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15
Sep

The unchanging truth: Change is inevitable

Changes come to our lives whether we want them to or not. I was certainly not ready for my farmer husband to die of a massive heart attack in 2004. September is kind of a tough month for me, yet a month filled with many bittersweet memories. He died on Sept. 18, a beautiful fall day. The jarring ring of the phone woke me as I napped on the recliner after our noon meal.

My husband and his brother farmed in partnership, so he was over at the main farm, hooking the power takeoff from the tractor to the chopper — a task a farmer is used to. But this time, it was different as he fell on the ground. My nephew was with him, and help was called right away. I was also called, and I went right over there.

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15
Sep

WOW’s newest mural adorns Associated Bank


Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson Artists who helped with the “Ursa and Her Minors” mural on the Associated Bank building in Wittenberg are, from left, Laura Annis, Amy Zaremba, Alicia Rheal, Niko Alexander, Sapphina Roller and Emida Roller.

Walls of Wittenberg recently added the 26th mural to its ongoing community art project. This one is on the west side of the Associated Bank building at Webb and Vinal streets in downtown Wittenberg.

Alicia Rheal, of Madison, was the lead artist. After an animal coming out of frame was chosen as the theme, Rheal earlier this year submitted three options — an eagle flying out of a picture frame, a bull charging out through a wall and a mama bear searching for her cubs — for approval by the WOW mural committee and Associated Bank. They chose the bear mural.

The mural name, “Ursa and Her Minors,” was chosen in honor of the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (Big Dipper and Little Dipper).

Sat
15
Sep

‘No Boundaries’ for nutrition bar owner


Photo by Grace Kirchner Tracey Mengert, of Marion, holds her granddaughter Paisley McGraw as she visits with customer Gina Pahl, of Clintonville, at her No Boundaries Nutrition bar, which opened in April at 35 S. Main St., Clintonville.

Growing up on a farm near Big Falls taught Tracey Mengert the value of hard work. But it wasn’t until earlier this year, when the Marion woman opened her own nutrition bar, that all aspects of her personality and passions melded together into one successful business.

“It is something new,” said Mengert of No Boundaries Nutrition bar, located at 35 S. Main St., Clintonville, which serves healthy juices, smoothies and energy drinks.

Since her early 20s, Mengert said she has wanted to own her own business. Equal parts “people person” and caregiver, Mengert is a licensed practical nurse who worked in health care for about 12 years, but she said she always wanted to do something for herself. Later, as a stay-at-home mom, Mengert had her own home decorating business for about 15 years.

Fri
14
Sep

Rock’n the Farm fundraiser set for Oct. 6

Rock’n the Farm is billed as a trail run over groomed woodland trails, through fields and across the Embarrass River.

This year’s 5/10K run and 5K walk, a fundraiser for the Darwin E. Smith Community Aquatic Center in Wittenberg, will be held Oct. 6 on the Gotrocks Farm, owned by Lois Smith, at W18177 State Highway 153, Wittenberg. The farm is described as a private estate with more than 700 acres of farmland, woodlands with a private lake and prairie — all resplendent with fall colors when the event is held.

“It’s fun for the whole family,” said Tarrie Beran, general manager of the Gotrocks property. “People bring strollers for the little kids and enjoy the trails.”

The event started in 2013 with a 5K and mini triathlon. In 2015, organizers added a 5/10K course. Since 2016, it’s been a fall 5/10K run and walk. It has drawn up to 195 preregistered participants in the past.

Fri
14
Sep

Field day will look at crop production

Grain crop producers face exceptionally tight margins. This creates the constant need for increasing efficiency and return on input investment, while still maintaining healthy soil.

A field day in the Town of Chase in southern Oconto County on Sept. 21 will showcase three different producer decision points: soybean planting population variation, cover crops, and winter wheat options.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reference materials and light lunch will be on hand for all attendees. The event is at the trial site at the junction of Blaser Lane and Oconto County Road C. Parking will be on Blaser Lane.

The field day is sponsored by Marinette and Oconto County UW-Extension, with support from the UW Nutrient & Pest Management Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Thu
13
Sep

Clintonville businesses taking part in Fall Frenzy

The public is invited to Clintonville’s Fall Frenzy, which will be held Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Street will be closed to traffic from 12th Street to Eighth Street to accommodate the many activities, which will include crafts, food, refreshments, a kids’ area, music, games, a puppet show, inflatables, artwork and more.

Shoppers will find items from local businesses and crafters as well as jewelry, skin care products, trees and shrubs, homemade canned foods, cleaning supplies, purses, maple syrup, essential oils, hair accessories, doll clothes, teddy bears, homemade pet treats and other treasures.

No one needs to go hungry as brats, burgers, potatoes, kettle corn, cheese, corn on the cob, toasted cheese sandwiches, deep fried goodies, pulled pork, French fries, popcorn chicken, nachos, tacos, Sun Drop slushies and other food items will be sold.

Thu
13
Sep

Diamond Rio to play Christmas show at North Star

The Grammy-winning country band Diamond Rio will perform their Christmas show Dec. 21 at the North Star Mohican Casino Resort. Tickets go on sale Friday.

The legendary country group, which has been making music for 25 years, consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards) and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals). Together, they’re responsible for hits like “Meet Me in the Middle,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel” and “In a Week or Two.” Diamond Rio recently released their 10th studio album.

“There is a sense of unity with Diamond Rio,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort. “They know their craft and they know each other— and you can hear that in their music.”

Ticket prices are $45, $35 and $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert; attendees must be 21 years or older.

Thu
13
Sep

30th Colorama trail ride to feature Neal McCoy concert

The 30th annual Colorama fall trail ride, called Wisconsin’s largest trail ride with more than 1,000 horses participating, is being held Oct. 4-7 at W12721 Buss Road, Caroline, presented by the Caroline Lions Club.

The activities will kick off Oct. 4 with live music by Austin Healy from 7:30-11:30 p.m. The free dance is sponsored by Fireworks Country and Shawano Well Drilling.

To celebrate 30 years of trail rides, national recording star Neal McCoy will give a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. Tickets are limited for this special event; call 715-851-5799. Music by The 308s will follow.

Thu
13
Sep

Stepping On workshop comes to Bonduel

A seven-week workshop designed to prevent older adults from falling is being presented at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 240 E. Green Bay St., Bonduel, beginning in October.

Stepping On, a program developed in Australia, is for people who have previously fallen and for those who fear doing so. Participants will identify causes of falls and learn prevention strategies, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a review of medications. Research has shown that adults who complete the program have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls. In addition to improving health and safety, preventing falls saves money; by 2020, the cost of falls injuries is estimated to be $32.4 billion.

The Bonduel class will be held Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at the church, starting Oct. 4. For information, call Heidi Russell of the Shawano County Human Services Aging Unit at 715-526-4686.

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13
Sep

Clintonville Area Foundation fundraiser set for Oct. 13

A “Night With the Stars” is the theme for the Clintonville Area Foundation’s ninth annual fundraiser, which will be held Oct. 13 at the Clintonville Riverside Golf Club. Attendees can dress in business casual attire or come in costume, dressed as their favorite “star.”

Rather than a formal, sit-down banquet, the evening will feature a casual gathering, starting with cocktails at 6 p.m. A strolling dinner with several stations, abundant appetizers and desserts will follow, along with a silent auction. Following the dinner, the foundation will announce the winner of the annual Community Hero Award, as well as recent benefactors of the Clintonville Area Foundation grants.

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