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October 21-28, 2021

Local landlord wins nuisance property battle

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Second chance punishment

A Wausau landlord successfully appealed a nuisance property claim after giving a rehabbed drug addict a second chance A Wausau landlord successfully appealed a claim that her property was a chronic nuisance following the drug arrest of one of her tenants. Landlord Kiley Berg appeared before the Public Health and Safety Committee Monday over claims her property was a chronic nuisance, despite immediately evicting the tenant after she was arrested for drug offenses. Berg rented to Kira Parker for several years without incident until Parker was arrested on drug charges in 2020, according to testimony presented in the case. Berg evicted her, but after getting numerous letters from Parker about how she was going through rehab and turning her life around, and knowing how hard it can be for someone in her position try to find housing, decided to give her a second chance. Berg told the committee she regrets that decision, since Parker clearly manipulated her. Parker was arrested within a couple of months of moving back to the Emter Street property, in June, on charges of manufacturing and selling methamphetamine. Berg told the committee she gave neighbors on either side of the property her number with instructions to call immediately with any red flags came up prior to the incident. She received no calls. After the second arrest, Berg immediately started the eviction process and Parker was evicted shortly thereafter. Berg’s attorney, Cal Tillisch, pointed out that the limited case law generally considers a property a chronic nuisance when the landlord fails to abate the problem: Berg evicted her tenant and the property is currently being rented to someone who is responsible and taking care of the place. Berg told the committee she keeps her rent affordable — the small single-family home in question rents for $600. Affordable housing is something plenty of people, including city council members, have argued is lacking in the city. The nuisance declaration would

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School officials were alerted by another student Friday that the 14-year-old freshman had a gun in his possession. School officials called police and placed the school on a soft lockdown until the police arrived. Police found the student, discovered the gun in his backpack, and placed him in custody. Police told City Pages the gun was a 9mm semiautomatic. There was no ammunition in the student’s possession and police don’t believe the student intended to cause any harm with the pistol, though they were careful to offer any potential motives for the student’s actions. The student is being referred to Youth Justice Intake for possession of a firearm on school property. Wausau Police Capt. Benjamin Graham told City Pages it is not yet known whether he will be referred to adult court. In another incident, Horace Mann was briefly locked down due to a police stop nearby the school Monday.


Officials with Aspirus say that roughly half of all patients admitted to Aspirus with COVID-19 end up in the ICU; and most of those are unvaccinated. Aspirus released data last week that Aspirus had 91 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 43 — a little less than half — ended up in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Aspirus officials say 80% of those admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated; and in response to inquiries from City Pages, of those in the ICU, 88% were unvaccinated. According to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the seven-day moving average for COVID-19 cases in Marathon County is 50, as the county has started to see a sharp drop off again following another mini-spike.

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Enrollment drop

Districts had hoped for enrollment to rebound; the opposite happened A hoped-for rebound in public school enrollment after a big pandemic-driven decline last year has failed to materialize, with new data showing public schools down more than 4,000 students this year. Meanwhile, enrollment in charter and private schools has increased. Statewide, there were 814,101 public school students this September, 4,311 fewer than last year. From 2019 to 2020, student enrollment declined by 25,742. Department of Public Instruction officials during a recent press call said the public school enrollment drop is likely due to changing demographics. They said large swaths of students graduating high school are not being replaced by similar numbers of new students entering kindergarten. That trend predates the COVID-19 pandemic, which drove a large decline last year. A lack of students migrating to the state could also be contributing to the decline, they said. The state’s five biggest school districts all saw their headcounts drop. Milwaukee, the largest district, lost 3,962 students, reducing its enrollment to 66,977. Madison, the second-largest district, lost 442 students, dropping its total to 25,503. Kenosha dropped by 39 students to 19,148; while Green Bay lost 127, leaving 18,940; and Racine lost 40, leaving 16,381. The five districts seeing the biggest percentage increases in student headcounts were in rural areas, with Horicon at 21 percent; Cornell, 17 percent; Pardeeville Area, 14 percent; Washington, 13 percent; and Gresham, 12 percent. Likewise, rural districts made the top five for the biggest percentage drops: Norris, 24 percent; Gilman, 20 percent; Geneva J4, 16 percent; McFarland, 15 percent; and Mercer, 15 percent. Independent charter schools saw enrollment grow to 10,691, an increase of 1,446 students compared to last year. The state’s four private school parental choice programs saw their combined choice program student headcount grow to 48,919, an increase of 3,040 over last

Final Evers administration accounting shows higher balance

The Evers administration’s final accounting of 2020-21 found a slightly higher ending balance than what the Legislative Fiscal Bureau had projected in early August. The Department of Administration’s annual fiscal report found the state finished the fiscal year with a surplus of $2.58 billion. By comparison, LFB in August had projected a $2.52 billion ending balance for the year. The DOA report, though, includes a final accounting of expenditures during the fiscal year, while the LFB memo didn’t have those details available yet. For the year, general fund tax collections came in at $19.57 billion, up from $16.53 billion in 2019-20, according to the DOA report. That was an 11.6 percent increase.

Gableman eases timing on requests to local officials

Former Justice Michael Gableman in a new video said he has offered the clerks and mayors of five cities a “reprieve on the timing of their interviews” with his office so they could better provide the information he wants on the 2020 election. But officials in several of the targeted communities recently told they don’t expect their mayors will end up speaking directly with Gableman’s office. Instead, they expect a city official with the best knowledge of how the elections were conducted will speak with the Office of Special Counsel after it reviews a batch of records being delivered tomorrow. A recent 3-minute video is the latest twist in the subpoenas that Gableman sent as part of his Assembly GOP-backed probe. The first subpoenas directed clerks to appear at Gableman’s Brookfield office at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The second directed the mayors and “person most knowledgeable in regard to the November 2020” election to show up at 9 a.m. Oct. 22.


