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Wausau news: ALDI coming to Weston
Weekly Wausonian for March 24, 2022
As far as I can tell The Wausonian is the first to report this news: village of Weston officials confirmed that ALDI is coming to Weston.
The German grocery store chain is coming to Schofield Avenue where it intersects at Birch Street, Village of Weston President Mark Maloney tells The Wausonian. Construction on the store is expected to start in April, and could wrap this year yet, Maloney says.
That will make two ALDI stores in the Wausau area, and make it much easier to access from those in the metro south. ALDI is expected to add 150 stores nationwide this year, and will expand into its 38th state.
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The city council Tuesday approved a full version of the parklet program, which will allow businesses to turn parking spaces into a mini park. The program will only allow one per block, and one council member brought up concerns about handicap access. Business owners will need to be mindful of that, leaders say.
The city clerk announced this week that some residents in wards 3, 5 and 7 of the city received ballots with the wrong school board race. They’ve now been sent the correct ballots. Some Wausau wards receive D.C. Everest School Board ballots, but redistricting caused some confusion. That led to some getting the DCE ballots when they shouldn’t have.
Wausau Events released its 2022 Concerts on the Square lineup. Unity, a notable absence from last year’s lineup is back. See the full list here.
Deb Ryan, who was the subject of an ethics investigation by the city, is seeking to have her legal bills reimbursed. Ryan says the defense cost her between $15,000-$20,000. County Board Supervisor and attorney William Harris, who is running for circuit court judge, accused Ryan of spreading false information about him and trying to get him fired. The Ethics Board condemned the actions but said it wasn’t an ethics violation.
Around the metro
Mining company GreenLight has applied for mining exploration rights in the town of Easton. It’s the first in the area to take advantage of the county’s new metallic mining ordinance (which followed the state opening up mining in 2018). Town residents during the hearings for the ordinance expressed concern about noise and pollution from the site. It’s said to contain some 450,000 tons of gold reserves.
Weston is going to perform an environmental study of its municipal building to prep it for potential sale. Village President Mark Maloney tells The Wausonian that selling the site would help offset the loss of tax revenue from the new municipal center. The $15.2 million municipal center has been under construction since last fall and should be complete later this year.
Rothschild PFAS levels have dropped below the 20 parts per trillion now recommended by the Department of Health Services. Drinking water had tested higher but a subsequent test revealed the levels are now within recommended levels.
This week’s City Pages contains a story about the new yoga studio called SALT - Meditation and Movement in the former Croi Croga building. The owner is Carissa Whalen, a former Wausau West volleyball standout, Division I volleyball player in college and pro beach volleyball player. Whalen started the school to offer several styles of yoga, pilates, meditation and breath work. Read the full story about her and the studio in this week’s City Pages.
The Grand Theater announced this week that it booked a pretty big performer — Tom Segura will make an appearance at The Grand Oct. 3. Segura is a major headlining comedian, probably top ten in the country right now, and The Grand is the smallest venue on his tour. Check out the Grand’s ticket page for Segura’s show.
Zola Jesus, an internationally known musician living in the Wausau area, is about to release a new album. Called Arkhorn, the album is due May 20. Zola Jesus is known for combining her operatic voice with a dark, goth synth sound to incredible effect. Check out the music video for her first single from the album, Lost, which was filmed in Turkey:
Saturday, March 26: Texas Toast is a band that’s a little tricky to classify, but a psychedelic country jam band comes pretty close. It’s kind of like if you took a bluegrass/country band but gave them the attitude of Phish, complete with long jams on their songs. This should be a pretty interesting act to come to Malarkey’s! 8 pm. See the event page for more details.
Thursday, March 24: CWOCC, the Central Wisconsin Off-Road Cycling Coalition, will host a 10-year celebration. Frankly, they’ve earned it. The trails around here are a total blast thanks to them. Stop by the check out their plans for the future, drink some beer and celebrate with your fellow bikers! 5 pm, live music at 8 pm. See the event page for more details. 5 pm.
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The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association named several Wausau area athletes to their All-State teams for girls and boys basketball. Lexie White of Wausau West earned honorable mention on the girls side, and Marcus Hall of D.C. Everest won honorable mention on the boys team. Mason Prey of Newman Catholic was named honorable mention on the Division 5 boys team.
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