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The city’s economic development committee approved a major new project in Riverlife If a plan presented Thursday is Riveron and Ohde proposal, pointing ultimately approved, the city will out that they were the developers have three more buildings in its to finally turn around the troubled Riverlife Development area. first phase of the Riverlife developThe city’s economic development ment. “They took over what could be committee Thursday approved a plan politely described as a disaster and by T.Wall Enterprises of Madison turned it into a successful, completed for a three-building development in project,” Kilian says. Viegut told the an open tract of land in the Riverlife committee at Kilian’s questioning area. The plan will build three mixedthat the design could be changed to use buildings including ground floor meet the committee’s goals for Rivercommercial space for restaurants and life. Kilian was the sole voice to vote retail with 123 units total over the against approving T.Wall. three buildings. Terrance Wall told the commitThe committee chose T.Wall’s tee that their customers tend to be plan over a less expensive and less relatively affluent, with about half expansive plan by local developers under the age of 30; in other words, Mitch Viegut, Fernando Riveron a mix of empty nesters and young and Bob Ohde. Viegut, Riveron and professionals. That would add people Ohde took over the first troubled with disposable income downtown. Riverlife project, finally finishing the T.Wall is known for green building first residential project on the site techniques and helped start the first after its first developer, Mike Frantz, green building college course in the failed to come up with the financing ▲ A rendering provided by Mudrovich Architects shows what the latest Riverlife proposal would look like. country, Wall says. to complete it, and the second, GorThe T.Wall proposal scored higher is what I was talking about,” Committee member Lisa man and Company, punted on the project to work on The on the criteria set out in the request for proposals, accordRasmussen says. Rasmussen pointed out that it was alLandmark’s redevelopment instead. ing to memos from city staff. T.Wall’s scored 89, versus ways the city’s goal that the Riverlife area would first and Committee members liked the plan from T.Wall in part only 44 for the Viegut proposal. foremost be and feel accessible to the public, and not the because the separate buildings provide a plaza that leads The design of the building is meant to reflect the area’s backyard of the people who live down there. to the riverfront, making it accessible to the public. The history of lumber operations and then manufacturing, But Committee Member Tom Kilian praised the Viegut, developers say. commercial spaces surround that plaza. “That separation
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In a further shift toward post-pandemic life, Wausau West Pop Concert allowed single performers to not wear masks while they performed last weekend. The school board in a tight 5-4 vote granted school district administration the ability to determine whether some singers could go without masks while they performed. The plan, says Superintendent Keith Hilts, was for solo performers to be able to not wear masks while groups would still wear them. Choirs were eliminated from the pop concert, and audience members were seated 15 feet back from the stage, Hilts says. School Board President Tricia Zunker told the board she had concerns about the proposal. Many organizations still encouraged masks for singers and performers signing up for the concert were under the impression at the time that masks would be required. The board made the decision in a special meeting a day before the first performance started. The pop concert was canceled the previous year. This year, in addition to a live audience, the concert was live steamed on YouTube via producer JEM Productions. The performances can be found at JEM Production’s YouTube channel JEMLiveEvents.
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DCI investigating officer-involved shooting in Weston; details confusing One woman is dead and the male suspect in critical condition following an officerinvolved shooting in the village of Weston Friday. Police responded to a request for assistance from a woman in an apartment building in Weston. When police entered the apartment building, they heard a woman screaming. When officers entered the apartment, they were confronted with an armed man (police did not say what he was armed with). Police fired their weapons and ultimately the man was transported to the hospital where he is in critical condition. He remained so as of Monday morning, the last update given. Police discovered the woman who had initially called police dead inside the apartment with an apparent stab wound. Police say she was killed by the male suspect shot by police. Police have not named either the man they shot nor the victim, or said which apartment complex the incident happened. What the man was armed with was not made clear. DCI has taken over investigating the incident.
would allow lawns to get out of control, would lead to an increase in pests and might affect other neighbors if dandelions allowed to grow spread seed to other yards. Dr. Israel Del Toro, a Lawrence University professor who led the effort to bring No Mow May to Appleton, says they studied tick populations and found no increase in the number of ticks following No Mow May. Those who want to sign up for No Mow May need to register with the city, and they can pick up a sign provided to the city by Del Toro’s group to indicate what they’re doing. And come June, city officials say, you’d better mow that lawn.