Gableman had angrily disputed the suggestion he was dropping the subpoenas if city officials turned over records willingly and vowed in a radio interview, “They’re going to show up now, all of them, unless we reach an agreement specifically otherwise.” In the new video, Gableman said his office worked with local officials to agree on a limited range of documents they believed they could provide as a “starting point” with the understanding that additional information would be provided “on a mutually agreeable timeline.” To address concerns that the original records request was burdensome, his office offered to proceed informally so long as public officials are willing to work in good faith.

Jacque phones into senate hearing

State Sen. André Jacque, who was hospitalized earlier this year while battling COVID-19, phoned into a Senate hearing. It was the De Pere Republican’s first participation in a committee hearing since his diagnosis. The Senate Human Services, Children and Families Committee began 20 minutes late as Jacque said there were technical difficulties.

Kind endorses Pfaff for 3rd CD primary

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, has endorsed his former aide and state Sen. Brad Pfaff, D-Onalaska, to succeed him representing western Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District. Kind’s endorsement comes after Eau Claire businesswoman Becca Cooke formally entered the race for the Dem nomination. The primary will be in August. Cooke, a member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Board, owns Red’s Mercantile, which sources goods from independent makers. She also founded the Red Letter Grant in 2016, a nonprofit that provides startup capital and technical assistance to female entrepreneurs in western Wisconsin. Cooke, who has also worked for campaigns as a fundraiser, highlighted in this morning’s announcement her background growing up on an Eau Claire dairy farm. She said it was a struggle to make ends meet, but “we always showed up for neighbors in need.”

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Members of the Natural Resources Board took no action on seeking private legal counsel in a lawsuit aiming to ban this fall’s wolf hunt. Following a 90-minute closed session yesterday, Chair Frederick Prehn announced on a virtual call the board voted to not seek further legal counsel in the suit. The legal action argues DNR should suspend the fall wolf hunt until sufficient data on the existing wolf population is available and prevent any future wolf hunts from happening. The suit, filed in state court on behalf of Great Lakes Wildlife Alliance and others, originally named Prehn and NRB members, but an Oct. 8 filing does not include them as defendants. Claire Davis, who represents the environmental groups, also told they were dropped because the claims in the suit are against the whole department, not against any of its internal components. “We thus decided it was most appropriate to just direct our allegations against DNR and the person who leads DNR, Secretary Preston Cole,” Davis wrote in an email. DNR and Cole are the only remaining defendants in the suit. The suit is one of two seeking to stop the fall wolf hunt following NRB members’ decision to set the wolf hunt quota at 300. DNR later reduced it to 130, arguing it had authority to set the quota over NRB. Timothy Preso told he and other lawyers representing six bands of the Ojibwe in a federal court action are not planning to remove Prehn and NRB members from their suit.

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Former GOP U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy is considering a bid for guv after former President Trump urged him to “Run, Sean, Run!” a source told Trump issued a statement Saturday that he was working hard to get Duffy to run, saying he would be “virtually unbeatable.” Following the statement, a source familiar with Duffy’s thinking told the former congressman was considering it. Duffy resigned his House seat in 2019 to spend more time with his family after receiving the diagnosis that his ninth child would be born with Down syndrome. Trump’s statement scrambled the GOP field for guv with former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch the only prominent Republican in the race so far. Lobbyist Bill McCoshen passed on a bid earlier this fall, while state Rep. John Macco, of Ledgeview, and former U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have been considering runs. Still, Trump’s support has carried significant weight in GOP primaries across the country. Kleefisch’s campaign didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Duffy has been mentioned off and on as a possible candidate for guv or U.S. Senate in 2022, but he hasn’t made any significant moves toward a bid for either office. On Friday, he reported still having nearly $2.2 million in his federal campaign account.

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Solar is growing even in Wisconsin, where the regulatory environment isn’t terribly conducive; that’s because costs are coming way down.

A trip to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual Renewable Energy Fair is always an interesting experience. The crowd is a good mix of regular folks mixed with others who look like they’d be at home at the Burning Man festival. And stuff like renewable energy had something of a reputation for attracting the counter culture types, those who desired to live off the grid, or wanted to escape the man. Today, that’s changed. Those folks are still around, of course, but the biggest buyer of solar panels these days: The man himself. There are now more than 20 solar farms in Wisconsin, built by Wisconsin’s utility companies. Why? That’s because costs have dramatically decreased in the last decade — they’ve come down 70-75%, depending on who you ask. Nearby there is a SoCore Energy solar farm in Taylor County that generates 2,000kwh. There’s also one in Price County. WPS, which serves the Marathon County area, has Two Creeks Solar Farm which generates 150 megawatts per year, according to the utility company’s website. In fact, the price of solar has come down so much, that’s it’s actually the cheapest source of electricity to build, says Midwest Renewable Energy Association Director Nick Hylla. That’s why power companies are continuing to build the solar plants and make use of them. It saves them money, which increases profits. In fact, the old notion of renewable versus fossil fuels is not really in play anymore. That ship has sailed with the massive decrease in cost of solar. Now the battle is more between the individual systems versus the utilities owning the system. Hylla has some strong feelings about how the utility companies sell solar — customers can pay a premium on their utility bill to ensure some of their energy as coming from solar; while the solar plants actually save money using solar because it’s the least expensive energy source to build. But those cost savings have also led to increases in home use. MREA has played a big role in that with its Grow Solar program. The idea is this: big companies, municipalities and utilities can use economies of scale to make the cost of solar work out from a return on investment. But what about small consumers? Many in the early days bought solar systems less with ROI in mind, because the payoff time horizon was rather long; it was more about feeling like they were doing the right thing for the

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association held a solar installation training day last May. Solar is getting cheaper, fueling its growth. (Matt Brown/ MREA)

environment. Today that’s not true, and not just because of the costs of materials, although that’s a major factor. It’s also because of Grow Solar, which helps pair would-be solar system owners with education events called Power Hours with experts who can help educate them about the benefits of solar. And if they’re interested, they can pool their resources to make a group buy, saving money through the economies of scale municipalities, businesses and utilities have access to. The numbers have been pretty good - so good, in fact, that MREA is adding Waushara County to Grow Solar Central Wisconsin’s list of of counties. Those also include Marathon, Lincoln, Portage and Wood counties, making it a five-county program. Of the 11,500 people who have attended such events, 2,227 people have purchased solar systems through the program — that’s one in five people who attended such meetings. It helps that now the return on solar is about 15%, and solar systems can completely pay for themselves in about seven to 10 years, quite a bit less than they were a decade ago. That’s also leading municipalities to much more readily consider solar, when once it was something that came with some controversy.

