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Wausau news for the week of Sept. 21, 2023
Amazon is currently in the process of building a new distribution center in the village of Weston.
The Wausonian late last week learned that Amazon rejected a $1 million tax incentive package form the village, because they wanted to operate on their own timeline. And that the company considered building a temporary building for this Christmas sales season, but decided against it.
But moreover, The Wausonian learned that the village discussed and approved its financing of the project under the pseudonym Project Timberwolf, and didn’t themselves know they were working with Amazon — that’s because the village worked through a broker.
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What else in Wausau?
Can’t catch me; or can they?: Police arrested 18-year-old Nicholas Multani as a person of interest in a July shooting. Police say Multani shot into the side of a house after having a dispute with its owner. Multani had taunted police on the department’s Facebook post about the incident, including a meme about police not being able to catch him. Racine Police did just that recently while conducting a welfare check. They found Multani and another person passed out in a car with its doors open, police reports say.
Speaking of shootings: Police responded to a report of a fight outside of M and R Station Tuesday night. While responding they observed someone with a handgun. That person fled after they heard one gunshot ring out. The suspect is at large, and police are searching. Anyone with information about the incident should call Det. Max LaPorte at 715-261-7854. Tell ‘em The Wausonian sent you.
Park day-drinking ban approved: Much like a similar ban imposed on the 400 Block roughly eight years ago, the city council last week approved a ban on drinking in the city parks before 4 pm. That’s a response to a problem with day drinking and bad behavior associated with that, police say; they’re seeing an uptick in that. Chief Matt Barnes told The Wausonian when he asked other departments around the state, they don’t have that problem because they don’t allow drinking in parks.
Around the metro
New administrator: Kronenwetter hired its first permanent administrator after Richard Downey left more than a year ago. The village hired Peter Kampfer, a Wausau native who worked for a number of municipalities in Texas, worked for the FBI and ran a printing business in Dallas. Downey leaving was part of our investigation into a pretty chaotic situation in Kronenwetter.
At Venado Cerveceria, it’s always wine time. Open 4-8 PM Tue - Thur & 4 - 9 PM Fri & Sat. Located at 209 Grant Street, downtown Wausau.
Thursday, Sept. 21: Like wine? Cheese? Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Might sound like an unusual combo, but this event at Whitewater Music Hall, sponsored by Mosaic, combines wine and cheese with a documentary about RBG’s life and career in this showing. 6 pm. Donations accepted, visit Mosaic’s Facebook page for details.
Friday, Sept. 22: Monk Botanical Gardens is a pretty lovely place. Celebrate the start of fall at this Autumn Equinox Celebration, including crafts, fun for the kids, yoga, and Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra’s fall concert. Bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the music. 5 pm. See the event page for more info.
Saturday, Sept. 23: There’s only one logical place in town to celebrate Oktoberfest and that’s Bull Falls Brewery. Though the business is winding down, they’re not winding down their events just yet and their Oktoberfest celebration will feature German food, plenty of beer, music with the Bull Falls Brass Band and Neal Zunker and the Music, raffles and plenty more. Get your lederhosen ready and come on down for this annual event (there will be a prize for best dressed). Free. 12:30 pm. See the Facebook event for more.
Looking for kids/family events? Check out the family-oriented listing from The Wausonian’s partner Wausau Mama, who puts together a weekly listing of children/family activities.
Back by popular(ish) demand! Just skip it if you’re not into sports I guess. I’ll share more in the open thread later this week.
Football: Wausau West pulled ahead of D.C. Everest this week. The Warriors shut out Appleton West 44-0 Friday to remain undefeated while D.C Everest fell to SPASH 28-16. That leaves The Warriors at 3-0 in the Valley Football Association and tied for first with SPASH. Friday will determine who leads the conference as West hosts SPASH, meaning only one of the teams can remain undefeated.
Volleyball: D.C. Everest leads Wausau area teams in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. But Marshfield handed the Evergreens their first conference loss of the season last week to leave D.C. Everest in the No. 2 spot in the conference.
Boys soccer: D.C. Everest leads the Wisconsin Valley Conference with a 3-0 record. They’ll host Wausau East today (Thursday).
Girls tennis: Wausau West looks untouchable this season, leading the Wisconsin Valley Conference with a 6-0 record. The Warriors beat Marshfield 6-1 Tuesday to maintain the top spot. The next best team, SPASH, is 3-2 so the Warriors already have a significant lead in conference play.
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