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by B.C. Kowalski

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School Board punts to next week on a $182 million referendum ask that would fix its schools The Wausau School Board put off until next week a decision on the final referendum question that voters will see in April. That plan next week will come with a reduced cost, but what those will be haven’t been yet made clear. The initial price tag of $182 million covers items that most board members agree are important, but based on feedback many believe it will be unlikely to pass at that price, Board President Patrick McKee says. School administration presented a set of potential cost savings. They include $6.8 million for LED lights, which would save on energy costs $8.4 million for classroom displays and furniture $15.3 million for separate gyms and cafeterias in the elementary schools $1.8 million for community rooms and STEAM labs $18.6 million for high school work (wouldn’t cut secure entrances, athletic turfs and lighting). The board didn’t make any specific recommendations on a new price target for the district, only that it should not include elementary school items except for classroom expan-

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sions at west side schools like Stettin where enrollment is actually growing. Many board members expressed concerns about spending a lot of money on the elementary schools without looking at the building needs of the district in the face of declining enrollments. But those considerations have so far proven politically unpopular. The first version of the first building referendum the district tried to pass, which would have significantly changed the school layout and closed several schools never made it to voters because it was so unpopular. District officials later said even the second attempt made last spring failed partially because some voters still thought the school closing plans were still included. Not everyone agreed on what should or shouldn’t be included or cut. Lance Trollop told the board he’d rather pass a version of the referendum with a strong majority, even if it wasn’t the version he preferred. The district will hold a special meeting next week to make a final decision on the referendum.

Stevens Point schools shut down in COVID response

The Stevens Point Area School District this week closed all schools in its system in a response to rising COVID-19 cases amongst its students and staff. The district in a statement said it was closing the schools from kindergarten through high school. All students will learn virtually instead. Students also had an e-learning day on the Friday before the virtual week, listed as a catch-up day. The district doesn’t take the move lightly, it said in a statement, and will move toward operating in person as soon as possible. Virtual learning led many districts, including Wausau’s and Stevens Point, to see a major rise in failing grades. According to the district’s dashboard on Friday, 147 students and 43 staff had an active COVID case. That’s 2.54% of the total population of the school (students and staff collectively). In contrast, Wausau School District had 99 students and 26 staff with a positive COVID case. According to the dis-

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Proposed marijuana ordinance change going back to committee

A proposed marijuana ordinance change that would have lessened charges for marijuana possession is heading back to another committee for reworking. The proposal, presented at a joint meeting of the county’s Public Safety and Health and Human Resources committees Jan. 5, would have made the penalty for possession of marijuana up to 25 grams a $50 fine — currently it’s a $250 fine but state law allows for a range of penalties from $5 to $500. The change also, at least as intended, avoided court costs by being an ordinance violation and not a state offense.

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Testing in Marathon County has been strong despite national shortages of COVID tests. Marathon County tested 2,111 individuals in the week between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6, an average of more than 300 per day. And many of them are coming back positive. Of that number, 1,429 tests came back positive, or a 7-day average of 204. Although the people most likely to seek out tests are those who have symptoms or have reason to believe they’ve been exposed, that’s still a very high number, health experts say. A community testing event on Thursday had more than 300 people in attendance seeking tests, says Marathon County Health Department Public Information Officer Aaron Ruff. Marathon County had a spike in cases higher than last winter, and a seven-day moving average of 300 cases.

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But after an hour and a half meeting, most of which was dedicated to the ordinance, many seemed confused on how it would actually work. The committees at the behest of County Board Chair Kurt Gibbs elected to send it to the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee to rework it. “I don’t think this is ready for prime time,” Gibbs says. Other communities such as Milwaukee County and the city of Madison have enacted similar measures.

Grant could fund needed firefighters

A plan to increase the number of firefighters to match the increase in call volumes took a step forward Tuesday. The City Council approved the application of a grant that would help pay for an additional nine firefighters. That would provide $2.7 million if approved this year, and go a long way toward the department’s goal of adding 12 new firefighters to the department. Fire Chief Robert Bartek told the city’s finance committee Tuesday, prior to the city council meeting, that the additional firefighters would help cover vacations without using overtime, which would boost morale. Right now there is more available vacation time than slots for vacation to be filled, Bartek explained. Bartek sounded the alarm last fall that the Wausau Fire Department is woefully understaffed. While call volumes have continued to grow over the years — calls for service nearly doubled from 2001 to this year — the

number of firefighters have stagnated since the 1970s, Bartek explained. Applying for a grant for all 12 firefighters was considered, Bartek says, but the grant was more likely to be approved with a smaller ask, Bartek told the committee.

City approves Riverlife deals

The city council approved two deals related the Riverlife development area Tuesday. The city council Tuesday approved a new timeline with the T. Wall Enterprise project. According to Economic Development Director Liz Brodek, the company has a planning option on the site until March, giving them time to conduct due diligence. T. Wall would then have until May 1 to develop an agreement to move forward with the project. The project, which in its original proposal would have built 123 market rate apartments and some commercial space, was chosen last year as the third project for the development area. But the project came into controversy when Wausau Opportunity Zone announced T. Wall would be prioritizing a new development on the mall site instead. And, the council approved a new agreement with Riverlife LLC and Mitch Viegut to develop condos on the site. The new agreement doesn’t include a planned ampitheater. City leaders say that will be handled separately, but some warned the ampitheater had better not be forgotten about, since it was a key reason Riverlife LLC was chosen in the first place.

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Sen. Ron Johnson defends breaking two term pledge in announcing run for third U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, addresses breaking his pledge to serve just two terms in the first ads he launched of his reelection. In both, Johnson says he decided he “can’t walk away” because of the nation’s troubles. Johnson’s campaign said the 60-second spots will run statewide starting today on broadcast TV, cable and digital. It didn’t release how much it’s spending on the initial buy. Both ads are narrated by Johnson, who says “Democrat policies have been disastrous for America.” One mentions the violent protests in Kenosha in the summer of 2020, growing murders in Milwaukee and “the Waukesha Christmas parade turned into a terrible tragedy.”

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Both spots then follow a similar script with Johnson speaking directly into the camera as the Oshkosh Republican says it feels like the country is being torn apart, but “that’s not how it felt when I ran in 2016.” Johnson said his intention at the time was to serve a second term and go home, but the nation is now “on a very dangerous path” with Democrats in “total control.” “If you’re in a position to help make our country safer and stronger, would you just walk away? I decided I can’t,” Johnson says as he rises from his seat. “I’ll stand and fight for freedom.” Vos wants election prove wrapped by end of February Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants Michael Gableman’s review of the

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A Dane County judge has rejected Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ request to block depositions for him and his legal counsel over records related to the 2020 election review being conducted by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. Vos, R-Rochester, had sought an order blocking the Jan. 12 depositions sought by the liberal group American Oversight of him and legal counsel Steve Fawcett. In seeking the depositions, American Oversight argued the speaker and his staff had failed to adequately search for the records in one of several requests it had filed under Wisconsin law. Vos attorney Ronald Stadler called the depositions a “fishing expedition.” But Dane County Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn said the public deserves to know what efforts were

made to find the records and if any were destroyed after the requests were made.

