Portage County, WI

WBAY Green Bay

Man charged with income tax fraud in Brown County

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Portage County man has been charged in a tax fraud case in Brown County. A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News shows Elton J. Schenk, 46, Custer, is charged with Fraud/Rendering Income Tax Return or Obtain Refund with Fraudulent Intent. It’s a felony charge that comes with a possible sentence of six years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Picture for Man charged with income tax fraud in Brown County
95.5 FM WIFC

Illegal tire dumping in Portage County

GRANT TOWNSHIP, WI (WSAU-WAOW) — Someone illegally dumped used tires in Grant Township. The Portage County Sheriff’s Department says nearly 500 tires were discovered in at least five piles at the Okray Family Farms last week. Investigators say some of the old tires were near drainage ditches. A...
Picture for Illegal tire dumping in Portage County

Green Team Plants Trees at Boston School Forest

PORTAGE COUNTY – The Green Team of Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church donated 35 hazelnut saplings to Boston School Forest and planted them on May 6. Windstorms had damaged a large area of the forest, so the team planted the hazelnut saplings to fill in where trees had been toppled. Hazelnuts grow to the size of a large lilac bush and produce edible nuts enjoyed by people, squirrels, deer, turkeys, woodpeckers, pheasants, and other animals. They also sequester carbon, which helps reduce climate change.

Weyers Selected to Receive the Ruth Steffen Memorial Scholarship

STEVENS POINT – Stevens Point PEO Chapter CB recently presented the Ruth Steffen Memorial Scholarship to an area woman pursuing undergraduate studies as a non-traditional student. The $500 award will help offset out-of-pocket education expenses. Jill Weyers accepted this award on May 12 meeting of the Stevens Point PEO Chapter CB.

CREATE Portage County will continue IDEA Center project as it looks to replace executive director who resigned

STEVENS POINT – CREATE Portage County will soon start a search to replace its executive director, who resigned shortly after he was accused of disorderly conduct. CREATE, formerly called the Arts Alliance of Portage County, focuses on economic development through arts and culture. Bill Schierl, the organization’s president and founder, confirmed to the Stevens Point...

Marathon County names new deputy county administrator

WAUSAU – Marathon County government this week named Chris Holman as the county’s new deputy county administrator, effective May 16. Prior to joining Marathon County, Holman served as the county executive for Portage County from 2018-2022. During that time, he led numerous successful projects, such as expanding the county’s highway facilities, revising fiscal policies to better inform decision making, and upgrading the county’s IT infrastructure to support more modern platforms. Additionally, Holman has served on several state and national boards focusing on U.S. agriculture where he advocated for the issues facing many small-to-mid size farms.

Community COVID-19 testing to end at UW-Stevens Point

Community COVID-19 testing at UW-Stevens Point will continue through Friday, May 20. Testing is available Wednesday and Friday this week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the UW-Stevens Point Science Building, Room C124, 2001 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point. Make an appointment for a free rapid-result antigen test at Face coverings are required at the testing site.

Former Portage County Executive Named Deputy Administrator in Marathon County

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) — Marathon County has a new Deputy Administrator. Chris Holman was named to the position on Monday, coming over from neighboring Portage County where he served as Executive from 2018-2022. “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue working in local government here in...

DNR: Portage Co., surrounding areas, at ‘very high’ fire danger

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to avoid burning due to very high fire danger across most of Wisconsin. Warm, dry and breezy conditions are expected to continue Tuesday, which makes burning of any kind extremely risky. Areas with “very fire” fire danger today include Adams,...

Stockbox program helps central Wisconsin seniors

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - A program that helps seniors with food insecurity is gaining ground in central Wisconsin. It started less than a year ago in Portage County and is already making a difference to people in need. It’s called the Stockbox program. Several counties in central Wisconsin now...

CREATE looks to future, continued growth, in light of Wright’s resignation

Portage County CREATE announced to its members on Monday that Greg Wright had stepped down from the executive director’s position. In a May 16 email from Bill Schierl, CREATE’s founder and board president, he says that the board is “profoundly grateful for Greg’s vision and past leadership,” but added the organization’s momentum was the result of a communitywide effort.

Marshfield Clinic opens new hospital, ‘River Region’

Marshfield Medical Center-River Region at Stevens Point opened its doors Friday, the latest in a series of changes that adds another hospital for Portage County residents. The hospital is an expansion of the existing Marshfield Clinic Stevens Point Center, which opened in 2013 at 4100 State Hwy. 66. The first floor of the two-story, 55,000-square-foot hospital features emergency services with eight treatment rooms, a trauma room, 12 hospital inpatient beds, a dining area, and a lobby.