Life is Better With a Union

Life is certainly better when you belong to a union.  We were so fortunate to have Congressman Mark Pocan speak at our AFSCME Convention. His message was loud and clear: get out and vote. There is so much on the line. Union members generally make more money. We fight for fair wages and equal rights for women. Union members believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Our group of retiree’s support Medicare and Medicaid so seniors and the most vulnerable have access to quality care. Anyone who works all their life should be able to retire with financial ...

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If You Can Walk, You Can Snowshoe!

The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park announce our Candlelight Snowshoe Hikes will be January 7 and February 4. The event is co-chaired by Karen Graff and Nancy Stencil. Snowshoe rentals will be available from Joel Braatz. We are REALLY excited since these are the first snowshoe hikes we've been able to host since January and February, 2020 due to COVID.  It will be good to be able to see all those smiling faces.  The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park have hosted these snowshoe hikes for over 20 years, giving people the opportunity to try something new without ...

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ACT 134

To Marathon County Board of Supervisors: I am writing in support of the resolution, titled: RESOLUTION TO CALL FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO PROTECT MARATHON COUNTY FROM THE IMPACTS OF METALLIC SULFIDE EXPLORATION AND MINING. I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin and am a Political Scientist, specializing in federalism and intergovernmental relationships. But I spent much of my early life living in Colby, Wisconsin in Marathon County and still have extended family living all around the county. I know many farmers and small business owners who live in the area around ...

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Wausau POW WOW in Photos

Drilling in the Chequamegon Forest

Drilling plans underway for gold deposits near Wausau and in Chequamegon National Forest (Wausau, WI) If Toronto-Ontario, Canada based GreenLight Metals has its way, the winter of 2022-2023 will be a busy time for metallic sulfide mine development in Wisconsin. GreenLight has submitted plans to start exploration drilling at many of Wisconsin’s most loved natural features – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, The Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and The Dells of the Eau Claire State Natural Area, are all being targeted. Project documents here: https://dnr.wi...

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Book Banning

An important issue right now is the potential banning of the book Gender Queer from the Marathon County Public Library shelves. The topic is likely to be brought up at the Library Board meeting Monday, Oct. 17, 12 noon in the Community Room at the Library. Many people who think the book is inappropriate for young people have spoken up to the Board members. People with different views may be unaware this issue is even going on. Gender Queer: A Memoir is a 2019 graphic memoir written and illustrated by Maia Kobabe. It recounts Kobabe's journey from adolescence to ...

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Michigan Board votes to add ancient Menominee site to National Register of Historic Places; pro-mining Michigan legislators oppose vote

On June 29, 2022, preceding the Fourth Annual Menominee Canoe Trip held June 30-July 3 by Native and non-Native water protectors, students learn about ancient garden beds, cache pits and burial mounds during a tour of ancient Menominee cultural sites led by Dawn Wilber, who teaches Menominee culture and language at Menominee High School in Keshena, Wis. Ann  Wilber, far right, tells students an ancient story. The sites are part of an area recently nominated by both Wisconsin and Michigan Historical Preservation Review Boards for inclusion in the National Register of ...

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The Coalition to Save the Menominee River

A very big thank you to everyone for all your hard work and participation in the Peshtigo Parade on Saturday, September 24. I won't name anyone for fear of forgetting someone. From the initial idea, to setting it all up, to carrying signs and handing out literature, everyone in the Coalition works so well together to ensure success. The Coalition to Save the Menominee River was highly visible in the parade as we work toward Saving the Menominee River.    

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Sad to Say Goodbye

Harold A. Peters Harold A. Peters, age 73, Weston, Wisconsin, passed away at home on September 25, 2022 surrounded by his family. Harry was born on October 19, 1948, in Lake Forest, IL to the late Harold O. and Shirley E. (Fritz) Peters. Harry married his wife, Mary (Turgeon) Peters on August 17, 1974, and together they raised 2 sons and were blessed with 48 years of marriage. The couple moved from Rhinelander to Weston in 1986. Harry graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1967 and attended UW-Stevens Point. He retired from Sara Lee Corporation in 2014. ...

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2022 Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day POW WOW