Foxconn to get $28.8M in tax credits

Foxconn will receive $28.8 million in state tax credits for 2020, just shy of the maximum award the Taiwanese manufacturer could receive under the revised deal Gov. Tony Evers signed last year. WEDC CEO Missy Hughes said the state certified 579 jobs the company had created at its Racine County facility, which was within the target range. But it fell short of the target capital investment of $268.6 million by nearly $2.5 million. Had the company hit that target, it would’ve qualified for $29.1 million in credits. This is the first time the company has qualified for state tax credits since signing the original incentive agreement with former Gov. Scott Walker in 2017 after it consistently fell short of job hiring targets.

Thompson to resign in March

Interim UW System President Tommy Thompson will resign his post in March, writing to Regents President Edmund Manydeeds that doing so will allow the university to put its full attention on his successor. Thompson, the longest serving governor in Wisconsin history, was brought in to lead the system on an interim basis on July 1, 2020, after a failed search to find a permanent replacement for the retiring Ray Cross. In his letter, Thompson wrote he agreed to accept knowing two things: “that I was needed, and that it would be temporary.”

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A Wausau favorite, Jim Belushi returns to The Grand for a hilarious night of improvisational comedy. Former member of Saturday Night Live and star of the TV Show According to Jim, Jim Belushi has more than thirty years of experience as a comedic actor. At this show, he is joined by the topnotch comedians of the Board of Comedy for a hilarious improv comedy sketch show. It’s interactive and looks to the audience for suggestions for each scene and according to Belushi himself it’s “less a ‘show’ and more a party.” 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $49. Grandtheater.org.

The Cryptics XL Tour Sunday 12/16, Polack Inn, Wausau

With all the talk about post-rock and post-punk, it’s great to hear a band that’s just straight up modern punk, of the kind hitting the scene in the late 90s. The Cryptics music is loud and heavy on guitars, with a tight distortion sound that’s as high-energy as it is loud. These guys are making the rounds on their tour, heading around the state and the Midwest this month before heading down south to Texas and beyond. Joining these punk rockers is local punk band CASHED, who came out with their own album this past spring, and Elms. How often do you get a chance to rock out on a Sunday? 8 pm.

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Ever watch Shark Tank? Want to see Wisconsin’s version? Musky Lounge is like that famed show, but Wisconsin’s version. (So no Mark Cuban, sorry.) Come check out local entrepreneurs from Central Wisconsin as they pitch their scalable businesses to an audience. And while the deals aren’t as crazy as those on Shark Tank, a panel of local innovators will be evaluating them for a chance to win $5,000 toward their business. And of course, it never hurts to have such a competition at a beer hall, with Whitewater’s own microbrews on tap. Come check it out! 7 pm.

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Strings Attached — Wausau Symphony with Janet Planet Sunday 1/16, First Presbyterian Church, Wausau

Just to come right out with it, Janet Planet is a Wisconsin jazz legend. The singer has been performing for 35 years, and a couple of her albums including her latest have been under Grammy consideration: Her 2017 album celebrating the work of Bob Dylan (good choice!) and her latest, Under the Venus Moon, which is being considered by the 2022 Grammy Nomination Committee. And lucky you, you’ll get to see her right here in Wausau with the Wausau Symphony! Planet has a voice that perfectly complements a jazz arrangement, her warm tones washing over you like a gentle wave. Her range is incredible, going deep to high while somehow maintaining a breathy ease that’s practically a lifetime of vocal lessons wrapped into a song. Here the Wausau Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the new year with its Strings Attached (get it?) show featuring some great American classics. $15 adults, $10 seniors, children 18 and under enter free. 4 pm

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COVER FEATURE

By Tina Scott

Mayoral change

Merrill’s youngest-ever mayor loses it at meeting, on Facebook… and residents are looking for a change If there is one thing many Merrill residents seem to be able to agree on, it is the general statement that “Merrill City government needs change.” Exactly what that change should look like, who should be running the City (as both elected and appointed personnel), and what they should do, however, is the source of great controversy, and that controversy is likely to heat up even more as the Spring Election on Tuesday, April 5 draws near. Last week on Dec. 28, Merrill’s current Mayor, Derek Woellner, posted on his personal Facebook page. The post began with the sentence: “Your city government is being taken over by ignorant radicals and nobody is stopping them.” His lengthy post went on with Woellner describing some of the events of the Dec. Common Council meeting as “F***ING DISGUSTING;” calling out and publicly shaming four City Aldermen by name; saying, “I’ve been dealing with these ignorant radicals for years;” and concluding with a call to action for more residents to run for office. The call to action, though readers had to get through more than a dozen paragraphs of personal opinion and harsh criticism that did little to elevate the public’s positive impression of Merrill City government, was to, in Woellner’s words, “Please, please consider running for office. Merrill needs you.” Woellner singled out four Merrill city aldermen with whom he has had long-standing differences of opinion and said, “I’m writing because most of these guys are running again unopposed. I can’t run in four different districts. I need you.” [At least one of those Alderman has publicly stated he took offense to Woellner’s post.] At one point, Woellner tried to temper the harshness, but that read like a veiled insult, as well: “They aren’t bad guys. They aren’t evil. But they’ve shown their ignorance, and they’ve demonstrated how radical they’re willing to be. They have no place on our council.” His post concluded with: “Get your papers before Friday. Hurry.” And then an “Edit: members of the same group are also running for county board. We need you there too.” Local businesswoman, Tina Warner Dengel, responded to Woellner’s online post saying, in part: “How is a Mayor swearing and bashing city council members on Facebook the right thing to do? … By you acting this way does not help Merrill’s population at all. I just don’t understand all these officials bashing each other and then our children thinking

that’s ok. Just my opinion. I am just hoping that every city doesn’t have this happen on Facebook as it’s pretty childish.” Woellner opted to respond to some of the comments readers made on his Facebook post. For instance, LaDonna Fermanich, who will be running for office in Merrill’s City government in the upcoming election, said she did not disagree with some of the Mayor’s comments but added: “But I definitely don’t understand how your method of handling the situation could be seen as civil, professional, or productive, yet alone not embarrassing. But of greater curiosity is this; this meeting occurred on Dec. 14. Why have you waited until today to revert to your public ranting practices?” Woellner responded to her directly saying, in part: “Are you forgetting the whole discussion before I went off ? I asked direct questions. I informed the alderman that their resolution was unconstitutional. The other Aldermen informed them. The city attorney informed them. I made sure that I 100% understood them, that they were knowingly doing what they where doing. I took special care to give them the benefit of the doubt, that maybe there was some misunderstanding, but their responses could not be more clear. They know the constitution has the courts make that decision, and that they simply don’t trust the courts, so they want to violate the constitution. So yea, I lost my sh**. Frankly I’m disappointed that papers are due in a week and the people that would do something so blatantly wrong are running unopposed; that’s why today.”

