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Mall could be pad-ready by August

04 A new deal for Foxconn

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CAPiTOL EYE ............................................... 6 Altering the arrangement

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Northcentral Technical College will have a new president. The NTC Board of Trustees named Jeanie Worden as its next president, WSAU reports. Worden is currently NTC’s vice president and has worked with the college for 26 years. Worden will replace Lori Weyers, who retires June 30. ▲ Ryan Owens speaks with residents Monday at the Jefferson Street Inn, where he announced his candidacy for state attorney general.

fusing one-way streets redeveloped into two-way streets. Ghidorzi didn’t say whether there has been developer interest in the site yet, but says the downtown pads will support around 300 units of downtown housing. Between the mall redevelopment, the Riverlife area and Riverlife South, there could ultimately be more than 1,000 new units of housing in the downtown area.

Wausau native announces run for state attorney general

A native of Wausau and a D.C. Everest graduate announced his run for state attorney general Monday. Ryan Owens made the announcement Monday at the Jefferson Street Inn’s Lincoln Room after being introduced by State Assembly Member Pat Snyder (R—Schofield). That makes him the second Republican to announce a run for the seat, forcing a GOP primary in August 2022. Owens, running for the seat as a Republican, took plenty of shots at Gov. Evers and the current attorney general, Josh Kaul, who is up for re-election in 2022 and was elected on the same ballot as the current governor. Owens decried cancel culture, critical race theory, Evers’ and Kaul’s response to the Kenosha riots following the police shooting of Jacob Blake and their stance on school reopenings, which was largely handled by local school boards. Owens is a self-described “conservative professor” of law at UW–Madison, where he earned his undergraduate and law degree. Owens served former Gov. Tommy Thompson in his legal office, working to bring fugitives back to Wisconsin to face justice for their crimes.

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County committee approves pushing phosphorus pilot program with state

The county’s Executive Committee approved looking into ways to seek funding from the state for a pilot project that could help reduce phosphorus pollution in the county. The proposal would essentially pay farmers with high pollution levels to reduce their phosphorus levels. The funding would help offset any expenditures made in reducing those levels. County officials already tried the idea on a smaller scale with a handful of farmers, says Marathon County Conservationist Paul Daigle. Farmers were able to reduce their pollution levels with new practices and ended up generally saving money. This program would extend this to farmers in the Fenwood Creek area and would operate as a state pilot program. If successful, the state could expand it to other polluted areas. Daigle says a number of large-scale dairy operations are exploring such practices because of the potential monetary savings as well. Marathon County Administrator Lance Leonhard says the Wisconsin Counties Association has identified $7 million in the two-year state budget that could potentially be used for the program.

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Gov. Evers announced a restructured Foxconn deal that better reflects the company’s scaled back plans Gov. Tony Evers and Foxconn have announced the state has reached a new deal with the company over its Mount Pleasant project. The state originally agreed to a slate of tax incentives for the company under former GOP Gov. Scott Walker. But the company’s original vision for the project has been scaled back from what it laid out when that deal was struck. The Evers administration has taken the position that the revised project doesn’t meet the requirements of that original deal. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Board, which met April 20, reviewed the new deal. The guv’s office said that is expected to be the final step of the process. “I’ve said all along that my goal as governor would be to find an agreement that works for Wisconsin taxpayers while providing the support Foxconn needs to be successful here in our state,” Evers said. The company originally envisioned what’s called a Generation 10 facility to build flat screens as big as garage doors. The plant was expected to eventually employ 13,000 people with a state incentive package worth $3 billion if the company hit hiring and construction goals. At one point, the company talked about retooling the plant to create smaller flat screens. It also has discussed a series of other projects for the facility, but has yet to qualify for state tax credits. The Department of Administration’s budget request noted it didn’t expect to make any payments to Foxconn through mid-2023. “In response to unforeseeable economic conditions, Foxconn began formal negotiations with a desire to lower taxpayer liability in exchange for the flexibility to pursue business opportunities that meet market demand,” said Foxconn Vice Chairman Jay Lee.

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu says he doesn’t back legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin without FDA approval. During a WisPolitics.com luncheon on April 15, LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, said if the FDA approves medical use, marijuana should then be treated like any other prescription drug. “If the federal government delists it and it goes through FDA testing, then it should be treated like any other drug,” LeMahieu said. “If there’s advantages to it, if it helps out people, I have no problem with it as long as a doctor’s prescribing it. “But I think that discussion needs to be done at the federal level and not have some rogue state doing it without actual science behind it.” He also said there’s not enough support within his caucus for medical or recreational marijuana, which Gov. Tony Evers has proposed legalizing in his state budget plan. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has voiced support for medical marijuana, but said it should be taken up as standalone legislation. In April 2019, the last time the question was posed to registered voters, the Marquette University Law School Poll found 83 percent backed the use of marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s prescription, while 12 percent were opposed.

Supreme Court rules against Evers public gathering order

A split state Supreme Court has ruled Gov. Tony Evers’ administration didn’t have the power to limit public gatherings last fall in an effort to combat a rise in COVID-19 cases. In the 4-3 ruling on April 14, the court found the order issued by then-Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm should’ve gone through the administrative rules process. Because it didn’t, the order was invalid and unenforceable. The majority added Palm’s order met the definition of a rule the court had laid out in a previous decision that overturned her extended stay-at-home order in May 2020.