City to extend room tax dollars to new balloon rally The new balloon rally that will now be held outside of the city limits will receive some city funding. The city council Tuesday approved granting $10,000 to help with the Taste n’ Glow Balloon Fest held this year in the town of Stettin. The event, being organized by Steve
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Gov. Evers says he’s not concerned about possible GOP lawsuits over COVID relief money Gov. Tony Evers says he’s not concerned Republican lawmakers could take him to court over the distribution of $3.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money. The Dem governor recently vetoed GOP bills that would have directed how stimulus funds should be spent in Wisconsin. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, recently said legal action against the governor would be a “last resort.” “This Legislature has made that part of their DNA, I think,” Evers said in an interview aired April 25 on “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. Conservatives have sued Evers several times in the more than two years he’s been in office. “We’re in the right place. We just need to get money out the door. If they want to spend their time messing around with this, they’ll be spending taxpayers’ money to prevent taxpayers from getting money,” Evers said. “It seems irrational to me, but we’ll see what happens. We’re always prepared.” Evers said his priority is getting the money to people and businesses most impacted by the pandemic. He said that would include small businesses, child care centers, and the tourism industry. Evers last week announced a $420 million grant program for small businesses hurt in the pandemic. “That’s an area that has been struggling right along, so there should be no disagreement on that, the need and frankly our ability to get it out the door as quickly as possible,” the governor said. Evers also said he thinks demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is “plateauing,” rather than slowing, and the state is switching up its vaccine distribution strategy. “What we do need to do now, and we’ve already started it, is reach out to historically hesitant communities,” Evers said. “It is going to take some different strategies, frankly a lot of smaller efforts, all across the state,” he said.
Thompson: Fall UW classes will be in person UW System President Tommy Thompson said he would “not accept failure” in efforts to get back to 75 percent in-person classes come fall. “We’re going to succeed. I don’t accept failure. I want to make darn sure that we open up. The chancellors are on board,” Thompson said on the April 25 “UpFront” show. He said the goal of 75 percent in-person classes is about where the system was before the pandemic, given the num-
ber of classes that are normally taught online. Thompson said vaccinations for students, faculty and staff would be key to efforts to reach 75 percent in-person learning. “But if they are not vaccinated, we are going to keep testing, we’re going to make sure that our universities are as safe as they possibly can be,” he said.
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Chancellors for the UW System’s two largest campuses this afternoon warned that hundreds of millions in federal COVID relief money doesn’t even come close to making up for lost revenue. In a WisPolitics.com-Milwaukee Press Club virtual luncheon on April 22, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone told viewers universities will still need the boost in state funding proposed by Dem Gov. Tony Evers in order to stay competitive with other systems. Some GOP lawmakers have questioned why Wisconsin taxpayers should front the $191 million increase in Evers’ budget request if the system already received federal funding to offset losses brought on by the pandemic. Blank called that assessment a “complete misunderstanding” of the aid going to universities. She noted how federal law dictates the relief dollars must be spent on costs related to the pandemic, such as housing and dining and additional safety measures. She also mentioned how about half of the total federal money must go directly to students. “It’s one-time money and we’ve got to spend it on filling a hole,” Blank said. “When thinking about inflation, salaries ... none of that can be federal dollars. That has to be state investment in higher education.” She went on to say that Madison expects to receive $40 million to $45 million from the American Rescue Plan, which wouldn’t even make up for the $50 million funding lapse Evers ordered after anticipating a strained 2021-23 budget.
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Wisconsin has held onto its eight congressional seats, according to new U.S. Census Bureau reapportionment data. The state’s population grew 3.6 percent over the past decade to nearly 5.9 million people. That growth rate exceeded the average for the Midwest of 3.1 percent. But it was well behind the 7.4 percent growth the nation saw as a whole as the U.S. population neared 331.5 million. It’s also a significant drop from the 6 percent growth Wisconsin saw between 2000 and 2010. The latest figures keep Wisconsin as the 20th largest state by population. Population growth among Wisconsin’s immediate neighbors included: *Minnesota 7.6 percent. *Iowa 4.7 percent. *Indiana 4.7 percent. *Michigan 2 percent. *Illinois minus-0.1 percent. The states losing a seat are California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Texas will gain two seats. Those gaining one are Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon. District-level data to draw new lines won’t be available until September.