A clerk resigning

Merrill’s City Clerk, Bill Heideman, submitted his letter of resignation on Dec. 20. His last day of work at City Hall was Jan. 3, and his resignation became effective when he “clocked out” for the last time at 4:30 p.m. that day. The upcoming Spring Election will be held April 5, and Heideman had been undecided about running for office again. He decided he will not, but that also begs the question: Why resign now instead of just waiting until his term of office expires the end of April 2022? Heideman was elected to the office of Merrill’s City Clerk more than 23 years ago, in April 1998. He remembers having a party with family, friends, and supporters to celebrate that night. “After the election returns were in, and it was

apparent that I had won, my sister Barb asked me at the party if she could speak to me privately for just a minute,” he recalled. “She then told me two things that remain with me to this day: 1) ‘Don’t ever forget all the people you now represent.’ And 2) ‘Don’t ever forget how much you love Merrill.’” “I can’t honestly say I remember her advice every day, but I can honestly say that they were a guiding influence,” Heideman said. Barb passed away less than two years after that night and that conversation, he said, “But her passing did not erase her advice from my memory.” Heideman said he ran for office nearly 24 years ago because he loves Merrill and the City’s people. It’s the place he calls home. And he still loves Merrill – the place and the people. But the changes he has seen in City government, and the way the City’s government is run today, are no longer something he is proud of. “In fact, I am ashamed,” Heidman said. “My decision to resign was not made in haste, nor was it an easy decision,” he said. “However, after deep thought and prayerful consideration, I came to the conclusion it was the right thing to do. It was also the right time.” “When I took office in 1998, there seemed to be a spirt of cooperation in City government,” Heideman said. “Yes, there were disagreements. It was not all rainbows and lollipops. But, in my opinion, it certainly was a different atmosphere than exists today. Back then people might and did disagree, but by and large [they] did it in a civil manner.” The lack of civility in City Council meetings and by some City officials, both elected and appointed, has been duly noted with increased frequency in recent months. And it is not just City employees who are noticing; residents are commenting, writing letters, and lodging complaints. “We should be addressing and making decisions on current issues as well as planning for the future,” Heideman said. “Instead, valuable time continues to be spent addressing problems. I’ll be blunt about this. In many cases, the problems were of our own making. The people of our fine City deserve better. I have decided I no longer want to be associated with this type of activity. In fact, I am ashamed.”

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proposed resolution declaring Merrill to be a Constitutional Republic City. A lengthy discourse ensued because the Mayor, in particular, took offense to this. He responded with a proposed amendment to the resolution that was an entire rewrite, which Woellner presented at the time of the meeting. Discussion, disagreements, the Mayor accusing members of the Council of trying to circumvent the constitution and the courts, some heated comments and desk-pounding on the part of Mayor Woellner, and motions to table or postpone indefinitely ensued. Ultimately the Mayor’s amendment was voted down. Then the original resolution was voted down by a 4-4 tie vote, with Aldermen Hass, Blake, Weix, and Russell voting no, ended in the Mayor also voting no to break the tie. The discourse and length of time on this matter may interest many citizens. Videos of all City of Merrill public meetings [since they started videotaping them] are available for review on the City’s webpage at https://www.ci.merrill.wi.us/ under “Public Meeting Portal.” For those who prefer just the briefest of recaps, the most telling quotes of the meeting came from the Mayor and Merrill’s Chief of Police. When called upon by Mayor Derek Woellner to support his stance, Police Chief Corey Bennett responded: “This is an argument amongst yourselves. You guys can either choose to come together and find terms you agree on or not.” “I understand the concerns … I get it,” Bennett said. “I think everyone here had the same intention at the beginning

of this … You just want to reiterate your support for the constitution and make sure that there’s nothing unfairly or unduly forced upon our citizens. That’s the intent here. Find a way to talk about it and come up with language that you can all agree on or table it.” That was before the votes. After the votes, Mayor Woellner raised his voice and began a new discourse, after scolding the Council and the public. “ … January 6th we almost lost our democracy because a bunch of buffoons were believing lies! I know the polling – they say that – I don’t want to point it on Republicans, but the majority of your frickin’ party believes that the election was fake. Are you kidding me? You guys don’t believe in the elections?” Woellner said. So began a rant at which point several aldermen made a motion and second to adjourn, which was initially entirely unheard by the mayor as he continued. Members of the public got up and left; members of the council left. Despite the mayor’s upset, no one else in the room even raised their voice. When asked if the mayor had any announcements, Mayor Woellner threw his hands up in the air and said, “I am not running, so I’m unhinged now. Aren’t you guys lucky? … I was hoping we had a couple more months before I let loose, but this sh**’s ridiculous.” [Asterisks mine; the Mayor used full words.]

February Primary Election As of Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, there will be a Primary Election on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, to decide the two candidates who will face off in the April 5 Spring Election for City of Merrill Alderman for District 8 and also for Lincoln County Board Supervisor for District 12. Three candidates filed papers to run for office in each of those races. The two candidates in each race who receive the highest number of votes in the Primary Election will go head-to-head against one another on the April 5 ballot. If additional candidates file paperwork to run for Supervisor positions in Lincoln County Board Districts 4 and 15, there is a possibility of those races being added to the Feb. 15 ballot, as well.

City of Merrill races/candidates Merrill will elect a new mayor in April. Derek Woellner, the City’s current Mayor, has filed a notification of non-candidacy and will not run for re-election in 2022. Former Merrill Mayor William R. Bialecki [2010-2018] and current City of Merrill Alderman for District 2 Steve Hass are both running for Mayor in the Spring Election. Steve Hass has filed non-candidacy paperwork with regard to his position as Alderman and will not run in that race this year, giving preference to his bid to become Merrill’s 37th Mayor. Former City Clerk Bill Heidemann, who resigned effective Jan. 4, 2022, has filed non-candidacy paperwork and will not run in this election. Instead, two new names in City of Merrill politics will be on the ballot: Lori L. Anderson-Malm and John Guenther are both running for election to be Merrill’s next elected City Clerk.

