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Swastika Vandalism in Pfiffner Pioneer Park

A good friend of mine told me she saw a swastika drawn on the sidewalk in Pfiffner Pioneer Park while on her morning walk. Some may see a symbol of hate and be able to just brush it off and continue with life. I wish I had that privilege. That atrocious assortment of lines represents the destruction of too many ... Read More »

Cutting Out The Middle Man

While there are many waves of new trends or ideas coming our way with unknown intentions, direct farming is a tide many can welcome with open arms. As reported by the United States Department of Agriculture, not only is Wisconsin ranked within the top five in sales of direct farming, but the entire country has seen an increase in 2.3 percent ... Read More »

Rural Wisconsin Faces Shortage of Volunteer EMTs

As years go on, the service provided by volunteer first responders in rural Wisconsin is slowly decreasing. These volunteers are known as emergency medical technicians, or EMTs. An EMT is a first responder to emergencies such as car accidents, traumas, heart attacks and childbirth. The volunteer EMTs, which many rural areas depend upon, have a large set of responsibilities, all ... Read More »

Campus Compost is More Than What Meets The Nose

What is that smell? It is not the paper mill and it is not the football team practicing on the fields. If students have caught a strong odor walking over on the north side of campus by the Reserve, odds are it is the campus compost pile. The compost pile equates to about 15 cubic yards of material. About 15 ... Read More »

The Ball Drop 2017 Experience

There are many activities to do during Welcome Week. Many are fun, and all are great ways to welcome students back to campus, but only one has the possibility of being trampled by fellow students. That activity is the Ball Drop. The annual Ball Drop was hosted at the Debot field on Sunday, Sept. 3. One thousand five hundred balls ... Read More »

Diversity Training Creates a More Inclusive Campus

As a new school year approaches this means a lot of heavy lifting for new students entering the world of college, but before incoming freshman can start classes it is time for Welcome Week. Welcome Week is five days of events to help new students become adjusted to their new campus. One of the events scheduled on Friday September 1st was Diversity ... Read More »

An Update on Emerald Ash Borer Damage Prevention Efforts

Around campus many students might have seen trees with tape around them signifying a specific ash tree is infected with the emerald ash borer insect. The emerald ash borer, while small can make a huge impact. At about half inch long, smaller than an American penny this metallic green beetle has the power to possibly take down entire forests of ash ... Read More »

Foxconn to Build Manufacturing Plant in Wisconsin

Foxconn, the Taiwan-based electronics giant plans to invest $10 billion to build a new manufacturing plant to produce LCD panels in southeastern Wisconsin.  The proposed deal includes relaxing some environmental regulations which has environmental implications, ranging from chemical usage to the impact a plant of its size will have on the surrounding watershed. The exemptions could mean the destruction of ... Read More »

Transgender Housing Protections Signed Into Law

On Aug. 14, the Stevens Point Public Protection Committee met to discuss, not only a change in the housing law, but a change in many people’s lives. Robert Steinke, a Plover resident, brought the request of having specific protection be added to the housing laws to better defend transgender individuals. The change had no objections and became official on Aug. ... Read More »

A New Mural in Stevens Point

This summer a new mural was finished on the west-facing wall of Galaxy Comics & Games in downtown Stevens Point. The mural has been proudly on display since its unveiling on Aug. 23 of this year. It depicts the main ingredients of beer being poured into a Stevens Point Brewing Company pint glass.   Members of CREATE Portage County, a nonprofit ... Read More »