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Godlewski joins Dem U.S. Senate field

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski is joining a growing Dem field for the U.S. Senate race next year. Godlewski said in her mid-April announcement she’s “different” than Ron Johnson. She charged the GOP incumbent tried to stop additional COVID aid for those in need, espoused conspiracy theories and defended those who stormed the U.S. Capitol. Godlewski’s 3-minute rollout video features clips of Johnson, R-Oshkosh, saying, “I think we’ve given people enough help” and saying those who participated in the violent protest at the Capitol in January “truly respect law enforcement.” “I don’t think you show respect by beating and killing police officers,” Godlewski fires back in her video. Godlewski worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and co-founded an investment firm before spearheading an effort to beat back a GOP proposal to eliminate the state treasurer’s office. She then won the office in 2018 after giving her campaign $290,000. She joins a Dem field that already includes Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry and Wausau-area Dr. Gillian Battino. Other Dems considering a bid include: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes; Steven Olikara, who helped found the Millennial Action Project; and state Sen. Chris Larson, of Milwaukee.

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In the ruling, the court noted the issue over Palm’s restrictions on public gatherings was moot because they expired last fall. Still, the majority addressed the issues raised to reaffirm the limits of the Department of Health Services’ powers. The original Palm order, issued in October, restricted indoor gatherings to 25 percent of a room’s capacity. The Tavern League sued over the restriction. Two weeks later, the 3rd District Court of Appeals placed the order on hold. It then expired Nov. 6, the same day the appeals court ruled 2-1 the restriction should’ve been issued as an administrative rule. Still, writing for the majority, Chief Justice Pat Roggensack noted the case involves a question of whether Palm issued an order that violated state law. Roggensack also pointed out the former secretary’s directive impacted “every person in Wisconsin, in one way or another” as well as those who visit. Those factors overcome any arguments of the case being moot. “It charts a course that the Secretary-designee will repeat with future orders,” Roggensack wrote. “Accordingly, it is important to confirm, once again, that Emergency Order 3 is beyond the power that the legislature delegated to the Secretary-designee.”

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Evers’ budget includes major climate change provisions Gov. Tony Evers’ budget includes some three dozen recommendations from his Climate Change Task Force, including tens of millions in new investments in green jobs, conservation efforts and renewable energy. One of the high-profile items: creating an Office of Environmental Justice within the Department of Administration to coordinate state efforts in addressing the impacts of climate change on low-income and minority residents. Evers also wants to double how much utilities pay into the Focus on Energy program, and require the Public Service Commission to include the social costs of carbon when determining whether to approve new power plants. Business groups argue many of the policies, which will face a tough sell in the GOP-controlled Legislature, will drive up energy costs. Meanwhile, environmental groups are praising them as critical to solving public health, economic and equity crises statewide. Altogether, the provisions call for spending about $60 million in state funds, issuing $187 million in bonds, and reducing taxes by $10.3 million, according to a WisPolitics.com tally. On top of that, Evers wants to reallocate more than $10 million in settlement money the state is receiving from Volkswagen to fund electric vehicle charging stations and redirect $2.5 million to bolster a fund that helps cover costs incurred during disasters. Meanwhile, the provision to increase how much utilities pay into the Focus on Energy program would add $200 million over the biennium to energy efficiency projects. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who chaired the Climate Change Task Force, said the proposals are an investment in the future, arguing the state needs to take steps to blunt the impact of intense weather events and build a more resilient infrastructure. “The only hesitation, the only reservation will be political,” Barnes told WisPolitics.com. The Office of Environmental Justice proposed in the task force’s December report would be housed within the Department of Administration. Barnes noted other Great Lakes states such as Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and New York already have something similar. The office would be led by an unclassified director appointed by the DOA secretary, and what the administration calls a chief resiliency officer. The latter position would help develop and oversee state and local government risk assessment. The biggest-ticket item from the task force proposals included in the budget is Evers’ call to increase the utility contribution to Focus on Energy to 2.4 percent of annual

operating revenues. That would generate an additional $100 million annually, pushing it to $200 million. Some of that money would be put aside to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy activities for lowincome households. They are defined as below 60 percent of the statewide median income, a standard that draws a line at $57,500 for a family of four, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Evers’ call to consider the social cost of carbon when the Public Service Commission considers issuing construction certifications doesn’t include a price tag. Under the proposal, which would kick in for applications filed with the PSC starting Dec. 31, the PSC would have to consider the issue for projects such as power plants and transmission lines. The social cost of carbon would be defined as the cost of economic and other harm resulting from the emission of one ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to the LFB. The PSC and Department of Natural Resources would have to biennially determine the social cost of carbon and then submit a report to the Legislature that describes its findings. The budget also calls for the PSC to establish a pilot program that would set a voluntary goal for utilities to collectively spend $100 million over five years on innovative technologies, including storage and microgrids. Scott Manley, of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, argued the social cost of carbon provision would be used to ensure the state never again approves a fossil fuel-fired power plant. Manley said Wisconsin is already a fairly high-cost state in terms of energy; making it more expensive now would be unfairly burdensome on business and residents still climbing out of the impacts of a global pandemic. According to the PSC, Wisconsin had the secondhighest residential and commercial rates in the Midwest in 2018, behind only Michigan. It was third-highest for industrial rates. Manley noted the increased assessment on utilities for Focus on Energy would be passed onto consumers and questioned basing energy policy decisions on the “magical thinking” of climate change advocates who he said have often been wrong. “These are the people who said we wouldn’t have snow anymore by this time, that the ice caps would have already melted and that most of the city of Miami would be underwater today,” Manley said. “None of that happened.” The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at WisPolitics.com, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news

