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06 State vaccine targeting narrows

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Riverlife phase I contractor warns against proposed phase II developer ahead of decision A designer who worked on the first phase of the Riverlife development is sounding the alarm about the developers now proposing a second phase of the project. Susan Lasecki, principal engineer with Ionic Structures and Design based in Plover, sent a letter to the city’s economic development committee warning that Bob Ohde, the construction company that built the first Riverlife apartments, failed to pay her for her services as well as state fees. The group of Ohde, Mitch Viegut and Fernando Riveron was one of two proposers for the next Riverlife phase, a mix of commercial and residential. The Economic Development Committee ultimately went with T.Wall Enterprises, citing their design as superior. Lasecki’s letter was sent to committee members prior to the meeting but never discussed during that meeting. According to Lasecki’s letter, Ionic was hired to assist local architect firm Mudrovich because of the need for a quick turnaround. Lasecki says Ohde refused to pay design and state review fees, and construction oversight fees. Ultimately, Lasecki says, Mudrovich removed himself as the overseeing design professional, something she’s only seen one other time in 25 years. Responding to questions from City Pages, Lasecki says she didn’t file for a lien because the lien would have been against Mudrovich, who she subcontracted under, and didn’t feel he did anything wrong. She wanted to maintain that relationship, Lasecki told City Pages. Mitch Viegut, in response to City Pages questions about the email, says that Ohde and Co moved on from Mudrovich after they had a difference of opinion over design of the project. Viegut says all bills were paid to both Mudrovich and Ionic as agreed to. No liens were filed on the project, he

says. Viegut says it was too bad Ionic took the termination personally. Economic Development Committee member Tom Kilian was the sole member to vote in favor of the Viegut, Ohde, Riveron proposal. Asked whether the letter influenced him at all, he said no because the claims haven’t been substantiated. Information shared in closed session also influenced his decision, Kilian told City Pages, but he was unable to share any details because of closed session rules. Mudrovich is now the architect working on T.Wall’s proposal.

State investigation reveals identities in homicide, officer-involved shooting

The state Department of Criminal Investigations released the names of those involved in the homicide/officer-involved shooting in Weston. Police say 43-year-old David Morris of Weston stabbed 52-year-old Renee Hindes in her Weston apartment April 23. Police confronted Morris after responding to Hindes’ phone call for help. Police officers fired at Morris, wounding him. Morris was transported to a hospital where he was in critical condition for days. He is now in stable condition, police say. The officers involved are Everest Metro officers Gunnar Schultz, one year with Everest Metro; Tanner Uhlig, three years on the force; and Lucas Wiza, who had been with Everest Metro only seven weeks, according to a DOJ report. Police responded to a call from Hindes at 3:30 am April 23. When police arrived they heard her screaming. When they

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Report: Wolf hunt did more harm than good

The Wisconsin wolf hunt held earlier this year did more harm than good, according to a report released by a conservation group. The report, issued by Greenfire, comprised of a number of former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources employees, said the wolf hunt harmed a number of wolf packs’ ability to reproduce while doing little to decrease wolf-farmer conflicts. The main issue, according to the report, is that the hunting occurred in wolves’ core habitat on public lands, “where conflicts with pets, livestock or human safety are already rare,” the report says. The hunt did little to curb wolf populations on fringe areas of wolf habitat where those conflicts are much more common. The effect of the hunt, since it was conducted during a time when many wolves were pregnant, is that 60 to 100 of the state’s 245 packs may lose their ability to produce any wolf pups this year. Greenfire in its report argues that what it calls the mishandling of the wolf hunt will strengthen the arguments of those who want to see the wolf relisted on the Federal Endangered Species list.


Wolves were removed from the list in Wisconsin on Jan. 4. The DNR planned to hold a hunt next November but a successful lawsuit from a Kansas-based hunting group forced the DNR to hold the season in February instead. The harvest culled 216 wolves from a state population of roughly 1,200, according to DNR estimates.

