Gabriel Iglesias coming to North Star

World-famous stand-up comedian, known affectionately to his fans as “Fluffy,” Gabriel Iglesias will bring his “One Show Fits All” world tour to the North Star Mohican Casino Resort, W12180 County Road A, Bowler. Tickets are on sale now for the April 27 performance.

A comedy fan favorite, Iglesias is one of the most-watched comedians on YouTube with more than 350 million views. In addition to his stand-up career, Iglesias has also done voices for many animated films, including recent hits, “Coco” and “Ferdinand.”

“Gabriel Iglesias has a way of connecting with the audience that is engaging and fun,” said North Star’s general manager Michael Bonakdar. “If you are thinking about joining us, you may want to purchase your tickets early. He has quite the fan following and has performed to sold-out audiences in many cities on this tour.”


Endowment fund helps 4-H kids with projects

Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H coordinator Terri Brunner encourages 4-H clubs and committees to apply for funds from the Don and Bernice Schoedel 4-H Endowment Fund.

In 1993, former 4-H agent Don Schoedel started the first Don and Bernice Schoedel 4-H Endowment Fund in Shawano County. He had been the University of Wisconsin-Extension county agent for more than 30 years.

“Working with youth as long as he did in Shawano County, he wanted to make sure the organization remained strong,” said 4-H coordinator Terri Brunner about the late Don Schoedel. “And that there would be funds to continue the program and meet the needs of our youth.”

The fund supports efforts to expand and enrich program opportunities for the 21 clubs’ project key committees in Shawano County.

The visual arts key committee benefited from the fund. They purchased four double-sided art display boards to be used at the fair this year and can possibly be used elsewhere.


Adoptions fill the Dombeck family

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Tracy and Derek Dombeck stand with their children, Makenna, 11, Lexi, 6 months, and Robbie, 7.

Wolf River Media recently chatted with Tracy Dombeck, of Eland, about the process she and her husband, Derek, went through to adopt two of their three children. Makenna, 11, was born through in vitro fertilization. Robbie, who will be 7 on Feb. 27, and 6-month-old Lexi were adopted.


Q: What was your motivation to adopt Robbie? Where is he from? How old was he when he joined the family?

A: We had some fertility issues and went though a lot to get Makenna. She was an IVF (in vitro fertilization) baby and we were fortunate to have her on our first try. After that, we had some frozen embryos that we tried again with and had no luck. We did one more fresh cycle of IVF and once again had no luck. We decided instead of spending all this money on a “chance” that we would spend the money and actually bring a child home.


Meet Chris Onesti

Photo by Carol Wagner Chris Onesti is the project leader for the 4-H Aerospace Program. He is holding a drawing that his daughter, Graciella, 15, who is in the project, drew for him.

Chris Onesti is the project leader for the 4-H aerospace project in Shawano County.

Onesti was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School. He earned a degree in business with a concentration in quality management from University of Wisconsin-Stout. He farmed for a year with his brother and then worked in Green Bay in sales for a flooring company for six years. Since 2006, Onesti has been a member specialist at CoVantage Credit Union in Shawano.

Onesti and his wife, Rebeccca, who works at CRI, have been married 19 years and have three children. They live in Shawano. Onesti has also volunteered for Junior Achievement and in the business challenge and at Salem United Methodist Church in Red River.

Q What do you do for the 4-H aerospace project?


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Wabeno present ‘Funny Little Thing’

The Wabeno Area Players have teamed up with The Christian Food Pantry in Townsend and the Wabeno High School Band to present “Funny Little Thing Called Love.” Bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to the Christian Food Pantry earns a chance to win tickets to the July production of “The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux.”

The troupe is also raising money for the Wabeno High School Band. visitors may purchase tickets to win a basket worth over $700. Tableside beverage service and free popcorn before each show and at intermission. Afterglow party following Friday’s performance at the Big Easel Bistro.

This comedy is all about that four-letter word: L-O-V-E. Under a full moon on this unpredictable night of romance, four rollicking tales take the audience on an around-the-globe journey of unexpected and hilarious twists and turns.


Pulaski celebrating Casimir Pulaski Days

Pulaski isn’t just the home of the Pulaski Polka Days Celebration. For the fifth year in a row, a passionate group of individuals, along with Promote Pulaski Inc., have helped plan the weeklong celebration Casimir Pulaski Days. This year, the event will take place March 4-11 and is expected to bring thousands of visitors and locals to the small community.