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much in 2011, the worst year on record for some time (after the housing bubble burst). Although Marathon County didn’t quite hit those numbers, home prices are rising here too. The median home price in Marathon County hit $182,500 in 2020, a record for the county. That’s a huge leap from 2019 when the median price had hit $165,950. Compare that to the record low median price of $114,000 in 2011. A total of 1,894 homes were sold in 2020 in Marathon County, but the last three years have all seen more than 1,800 homes sold. All that means buyers need to be ready to act fast. The days of looking at a house, thinking it over, coming back with a more experienced relative, are long gone. “I have asked buyers in the driveway after seeing the house for 30 minutes, do you want to write them an offer?” Guenthner says. “That’s how fast the market moves.” As of Thursday morning, for example, there were 247 homes on the market in the greater Wausau area (including Merrill and Mosinee). Of those listings, only 48 were actually still available for sale. Realtor Lora Bladow is seeing the same thing, though she says larger-scale homes might sit a little longer on the market. But not by much. And the Wausau market isn’t even the most prolific right now, according to Bladow. “The Madison market is even crazier,” Bladow says. So why is the market in such a feeding frenzy right now? There are a couple of reasons. One, rents in Wausau and other places have been on the rise. New apartments have been popping up, including at the old Mountain Lanes site and at Riverlife. As new apartments are built, rising building costs will raise the price of construction, and thus the price of rents to compensate those funding the projects. An example: The price of lumber has risen 174% since this past April, data Bladow shared with City Pages shows. How’s that for inflation? But why 2020? Guenthner says there are more millennials with disposable income, who have either been living at home or in an apartment, who have decided to take the leap. Especially during the pandemic with less discretionary spending going on, they’ve had money built up to buy housing. And Bladow says she’s been seeing more out of state buyers than usual — not just from typical states such as Minnesota or Illinois, but from Nevada and Tennessee. “I think the resurgence of the small town is really proving itself this year,” Bladow says. It’s possible new rentals planned for Wausau, particu-

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Roughly a month into the pandemic, things were looking rough for the economy, for local businesses, for people hoping they would still have a job at the end of it. So it might have come as a surprise that not only did the housing market not seem to be suffering at that point — it was going along as crazy as ever. That never stopped last year, the data shows. In fact, it set records for both the number of homes sold, and for the median home prices. That doesn’t mean selling houses looked the same — real estate professionals took measures to keep safe, such as sanitization, using video to show houses to buyers, insisting on mask wearing, limiting open houses. All of that was going on while the market continued to skyrocket. Prices continue to rise, inventory remains low, demand high, and if you’re in the market for a house… well, be prepared to think a lot differently than people did in the past. An example? Someone recently posted an anecdote on social media in which they had an appointment scheduled to look at a house. The realtor called back and had to cancel because someone out of state just put down an offer on the house and it was accepted. The buyer hadn’t even seen it in person. That didn’t come as a surprise to realtor Nichole Guenthner. “I’m on some Facebook groups where they’re telling stories of houses going for $50,000 over listing,” Guenthner says. Buyers are waiving contingencies and inspections. And appraisers are becoming taxed with the high level of sales. How crazy has the housing market become? A look at the stats is revealing. A record number of homes — 88,912 — were sold in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the Wisconsin Realtors Association. That’s about 4,000 more than the previous high in 2017. And median home prices in Wisconsin also hit a record — the median crossed the $200,000 number for the first time ever, and by quite a bit. The median sale price was $220,000 in 2020. For perspective, that’s about twice as


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The DOWNSIDE of DiY Last year in the our Abode Series, I wrote about the Psychology of DIY. I was riding high on the idea of home improvement, rolling up one’s own sleeves and figuring things out. With the help of a friend, I’d installed a brand new toilet (with dual flush, fancy!) for about ¼ the price that it would have cost to have it professionally installed, and I’m happy to report that it is working quite nicely to this day. Around that time I had just ripped apart my shower as well. It started with one loose tile, which in short order became many loose tiles. It turned out the whole thing was crumbling because the tile was mortared to backing board that was - wait for it - drywall. So not a huge surprise that it didn’t last. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I am still not taking showers in my shower. I am in the process of putting the tiles on as I write this. What’s going on? Why is it taking so long? There are a number of psychological points I’ve learned along the way that come up with DIY, along with some unexpected things (yep, including the C word we’re all tired of hearing at this point).

Old mistakes and oddities

One of the things a DIYer often encounters goes something like this. Watch five YouTube videos on how to do a thing. Start doing a thing, and you quickly realize that what you have in front of you looks nothing like it did in any of the YouTube videos. If that sounds a little obtuse, I encountered this phenomenon with our toilet install. When we got down to the flange, it had been installed incorrectly, and instead of using the sliding bolt holes that allow you to easily replace them with fresh bolts, they used singular bolt holes and we couldn’t get the old bolts out (and the new ones in) without taking the flange off and/or rotating it to the right spot. Neither of us had confidence in dealing with the flange and so we used the old bolts instead, which wasn’t ideal. I’ve been finding this with my shower install too. I got stuck at numerous points in the process because something was done oddly and didn’t match up with any reference material I watched. It usually meant I needed to rethink my approach, and that takes time.

