Bio: Hertel, Nolan (BS Degree - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Hertel

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Hertel, Nolan (BS Degree - 2023)

Nolan Hertel of Chili completed degree requirements at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this summer.

Hertel earned a bachelor’s of science, recreation management major; outdoor recreation emphasis.


Bio: Ellie Walter is October Junior Kiwanian (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Walter

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Ellie Walter is October Junior Kiwanian (2023)

Ellie Walter is the October Junior Kiwanian, chosen for her diverse record of academic, extra-curricular, sports and volunteer activity. Submitted photo

With its long-standing feature highlighting the achievements of our community’s youth, the Neillsville Kiwanis club was introduced to its October Junior Kiwanian, Ellie Walter at its Oct. 9 meeting. She is a Neillsville senior student and the daughter of Fred and Dianna Walter.

A diverse record of academic, extra-curricular, sports and volunteer activity characterizes Walter’s high school career. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and has served four years on the student council. She participates in both concert and show choir. In the spring, Walter will be entering her fourth year as a track and field athlete. Community involvement includes being selected as 2023 Miss Neillsville 1st Princess and volunteering at The Highground and local blood drives.

Following graduation, Walter will be enrolling at UW-Green Bay where she intends to pursue studies in business analytics.

The community can take pride in the achievements of Neillsville students such as Ellie Walter. The Kiwanis Club welcomes her as a participant in their meetings during the month, and wishes her continued success in the future.


BioM: Marriage Licenses (Oct - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Robida, Kleinschmidt, Bredemann, Hatlestad, Zimmerman, Brubacker, Skroch, Oldham

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Marriage Licenses (Oct - 2023)

Trevor J. Robida, to Leesha M. Kleinschmidt, both of city of Colby, Oct. 21, in Marathon County.

Brittany D. Bredemann, to Holly M. Hatlestad, both of city of Owen, Oct. 21, in Wood County.

Joshua H. Zimmerman, Town of Fremont, to Susan M. Brubacker, Marathon Co., Nov. 4, in Marathon Co.

Robert P. Skroch, to Dixie L. Oldham, both of Neillsville, Oct. 28, in Eau Claire County.


News: Neillsville - Clark County Press Building Upgrade (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Borowsky, Johnson, Bender, Wolf

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Homestead Breathes Life into Historical Clark County Press Building (2023)

Member of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce, city government and owners of Homestead Realty Inc. cut the ribbon on the business, Sept. 29. Submitted photo

By Nancy Curtin

After closing the doors permanently over three years ago, the former Clark County Press office has come back to life with new building owners and new tenants in the former office space. Homestead Realty, Inc. (Homestead) opened its doors to the public with a ribbon cutting Sept. 29, serving refreshments and goodies to family, friends, clients and community members.

The building and office space underwent some renovations. The exterior updates include new siding, a railing was added to the entrance offering a homey, porch feeling; an outdoor display board and much of the exterior brick is now exposed to showcase the building’s historic beauty. The interior space experienced some repairs and updates, making the space inviting and functional to the tenants.

The space will be utilized as a multi-office unit with Homestead in the front rotunda and 1Key Property Management in the back office. There is plenty of space for Homestead agents to conduct real estate business and potentially room for a lender to occupy another available office.

Homestead has been in business for over 50 years. Nicole and Mike Borowski, from Brookfield, bought the agency and implemented many changes. The Borowskis have opened several new locations and have over 200 agents. They offer 100% 24/7 broker support, and educational and monthly Zoom meetings to keep their agents educated and on the same page. Homestead offers a very family-oriented work environment.

Three Homestead agents will serve Clark County and the surrounding area: Sheila Johnson, Jennifer Bender and Jessica Wolf.

Sheila Johnson is excited to work out of the old Press office as a real estate agent for Homestead and a property manager for 1Key Realty. Johnson grew up on a farm in Richland Center and often found herself looking out the car window, admiring how different each home was inside and out.
“I have a passion for architecture, buildings and homes from as early as I can remember,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working in such a historic building.”

Johnson has lived in the Black River Falls-Hatfield-Neillsville area for over 10 years. She came to the area looking for a change with a strong customer service, administrative and accounting background.
“For 20 years I wanted to become a real estate agent,” Johnson said. “But I got caught in building a career I wasn’t completely passionate about.”

After moving into this area, Johnson answered an employment ad for a realtor as an administrative assistant, quickly learned the tasks required and easily fell in love with taking pictures of homes, outbuildings, meeting buyers and sellers and everything else involved.