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Firefighters from the SAFER Fire District and village of Marathon helped put out a fire on the town of Marathon Saturday afternoon. According to SAFER officials, firefighters responded to the blaze on Packer Drive in the town of Marathon 3:17 pm Saturday and found multiple buildings on fire. The fire had also crossed the road and started a grass on fire. A total of six buildings, some containing automobiles and other equipment, were destroyed. Two nearby houses were saved by the efforts of firefighters, according to a report by SAFER officials. Crews were on scene at the fire for more than eight hours, SAFER Deputy Chief Josh Finke told City Pages. High winds made the situation worse and helped the flames spread. In all, 150 firefighters showed up to fight the blaze and more than 225,000 gallons of water was used putting out the flames. Nearly 20 local fire departments had some involvement in the blaze, which was ruled a 5-alarm fire, the first in SAFER’s history. The Department of Natural Resources also responded because the fire involved grass. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

City eyeing new bike share program

Wausau is eyeing a new bike share program, after its previous bike program went belly up. The city’s Parks and Recreation Committee gave its nod to a new program that would operate the bikes left over from the last bike share attempt. Under the proposal, the city would sign a two-year contract with Tandem Mobility to operate nine bikes at two stations. The contract would cost $13,900 for the first year and $11,250 for the second, for a total of $25,150. The previous bike share program designed for the Riverlife area was operated by Zagster. Zagster went bankrupt and the city ended up with a settlement along with Zagster’s bikes. That settlement, as well as some unused funds designated for the bike share program at the Community Foundation, will pay for much of the program, says Parks Director Jamie Polley.

nearly 20 other agencies battled a multi-building blaze on Saturday in the town of Marathon.

The program will mostly be hands off for the city, as Tandem Mobility will handle the operations and maintenance of the bikes. They’ll open by a smartphone app where users will pay for bike use. “I don’t know where else we’re going to get an opportunity to try something like this for this much money,” Committee Chair Pat Peckham said.

Wausau to start affordable housing task force

The city of Wausau could soon start an affordable housing task force to look at affordable housing needs in the community. The city’s Economic Development Committee gave a preliminary nod to the task force, which would be made up of at least one council member, one person who is a consumer of affordable housing and other citizen members. The committee also discussed working with representatives of other communities. The task force would still need to be approved by the city council. According to a housing report the city released this year, more than half of Wausau households are operating in a low income range - the majority are renters. Although the task force hadn’t kicked off yet, some com-

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Majority rule

Gov. Evers appointees now hold majority on two major state boards In his third year in office, Gov. Tony Evers has now nominated enough members to hold the majority on two major state boards over former GOP Gov. Scott Walker appointees. Evers nominated two new members to the Natural Resources Board, plus two new members and one reappointment to UW System’s Board of Regents. For the NRB, Evers appointed Sandy Naas, an Ashland High School agriculture and natural resources instructor and FFA advisor, and Sharon Adams, founder of the Walnut Way Conservation Corporation in Milwaukee. This gives Evers a total of four appointees to the seven-member board. Evers’ new NRB appointees replace Board Chair Fred Prehn and Julie Anderson, both Walker appointees. Additionally, Evers named Dr. Ashok Rai to the Board of Regents and Brianna Tucker to serve as the board’s traditional student regent. Evers also reappointed John Miller, who first took the role earlier this year after former Regent Jose Delgado passed away.

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Dane County judge voids GOP redistricting legal contracts

A Dane County judge voided two contracts GOP legislative leaders signed that put taxpayers on the hook for more than $1 million in legal fees, ruling lawmakers don’t have the authority to retain private counsel for a redistricting suit that hasn’t been filed yet. Judge Stephen Ehlke on April 28 also enjoined Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, from authorizing further payments on the deals and ordered the plaintiffs shall recover costs and fees. Vos said the decision will be appealed and that GOP lawmakers had expected a loss in Dane County Circuit Court. “Surprise, surprise, a liberal judge listens to a liberal group and does what they want,” Vos said in an interview with WisPolitics.com. Lester Pines, the lead attorney for the teachers who filed the suit, said the legislative leaders should compel the law firm to 4988