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Kids Snowmaking Contest · now until 3/1, hosted by the Village of Kronenwetter. Kids can build their own snowman and enter it in a contest. Submit photo entry to Village of Kronenwetter or email jpoyer@kronenwetter.org. More info at https://www.kronenwetter.org/community/community_events/kids_snowman_making_contest.php Grab & Go Craft for Kids: Teleidoscope · Mon. 1/3-1/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making a telei-

doscope. Pick up the kits anytime the library is open. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info Youth Poetry Contest (All Locations) · Thurs.-Fri. 1/6-5/27, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Youths ages 9-18 can enter a poem in a poetry contest. Poems can be any length and each person can enter two poems. Entrants must be Marathon County residents. Submit entries at poetry@mcpl.us or drop them off at any MCPL location. Call 715-261-7220 for more info Youth Ceramics · Wednesdays 1/12-2/9, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Students can learn the basic skills to make ceramic artwork. Starts at 4 pm. $120. https://www. cvawausau.org/ E-Sports Night · Fri. 1/14, hosted by Marathon County Recreation Department and Northcentral Technical College at NTC Main Building, Wausau. Play some Mario Kart and enjoy pizza. For ages 10-14. Starts at 6 pm. $20. https:// secure.rec1.com/WI/marathon-county-parks-recreationand-forestry/catalog/index Family Story Time: Art Tales! · Tues. 1/18, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about art. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/ MCPLwausau Family Story Time: Arctic Animals! · Tues. 1/25, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about animals that live in the arctic and learn about the Grab & Go kit for kids offered at the Wausau Winterfest.

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Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/ MCPLwausau Youth Painting · Tuesdays 1/25-2/22, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Students can learn different painting techniques. Starts at 4 pm. $120. https://www.cvawausau.org/ Winter Fest 2022 · Sat. 1/29, hosted by Wausau Events at the 400 Block & Great Hall at the Grand Theater, Wausau. Activities at the 400 Block include ice skating and ice sculptures. Activities at the Great Hall include cookie decorating, hot chocolate bar, crafts for kids, games and more. Starts at 11 am. Free. https://www.wausauevents.org/winter-fest.html Grab & Go Craft for Kids: Winterfest Snow Globes! · Sat. 1/29, hosted by Marathon County Public Library at 300 N. First St, Wausau. Pick up a kit to make a paper snow globe. Offered in collaboration with Wausau Winterfest event. Kits are free while supplies last. 715-261-7220 for more info

FEBRUARY Family Festival-Winter Carnival · Sat.-Sun. 2/5-2/6, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Enjoy snow carnival games, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts and fireworks show on Saturday night. Starts at 9 am. https://www.skigranitepeak. com/ Scaled Up Reptile Expo · Sun. 2/6, hosted by Scaled Up Expo at Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center, 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Look at the reptiles from different breeders, stock up on supplies and possibly take a reptile home. Starts at 10 am VIP, 11 am general admission. $10 VIP admission, $5 general admission, free for ages 5 and under. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/scaled-upexpos-32970594835 The Granite Grom Jam Series 2 · Sun. 2/6, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Go skiing or snowboarding, enjoy pizza for lunch and a friendly competition. Starts at 11 am. $40 or $70 for two siblings. Helmets & lift tickets/season pass required. https://www.skigranitepeak.com/ Cats · Mon.-Thurs. 2/7-2/10, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Educational Theatre Alliance at Grand Theater, Wausau. Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Starts at 7 pm. $15-18. https://tickets.grandtheater.org/3188 E-Sports Night · Fri. 2/11, hosted by Marathon County Recreation Department and Northcentral Technical College

Family Festival-Mardi Gras Style · Sat.-Sun. 3/5-3/6, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Grab some beads, watch a parade and enjoy food, drinks, and fireworks. Mask making, clowns and balloon activities available for kids. Starts at 9 am. Free. https://www.skigranitepeak.com/ The Granite Grom Jam Series 3 · Sun. 3/6, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Go skiing or snowboarding, enjoy pizza for lunch and a friendly competition. Starts at 11 am. $40 or $70 for two siblings. Helmets & lift tickets/season pass required. https://www.skigranitepeak.com Cinderella · Thurs.-Sat. 3/10-3/12, Wausau Community Theater, Wausau. Rodgers & Hammerstein musical based off the 1997 teleplay Cinderella. Starts at 6:30 pm on 3/10, 7:30 pm on 3/11 and two performances at 2 pm and 7:30 pm on 3/12. $22 adults, $18 seniors, college, active military, $14 youth. https://www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org Bunny Bash Gymnastics Fun Days Camp · Mon. 3/21, Woodson YMCA, Wausau Branch Gymnastics Center. Gymnastics for ages 4-7. Each participant will receive a Bunny Bash treat bag. Starts at 1 pm. $39 members, $47 nonmembers. https://www.woodsonymca.com/

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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 to socialize and learn after school. Centers are open all day. $10 per child. More info at https://www.bgclubpc.org/ Wednesday Night Pokémon · Wednesdays, The Gaming Emporium, 4317 Stewart Ave, Wausau. Pokémon trading card game night every Wednesday. Starts at 5 pm. Free. 715-298-4073 Mini Monets · Select Wednesdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Preschool Art program for children ages 2-5. Starts at 10 am. http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ or 608-408-4668 Bounce House · Wednesdays, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 5:30 pm. $5 per child 12 and under. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/greenheckfieldhouse Preschool Science · Select Thursdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Hands-on Science, Art and sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers. Starts at 10 am. More info at http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ 608-408-4668 Young Picassos · Select Saturdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Art program for children ages 7+. Starts at 10 am. More info at http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ 608-408-4668


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Brad Emanuel · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Country. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 The Polka Trio · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Polka. 7 pm. 715-842-2337 Geoff Landon · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-344-7026

Brady Luke Band · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Country. 9 pm. 715-344-7026

Friday February 18

Tom Burt · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 6 pm. 715-310-2474

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Friday January 14

Brian Bethke · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Acoustic variety & original. 5 pm. 715-896-0907 Andy Shore · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Country. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 Garth Englebright · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Country, folk, Americana, roots rock, blues, bluegrass. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 The Foxfire Affair · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Celtic, maritime, alternative, folk. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Reverend Meantooth · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Blues, folk, gospel. 8 pm. 715-819-3663 Aaron Lee Kaplan · Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Folk, blues. 8 pm. 715-298-3202

Josh White · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Variety. 5 pm. 715-896-0907 Unity the Band · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Reggae rock. 6 pm. 715-254-2163 Minor Distraction · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Punk, variety. 8 pm. 715-675-2940

