Corn growers running combines with a careful eye on moisture levels, plenty more|
For 12th straight year, AHS will be represented at WIAA state tournament
|A ride into Langlade County’s agricultural areas will show there is still standing corn, and perhaps under the mantle of snow, soybeans.|
Weather conditions as the crop matured during the late summer of 2014 stalled the necessary drying of the corn and complications with the soybeans. Even if crop conditions were right, it was impossible to get the heavy harvest machinery into the soggy fields.
So many put off that harvest, and now are hoping for an adequate drying and weather conditions that will allow them to combine the crops.
“It isn’t a bad management decision,” Stephanie Plaster, the University of Wisconsin agriculture agent in Langlade County explained today.
She said there is always some risk leaving it stand for at least part of the winter including wildlife damage and heavy snows that will prevent a timely harvest.
The result is that farm crews are testing their crops to determine moisture contents to determine when it is right for harvesting. If moisture contents is too high, then the crop becomes a financially losing proposition.
One grower who has been out there when his moisture levels dropped sufficiently is Jim Schafe
Jim Schafel and his crew were combining corn in a field north of Antigo recently.
CoVantage explains plans for expansion in Wausau
|For the 12th straight year, the Antigo Red Robins gymnastics team has qualified for a berth in the state tournament.|
The gymnasts continued their unprecedented streak by finishing second at Thursday’s Division 2 sectional meet at home, in the friendly confines of the Sheldon Fieldhouse. The meet was won by Ashland.
In addition, Tyler Tatro, Alivia Weix, Kim Swan and Alli McCann will make next week’s trip to Wisconsin Rapids as individuals.
State competition will begin with team events on Friday followed by the individual tournament on Saturday.
Other Red Robin teams are just beginning, or in the midst of, their races to state.
After a first round bye, the Red Robins girls basketball team starts their playoff journey with regional semi-finals tonight versus New London in New London.
The boys hockey team has already advanced to sectional action, with the finals versus Wausau West Saturday in Stevens Point. A win will stamp their state ticket.
Boys hoops playoff action gets underway next week.
Individual state gymnastics qualifiers Tyler Tatro, Alivia Weix, Alli McCann and Kim Swan.
Massive piece of oil field equipment rolls through Antigo
|Officers in the CoVantage Credit Union organization told a near-capacity audience Wednesday evening at Volm Theater how their financial institution had grown during the past year and the exciting projects currently in the works.|
Opened in the basement of a small filling station and bulk oil plant at 10th Avenue and South Dorr Street decades ago, CoVantage has grown into one of the largest and most successful credit unions in the state.
That growth has come both in the number of deposits, board members explained, and in facilities, with the latest acquisition being the former Associated Bank building in downtown Wausau, just a few blocks from CoVantage’s current, overburdened downtown Wausau location.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” Brian Prunty, CoVantage president, said. “Yes, this is a big investment, but given the strategic importance of Wausau to the future of CoVantage, we believe it to be a very prudent move.”
The president said people may question if the credit union is moving its headquarters from Antigo to Wausau.
“The answer is no. We started in Antigo and we continue to be headquartered in Antigo,” he stressed. “Incid
ANNUAL MEETING — CoVantage Credit Union President Brian Prunty, top, explains the acquisition of a former Wausau bank building with plans to remodel it and replace another downtown facility it has outgrown. Wausau is seen as one of the key growth opportunities for CoVantage. A rendering by Mudrovich Architects of the building after extensive remodeling is shown in the lower photo.
Spring Valley celebrates successes
|A enormous piece of industrial machinery bound for the oil sands region of western Canada created quite a stir along Highway 45 Tuesday and Wednesday.|
The 208-foot tower is being transported from a fabricator in Green Bay to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and traveled through Langlade County during dismal conditions Tuesday evening before parking for the day along Highway 45 at Pelican Lake.
The machinery is massive, measuring 18 feet wide, almost two-stories high and weighing 250 tons. The articulated trailer has 12 axles.
The hauler is Alberta-based ENTREC, a leading provider of heavy lift and heavy haul services with offerings encompassing crane services, heavy haul transportation, engineering, logistics and support.
Jason Beutler, project manager for the company, said loads such as the massive tower are common for his company, especially to the booming oil sands region.
The tower was manufactured by Fourinex, a custom fabrication company specializing in the manufacturing of ASME, CE and API certified process and pressure vessels for various national and international industries. Called a falling film evaporater, it is a special type of
Parked on Highway 45 at Pelican Lake, the load waits until darkness to move closer to the Alberta oil fields of Canada. Note the regular-sized truck passing.
|Spring Valley Elementary School families, joined by faculty, staff and members of the board of education, celebrated success Tuesday.|
Despite chilling winds that polished some roadways with black ice and made others nearly impassable due to drifting snow on the Antigo Flats, a good contingent were on hand to celebrate Spring Valley receiving the National Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
The distinction means that Spring Valley has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation in terms of student achievement.
“For a school this size to win a national award is quite an accomplishment,” Mike Boldig, president of the board of education, said. “It’s all due to the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff and students.”
Boldig read a letter to Spring Valley from Tony Evers, state school superintendent, heralding the achievement.
“You must feel extremely proud of this well-deserved recognition,” Evers said. “Such success is only achievable with the combined efforts and dedication of the school’s students, staff, parents and community.
“Spring Valley Elementary School exemplified Wisconsin’s educatio
From left, Mike Boldig board president, Shelby Drabek, secretary, Tollef Wienke, principal, Lisa Peaslee, kindergarten, Kelsey Noskowiak, fifth grade, Terry Zalewski, third grade, Margie Kirk-Schuh, grade one, Pam Bahr, cook, Mary Meister, PTO president, Jamie Arrowood, custodian and Mary Lewis, PTO treasurer pose in front of the big Spring Valley banner at Tuesday night’s celebration.
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