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online! West side property could finally see new life

4 Transparency over records fees matters

7 Area soldiers look back at war on terror

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Analyzing the police After a year of studying the issue, the task force hopes to have a series of recommendations by the end of the year


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New west side life?

After years of remaining dormant, a city-owned site could finally see new life date was moved back to give developers and entrepreneurs more time to develop their proposals. “This site tends to lend itself not just to developers, but to entrepreneurs as well,” Economic Development Committee chair Tom Neal says. The committee will take up the proposals received by the city in October.

▲ The former Westside Battery site could finally see life as the city once again seeks proposals for the property.

“architectural uniqueness” to the area. Wausau Community Development Director Liz Brodek said there are already several parties interested in the site, including one known developer. One thing Brodek added from previous proposals is that proposals should either bring an innovative company, attract workforce talent or contribute to placemaking in the area, in accordance with the strategic plan

developed by the Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership. Under the original plan, proposals would have been due Sept. 30, according to the draft of the request for proposals. Brodek proposed a short time frame in order to give developers time to put the project on their books before the year’s end. But after discussion with Economic Development Committee members, the

Stettin Elementary School positive COVID-19 test raises concerns

A fourth-grade student testing positive for COVID-19 has raised concerns about in-person learning and the Wausau School District’s notification system. Wausau School District officials confirmed reports that a fourth-grader tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 3. The student’s mother sent an email to City Pages and other media outlets saying only the class was notified; district officials said 4988

The city of Wausau is looking for new developers for the Westside Battery and L&S Printing site on Wausau’s near west side, which has remained vacant for years. The properties, which have been vacant for nearly five years, have attracted a couple of proposals which ultimately didn’t pan out. Clint Schultz of Urban Street Bistro had planned to build a restaurant on the site, which would have included a beer garden, but the funding never materialized. Then the owners of Sixth Street Filling Station had planned to start a new restaurant there, but COVID-19 ended those plans as restaurants and other businesses in Wausau suddenly had to fight for survival in the face of lockdowns and less willingness to attend restaurants in person. According to a draft of the request for proposals for the site, the city advises developers take into consideration the retail commercial nature of downtown Wausau; complements urban density; and repurposes the existing buildings or adds

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later that the whole fourth-grade class was notified, which included two classes at Stettin Elementary. The student’s mother said the student was symptomatic. The news comes as the district’s approach to in-person learning has come under fire from groups blasting them for the lack of a mask mandate as COVID-19 variants have caused a renewed spike in COVID-19 cases. The spike is far below peaks seen in fall and winter of 2020 but are higher than had been usual as the country started opening up. A petition being circulated is calling for more stringent COVID-19 mitigation measures. The student’s mother told City Pages that no other grades at Stettin were notified, and the district’s media response only says that students in fourth grade were notified.

City council to discuss revised environmental justice resolution

A committee of the whole of the Wausau City Council will discuss a tweaked version of the environmental justice resolution. The resolution, which drew controversy and pushback from the Wausau Chamber of Commerce, is aimed at promoting the concept in Wausau. City Council Member Tom Kilian, who originally developed the resolution modeling it after one passed in an Illinois community, cited the city’s own grant proposal to the EPA in highlighting the need for funding for Riverlife based on an environmental justice argument. Critics of the resolution, including Greater Wausau Chamber President Dave Eckmann, say the resolution is too vague and would lead to a stifling of business and innovation in the Wausau area. The new resolution was discussed Wednesday evening, past City Pages’ press time.

Pride and acceptance mural funded for Wausau

A Wausau resident started a GoFundMe listing to raise money for a pride and acceptance mural - and that listing has been funded. The Wausau resident, started fundraising for the mural, which will “promote having pride in who you are, inclusivity, equality, respect and acceptance for all,” according to her GoFundMe page. The goal was to raise $1,000 for the mural, and have Wausau mural artist Stephanie Kohli paint it. Kohli is donating her services to the project. The mural doesn’t have a home yet but the organizer is looking for a business with wall space that would like the mural painted there.

Police say fire started in garage not suspicious

Police are still investigating a fire that started in an attached garage of a Schofield apartment complex. Everest Metro Police and numerous fire departments responded to a report of a

fire that started in the detached garages in the Metro Apartments around 1:22 pm Wednesday. Police say there was a lot of property damage and investigators requested that anyone with information about the fire or video of it stop in at Everest Metro Police Department or the Metro Apartments packet. Police received additional information about the fire and determined that its origins were not suspicious. The investigation continues and police are asking residents who lost items in the fire to continue reporting them to the police so they have a complete inventory.

MMC launches Green Bay City Pages

Multi-Media Channels announced last week that the company will be starting a new version of City Pages in Green Bay. Helmed by John McCracken, the alternative community weekly will publish every Thursday just like Wausau City Pages. The publication will focus on news, entertainment and the local Green Bay cultural scene, according to a press release from MMC. MMC bought Wausau City Pages in February 2020, right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and business lockdowns. “As the City Pages Editor, I am humbled to champion, curate and work on stories about issues like local music, art, food, entertainment, literature, theater, performing arts, environmental concerns, politics, opinion writing, social justice and so much more,” McCracken says. The first City Pages edition is slated to publish on Sept. 30 in Green Bay.

Grand Theater announces mask mandate

The Grand Theater is slated to open its first in-person shows since before the pandemic this fall, but last week revealed that masks will be required for attending performances. The masks are required regardless of vaccination status, according to the post. Patrons may only remove their mask when eating and drinking; otherwise they are to be worn at all times. In-person shows have been in flux since the start of the pandemic and lockdowns in March of 2020. This fall will see the first in-person shows as the 2021-2022 season kicks off since the pandemic began. The Grand will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments as the situation changes, The Grand officials say. It appears The Grand’s post on Facebook was shared 31 times, and there were some angry and sad reactions to the post, though most were positive. Commenting was limited by the account’s owner. The Grand Director Sean Wright told City Pages reaction to the policy has been largely positive, with people who had previously held off now buying tickets because they feel safe doing so. September 9-16, 2021

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CAPiTOL EYE

by WisPolitics.com staff

Election investigation payday

Nearly half of budget for Assembly election probe earmarked for data analysis contractor Nearly half of the budget for the Assembly’s expanded review of the 2020 election is earmarked for a data analysis contractor, according to a copy of the amended deal obtained by WisPolitics.com. The contractor, who isn’t identified in the budget, will be paid $325,000. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, has pledged a “cyber-forensic audit” of the 2020 election results. He told WisPolitics.com he will allow former Justice Michael Gableman, who’s heading the review, to define the parameters of that audit. Meanwhile, some Republicans have called for an Arizonastyle review of ballots that’s been conducted by the private firm Cyber Ninjas. The budget, which covers Aug. 1-Dec. 31, totals $676,000. It includes $55,000 in pay for Gableman. The original contract with Gableman ran July 1-Oct. 31 and included $44,000 in salary for him. The budget includes $125,000 for five investigators and $16,000 for an administrative assistant. Investigators will be paid per month, “plus reasonable expenses including reimbursement for mileage, lodging and food.”

Republicans Kleefisch, Macco file paperwork to run for guv

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, whose nonprofit advocacy group recently released a 50-point policy agenda that reads like a campaign platform, has filed paperwork to run for guv next year. A Kleefisch spokesman told WisPolitics.com the filing with the Ethics Commission was “just the next step” as she considers her options for 2022. Kleefisch has been laying the foundation for a guv bid for more than a year and has been expected to formally launch her campaign this fall. She created the 1848 Project last fall to push a conservative agenda and Rebecca PAC in July 2020 to support Republican candidates for state office. Meanwhile, GOP state Rep. John Macco, of Ledgeview, filed paperwork earlier in August for a guv run. He told WisPolitics. com he plans to make a final call on a bid sometime this fall. Macco said he filed the paperwork to “put the tools in place” as he considers a bid. Macco, first elected to the Assembly in 2014, said he has

pledged to supporters that he will match contributions to the campaign committee up to $250,000 to help get the effort off the ground. The Ledgeview Republican also said some of his backers plan to create a PAC that would support his bid. Macco said he will tout his business background and executive experience, saying they set him apart from others running for guv. He helped found Macco’s Floor Cover Centers Inc. as well as Macco Financial Group, serving as president for both companies.

implement the policies. Nass then vowed to seek legal action. But Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, quickly announced his opposition. The Legislature often initiates lawsuits through the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization. Steineke sits on the committee, which has a 6-4 GOP majority. Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, announced his opposition to a lawsuit as well. The Senate could initiate a suit on its own through Senate Org.

LFB: State tax collections $319 million higher than June estimate

Wisconsin’s hemp program administration to transition to USDA

State tax collections continued to exceed expectations in the 2020-21 fiscal year as the state took in $319 million more than what the Legislative Fiscal Bureau had projected just two months ago. In June, LFB had anticipated $19.25 billion in general fund tax collections in the second year of the budget. Instead, tax collections came in at nearly $19.6 billion. LFB Director Bob Lang said the bump was due to two factors. One factor was corporate tax collections came in higher than expected after businesses made their estimated payments at the end of June before the fiscal year closed. The second was a better handle on sales tax collections for the fiscal year after additional reports from retailers. It continued a run of higher-than-expected revenues for the fiscal year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. When the budget was signed in July 2019, LFB projected the state would take in more than $17.6 billion during 2020-21. Instead, LFB’s preliminary tally of tax collections came in at nearly $19.6 billion.

