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Antigo preparing for weekend Disc Golf Ice Bowl tournament
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This morning, on a day definitely not for wimps, Zachary Brown was busy shoveling out the tees and holes for the inaugural Disc Golf Ice Bowl, taking place Saturday and the city of Antigo and Jack Lake courses.

Seven teams—a good turnout for a first -time event—have registered for the charity tournament.

The basic rules of the Ice Bowl are simple, Brown, president of the Antigo Disc Golf Club, said. Under no circumstances can an Ice Bowl be postponed or canceled. No wimps or whiners are allowed; and there are no excuses for not attending. Either be there or be a wimp.

Disc golf is a fast-growing sport and Langlade County is a hub, with established courses along the city’s walking trail system north of Second Avenue and at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Jack Lake. There is a third course as well, at Antigo High School, used primarily for physical education classes.

The doubles tournament will have a special emphasis on participants raising funds and gathering food donations for the Antigo Community Food Pantry. Goal is to raise at least $1,000 and donate 100 pounds of food.

Golfing starts at 9 a.m. with registration at the Antigo course
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Zachary Brown digs out a tee this morning at the Antigo disc golf course, one of the sites for Saturday’s inaugural Ice Bowl.
Annual Christmas tree burn Monday
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Antigo will mark the unofficial end of the holiday season Monday, when a vast pyre of trees will go up in flames at the community Christmas tree burn.

In a switch, relatively balmy conditions are expected for the annual event, which in past years has tilted toward the chilly side of the thermometer. Temperatures are forecast to be barely below the freezing mark.

It may be a little wet for the fire though, Antigo Optimist Christmas Tree Burn co-chair Tim Sharon said. But it will still be toasty.

The bonfire will be lit at 5 p.m. at the huge pile of trees, which has been growing daily as city crews collect evergreens curbside from across the community. It is located in the parking lot south of the high school, with plenty of parking available.

Optimists will provide free hot dogs and hot chocolate and there are large piles of snow around the stack of trees that will offer great sliding for families bringing sleds.

Everyone in the community is invited to bring a donation for the food pantry.

Antigo Optimist members annually sponsor the tree burn and numerous community activities that promote positive youth programs throughout the year.
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City crew Steve Desjarlais and Jim Klement with Optimist members Tim Sharon, Sam Hardin and Bill Kelly at the growing pile of Christmas trees, which will be set afire Monday night.
Farm, business figure John Schroeder, 81, dies
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John H. Schroeder, 81, who spent his life in agriculture and business, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at his residence of complications associated with Parkinson’s disease.

He was surrounded by his family.

John was born on May 24, 1935 in the Town of Rolling, to the late Henry and Martha (Weix) Schroeder.

John was united in marriage to Jaclyn Cousineau on Nov. 16, 1957 in Madison. She survives and resides in Antigo.

John was raised on a dairy farm homesteaded by his great-grandfather in 1879. The farm was 80 acres, including 20 acres of potatoes.

John was a graduate of Antigo High School class of 1953. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Alaska until 1957. He attended University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a degree in Agricultural Economics.

John returned to Antigo working as an agent with Prudential Insurance Company. He also established Schroeder’s Farm Market and owned and operated the Blackjack Steakhouse with his wife for 40 years.

In 1970, John returned to farming with his father. They expanded the farm from 350 acres of potatoes along with rotation crops to the present, Schroeder Brothers Farms, c
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CoVantage Foundation starts role to assist home communities
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Antigo and Elcho charitable organizations have received a significant boost from the CoVantage Cares Foundation.

As part of its recent Giving Tuesday campaign, the organization distributed nearly $76,000 to local non-profit groups that serve communities where CoVantage Credit Union has branches. The funds were made possible thanks to donations by members, staff, and others who responded to the foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign.

Recipients included the Elcho and Antigo food pantries and the Weekend Backpack Program, chosen by members and staff representing the Antigo and Elcho offices.

Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Black Friday and is nationally recognized for charitable giving. It was selected by the foundation as an opportune time to kick off a fund-raising effort to support organizations that help local individuals and families in need.

Branch staff throughout CoVantage Credit Union’s locations were asked to select a non-profit group in the community they serve to be the recipient of funds raised, with the understanding that contributions generated during the two-week effort would be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $40,000 by
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In the top photo, representatives from the Antigo Community Food Pantry and the Weekend Backpack Program gathered together to accept checks from the Giving Tuesday campaign from John Lyon, Katie Devore and other CoVantage staff. In the lower photo, representatives from the Elcho Food Pantry gathered together to accept a check from Pam Jansen (far left) and Brenda Wilber (far right) from CoVantage Credit Union.
Crossing guards saluted this week
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For one week, the quiet, unsung heroes of traffic control take center stage.

Today kicks off Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week, with ceremonies at North Elementary School for the three Antigo sentinels who make sure youngsters get to and from school safely in all sorts of weather.

Robbie Rosier, Robert Fritsch and Dwaine Packard received gifts and certificates of appreciation from Antigo Mayor Bill Brandt and Brian Misfeldt, Antigo school district administrator.

In his proclamation, Brandt noted the invaluable service the guards provide to ensuring the safe passage of the youngest, most vulnerable pedestrians.

They serve with a dedication that discounts the rigors of harsh weather, split shifts and heavy traffic, the mayor said.

Their service, he said, has helped drive down the rates of young pedestrian deaths and injuries and reinforcing in the minds of the young people they assist the importance of traffic hazard identification and safe street-crossing behavior.

Also joining in the assembly, were Police Chief Eric Roller, Capt. Jim Kolpack, Det./Sgt. Dan Duley, Officer Nate Zirngible and Officer Misty Servi along with Nor
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Antigo crossing guards are shown at today’s recognition ceremony with their young counterparts from North Elementary School. The adults, from left, include Principal Glenda Davis, Mayor Bill Brandt, Bobbie Rosier, Police Chief Eric Roller, Robert Fritsch, Officer Nate Zirngible, Dwaine Packard, Capt. Jim Kolpack, Det./Sgt. Dan Duley and Antigo School District Administrator Brian Misfeldt.
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