“Within six months, I was buying the online realtor course with the encouragement of my broker,” Johnson said. “I am extremely familiar with this area and all the beauty it offers. Surrounded by lakes, walking trails, ATV trails, endless places to fish, hunt, camp, kayak and swim, I fell in love with this part of Wisconsin. I am excited to help breathe new life into Downtown and open the office here.”

Jennifer Bender started her career in real estate back in 2013. She has furthered her education to become a designated realtor as well as advancement from a Wisconsin-licensed real estate agent to a licensed real estate broker.

“I enjoy working with first time home buyers, investors and everyone in between,” Bender said. “I take pride in making the real estate process smooth for the buyers and sellers I work with. I recently joined [Homestead] because they are a progressive brokerage offering agents an extremely generous commission split while still offering 100% agent support.”

While Bender prefers to work from her home office, she will accommodate her schedule and availability to best serve her clients’ needs.

Jessica Wolf is a dedicated and experienced licensed real estate agent serving the Clark County area. Her knowledge of the local market trends and neighborhoods allows her to provide valuable insights to buyers and sellers alike.

“I am deeply committed to the communities that I serve,” Wolf said. “I actively participate in local organizations and community events, contributing to the betterment of our area.”

Wolf mentioned joining Homestead because of the company’s reputation, innovative technology, team collaboration and community involvement.

The public can stop at the office at 614 Hewett St., Neillsville or visit www.homesteadrealtyinc.com  for their real estate needs.


News: Greenwood - Hereford House-New Restaurant Opens (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Jensen

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Hereford House-New Restaurant Opens in Greenwood (2023)

Every seat at the bar was taken on the grand opening night of Hereford House, despite the bad weather. The Greenwood community happily welcomed the new restaurant. L.B./Clark County Press

By L. B., reporter

A new restaurant in Greenwood held its grand opening on Oct. 13 and drew in a huge crowd despite the pouring rain.

Hereford House, owned by Ricky Jensen, is a restaurant specializing in steaks, burgers, chicken and seafood. The grand opening was a massive success for the new business.

“It’s a bit of a mess,” a first-time waitress said when describing the bustling kitchen and bar.
Hereford House serves a variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, Hereford steaks, dockside seafood, soups, desserts and beverages. The restaurant operates in the building formerly known as Parkway Pines.

“We spent two weekends cleaning this place,” Jensen said, owner of Hereford House. “We got it so it’s top-notch clean. It was a lot of long hours, but we passed the county inspection with flying colors.”
Jensen started Hereford House as a way to turn his farm from wholesale into retail profits to benefit himself and the Greenwood community.

“I also wanted to be my own boss,” Jensen said. “I named it ‘Hereford’ after the meat I sell—Hereford beef. It’s only farm fresh, farm-to-table, that sort of thing.

“I wanted to give the community a place to come for special events like weddings, birthdays and graduation parties. It’s what this place was built for. I also want it to be an outlet for excess products from farmers. I want to make use of as many local products as possible. It’s been a bit of a learning curve, but we’re going to make it better and better and better.”

Jensen expressed fatigue from the stress of opening night but was happy and proud that so many community members showed up despite the bad weather. He looks forward to celebrating events with and selling high-quality, reasonably priced meals to Greenwood citizens for years to come.


News: Neillsville - Cuts Ribbon on New Storybook Trail (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Ziebell, Ferguson, Keller, Barth

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Neillsville Cuts Ribbon on New Storybook Trail (2023)

The Neillsville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Neillsville Library Board, the Neillsville royal court and Atmus Filtration (below) gathered in Schuster Park to cut the ribbon on the new Story Walk, a reading trail where stands are set up to display pages of a book for walkers to read as they advance down the trail. Submitted photos

Last month, The Neillsville Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at Schuster Park, but not for a business. Rather, it was for the community. Storybook Trail is now open and available for the public to view throughout the year.

Even though Janay Ziebell, Director of the Neillsville Public Library, was not the one who originally thought of this idea, the chamber gave credit to Ziebell for making this a space for families to read together, in nature, come to life.

The original StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library with a mission to promote early literacy, physical activity and family time together in nature. StoryWalks can be found in all 50 states and all over the world including Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Pakistan and South Korea.

A Storybook Trail is a fun, educational activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a trail in Schuster Park. It is for children and families to enjoy the outdoors and read a book with their family and friends. A Storybook Trail helps build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor physical fitness.

It is the hope local schools, and even daycare facilities, will use the trail for educational and physical fitness purposes. The Storybook will be changed out four times a year and seasonally. At the end of the trail in the last post, is a way to sign the guestbook via a QR code and an invitation to come to The Neillsville Public Library at 409 Hewett St., Neillsville.