Solar in the city

Wausau could be about to embark on its first solar array. A solar array is being considered to help power the city’s new drinking water plant on Bugbee Avenue. In March, the city announced that the city’s utility commission hired local engineering firm Clark Dietz to study the issue and how much it would cost, to “pump the drinking water and light the building.” The cost was projected to be around $2 million for an array of panels on six acres of land. And they were to look at the ROI — the return on investment from the panels generating electricity that would save the city money. In other words, how long would it take to recoup the costs of building the facility through savings on energy bills? Not everyone is thrilled with the idea. Right now, the lot on Bugbee Avenue is filled with trees, and according to neighbors who sent letters to City Pages, there is a good deal of concern with taking out that many trees at once. For something that is supposed to be environmentally beneficial, taking out so many trees seems antithetical to the environmental ethos. Many of those residents voiced their concerns at a September meeting about the plant and the panels. Public Works Director Eric Lindman told City Pages in early October that the ROI for the panels hasn’t been determined. It is true that a number of trees would need to come down

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renewable source in Wisconsin, and top ten in the U.S., according to the EIA. In 2020 there were nearly 200 facilities that created energy out of methane release from old landfills or other waste to energy systems. By contrast, there are only 25 solar facilities in the state, and solar only accounts for 4% of renewable energy in the state, much less than in the nation as a whole, where energy production was more than 2% of ALL energy. It doesn’t help that Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission enacted a rule in 2013. That increased the base rate consumers pay while lowering per usage rates. Those with solar systems who had calculated payback schedules suddenly found them off by some years.

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That’s the case for Alex Schmetzke. Schmetzke bought his system in 2011, installed by Northwind Renewables out of Amherst. In his native country of Germany, solar panels were pervasive because of the general belief in environmentalism and generous government subsidies. Schmetzke saw them everywhere on a trip back to Ger-

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In 2020, when people were hanging out on Zoom and watching far too much Netflix, America consumed 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It might surprise you to learn that 20% of that came from renewable energy. The bulk of that is wind: According to the EIA, that accounted for 8.4% of all energy consumed in the U.S. That was followed by hydro-electric at 7.3%. Solar was a mere 2.2%, which might not seem like much in comparison, but that accounts for 88 billion kilowatt hours in 2020. The third-most used renewable energy source. Fossil fuels were still the leader at 60%, and another 20% came from nuclear energy. It’s a bit different in Wisconsin. Biofuel is the top

many, where nearly every roof seemed to have panels. He was surprised then, on a later trip to sunny Florida, to hardly see any. So Schmetzke bought his 14-panel, 3.5-kilowatt system in 2011. The panels cover most of his usage on average; in the summer he might be sending some electricity back to the grid, and in winter he might be buying some. (WPS’s setup pays much less for energy sold to the grid as it charges for energy bought from the grid, part of that 2013 rule change.) At the time, Schmetzke figured the payback on his system would be about 14 years. That changed when the Public Service Commission passed its new rate rules, which set higher base fees and lowered the amount utilities pay for solar energy sent back to their grid, only a couple of years later. Schmetzke was hardly the only one who suddenly found their payback projections askew. But Schmetzke doesn’t regret going solar. Even now, his payback projections are around 20 years; meaning he’ll have saved enough in electricity costs to break even on the 17,000 he paid to have solar installed in 2011 by about 2031. Today paybacks are even shorter; Hylla estimates the payback at about 7-10 years. An MIT report called The Future of Solar in 2016 estimated that costs for photovoltaic systems had decreased 50-70%, and the emergence of third party ownership systems, where owners lease the systems instead of buying them, is on the rise; 28 states currently allow it and organizations such as the MREA are suing the Public Service Commission to allow third-party ownership structures in Wisconsin. But meanwhile, support for solar is growing. I recently reached out on Facebook to see if there was anyone who had great luck with solar; I was overwhelmed by the response. I was impressed to learn that two local farms were using solar systems, one of those had one for the farm and one for employee housing. Apparently on high sun days the clock runs faster and the employees show up early for work. Otherwise, several residential consumers mentioned that they were happy with their systems - the most common response was that the systems provide about 90% of the power they use, in order to get the most bang for the buck (like Schmetzke, they’ll have an excess they sell in the summer and need to buy a little power in the winter). As prices come down and payback times decrease, solar could become an increasingly attractive option, both on the consumer side and on the utility side.

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to make way for the panels. Lindman says the public works department is planning another meeting in November to discuss the panels and should have more detailed information ready for that meeting. There are a few options depending on how many panels the city could choose, which would each have different rates of return in terms of electricity cost savings. A date hasn’t been set for the meeting, Lindman says. But some details he could share: The $2 million system would have generated 1.2 Megawatts of power for the treatment plant. They’re also considering smaller systems of 625 kilowatts and 225 kilowatts. They’re still working with Clark Dietz to get costs for those two possible alternate systems, as well as the rate of return for all three potential systems. In Weston, putting solar on the roof of the new municipal center was a no-brainer. Weston Village President Mark Maloney told City Pages that the idea of adding solar didn’t generate any real controversy. In fact, if anyone was skeptical, it was him. But with all the rooftop space on the 100,000-square foot building, Maloney said it was even easier than if they needed to try to find the land to support the solar array. “Harvesting the sun, that’s a no-brainer,” Maloney told City Pages. Weston elected to build the roof to be ready to support solar — but the actual system will be bought and put in place once the building is complete, to get the maximum return on investment by buying the most up-to-date equipment. “It’d be like buying all the computers now,” Maloney says. “The technology changes so fast. You’d want to hold off.”