Nass calls GOP colleagues ‘soft’ as he calls for suit against UW

Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, vowed to ask GOP legislative leaders to sue the UW System over its COVID-19 policies while accusing some of his Republican colleagues of being “soft.” The UW System refused to submit its COVID-19 policies to the Legislature through the administrative rules process despite a vote from JCRAR demanding it do so. September 2 was the deadline to submit the policies. President Tommy Thompson announced in August the system would deny the request, believing it had the authority to

Wisconsin’s hemp program, currently administered by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, will transition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January after registrations fell by 48 percent for the 2021 growing season. Hemp growers will transition to the federal-run program and hemp processors will no longer need a DATCP license. But processors will remain under the department’s authority for consumer and food products. DATCP previously suggested doubling fees for hemp growers to rectify a program deficit of $450,000, but the USDA does not impose fees on program participants. And rather than DATCP’s annual licensing, federal licenses last for three years. Hawaii, Mississippi and New Hampshire, along with multiple tribal nations, have federal-run hemp programs.

Election Commission urging redistricting head to lower courts

The Elections Commission is urging state justices to send a redistricting lawsuit to the lower courts first, arguing the drawing of new maps is complex and the Supreme Court isn’t meant to be a fact-finding body. The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has urged the justices to take original action in a suit asking them to draw new maps if the GOP-controlled Legislature and Dem Gov. Tony Evers are unable to reach a deal. But the state Department of Justice, representing the commission, argued the Supreme Court has traditionally reserved original action for questions of law, “not complex fact-finding.” Friday’s filing argues the Supreme Court is not meant to act like a trial court.

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By Christa Westerberg, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council

Your Right to Know: Fee recovery is key to transparency Many states, including Wisconsin, have public records laws. But that doesn’t mean requesters always get the records they seek, or even that the laws are followed. What provisions in a state’s laws are most associated with compliance? The answer may surprise you. It’s not the strength of a law’s penalty provisions or whether a state has an ombudsman office to mediate records disputes (Wisconsin does not). Instead, a 2019 study by University of Arizona journalism professor David Cullier found a significant correlation between compliance and laws that “mandate judges to impose attorney fees” to requesters deemed to have been wrongly denied access to records. That’s why a recent Wisconsin court of appeals decision, in a case known as Meinecke v. Thyes, is good news. It held that if a court orders the release of records—even if it’s only some of the records—the requester has “prevailed” in substantial part and is thus entitled to attorney fees. While Wisconsin’s open records law has a mandatory fee-shifting provision, this case for the first time established that getting an order for records was sufficient to trigger it.

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At issue was a village trustee’s request for five categories of records from the village she served. A circuit court found the village had unlawfully withheld some of the records and ordered them released, but then denied the trustee’s request for attorney fees because the trustee did not obtain access to all the records she sought and that village officials did not act with “wanton disregard” for the law, among other considerations. That ruling was appealed, with the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association filing a “friend of the court” brief in favor of the trustee. (My law firm authored the brief.) The appeals court ruled that the trustee was entitled to fee recovery, citing the open records law’s statement that “all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government” and its direction that the law be liberally construed in favor of public access. Laws that allow requesters to recover attorneys’ fees have always been important to ensuring access to information. For example, they allow people who could not otherwise afford an attorney to hire one on a contingent-fee basis to bring an open

records case. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is also considering a different attorney fees case this term. It will decide whether requesters can get attorney fees when an agency voluntarily produces records after a suit is filed, if the initial denial was unlawful. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council joined with four other organizations in filing a “friend-of-the-court” brief urging a “yes” answer to this question. A stronger fee recovery standard means a government that is less willing to test the limits of its ability to withhold records. As Cullier pointed out, “Certainly, agencies might not worry about a $1,000 fine or other slap on the wrist, but it appears

they pay attention to paying tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to a successful plaintiff ’s attorney, not to mention the bad publicity that would create for the agency.” The court of appeals decision that getting a court order directing the release of records should entitle a requester to fees is a welcome clarification to Wisconsin’s records law. Your Right to Know is a monthly column distributed by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council (wisfoic.org), a group dedicated to open government. Christa Westerberg, an attorney at Pines Bach law firm in Madison, is the group’s vice president.

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COVER FEATURE

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Analyzing the police After a year of studying the issue, the task force hopes to have a series of recommendations by the end of the year police in terms of trust, of professionalism, of having positive encounters with the police. But not all of them. A small group of Wausau residents weren’t so keen on the Wausau PD, and tended to give much lower marks than the rest of the population. They shared the following characteristics, according to data analyst April Bleske-Rechek of WIPPS, a psychology professor at UW-Eau Claire: They were 30 years old or

younger; they didn’t own their own home; they were more likely to have been pulled over or arrested; they were more likely to have a mental health concern; they were more likely to be non-white; and they were more likely to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Bleske-Rechek says more research needs to be done to understand how the various groups interact. And it led John Robinson, chair of the Policing Task Force, to

insist that beyond the two focus groups it originally envisioned, instead there would need to be several for each of the groups identified. Deputy Chief Matt Barnes thought he had some idea at the last meeting. His children are college-aged now, and they have a mistrust in institutions in general, including the police. A lot of the national perception of the police might be bleeding over into the results about the local PD, he says. “With many of the policing related issues, you’re either all in, or all out,” Barnes says. “Those issues might have impacted that age group at a higher rate.”

A long look at the PD

Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven isn’t shy about the length of time the task force has taken - it has been a while. And in that time, one thing he says surprised him a bit (though perhaps it shouldn’t, given the lengthy process): no one is coming to the meetings anymore. “I’ve been surprised in what seems like a lack of public interest in the meetings and the work,” Bliven says.

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More than a year ago, in the city council chambers, a task force convened to find out how people in the community felt about the police. Wausau’s Policing Task Force members listened as citizens spoke. A number of comments went something like “I was initially afraid of the police here because of encounters elsewhere, but when I encountered the police here, they were professional and helpful.” There were several such comments in the course of the meeting. Last month, more than a year after that meeting, Wausau’s Police Task Force listened to the preliminary results of the survey conducted by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service about how people in the community felt about the police. Presenters of the data were quick to point out that this was all preliminary; much more number crunching and data analysis is needed to truly understand the results and what to make of them. Even with just the raw data, however, an interesting trend emerged: On most of the questions, 90% gave high marks to the

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Mayor Katie Rosenberg isn’t shy about saying the task force wasn’t popular with many of the rank and file officers. “Not everyone at the police department loves it, that’s putting it mildly,” Rosenberg tells City Pages. Bliven agreed that’s a fair statement. And he wasn’t so wild about it either, at first. “I wasn’t necessarily excited about it,” Bliven says. “I knew it would be a lot of work.” But, Bliven says, the task force has listened to the PD and been willing to let the police department share their concerns and insights, and Bliven has come to see the value in taking a closer look at the department. In his opinion, it’s less about Wausau PD is bad and here is how to make it better; it’s more about, Wausau PD is very good, but here is how we could be even better. The task force came out of the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter march held in Wausau last year. The march, which was both peaceful and the largest in Wausau’s history by anyone’s recollection (City Pages asked a lot of people if they remembered any larger, and no one can think of one), sent a signal to Rosenberg that policing issues in Wausau might be worth looking into further. But, she says, a lot of the movements around “Defund the police” seemed reactionary and not in line with her desire for a more thoughtful, deliberative approach, Rosenberg says. “With 2,000 people marching, someone is saying something to us,” Rosenberg says. The task force has had public comment periods (virtually since the world was in

the midst of a pandemic), heard presentations from experts, and conducted this survey. But what do the results mean?

Survey digging

Bliven isn’t quite sure what to make of the survey results. The lower trust from younger, more diverse and more mental health challenged individuals was a bit of a surprise, and something Bliven takes seriously. But, he and others point out, it’s unclear whether those responses are directly aimed at the Wausau PD, or caught up in larger trends around younger people trusting institutions less, including policing agencies. Policing has been a hot-button issue and the killing of George Floyd and other black men and women in circumstances that didn’t seem to warrant such action has given rise to a national movement. So it’s hard to know how much of the reaction is local, or part of national trends. A Gallup Poll showed nationwide trust in police dropped to a new low since 1996, sitting at just 48%. Another Gallup poll showed major differences between white adults’ confidence in the police compared to that of black adults. Amongst white adults, 56% had confidence in the police, and only 19% of black adults did. But those numbers for both groups are at a multi-decade low, according to further Gallup research. Police are the extreme example, but people are losing faith in most institutions, Gallup research shows. Congress

was the lowest of the bunch, with nearly half of respondents saying they had very little to no confidence in Congress (to the surprise of no one). The media wasn’t very high up on the list either. City Pages already looked at this trend in younger people reporting greater levels of depression and anxiety in its story on the Wausau School District’s push for more mental health professionals in its schools (which it ultimately funded through a referendum ask): “One that really stands out: The percentage of teens who have attempted suicide. In 2015 that number was 4.3% - roughly one in 25 high school students, alarming enough in and of itself. That number rose to 7% in the 2019 survey. That’s close to one in 14. To put it differently: it went from roughly one student out of every classroom to two in every classroom. In that same survey, 15% considered suicide in 2019, a slight rise from previous years. And more than a quarter of students surveyed — 25% — reported feeling depressed.” In response after response on the policing task force survey, those who were younger, more diverse, had more mental health concerns and who had been pulled over or arrested before gave lower marks to the police than older, whiter, less mental health challenged people. Bleske-Resek says that more than 68% of the respondents said they had one or more mental health concerns. And there is a strong link in general between age and depression and anxiety. No one is quite sure how to take that

except they want to learn more. Robinson proposed expanding the number of groups they speak with, and it shouldn’t be in front of the roomful of task force members. That might make them clam up, the reasoning goes.

