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The new grandstand at the Birnamwood ballpark, a very well used structure, was formally dedicated Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony that included the benefactor of the project, Norm Matsche, tossing out the first ball at a Little League game.

Known as Roepke Park for the donors of the land well over a century ago, and now Rivertronics Stadium, the firm operated by Norm Matsche and his wife, Alice in Illinois, is a stunning facility that will likely be part of the Birnamwood landscape forever.

The ballpark got its start somewhere between 1881 and 1885 as the Birnamwood Baseball Club was organized and John E. Roepke, a local businessman, donated the land.

The grandstand that served until 2017 was built in 1964, and was certainly showing its age in the past few seasons. The wooden structure was on a pace to become a risk in a few years.

Chanda Kersten, who works at the community’s library, suggested that perhaps the Matsches should look into a stadium project, since they were already behind construction of a community building/town hall project and land acquisition for an Aspirus Langlade Hospital Clinic now operating on Birnamwood’s main street.

And Norm and Alice Matsche swung into action leading to construction of the new building nearly on the footprint of the old stadium and dugouts.

The stadium, which represents a significant community investment, is a busy spot with baseball, softball and a number of youth leagues using the facility on nearly a daily basis from spring to fall.

During the program Judge Earl Schmidt offered the blessing, and was wearing his old Birnamwood baseball shirt and his high school ball cap.

He recalled tremendous memories and fun playing at the ballpark and expressed his pleasure with the new stadium.

Jeff Musson, who was the program’s master of ceremonies, thanked the Matsches, Resch’s Tile and Jeff and Nikki Fraaza for their roles in the project.

Thanks, again, to everyone for your help in making Birnamwood a great place to live and raise a family, Musson said.

A color guard from the Birnamwood American Legion Post also took part in the program.

Matsche, a Birnamwood native, trained in electronics on the GI bill after military duty, and it worked well. He developed Rivertronics in Wood River, Ill. in 1967, very successfully.

Matsche and his wife remain close to the Birnamwood community.
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Ball players thanked Alice and Norm Matsche at the new stadium dedication program Tuesday in Birnamwood.

New stadium at Birnamwood ballpark dedicated at program
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The new grandstand at the Birnamwood ballpark, a very well used structure, was formally dedicated Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony that included the benefactor of the project, Norm Matsche, tossing out the first ball at a Little League game.

Known as Roepke Park for the donors of the land well over a century ago, and now Rivertronics Stadium, the firm operated by Norm Matsche and his wife, Alice in Illinois, is a stunning facility that will likely be part of the Birnamwood landscape forever.

The ballpark got its start somewhere between 1881 and 1885 as the Birnamwood Baseball Club was organized and John E. Roepke, a local businessman, donated the land.

The grandstand that served until 2017 was built in 1964, and was certainly showing its age in the past few seasons. The wooden structure was on a pace to become a risk in a few years.

Chanda Kersten, who works at the community’s library, suggested that perhaps the Matsches should look into a stadium project, since they were already behind construction of a community building/town hall project and land acquisition for an Aspirus Langlade Hospital Clinic now operating on Birnamwood’s main street.

And Norm and Alice Matsche swung into action leading to construction of the new building nearly on the footprint of the old stadium and dugouts.

The stadium, which represents a significant community investment, is a busy spot with baseball, softball and a number of youth leagues using the facility on nearly a daily basis from spring to fall.

During the program Judge Earl Schmidt offered the blessing, and was wearing his old Birnamwood baseball shirt and his high school ball cap.

He recalled tremendous memories and fun playing at the ballpark and expressed his pleasure with the new stadium.

Jeff Musson, who was the program’s master of ceremonies, thanked the Matsches, Resch’s Tile and Jeff and Nikki Fraaza for their roles in the project.

Thanks, again, to everyone for your help in making Birnamwood a great place to live and raise a family, Musson said.

A color guard from the Birnamwood American Legion Post also took part in the program.

Matsche, a Birnamwood native, trained in electronics on the GI bill after military duty, and it worked well. He developed Rivertronics in Wood River, Ill. in 1967, very successfully.

Matsche and his wife remain close to the Birnamwood community.
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Ball players thanked Alice and Norm Matsche at the new stadium dedication program Tuesday in Birnamwood.
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