Investment fraudster sentenced | Weekly Wausonian
Wausau news for the week of July 6, 2023
A Wausau-based wealth manager was sentenced recently to eight years in federal prison for taking investments from Midwest investors, many seniors, but never actually investing any of the money.
Instead, the SEC complaint says, Anthony B. Liddle spent the funds on travel and his business and personal expenses. And, according to the document detailing why he was bared from being a broker, he failed to cooperate with investigators.
The federal judge called the fraud, which involved some $1.9 million, “monstrous.”
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Also, The Wausonian looked at the potential sale of Lincoln County’s nursing home and similarities to a time when Marathon County was looking at selling the home:
And, we looked at Wausau’s anti-Semitic mayoral candidate making speeches on the 400 Block, and how no one is quite sure what to do about it.
What else in Wausau
Fireworks fiasco: A community-wide fireworks display set off commenters Tuesday evening after many of the fireworks that were supposed to be visible to the whole metro community failed to ascend the tree tops. Though a few reached heights at which people could see them, many of them were ground fireworks that couldn’t be seen from a block away. Only the highest-reaching fireworks were supposed to be used so they’d be visible throughout the metro. No one was allowed on the airport grounds where they were launched.
Shiny web: The city of Wausau unveiled its new website design, which admittedly is much cleaner and simpler to use than the previous version. Updating the website was one of Mayor Katie Rosenberg’s priorities when campaigning for office.
Around the metro
Nursing home broker selected: A Lincoln County committee is recommending a broker to help sell the county’s nursing home. The county’s Administrative and Legislative Committee last week selected Marcus & Millichap to help broker the deal should the county for sure sell its Pine Crest Nursing Home. The county is considering selling it because the home has been losing money as of late.
Homewares downtown: A new homewares business is slated to open downtown in August. Object Homewares already has a sign up at 314 Scott Street, on the corner of Scott and Third next to Janke Book Store. See the Facebook page here.
Korean anyone?: Of all the types of restaurants missing from Wausau, Indian usually comes up first but a close second is Korean. Well, a new food truck aims to fill that second desire. BroKogi has a regular spot in Rib Mountain Tuesday through Sunday, and also attends special events. Check out its Facebook page for more details.
Venado Cerveceria Tap Room
Venado Cerveceria's Tap Room is now open for business in downtown Wausau! Located at 209 Grant Street, lobby of Onora Suites, this new establishment officially opened its doors on the June 30, creating a haven for beer enthusiasts and a welcoming space for all. At Venado Cerveceria, we have crafted an inviting atmosphere that offers a perfect setting for you to unwind and enjoy a refreshing draft beer. Whether you're a resident or a guest at Onora suites, we extend a warm invitation to experience the taste and ambiance we have carefully cultivated. Operating hours for the Tap Room are as follows: Weekdays: 11 AM to 7 PM; Friday and Saturday: 11 AM to 9 PM. Join us in celebrating this exciting milestone at Venado Cerveceria's Tap Room and discover the variety of beers we have on tap. We can't wait to share this experience with you!
Fri-Sun, July 7-9: Wausau used to have what was called The Big Weekend — the Balloon Rally/Rib Fest at the airport and the Chalkfest downtown. Today things look a little different: Taste N’ Glow is now held in the town of Stettin, a much better venue for a large event such as that. But the Taste N’ glow organizers really made some great changes, opening up the festitivies to local vendors, lumberjack shows, and of course all those wonderful balloons everyone knows and loves. Even better, the event offers shuttles services from four different places this year. Your best bet is to check the schedule online for the several days of festivities.
Saturday, July 8: It’s probably no secret that your Wausonian author loves bicycles - but even more, loves ice cream. This event, called Tour de Briq’s not only combines both, but it supports a good cause. Rides will stop at between two and five of the area’s Briq’s ice cream stores, offering rides for all abilities. Donations (suggested minimum of $20) go toward the Cycling without Age program, in which volunteers pilot large trishaw bicycles that seniors can ride in. Aspirus YMCA, noon (registration starts at 11:30 am). Check out the Facebook event for more.
Thursday, July 6: The Levitt Amp series in Stevens Point has really taken outdoor concerts up a notch - it’s truly incredible. One of my favorites on what is a stellar lineup this year is Tae and the Neighborly, the Ripon-based jazzy R&B group that’s been blowing up lately. 6 pm, headlining bands start at 7 pm, 5 pm for yoga. More information and even a Spotify playlist at www.createportageounty.org/levittamp
Fri-Sun, July 7-9: In case there wasn’t enough this weekend to do, Iola also has its big car show! Each year has a theme and this year’s theme is Unforgettable 50s. Each year usually sees some celebrities make their way to the grounds, and this year is no exception with Jerry Mathers, who played “The Beaver” on Leave it to Beaver; Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster on The Munsters; and Emily Reeves of Flying Sparks Garage, which boasts a sizable YouTube channel. If you’re a car person, this is where you’re going to be this weekend. See more at the website.
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.
College baseball: The Wausau Woodchucks lost 4-1 to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Tuesday night in the first game of the second half of the season. The Chucks finished the first half of the season one game out of first place behind the Green Bay Rockers. The Northwoods League holds two separate season halves. The Chucks played Wednesday night at home after The Wausonian’s deadline.
Hockey signing: A former Wausau West hockey player has been drafted to the NHL. Brady Cleveland has signed to the Detroit Red Wings, joining fellow West alums Nate Condon and Adam Parsells in being drafted to the big leagues. Cleveland previously committed to playing for the UW.
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