The job is bigger/different than initially thought

Which is often related to the above point. I started initially thinking I could just do a patch - I had extra tiles in the basement from whenever the last job was done. Then I quickly realized the rot on the walls extended much farther out than I initially thought. The job changed several times as I either learned something had been done a certain way in the past so I needed to retool, or work my way around a hindrance. I initially had thought to double panel the walls to match the initial drywall above what I cut out, but it turns out one panel is too thin, two panels is too thick. So I went with a single wall, and have a tile plan to overcome the odd off-level between the two walls.

▲ It’s getting there! No it’s not perfect and no I don’t care.

A new hope

Getting the first tiles on the wall have provided a huge sense of relief for me. It’s not as hard as I thought it might be. It’s actually been the most fun part so far. Tiling (I went with 4x16-inch tiles, and cutting them when needed has been pretty easy.) It’s kind of like adult legos, or like putting together a very easy, but large puzzle that needs to be mortared. Tricky parts are on their way through. I’m not looking forward to drilling the holes in the tile - I bought the proper drill bit but kind of wonder how that’s going to work in practice. Hopefully by this time next year I won’t have anything more to write on the topic because I will be happily showering in my beautiful new shower, imperfections and all.

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I just need some space

I’ve spoken with a few people about this: I feel like I need a good long open space of time in order to tackle DIY projects, even if they don’t take that long. A few others mentioned they felt the same. And my life unfortunately doesn’t lend itself to long, open blocks of time. I’m working on this (both in freeing up long, unscheduled blocks of time and of not needing them to work on DIY projects).

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The tear down wasn’t terrible fun (and changed in accordance to the above point several times). Building up is a lot more fun. But, there also is more room for error. I put off tiling for a while, because it seemed like the moment of truth. This part in particular I wanted to make sure I did right. Just picking out the right tile took me quite a bit of indecision. (But funny enough, the day off I set aside to start tiling was the morning I actually chose my tiles and I’m very happy with my choice.) I had to get over the idea that I would do this perfectly and embrace imperfections. The Japanese have a philosophy behind this. I think it’s a good one.

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Ditch Runners Bar & Grill Chili Dog Day Thursdays · Thur. 2/4 thru 4/29, hosted by the Lincoln County Humane Society at Ditch Runners, N10002 County Road B, Tomahawk. Enjoy chili dogs with proceeds going to the humane society. Starts at 2 pm. No cost. 715536-3459 Cop Shoppe Polka Sundays · Sun. 3/7-9/5, hosted by Cop Shoppe, Wausau. Every Sunday until Labor Day, Cop Shoppe will be hosting Polka performances. Listen to Pam & Scott, R&R Band, and Mijal & Son from 4/7 to 5/30. Events start at 1 pm. No cost. 715-845-2030 MCPL: Book of the Month Club: “The End of October” by Lawrence Wright · Thurs. 4/1 thru Fri. 4/30, hosted at the MCPL Athens Branch, 221 Caroline St, Athens. Grab April’s book and think of questions about Wright’s book. Starts at 12 am. No cost. 715-257-7292. MCPL: Stratford Online Book Club Chat: “The Splended and the Vile” by Erik Larson · Thurs. 4/1 thru Fri. 4/30, hosted online by the Stratford Branch Library. Join the Stratford Branch Library in a discussion about “The Splended and the Vile”. Starts at 1 pm. No cost. 715-687-4420. Wisconsin Earth Day Virtual Scavenger Hunt · Thurs. 4/22 thru Sun. 4/25, hosted online by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Complete missions and answer environment-related trivia questions. Play alone or with others. Starts at 9 am. $10. Tickets on eventbrite.com Earth Day · Thurs. 4/22 and Fri. 4/23, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum at 1100 Main Street, Stevens Point. Join in on two different activities. First activity is learning about recycling and the second one is for creating potted grass plants. Starts at 10 am. $5 per person. Sign up at

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Wausau Winter Farmers Market · Saturdays Nov. Thru April. 180 East Wausau Ave. 8 am to noon. On Facebook Stevens Point Farmers’ Market · Saturdays Nov. Thru April. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point. 8 am to noon. On Facebook Good News Project Laptop E-cycle · Fridays throughout the year. Safely recycle your old laptop for free at 1106 N 5th St, Wausau. All laptop recycling free for 2021 only! 9 am to 4 pm. 715-843-5985

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Enjoy popular comedian Steve Hofstetter’s stand-up comedy about his observations about life. Starts at 8 pm. $25-$50. Eventbrite.com Horseshoes and Hand Grenades at Stoney Acres Farm · Thurs. 5/20, hosted at Stoney Acres Farm, 245728 Baldwin Creek Rd, Athens. Listen to Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and enjoy all you can eat homemade pizza. Starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $44. www.stoneyacresfarm.net/horseshoes Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad · Available through Fri. 6/4, hosted online by the Grand Theater. Learn about Harriet Tubman and how she helped countless slaves. 8 am. grandtheater.org Ron White · Fri. 9/17, hosted by the Grand Theater, 401 N 4th St, Wausau. Watch Ron “Tater Salad” White as he delivers blue collar comedy. Starts at 7 pm and 10 pm. $46. Tickets.grandtheater.org