Storybook Trail would not have been possible without the help of so many community members coming together. The grant and funding was provided by the Cummins Filtration/Atmus Community Development Grant funds. Employees also spent time installing the posts and setting the first Storybook into place.

It really does take a community to make something like this happen. Regan Barth and his crew, The Neillsville Public Library Board and Foundation, The Neillsville City Council Parks Committee and Planning Commission, Christine Keller for the Logo, and Kranzation Metal and Fabrication (for the arch that will soon be added) all contributed to the project.

The public is invited to continue to keep the children in the Neillsville community excited about the Neillsville Public Library.


News: Neillsville - Players and N H S Present ‘Finders Creepers’ (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Dux, Zier, Rueth, Nelson, Maxwell, Brekke, Clark, Magnus

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Neillsville Players and N H S Present’ Finders Creepers’ (2023)

Tim Brekke posed dramatically for a picture before rehearsal for ‘Finders Creepers’ began. The stage is set for the mysterious funeral home, Hercules Nelson and his friend end up staying the weekend in. Behind him, the other actors joke around and prepare for practice on set. L.B. Clark County Press

By L.B. reporter

The Neillsville Players and Neillsville High School will perform ‘Finders Creepers,’ a murder-mystery play set in the 1970s. The group will be performing Oct. 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 22 and 29 at 1 p.m. in the Neillsville High School gym. Tickets are $10.

‘Finders Creepers’ is directed by Bunny Dux, a founder of the Neillsville Players, and Jo Zier, a longtime actor. The show is produced by Jodi Rueth.

The play revolves around Hercules Nelson and his friend, Lucas Maxwell. The pair are invited to spend the weekend with Nelson’s aunt and uncle and chaos ensues when family secrets get spilled.
Bunny Dux, a director of the play, recalled how her high school performed ‘Finders Creepers’ when she was there and the Neillsville Players tried to in 2004, but did not have enough auditioners to cast. She compared the main characters, Nelson and Maxwell, to Shaggy from ‘Scooby Doo. ‘

“It’s a murder-mystery comedy with a lot of tomfoolery, like a ‘Scooby Doo’ mystery with all these pieces, twists and turns, and everyone thinks they know who did it because of their perspective,” Dux said. “There was a TV show that had—at the end—a voiceover say, ‘If you paid attention to every bit of dialogue, you would know who the killer is.’ Not with this.

“No, with this, it’s twists and turns up until the ending. The ending is chaos.”

Several actors came out of acting retirement to participate in ‘Finders Creepers,’ including Tim Brekke, Dan Clark and Kris Magnus. There are six teenagers in the cast, creating a wide range of ages and experiences in the cast list.

The directors agreed that their favorite part of the play was the humor. Dux enjoyed the teenage 1970s humor and Zier appreciated the general silliness of the play. Both directors thank the Neillsville High School and the Neillsville community for their support.


Bio: Thompson, June - Returns to the Press as Reporter (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Thompson

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Thompson Returns to the Press as Reporter (2023)

June Thompson has returned to The Clark County Press, and will assume the responsibilities of a reporter covering various community events and such.

By Edward DuBois

The Clark County Press has welcomed back June Thompson as its new reporter. Thompson will cover meetings, community events, human interest pieces and other local happenings.

“I started writing for the Clark County Press over a decade [ago],” Thompson said. “That is where I learned to write for a newspaper and take photos.

“Soon thereafter, I was a freelance writer for Marshfield News-Herald for over eight years.

“During the past 15 years, I went back to college, earning another degree, this time in English/creative writing. After finishing school, I lived and worked in Glacier National Park (GNP), MT for the 2018 summer. Upon [returning], I worked for the Ho-Chunk Nation about four years. In 2023, I returned to GNP and managed a camp store at Lake McDonald Lodge. I returned home at the end of September.

“I enjoy learning new things, studying literature and writing. I also like national parks. I meet people from all over the world there.

“I want to write human-interest stories again. I believe it’s important to recognize people who are involved with making their communities better.

“I’m looking forward to reconnecting with community members and writing good stories.

“I’ve lived in Neillsville more than a decade. My parents were born and raised here. I appreciate art and history, especially the historic homes and businesses in the Neillsville area. I write short stories and poetry, which have been published in literary publications. I’m completing a collection of short stories about a fictional Wisconsin town.”

