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Thu
04
Apr

‘Bridesmaid’ to provide hilarious turn on weddings

The Mielke Arts Center is surrounded by melting snow drifts, just like every building in the area, and beyond. Water is always running off the roof by the stage entrance so we make a quick duck inside. This is one of the projects we hope the county will put on their list regarding the building. Meanwhile, we cope with it and carry an umbrella!

The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild is presenting a springtime treat, “Always a Bridesmaid,” written by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Our directors are Miriam Nelson and Early Fuller. Show dates are April 26-28 and May 3-5. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays.

Thu
04
Apr

Marion woman named Farm Woman of the Year

Results Broadcasting has announced the 2019 Farm Woman of the Year winner is Brooke Detert, of Marion.

The 35th annual Farm Woman of the Year was announced March 26 at a luncheon inside the Jackson Point Sports Bar and Grill at Crystal Springs in Seymour.

Results Broadcasting’s four local radio stations gave their listeners an opportunity to nominate area farm women for this award.

This year’s Farm Woman of the Year has continued to farm and operate their dairy farm along with her husband, Cody Detert. The Deterts operate Cedar Rapids Dairy Farm together, featuring over 400 acres and milking 92 cows. Detert has two sons and, she is pregnant with their third son.

“Brooke’s dedication and involvement with the management of their operation, her family and many farm-related organizations in the community brought her nomination to the top of the list,” said Eric Voight, Results Broadcasting general manager.

Thu
04
Apr

‘Sister Act’ auditions set for April 15-16

The Phoenix Players will hold open auditions April 15-16 for an August production of “Sister Act.” While the performing arts troupe originally planned to perform Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” they are changing shows due to a conflict in securing performance rights.

“Sister Act,” a feel-good musical comedy based on the 1992 hit film, is being sponsored in part by NEW Credit Union. It follows the story of a Las Vegas disco diva who witnesses a murder and is placed in witness protection at a convent.

Wed
03
Apr

Routine colonoscopy finds malignant cells


Contributed photo Todd Zeinert, shown with his wife, Lynn, had a colonoscopy last fall and discovered a mass with malignant cells, which was able to be removed. He will have to follow up with another colonoscopy later this year to make sure the mass is completely gone.

Todd Zeinert knew he would need to have a colonoscopy sometime after he turned 50, especially after his wife, Lynn Zeinert, became the endoscopy scheduling coordinator at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

“I knew she wasn’t going to give me much leeway, and I also knew I needed to have it done,” Todd said.

He first opted to have a fecal immunochemical test where one’s stool sample is tested for the presence of blood. In Todd’s case, the result was positive. That meant a colonoscopy was needed.

Todd followed through and had the colonoscopy last fall. During the procedure, Dr. Anna Gilbertson, a surgeon with ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano, discovered a mass in Todd’s colon that she was able to fully remove. It contained some malignant cells. As a follow-up, Todd will have another colonoscopy this fall. If nothing is found during that screening, another procedure is recommended in three to five years.

Wed
03
Apr

Growers sought for Shawano community garden

Spring-like temperatures mean gardening season is just around the corner. Organizers of a community garden in Shawano are getting ready for this year’s plantings by holding an organizational meeting this month.

A community garden plot is ideal for an individual or family who wants all the benefits of a vegetable garden, but doesn’t have the yard space. Plots at the community garden, which is located at the corner of Lincoln and Zingler streets next to Zion Lutheran Church, cost $8 for a basic 10-by-10-foot plot. Larger plots are available for an additional fee; tilling is provided and water is available. Those who cannot afford the plot fee are asked to call Nancy Schultz at 715-524-5403.

Wed
03
Apr

Rural Wisconsin residents headline WPT documentary

The lives of rural residents in western Wisconsin counties is the subject of a new Wisconsin Public Television documentary. “Portraits from Rural Wisconsin” will premiere April 11 at 8 p.m.

Filmmakers reached out to residents in Pepin, Durand, Arcadia, Soldiers Grove and other communities in a journey through four seasons to discover their personal portraits. While the hard-working neighbors adhere to a “rural life is the best life” mentality, the film follows them as they continue to look for new solutions to ongoing economic and cultural change and depicts the hardships and hope of rural life.

Produced in part with a 2017 Marquette University O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism received by the documentary’s filmmaker and WPT producer Andy Soth, the film will be available for free online viewing at wpt.org shortly before broadcast.

Wed
03
Apr

Doctors promote testing for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the colon and rectum. During the procedure, a tiny video camera allows doctors to view the inside of the colon. If necessary, polyps or other types of abnormal tissue can be removed during a colonoscopy.

A number of colorectal cancer screening options are available. They include products such as at home fecal immunochemical tests (FITs). While these tests are not as invasive as colonoscopies, they are not believed to be as effective at possibly detecting colon cancer. Patients should talk with their healthcare provider to determine which test is best for them.

Testing and treatment options are available at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, as well as ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano.

Wed
03
Apr

STILL SURVIVING


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski With the occasional stop for hugs, cancer survivors and other participants in the Relay for Life walk around the gymnasium Saturday to symbolize their strong stance against cancer. The purple shirts on many show they are cancer survivors.

The Relay for Life is more than just a fundraiser for those who have lived through cancer.

It’s a reminder that they’re still here, still thriving.

Representatives from Shawano and Menominee counties came together Saturday and walked as one to kick off the local 2019 event. After the survivors took a victory lap, others joined and kept moving around the gymnasium at Shawano Community High School for more than six hours.

“We are all here because someone we know or ourselves have been diagnosed with cancer,” said Barb Wickman, the keynote speaker for Relay for Life and someone who has seen loved ones die as a result of cancer. “It seems that even though we come from small communities, there is hardly a day that goes by that we don’t know someone who has received that diagnosis.”

Mon
01
Apr

Ricken visiting Tigerton for prayer service

Bishop David Ricken will preside at a prayer services for healing in Shawano County for all those in need of healing from the church, especially people affected by sexual abuse. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at St. Anthony Parish in Tigerton.

“This is a way for us to say to the Lord and to you that we acknowledge the hurt that has been caused,” Ricken said. “We know this kind of trauma causes deep emotional wounds, and when sexual abuse happens within the church, it also causes spiritual wounds that some people struggle with every day, especially people who were harmed as children. My hope is that this prayer service leads to deeper and deeper healing for you.”

Fri
29
Mar

Helping each other deal with spring weather woes

The devastating news of flood-ravaged large parts of Nebraska and the U.S. central plains, as well as parts of our own great state of Wisconsin due to spring thaw, is all over the headlines just now. The huge amounts of snow we received in the month of February had to go somewhere, and melting plus more precipitation created the perfect storm.

As well, Nebraska got socked with a freak early spring snowstorm, much like the one that ravaged our area last April, naming it the “Bomb Cyclone.” They breed their livestock to have their calves freshen in early spring in order to meet a certain weight for their fall feeder sales. On a Facebook post I saw a trailer full of dead calves, frozen to death because they weren’t physically able to withstand the unforeseen harsh temperatures. It saddened me terribly.

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