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If you’re the one person who hasn’t watched Squid Game yet, you should Squid Game | Netflix | 9 episodes I admit I was a touch late to the party, partially because of space concerns, so this review is coming out pretty late in the game. Fair enough. So I thought I would present a different perspective on the show, as someone who has spent a pretty fair amount of time consuming Asian entertainment, mostly from Japan. Korean is the language that always trips me up. I spent 10 years and three trips learning Japanese, and I have a decent degree of fluency in the language. Korean is structurally similar, with the verb coming last in the sentence, so there’s always a brief moment of confusion when I hear the language, because it sounds like Japanese but I can’t make out anything. But the point is to say that Squid Game is shocking, for sure; plenty of people have expressed it being a pretty intense show, and I thought so too; but Asian media is known for not being afraid to push the boundaries. For those not in the know, Squid Game is a Korean show on Netflix about a deadly game played by people recruited from very difficult situations. Often they’re in debt and have no other way out. Their intro to the game comes from playing a game with a recruiter, who offers them much higher rewards to participate in the main

game. They wake up on an island with a game in full force; they never know what games are going to come next, but they follow two premises: it’ll be based on some kind of childhood game, and “elimination” is literal. Either as the result of the game itself, or simply from the “referees” simply shooting them. Squid Game probably reminded a lot of people of The Hunger Games, but it made me think of a different series: The manga and anime series Battle Royale. When I first read the manga Battle Royale, I had to put it down a few times (it’s far more extreme than Squid Game, believe it or not). The premise is this group takes over a typical high school (many manga/anime series start out with a “typical high school” scenario) and forces everyone into a deadly “king of the hill” survival game. Suddenly classmates are turned against each other, form alliances, betray each other, all in an effort to survive.

Sound familiar? Another manga/anime series is similar: Gantz is about people recruited after they die to participate in a game where they must hunt and kill aliens using futuristic equipment. So all that is to say that while to someone unfamiliar with Japanese/Korean media, Squid Game might seem to come out of nowhere; how could they come up with something so wild and intense? But there is a strong root for this type of content. That’s not to take away from Squid Game. I enjoyed every cringe-inducing minute of it, even if it made me want to look away at times. It’s particularly effective because in each scenario, a viewer can’t help but wonder what they would do in a similar scenario. How do you make friends with people knowing at some point you’ll have to kill them, or be killed yourself? How do push yourself forward in a scenario where you have a fifty-fifty chance of dying? Anime/manga might not be your forte. But Squid Game offers something of that experience in a Netflix series, making it accessible to folks who otherwise not be exposed to that type of content. In that way, and many others, Squid Game is groundbreaking. Go watch it. (As a random side note, check out Mr. Beast’s Squid Game contest using Minecraft, found on YouTube. If I had to play Squid Game, I’d much rather play a video game version!)

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Turning back the time turmoil In less than a month — Nov. 7 at 2 a.m. to be precise — most of the nation’s clocks will be turned back an hour as we return to standard time. The extra hour of daylight that we’ve experienced since March 14 as part of Daylight Saving Time will go away and we will be plunged into darkness. While there are some states — Arizona and Hawaii along with some of our Amish neighbors — that remain on standard time year-round, the rest of us engage in the twice-yearly time trick. It seems like just when our circadian sleep cycle is getting normalized and we’ve located the last of the digital clocks that need to be changed, we’re changing them again. There is a small corner of my world that has remained on standard time for the past year. In my basement office, there’s a wall clock that I never got around to springing forward in March. Attribute it to a combination of procrastination and a little bit of laziness because I need a stepladder to reach the clock. In the past, I have stood on my swivel office chair to reach it, but at least I’m getting a little smarter. The computer automatically changes time and since no one else uses that room much, it’s been a Hardie Standard Time holdout. Every so often I glance at the clock and figure I’ve got plenty of time to get stuff done and I end up getting nothing done because I’m already behind. And I’m comfortable with that. This concept of adding additional daylight in the summer to save energy is really a farce because it’s shown to not do that anymore with the prevalence of air conditioning. It’s also a myth — I learned from — that

farmers are responsible for changing the clocks. The agriculture industry was opposed to the time switch when it was first implemented on March 31, 1918, as a wartime measure. If you asked most cows, they would lift their tail to the time change as well. While many cows are now milked three times a day, many others are still on a twice-a-day schedule. Anytime you mess with that time, the production is impacted. When you delay the sun rising, you also mess up the natural rhythm of the day. The grass is wetter for another hour and some jobs don’t start until daylight. Sundials tell the real time all of the time Studies have also shown that time changes affect people’s rhythms as well. Our internal body clocks settle into normal sleep patterns and cycles that are disrupted enough already by aging bladders, binge-watching TV shows and late-night doom scrolling. We don’t need artificial time changes to mess it up even more. Even worse, it can be harmful to your health. interviewed a Finnish doctor who said the rate of ischemic stroke was 8% higher during the first two days after a time change. But even if you don’t blow a gasket, the time change is simply depressing. “The transition to standard time is likely to be associated with a negative psychological effect, as it very clearly marks the coming of a period of long, dark and cold days,” Soren Ostergaard, associate professor of clinical medicine at Aarhus University in Denmark told Entrepreneur. Trust me. Scandinavians know a little something about long, dark winters.

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Genevieve Heyward FRIDAY 10/22 | ELBOW ROOM, STEVENS POINT

With a smooth and smoky voice, this Door County artist has a warm and honest sound that’s both contemporary and rooted in tradition. Skilled at guitar and piano, Heyward also writes the songs she sings, ranging from pop to Americana. She’s opened for Grammy winners and has shared the stage with national touring acts and performers who have written songs for some of the biggest names in music. According to AmericanaUK, “She shines with lilting vocals, sharply clever lyrics, and a distinctly country hued musicality that should be able to win over both traditional and more modern fans of the genre alike.” 8 pm. 715-3449840.


From Madison, this semi-acoustic rock group plays a high-energy brand of original Americana and roots music. Incorporating elements of bluegrass and folk, Gin Mill Hollow draws from a variety of influences including The Wood Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and more. Their string-band approach is augmented by the use of Porchboard kick-drum emulators giving the trio’s sound an extra foot-stomping rhythm. 9 pm. 715849-9377.