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crime (far less than expected considering the pandemic shutdown), led to jail population numbers to decrease to a sustainable level. So what’s the problem? If the state is paying for the county to house them at roughly the same rate it costs (generally calculated at $50 per day), and there is at least theoretically room, isn’t that a wash? That’s where the wave comes in. Though crime hasn’t changed, there’s a huge backlog in the court system right now. While court appearances were being conducted via video for things like status conferences and other minor hearings, trials had been on hold. Recently one branch was opened for trials, and another will soon. That created a backlog in the court system, but with court resuming, that means potentially more defendants being given prison sentences. And if the state continues its policy, that means more prisoners who should be sent to state facilities are instead housed in the county. And that’s a problem for a few reasons, says Marathon County Chief Deputy Chad Billeb. For one, $50 per day isn’t the only cost. Many of those would-be state prisoners
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City Pages took a snapshot of the jail population on April 13. As mentioned, Marathon County Jail like all jails is meant to house inmates for one year or less. They’re designed to be somewhat temporary. It’s not meant to be a long-term stay. But in reality, that’s not what happens. On that particular day, 25 inmates housed at Marathon County Jail had been in for more than one year. And, as our investigation found, some of them much longer than that. We took a look at some of those prisoners. One is Lee Franck. Franck is facing first-degree homicide charges. Franck is the longest-serving prisoner in the county’s jail — as of April 13 Franck has been in jail 1,147 days. That’s well over three years. A look at Franck’s record shows a flurry of activity — nearly every recent month there has been some kind of hearing, preliminary motion hearings instigated from defense counsel. Homicide charges tend to take a while and move slowly, and with charges and consequences that serious, the process probably should move slowly. But justice doesn’t come cheap. Using the county’s $50 per day calculation, Franck’s tenure in Marathon County Jail has cost taxpayers $57,350, and the meter is running at $50 per day every day since. John Lee hasn’t been in as long as Franck, but close. He’s sat 997 days in Marathon County Jail, at a cost of $49,850. Contrasting with Franck, John Lee’s situation is quite different. He hasn’t had a serious charge since 2015. His last conviction was for speeding, and his last charge was for… not wearing his seatbelt. It’s what Billeb refers to as a lack of self-regulation - once you’re in the system for something serious, every minor offense becomes a jailable one.
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There’s a strong chance that a wave is coming. You’ve probably heard by now that the state’s prison population has been declining. And that’s true. According to a report by the Wisconsin Policy Institute, at the end of February there were 19,580 prisoners in the state prison system. That’s a 16% decrease from the previous year, and the lowest the state’s prison population has been since 1999. It’s hard to think about that being a bad thing — unless you look deeper at how that came about: It’s being done artificially, on the backs of counties. The state has been paying counties to hold prisoners who have been sentenced to the state system. With COVID-19, the state has wanted to keep its population in check. So keeping them in counties where they were sentenced is a way around that. They’re not asking counties to do this for free. According to Marathon County officials, the state is paying counties $51.46 per day to house inmates in county jails. For many counties, it’s a blessing financially. For jail such as Lincoln’s, which tend to already house overflow prisoners from other counties because they have the space, it helps add some extra money to the unused space. But that’s less so at Marathon County. Marathon County Jail finally got its population under control. Five years ago, the population was careening out of control, well above capacity, and the county was spending in excess of $1 million per year to house inmates out of county. Not to mention the time it takes to transport prisoners back and forth - taking time from deputies who could otherwise be patrolling or working on solving cases. That changed recently. Measures have been put in place to control crowding in jails. How? Stop arresting people. Oh, not everyone. Just low-level offenders — instead of booking them through the jail process, low-level offenders are simply cited, with a summons to go to court. That, coupled with a slight decrease in
Many of the charges turned into felony bailjumping, even if the underlying charge was something simple such as shoplifting. Nhia Lee is yet another example. Nhia Lee was arrested and charged in 2018 with possession of methamphetamines. He was in for 441 days as of April 13, at a cost of $22,050. Nhia Lee’s case highlights another issue that’s all too common: Lack of public defenders. A look at his court record is revealing. Multiple times in the court record he comes up before the court for a hearing, only for the hearing to be delayed because no public defender had been appointed. How many times? He first appeared in Sept. 13 of 2018. The now-former head of the county’s public defenders office appeared on his behalf on Nov. 7. That matters because often a public defender makes a difference on a bail decision. As someone who covered court full time once, it was common to see a person appear by video from jail without representation, be given a cash bond they coudn’t afford to pay, only a week later to have a judge change that to a lower cash bond or a signature bond (an agreement to pay if you don’t show up for court, as opposed to actually putting down money). Meanwhile, that person probably lost their job, affecting their ability to pay restitution for a crime, along with nudging them toward further criminal behavior. Nhia Lee appealed his conviction to the state appellate court, which overturned his conviction on the grounds that he didn’t receive timely representation. His case is headed to the state supreme court now.