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www.signupgenius.com/ go/70A0B4FA5A62EAAF94-421424 Earth Day Trivia Night · Thurs. 4/22, hosted online by the UWSP Museum of Natural History. Participate in an online trivia contest for Earth Day. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. Register at https://forms.gle/8QgMAzrG3sKgwiUB9 “Bloomin’ Greenhouse Tour”-2021 · Fri. 4/23 thru Sun. 10/31, hosted by the Clark County Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau at the Garden Center Headquarters, Clark County, WI. Enjoy a tour in 21 gigantic greenhouses throughout Clark County consisting of over 100,000 plants of many varieties. No cost. For a brochure, call 715255-9100 or visit www.clarkcountywi.org Doggy Dash · Fri. 4/23 to Sun. 4/25, hosted by Woodson YMCA at River Walk Downtown Wausau. Go for a 2k walk with your dog and get a doggy bag at the Wausau Branch YMCA. Starts at 4 pm. $30 entry fee. https://www.woodsonymca.com Retreat for Spiritual Seekers · Fri. 4/23 to Sun. 4/25, hosted at St. Anthony Spiritual Center, 300 E 4th St, Marathon. Go on a spiritual journey for the weekend. Starts at 6 pm. $200 includes lodging and meals. 715-443-2236 Still Rendering: the 48-Hour Film Challenge · Fri. 4/23 to Sun. 4/25, hosted online by CREATE Portage County. Compete in an online filmmaking challenge. Tickets are limited. Starts at 6 pm. $50 per team or $75 the week of registration. Createportagecounty.org. 715-254-0460 Marching into Spring Craft & Vendor Show · Sat. 4/24, hosted at the Cedar Creek Mall, 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Take a look at crafted items and shop around for Spring. Starts at 9 am. No Cost. 715-298-3811 “Spring into the Arts” Tour-2021 · Sat. 4/24 and Sun. 4/25, hosted by the Clark County Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau. Drive around Clark County and meet 27 artists. The Christine Center will be joining the event showing off artwork from 6 skilled artists and the

Highground Veterans Memorial Park will have art supplies for art designing and artwork for veterans. Event starts at 9 am on 4/24 and 10 am on 4/25. Free. 715-255-9100 or www.clarkcountywi.org for a brochure or more information Stories Seldom Told: Women and the Civil War · Sat. 4/24, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the roles women played in during the Civil War. Starts at 2 pm. Free. On Facebook. Polish Connection · Sun. 4/25, hosted at Homestead on 52, 162765 WI-52, Wausau. Listen and dance to some polka music. Starts at 1 pm. Free. 715-8437555 Spring Bounce 2021 · Fri. 4/30, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, Stevens Point. Create or join a team for an adventurestyle scavenger hunt. Starts at 12 pm. $20 per team. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/ go/70a0b4fa5a62eaaf94-spring1 Artist Meet & Greet: Independent Spirits II · Fri. 4/30, hosted at the Center for the Visual Arts, 427 4th St, Wausau. Meet and greet the artists of Independent Spirits II. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Starts at 4 pm. Free. Eventbrite.com Spring Gardening: Drop, Swap & Shop · Sat. 5/1, hosted at Jensen Community Center, 487 N Main St, Amherst. Drop off a plant or leave a donation and exchange for a different one. Proceeds go to the outdoor grounds. Starts at 8 am. Free. www.jensencenter.org MEC Spring Craft Show · Sat. 5/1, hosted at the Merrill Enrichment Center, 303 N Sales St, Merrill. Shop around for local arts and crafts. Masks required. Starts at 9 am. Free. 715-536-4226 All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast · Sun. 5/2, hosted by Willow Springs Garden, 5480 Hillcrest Dr, Wausau. Enjoy all you can eat breakfast with pancakes and other food and beverages. Part of the proceeds goes to the Village of Main First Responders. Starts at 8 am. $7 for ages 11 and older, $3 for ages 6-10 and free for 5 and under. 715-675-1171

Power of the Purse · Mon. 5/3, hosted online by United Way of Marathon County, Women United. Join an online auction for purses with gifts inside and learn more about the hosting organization. Donations go towards the community to help women who are low income. Starts at 6 pm. Free admission ($10 gift donations welcome). On Facebook Live. www.unitedwaymc.org Marissa: Creating Cut Flower Gardens · Wed. 5/5, hosted online by Monk Botanical Gardens. Learn garden tips from horticulturist Marissa Ashbeck. Starts at 12 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Community Sales Days · Thurs.5/6 to Sat. 5/8, hosted by the Mosinee Chamber of Commerce in Mosinee. Go to yard sales, garage sales or sidewalk sales or residents can sign up for their own sales. Starts at 8 am. Free. www.mosineechamber.org/ events-festivals/community-days-arts-festival/ Arts Festival and Food Truck Rally · Fri. 5/7, hosted by the Mosinee Chamber of Commerce in Mosinee. Taking place during the Community Sales Days, enjoy the art displays on the sidewalk around the Mosinee Downtown area. Starts at 5 pm. Free. www.mosineechamber.org/events-festivals/ community-days-arts-festival/ Return to Stoney Acres · Fri. 5/7, hosted at Stoney Acres Farm, 245728 Baldwin Creek Rd, Athens. Enjoy music and homemade pizza. Starts at 5 pm. Free. www.stoneyacresfarm.net/