Put on your boogie shoes for a groove-inspired funk frenzy with this four-piece band. Pocket kings brings an incredibly tight musical performance full of exciting, jazzy and danceable songs. Formed from elite musicians, they groups has played all over the Fox Valley, including popular local festivals such as Waterfest and Oshkosh Main Street Music Festival. You’ll enjoy their R&B, soul, and funk originals along with covers by artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, and more. 7 pm. 715-693-2739.


This annual dance spooktacular is a Wausau Halloween time favorite that the whole family will enjoy. Presented by Wausau Dance Theatre, follow your favorite Halloween characters—mummies, zombies, and more—through creepy, crawly adventures. It’s a heart-pounding, hip-hopping, spine tingling production full of exciting choreography and energetic performers. Shows at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. $15 child, $20 adult. Tickets at


Wausau is home to many allegedly haunted places including the Grand Theater, the Downtown Mission Church, the Marathon County Historical Museum and more. Discover the history of these locations and more during the Wausau Paranormal Research Society’s annual ghost tours. On Fridays, you’ll learn about real local history and its colorful characters, such as an early 20th century maid, the 19th century feuding dentists, Eddie the janitor, the woman in white, and so much more. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, it’s fascinating. Friday guided walking tours at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm. $10. New this year, on Saturdays are costumed tours. Participants will experience the haunted history from actors dressed as historical characters at each location. 6-8 pm with tours leaving every 20 minutes. Dress for the outdoors as both tours happen outdoors rain or shine. Tickets only available at the time of the tours at the Elks Lodge’s lower bar. $10, free 7 and under. Details at

Michael Perry Live: Sneezing Cows & Love Songs THURSDAY 10/21 | LUCILLE TACK CENTER FOR THE ARTS, SPENCER

He’s a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Known for his hilarious and heartfelt live performances, Michael Perry presents an evening of stories and songs drawn from his working-class background, accidental book and songwriting career, and life on the road in a used van full of musicians. Perry will be accompanied by his band, The Long Beds. If you haven’t heard of Mike before, now’s the time to change that. 7 pm. $25.



Experience the soaring guitar harmonies, lightning-fast keyboard runs and lush harmony vocals of the iconic rock bands Boston and Styx. The band is fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist David Victor, who performed on two North American tours and recorded a number one hit with the multi-platinum band Boston. With world-class musicians, they recreate the most loved hits of Boston and Styx, including instantly recognizable hits like “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind” and “Amanda”. The show is a real as rock ‘n roll gets with incredible energy and an explosive experience. Starts at 7:30 pm. $49 adults $10 students.



October 21-28, 2021

BAR BEAT Thursday October 21

Mark Wayne · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic country, rock, variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Jackson Taylor · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. 90s country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Geoff Landon · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-344-7026

Friday October 22

Austin Skalecki · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Sams 377 Blues Review · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Blues. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Aurora. The Borealis · Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Indie/alternative rock. 7 pm. 715-298-3202 Genevieve Heyward · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Variety. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Myles Wangerin · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Variety. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026 Reckless Dezire · Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurante & Bar, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-842-9206


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Saturday October 23

Derek Lind · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Folk, original country, variety. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Brian McLaughlin (BMac) · Hub Inn, Merrill. Music from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars. 5 pm. 715-536-6169 Stewart Ellyson · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Foxfire Affair · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Celtic, maritime, alternative and folk. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Soul Whiskey · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Pocket Kings · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. R&B, Soul, Funk. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Caster Volor and Killing Rapunzel · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Hard rock. 7:30 pm. 715-675-2940 Gin Mill Hollow · Intermission, Wausau. Alt-bluegrass. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Blame it on Waylon · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Country. 9 pm. 715-344-7026 DJ Whizz Kid · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 11 pm. 715-600-0996

Thursday October 28

Brad Emanuel · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Andy Braun · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Folk-rock. 6 pm. 715-693-2739 Friday October 29 Andy Braun · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Folk-rock. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 Severio Mancieri · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-550-2337 Aaron Lee Kaplan · Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Folk, blues. 7 pm. 715-298-3202 Killing Rapunzel · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Hard rock. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Allen Brothers · Motorama Auto Museum, Aniwa. Rock. 8 pm. 715-449-2141

Saturday October 30

Jason McNabb · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Country. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 The Dead Fretz · Karch’s Up Nort’ Resort, Tomahawk. 90s alternative with classic roots. 7 pm. 715-966-0291 Double Tap · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Rock. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Tae · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Variety. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 The Northwood Skitchers · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Blues, Motown, classic rock, rock & roll. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Knock Point · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Whiskey & Lace · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Country. 8 pm. 715-843-7555 H1Z1, Dead Loss, Squidhammer & All Kings Fall · Intermission, Wausau. Metal. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Nightlife DJs · Campus Pub, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-675-1960 Joseph Huber Band · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-819-3663 DJ Dave Brula · Speakeasy, Schofield. Variety. 9 pm. 715-298-6303 The Third Wheels · The Bar-Wausau, Rothschild. Variety. 9 pm. 715-355-7001 The DUIs, Cashed, Elk Startled by Thunder & Catastrophic Heroes · Polack Inn, Wausau. Punk rock. 9 pm. 715-845-6184 Jackson Taylor · The Dugout, Merrill. 90s country & original. 9 pm. 715-536-8870

Sunday October 31

Northbound Train · Renee’s Red Rooster Bar and Grill,

Stevens Point. Variety. 3 pm. 715-344-9825 Sam Ness · Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Folk/Americana. 6 pm. 715-848-5166

Friday November 5

Gerard Fischer · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Acoustic. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 Laura Bomber · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Folk. 8 pm. 715-344-9840

Saturday November 13 J-me Baptist · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Country & pop. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Slab · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Pop and rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Brian McLaughlin (BMac) · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Music from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars. 9 pm. 715-359-2363

Saturday November 6

Stewart Ellyson · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-550-2337 Nick Foytik · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Blues, soul, rock & roll. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Allen Brothers · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Rock. 8 pm. 715-310-2474 Turning Point · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Variety. 8 pm. 715-843-7555 Normundy and Infini · Speakeasy, Schofield. Rock, rap, electronic dance. 8 pm. 715-298-6303 Through Crimson · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Alternative rock. 9 pm. 715-344-7026 Sixx Guns Loaded · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Classic rock. 9 pm. 715-675-2940

Thursday November 11

Jackson Taylor · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. 90s country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474

Friday November 12

Amelia Ford · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Original pop & folk-rock. 5 pm. 715-550-2337 Jackson Taylor · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. 90s country. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Geoff Landon · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-310-2474

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. 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. 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 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.