A kick­off is planned for March 4 after 10:30 a.m. Mass at Assumption BVM Catholic Church. A ministry group is coordinating a potluck lunch after Mass, and all are welcome to attend. In addition to the potluck, there will be a birthday cake to commemorate Casimir Pulaski’s birthday.

A few local musicians will provide entertainment. Local artist Maria Deau will feature her works of art in a beautiful Polish display.


New pastor getting acclimated at Bowler’s Grace Bible Church

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Pastor Doug LaPoint, wife Racheal and children, from left, Galilee, 7, Gethsemane Rose, 2, and Elijah, 7, make their home in Shawano. LaPoint is the new pastor for Grace Bible Church in Bowler, which has a congregation of about 50.

The new pastor at Grace Bible Church in Bowler didn’t follow a traditional path to the pulpit.

Doug LaPoint, 33, grew up in the Oshkosh area in the Methodist faith and, like many young people, didn’t go to church while in college. With a strong interest in math and science, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeking a degree in engineering mechanics, which is basically an education in how things work.

Along the way, LaPoint became aware of an insatiable desire to know more about the Bible. He taught himself to read Greek and Hebrew so he could study the Bible through its translations.

He credits “The Mystery” by Joel Finck and “Things That Differ” by Cornelius Stam for sparking his interest in Bible Church theology, a nondenominational religion that is spirit-led and uses a master/apprentice approach to learning rather than a traditional seminary.


Hikers to give tips on touring national parks

A couple will talk about their adventures as avid national park hikers Saturday during a special presentation at the Navarino Nature Center.

Kelly and Christian Ramstack from Manawa will share their slides as well as tips for visiting northern national parks — including Pictured Rocks, the Apostle Islands and Porcupine Mountains. Cookies and hot chocolate will accompany their talk from 1-2 p.m.

Following the presentation will be a guided snowshoe hike from 2-4 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Fox Valley Sierra Club, Shawano Pathways and the Navarino Nature Center, W5646 Lindsten Road in the town of Navarino.

Cost is $3 for member of any of the hosting organizations or $5 for non-members. Snowshoes will be available for rent at an additional cost.

Registration is required; please call the nature center at 715-758-6999.


Local McDonald’s receives franchise award

PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Kilian Management Services district manager Nikki Nievinski, left, and Wittenberg general manager Kimm Donner show off the Top Performing Restaurant of 2017 award presented to the McDonald’s in Wittenberg, which is one of 49 properties owned by Kilian in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The McDonald’s restaurant in Wittenberg has been named the Top Performing Restaurant of 2017 by Kilian Management Services, which owns 49 McDonald’s sites in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Each year, the company has a contest that judges its restaurants on 10 criteria. The Wittenberg location achieved seven to win its first Top Performing Restaurant award.

Among its accomplishments, Wittenberg had fewer than six complaints per 1,000 customers, according to company officials, exceeded its sales goals and met crew staffing goals.

Based in West Bend, Kilian Management Services is owned by founder Steve Kilian Sr. One of the company’s goals is to open three locations per year, according to district manager Nikki Nievinski.

Kimm Donner became general manager of the Wittenberg location in June. She works closely with Nievinski, who is a district manager also in charge of the Wausau location and four restaurants in Green Bay.


Meet Matthew Yoder

Photo by Carol Wagner Matthew Yoder volunteers with Habitat for Humanity where he helps mainly with tech support.

Matthew Yoder volunteers with Habitat for Humanity through Americorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) where he works mainly with tech support.

Yoder is a native of Hillsborough, New Jersey, graduating from Hillsborough High School. Yoder attended Raritan Valley Community College and then earned a degree in history from York College last year. In the fall of 2016, he spent a semester abroad in Costa Rica studying Latin American History and Spanish at the Universidad Veritas. Yoder and his twin brother, Keith, are both volunteering with VISTA, with Matthew in Shawano, and Keith in Denver. Yoder is living in the town of Washington. He also has a sister, Corey, and a nephew, Aiden. They are the children of Ron and MaryJane Yoder.

Q What are you doing for Wolf River Habitat for Humanity?


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