Downtown Wine Walk · Sat. 5/8, hosted by the Marshfield Area United Way, Marshfield. Go downtown and sample wine at participating locations. Starting point will be sent via email on 5/3 and participants will be spread out when going downtown. Registration starts at 10:45 am and event starts at 11 am. $35. Tickets available at www.marshfieldareaunitedway.org/WineWalk. 715-384-9992 Downtown History Walk LIVE · Sat. 5/8, hosted online by the Wausau River District. Take a virtual journey through downtown Wausau and learn about the city’s history. Starts at 12 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Seeing Yourself (and Others) as the Beloved · Fri. 5/14-Sat. 5/15, hosted at St. Anthony Spiritual Center, 300 E 4th St, Marathon. Go on a spiritual retreat to learn and recognize yourself as beloved of God. Starts at 6 pm. $105 includes lodging and meals. 715-443-2236 2nd Annual Our Junk is Your Treasure Indoor/ Outdoor Flea Market & Vendor Event · Sat. 5/15, hosted at the Cedar Creek Mall, 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Shop around at the flea market. Starts at 9 am. No Cost. 715-298-3811 Garden Chats with Marissa: Vegetable Garden Preparations · Wed. 5/19, hosted online by Monk Botanical Gardens. Learn garden tips from horticulturist Marissa Ashbeck. Starts at 12 pm. Free. On Facebook Live

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Women of Vision 2021 · Fri. 5/21, hosted online by the YWCA, Wausau. This annual event talks about women who gave back to their community. Event is via zoom and donations go towards Marathon County’s food pantry. Starts at 12 pm. Free but $20 donation suggested. Eventbrite.com 2nd Annual OAOB Recovery Event: “Overcoming Addiction or Bad Habit” · Sat. 5/22, hosted by Inked Horizons at 1319 E Main St, Merrill. Learn from others about their experiences with addiction and bad habits and how they overcame their dilemmas. Free food will be available along with raffles and helpline information. Starts at noon. No cost. 715-921-9002 Italian Dinner with Jazz Music · Thurs. 5/27, hosted by Willow Springs Garden, 5480 Hillcrest Dr, Wausau. Dine on all you can eat Italian food and enjoy some jazz music. Starts at 6 pm. $15 per person. 715-6751171 Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo · Sun. 5/30, hosted by Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo at 10101 Market St, Rothschild. View a variety of different reptiles and, if desired, take one home. Starts at 11 am. $5 for adults, $2 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. Eventbrite.com 2021 Memorial Day Program · Mon. 5/31, hosted by Restlawn Memorial Park at Restlawn Memorial Park Veteran’s Field of Honor, Wausau. The Remembrance Program is being held at Restlawn Memorial Park for those who wish to commemorate fallen soldiers. Starts at 11 am. No cost. 715-675-3309 2021 TRBA Wine Walk! · Fri. 6/25, hosted by the Tomorrow River Business Association in Amherst. Go on a walk in downtown Amherst, stop at several businesses on the way, and enjoy some wine and appetizers. Check in at the Jenson Community Center for a map and glass. Starts at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $40. Eventbrite.com Marshfield Pickleball · Every Mon., Tues., Weds., and Fri., hosted by the city of Marshfield. Located at the Oak Ave. Community Center, 201 S. Oak Ave. Advanced ticket discounts available through the Parks & Rec department. Ci.marshfield.wi.us. 29th Annual Maple Fall Fest · Sat. 9/18 and Sun. 9/19, hosted by Visit Marshfield at Wildwood Park, 1800 S Roddis Ave. Shop at over 100 vendors, taste food from local vendors and experience entertainment for all ages. Starts at 9 am on 9/18 and 10 am on 9/19. No cost. Visitmarshfield.com Turkey Trot 2021 · Thurs. 11/25, hosted by United Way of Marathon County at 111 S. 1st Ave, Wausau. Walk or run for Marathon County’s hunger coalition. Food proceeds get distributed to pantries and grocers all over Marathon County. Event starts at 8:30 am. No cost. www.unitedwaymc.org

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Living Well with Heart Disease · Tues. 3/23 to 4/27, hosted online by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Those with heart disease or problems with their heart can learn about how to deal with fatigue, proper nutrition and physical activities. Starts at 9 am. No cost. Call 1-888-486-9545 to register. Healthy Living with Diabetes · Tues. 3/30 to 5/4, hosted online by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Learn how to deal with type 1, type 2 or pre-diabetes. Starts at 9 am. No cost. Call 1-888-486-9545 to register. History Chats: Wausau Homes · Thurs. 4/22, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the history of Wausau Homes and how the company put Wausau on the map. Programs streamed live and archived on Facebook and Youtube. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live. History Chats: Wausau Insurance · Thurs. 4/29, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the history of Wausau Insurance and how the company put Wausau on the map. Programs streamed live and archived on Facebook and Youtube.