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Rai, a UW-Milwaukee undergrad and graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, has served as CEO and president of Prevea Health since 2009. Tucker is a UWStevens Point student where she studies political science and Spanish. The two new regents replace Eve Hall, who served on the board since 2014, and Olivia Woodmansee, Evers’ previous student regent. With Rai’s appointment, this gives Evers nominees a 9-7 majority on the board over Walker appointees. The state superintendent and Wisconsin Technical College System president also sit on the Board of Regents.

repay the money for the illegal contracts. If they won’t, “we’ll look at that question,” he said.

Election commission begins voter roll purge of non-voters

The Elections Commission voted unanimously to begin the process of removing up to nearly 188,000 people from the voter rolls after they failed to cast a ballot in the past four years. During a special virtual meeting April 29, commissioners approved the new design of a mailer to notify registered voters who haven’t cast a ballot in the past four years they will be removed from the rolls if they don’t respond to the mailing. Agency Administrator Meagan Wolfe said the new version was designed to increase response rates and clarify parts previous recipients found confusing. The step is part of a statutorily required mailing the commission has to do every two years. The mailers are sent in the June following a November general election, and the action is separate from the mailing to voters who may have moved that was ultimately the subject of a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. In 2019, the commission sent 113,314 notices with 15,974 returned requesting to continue their registration.

Evers signs bill requiring holocaust be taught in schools

Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill to require Holocaust education be included in all public and private school curriculums. Evers signed SB 69, creating Wisconsin Act 30, alongside Jewish community advocates and state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. The law requires all schools to provide Holocaust instruction to students grades five through eight once and provide Holocaust instruction again at least once more for students grade nine through 12. The act also requires the Department of Public Instruction to create Holocaust education lessons with input from groups dedicated to Holocaust education and other state agencies that have already developed similar lessons. The Assembly and Senate both passed the bill with unanimous votes. “Hate, bigotry and anti-semitism have no place in Wisconsin,” Evers said. “Through education, there’s hope for a better, more inclusive, more equitable, more compassionate Wisconsin for every family.”

New DPI chief names leadership team

State Superintendent-elect Jill Underly announced the first picks for her leadership

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team at the state Department of Public Instruction. Underly named John Johnson as deputy state superintendent. He is currently director for literacy and mathematics at the Department of Public Instruction and previously worked as communications director for the agency. Thomas McCarthy has been named executive director. He now serves as senior manager in the office of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson. He previously was a communications director for DPI. Underly is reappointing Latoya Holiday as special assistant to the superintendent after she first started with the agency in 2005. Paul Manriquez will serve as assistant state superintendent. He is now the principal for the middle school and high school in the Pecatonica Area School District, where Underly has been serving as the superintendent. Underly’s transition team will be led by Erin Forrest, the executive director of Emerge Wisconsin, which trains female candidates. Meanwhile, Sachin Chheda, who led Underly’s campaign, will serve as a senior adviser to the transition. Underly listed 14 others on the transition team, including state Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, and two candidates who ran against Underly in the DPI primary: Troy Gunderson and Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams.

VP pitches infrastructure package in Milwaukee

Vice President Kamala Harris pitched the administration’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure package as an opportunity to invest in America and realize its potential. Addressing a round table at UW-Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon, Harris said the federal government’s investment in innovation, research and development has declined as a percentage of GDP over the past 20 years. “It is about what we must and can do to pursue innovation for the sake of making things better for American families, making things easier for American families and creating jobs,” Harris told the round table. The $2 trillion package includes $180 billion for research and development, including $40 billion to upgrade research infrastructure and $35 billion to position the U.S. as a leader on climate research, according to the White House. Prior to the round table, Harris visited a clean energy lab at the university, where she was given an overview of a project to significantly reduce the time it takes to recharge an electric vehicle. The research is part of a partnership with Volta, which is building an electric vehicle charging network.