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Saturday January 15

7000apart · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Pop. 1 pm. 715-896-0907 Hand Picked · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Bluegrass, variety & original. 5 pm. 715-896-0907 Michael Murphy · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Blues. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Jackson Taylor · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. 90s country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Dominique Ryan · The Garage, Wausau. Variety. 7 pm. 715-393-4495 Aaron Lee Kaplan · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Folk, blues. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Karaoke Night · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026 2 Miles South · Black Bear Bar & Grill, Minocqua. Country, classic rock, variety. 9 pm. 715-358-2116 Wrath and What Shadows Hide · Speakeasy, Schofield. Thrash metal. 9 pm. 715-298-6303 Sixx Guns Loaded · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Classic rock. 9 pm. 715-675-2940 Pine Travelers · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Folk, rock. 10 pm. 715-359-2363

Sunday January 16

Buckshot · Country Aire, Stratford. Acoustic classic rock, country, variety. 2:30 pm. 715-687-4934 Scott Kirby · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Acoustic variety & original. 5 pm. 715-896-0907

Thursday January 20

Scott Kirby · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic variety & original. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Kevin Troestler · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Bluegrass, country, blues. 7 pm. 715-824-3317

Friday January 21

The Northwoods Bassist · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Variety. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Hott Saxxx Ensemble · Renee’s Red Rooster Bar and Grill, Stevens Point. Bluegrass. 7 pm. 715-344-9825 Austin Skalecki · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Cosmic Strings · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Acoustic folk/ jam. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Tim Tesch · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Acoustic, blues. 8 pm. 715-819-3663

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Sunday January 23

New Polish Sounds · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-843-7555

alternative, maritime. 6 pm. 715-254-2163 Northwoods Skitchers · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Blues, Motown, classic rock, 60s-70s rock n’ roll. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Karaoke with Milwaukee Gang · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. 7 pm. 715-824-3317 Dig Deep · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Bluegrass. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Karaoke Night · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026

Thursday February 3

Scott Kirby · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172

Friday February 4

Austin Skalecki · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Acoustic. 5 pm. 715-896-0907 Jackson Taylor · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. 90s country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Steepwater Band · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Rock n’ roll. 8 pm. 715-819-3663

Thursday January 27

Salmon Run · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Neo-folk acoustic. 7 pm. 715-824-3317 Jackson Taylor · The Garage, Wausau. 90s country. 7 pm. 715-393-4495

Friday January 28

Andy Braun · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Folk-rock. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Jordan Bain · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Doug Sheen · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic classic & new rock. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Paddygrass · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Celtic, bluegrass, gospel, sea shanties. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Sean Jordan · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-819-3663 River Valley Rangers · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Bluegrass/ jamgrass. 9 pm. 715-359-2363

Saturday January 29

Daniel Sukow · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Variety. 3 pm. 715-842-2337 Ben Chitek · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Bluegrass. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 The Foxfire Affair · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Celtic, folk,

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715-896-0907 Tom Burt · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 Dale Dickerson · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Variety. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Andy Braun · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Folk-rock. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Scott Wilcox · The Garage, Wausau. Americana blues original. 8 pm. 715-393-4495 Droho · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Blues. 8 pm. 715-819-3663 Knock Point · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Karaoke Night · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026 The Allen Brothers Band · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Pop, rock, funk. 9 pm. 715-359-2363

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Saturday February 5

Local Heroes · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 8 pm. 715-819-3663 Lee Walker · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-843-7555

Sunday February 6

Dr. Biscuit · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Classic rock & pop. 3 pm. 715-344-9840

Thursday February 10

Brad Emanuel · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Country. 4 pm. 715-358-0172

Friday February 11

Tae · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Soul, R&B, Pop-rock. 8 pm. 715-344-9840

Saturday February 12

Austin Skalecki · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Chad Brecke · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Rock. 6 pm. 715-842-2337 Rising Phoenix · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Classic rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Carl Jackson and the Barn Dance Band · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Country. 8 pm. 715-843-7555

Trivia · Mondays, Guu’s on Main, Stevens Point. Trivia starts at 7 pm. http://guusonmain.com/ Team Trivia Nights at Sawmill Brewing Company · Wednesdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. The games start at 6 pm each Wednesday. Social distancing in place. Teams can include up to 6 people. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/ Trivia@MBCo · Wednesdays, hosted at Mosinee Brewing Company, 401 4th St, Mosinee. Trivia starts at 7 pm each Wednesday. Masks required. Limit team size to 6 people. http://www.mosineebrewing.com/ Team Trivia at Malarkey’s · Wednesdays, Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Trivia starts at 7 pm. https://www.malarkeyspub.com/ Trivia · Wednesdays, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Trivia starts at 7 pm. https://www.osobrewing.com/ Open Mic Night · Wednesdays, LT Club, Wausau. Starts at 9 pm. 715-848-3320 Open Mic at Sawmill Brewing Company · Thursdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. Open mic every Thursday for those who want to perform comedy, music or poetry. Starts at 6:30 pm. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/ Trivia · Thursdays, Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Starts at 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Highway 51 Wood and Wire Sessions · Thursdays, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Americana music played live by regional musicians and guests. Starts at 7 pm. $5. 715-298-3202 Karaoke · Thursdays, Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Starts at 8:30 pm. 715-848-5166

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Movie times thru 1/13-1/19 Scream (R): Thurs. 7 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 8 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 1:20 pm, 4:10 pm, 7 pm, 9:50 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 3 pm, 5:50 pm, 8:40 pm; Sun. & Mon. 1:20 pm, 4:10 pm, 7 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 2:10 pm, 5 pm, 7:50 pm; Wed. 3:50 pm, 6:40 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 5:10 pm, 8 pm Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG13): Thurs. 3:40 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 3 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:20 pm, 7:30 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 1:40 pm, 2:40 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 8:20 pm, 9:20 pm; Sun. & Mon. 1 pm, 3:10 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 8 pm; Wed. 3 pm, 4:20 pm, 6:20 pm, 7:40 pm Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG): Fri., Sat., Sun. & Mon. 1:10 pm Betty White: A Celebration (TBD): Mon. 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm The 355 (PG13): Thurs. 4:20 pm, 7:20 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 1:10 pm, 4 pm, 6:50 pm, 9:40 pm; Sun. & Mon. 1:50 pm, 4:50 pm, 7:30 pm; Wed. 4:10 pm, 7:20 pm A Journal For Jordan (PG13): Thurs. 6 pm American Underdog (PG): Thurs. 3:10 pm, 7:10 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 1 pm, 3:40 pm, 6:20 pm, 9 pm; Sun. & Mon. 1:40 pm, 5:10 pm, 7:20 pm; Wed. 3:40 pm, 6:30 pm Sing 2 (PG): Thurs. 3:50 pm, 5:10 pm, 6:40 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 1 pm, 2:50 pm, 3:50 pm, 6:40 pm, 8 pm; Sun. & Mon. 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 4:40 pm, 6:40 pm; Wed. 3:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 6:50 pm House of Gucci (R): Fri. & Sat. 4 pm, 7:30 pm; Sun. 3:40 pm, 7:10 pm; Tues. 1:50 pm, 5:20 pm, 8:50 pm; Wed. 3:20 pm, 6:10 pm Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG13): Fri., Sat. & Tues. 5:30 pm, 9:30 pm; Sun. & Mon. 7:45 pm; Wed. 7:10 pm The Matrix Resurrections (R): Thurs. 3:30 pm, 6:50 pm The King’s Man (R): Thurs. 4:10 pm, 7:50 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 3:10 pm, 6:10 pm, 9:10 pm; Sun. & Mon. 2:10 pm, 4:20 pm, 7:50 pm; Wed. 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm West Side Story (PG13): Thurs. 4 pm