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Waitress · Wed. & Thurs. 10/20-10/21, Grand Theater, Wausau. Watch a Broadway hit about a waitress and expert pie-maker. Starts at 7:30 pm. $70. Michael Perry Live: Sneezing Cows & Love Songs · Thurs. 10/21, Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer. Story-telling and comedy performed by New York Times bestselling author, singer, and songwriter along with his band, The Long Beds. Starts at 7 pm. $25. https://lucilletackcenter. com/buy/ David Victor formerly of Boston “The Hits of Boston & Styx” · Thurs. 10/21, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St S, Wisconsin Rapids. Listen to Boston’s greatest hits performed by a five piece band and former Boston musician David Victor. Starts at 7:30 pm. $46 adults $10 students. Boo Bash · Sat. 10/23, hosted by the Wausau Academy of Dance at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau, James F. Veninga Theater, Wausau. Watch a Halloween-themed show per-

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formed by the Wausau Academy of Dance’s dancers. Starts at 1 pm. $15. Thriller · Sat. 10/23, hosted by the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet at the Grand Theater, Wausau. Halloween-themed dance. Starts at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm. $15 child, $20 adult. 715-842-0988 or Gordon Lightfoot · Wed. 10/27, Grand Theater, Wausau. Singer/song writer folk musician. Starts at 8 pm. $48. Home Free at the Grand · Thurs. 10/28, Grand Theater, Wausau. Four vocalists combine music with humor. Starts at 7:30 pm. $35. New Polish Sounds · Fri. 10/29, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Polka. 7 pm. $10. 715-344-7026 ABBA Tour · Sat. 10/30, Grand Theater, Wausau. Touring tribute concert dedicated to Swedish band ABBA. Starts at 7:30 pm. $29. FoolHouse · Sat. 10/30, LT Club Wausau Labor Temple, Wausau. 90s party rock. 21+ event. Doors open at 8 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of the show. 715-848-3320 Rising Phoenix · Sat. 10/30, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. 70s-80s classic rock. 9 pm. $5 advance, $10 day of the show. 715-344-7026 Halloween at the Oz Nightclub · Sat. 10/30, Oz Nightclub, Wausau. Drag show & costume contest. Starts at 10:30 pm. 715-679-3606 The Amazing Kreskin · Sun. 10/31, Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua. Mentalist show. Not for children 10 and under. Starts at 3 pm. $15-$28. Dig Deep · Sun. 10/31, Emy J’s Coffee House & Café at 1009 1st Street, Stevens Point. Bluegrass. Starts at 4 pm. $10 at the door. 715-345-0471 Guys On Ice · Thurs.-Sat. 11/4-11/6, Wausau Community Theater, Wausau. Ice fishing musical comedy. Starts at 6:30 pm on 11/4, 7:30 pm on 11/5, 2 pm on 11/6 and 7:30 pm on 11/7. $22 adults, $18 seniors, college, active military, $14 youth. Windsor Drive · Fri. 11/5, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Indie rock. 21+ event, masks required. Starts at 7 pm. $10. Church of Cash · Fri. 11/5, Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua. Band who plays music tributes to Johnny Cash. Starts at 7 pm. $15-$28. DEERS, by Marcus Gorman · Fri.-Sun, 11/5-11/7 & Thurs.-Sun. 11/11-11/14, Nicolet College, Rhinelander. Spoof of the sitcom Cheers except the human characters are replaced with animals. Starts at 7:30 pm on Thurs.-Sat. and 2 pm on Sundays. $8-10.

Comedian Frank Roche · Fri. 11/5, Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Standup comedy. 8 pm. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 715-675-2940 The Hit Men · Fri. 11/12, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St S, Wisconsin Rapids. Classic rock performed by five musicians who played alongside other famous classic rock artists. Starts at 7:30 pm. $49 adults $10 students. Remembering Hee Haw · Fri. 11/12, Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer. Country-themed show performed by the original cast with special guest T. Graham Brown. Starts at 7:30 pm. $40. Come Alive! · Sat. 11/20, hosted by Wisconsin Singers at Grand Theater, Wausau. Broadway-style tour with a wide variety of American pop music and other musical genres for all ages. Starts at 7 pm. $13. 715-842-0988 or Grandtheater. org Holiday with CWSO: Featuring Danny Mitchell · Sat. & Sun. 12/11 & 12/12, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra at Woodlands Church, 190 Hoover Ave, Plover. Concert featuring musician Danny Mitchell and cellist Olivia Yang. Starts at 7:30 pm on 12/11 and 4 pm on 12/12. $42 adult, $32 senior, $12 student with ID.