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State begins local targeting of COVID-19 vaccines As vaccinations start to slow in Wisconsin, local county health departments are beginning “hand-to-hand combat” to reach herd immunity. The gap is closing between the percentage of people who have started their vaccine series and those who are fully vaccinated. This means fewer people are starting their vaccine series. “We really thought demand would be like a bell curve, and it felt like a light switch to us,” Tess Ellens, the COVID-19 vaccine deputy for Public Health Madison and Dane County, said in late April. Wisconsin opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older on April 5. That week, vaccinations peaked at more than 424,000 doses after seven consecutive weeks of weekly vaccination records. The next week, doses administered fell to roughly 352,000; the next was about 297,000 doses. Last week, the Department of Health Services’ early data shows just over 224,000 doses, putting the state at 34.5 percent who are fully vaccinated. From the data DHS provides on its vaccination webpage, the groups that led in vaccinations as of late April were those 65 and older at 75.4 percent fully vaccinated and white residents at nearly 33 percent. Mass vaccination sites work well for people who are eager to get the vaccine, Ellens said. But now, the state is in the middle group of people who had a “wait and see” approach. The groups that lag are those ages 16-17, who were only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine as of April 5, at 10.4 percent fully vaccinated, Black Wisconsinites at 14.4 percent, and Hispanics at about 18 percent. In a late April press briefing, Gov. Tony Evers said it’s not necessarily an “anti-vax” ideology holding people

back, but often it’s the workday that hinders people from getting a COVID-19 shot. He said the state is encouraging businesses to hold vaccination clinics. He also said while vaccinations slow, the state will make it easier for people to get the shot. “You won’t see any big sites after a while. It will be hand-to-hand combat with small clinics popping up in different places,” Evers said. Clark County is one of two sparsely populated areas in north-central Wisconsin with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state. About 19.4 percent of its population was fully vaccinated going into May. The county is working to identify “gap areas,” such as people with barriers to getting a shot. This includes people who can’t leave their home, can’t take off work, need parental consent or don’t speak English. The county is also home to Mennonite and Amish communities. The health department historically sees little interest in the flu shot each year from that population. The department uses media releases, email and social

media to help promote vaccination efforts. For the Amish and Mennonite communities that do not have internet, the department uses U.S. mail to reach out. It also translates its materials into Spanish to reach the Hispanic community. Latinos make up roughly 5 percent of Clark County’s population, working predominantly in dairy and food production. Dane County is tackling this hesitancy and slowdown in demand in three ways: education, mobile clinics in places such as grocery stores, and integrating vaccines into regular public health programs such as in clinics. Dane County as of late April led the southern half of Wisconsin for getting its population fully vaccinated — 45.1 percent. The federally run mass vaccination site at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee County is closing May 28. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the city’s new approach is getting vaccinations into neighborhoods. This includes vaccination clinics at churches, the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee and Voces de la Frontera, for example. The state is switching up its vaccine distribution strategy, according to Evers. “What we do need to do now, and we’ve already started it, is reach out to historically hesitant communities,” Evers told “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “It is going to take some different strategies, frankly a lot of smaller efforts, all across the state,” he said. The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at WisPolitics.com, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics, and is distributed for publication by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

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The cash (cover) crop The county is pushing a state pilot project that would incentivize farmers to reduce phosphorus levels. But some say the practices themselves are financially profitable On a Friday morning, Pat Socha (pronounced ZA-HA for the uninitiated), drives a tractor out from its storage area to the front of his farm. Pulled behind it is a piece of green machinery used to plant seed in the various fields he farms in an area around Edgar. An Edgar school bus sits on his property; he drives the school bus for the district in between farming. The fields he will plant look a little different than most of the farms around it. To an outsider, like myself, it looks much more pleasant. Another farmer might shake his head, Socha explains. What’s the disparity? Socha, a fourth generation farmer, is one of a small but growing number of farmers who are practicing environmentally favorable farming practices. Since 2017 he has been no-till planting and using cover crops. He’s starting to have an influence on his fellow farmers in the area too; some have started doing what he is doing; others have hired him to work on their lands, planting seeds with a special machine that costs around $30,000. Driving down a county road outside of Edgar, the difference between the two fields farmed with different methods is