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Comedy Night · Fri. 1/14, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8:30 pm. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 715-344-7026 Choreography Showcase 2022 · Sat. 1/15, hosted by Point Dance Ensemble at Jensen Community Center, Amherst. Watch a choreography performance by Point Dance Ensemble members. Masks required. Starts at 2 pm. $12 adults, $10 students/seniors at the door. Pointdance.org Hot Club of Cowtown · Sat. 1/15, Campanile Center for the Arts, 131 Milwaukee St, Downtown Minocqua. Listen to a blend of country and jazz. Starts at 7 pm. $28 adult, $15 student. https://campanilecenter.vbotickets.com/event/Hot_Club_of_ Cowtown/63490 Brewery Comedy Tour · Sat. 1/15, Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Comedy. 8 pm. $14. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-brewery-comedy-tour-at-mosineetickets-225689612707 Winter Concert · Sun. 1/16, Campanile Center for the Arts, 131 Milwaukee St, Downtown Minocqua. Holiday music performed by Campanile’s Lakeland Community Band and surprise guests. Starts at 1 pm. $8 suggested donation. 715-356-9700 Strings Attached-Wausau Symphony with Janet Planet · Sun. 1/16, First Presbyte-

rian Church, Wausau. Concert featuring jazz vocalist Janet Planet. Masks required. Starts at 4 pm. $15 adults, $10 seniors, free for kids 18 and under and students. https://wausausymphonyband.org/ The Cryptics XL Tour 2022 w/Cashed and Elms · Sun. 1/16, Polack Inn, Wausau. Punk, punk rock. 8 pm. $5 at the door. 715-845-6184 The Choir of Man · Wed. 1/19, Grand Theater, Wausau. Enjoy a night of music from genres such as pop, classic rock, folk, Broadway, and pub tunes. Starts at 7:30 pm. $29. Grandtheater.org The Magic of Bill Blagg · Fri. 1/21, Grand Theater, Wausau. Watch illusionist Bill Blagg perform magic tricks. Starts at 7:30 pm. $25. Grandtheater.org Brewery Comedy Tour · Fri. 1/21, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Comedy. 8 pm. $14. https://www.universe.com/events/the-brewery-comedy-tour-at-oso-tickets-WRKDJ1 Copper Box · Sat. 1/22, Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer. Zydeco/blues rock. Starts at 7:30 pm. $20. https://lucilletackcenter.com/buy/ Faculty Artist Recital · Sun. 1/23, Carolyn S. Mark Concert Hall, Wausau Conservatory of Music, 404 Seymour St, Wausau. Vivaldi Concerto for Lute RV93, “Duo de fleurs” (Flower Duet), Vivaldi Sonata no. 2 in C Major for flute, and more. Masks required. Starts at 2 pm. Free. wausauconservatory.org. Also available on Wausau Conservatory of Music Youtube page. Classic Albums Live: AC/DC’s Back in Black · Fri. 1/28, Grand Theater, Wausau. Listen to a recreation of AC/DC’s Back in Black album songs performed live by Classic Albums Live. Starts at 7:30 pm. $30. Grandtheater.org “Art” · Thurs.-Sat. 2/3-2/5, hosted by Wausau Community Theatre at Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Comedy/drama which stems from an art enthusiast’s purchase of an expensive white painting. Starts at 7 pm. $15 general seating, $20 reserved table. 715-359-3972 or https://www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston · Thurs. 2/3, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St S, Wisconsin Rapids. Whitney Houston tribute performed by Belinda Davids and a 6-piece band. Starts at 7:30 pm. $49 adults $10 students. http://www.thegreatestloveofallshow.com/ Genevieve Heyward · Fri. 2/4, Grand Theater, Wausau. Guitarist, pianist and singer who opened for Grammy winners and played onstage with other famous musicians. Starts at 8 pm. $10 in advance. Grandtheater.org Blind Joe · Sat. 2/5, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Original country. Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm. $10. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blind-joe-at-rookies-tickets-242483032277 Eclectic Miniatures · Sat. 2/5, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra at Michelsen Concert Hall, UW Stevens Point. Concert featuring music of Claude Debussy, Richard Wagner and Quinn Mason. Starts at 7:30 pm. $32 adult, $27 senior, $12 student with ID. https://www.cwso.org/concerts Ave Imperator, Purging Paradise and As Bullets Baptize · Sat. 2/5, Polack Inn, Wausau. Hard rock, metal. 9 pm. $5 at the door. 21+. 715-845-6184 Cats · Mon.-Thurs. 2/7-2/10, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Educational Theatre Alliance at Grand Theater, Wausau. Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Starts at 7 pm. $15-18. https://tickets.grandtheater.org/3188 Melissa Aldana · Wed. 2/9, Stevens Point Country Club, 1628 Country Club Drive, Stevens Point. Jazz. Starts at 7 pm. $35. https://www.jazzcoterie.com/ John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party · Thurs. 2/10, Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua. Watch a re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper’s final tour. Starts at 7 pm. $28 adult, $15 student. https://campanilecenter. vbotickets.com/event/john_muellers_winter_dance_party_~_the_official_tribute_to_buddy_holly_ritchie_valens_and_the_big_bopper/64395 Dueling Pianos · Fri. 2/11, WOWSPACE, Wittenberg. Piano concert with a dash of comedy. 21+ event. Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. $25 advance, $35 at the door. https://www.wallsofwittenberg.com/ Tedious & Brief · Fri. 2/18, Grand Theater, Wausau. Alternative pop artist. Starts at 8 pm. $10 in advance. Grandtheater.org O’so Comedy Night · Fri. 2/18, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Comedy. 6 pm. $14. https://www.universe.com/events/the-brewery-comedy-tour-at-oso-tickets-WRKDJ1 JD Walter · Wed. 2/23, Stevens Point Country Club, 1628 Country Club Drive, Stevens Point. Jazz. Starts at 7 pm. $30. https://www.jazzcoterie.com/

