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Langlade County district attorney gets boost from prosecutor program
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Langlade County will be one of the beneficiaries of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers' Wednesday announcement to fund more than 60 new assistant district attorney prosecutors throughout the state.

County prosecutor Kelly Hays began work in Langlade County on May 29, with the ink hardly dry on her University of Wisconsin Law School degree, in a position funded by the county board. With Evers' decision, and thanks to a persuasive application letter penned by District Attorney Elizabeth Gebert, Hays will transition to a title of assistant district attorney, a position funded by the state.

Prior to the arrival of Hays, Gebert had been the county's sole criminal prosecutor, handling a case load at a rate of more than two full-time attorneys, along with her numerous administrative and policy responsibilities.

Assistant district attorney Jill Laufenberg also works in the office in a half-time position, with her focus on juvenile cases.

As Gebert wrote in her letter, “In some counties, moving from 15 to 16 prosecutors may help; but in Langlade County with one criminal prosecutor, moving to two criminal prosecutors would be revolutionary.”


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ATTORNEYS AT WORK - Langlade County prosecutor Kelly Hays, left, and District Attorney Elizabeth Gebert discuss options available through AdventFS online services for the county's pilot first offender diversion program. It aims to reduce court docket congestion and allow people facing a minor misdemeanor charge an opportunity to avoid a criminal record. Thanks to a request from Gebert her proposal was approved by Governor Evers this week elevating Hays' position. She will transition from the title of county prosecutor to assistant district attorney in October, one of more than 60 new positions implemented statewide.
Project to develop Mattoon museum will move ahead during winter
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After a  very busy and promising summer building season, the Mattoon historic organization is preparing to move to the interior of its museum for plenty of heavy duty work.

The historicals own the community's longtime hospital, which served from 1910 to 1950 as the home of health care in the busy Shawano County community.

During the summer months the exterior of the hospital building was sided, new porches built and the structure just south of the Community Hall has a new and upbeat look.

“We are moving indoors for the winter, Art and Jesse White explained last week as a group of supporters  and planners met at the facility.

With the exterior preserved and dressed up, they explained that it is time to get to work on the interior.

There will be an area set aside to mark the years Dr. Orlando Partridge practiced medicine there, 1910 to 1947, and galleries to show items, photographs and other materials donated for display.

“The building will be a true museum,” Dick White said, noting that heavy donations that have been given since the project was announced.

“We have had tremendous support,” he and Jesse added.<
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MATTOON MUSEUM  Work is progressing on a project to change the longtime Mattoon Hospital into a museum, hopefully in 2020. In the top picture, the last “baby” burn at the hospital, DeWaine Schultz posed in the former birthing room with his parents, Mori and Clarence, last week. He was delivered by Dr. Fred Garbisch of Antigo at the facility in 1950. The lower picture shows some of the volunteers on the project posed outside of the recently updated building.
Board moves ahead on sober living plan
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While the passage of the vehicle registration fee increase captured the most attention, the Langlade County Board of Supervisors had plenty of other matters on its agenda for the September session Tuesday.

The issue likely to have the most significant community impact was the green light for the county to finalize the purchase of property that will become the Sober Living Facility, located at 915 First Avenue. The purchase was officially approved at the August meeting, but at the urging of Langlade County Corporation Counsel Robin Stowe, the sale closing was expedited on a unanimous show-of-hands vote. The closing was scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Sober Living project is a joint venture between the county, the city of Antigo, and North Central Health Care. The property purchase, for $130,000, is the county's contribution. The city has pledged up to $150,000 to support capital improvements. North Central Health Care will staff and operate the facility, and has pledged up to $130,000 for start up costs.

North Central Health Care and Aspirus Langlade Hospital are still seeking donations to rack up their portion of initial funding for
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AIRPORT PROJECT - An aerial view of the Langlade County Airport's nearly-completed runway project. Airport manager Josh Walker informed the county board Tuesday that the $3 million project is nearly finished.
Sokaogon Community to host Rendezvous, Wild Rice Festival
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The Sokaogon Chippewa Community is planning a big historical weekend at Mole Lake starting Friday with the Northwood Rendezvous and Wild Rice Festival.

A spokesman for the Sokaogon Community explained that Friday has been set aside for students from area schools to have access to the history of the Chippewa tribe's rich history of wild rice collection on area lakes, and the colorful presentation by the men and women from the rendezvous movement.

The tribal spokesman explained that the Northwoods Rendezvous and Wild Rice Festival is a new event, dedicated to bring many aspects of Wisconsin's pre-statehood history back to life.

The demonstrations and reenactments pertaining to trapping and trading of pelts, food, and tools between the Ojibwe tribes and European settlers will be highlighted. The Sokaogon tradition of harvesting wild rice, which occurred in what is now the region surrounding the reservation, will be featured during the weekend.

“Native American traditional games will be showcased, as well as traditional hunting, trapping and every-day life,” the spokesman added.

While the Friday schedule is filled with the student ex
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A file picture from an earlier Rendezvous and lower, a photo provided by the Sokaogon tribe of a pre-1910 home.
Artist group donates to museum project
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Antigo Visual Arts was brimming with pride Saturday as it presented a $7,280.87 check to the Langlade County Historical Society for its building renovation project, which will provide substantial improvements in the gallery program.

Fran Brown presented a check to Mary Kay Wolf, curator of the historical society's museum, at the reception for the opening of the fall art show season.

The money was raised by an art auction AVA held this past August featuring the art of Frank Vavruska, which was donated to Visual Arts several years ago.

The art auction was the brain child of Brown, who, with the help of her auction committee, artists Rosemary Bauknecht, Danna Gabriel and Camille Converse-Smith, organized the project and saw it through to fruition.

The reception was being held for the fall exhibit, which featured the works of 18 artists, who entered 70 pieces of original pieces in the fall show, "Autumn's Blessings."

Vicki Eldridge's sculpture titled "Big Chief" took first place at a reception in the gallery. The sculpture is just shy of being 3-feet tall. Second place honors went to Wausau artist Patrick Plunkett for his fabricated m
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Fran Brown presents the AVA check to Mary Kay Wolf for the museum project.
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