stark. On one side is the green grass of a field using cover crops. On the other side, in perfect opposition, is a dirty brown field. For an outsider, of course, the field covered in rye and clover among other plants looks a lot nicer, and is nicer on the environment as well. The brown fields don’t look as nice by comparison. But to a farmer, that field is just right. That’s the old way of thinking. Socha is no hippie. He does care about the environmental aspect of what he’s doing, but he’s frank with me when I ask him. The money and time savings are his primary concern and what got him started engaging in these practices four years ago. That’s the selling point, but it’s still brushing up against old paradigms. A new county program is hoping to change that. The county is now going to seek funding in the next state budget to fund a pilot project that would incentivize farmers to reduce their pollution levels. If successful, it could expand to the entire state, changing how farming is done in Wisconsin.

The pilot project

What’s happening right now is that farmers using manure cover on bare fields is

resulting in plenty of nutrients — namely phosphorus — running off into streams such as the Fenwood Creek. That phosphorus makes its way to fish reservoirs such as the Big Eau Pleine. That in turn leads to an increase in algae, which starves the water of oxygen. That leads to less oxygen for fish, and leads to fish kills. Right now organizations are spending a lot of money to oxygenate the water to make sure that doesn’t happen. The last major kill occurred in 2009. The pilot project would help prevent that. If approved and funded by the state, the program would provide real financial incentives to farmers who reduce their pollution. Under the proposal, which is expected to cost $600,000 per year, farmers who reduce their phosphorus levels to under three pounds an acre would receive $3 per year for the first three years of reduction, and $10 per acre per year of maintenance afterward. That increases to $30/$15 for under two pounds per acre, and $40/$20 for less than one pound per acre of runoff. The point of the incentive, says Marathon County Conservation Program Manager Paul Daigle, is to increase adoption of

these practices to 60-70% of the farmers in the Fenwood Creek area. Doing that would spark adoption on its own following that. The project statewide would cost $350 million, a bargain considering the cost of upgrading one municipal water treatment plant to treat phosphorus can run up to $250 million. The impact per dollar spent is enormous compared to individual plant upgrades. The goal is to go from 20-30% participation to 70% of farmers in the Fenwood Creek region engaging in these practices. That’s the tipping point where adoption should take off on its own, Daigle says. The Fenwood is the perfect place to test this out, Daigle says, because the Fenwood Creek area is very representative of Western Marathon County, with small to medium farms, Daigle says. Plus, there is a lot of water quality data on that watershed, so measuring changes is possible. But it turns out, a lot of incentives are already baked into the practices. They already are profit-friendly. Make no mistake about it; a small farm is a small business. Socha is aware of that more than anyone. He is an early member of EPPIC, a group formed to share practices between

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farmers that are environmentally sustainable. Farmers teaching farmers is far more effective than just the county saying “Hey farmers, do it this way now.” “I think the government expert coming to work on the farm that was successful in the 40s and 50s, a lot of the information came about that way,” Daigle says. “Farmers started to get their info from other sources. Also, the realization that farmers learn best from other farmers. The experts are the people trying to make a living at this.” Though EPPIC farmers began hosting Common Ground events in which farmers share their knowledge of practices such as no till and cover crops. It’s Wisconsin’s largest community-based group. Socha points to a planting machine in his barn — it cost about $30,000, no small chunk of change. (The county also owns a similar machine that farmers can rent out to try out no till, Daigle says.) He was definitely nervous when he bought it, Socha tells me, but it has already paid for itself. He not only saves money planting his fields: less than $30 per acre versus up to $50 using a traditional chemical-based approach. It also saves a lot of time. The cover crops prevent water runoff, and keep the soil clumpy and crumbling under his fingers as he digs it out to show me, just like it’s supposed to. That’s healthy soil, and the root structures help keep it that way. It actually saves a lot of time too, Socha told City Pages. For one thing, you’re not constantly tilling up rocks that need to be picked. So what does he do with that free time? Socha is paid by several neighboring farms to work their fields, saving them the use of pesticides and other chemicals as well. It’s extra revenue for Socha and for the other farmers it’s cheaper than chemicals. (Something I learned: There are still some chemical applications, but far less than if they’d just went the straight chemical route.) In fact, last year he planted about half a neighbor’s soybeans for him. This year, that same neighbor wanted all his

