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WKEB Local News Archives for 2014-05

Kelley Volunteers To Help Build Homes in Central America

Bryce Kelley, a local Thrivent Financial associate traveled to El Salvador in late April and early May as part of a Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home building effort.  Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar mission partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International.  Thrivent members involved with Thrivent Builds help provide people in need with affordable housing and greater economic independence.  Bryce Kelley recently stopped by the K99 Radio Studios in Medford and shared his experience in El Salvador with K99's Russ Gowey.......


K99's Russ Gowey/Bryce Kelley

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K99's Russ Gowey w/Bryce Kelley

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Medford School Board Member Resigns

On April 24th, the Medford Area School Board held their annual organizational meeting with the 3 candidates who won in the spring election taking their oath of office.  Just over a month later, at Wednesday night’s special board meeting, the board voted to approve the resignation of Brenda Sommer, who was one of the 3 candidates recently winning a seat in the spring election.  Wednesday night, the board was holding a closed session meeting, and following the closed session, they convened into open session at which time they voted to accept the a letter of resignation from Brenda Sommer.  The Medford School Board will now need to determine whether to fill the seat, and if so, what process to use.

Local Man Recounts Harrowing Experience at Curling Club

   The Medford Curling Club is celebrating 100 years as a club this year.  The Mertens family has been involved with the Medford Curling Club since the late 60's.  Mitch Mertens has been a member since 1978.  Along with being an active curler, Mitch has also spent time taking care of the ice and ice making equipment.  Part of those duties include shutting down the cooling system each spring.  In 2009, Mitch suffered a life threatening accident while working on the cooling system.   Mitch recently shared his experience with K99's Russ Gowey....


Mitch Mertens w/K99's Russ Gowey 

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Mitch Mertens w/K99's Russ Gowey

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Mitch Mertens w/K99's Russ Gowey

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Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinic Construction Update

  Construction has been completed on the second phase of the Aspirus Hospital and Clinic Expansion Project.  Starting Monday, May 19th the new entrance will be open.   Patients and visitors will notice the new entry and welcome center along with a new pharmacy and the Crosswalk Cafe and Gifts. More new areas include the Cancer and Infusion Center, the improved Birthing Center and a new Community Room.  Gregg Olson, CEO at Aspirus Hospital and Clinics recently took K99's Russ Gowey on a radio tour of the newly completed second phase of the Aspirus Hospital and Clinic Expansion Project....


K99's Russ Gowey w/Gregg Olson 

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K99's Russ Gowey w/Gregg Olson

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Former Medford Raider Gets Chance at NFL


 The aspiration of any young athlete is to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport and compete against the very best.  For football players, that means making a team in the National Football League.  One former Medford Raider football player is one step closer to making his professional football dream come true.  Former Raider and Wisconsin Badgers defensive lineman, Ethan Hemer, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Shortly after the 2014 NFL draft, K99's Patrick Porten got an update on Ethan's progress from Ethan's father, Jeff Hemer of Medford...


K99's Patrick Porten w/Jeff Hemer





New Alice in Dairyland to be Named in Clark County

  The 67th Annual Alice in Dairyland finals will be held Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 in Clark County.  The festivities will include a banquet at the American Legion Hall in Loyal on Friday night beginning at 6:00 P.M. and the finale at El Norteno in Curtiss on Saturday with a social beginning at 4:30 P.M. and the finale to name a new Alice in Dairyland set to begin at 6:45 P.M.  One of the members of the Alice in Dairyland Steering Committee, Chuck Rueth, recently took some time out from the busy Alice in Dairyland schedule to share more about Wisconsin's Officlal Dairy Ambassador with K99's Russ Gowey.....


K99's Russ Gowey w/Chuck Rueth


Medford Curling Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary

  The Medford Curling Club is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary in 2014.  The Medford Curling Club was honored at this year's Medford Area Chamber of Commerce Recognition Banquet on Saturday, May 10th for their 100 years as a club.  Current Medford Curling Club members, Mitch Mertens and Elmer Balko recently sat down with K99's Russ Gowey and shared some of the Medford Curling Club's history and discussed the changes that have occurred over the last 100 years....


K99's Russ Gowey w/Mitch Mertens & Elmer Balko




K99's Russ Gowey w/Mitch Mertens & Elmer Balko



Local Businesses Honored by Medford Chamber

  The Medford Area Chamber of Commerce Recognition Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 10th in the Simek Recreation Center in Medford.

  Two Medford businesses will be honored for reaching longevity milestones and providing outstanding service to our community.  

  Liske Marine will be honored for 50 years in business and Klingbeil Lumber Company will be honored for 75 years in business.  

  Recently, Marv Liske of Liske Marine and Bill Klingbeil of Klingbeil Lumber Company joined K99's Russ Gowey for a little reminiscing and shared some insight into how these businesses originated, grew and continue to thrive.


K99's Russ Gowey w/Marv Liske of Liske Marine



K99's Russ Gowey w/Bill Klingbeil of Klingbeil Lumber Company



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