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Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live. Workshop on Jim Wallis’ Book “Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus” · Fri. 4/30-Sat. 5/1, hosted at St. Anthony Spiritual Center, 300 E 4th St, Marathon. Speaker Elizabeth Lewis will discuss Wallis’ book and how it should be applied to current politics. Capacity for this retreat is limited. Starts at 6 pm. $105 includes lodging and meals. 715-4432236 Helping Transition Children, Youth, and Their Families to the Next Normal · Tues. 5/4, hosted online by the United Way of Marathon County. For four weekly sessions in May, learn how you can help children adjust to the environment. The first session, presented by Eric P. Hartwig, PhD, will talk about how you can help children adapt and help them manage their world. Starts at 7 pm. Free. www.unitedwaymc.org/EYCSeries Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop · Thurs. 5/6, hosted by Hsu Growing Supply at Hsu Growing Supply, 237502 Country Rd W, Wausau. Learn how to prune and plant fruit trees. Social distancing and masks are required. Event starts at 6 pm. $10. Tickets available at eventbrite.com Helping Transition Children, Youth, and Their Families to the Next Normal · Tues. 5/11, hosted online by the United Way of Marathon County. For four weekly sessions in May, learn how you can help children adjust to the environment. The second session, presented by pediatricians Dr. Lori Shepherd and Dr. Carolyn Nash, will give ideas on exercises that children can perform to help reduce stress. Starts at 7 pm. Free. www.unitedwaymc.org/EYCSeries Helping Transition Children, Youth, and Their Families to the Next Normal · Tues. 5/18, hosted online by the United Way of Marathon County. For four weekly sessions in May, learn how you can help children adjust to the environment. The third session, presented by Nicole Tank and Morgan Wolosek, will discuss how to indentify signs of children struggling and ways to overcome their struggles. Starts at 7 pm. Free. www.unitedwaymc.org/EYCSeries Helping Transition Children, Youth, and Their Families to the Next Normal · Tues. 5/25, hosted online by the United Way of Marathon County. For four weekly sessions in May, learn how you can help children adjust to the environment. The fourth session, presented by Dr. Dakota Kaiser and Erica Huffman, will discuss how to indentify signs of mental illness in children and what to do to provide necessary care. Starts at 7 pm. Free. www.unitedwaymc. org/EYCSeries Babysi�ng Rocks! · Fri. 5/28, hosted by YWCA Wausau. Learn how to babysit with lessons about handling emergencies, stress that comes from babysitting, planning activities for children, communication with children and parents and more. Event starts at 10 am. $40. www.ywcawausau.org Guitar Lessons with Adam Greuel · Running now, hosted online through UWSP. Learn how to play guitar with Adam Greuel of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Lessons times vary. Available to all levels. $69 for 30 minutes, $114 for 60 minutes. Uwsp.edu

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Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau · Free. New gallery hours Wed. 1-8 pm; Thurs-Fri. 11 am-4 pm; Sat. noon–4 pm. 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org. Current exhibit: Independent Spirits II March 12-May 8. Inspired by activities and events. Woodson Art Museum · Free. Open Tues-Fri 9 am-4 pm, first Thurs. of each month 9 am-7:30 pm, Sat-Sun noon-5 pm and closed Mon. and holidays. Current exhibit: Beyond Artworks: Artists & Their Stories. Facemasks and social distancing required. lywam.org Q Artists Cooperative · Facemasks required. Gallery open Wed.Thurs. noon-4 pm, Fri. 10 am-5 pm, Sat.-Sun. 10 am-2 pm Merrill History & Cultural Center · Open Mon., Weds. and Fri. From 9 am to 1 pm. Appointments can be made for other days. 715-5365652, preservethefuture.org Motorama Auto Museum, Aniwa · Open Weds.-Sat. 9 am to 5 pm from May to Oct. Check out 400+ rare, vintage vehicles. $10 for adults, free for kids. 715-449-2141. Alfaheaven.com Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · The Cosmos Within exhibit is available online from 2/25 to 4/24 at wmoca.org. Currently closed for in-person visits due to COVID-19 Watercolor Painting For Beginners to Advanced · Tues. 3/16 to 4/26, hosted at the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Through a six week course, learn from Dee Mabeus how to paint with watercolor and utilize each week’s lesson to improve on your painting. No drawing experience required and supplies will be provided. Starts at 6 pm. Cost is $140 per person. Tickets on eventbrite.com. Chestnutarts.org Gallery Show Places & Patterns ft. Sara Merkel · Thurs. 4/1-4/29, hosted at the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. “Places and Patterns” by Sara Merkel will be on display through April. Opening reception starts at 6 pm. Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs 10 am-3 pm. Free. Chestnutarts.org MCPL Grab & Go Kit for Adults: Beaded Bracelets · Thurs. 4/1 to Fri. 4/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at Wausau. Adults can pick up a kit and create a beaded bracelet to wear. Kit is available at all 9 MCPL locations. Pick up the kits whenever the MCPL locations open. Kits are free while supplies last. For more info call 715-261-7230

KIDS/TEENS Tots in the Gardens · every Tues. 3/9 to 5/25, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Each week for an hour, children 3-5 can learn about nature through story-telling and nature themed activities. Masks and social distancing required. Event starts at 2 pm on even days and 10 am on odd days. Free. 715-261-6309 MCPL Grab & Go Kit for Kids: Pasta Sculptures · Thurs. 4/1 to Fri. 4/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at Wausau. Children can create sculptures with colored pasta. Kit is available at all 9 MCPL locations. Pick up the kits whenever the MCPL locations open. Kits are free while supplies last. For more info call 715-261-7220 After School in the Gardens · Mon. thru Thurs. 4/5 thru 5/27, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Children in grades K-5 can play at the gardens after school as well as enjoy a meal. Masks and social distancing required. Starts at 4 pm. Free. Register at givebutter.com/AfterSchool Wausau Play and Learn · Thurs. 4/15-6/29, hosted by Family Resource Centers of Marathon County at Marathon Park-Big Kitchen Shelter, 800 Garfield Ave, Wausau. Children can enjoy fun, educational activities outside. Masks required. Starts at 9:30 am or 10:30 am. No cost. 715-660-8103 Virtual Story Time: Butterflies· Fri. 4/30, hosted online by UWSP Museum of Natural History. Read nature-themed children’s books along with the staff and participate in arts and crafts relevant to the week’s theme. Starts at 10 am. Free. Online via Facebook. Wednesday Learning Centers · Every Weds., hosted by the Stevens Point Area YMCA and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County. Available for students in K thru 6th grade. Young learners will get the chance