Recommendations?

Bliven and Rosenberg both say they look forward to the recommendations at the wrap up of the task force’s duties. What those recommendations will be is anyone’s guess. But, Rosenberg says, one thing she would really like to see is the expansion of the CART program, with all shifts covered because mental health crises don’t just happen Monday through Friday, 9-5. No matter the recommendations, that need is obvious. And in the meantime, the task force has gotten Wausau some statewide attention. Rosenberg and Bliven were asked to sit on the Law Enforcement Standards Board by Gov. Tony Evers. That board is tasked with a variety of things, including state certification standards for officers. Listening sessions with the police themselves are also still on the docket — management and rank and file officers will have separate sessions to ensure all feel comfortable to speak freely. Rosenberg is excited to see the results. “I don’t want this to be something we don’t care about, where we say ‘thanks!’ and put it on a shelf,” Rosenberg says. “That’s why the police chief has been intimately involved. We want recommendations we can actually do.”

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By Evan J. Pretzer

TWENTY YEARS OF FIGHTING TERROR: LOCAL VETS TALK AFGHANISTAN, ROAD AHEAD One of the first casualties of conflict is truth and in the wake of the war in Afghanistan ending, two Central Wisconsin veterans are talking to resurrect the concept. Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban a number of soldiers across the country and in Marathon County have weighed in on the events. Many have said the collapse of the U.S.-supported government was inevitable. Dessia Laxton-Reinke of Weston and former Marshfield resident Jacob Widmann expressed similar views when looking back at their time there. Each were in different roles, but much of the songs they had to sing about America’s longest war rang the same. “Have we seen any repercussions on Bush, Rumsfeld or Cheney? The obvious answer is no,” Widmann, 31, said of those who launched the war he experienced in Eastern Afghanistan from late 2012-13. “Bush is a painter and Ellen’s friend. I am certainly no fan of Trump, Biden or Obama but he should not ever be allowed to talk again to a news outlet other than to give an apology for how wrong he was.” “I feel like we needed to go to Afghanistan to begin with. They were obviously sending people to attack us,” Laxton-Reinke added about the conflict initially while critiquing later years including her 2008-09 contractor deployment. “Once the mechanisms for training and attacks were dismantled within the first year, we should have left. We built this giant apparatus which became self-serving.”

While the Iraq War’s faults are well-known, mistakes made in the opening salvo of the war on terrorism have only recently received the American public’s attention. A 2019 report from The Washington Post detailed documents from the federal Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s office. These revealed senior officials in the federal government knew the war was unwinnable while they worked to hide this view from the public and a recent publication was as critical. “Ignorance of prevailing social, cultural and political contexts in Afghanistan has been a significant contributing factor to failures at the strategic, operational and tactical levels,” the most recent release by John Sopko reads. “As the United States would discover, efforts to build western-style governance institutions simply empowered malign actors. Consequently, a number of key local allies of the United States – some of whom themselves had been deposed by the Taliban to widespread applause – often actively countered U.S. efforts to foster good governance and economic growth.” Widmann bore witness to such missteps. Time and again policies he saw made him wonder if the United States and its allies were creating new militants and time and again the hierarchical nature of military service made it hard to get concerns heard.

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“There was a do as ‘I say and not as I do’ type of leadership,” he said. “Many of the drone strikes were hitting innocent civilians. It was cast aside as collateral damage or bad intel and honestly, we were creating new enemies there. Just think if any foreign country came to America to take out an entity like the Proud Boys or antifa and they suddenly strike a wedding of 100 innocent civilians. How do you think the relatives of those families are going to feel about this foreign entity now?” Bi-partisan calls for investigation of the war are swirling in Congress and other legislative bodies around the world. Others in news magazines like The Diplomat have also written about how lessons need to be learned in the wake of this conflict and its sibling in Iraq just like how people hoped lessons would be learned after the Vietnam War, but for LaxtonReinke, nothing will stick until one key change. “We need term limits in Congress,” she said. “As long as there is a strong financial incentive to continue war [another Afghanistan] will happen. Haliburton Company and all these guys are in every district. They only make money if we are at war.” While it is important to discuss and debate the war, many service members and veterans may be in crisis or having thoughts of suicide due to recent events overseas. If you or someone you know is going through this difficulty, contact the Military Crisis/ Veterans Crisis line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at 1-800273-8255 and press one. Texts can also be sent to 838255 and chatting online is available at veteranscrisisline.net/chat.

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THE DAY THAT SHOCKED THE UNITED STATES, AND THE BEGINNING OF MODERN HISTORY Turning Point: 911 and the War on Terror Netflix | Five episodes | TV-MA I’m not going to lie — it was hard to watch Netflix’s latest documentary about 911. When the twin World Trade Center towers were hit by hijacked aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001, I was living with two roommates in an apartment on Grand Avenue that no longer exists (it was torn down to make way for a lawyer’s office parking lot). I woke up to some guests of my roommates watching TV in our living room. They looked very concerned and they had the news on, which seemed strange; they hadn’t seemed exactly like the news type. I’d learned from them that a plane had hit one of the towers of the world trade center. I sat down with my coffee, and had just started asking them questions when another plane crashed into the other tower, prompting a huge fireball. It seemed too surreal to be actually happening; it seemed more like a movie. And yet, there it was. We’d just watched a major act of terrorism on live TV. If there’s one thing you can say about Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror, is they captured the disbelief, the pain, the shock, the anger of that day and the days that followed. The shared unity, the shared enemy we were all suddenly acutely aware of, and the aftermath. Sept. 11 was a day that could only be described as tragic and surreal. Turning Point does a great job over its five episodes detailing the events that unfolded on and after 9/11, both what we knew and learned that day and in the days following, and what we can now know in retrospect. (One odd omission: The female fighter pilot who tracked the plane that crash-landed in a field in Pennsylvania after its passengers fought for control of the plane away from the terrorist hijackers. She literally had her finger on the fire button in case the passengers were unable to succeed, while praying she didn’t have to. A little strange that she got no mention, and since Washington Post did a story on her when she retired, it seems likely

she would have been willing to be interviewed.) Shifting from 9/11 to the War on Terror, the documentary argues what a colossal mistake we made in the aftermath. Going after Osama Bin Laden, chief orchestrator of the 9/11 plot, is something no one would regret. But it is hard to argue with the documentary’s stance that the Iraq War, which cost nearly two trillion dollars by one academic estimate and thousands of American lives, was anything but a giant foreign policy mistake. The reason for waging war, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, turned out to be false. For all that, we destabilized Iraq, which led to a destabilization in Afghanistan after the U.S. had made so much progress there. The timing of the documentary is interesting. Obviously it was intended to come out right before the 20th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, but it also coincides with the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The U.S. spent $2 trillion+ on the War in Afghanistan, and ended up with Taliban rule. The refreshing thing about Turning Point is its nonpartisan nature. No president, from Bush to Obama to Trump to Biden, gets off without scrutiny, though Bush and Obama are examined in the most detail, since the

two presidents’ terms overlap with the most significant periods of the conflict. I won’t ever forget where I was on that day, and where I ended up. I was running a store in the mall, and had scheduled myself for the night shift. I went in at 1 pm and worked all of an hour before the mall was shut down. It might sound funny now, but in those crazy hours after the attacks, anything seemed possible. Following the mall closure, a bunch of us mall employees retreated to Scott Street Steak and Pub to commiserate and figure out what exactly was going on. Afterward, a few of us went to Hereford and Hops. Returning from there, lines around the gas stations were the longest I’d ever seen and later some stations would be accused of price gouging. It’s interesting that none of those places, the mall, Scott Street Steak and Pub, and Hereford and Hops, are around any more. It’s weird to think that 9/11 was 20 years ago. I sometimes forget it was 2001, and not 2011. A lot has happened since. Some say, as did someone in the documentary, that 9/11 started modern history. If that’s the case, then Turning Point is a good detailing of that history.

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The Sound of Music THURS.-SAT. 9/9-11 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU

After being shut down due to COVID since March of 2020, Wausau Community Theater is returning to the stage at the Grand Theater! Actors ages 7 to 70 from communities around central Wisconsin are excited to return for a production of The Sound of Music. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Sound of Music is one of the world’s most beloved musical filled with songs we all know and love. The musical tells the story of Maria, an aspiring nun, who proves to be too high spirited for the religious life, so she is sent to serve as a governess for the seven children of a widowed Austrian naval office, Captain Von Trapp. Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of rules and regulations to one filled with joy, laughter and music. Shows Thurs. at 6:30 pm; Fri. at 7:30 pm; Sat. at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Advanced tickets $22 adults, $18 seniors, $14 youth; princes increase $3 at the door. Details at wausaucommunitytheatre.org.