Those with news to share can contact Thompson at 715-937-4743, or email her at www.newsreporter@clarkcopress.com


News: Thorp - Holds 27th Annual Pumpkinfest (2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Norton

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Thorp Holds 27th Annual Pumpkinfest (2023)

(Place Norton, with the Cello here)

Pat Norton played her great grandfather’s centenarian cello for the Thorp Historical Museum, then played her modern cello to compare the sound and condition of the instruments. The crowd was amazed by the history and condition of the antiquated instrument. L.B./Clark County Press

By L. B. reporter

The 27th annual Thorp Pumpkinfest took place on Main Street in Thorp, Sat., Oct. 7. Main Street was crowded with cars, vendors and people enjoying the many exhibits and activities.

In the banquet hall at Cindy’s, the Thorp Band and Choir performed songs and read a story for the crowd. A student wrote the story and several students read it in between each song. The band and choir performed separately and together. Some of the songs were Bon Jovi’s “Living’ on a Prayer,” Kansas’ “Carry On, My Wayward Son” and Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train.”

Outlaw Farms Petting Zoo brought in a host of animals including chickens, goats, pigs and mules. A particularly large and curly-haired goat was admired and feared by spectators as it tried to eat their clothes.

A bungee jump, ping-pong fishpond and bouncy house were provided for kids.

Vendor tents filled Main Street with all kinds of crafts, treats, art and more. Dallman Insurance gave out free prizes for Plinko players, the Thorp Catholic School hosted a brat and burger stand and the Thorp Sportsmen’s Club set up a trailer overlooking Pumpkinfest to serve fresh fries.

Hundreds of crafts and items were sold, including plants, honey, soaps, polished rocks, wood and metal art, jewelry, sculptures, fabrics, clothing, all kinds of snacks, and lots of pumpkins.

Many attendees brought their dogs to Pumpkinfest, which led to several mishaps, but nobody and no animals were hurt.

The firefighters and Thorp ambulance crew were called into action early in the morning.

“It’s tradition,” a firefighter said.

Each year, the Thorp EMS gets a call during Pumpkinfest, requiring the absence of their truck, much to the dismay of the crowd.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Pat Norton performed at the Thorp Historical Museum. She played a cello that has been in her family for four generations, a relic from her great-grandfather who played it when he enlisted in the war. Norton’s great-grandfather lived in Thorp and her great-grandmother went to a school in Wood County to become a licensed practitioner of massage and hydrotherapy.
Norton played “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “At the River,” “Star of a County Down” and “Danny Boy.” Many of the audience members recognized the tunes and started humming along.
“There’s a fragile, warm tone to it,” Norton said while playing the cello.


The instrument’s back was replaced, and it was rumored that a friend of her great-grandfather carved the replacement himself and screwed it in, which could cause damage to the instrument, but it has been miraculously sturdy.

Norton compared the antique cello with her own modern one and noted the differences between them.

“There’s a different tone,” Norton said. “This one has some sour notes and a bit of buzzing, which could be from the wood opening over time, which creates vibrations.”

“I could listen to you play all day,” an audience member said when the performance concluded.
Pumpkinfest concluded the same day, with entertainment stretching into the night.



School: Neillsville-Granton - Heading to History (Football team - 2023)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Strangfeld, Anderson, Stenulson, Hart, Strey, Haris, Cuaquehua, Bieneck Poeschel, Kurth, Lehman, Gaier, Schmidt, Boyer, Swita, Doyle, Zoschke, Bare, Gaddis, Luchterhand, Barth, Sternitzky, Erickson, Dierks, Gross, McDonald, Hartung, Pekol, Balderas, Blum

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/18/2023

Neillsville-Granton Heading to History (Football team - 2023)

The Neillsville-Granton varsity football team, comprised of (front l-r) Lucas Strangfeld, John Anderson, Kadin Stenulson, Cody Hart, Alex Stret Mikey Harris, Admin Tepole Cuaquehua, (second row) coaches Tom Bieneck, Chris Poeschel, Jason Kurth, Reed Lehman, Michael Gaier, Nathan Schmidt and Jamie Boyer, (center) Wesley Swita, David Doyle, Micah Zoschke, Devonte Bare, Erich Gaddis Braylon Boyer, Marcus Luchterhand, Gunnar Barth, (back) Aydin Sternitzky, Kaiden Strey, Bryce Erickson, Hunter Dierks, Austin Gross, Reese McDonald and Kaiden Hartung (not pictured are Jace Pekol, Abram Balderas and Andrew Blum), will face off against St. Croix Falls High School in Warrior’s first game of the playoffs, an Oct. 20 home game at 7 p.m.

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