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How short of public defenders? Back when Nhia was first jailed, the state’s rate of pay for private appointed defenders was only $35 per hour, the lowest in the country, and few private attorneys could afford to work at those rates. That was recently raised to $70, and the State Public Defenders Board would like to see that raised to $100. The increase in pay has made a large difference for public defender caseloads, says SPD Legislative Liaison Adam Plotkin; at least, temporarily. In Brown County, for instance, two file cabinets of cases disappeared almost overnight once the pay increased. The pandemic put that back almost to pre-pay
increase levels, he says. They also recently called for 40 new positions to be added statewide, and another $7.6 million to be added to the State Public Defender’s Office. That ask included seven new attorneys and 33 new support staff to help deal with the overwhelming amount of video evidence that places time challenges on prosecutors and defenders alike. Most recently, the seven attorneys made the cut but only three support positions are included in the latest budget version. Why do those support positions matter? While attorneys must still review the video evidence themselves, an assistant can point them to the relevant bits, saving an inordinate amount of time. An example? A squad cam video might be submitted as evidence but the incident happened inside the house and almost none of it is useful. A support staff member could tell the attorney that, saving them an hour to work on more relevant work. “When I leave at 6:30 pm, 7 pm, they’re in their offices watching body cam footage,” says Kathryn Yanke, head of the public defender’s office in Marathon County. “They’re taking phone calls, meeting with clients or making court appearances during the day, so those duties often fall to after hours or on weekends.” One of the problems, Yanke says, is the lack of high-level private attorneys to take public cases. Her office currently has six attorneys out of ten total positions, but has accepted offers for two new attorneys and offers out to two more. The state office has the ability to shift positions and openings around to various state offices where the need arises. But one
of the issues are conflicts of interest — if the office represented a relevant witness or codefendant, says Yanke, that creates a conflict of interest so no staff attorney can represent that client, and they must rely on private defense attorneys. Plotkin uses the example of a drug case, in which there are seven people busted — the public defender’s office can only represent one of those seven; the rest must find private attorneys. The increase from $35 to $70 made an impact, but in “rural” areas — ie anywhere outside of Madison or Milwaukee — is tough to get private attorneys to move to. Their schooling is in larger cities, so often either they seek jobs in those cities, or move to places like Wausau for a short period of time before moving on.
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How big is the backlog of court cases in Marathon County? Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon has some stats at the ready during a recent interview with City Pages. At the end of 2019, there were 2,057 criminal cases pending, according to court records shared by Wetzsteon. As of the end of 2020, there were 2,414. That’s a nearly 400 case jump, despite a slight decrease in actual cases during the pandemic (felony cases dropped slightly, but misdemeanors dropped more substantially, a previous City Pages investigation found). Billeb’s point about the increase in severity is supported by another stat Wetzsteon shares. There are currently 16 intentional homicide cases on the DA’s desk, a number
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she says is unprecedented. All of that is on the backdrop of the office being six prosecutors short of state recommended levels. The office got one more prosecutor (which are funded by the state of Wisconsin) in Gov. Tony Evers’ last budget, but that was short of what Marathon County requested — while some counties that were over their recommended levels got more. “I don’t know how I could not be disappointed,” Wetzsteon told City Pages. That’s led to some tough decisions on the part of the Marathon County District Attorney’s office. Marathon County has one of the most robust diversion program schedules in the state, she says. That takes a lot of work. With so few prosecutors, it means Wetzsteon has had to take a hard look at those diversion programs, to ensure they’re being effective. But, that’s a double-edged sword. Programs that help prevent offenders from re-offending can cost money and time upfront, but will save time and money down the road. That said, the time has to come from somewhere. Wetzs-
teon told City Pages that her office is only ending its involvement in programs that don’t have solid data to show they’re effective. What about just not charging for some low-level crimes? Not the kind with obvious victims, such as theft or property damage, but others like, say marijuana charges? In a new PBS documentary series called Philly DA, Larry Krasner, a progressive Democrat and defense attorney, is elected the city’s new District Attorney. Krasner has some radical ideas and they include that just mentioned — with a huge revolving jail door, Krasner’s administration asks “what happens if we just don’t charge some low-level crimes?” As of this writing, only two episodes have aired (it’s free online) but so far it’s fair to say Krasner’s ideas have been polarizing. Wetzsteon says that’s where diversion programs come in. “We consider that every day in our office,” Wetzsteon says. “If the goal is the reduction of recidivism to increase public safety, we don’t want to bring someone into the system because it would increase their likelihood to reoffend.”