Good Morning Bedlam SATURDAY 9/10 WHITEWATER MUSIC HALL, WAUSAU

The indoor musical hall at Whitewater Musical Hall is opening again! From Minneapolis, Good Morning Bedlam is a jumping string band with violin, banjo, standup bass, and guitar. This innovative force in the Midwest folk scene charms audiences with their contagious energy. You’ll love their three-part harmonies and thumping kick drum. Band members jump and dance with a wild playfulness. It’s folk with lots of twists—waltzes, whistling, jazz scat, violin melodies and three-part harmonies all within a roots-driven sound. 7 pm. $10. Details and ticket information on Facebook and whitewatermusichall.com.

Artrageous Weekend SAT.-SUN. 9/11-12 | WAUSAU

Hundreds of artists from around the country and thousands of art lovers converge in Wausau for this annual city-wide festival at four locations, each with an incredible variety of artwork on display and for sale. This event is for the whole family with art classes, live music, kids activities and tons of food. Free shuttle buses run every 15-20 minutes, 10 am-5 pm between the various locations: downtown at 4th and Jefferson streets, Marathon Park, and the Woodson Art Museum. Admission is free. Art in the Park at Marathon Park. The Wisconsin Valley Art Association hosts this indoor show featuring more than 120 juried artists and fine craft exhibitors in the East Gate Hall and Historic Exhibition Building. Find affordable handcrafted items such as pottery, wearable

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art, paintings, photography, and more that are perfect for gifts. There is a free children’s art and craft area, a children’s book reading session and food stands operated by local non-profit groups. Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 9 am-4 pm. Wivalleyart.org. Festival of Arts, downtown Wausau. These 120+ juried fine artist display their high-end items in a variety of mediums. It’s a lively atmosphere with live music, a family art tent with children’s art activities, Still Young at Art adult art classes, entertainment on the Family Stage, and food stands. Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Wausaufoa.org. Center for the Visual Arts, downtown Wausau. View exhibits in the galleries and enjoy demos from several local artists. Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Cvawausau.org. Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum. Join the opening celebration of this acclaimed annual exhibit. View all-new original avian artworks and meet some artists in the galleries, rooftop sculpture garden and grounds. Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm. Lywam.org.

11th. Proceeds support both local and national first responders, aiding in the purchase of gear, equipment, training, and line of duty death prevention. This year’s event supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Village of Kronenwetter Fire Department. Online registration is closed, but walk-in registration is available Thursday and Friday 5-8 pm at Kronenwetter Fire Department and Saturday starting at 7:30 am at Towering Pines Park. 1M Firefighter Challenge $30; 5K $35; 10K $40; 1 mile kid’s run is free. Details at runforthefallenwi.com.

Run For the Fallen

Enjoy fall activities for the entire family at this nature event. You can take a guided wildflower walk, explore the nature trails, boardwalk, and observation decks. All ages can enjoy the Monarch butterfly tagging event at 1 pm, hands on crafts and nature activities guided by UWStevens Point Science Method students, including creating a bird feeder. Bring your own sack lunch to eat at one of the picnic tables, or enjoy the snacks provided. Co-sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society and the Friends of the Mead/McMillan Association. Noon-2 pm. Free. Meadwildlife.org.

SATURDAY 9/11 | TOWERING PINES PARK, KRONENWETTER

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This annual race is all about coming together as a community to honor and remember the fallen heroes of September

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BAR BEAT Thursday September 9

Max Koepke · Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Classic rock/original. 6 pm. 715-848-5166 Joe G. · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 Christopher Gold · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Folk, country, rock & roll. 6 pm. 715-693-2739 Austin & Sage · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Rock, acoustic, blues. 6 pm. 715-544-6707

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Friday September 10

Spicy Tie Trio · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Rock & roll. 5 pm. 715-432-6285 Aaron Scharmer · Ciao Bar & Italian, Wausau. Piano jazz. 5:30 pm. 715-298-2004 Jackson Taylor · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Country. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Doug Sheen · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Acoustic & new rock. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Joe G. · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 The Driftless Revelers · Speakeasy, Schofield. Folk. 8 pm. 715-298-6303 DJ Stylz · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 8 pm. 715-600-0996

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Saturday September 11

Derek Lind · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Original country, folk, variety. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Hayes Boys Orchestra · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Polka. 5 pm. 715-432-6285 Andy Shore · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Second Hand Stereo · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Pop, rock, country, oldies. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Loose Cannon Duo · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Country, rock, variety. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 DJ Nikki X · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 8 pm. 715-600-0996 Nightlife DJs · Campus Pub, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-675-1960

Sunday September 12

Pam & Scott · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030

Thursday September 16

Julio Reyes · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Pop. 6 pm. 715-693-2739 KT Country · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Classic country. 6:30 pm. 715-310-2474 Jack Greenwood · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Pop rock. 7 pm. 715-842-2337 Among Them in Trenches, Elk Startled by Thunder, and Claim Defeat · Polack Inn, Wausau. Metal and punk. 8 pm. 715-845-6184

Friday September 17

StripT · Rock Island, Merrill. Acoustic classic rock & variety. 2 pm. 715-536-8560 Open Tab Acoustic · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Acoustic variety. 5 pm. 715-432-6285 BG listings must be received at least 10 days in advance. Drop your listing off at our Washington Square office or mail to: City Pages, P.O. Box 942, Wausau, WI 54402-0942; email to: entertainment@mmclocal.com Please include a contact name and phone number.

The Drovers · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Classic rock. 6 pm. 715-842-2337 Ian Seaholm · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Blues. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Hijinx · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Variety. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Northwoods Skitchers · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Blues, Motown, Classic rock, 60s-70s rock n’ roll. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Christy Anna with Miss Erica · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Country & original. 8:30 pm. 715-359-2363

Saturday September 18

Big Road Band · Rock Island, Merrill. Classic rock, funk, blues, variety. 2 pm. 715-536-8560 Tim Buchholz Jazz Quintet · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Jazz. 5 pm. 715-432-6285 Aaron Lee Kaplan · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Folk, blues. 6 pm. 715-550-2337 Bradley Sperger · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Variety. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 J-me Baptist · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Country & pop. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Nick Foytik · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Blues, soul, rock n’ roll. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 TAE · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Soul. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 The Dead Fretz · Winding Trail Bar, Tomahawk. 90s alternative to classic roots. 7 pm. 715-453-2337 String Cheese · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Variety. 9 pm. 715-359-2363

Wednesday September 22

Bradley Sperger · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Variety. 7 pm. 715-842-2337

Friday September 24

Jon Grove · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707

Psychic War Elephant · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Rock, blues, psychedelic. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Jack Greenwood & TeawhYB · Ciao Bar & Italian, Wausau. Pop rock, variety. 8 pm. 715-298-2004

Friday September 25

Harps and Heels · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Classic rock. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Salmon Run Band · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Kayla Drange and Adam Bluhm · Speakeasy, Schofield. Variety. 8 pm. 715-298-6303 Wildside · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. 80’s hair metal. 9 pm. 715-675-2940

Saturday September 26

Curt Pliske & Polka Spirit · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Polka. 3 pm. 715-675-2940

Friday October 1

Amelia Ford · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Original pop & folk-rock. 7 pm. 715-722-0230

Saturday October 2

Rising Phoenix · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. 80’s-90’s classic rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940

Sunday October 3

Ray’s Jolly Chaps · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030

Ongoing

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 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. Make reservations online for your

team of 2-4 people. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/ Happy Hour Hootenany · Thursdays, Sconni’s Alehouse and Eatery, Schofield. Music on the patio every Thursday thru September. Starts at 4 pm. 715-241-7665 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 Trivia at Main Street Taps · Wednesdays, Main Street Taps, Stevens Point. Starts at 7 pm. 715-544-6500 Karaoke · Thursdays, Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Starts at 8:30 pm. 715-848-5166 Karaoke at Main Street Taps · Fridays, Main Street Taps, Stevens Point. Starts at 9 pm. 715-544-6500 West Side Tasty Treat Presents: Live at Westside, The Westside Tasty Beats · Thursdays, West Side Tasty Treat, 118 S 3rd Ave, Wausau. Outdoor dining and live music every Thursday all summer. Starts at 6 pm. 715-298-0726 Open Mic at Sawmill Brewing Company · Thursdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. Open mic every Thursday for anyone who wants to perform comedy, music or poetry. Starts at 6:30 pm. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/

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Beauty and spirit is on full display at the Wausau Festival of Arts, and you’re invited! We’re preserving a legacy of art and togetherness that has lasted over 55 years in downtown Wausau. After a year off, we are excited to return, getting together to celebrate the joy of art and the comfort of our community.