▲ Socha shows the soil structure of his soybean field. It holds structure but crumbles easily, a sign of good soil he says.

soybeans planted no till. “It costs him so much less,” Socha says. When he and his brother first experimented with no-till planting on half their soybeans, they found the same thing. Less costs, no difference in yields. It was convincing. Matthew Oehmichen of Short Lane Supply and a member of EPPIC, shared similar comments about the business vs environmental argument — that the two aren’t necessarily at opposites. “It isn’t just about the water and environmentalism aspect of it though, to me, it is about creating a viable business plan, creating better logistics,” Oehmichen says. “If I have soil that is degrading, that means I have a vessel that needs more and more inputs to create yield because it doesn’t have the ability to: hold water, drain water, maintain nutrient amounts, have trafficability (stuck equipment, delayed applications of manure and planting seeds).”

The challenges

So if those practices are cheaper and more time-efficient — well, what’s stopping every farmer from adopting them? Even large CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are starting to use them. If anything is an endorsement of the practices being profitable, it’s the large business ag companies using them. Two things: Cost and momentum. Even if it is a business expense, buying the machines to no-till plant is pretty steep. $30,000 is a good chunk of change. And especially for small farmers, it’s a pricey risk. The other is paradigmatic. As Socha points out, many farmers would look at the field we’re standing in as I interview him, with its healthy soil structure, as “dirty.” Chemical and seed companies often see it the same way. A “clean” piece of acreage with brown fields is the ideal they’re looking for.

Socha says he’s gotten some pushback from seed companies, but they’re starting to come around too. If it’s good practice for the farmers and helps keep them profitable, that means the seed companies keep their customers too. That’s the piece the incentive structure is meant to help. Providing an additional financial incentive for farmers to take the leap might help more see the long-term financial gains. Once they’ve been in the habit of farming that way, and realizing the financial benefit, the thinking goes, the habit will stick. The pilot project has been more popular politically — or at least received little if any pushback — than other regulationtype suggestions. Helping small farmers is far more politically palatable than imposing regulations on them. Are there downsides? Sure. According to a fact sheet from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, no till techniques don’t work well on sandy soil or soil with poor drainage. They mention the cost and suggest renting equipment or sharing with neighbors. Grass weed and slug problems can be harder to control. Very wet or very dry soils can be especially challenging for no till. The numbers of farms in Wisconsin shrink and consolidate — the state lost 4,961 or 7% of its farms between 2012 and 2017 (the next survey is due in 2022). Mid-sized farms similar to Socha’s are where the losses come from. Most new small farms are entering the organic/ Community Supported Agriculture arena. Those survive by value-adding: selling products as an experience (ie Pizza on the Farm) or organic/grass fed products that command a higher price. That might not be possible for a grower like Socha. It makes more sense on his end to save costs up front through techniques such as no-till. And by adding value to production — he can employ those techniques to other people’s fields and bring in revenue that way. Socha would be the first to tell you. Environmental practices can be profitable practices.