Book club forming to discuss A New View of Being Human · Via Zoom or at Kinlein Offices, Wausau. Book that provides a platform to consider the power of being human and the value of each person’s contribution to the world. Authored by pioneers in the profession of kinlein which assists persons in building on their strengths. 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 Mosinee Farmers Market · Tuesdays from June thru Oct. Located at River Park, Mosinee. Starts at 11 am. www. Wausau Farmers Market · Wednesdays and Saturdays from May thru Oct. Located on River Drive, Wausau. Opens 7 am. Aspirus Wausau Farmers Market · Every Thursday, Located at Aspirus Corporate Parking Lot, 2200 Westwood Dr, Wausau. Opens 9 am. 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. 715-841-1855 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. 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 UW-Stevens Point Planetarium Shows · Sundays from September to December, no show on 11/28, UW-Stevens Point Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatories, 2001 Fourth Ave, Stevens Point. Shows held at 2 pm. Masks required. Shows are free. 715-346-2208

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 Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Felt Coaster · Fri.-Sat. 10/110/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit to make a felt coaster. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info Book-of-the-Month-Club: “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix Harrow · Fri.-Sun. 10/1-10/31, 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 Fun@5 with Best Western Plus Wausau Tower · Thurs. 10/21, hosted by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce at Best Western Plus Wausau Tower Inn, 201 N 17th Ave, 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. Harvest Dinner · Thurs. 10/21, Rothschild Pavilion, Rothschild. Enjoy hors d’ouevres, wine, and a culinary event. Proceeds help feed children in the community. Starts at 5:30 pm. $100. Wausau Area Builders Association Home Show · Fri.-Sun. 10/22-10/24, Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Center, Rothschild. Connect with builders who can help you improve your home. Starts at 4 pm. $5. https://www. Giving for Life Concert & Auction · Fri. 10/22, hosted by The Hannah Center at Center City Church, 2209 W Spencer St, Marshfield. Music from Christian artist Jason Gray and an online silent auction. Preorder tickets by 10/8. Starts at 6 pm. $25 live stream, $30 general admission, $40 meet & greet. Original Ghost Tours · Fri. 10/22 & 10/29, hosted by the Wausau Paranormal Research Society at Wausau Elk’s Lodge #248, Wausau. Go for a haunted tour downtown with the WPRS. Starts at 6 pm. $10. Wausau Cyclone Game · Fri. 10/22, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Peoria Mustangs. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. Annual Malloween Crafter & Vendor Event · Sat. 10/23, Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild. Halloween themed craft and vendor show. Starts at 9 am. No cost. 715-298-3811 9th Annual Craft, Gift & Bake Sale · Sat. 10/23, hosted by the Lincoln County Humane Society at Pine River Town Hall, N1647 Deer Run Ave, Merrill. Proceeds benefit the Lincoln County Humane Society. Starts at 9 am. 715-966-3545 “The History of Astronomy in Wisconsin” · Sat. 10/23, Chemistry Biology Building Room 105, University of Stevens Point, Stevens Point. Learn about the history of astronomy in Wisconsin from James Lattis, director of the Space Place at UW-Madison. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Costumed Ghost Tours · Sat. 10/23 & 10/30, hosted by the Wausau Paranormal Research Society at Wausau Elk’s Lodge #248, Wausau. Go for a haunted tour downtown with the WPRS and hear tales from costumed “ghosts”. Starts at 6 pm. $10. Wausau Cyclone Game · Sat. 10/23, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Peoria Mustangs. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. Back to the Moon for Good · Sun. 10/24, UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about the history of lunar exploration. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Free Movie: Sonic the Hedgehog · Sun. 10/24, Jensen Community Center, 487 N Main Street, Amherst. Watch the movie Sonic the Hedgehog. Popcorn and water for sale onsite. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Preparing for Winter Flower Blooms! · Mon. 10/25, hosted online by Extension Marathon County. Learn about planting flowers indoors during the winter. Registration required by noon on 10/17. Starts at 11 am. Free. events/10587 Scandinavian Folk Art Painting · Tuesdays 10/26-12/7, Chest-



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OUTDOORS Starwood Sleigh Rides (thru January) · Ringle, WI. Reservations required. 715-297-8512 or 715-446-2485 Take a Walk on the Wild Side · Thurs. 10/21, Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point. Search for clues animals leave behind and learn what they mean. Registration required. Starts at 5 pm. Free. Pages/home.aspx Creatures of the Night · Sat. 10/23, Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point. Learn how nocturnal animals navigate in the dark. Meet at the Parkway Shelter north of Maria Drive. Registration required. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www. Luminary Garden Walk · Fri. 11/5, Monk Botanical Garden, 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 6 pm. $5 per adult, $2 for kids 12 and under and free for members. Cash only. luminary-walks 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. 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. 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.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Wheel-Throwing with Ben Wendt · Tuesdays 9/28-10/26, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Learn how to make a mug or bowl in a beginning to intermediate wheel-throwing class. All supplies provided. Starts at 6:30 pm. $165. Getting You Financially Lit! · Wednesdays 10/6-11/17, YWCA Wausau, 613 5th St, Wausau. Workshop for those ages 1626 who wish to learn how to manage their finances. Starts at 7 pm. $20 for the full series. https://www.eventbrite. com/e/getting-you-financially-lit-a-finance-program-foryoung-adults-tickets-170538531338 Louise Elster · Thurs. 10/21, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Ben Clark discusses about Louise Elster, former 4th grade teacher at Franklin School. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live History Speaks on the Air: Apples, Botany and Cider · Sat. 10/23, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Paul Whitaker talks about the history of apples. Starts at 2 pm. Free. On Facebook Live 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. “Dawn of the Shaun of the Dead” · Thurs. 10/28, UWStevens Point, Communications Arts Center, room 333, Stevens Point. Figure out how you can survive a zombie apocalypse with critical thinking skills. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. 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. 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.

ARTS/EXHIBITS 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, Exhibits on display: Roots: Transplanted, Rhapsodies in Paint, and Wausau WRAP from 9/17-11/6. 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. Musicians from Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra will perform Thursdays at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm during the Birds in Art 2021 exhibition. Facemasks and social distancing required. 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. UW-Stevens Point Carlsten Gallery · Embodiment on display from 9/23-11/5 located on the second floor of the Noel Fine Arts Center. Gallery open Mon. 8 am-3:30 pm, Wed. 8 am-8 pm, Fri. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sat. 8 am-12 pm. Face coverings required indoors. Exhibitions/carlsten.aspx 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, 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. Motorama Auto Museum, Aniwa · Open Weds.-Sat. 9 am to 5 pm from May thru Oct. Check out 400+ rare, vintage vehicles. $10 for adults, free for kids. 715-449-2141. 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. “I am 75” Reception · Sat. 10/23, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Exhibit of works by Mildred “Tinker” Schuman. Enjoy music and song, tribal speakers, and celebration. Starts at 12 pm. Free.