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500 N Center Ave, Merrill. Food available for purchase. Rain location at Trinity Lutheran Church, 107 N State St, Merrill. 6 pm. http://www.livingriverquartet.com/ Good Morning Bedlam · Fri. 9/10, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Folk. 7 pm. $10. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com/e/good-morningbedlam-tickets-161859310555. Max Koepke · Sat.-Sun. 9/11-9/12, Art World, Marathon Park, Wausau. Classic rock/original. 9 am. 715-581-7375 Festival of Arts Concert · Sun. 9/11, The 400 Block, Wausau. Music performed by the Wausau Concert Band. Starts at 10 am. 715-369-0681 Notes at Night: Never 2 Late · Wed. 9/15 Mathias Mitchell Public Park, Stevens Point. Classic rock and blues. 5:30 pm. Stevenspoint.com Tuba Skinny · Thurs. 9/16, hosted by the Grand Theater, 401 N 4th St, Wausau. Listen to a tuba ensemble play music ranging from jazz to blues. Starts at 8 pm. $10 general admission. Tickets.grandtheater.org Ron White · Fri. 9/17, hosted by the Grand Theater, 401 N 4th St, Wausau. Blue collar comedy. Starts at 7 pm and 10 pm. $46. Tickets.grandtheater.org Rock & Roll Comedy Show · Fri. 9/17, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Show that combines rock & roll with comedy. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8:30 pm. $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door. 715-344-7026 Movie Magic with CWSO · Sat. 9/18, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Symphonic Orchestra at the 400 Block Stage, 401 N 3rd St, Wausau. Listen to the Central Wisconsin Symphonic Orchestra perform music from movies such as the Sound of Music, Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and more. Starts at 2 pm. Free but donations welcomed. http://www.cwso.org/ Horace Greene · Sat. 9/18, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Indie rock. Doors open at 6 pm. Music starts at 7 pm. $5 cover. 715-298-3202 Drag Show with host Sissy LaLa · Sat. 9/18, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Drag show. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 9 pm. $7 advance tickets, $10 at the door, $15 for reserved seats. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sissy-laladrag-show-tickets-167189822259 Welcome Back Show · Sat. 9/18, Oz Nightclub, Wausau. Drag show. Starts at 10:30 pm. $5. 715-679-3606 First Drag Brunch · Sun. 9/19, Oz Nightclub, Wausau. Drag show and pizza with breadsticks. Starts at 12 pm. $10. 715679-3606 Notes at Night: Aaron Kaplan · Wed. 9/22, Mathias Mitchell Public Park, Stevens Point. Folk, blues. 5:30 pm. Stevenspoint.com I Am, He Said: A Neil Diamond Celebration · Thurs. 9/23, Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer. Listen to Neil Diamond’s music performed by Matt Vee. Starts at 7 pm. $45. https://lucilletackcenter.com/buy/ All American Music · Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 9/23-9/25 hosted by Centerstage Band and Show Choir at Grand Theater, Wausau. Singing and dancing show with songs by American artists. Starts at 7:30 pm. Free but donations welcomed. Centerstagelive.org Madtown Mannish Boys · Sat. 9/25, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Blues. 7 pm. $10. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com/o/whitewater-music-hall-20025739738 Riders in the Sky · Sun. 9/26, hosted by Rubber Soul Productions at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, Wittenberg. Cowboy quartet that combines Western music with yodeling and rope tricks. Starts at 4 pm. $35 general reserved seating, $40 premium reserved seating. http://www.rubbersoulproductions.com/ Cat & Nat · Tues. 9/28, hosted by the Grand Theater, 401 N 4th St, Wausau. Duo comedy show. Starts at 7:30 pm. $25-$60. Tickets.grandtheater.org

In addition to over a hundred artists, 1. LET WATERCOLOR PAINT ITSELF - Diane Shabino the square will be filled with live Sat., Sep. 11, 10:00-12:00 - Learn wet watercolor music, good food and cold drinks techniques. Create paintings and note cards. along with these favorites: 2. THE PAINTED PAGE - Connie Graham • Family Art - Many creative activities Sat., Sep. 11, 1:30-3:30 - Experiment with painting, for children with their parents. texturing and printing papers and create a collage. • Young Collector Market - Children 3. FOOLPROOF PASTEL PAINTING - Andy Fenner up cancan view andand purchase 12 and under view purchase Sun., Sep.12, 10:00-12:00 - Complete a pastel donated art. painting of a glorious sunset. • Scholarship Silent Auction - Place 4. LIVE CREATIVELY WITH SKETCHBOOK your silent bids for art donated by JOURNALING - Nancy Laliberte participating artists. Sun., Sep.12, 1:30-3:30 - Use fun techniques with ink and watercolor in your journaling. • Still Young at Art - Reserve a space in one of these classes taught by Classes are limited. Each class is $25. professional artists in the upper To register & for more information go to: classroom area of the CVA next to www.wausaufoa.org/still-young-at.art the Grand Theater:

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Notes at Night: Garth Engelbright and the Shantyowners · Wed. 9/29, Mathias Mitchell Public Park, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 5:30 pm. Stevenspoint.com The Price is Right · Wed. 9/29, hosted by the Grand Theater, 401 N 4th St, Wausau. Live stage performance of the famous game show The Price is Right. Starts at 7:30 pm. $39.50-$64.50. Tickets.grandtheater.org

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Book club forming to discuss A New View of Being Human · Online via Zoom or at Kinlein Offices, 408 3rd St, Wausau. Book that provides a platform to consider the power of being human and a way of building human’s strengths from the profession of kinlein. Dates and times to be determined. For more info, call 715-842-7399 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 Rothschild Farmers Market · Daily thru Sept. Located at Rothschild Pavilion, Rothschild. Starts at 3 pm. 920-639-0293 Mosinee Farmers Market · Tuesdays from June thru Oct. Located at River Park, Mosinee. Starts at 11 am. www.mosineechamber.org Wausau Farmers Market · Wednesdays and Saturdays from May thru Oct. Located on River Drive, Wausau. Opens 7 am. www.farmersmarketofwausau.com Aspirus Wausau Farmers Market · Every Thursday, Located at Aspirus Corporate Parking Lot, 2200 Westwood Dr, Wausau. Opens 9 am. Aspirus.org 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. 715841-1855 CWOCC Group Rides · Thursdays, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition at Nine Mile Country Forest, Wausau. Go for a group bike ride. Event takes place throughout the summer every Thursday evening. Starts at 6 pm. Free. Cwocc. org Senior Bingo · Every Tuesday, hosted by the Marshfield Parks & Recreational Department at Drendel Room, 211 E 2nd St, Marshfield. Starts at 1 pm. $1 for 2 cards. 715-486-2041 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. 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

EVENTS/SPECTATOR SPORTS “Bloomin’ Greenhouse Tour”-2021 · Sat. 5/15 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 Dining on the Street · Wed. and Sat. 6/9-9/15, hosted by Wausau River District at downtown Wausau, 3rd Street. Dine outdoors at participating restaurants

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1. LET WATERCOLOR PAINT ITSELF with Diane Shabino Learn wet watercolor techniques. Create paintings and note cards. Sat., Sep. 11, 10:00-12:00 2. THE PAINTED PAGE with Connie Graham Experiment with painting, texturing and printing papers and create a collage. Sat., Sep. 11, 1:30-3:30 3. FOOLPROOF PASTEL PAINTING with Andy Fenner Complete a pastel painting of a glorious sunset. Sun., Sep. 12, 10:00-12:00 4. LIVE CREATIVELY WITH SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING with Nancy Laliberte Use fun techniques with ink and watercolor in your journaling. Sun., Sep. 12, 1:30-3:30 Classes are limited. Each class is $25. To register and for more information go to Still Young at Art: www.wausaufoa.org/still-young-at.art September 9-16, 2021