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EVENTS/SPECTATOR SPORTS Green & Gold Raffle · St. Ladislaus Parish, Bevent. $1,000 Cash; 2-$500 Cash; plus 13 other prizes. $5 each or 3-$10. Drawing 2/5/2022. Great Stocking Stuffer. Call 715-321-3591 for details. Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Pompom Coaster · Mon. 1/3-1/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making a pompom coaster. Pick up the kits anytime the library is open. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info Book-of-the-Month-Club: “A Year in the Wilderness” by Amy and Dave Freeman ·

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Mon. 1/3-1/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Athens. Pick up the Book of the Month and questions to think about as you read. Call 715-257-7292 for more info Mosinee Papermakers Game · Fri. 1/14, hosted by Mosinee Papermakers Hockey at the Mosinee Recreational Center, 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers vs. Calumet Wolverines. Starts at 8 pm. Mosineepapermakers.com Friends of MCPL Book Sale-Members Only Sale · Sat. 1/15, hosted by Friends of MCPL at 300 N First St, Wausau. Books, CDs, TV movies, artwork, board games and puzzles for sale. Open to members but nonmembers can join for yearly membership of $10 per person or $25 per family. Starts at 9:30 am. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10633 Mosinee Papermakers Game · Sat. 1/15, hosted by Mosinee Papermakers Hockey at the Mosinee Recreational Center, 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers vs. Portage Lake Pioneers. Starts at 8 pm. Mosineepapermakers.com Mary Poppins Themed Tea Party · Sun. 1/16, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Enjoy craft-making, tea and lunch with Mary Poppins. Starts at 11 am. $12/person, $5 children under 11. 715-675-1171 Public Ice Skating · Mon. 1/17, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 1:30 pm. $4 ice skate, $3 skate rental. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/greenheckfieldhouse Intro to Pickleball · Tues. 1/18, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA Branch. Learn how to play pickleball, a sport that combines tennis, badminton and table tennis. This class is for ages 55+. Starts at 9 am. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 715-845-2177 Women’s Leadership Conference · Wed. 1/19, hosted by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce at Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center, Rothschild. Conference for women who wish to develop skills for work and personal life. Starts at 8:15 am. $125. https://www.wausauchamber.com/ Virtual Book Club: “The Children’s Blizzard” by Melanie Benjamin · Wed. 1/19, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library, MCPL Stratford Branch. Discuss Benjamin’s novel about pioneers stuck in a storm. Starts at 1 pm. Call 715-687-4420 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) Badger State Games Archery · Fri.-Sun. 1/21-1/23, hosted by Badger State Games at Rib Mountain Bowman’s Club, 2348 Julip Drive, Merrill. Archery competition for all ages. Starts at 5 pm. https://www.visitwausau.com/winterarchery Wausau Cyclones Game · Fri. 1/21, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Willmar Warhawks. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 students 5-18 or $7 walkup, under 5 free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Mosinee Papermakers Game · Fri. 1/21, hosted by Mosinee Papermakers Hockey at the Mosinee Recreational Center, 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers vs. DePere Deacons. Starts at 8 pm. Mosineepapermakers.com Wausau Cyclones Game · Sat. 1/22, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Willmar Warhawks. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 students 5-18 or $7 walkup, under 5 free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Mosinee Book Club: “The Winemaker’s Wife” by Kristen Harmel · Mon. 1/24, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library, Mosinee Branch. Join a virtual discussion about Harmel’s story. Starts at 2 pm. Call 715-693-2144 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) True Crime Book: “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann · Wed. 1/26, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library, Wausau Branch. Join a virtual discussion about Grann’s story. Starts at 12 pm. Call 715-261-7230 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) Winter Pizza & Theme Night · Wed. 1/26, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Enjoy homemade pizza, salad and more. Each week has a different theme. Starts at 5:30 pm. $12/person 11 and older, $4/person 6-10 years, free for 5 and under. Theme

may include additional cost. 715-675-1171 Intro to Pickleball · Thurs. 1/27, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA Branch. Learn how to play pickleball, a sport that combines tennis, badminton and table tennis. This class is for all ages. Starts at 1:30 pm. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 715-845-2177 Badger State Games Curling · Fri.-Sun. 1/28-1/30, hosted by Badger State Games at Wausau Curling Center, 1920 Curling Way, Wausau. Curling tournament for junior teams and adults. Starts at 8 am on Sat. & Sun. Start time on Fri TBA. https://www.visitwausau.com/curling Passport to Paradise: Catch Meme If You Can-A Virtual Escape Quest · Fri. 1/28, hosted online by the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County. Play an online mash-up of an escape room and scavenger hunt via Zoom. Starts at 7 pm. $25. https://www.bgclubpc.org/passport-to-paradise Public Ice Skating · Fri. 1/28, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 7 pm. $4 ice skate, $3 skate rental. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/greenheckfieldhouse Garden Visions 2022 Virtual Event · Sat. 1/29, hosted online by the North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners. 3 sessions: Edible gardens for people & pollinators; ecological landscape design; and gardening with grasses and sedges. Starts at 8:15 am. $5. More info at www.gardenvisions.info 2nd Annual After the Holidays Craft and Vendor Show · Sat.-Sun. 1/29-1/30, Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild. Winter season art and craft show. Starts at 9 am on 1/29 and 10 am on 1/30. 715-298-3811 Winter Fest 2022 · Sat. 1/29, hosted by Wausau Events at the 400 Block & Great Hall at the Grand Theater, Wausau. Activities at the 400 Block include ice skating and ice sculptures. Activities at the Great Hall include cookie decorating, hot chocolate bar, crafts for kids, games and more. Starts at 11 am. Free. https://www.wausauevents.org/winter-fest.html Tropical Enchantment Night · Sat. 1/29, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Enjoy a Hawaiian and Caribbean buffet, tropical drinks, and Caribbean style music. Dress up for the occasion. Starts at 5:30 pm. $15/person. 715-675-1171 for reservations Wausau Cyclones Game · Sat. 1/29, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Oregon Tradesmen. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 students 5-18 or $7 walkup, under 5 free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Wausau Cyclones Game · Fri. 2/4, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Milwaukee Power. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 students 5-18 or $7 walkup, under 5 free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Sara Park Craft, Vendor & Bake Sale · Sat. 2/5, hosted by the Lincoln County Humane Society at Sara Park, 900 W Somo Ave, Tomahawk. Proceeds go to the humane society. Starts at 9 am. https://www.furrypets.com/2012/index.php Family Festival-Winter Carnival · Sat.-Sun. 2/5-2/6, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Enjoy snow carnival games, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts and fireworks show on Saturday night. Starts at 9 am. https://www.skigranitepeak.com/ Wausau Cyclones Game · Sat. 2/5, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Milwaukee Power. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Scaled Up Reptile Expo · Sun. 2/6, hosted by Scaled Up Expo at Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center, 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Look at the reptiles from different breeders, stock up on supplies and possibly take a reptile home. Starts at 10 am VIP, 11 am general admission. $10 VIP admission, $5 general admission, free for ages 5 and under. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/scaled-up-expos-32970594835 12th Annual Central Wisconsin Sports Show · Fri.-Sun. 2/11-2/13, Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Wausau. Check out the fishing, boating and sports exhibits. Starts at 3 pm on 2/11, 9 am on 2/12 and 10 am on 2/13. $8 adults, $2

