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Fri
15
Mar

Barn quilt highlights Marquardt family memories


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Members of the Marquardt family gather recently at the farm where Shawano County’s 347th barn quilt is displayed. Standing from left, Sally (Marquardt) Boldig, John and Rosanne Marquardt and their daughter, Gail Marquardt-Kujawa, Jeremy Marquardt and his son, Ezekiel and daughter, Quincee, Julie (Marquardt) Zeeman and her daughter, Sophia, and son, Robert, and Tim and Rachel (Marquardt) Kautz.

Shawano County’s 347th barn quilt has been put on display at Marq’s Land LLC, N6894 River Road, Wittenberg. The farm was owned by Dan Marquardt until he died in 2010. Ownership was then passed on to his children, Rachel, Julie, Lance and Jeremy. The quilt was sponsored by Dan’s siblings: Jan Lutz, Jeanne Elmhorst, Sally Boldig, John Marquardt and Debra Bird.

The barn quilt pattern, named Patriotic Marquanza, was designed by Lance Marquardt and features things that were important in the family members’ lives.

The farm has been in the Marquardt family for 99 years, starting in 1920 when Albert and Meta Marquardt purchased it from Andrew and Winnie Reiland. Albert’s brother Paul took over the farm in 1946. Paul sold the farm to his son Edgar and his wife, Alice, in 1965. They had a Holstein dairy herd, which their son Dan obtained with wife Phyllis when they purchased the farm after Edgar’s death in 1974.

Fri
15
Mar

Prevea to host teddy bear clinic and community safety event

Prevea Health will host a teddy bear clinic and community safety event from 10 a.m. to noon on March 30 at the Prevea Shawano Health Center located at 1300 E. Green Bay St. in Shawano.

Children (recommended ages 1 – 10) are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a “health check.” Each check-up takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes and features interactive stations staffed by Prevea medical professionals in pediatrics, family medicine, urgent care and X-ray. Children can see first-hand their favorite stuffed animals have a blood pressure check, height and weight check, X-ray and more.

“This is a community event to raise awareness about health and safety, while engaging children in a fun and interactive manner,” said Dr. Jeffry Young, full-time pediatrician at the Prevea Shawano Health Center.

The event is free and the first 100 children to arrive will receive a free teddy bear.

Wed
13
Mar

Evers seeks to make VORP permanent for vets

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Mary Kolar announced recently that in less than one year, the department has enrolled more than 500 veterans in the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program, or VORP.

The program provides case management and support, as well as connects veterans to community services, with a special focus on mental health and substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Gov. Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 budget proposal seeks to make the VORP, which was funded by the Legislature as a project in April, a permanent program.

“The work that the VORP does in this state fills a gap in terms of case management for veterans with mental health, substance abuse and other treatment needs,” Kolar said.

Wed
13
Mar

Day of Healing offered at St. Norbert Abbey

The third annual “A Day of Healing” retreat for those affected by sexual abuse will be held April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, located on the grounds of St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere.

Facilitated by the Journey of Hope team, this retreat will provide a time to gather, pray and talk about the healing process related to the effects of sexual abuse. All are invited, including survivors of sexual abuse, friends of survivors and other caring persons. During the day, participants will be given options to interact in small groups and for personal quiet time.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to share this ‘Day of Healing’ with survivors of sexual abuse and others that support us,” said Barb Bayer, a survivor and Journey of Hope member. “We all walk a different path on our journeys as we continue to heal from the emotional, physical and spiritual brokenness from sexual abuse.”

Wed
13
Mar

Time for farmers to report winter storm losses

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reminds farmers to report winter storm losses to their county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. These reports are essential to making the determination whether to seek a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary.

“This week, I had the opportunity to talk directly with farmers and tour their farms that have suffered extensive barn and shed damage due to the ice, snow and wind,” said Brad Pfaff, department secretary. “It is devastating to hear about the livestock losses and extreme stress the farmers are working under to take care of their animals in this very difficult situation.”

Wed
13
Mar

ThedaCare team improves malnutrition screening

A recent study on malnutrition screening conducted by ThedaCare dietitians is receiving international attention. The study, conducted by members of the dietitian services team at ThedaCare medical centers in the Fox Valley, was published in the January issue of the “Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.”

“For people in our community, it helps us identify if they have malnutrition and intervene,” said ThedaCare’s Lori Hartz, manager of dietitian services and one of the authors of the study. “If we can improve nutritional status, we can possibly change the course of their disease. It seems pretty basic, but when you’re sick, you need those calories and nutrition to heal.”

Sat
09
Mar

THE LENGTHY ROAD OF A DREAM


Contributed Photo Nikki Brooks shows off an application for Broadcast Music Inc., a company based in Nashville, Tennessee that bridges the gap between songwriters, businesses and organizations.

When Nikki Brooks was in school, she didn’t have many friends rooting for her when she pursued her musical passions.

Now, at age 40, the Clintonville High School alum is releasing her first album, “Good Luck Woman,” a labor of love more than five years in the making. Brooks said she’s an unlikely candidate for success, being a middle-aged, married mother of two without a big record label to promote her work in a time when younger stars are in the spotlight.

“I’m 40 years old. I should be washed up by now,” Brooks said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I don’t feel like it’s over.”

“Good Luck Woman” is an Americana album, with each song incorporating different styles. Brooks said there are songs that are jazz, 1950s and 1960s, Christmas, bossa nova, contemporary Christian, gospel and, of course, country.

Sat
09
Mar

Countless memories crammed into tiny, one-room schoolhouse

“School days, school days, good old golden rule days.” That ditty has been bouncing through my head recently. Perhaps it is because I ran across an old picture from the Marion Advertiser that appeared on March 4, 1993. It shows all of the students of Excelsior School, town of Larrabee, Waupaca County, with the teacher, Mrs. Gertrude Brietenfeldt. She is standing by a window, and all of the students are seated in desks.

I am not sure what year the photo was taken, or what grade I was in. Most of the students have some sort of smile. But not me; I am staring stoically into the camera. That one-room school was scary to me. The older students would tease me, and while they probably didn’t mean anything, I was shy and scared. I did have my brother as a buffer for me, and that helped.

I am not quite sure what happened to that shy, quiet girl. Grew up, I suppose — although, I can still be shy and quiet in a room full of strangers.

Sat
09
Mar

Shawano was busy community in early 1900s

I appreciate the positive comments regarding recent articles about our area’s history, as well as the related information some of you sent me. A special “thank you” to Shirley Ponschok for gifting me with her late husband Fred’s books containing area history. He was a wonderful man, fellow elected official and good friend. I will forever treasure his memory and his books.

Due to the interest, I will continue to write a few more articles about the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s. I plan to include history about surrounding towns and villages.

Sat
09
Mar

Doctor visits support wellness goals

The beginning of the year often brings with it renewed commitments to health-related goals, so now, a few months into the New Year, it’s a good time for people to make an appointment with a primary care provider as a part of their overall wellness plan.

Wellness appointments are an important way for patients to talk with providers about health concerns, to stay up-to-date on needed medications and for providers to discuss with patients the importance of preventive medicine and healthy lifestyles.

“We want to talk about the things they can do to help prevent health problems,” said Dr. Steven Rasmussen, a family medicine physician at ThedaCare Physicians-Ripon. “An important one is making sure that people are up-to-date with their screenings to help with early detection of significant diseases.”

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