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books sold by vendors from four different states as well as a variety of collectible items. Starts at 10 am. Free admission. http://www.epguides.com/comics/ Fall Family Festival · Sun. 9/12, Mead Wildlife Area, Milladore. Participate in activities such as building a bird feeder, Monarch butterfly tagging, going for a guided wild flower walk, and nature trail exploring. Snacks will be provided. Starts at 12 pm. Free. Meadwildlife.org Old-Fashioned Chicken Dinner and Polka Dance · Sun. 9/12, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Enjoy a chicken dinner buffet and polka dancing in the barn. Dinner starts at 11 am and dance starts at noon. $10 per person dinner buffet, $4 for ages 6-11, $5 dance only, $12 for both dance and dinner per adult. 715-675-1171 Marathon City Book Club: “Miss Benson’s Beetle” by Rachel Joyce · Mon. 9/13, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Marathon City. Discuss Joyce’s story about friendship and womanhood. Starts at 5:45 pm. Call 715-443-2775 for more info Edgar Book Club: “Normal People” by Sally Rooney · Tues. 9/14, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at Scotch Creek Park, Edgar. Discuss Rooney’s story outdoors at Scotch Creek Park, Edgar. Starts at 12 pm. Call 715-352-2891 for more info Hatley Book Club: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald · Tues. 9/14, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Hatley. Discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book. Starts at 1 pm. Call 715-446-3537 for more info Watercolor Painting For Beginners to Advanced · Tuesdays 9/14-10/19, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Learn the basics of watercolor painting. Starts at 6 pm. $140. Chestnutarts.org Hands on Plants-Grapevine Wreaths · Tues. 9/14, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Enjoy wine, refreshments and crafting wreaths from grapevines found in the gardens. For ages 21 and older. Starts at 6 pm. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. https://givebutter.com/HandsOnPlants Stratford Book Club: “102 Minutes” by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn · Wed. 9/15, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Stratford. Discuss the book about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Starts at 1 pm. Call 715-687-4420 for more info Fish Boil · Wed. 9/15, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Enjoy a dinner of boiled fish, vegetables, other sides, and beverages. Call ahead for reservations. Starts at 6 pm. $15 per person. 715-675-1171 Big Taste 2021 · Thurs. 9/16, hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin at Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Enjoy food and drinks. Benefits help local children. Starts at 5 pm. $75. https://bbbsncw.org/ “Raft of the Stars” with Andrew Graff · Fri. 9/17, hosted by the Marathon County Historical Society at 401 McIndoe St, Wausau. Read and discuss Graff’s book. Starts at 7 pm. Free. 715-261-7230 Wine, Beer & Cheese Gala · Fri. 9/17, WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St, Wittenberg. Enjoy beer, wine, food and live music. Event for ages 21 and older. Starts at 7 pm. $25 advance or $30 at the door. 715-253-3525 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 Seed and Stick Art “Family Art Party” · Sat. 9/18, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Make your own artwork with seeds and plant parts mounted on wood. Starts at 9 am. $5. Chestnutarts.org Friends of MCPL Book Sale · Sat. 9/18, 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/10525 Art in the Park Stevens Point · Sat. 9/18, hosted at Pfiffner Park, Stevens Point. Adults can shop for artwork and children can participate in art projects. Starts at 10 am. Free. www.artintheparkstevenspoint.org Pork in the Park Ribs and More · Sat. 9/18, hosted by the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce at Merrill Festival Grounds, Merrill. Enjoy cooked ribs along with other food, craft/vendor sale, and gun show. Starts at 11 am. Free. merrillchamber.org Pointober Fest & Blubber Run 2021 · Sat. 9/18, Point Brewery, Stevens Point. Enjoy a variety of beer, German food and music from Stetsin & Lace. For the Blubber Run, run a 5k run and listen to polka. Dress up for a costume contest. 21+ event. Pointober Fest starts at 4 pm and the run starts at 3 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of, $8 designated driver for the Pointober Fest and $30 advance or $40 day of for the run event. https://www.pointbeer.com/event/pointoberfest-2021/

61st Colorama Dinner · Sat. 9/18, hosted by the Boulder Junctions Lions Club at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, Boulder Junction. Enjoy wild game stew and other foods and desserts. Doors open at 5:15 pm and dinner starts at 6 pm. $17 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. Boulderjct.org Lit · Sat. 9/18, Stevens Point Sculpture Park, Stevens Point. Enjoy illuminated sculptures, live dance and a film debut. Bring a flashlight. Starts at 8 pm. Free. stevenspointsculpturepark.org Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo · Sun. 9/19, hosted by Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo at 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Look at the reptiles from different breeders, stock up on supplies and possibly take a reptile home. Starts at 11 am. $5 for adults, $2 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. https://www.eventbrite. com/e/rothschild-northern-wisconsin-reptile-expo-tickets-160328056533 Virtual Mosinee Book Club: “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena · Mon. 9/20, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Virtual discussion about Lapena’s book. Starts at 2 pm. Call 715-687-4420 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) Group Drumming “Exploring the Arts” For Adults · Mon. 9/20, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Play drums with other people. Starts at 6 pm. $20. Chestnutarts.org Fun@5 with NRG Media LLC and The Bar · Thurs. 9/23, hosted by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce at The Bar, Wausau. Network with others and enjoy appetizers and beverages. You can also get a chance to win door prizes. Must be 21 or older. Starts at 5 pm. $10 members online, $15 members at the door, $20 non members online, and $25 non members at the door. wausauchamber.com “Mudslinging” For Beginners to Advanced · Thurs. 9/23, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Ceramic classes for high school students or adults. Learn how to work with clay, glazing and using a kiln. Starts at 6 pm. $140. Chestnutarts.org Fireworks Family Fest · Fri. 9/24, hosted by Wausau Events at 725 Woods Pl, Wausau. Enjoy food, music and fireworks. Starts at 4 pm. Free. https://www.wausauevents.org/ Movie on the Field-Cruella · Fri. 9/24, Nicolet College, Rhinelander. Watch the movie Cruella outside. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/ Sconnie Sampler · Sat. 9/25, hosted by Wausau Events at downtown Wausau Airport, Wausau. Enjoy cheese curds, beer, and live music. For ages 21 and older. Starts at 1 pm. $10. https://www.wausauevents.org/ Bull Falls Brewery Oktoberfest 2021 · Sat. 9/25, Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Taste authentic German foods, listen to brass band music and enjoy other activities. Dress up in Oktoberfest clothes to enter a Best of Oktoberfest contest. Starts at 1 pm. https://www.bullfallsbrewery.com/ Best-selling author Taylor Jenkins Reid to headline 2021 CW Book Festival · Sat. 9/25, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Chat with the author of the book Malibu Rising. Starts at 7 pm. Free. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10542 Free Movie Sunday: SCOOB! · Sun. 9/26, Jensen Community Center, 487 N Main Street, Amherst. Watch the movie SCOOB!. Popcorn and water for sale onsite. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Lettiejensencenter.org Voices from the Past: A Discovery Walk through Pine Grove Cemetery · Sun. 9/26, hosted by the Marathon County Historical Society at Pine Grove Cemetery, 1501 Grand Ave, Wausau. Go on a historical tour through the cemetery with costumed re-enactors. Starts at 11 am. $5 donation suggested. 715-842-5750 2021 CWIMA Manufacturing Expo · Thurs. 9/30, hosted by Central Wisconsin Manufacturer’s Alliance at Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center, Rothschild. Expo for anyone interested in working in the manufacturing field. Learn from keynote speakers about their experiences and, if interested, find out how you can get employed in the field. Starts at 8 am. $75. http://www.cwimamfg.com/

OUTDOORS Gardens Tours · Saturdays 6/5 thru 9/25, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Saturday, garden tours will be available for guests. Starts at 10 am or 2 pm. $2 for non members and free for members. 715-261-6309 Self- Guided Interpretative Hikes—Wildlife of the Native Prairies · Thurs. 9/9, hosted at Mead Wildlife Area, Milladore. Explore wildlife from native prairies. Daylight Hours. Free. Meadwildlife.org

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downtown and enjoy live music. Event starts at 5 pm. Free. wausauriverdistrict.org/dining-on-the-street Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Lavender Sachet · Wed. 9/1-9/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit to make a lavender sachet. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info Book-of-the-Month-Club: “Driving Miss Norma” by Tim Bauerschmidt · Wed. 9/1-9/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Athens. Discuss Bauerschmidt’s story about a cross-country trip with his 90 year old mother. Call 715-257-7292 for more info Journey Through Literacy · Wed. 9/8-9/22, hosted online by Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. Listen to and learn from people who improved their lives through literacy. Starts at 12 pm. Free. More info at https://wisconsinliteracy.org/events-news/journey-through-literacy.html ABC Kids Children’s Consignment Fall & Winter Sale · Thurs.-Sat. 9/9-9/11, hosted by ABC Kids-Wausau at 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Clothes size 0-18, toys, baby equipment, books, movies and more. Most items half off on Saturday except items marked ND. Starts at 7 am on 9/9, 9 am on 9/10 and 8 am on 9/11. Free entrance. http://www.abc-consign.com/ Surge Business Expo · Thurs. 9/9, hosted by CREATE Portage County at 1800 Plover Rd, Plover. Check out new businesses from the Surge business creating competition. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www.createportagecounty.org/ Parade of Homes · Fri.-Mon. 9/10-9/13, hosted by Golden Sands Home Builders Association. Tour custom crafted homes. Starts at 4 pm on Fri. and Mon. and 11 am Sat. and Sun. Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the door for adults, free for infants. More info at https://gshba.org/parade-of-homes Dinner in the Gardens · Fri. 9/10, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Enjoy dinner made with ingredients from the garden. Masks and social distancing required when not seated. Starts at 6 pm. For members, $40 for family of 4 with $8 per additional person. Non-members $45 for family of 4 with $8 per additional person. www.monkgardens.org/dinner-gardens 29th Annual Colorama Arts & Crafts · Sat. 9/11, Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park St, Boulder Junction. Arts and crafts show, farmers market, and crafted items for sale. Starts at 9 am. Free. Boulderjct.org Small Business Saturday Vendor Event · Sat. 9/11, hosted at the Cedar Creek Mall, 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Shop at small businesses. Starts at 9 am. No cost. 715-298-3811 St. Mary’s Oratory Annual Open House · Sat.-Sun. 9/11-9/12, St. Mary’s Oratory, 325 Grand Ave, Wausau. Go on an informational tour to learn about the Oratory, listen to a musical demonstration from the choir and organist, enjoy refreshments and gift shop available on-site. Starts at 10 am on 9/11 and 1 pm on 9/12. Free admission. https://www.institute-christ-king.org/wausau-home 2021 Celebrate Amherst · Sat. 9/11, hosted by Tomorrow Business Association at Main Street, downtown Amherst. Craft vendors, car show, kids’ activities such as face painting and balloon art and live music by The Oxleys, The Big Road Band and The Gray Cats. Starts at 10 am. Free. 715-824-4467 Silent Memorial Procession Recognizing the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 · Sat. 9/11, Main Street, Marathon City. Marathon City Fire, EMS and Police Departments will line Main Street to show support for the first responders who died on 9/11. Starts at 7 pm. https://www.marathoncity.org/9-11-silent-memorial-processing-recognizing-20th-anniversary/ Wausau Comic Book Convention · Sun. 9/12, Dale’s Weston Lanes & The Mountain Bay Banquet Center, 5902 Schofield Ave, Weston. Check out and/or purchase comic


