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The people of Birnamwood love their baseball, and stunning proof is taking shape this fall along Highway N on the north edge of the village.

A new grandstand is under construction at the community’s longtime ball park by the Tradewell Co. of Antigo, replacing a wooden structure that had served for well over 50 years. And time ran out earlier this year when age and safety issues were raised.

With the project nearing completion, the tale of how it unfolded is interesting.

The central player in the story is Norm Matsche, a Birnamwood native, who returned after military service and enrolled in an electronics class through the vocational program in Wausau.

It clicked, and Matsche and his wife, Alice, have led a very successful life in Godfrey, Ill., which is near the Mississippi River and St. Louis.

Armed with the vocational school training, he founded a firm, Rivertronics, which has developed and updated a cornerstone navigation system for tug boats and barges working on the busy and nearby commercial waterway.

Ed Resch, a friend who has also helped with the grandstand project, explained that Matsche also did an excellent job of figuring out how the stock market works, and it was to his advantage.

The people of Birnamwood have benefited tremendously. Not only is the grandstand taking shape, but the Aspirus Langlade Clinic is on a lot that was partially provided by Matsche. He purchased an old and idled hotel on the village’s main street which had become a risk and eyesore, and razed it. That opened up the needed land for the clinic right in the center of the community.

Just a block away is the Matsche Center, a beefed-up town hall and community building that even has a unique structure for the old Birnamwood school bell. And now, the baseball facility.

The story behind this project is that Matsche and his wife were on one of their visits to Birnamwood and in the library. Matsche asked a employee Chandra Kersten if she had an idea for a post-clinic project.

And she did. With children in the youth baseball leagues, she mentioned the 1960s stadium and explained its condition. And that got the Matsche wheels turning.

The village teamed with him and Alice on the big project and the work started.

Resch explained that with budget constraints that many communities, including the village of Birnamwood, face the project wouldn’t have been possible.

But with the Matsche’s help it was.

Resch recalls Matsche said something like, lets go.

And like the stunning Matsche Center and the Aspirus Langlade Birnamwood Clinic, it is happening.

That love of baseball is certain to continue in 2018 and far beyond with the new stadium, dugouts, concessions area and more.

It begs the question, what may be next?
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Norm and Alice Matsche met with parents, coaches and young baseball players at the new stadium. The Illinois couple are helping to fund in Birnamwood. Shown in the front row, Jason Barke, August Barke, Grant Praslowicz, Evan Meverden, Zandyr Barke, Ameila Bessert, Adreonna Bessert, Savanna Bessert, Ginny Praslowicz, Don Bessert; back row, Heather Barke, Abi Fraaza, SaraBeth Bernarde, Alice Matsche, Norman Matsche, Jasmin Duranceau, Charity Fraaza, Sommer Lewis. The lower picture shows, from the left, Al Resch, who has been active in the stadium project, Alice Matsche, Chandra Kersten, who helped spark the project, and Norm Matsche.

Older, busy baseball stadium at Birnamwood being replaced nicely
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The people of Birnamwood love their baseball, and stunning proof is taking shape this fall along Highway N on the north edge of the village.

A new grandstand is under construction at the community’s longtime ball park by the Tradewell Co. of Antigo, replacing a wooden structure that had served for well over 50 years. And time ran out earlier this year when age and safety issues were raised.

With the project nearing completion, the tale of how it unfolded is interesting.

The central player in the story is Norm Matsche, a Birnamwood native, who returned after military service and enrolled in an electronics class through the vocational program in Wausau.

It clicked, and Matsche and his wife, Alice, have led a very successful life in Godfrey, Ill., which is near the Mississippi River and St. Louis.

Armed with the vocational school training, he founded a firm, Rivertronics, which has developed and updated a cornerstone navigation system for tug boats and barges working on the busy and nearby commercial waterway.

Ed Resch, a friend who has also helped with the grandstand project, explained that Matsche also did an excellent job of figuring out how the stock market works, and it was to his advantage.

The people of Birnamwood have benefited tremendously. Not only is the grandstand taking shape, but the Aspirus Langlade Clinic is on a lot that was partially provided by Matsche. He purchased an old and idled hotel on the village’s main street which had become a risk and eyesore, and razed it. That opened up the needed land for the clinic right in the center of the community.

Just a block away is the Matsche Center, a beefed-up town hall and community building that even has a unique structure for the old Birnamwood school bell. And now, the baseball facility.

The story behind this project is that Matsche and his wife were on one of their visits to Birnamwood and in the library. Matsche asked a employee Chandra Kersten if she had an idea for a post-clinic project.

And she did. With children in the youth baseball leagues, she mentioned the 1960s stadium and explained its condition. And that got the Matsche wheels turning.

The village teamed with him and Alice on the big project and the work started.

Resch explained that with budget constraints that many communities, including the village of Birnamwood, face the project wouldn’t have been possible.

But with the Matsche’s help it was.

Resch recalls Matsche said something like, lets go.

And like the stunning Matsche Center and the Aspirus Langlade Birnamwood Clinic, it is happening.

That love of baseball is certain to continue in 2018 and far beyond with the new stadium, dugouts, concessions area and more.

It begs the question, what may be next?
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Norm and Alice Matsche met with parents, coaches and young baseball players at the new stadium. The Illinois couple are helping to fund in Birnamwood. Shown in the front row, Jason Barke, August Barke, Grant Praslowicz, Evan Meverden, Zandyr Barke, Ameila Bessert, Adreonna Bessert, Savanna Bessert, Ginny Praslowicz, Don Bessert; back row, Heather Barke, Abi Fraaza, SaraBeth Bernarde, Alice Matsche, Norman Matsche, Jasmin Duranceau, Charity Fraaza, Sommer Lewis. The lower picture shows, from the left, Al Resch, who has been active in the stadium project, Alice Matsche, Chandra Kersten, who helped spark the project, and Norm Matsche.
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