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military discount, free for ages 12 and under. https://www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com/springss.php 3rd Annual Spread the Love Event · Sat. 2/12, Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild. Check out crafted items for Valentine’s Day. Starts at 9 am. 715-298-3811 Wausau Cyclones Game · Sun. 2/20, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Milwaukee Power. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Wausau Cyclones Game · Mon. 2/21, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Milwaukee Power. Starts at 3:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Paws & Protect · Sat. 2/26, Wausau Department of Public Works, Wausau. Free rabies vaccine. $10 microchips implanted. Animal licensing $20 for cat/dog spayed/neutered, $62 cat/dog not spayed/neutered, $8 microchip discount-city of Wausau, $15 dog/cat spayed/neutered, $25 dog/cat not spayed/neutered, $5 microchip discount-village of Weston, $10 dog/$5 cat spayed/neutered, $20 dog/$5 cat not spayed/neutered-city of Schofield and $10 dog spayed/ neutered, $20 dog not spayed/neutered-town of Weston. Pre-registration required. Starts at 9 am. Call 715-261-6620 to register.

OUTDOORS Starwood Sleigh Rides (thru January) · Ringle, WI. Reservations required. www.starwood-farm.net. 715-297-8512 or 715-446-2485 Ironbull Winter Challenge-Nine Mile · now thru March, hosted by IronBull and Wausau Nordic Ski Club at Nine Mile County Forest Recreational Area. Log your ski or snowshoe outings and be eligible for a custom medal and weekly prizes. Free. More info at https://www.ironbull.org/details-winter-challenge Free Adult XC Ski Lessons and Equipment Rental · Tuesdays 1/11-1/25, hosted by Wausau Nordic Ski Club at 9-mile Forest and Chalet-County N and 8704 Redbud Rd, Mosinee. Cross country ski lessons for adults. Equipment provided at no additional cost. Schedule info and more at https://www.wausaunordic.org/adult-lessons/ Luminary Garden Walk · Thurs. 1/13, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Go for an evening stroll through the illuminated gardens and enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate, and roasted marshmallows (bring your own marshmallows and sticks). Starts at 5:30 pm. $5 per adult, free for kids 3 and under and members. Cash only. www.monkgardens.org/page/luminary-walks Beginning Cross Country Skiing-Classic Technique · Fri. 1/14, hosted by Nicolet College at Minocqua Winter Park, 7543 Squirrel Hill Rd, Minocqua. Learn how to cross country ski. Starts at 9 am. $60. https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/NicoletOA/5927/event/1250235

2022 Leinenkugel’s Classic Pond Hockey Tournament · Fri.-Sun. 1/14-1/16, Marathon Park, Wausau. Hockey tournament. Starts at 5 pm. https://www.visitwausau.com/ pond-hockey Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge-Winter Edition · Sat. 1/22, hosted by IronBull at Wausau (30 miles within the area TBA). Run, bike and snowshoe through a snowy course alone or with a team. Starts at 12 pm. $75-100. https:// www.ribmountainadventurechallenge.com/winter Sleigh Rides for Small Groups with Lunch Option · Sun. 1/23, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Go out on sleigh rides and enjoy optional soup buffet. Intended for groups of 8 or less. Starts at 9 am. $12 per person for ride, $22 per person for ride and soup buffet, free for ages 5 and under. 715-675-1171 14th Annual Frozen Tozen Ice Fishing Tournament · Sat. 2/5, hosted by the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at Boulder Lake. Form a team of 2-4 people and catch the biggest fish. Cash prizes and cash raffle available. Advance preregistration recommended. Registration starts at 7 am. Tournament starts at 8 am. $30/adult, $10/kids 12 and under. https://boulderjct.org/frozentozen/ Sleigh Rides for Small Groups with Lunch Option · Sun. 2/6, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Go out on sleigh rides and enjoy optional soup buffet. Intended for groups of 8 or less. Starts at 9 am. $12 per person for ride, $22 per person for ride and soup buffet, free for ages 5 and under. 715-675-1171 The Granite Grom Jam Series 2 · Sun. 2/6, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Go skiing or snowboarding, enjoy pizza for lunch and a friendly competition. Starts at 11 am. $40 or $70 for two siblings. Helmets & lift tickets/season pass required. https://www.skigranitepeak.com/ White Deer Triathlon · Sat. 5/21, Boulder Junction & Boulder Lake. Go for a 3 kilometer paddle on Boulder Lake, 22 kilometer bike ride through Boulder Junction and 6 kilometer run along the countryside and forest trail. Starts at 9 am. $75-$170. https://boulderjct.org/white-deer-triathlon/

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ARTS/EXHIBITS 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 Q Artists Cooperative, Stevens Point · Facemasks required. Gallery open Tues. 10 am-5 pm, Wed. 10 am-5 pm, Thurs. 10 am-5 pm, Fri. 10 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 11 am-3 pm. Closed Mondays. Woodson Art Museum, Wausau · 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. Facemasks and social distancing required. “What Might You Do? The Art of Christian Robinson”: Exhibit opens from 12/4/21-2/27/22: Artwork from children’s book illustrator Christian Robinson. “American Woodblock Prints” and “Making the Cut: Relief Prints from the Woodson Art Museum’s Collection”. Exhibits open from 12/4/21-2/27/22. lywam.org Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · Open noon-5 pm Tues-Sat. Face masks required. Wmoca.org

Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau · Free. Gallery hours Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 12 pm–4 pm. Closed Sun.-Tues. 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org. On display from 1/7/223/5/22: 32nd Annual Midwest Seasons, WVAA Memorial Art Exhibit & Bold and Affirmative, Radiant and Subtle. Opening reception on Fri. 1/14 from 5 pm-7 pm. Inspired by activities and events. Marathon City Heritage Center · Open from noon to 2 pm on the second Sunday of each month from Oct. to April, Open Sun. 4/5 noon-2 pm and 5/3 noon-2 pm. 715-443-2221. www.marathoncity.org

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