Group Hike · Sat. 11/13, hosted by the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park, Rib Mountain. Go on a group hike. Starts at 10 am. Free. Ribmountain.org/events 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 Group Hike · Sat. 12/11, hosted by the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park, Rib Mountain. Go on a group hike. Starts at 10 am. Free. Ribmountain.org/events

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS World War Memorial · Thurs. 9/9, hosted online the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the memorial at the Marathon County Courthouse dedicated to those who fought during World War I. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Babysitting Rocks! · Sat. 9/11, YWCA Wausau, 613 5th St, 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 A History of the Bethany Indian Mission · Sun. 9/12, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School Auditorium, Wittenberg. Learn about the Bethany Indian Mission and the process in which the information was gathered. Starts at 1 pm. Free but $10 donation suggested. witthistsoc@gmail.com for more info Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial · Thurs. 9/16, hosted online the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the monument dedicated to the Hmong-Lao veterans of the Secret War during the Vietnam War. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Native Americans of Merrill: Then & Now · Thurs. 9/16, hosted by T.B. Scott Free Library, 106 W 1st St, Merrill. Learn about the Native Americans who lived in the Merrill area. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www.tbscottlibrary.org/ History Speaks: The Grand Army of the Republic · Sat. 9/18, hosted online the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the history of the Grand Army of the Republic. Starts at 2 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Mental Health First Aid Training · Mon. 9/20, hosted online by Extension Wood County. Learn how to identify mental illness and provide care. Starts at 9 am. Free. tinyurl.com/UW21MHFA WI State Parks with Scott Spoolman · Tues. 9/21, hosted by T.B. Scott Free Library, 106 W 1st St, Merrill. Learn from science writer Scott Spoolman about geological landscapes at Wisconsin State Parks. Event will be outside under a tent.

Starts at 4:30 pm. Free. https://www.tbscottlibrary.org/ The Pine Grove Mausoleum · Thurs. 9/23, hosted online the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the history of the Pine Grove Mausoleum. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Cider Making Workshop · Tues. 9/28, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Learn how to make cider from apples. For ages 21 and older. Starts at 6 pm. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. givebutter.com/Cider The Pomeranian Settlement Marker · Thurs. 9/30, hosted online the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about monument in the town of Berlin that recognizes ancestors from Northern Germany. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Mental Health First Aid Training · Wed. 10/6, hosted online by Extension Wood County. Learn how to identify mental illness and provide care. Starts at 9 am. Free. tinyurl.com/UW21MHFA Babysitting Rocks! · Thurs. 10/28, YWCA Wausau, 613 5th St, 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 Mental Health First Aid Training · Mon. 11/8, hosted online by Extension Wood County. Learn how to identify mental illness and provide care. Starts at 9 am. Free. tinyurl.com/UW21MHFA 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. Gallery hours Wed.-Fri. 11 am-4 pm; Sat. 12 am–4 pm. 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org. Exhibits on display: Endophage, Now you see me too, and Indiana Green from 7/23-9/12. Inspired by activities and events. 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. Birds in Art 2021 on display from 9/ 11-11/ 28. Artists’ portrayal of birds using several different mediums. Facemasks and social distancing required. lywam.org Q Artists Cooperative, Stevens Point · Facemasks optional. 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. 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 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 Motorama Auto Museum, Aniwa · Open Weds.-Sat. 9 am to 5 pm from May to Oct. Check out 400+ rare, vintage vehicles. $10 for adults, free for kids. 715-449-2141. Alfaheaven.com Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · Open noon-5 pm Tues-Sat. Face masks required. Painting the Figure Now 2021, an exhibit of artwork from painters all over the world from 9/2-10/30. Wmoca.org Healing through Art · Thurs.-Tues. 7/24-9/28, The Highground Museum, W7031 Ridge Rd, Neillsville. View artwork designed by veterans with PTSD. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.thehighground.us/events/exploring-ptsd-exhibit/

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Self- Guided Interpretative Hikes—Tree ID & Leaves · Fri.Thurs. 9/10-10/14, hosted at Mead Wildlife Area, Milladore. Learn how to identify trees. Daylight Hours. Free. Meadwildlife.org Ecology Hike · Sat. 9/11, Rib Mountain, Wausau. Go hiking and observe plants, fungi and forests in the park. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.ribmountain.org/events September Ultra Trail Training Run · Sat. 9/17, hosted by IronBull at Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Go for a training run for the 2021 Ultra Trail 15k/50k event. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. https://www.ironbull.org/ Birkie Trail Run Festival · Fri. & Sat. 9/24-9/25, hosted by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation at Cable, WI. Choose between several races to participate in. Register online by 7 pm on 9/24. First race starts at 5:30 am. Ticket prices online. https://www.birkie.com/run/events/birkie-trail-run/ Hard Rocks Hiking Challenge · Sat. 9/25, hosted by Active Portage County at 7695 Standing Rocks Road, Stevens Point. Go for an 8k, 13k or 16k hike over rocky terrain at Standing Rocks County Park. Starts at 7 am. $30. http://activeportagecounty.com/index.cfm Third Annual Ice Age Hike-a-thon · Sat. 9/25, hosted by Central Moraines Chapter at the Dells of Eau Claire, Aniwa. Create your own round trip hike or choose between two options: self-paced hike along the Dells Segment or guided loop hike along the Ice Age trail. Snacks bar, breakfast foods and drinks available. T-shirts available for $5 donation. Starts at 8 am. $20 adults, free for ages 18 and under. https://www. iceagetrail.org/event/hike-a-thon-central-moraines-chapter/ Wausau Events 5k · Sat. 9/25, hosted by Wausau Events at downtown Wausau Airport, Wausau. Go for a 5k run. Starts at 9 am. $30. https://www.wausauevents.org/ Dog-Powered Silent Sports · Sat. 9/25, hosted by Nicolet College at Washburn Silent Sports Trails, Rhinelander. Participate in three sports activities with your dog. Starts at 9 am. $30. www.nicoletcollege.edu/community/outdoor-adventure 2021 Ultra Trail 15k/50k · Sat. 10/2, hosted by IronBull at State Park Speedway, 147711 N Mountain Rd, Wausau. Put your body to the test with a 15k or 50k race along the Rib Mountain trail. Starts at 6 am. $140 for 50k race and $95 for 15k race. For more details on pricing, additional information and registration, go to https://www.ironbull.org/ultra-marathon-details Red Granite Grinder · Sat. 10/16, hosted by IronBull at downtown Wausau on the 400 Block. Choose between 85 miles, 50 miles, 144 miles and 12 miles and ride a bike along the gravel trails through the Wausau area. 12 mile ride is recreational, timed, non-competitive and great for the family. Starts at 6 am. Costs $90 for 144 miles, $70 for 85 miles or 50 miles, and $35 for 12 miles (free for ages 18 and under). For more info or registration visit https://www.ironbull.org/red-granite-grinder-details

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer Opportunities for the Week of September 6th, 2021 Response to COVID-19. For safety guidelines, see United Way of Marathon County’s website and the Volunteer Connection section at https://www.unitedwaymc.org/. Please adhere to all recommendations from the Federal Government, Center for Disease Control and Marathon County Health Department. Office Help: Faith in Action of Marathon County. FIA is looking for a few volunteers who would be willing to be trained in our daily office duties. Volunteers need to have good customer service skills and the ability to use a computer. Volunteers will be called on occasionally to cover our office during vacations and other times when help is needed. Office hours are 9 am-2 pm, Mon-Thurs. Contact Jamie at 715-8488783 or WausauFIAinfo@gmail.com Greeter: The Open Door of Marathon County. The Open Door is in need of volunteers to help recently released inmates from the County jail or Wisconsin prison system, who are in need of proper seasonal clothing, footwear and toiletries. Those in need may also find service information, help in finding agencies providing aid, help or food, and a place to warm up for a cup of coffee. If you are interested in volunteering please contact 715-848-4044 or opendoor319@gmail.com. Food Distribution Help: The Neighbors’ Place. TNP is seeking volunteers to assist in their outdoor food distribution. Work inside preparing groceries for guests to load into their own vehicles or outside collecting basic information from food pantry guests. Contact Bettina at 715-845-1966 x306 or bettina@neighborsplace.org. More Opportunities! Go to the United Way Volunteer Connection volunteer website at www.unitedwaymc.galaxydigital.com to find opportunities YOU can fill! In-Kind Donated Items Needed Queen Sized Mattress: North Central Health Care. Sleep, it does the body good! NCHC is in need of a new or gently used queen sized mattress. Please contact volunteer@norcen.org or 715-848-4450 with questions or to arrange drop off. Art Supplies Needed: The Women’s Community. The art room has been very busy this summer and the TWC is looking to replenish their stock of paint and canvases (any size) for art projects. Contact Allie at allie@womenscommunity.org or 715-842-5663 More Donation Opportunities! Go to the United Way Volunteer Connection volunteer website at www.unitedwaymc.galaxydigital.com.

