horrible Bosses 2 and the Daddy’s Home movies), but it’s still aggressive and manic, with plenty of unfunny, belabored running jokes — the filmmakers are enamored with a recurring bit about a single mother in a foster-parent support group

trying to create a situation that mimics the movie The Blind Side. Wahlberg gives a performance similar to his intense, overly committed dad in the Daddy’s Home series, and Byrne often matches his uncomfortably madcap energy. The kids come off more as Problem Child-style menaces than victims of circumstance, and their tragic back story remains vague enough to keep the movie’s tone light. Which all means there’s never much weight to the drama, especially when the family’s hard-won harmony is challenged in the third act. As a tribute to foster parenting and adoption, Instant Family feels more like a crass, calculated Hollywood product, despite its director’s best intentions.

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Silver stories Wausau’s first Silver Pageant was created with the goal of making sure senior women’s stories aren’t lost Theresa Haase has known for a while that’s she wanted to do something special to honor elderly women in the community. While working at Mountain Terrace Senior Living, an assisted living facility in Wausau, she by chance landed on the idea of a silver pageant. “When I work there, I sit and listen and have coffee with the ladies and [hear] these stories they tell me— things like, ‘I was 20 when I came over on this ship,’” Haase says. “When they are gone, so are their stories… We just don’t think about what they’ve been through.” She had called the Marathon County Historical Society to find a way to encapsulate their history, throwing around ideas like an exhibit, but nothing stuck out to her. One day someone told her about seeing a pageant in New York City that showcased older women. Haase decided she could make something like that happen here. She formed a committee to organize Wausau Area Silver Pageant with the purpose of designing an event to share those histories. “Let’s Theresa Haase is organizing the Wausau Area Silver face it, a lot of people aren’t coming Pageant to preserve women’s stories into assisted living facilities or even an elderly person’s home, or some people are afraid to do that, and they are missing out on so many amazing stories and accomplishments,” says Haase. “So, the whole purpose [of the pageant] is to honor them and share those stories with the younger generations.” At present, organizers are looking for pageant nominees via a short one-paraWITH COUPON (regular price $85) graph nomination form that can be found on their Facebook page. Nominations Astrology Readings/E.S.P. will be accepted until Dec. 15. The event is open to women 75 years and older. Psychic Readings Committee will make personal visits to narrow the fieldTarot down to the finalReadings 12 parCards • Palm ticipants for the show. This won’t be a typical pageant. Nominees will be judged on their stories as well as a talent segment. To keep in the pageant theme, contestants will also don gowns on stage. There’s no cost to participate and if a lady doesn’t have a gown, Silver Pageant will provide one. Once on stage, each contestant and their escort will sit in front of a giant screen which will display their 90-second video story to the audience. The talent portion is a pretty loose concept, says Haase “They could sit on stage and talk a little about a quilt they made 20 years ago, or sing, or it could be anything.” The finalists will be narrowed down like a typical pageant until a winner is announced. The judging panel will include Miss Wisconsin Tianna Vanderhei, WAOW Channel 9 meteorologist Justin Loew, a representative from the Marathon County Historical Society, and staff from Mountain Terrace. There will be a playbill listing contestants and during any downtime, the program will honor those who didn’t make the finalist cut. There will be a beauty hour and luncheon for the nominees before the actual show kicks off. Heidi Lefferts nominated herself for the pageant with some encouragement. At almost 75 years old, she has lived in many places on the globe, including the Czech Republic, Germany and England, and for the last 14 years in the United States. To a comment that her life sounds interesting, Lefferts responds, “One would say.” The first annual Wausau Area Silver Pageant will be held Feb. 23, 2019, at 2 pm at the Wausau East High School Auditorium. Nominations are due by Dec. 15. There is no fee to attend the show or to participate. For more information contact the Wausau Area Silver Pageant via its Facebook page.


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