KIDS/TEENS Gymtricks · Wed. 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 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


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Bounce House · Wednesdays, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 5:30 pm. $5 per child 12 and under. Greater Wausau Children’s Museum · Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild. Open Tues-Thurs 9 am-2 pm, Fri. & Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. 12 pm-5 pm. Closed Monday. $5 per child 1-12 years, free for children under 1 and parents or caregivers. Mini Monets · Wednesdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Preschool Art program for children ages 2-5. Starts at 10 am. Young Picassos · Saturdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Art program for children ages 7+. Starts at 10 am. Weekly Play and Learn · Thursdays, hosted by Children’s Wisconsin-Marathon County Family Resource Center at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Wausau. Children can enjoy fun, educational activities. Registration required and masks required. Starts at 9:30 am or 10:30 am. No cost. 715-6608103

LIFELINES Stepping On Falls Prevention Workshop · Mondays 10/1811/29, hosted by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County at Lincoln Center, 1519 Water St, Stevens Point. Learn different ways to help prevent falls. Workshop

for ages 60 and older. Starts at 1 pm. Free. 715-346-1401 Stepping On Virtual Workshop · Thursdays 10/21-12/9, hosted online by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Learn about how you can prevent yourself from falling. No class on Thanksgiving. Starts at 1 pm. $10 suggested contribution. 888-486-9545 to register Being Mindful about Medications · Mon. 10/25, hosted online by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Learn about medication safety and how it impacts falling. Preregistration required. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Medicare options through Security Health Plan · hosted weekly, hosted online by the Marshfield Clinic. Learn how Medicare plans offered by Security Health Plan of Wisconsin can help you afford quality insurance. Visit Personal Needs Closet · First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd St, Wausau. Free toilet paper, paper towel, soap, personal toiletries and laundry detergent. Enter from parking lot on Fulton St. 2nd Tuesdays 1-3 pm, 4th Saturdays 9-11 am. 715-842-2201 Claire’s Critter Closet · First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd St, Wausau. Free cat food, dog food, beds, toys, treats, collars and cat litter. Enter from parking lot on Fulton St. 2nd Tuesdays 1-3 pm, 4th Saturdays 9-11 am. 715-842-2201

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer Opportunities for the Week of October 18th, 2021

Turkey Trot Volunteers. United Way of Marathon County is seeking volunteers this Thanksgiving for the 12th annual Turkey Trot race to support Marathon County Hunger Coalition. Volunteer roles include pre-race day packet and number pick up, finish area refreshment distribution, photographer, and course marshals. For more information or to register visit or

contact Ben Lee at Emergency Shelter Assistant. The Salvation Army is looking for immediate COVID shelter assistants to help up maintain a COVID positive area for individuals that have been tested positive and need a place to stay. As a volunteer, you will not be asked to have contact with the Client unless an emergency happens and the staff next door will assist. Your safety will be a top priority. For more information contact 715-370-9563 or On-Call Leaf Haulers: United Way Volunteer Connection. Make a Difference Day is right around the corner! Get involved in this community effort to support our elderly neighbors by signing up to be on-call to collect and haul leaves to the yard waste site. Volunteers will be on call between Oct.18th-29th. Register and learn more at www. or contact Elizabeth at 715298-5719 or



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Response to COVID-19. Please call the agency first and consider ordering online and having in-kind donations shipped to the specific agency. Clorox Wipes. Keep Area Teens Safe (KATS) needs Clorox wipes to keep the Hillcrest House clean. They are also always accepting donations of toilet paper and paper towels. Contact 715-298-5053 before delivering to 1115 Hillcrest Ave Wausau, WI 54401 between 8am and 8pm any day. Food Items for Pantry. The Women’s Community is looking for the following food items to stock their pantry: sloppy joe mix, ramen noodles, crackers, cake frosting, mashed potatoes, and peanut butter. Donations can be dropped off M-F between 8am and 4:30pm at 3200 Hilltop Ave in Wausau, WI. Contact Allie at or 715-842-5663 with questions. More Donation + Volunteer Opportunities! Go to the United Way Volunteer Connection volunteer website at www.


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Bob Henning founded the Legacy Woodworking Academy on the south side of Forest Park Village at 2901 N. Seventh St.

much more can be sandwiched in with his current roster of activities that includes Elks Club, Rib Mountain Lions Club, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Toastmasters, bowling twice a week and serving as league secretary, Homme Home board of directors, Lions representative to a Boy Scout troop and a just-concluded four-year term as president of his church congregation. “I didn’t sit idle during COVID,” he quips. The point is that more volunteers will be needed. Some basic classes, probably limited to working with hand tools, could be going by Oct. 1, he says, but it could expand rapidly with additional instructors willing to share their skills. Some sort of certification on the various power tools

will be needed before being able to use them unsupervised, he says. “You just don’t grab a piece of wood and shove it into the equipment.” Safety is a big deal for him. He’s been involved in community woodworking shops with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and, later, with Marathon County since 2001. In those years there have been two injuries, neither requiring more than a band-aid “and one of them was for a paper cut.” “We built some really fine furniture over the years,” he says. “I’ve had some interesting stories. “My role is to show and demonstrate, not to build your project for you.” He’s proud of the frugality with which the donated space at Forest Park has been converted from a storage space to a well-lit workshop with its own heating, cooling and plumbing. Crediting the Wausau Area Carvers, he says, they recycled almost every piece of wood they could from what had been shelves and framing. Look closely and you’ll see where they pulled out the old nails and put the wood to new uses. He says 90% of the work in the 1,200-square-foot space was donated, but it still took $35,000 in donations to get it done. Henning retired at age 59 from Northcentral Technical College where for 35 years he taught future welders, plumbers and pipefitters the math and blueprint-reading skills they would need in those trades. To reach him now to talk about Legacy Woodworking Academy, dial 715-571-4065.

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