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Fri
31
May

‘The Legend Hiawatha’ auditions planned

The College of Menominee Nation’s theater program invites members of the public to audition for cast and crew roles in this summer’s traditional Menominee Pageant. CMN faculty member Ryan Winn will direct for the fourth consecutive year, with Melinda Cook returning as stage manager. Winn continues to honor a promise made to Menominee elders by staging this traditional theater in the Woodland Bowl in Keshena.

The college, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Menominee Powwow Committee are fiscal sponsors of the event, with additional support from the Kohler Foundation and the Green Bay Packers Foundation.

Fri
31
May

A little hug can go a long way

“What the world needs now, is love sweet love,

“It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of

“What the world needs now, is love sweet love,

“No, not just for some, but for everyone.”

This popular song, with lyrics written by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach, was first made popular by Jackie DeShannon. It was released in 1965. I guess the world has always needed more love, and that certainly holds true today, too.

During my time in public office, I learned many things, and not all of them were government related. I learned communication comes in many forms. I’ve talked about hugging in the past, and I hope you won’t mind me talking about it again. I think in today’s world, positive forms of communication and expressions of caring are so important.

Fri
31
May

Health care conference set for June 19

Plans are under way for the inaugural OnRamp Health Care Conference, which is scheduled for June 19 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

More than 500 industry leaders and innovators are expected to participate in a first-of-its-kind conference that will provide a broad look at the future of health care. Attendees at the one-day conference will include executives from health care organizations, health plans, hospital systems, health insurance payer groups and self-insured corporations, as well as health care startups, investors and clinicians.

The event is being hosted by Gener8tor, a Midwestern startup accelerator, in partnership with the Wisconsin Medical Society and WisMed Assure.

Fri
31
May

Forest partnership brings new members onboard

The Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership has announced that two new organizations have signed on to become partners.

Through the WYFP, organizations pool their resources to promote statewide young forest habitat conservation. The WYFP was formed in December 2013.

Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council is a non-profit located in Northeastern Wisconsin that seeks private and public partners to enhance area natural resources. Lumberjack now houses the WYFP coordinator position and brings a wealth of grant administration and organizational development expertise to the WYFP.

The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative’s mission is to maintain and enhance native bird populations through cooperative partnerships. By adding WBCI as a partner, WYFP is gaining a connection to more than 180 organizations around Wisconsin that are all working toward bird and habitat conservation.

Wed
29
May

Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day, speaker says


Photo by Grace Kirchner The Color Guard leads the parade to the Graceland Cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony.

During the Memorial Day observance Monday at Graceland Cemetery in Clintonville, keynote speaker Ralph Williams urged the crowd not to confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, which is held Nov. 11 to honor all veterans.

“Today is Memorial Day — the day to honor those who died for our country,” said Williams, who served in the Army before starting a long teaching career in Clintonville. “Over a million have given their lives as a sacrifice.”

Williams also encouraged attendees to remember the emotional turmoil our soldiers face even now.

“War has taken a toll on veterans, and 20 per day choose suicide when they think there is no way out,” he said. “Remember those who have not been accounted for. Let veterans know how truly honored we are, and never forget what they have done for us.

“We must take care of those who did come home. Help them rebuild their lives. As President Truman said, our debt to these men and women can never be paid.”

Wed
29
May

Rhubarb Fest is around the corner

A tart, tangy fruit will be the focus of food and exhibits at Rhubarb Fest, June 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 524 N. Franklin St., Shawano.

Admission is free.

The 11th annual fruit-focused fete will include tours of Heritage Park’s museums including a 1912 fire hose wagon and exhibit. Also at the event will be photo stations, live music, activities for kids, a pie contest, crafts, basket raffles, gift shop sales and a plant sale.

A rhubarb cookbook will be among the items offered for sale.

At a fur trader’s camp, visitors can learn how to spin wool, make corn bread and carve wood.

Food options will include rhubarb pie and desserts; lemonade and sangria; burgers and brats with rhubarb sauce; rhubarb-berry slushies, plus beer, water and Sun Drop.

Parking is available at the city lots on Washington Street and North 2nd Street, with a shuttle to and from the park.

Wed
29
May

Clinton Farms installs 50-stall milking parlor


Photo by Grace Kirchner The Clintons’ new Waikato milking parlor was manufactured in New Zealand. Tom Schley, right, was in charge of the installation. Standing with Schley are, from left, Jim Clinton, Sue Clinton and Payton Griepentrog.

Photo by Grace Kirchner An open house will take place Saturday at Clinton Farms, and visitors will be able to see the Clintons’ new 50-cow milking parlor.

A longtime family farm will host an open house Saturday to showcase their new, state-of-the-art milking system. The Waikato 50-stall Centrus Composite Rotary Milking Parlor was recently installed at Clinton Farms, located at E8351 State Highway 22, just south of Clintonville.

The new parlor includes a viewing area, so visitors can see where the Clintons’ 500 cows will be milked three times per day. The cows, however, will not be in the parlor during the open house, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jim Clinton, who runs the family operation with his wife, Sue, their children, Brad Clinton and Carrie Griepentrog, and a grandson, Payton Griepentrog, said the new parlor can milk 250 or more cows per hour.

When asked why he would install costly new equipment in an era when dairy prices have been low, Jim Clinton said: “That’s farming. If you wait until the prices come back up, you’ve probably waited too long.

Wed
29
May

Conservation plan sign-up resumes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications beginning Monday for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program continuous sign-up and will offer extensions for expiring contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP — one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is an important tool for private lands management,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “CRP allows agricultural producers to set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.”

FSA stopped accepting applications in fall for the CRP continuous sign-up when 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in December, Fordyce said FSA has determined that a limited sign-up prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers.

Wed
29
May

Starting FRESH

A 5K Scrabble Fun Walk/Run will highlight the first Shawano Farmers Market of the season June 15 at Franklin Park, 235 S. Washington St., Shawano.

The walk/run, which is open to all ages, is a fundraiser for the FRESH Project and will start at 9 a.m. at their booth. Participants will travel from booth to booth at their own pace and collect Scrabble letters to make a word. When the event wraps up at 11 a.m., the participant with the most word points will win a grand prize.

“Everyone had such a great time at last year’s event, and we were asked to bring the fun run/walk back again to start off this year’s Shawano Farmers Market,” said Barb Mendoza, executive director of FRESH Project. “Everyone comes out a winner with a great walk or run through town, a free T-shirt and fun playing a game together.”

Tue
28
May

Fallen veterans get tribute in Shawano


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Members of the Allied Vets Council march down the path into Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday with the American and service flags to end the annual Memorial Day parade. The Allied Vets Council consists of AmVets Post 10, VFW Post 2723, DAV Chapter 22, VVA Chapter 206 and American Legion Post 117.

The crowd at Shawano’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Woodland was covered in umbrellas, but there were a few standing in the rain without.

Shawano County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann took notice of those without any cover.

“I can’t remember the military issuing us umbrellas, especially those of us who went to Vietnam,” Erdmann said. “The rain would dissipate before it even hit you, but I can assure you we fought many battles in the rain.”

For generation after generation, brave men and women have stepped up to fight for freedom, Erdmann said, but some never made it home from those battlefields. Those were the ones Erdmann and others saluted.

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