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One of those programs is in jeopardy because of a change in the law. The state legislature passed mandatory minimums for 5th and 6th offense OWIs in Wisconsin, putting the diversion program Marathon County was running in jeopardy. Marathon County Justice System Coordinator Laura Yarie told City Pages that there is a group working to have the law amended. So far anyone admitted before March 1 can still participate in the diversion program, which takes at least 13 months to work though, Yarie told City Pages. But the DA’s office not participating in those programs doesn’t mean they’re not still going. SSTOP is still going, for instance, and has a grant to help pay for it, Yarie says. It just operates without the DA’s office staff’s involvement. Wetzsteon pointed out that the program, a diversion program related to low level drunk driving offenses, wasn’t able to show data that it did what it was supposed to, such as reduce future drunken driving offenses or reduce offenses related to operating after a license is revoked (common in people who have their license revoked following drunken driving offenses).
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EVENTS/SPECTATOR SPORTS 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. 715-536-3459 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.
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ONGOING 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 “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 715-255-9100 or visit www.clarkcountywi.org Spring Bounce 2021 · Fri. 4/30, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, Stevens Point. Create or join a team for an adventure-style 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. 5/1-5/9, 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 Bowl for Kids’ Sake-BIG Bowl! · Sat. 5/1-Mon. 5/31, hosted online by the Big Brothers Big Sister of Northcentral Wisconsin. Form a team and go bowling to raise funds for youth mentoring programs. Starts at 8 am. $25 for bowling with Littles and $150 for family bowl. Register at bbbsncw.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 Stuff the Bus Event for HSMC · Sat. 5/1, hosted by the Humane Society of Marathon County at Fleet Farm, 1811 Badger Ave, Wausau. Donate needed items to the pet shelter. Starts at 10 am. Free. 715-845-2810 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
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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/communitydays-arts-festival/ The Great Scotty Bake-Off-Spring into May Edition · Thurs.5/6, hosted online by T.B. Scott Free Library. Prepare your baking supplies for a May baking contest. Event requires camera to display entry. Starts at 6 pm. Free. Call 715-536-7191 or register online at https://tbscottlibrary.org/events/ 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 Broadway Cast Reunion: My Fair Lady · Wed. 5/12, hosted online by the Grand Theater, Wausau. Virtually meet the cast of my Fair Lady. Starts at 7 pm. Free. Tickets.grandtheater.org 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 Garden Tea Party · Sat. 5/15, hosted by Willow Springs Garden, 5480 Hillcrest Dr, Wausau. Bring your own doll to this doll-themed party and enjoy tea, tea sandwiches, and other treats. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Starts at 11 am. $14 per person, $5 children under 10. 715-675-1171 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 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
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 The Unhappy Hour · Thurs. 5/20, hosted by Out of the Woods Theatre at Whitewater Music Hall, 130 1st St, Wausau. A pre-show to Disenchanted! about villainesses who share their perspectives. Starts at 4:30 pm. $10 or $25 for both shows. http://outofthewoodstheatre.com/ Disenchanted! · Thurs. 5/20, hosted by Out of the Woods Theatre at Whitewater Music Hall, 130 1st St, Wausau. Watch a mature musical comedy about Snow White & other princesses. Starts at 6:30 pm. $20 or $25 for both shows. http://outofthewoodstheatre.com/ 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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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. 715-675-1171 Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo · Sun. 5/30, hosted by Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo at 10101 Market St, Rothschild. View 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 Summer Ukulele for Adults Three Week Class · Tues. 6/1, 6/8 and 6/15, hosted by the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Learn how to play the ukulele. Bring your own ukulele. Starts at 6 pm. $25. Eventbrite.com School’s Out for Summer · Thurs. 6/3, hosted by the Jensen Community Center, 487 N Main St, Amherst. Celebrate the end of the school year with music from alternative rock band Scorched Waves, fun outdoor activities and food. Bring chairs and blanket. Starts at 5 pm. Admission is free. www.jensencenter.org
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
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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 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. 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. 715-443-2236 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
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
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