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LIFELINES Stepping on Virtual Spring 2021 · Wed. 4/7, 4/14-5/16 and Thurs. 4/29, 5/6-6/17, hosted online by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Learn how you can avoid falling by identifying and removing dangerous obstacles in your home, how strength and balance can help you, and more. Starts at 9:30 am on 4/7, 9:30 on 4/14-5/16 and 10 am on 4/29 and 5/6-6/17. No cost but $10 dollar donation suggested. Call 1-888-486-9545 to join Blood Drive (Wisconsin Rapids) · Tue. 4/20 and Mon. 4/26, hosted by the Blood Center of Northcentral Wisconsin and Aspirus Health at 311 Lincoln St, Wisconsin Rapids. Donate plasma in order to aid those critically ill with Covid-19. Starts at 10 am on 4/20 and 2 pm on 4/26. Free. 866-566-5900 Grief Support Group-From Losses Toward Healing: Mapping Your Journey · Sat. 4/24, Tues. 4/27 or Thurs. 4/29, hosted online by Heartland Hospice. In this virtual program, learn how to identify your grief and develop coping skills. RSVP a week before the session and hosted via Google Duo App. Starts at 10 am on 4/24, 6:30 pm on 4/27 and 1 pm on 4/29. Free. 715-344-4541 Medicare options through Security Health Plan · hosted weekly until 5/2, hosted online by the Marshfield Clinic. Learn how Medicare plans offered by Security Health Plan of Wisconsin can help you afford quality insurance. Visit www.securityhealth.org/OnlineEvent

section at https://www.unitedwaymc.org/. Please adhere to all recommendations from the Federal Government, Center for Disease Control and Marathon County Health Department. Thank You Volunteers! National Volunteer Recognition Week is April 18-25. All the agencies represented in this post, and on the volunteer website, Get Connected, are SO appreciated. You are crucial to the community. Thank you! Thinking of You / Encouragement Cards Needed. Faith in Action would like to mail “Thinking of You Cards” to 230+ Care-Receivers this spring. Cards may be store-bought or homemade. Please write an encouraging message in each card, sign your first name and state that you are a Faith in Action Volunteer. The 630 Adams St. office hours are Mon. - Thurs., 9am-2pm. Please drop off cards by April 15. Contact 715-848-8783 or email WausauFIAinfo@gmail.com. Kitchen Help: The Salvation Army. Wash dishes, help serve and prepare the meals. No meal planning is required. Just a good attitude and willingness to pitch in as needed. Contact Colleen at 715-845-4272 ext. 110 or colleen.hilber@usc.salvationarmy.org. Enjoy music? If you play an instrument or enjoying singing, share your musical talents with patients at Heartland Hospice. Contact Amanda at 715-344-4541 or email amanda.cottrell@hcr-manorcare.com. Community Mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Northcentral Wisconsin connects a “Big Brother/ Big Sister” volunteers to children ( “Littles”) for individualized time and attention on a regular basis, typically 2-4 times per month. Contact Beth at 715-848-7207 or bethk@bbbsncw.org. In-Kind Donated Items Needed Response to COVID-19. Please call the agency first and consider ordering online and having in-kind donations shipped to the specific agency. Small (college size) Refrigerator Needed. North Central Health Care is in need of a small college size refrigerator in new or gently used condition. Contact Kathy at 715- 848-4450 or volunteer @norcen. org. Art Supplies for Boys & Girls Club! Items needed for crafts and art projects include : Glass Jars (baby food, pasta, mason jars), New or used Coffee Mugs, Oil Pastels, Felt, New or used Sewing Machines, Fabric (2.5 in x 2.5 in or larger), Poly-Fill (Polyester Fiber Fill),Hard Cover Scrapbooks, Hot glue sticks and new Elmer’s glue, Cricut, and Acrylic Paint. If you have any questions or would like to coordinate a drop off, please contact Mao Thao at (715) 845-2582 ext. 203 or Maot@bgclub.com.

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https://www.ironbull.org/ironring 2021 Ultra Trail 15k/50k · Sat. 10/2, hosted by IronBull at State Park Speedway, 147711 N Mountain Rd, Wausau. Put your body to the test with a 15k or 50k race along the Rib Mountain trail. Starts at 6 am. From now to 5/31, 80$ for 15k race and $110 for 50k race. For more details on pricing, additional information and registration go to https://www.ironbull.org/ultra-marathon-details Red Granite Grinder · Sat. 10/16, hosted by IronBull at downtown Wausau on the 400 Block. Choose between 85 miles, 50 miles, 144 miles and 12 miles and ride along the gravel trails through the Wausau area. 12 mile ride is recreational, timed, non-competitive and great for the family. Costs $70 for 144 miles, $50 for 85 miles or 50 miles, and $30 for 12 miles (free for ages 18 and under). For more info or registration visit https://www.ironbull.org/red-granite-grinder-details Snow Shoeing Trails at Rib Mountain State Park · groomed and maintained through winter. Enjoy some outdoor time at Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau. Dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/ribmt

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