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Marathon County Public Library. Pick up materials to make a straw rocket. Kits can be picked up whenever MCPL opens. Free. 715-261-7220 Gymtricks · Mon. 9/6-10/23, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA branch. Gymnastics for ages 5 and up. Lessons and start times vary. $73 members, $89 nonmembers. More info at https://www.woodsonymca.com/ Wausau Branch Swimming Lessons · Tues. 9/7-10/23, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA branch. Learn how to swim. Lessons and start times vary. $35 members, $56 nonmembers. More info at https://www.woodsonymca.com/ After School in the Gardens · Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9/9-11/4, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Children can play and explore the gardens as well as prepare a meal. For students in grades K-5. Masks and social distancing required. Starts at 4 pm. Free but registration required. https:// www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca5a72eabfd0-after YMCA Youth Soccer · Thursdays 9/9-10/14, hosted by Woodson YMCA at Aspirus Branch Field, Weston. Soccer for ages 4 years-2nd grade. Tennis shoes or cleats as well as shin guards are recommended. Starts at 5 pm for 4-K and 6 pm for grades 1-2. $45 members, $75 nonmembers, fee includes team jersey. More info at https://www.woodsonymca.com/ Fall Flag Football · Saturdays 9/11-10/16, hosted by Woodson YMCA at Thom Field, Wausau. Flag football for ages 4 years-5th grade. Starts at 9 am for 4-K, 10 am for grades 1-2 and 11 am for grades 3-5. $45 members, $75 nonmembers. More info at https://www.woodsonymca.com/ Family Story Time: Oktoberfest! · Tues. 9/14, hosted online by Marathon County Public Library. Listen to a story about things relating to Oktoberfest. Starts at 10 am. Free. Watch on MCPL’s Youtube channel. Outdoor Story Time (MCPL Hatley) · Tues. 9/14, hosted by Marathon County Public Library, 435 Curtis Ave, Hatley. Listen to a story outdoors. Bring a chair, blanket or snacks if you wish. Starts at 10:30 am. Free. 715-446-3537 for more info Fabulous Fall Story Time (MCPL Rothschild) · Tues. 9/14, by Marathon County Public Library at 211 Grand Ave, Rothschild. Listen to a story outdoors. Bring a chair, blanket or snacks if you wish. Starts at 11:30 am. Free. 715-359-6208 Tots in the Gardens · Tuesdays 9/14-10/26, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Each week for an hour, children 3-5 can learn about nature through story-telling and nature themed activities. Event starts at 2 pm or 10 am. $2 members, $4 nonmembers. http://www.monkgardens.org/tots-gardens Family Story Time: Apples and Applesauce · Tues. 9/21, hosted online by Marathon County Public Library. Listen to a story about apples and applesauce and learn how to make applesauce. Starts at 10 am. Free. Watch on MCPL’s Youtube channel. Youth Lacrosse Clinic · Wed. 9/23-10/21, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA Branch Field House. Youth ages 7-12 can learn how to play lacrosse. Starts at 5:30 pm. $40 members, $60 nonmembers. More info at https://www.woodsonymca.com/ Creatures of the Night · Fri. 9/24, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Go for a night hike, play games, and do experiments. Starts at 7 pm. Free for members, $8 for nonmembers. Free for ages 3 and under. givebutter.com/Creatures Family Story Time: Going to the Zoo! · Tues. 9/28, hosted online by Marathon County Public Library. Listen to a story about animals at the zoo. Starts at 10 am. Free. Watch on MCPL’s Youtube channel. 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/

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September Gallery Show “Observations and Imaginations” by Richard Mittelstadt · Wed. 9/1-9/28, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. “Observations and Imaginations” by Richard Mittelstadt will be on display through September. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-3 pm. Free. Chestnutarts.org Artrageous Weekend · Sat. and Sun. 9/11-9/12, located in Wausau. Annual art tour festival at four locations. Shuttles and admission are free: Art in the Park: located at Marathon Park. More than 120 exhibitors with arts and crafts such as pottery, painting, photography and other works. Opens 9 am to 5 pm Sat. and 9 am to 4 pm Sun. wivalleyart.org Festival of Arts: located on Third Street and the 400 block. Over 120 juried art pieces. Art activities available for children. Silent auction, food and beverages available. Open Sat. 10 am to 5 pm and Sun. 10 am to 4 pm. Wausaufoa. org Center for the Visual Arts: located at 427 N. Fourth Street, check out artwork from four gallery spaces and participate in art activities. Open Sat. 10 am to 5 pm and Sun. 10 am to 4 pm. Cvawausau.org Birds in Art: located at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Check out multiple art pieces inspired by birds. Opens 9 am to 5 pm on Sat. and 10 am to 5 pm on Sun. with artwork staying on display for view through 11/28. Lywam.org/birds-in-art Art World Wausau · Sat. 9/11-9/12, hosted by Almond Tree Events at Marathon Park, Wausau. Arts and crafts on display indoors in 4 big buildings. Starts at 9 am. Free admission. www.almondtreeevents.com Annual Fall Art Show · Saturdays and Sundays 9/18-10/3, hosted by Walls of Wittenberg at 114 Vinal St, Wittenberg. Fall themed artwork from 5 artists using different mediums. Opens at 11 am. Free. www.wallsofwittenberg.com


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The Laos to America Museum reopens following the closure of the mall After being in the Wausau Center mall for four years, Jim and Marty Harris are reopening the Laos to America museum this weekend to coincide with Artrageous Weekend. This time, though, there is a string attached. Jim Harris says that unless the Wausau community steps up — and that likely means the Hmong community — he will give the entire collection to another city. That most likely would mean the nearly 1,000 items in the collection (half of which are on display) would go to St. Paul, Minn., because the Hmong population there is 20 times what it is in the greater Wausau region. “I’m 73 years old,” he says and running a museum was never his dream. He and his wife own everything that’s on display and a bunch more that’s in a rented storage unit. They want people to see the items and learn from them, but they do not want to be tied to the operation for more than a day or two a month. He plans to seek volunteers who can man the place so there can be more open hours and the ability to be open more regularly. The mission of the museum is to show visitors how the Hmong lived in Laos before what he calls the Indochina War and how they were forced to flee to squalid refugee camps in Thailand before being brought to host communities in the United States or other countries. Americans call it the Vietnam War, but it spilled over into Laos and Cambodia, he explains. American military forces recruited Hmong men and sometimes boys to help prevent the North Vietnamese enemy from using the Ho Chi Minh Trail to reach South Vietnam. When the Americans withdrew, the Hmong were in danger. Thailand was next door and a place of safety, but only grudgingly accepted the refugees if they would stay in the refugee camps only long enough to leave from there to go to another country. Harris told a recent tour group that the first of those refugees arrived in Wausau April 9, 1976, and would form the third-largest group of Hmong in the state. “They are good people, hard-working people whose rate of home ownership is now pretty much the same as Caucasians.” His collection or artifacts began when he was the principal at Weston Elementary School. He was traveling to Laos himself to try to find missing relatives of some

▲ A touring group from Ohio had the Laos to America Museum on its itinerary Aug. 29, the first day the museum opened in its new space in the Third Street Lifestyle Center. Leading the tour is Jim Harris. (Pat Peckham)

of his students’ families. Returning from his first trip, he brought back a dozen artifacts. The second trip netted several dozen artifacts of everyday life and it went from there. He’s gone 20 times, so he’s brought back a lot. The museum has items of clothing from different groups of Hmong, a 1,300-pound set of flour-grinding stones that cost him dearly to ship, devices to get the hulls off rice kernels, weapons to kill animals for food and handmade traps for rodents and birds. There are also Hmong-sewn story cloths, framed photos and displays of insects they would encounter in Laos. During the years they were at the mall, Harris found that American military veterans of the Vietnam War would stop in to learn more about their time there. “They often come in wondering where the hell they were,” he says. Toward the front, there’s a room set aside for what he says is, “the best reference library from here to Madison.’ It contains news magazines with coverage of the Vietnam era, books and other publications.

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There’s a Hmong cookbook, one on Asian vegetables, herbs and spices and cluster munitions. He says, “The conventional thinking is you can get anything you want on the internet … well, if you know what you’re looking for.” He’d like students studying Southeast Asia to know about the resources at the museum. He simply knows he’s touched 10,000 people. “I like to tell the stories. I’m just 100% positive that those of us working in the museum are making Wausau a more compassionate place.” Beyond this weekend, they plan to be open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will open for family and group tours by appointment. If the number of visitors justifies more public hours, they will add hours. They hope to see a lot of church groups, civic organizations, school groups and elected officials. People can call them at 715-355-1309 or friend Jim Harris on Facebook. The new museum is in former office space across from the Chamber of Commerce in the southwest corner of the Third Street Lifestyle Center.

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