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ON GOING Stevens Point Farmers Market · Every day from May thru Oct. Located at Mathias Mitchell Public Square, Stevens Point. Opens 6:30 am. https://www.stevenspointfarmersmarket.com Wausau Farmers Market · Wednesdays and Saturdays from May thru Oct. Located on River Drive, Wausau. Opens 7 am. www.farmersmarketofwausau.com 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 The Landing Literacy Book Club · 4th Wed. of each month. Book club at the Landing YMCA, Wausau. Book notices at YMCA, Literacy Council and Janke Bookstore. Red ribbon cutting for the Literacy

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EVENTS/SPECTATOR SPORTS 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 “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 Gardening: Drop, Swap & Shop · Sat. 5/15/9, 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 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/ 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.

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Eron’s Event Barn, 3471 Country Road C, Stevens Point. Meet fairy tale princesses, get their autographs and dance with them. Event is a fundraiser for college scholarships. Starts at 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm. $25 per guest. Buy your tickets at https://www.playhousetheatergroup.com Care for Our Common Home Retreat · Fri. 5/21Sat. 2/22, hosted at St. Anthony Spiritual Center, 300 E 4th St, Marathon. Go on a spiritual retreat to learn about the relationship between God, humans and Earth and how humans can take care of the Earth. Starts at 6 pm. $105 includes lodging and meals. 715-443-2236 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 Broadway Cast Reunion: Come From Away · Wed. 5/26, hosted online by the Grand Theater, Wausau. Meet the Broadway stars from the musical Come From Away. Starts at 7 pm. Free. Grandtheater.org 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

Concert in the Gardens · Tues. 6/1-7/27, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Tuesday from June thru July, enjoy local food, local music and beer. Gates open at 4:30 pm with events starting at 5 pm. Free for members, $15 for non-members. 715-261-6309 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 Central Wisconsin Water Ski Shows · Tuesdays and Thursdays 6/1 to Mon. 9/6, enjoy water ski performances and popcorn. Free. Tuesdays at Lake Wausau, 6:30 pm, Thursdays at Lake Dubay, 6:30 pm, Sat. 6/19 at Mayflower Lake, 6 pm. Fri. 7/16 State Tournament in WI Rapids, Sat. 8/14 Post Lake, 6 pm. Mon. 9/6 Lake Wausau, 5:30 pm. Cwwaterwalkers.com Wis. Woodchucks · Tues. 6/1, 324 E Wausau Ave, Wausau. Woodchucks vs. Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Woodchucks.com Yoga in the Gardens · Wed. 6/2-8/30, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Monday and Wednesday from June to August, bring a mat and do some yoga. Masks and social distancing required. Starts at 6 pm. $5 cash only. 715-261-6309 Wis. Woodchucks · Wed.-Thurs. 6/2-6/3, 324 E Wausau Ave, Wausau. Woodchucks vs. Madison Mallards. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Woodchucks.com Craft and Vendor Show · Sat. 6/12, hosted at the Cedar Creek Mall, 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Shop around for crafted item. Starts at 9 am. No Cost. 715-298-3811 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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LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Historical Preservation Month: The Plumer Mansion · Thurs. 5/6, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. For Historical Preservation Month, learn about the history of the Plumer Mansion. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live. 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 Historical Preservation Month: The Federal Building · Thurs. 5/13, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. For Historical Preservation Month, learn about the history of the Federal Building. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live. Virtual Gardening: Growing Veggies in Small Places · Thurs. 5/13 and 5/20, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Learn how you can grow vegetables in small areas. Starts at 2:30 pm on 5/13 or 7 pm on 5/20. Free. www.mcpl.us 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 Historical Preservation Month: The Railroad Depots · Thurs. 5/20, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. For Historical Preservation Month, learn about the railroad depots. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live. Outlier Within an Outlier: How Wausau’s Response to the 1918 Flu Epidemic · Sat. 5/22, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about Wausau’s response to the flu epidemic. Starts at 2 pm. Free. On Facebook Live. 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 Historical Preservation Month: Grant School · Thurs. 5/27, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. For Historical Preservation Month, learn about Grant School’s history. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live. Babysitting 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

ARTS/EXHIBITS 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 from 3/12-5/8. 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. 715-536-5652, preservethefuture.org Marathon City Heritage Center · Open from noon

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