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    Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Madison, Wis. – Looking to keep their season alive, the Great Lakes West Division second-half champions Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (0-1) take on the Madison Mallards (1-0) in game two of a best-of-three playoff series. In game one, the Rafters played tough with the Mallards and took a 1-1 tie into the seventh inning. A big seventh for Madison put them on top and they hung on to win 9-2. Cal ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Madison, Wis. – The second-half Great Lakes West Division champion Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (46-28) finished their 10thAnniversary Season with a 9-2 loss to the Madison Mallards (44-30) in game two of the 2019 sub-divisional playoff series. The Rafters fell behind 3-0 early and could not come back to extend their season. Madison added one run per inning from the fifth through seventh to win ...read more
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    Monday, August 12, 2019
    Mequon, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (23-13) topped the Lakeshore Chinooks (16-20) 7-6 to win the second-half Great Lakes West Division Championship and clinch a spot in the Northwoods League Playoffs. Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Roman Trujillo and Aidan Huggins drove in runs to put the Rafters on top 2-1. Lakeshore answered with a pair in the bottom of the third, but the Rafters ...read more
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    Monday, August 12, 2019
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Mid-State Technical College Foundation is hosting its fourth-annual Trapshoot Fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association in Nekoosa. Highlights include prizes for the highest-scoring teams, 25 practice rounds, 50 scoring rounds, raffles, contests and lunch.   The Trapshoot Fundraiser is a major source of funding for the Mid-State’s ...read more
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    Monday, August 12, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – After winning the Great Lakes West Division second-half championship, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (0-1) dropped game one of a best-of-three playoff series against the Madison Mallards (1-0) by a final of 9-2.  Madison struck first in the top of the third, but Richie Schiekofer notched an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 1-1. Wisconsin Rapids got a ...read more
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    Sunday, August 11, 2019
    Mequon, Wis. – With a playoff spot on the line, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (22-13) enter the final day of the regular season and face the Lakeshore Chinooks (16-19) Sunday. Wisconsin Rapids can secure a playoff spot either with a win or with a loss by Fond du Lac. The Rafters have a half-game lead on the Dock Spiders, who face Madison today. If the team can secure a playoff spot, they will ...read more
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    Saturday, August 10, 2019
    Mequon, Wis. – With a playoff berth on the line, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (21-13) begin a decisive two-game series against the Lakeshore Chinooks (16-18) to close out the regular season. After dropping a dramatic 4-2 game against the Madison Mallards, the Rafters now sit in first place with just a half-game lead on the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. Wisconsin Rapids controls its own ...read more
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    Saturday, August 10, 2019
    Mequon, Wis. – In a monumental night for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (22-13), Anthony Galason hit for the cycle as the Rafters blew out the Lakeshore Chinooks (16-19) 14-2 and are now one win away from clinching a playoff spot. Galason opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and hit a triple in the third, scoring on an RBI single by Jake Dunham. In the fifth, ...read more
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    Friday, August 09, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – After taking game one, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-12) go for a critical series sweep over the Madison Mallards (16-17) in game two Friday night. The Rafters currently have a 1.5-game lead over Fond du Lac in the Great Lakes West Division. Having already locked up home-field advantage, the Rafters magic number to clinch a playoff spot is two. Tonight’s matchup ...read more
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    Thursday, August 08, 2019
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    Thursday, August 08, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Looking to bounce back, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-12) return home for a critical two-game series against the Madison Mallards (16-16) starting Thursday. The Rafters dropped a tough game two against the Kenosha Kingfish by a final score of 8-2. Osvaldo Tovalin’s double was the lone RBI for the Rafters. Starting pitcher Gareth Stroh struck out six ...read more
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    Thursday, August 08, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Playing in front of a packed house at Historic Witter Field, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (21-12) got one step closer to locking up a playoff spot with a 5-2 win over the Madison Mallards (16-17) Thursday night. Trailing 1-0 in the second, Noah Thigpen hit a sacrifice fly to score Osvaldo Tovalin and tie the game. Matt Oldham hit a two-run homer later in the ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    Kenosha, Wis. – After an off day for the Major League Dreams Showcase event, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-11) look to close in on a playoff spot and split the series with the Kenosha Kingfish (17-15) Wednesday. In game one on Monday, the Rafters built an early lead, but could not maintain it as they fell 6-5. Jake Dunham had two RBIs and Matt Osterberg struck out five batters as ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    Kenosha, Wis. – As the playoff race continues to heat up, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-12) took a tough 8-2 loss against the Kenosha Kingfish (18-15) Wednesday night.  The Rafters magic number to clinch a playoff spot and home field advantage is still three as there are just four games remaining in the regular season. Wiscosnin Rapids has a 1.5-game lead on Fond du Lac in the ...read more
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    Monday, August 05, 2019
    Kenosha, Wis. – Sitting atop the Great Lakes West Division, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-10) travel to face the Kenosha Kingfish (16-15) as they begin the final week of the regular season. The Rafters completed a sweep of the Kokomo Jackrabbits Sunday, closing the homestand with a 9-3 victory. Matt Oldham and Davion Downey both had home runs in the win. To clinch both a playoff spot and ...read more
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    Monday, August 05, 2019
    Kenosha, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-11) led most of the way, but ultimately dropped a 6-5 decision to the Kenosha Kingfisn (10-21) in game one on Monday. Jake Dunham doubled to bring in a run in the first inning and Davion Downey and Dunham both tallied RBI singles in the third inning as the Rafters built a 3-2 lead through the first three innings. In the fifth, Aidan ...read more
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    Sunday, August 04, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (19-10) go for a clean sweep of the season series against the Kokomo Jackrabbits (10-20) as they close a four-game homestand on Sunday. The Rafters made an early comeback and held off a late rally by Kokomo to pick up a 6-5 win in game one. Davion Downey launched a grand slam in the third inning and Brayden Bonner got the save ...read more
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    Sunday, August 04, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (20-10) built an early lead and never looked back in a 9-3 win over the Kokomo Jackrabbits (10-21) on Sunday. Jake Dunham posted an RBI single in the bottom of the first to put the Rafters on the board first. Richie Schiekofer tacked on another run with an RBI single an inning later to make it 2-0. Matt Oldham launched the first ...read more
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    Saturday, August 03, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – As the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters sit in first place in the division and are on the verge of clinching a 2019 Northwoods League playoff berth, the team announces ticket options for the upcoming postseason. Current regular-season package holders can purchase postseason packages now and tickets will be made available to the general public on Wednesday Aug. 7 at 9:00 a.m. ...read more
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    Saturday, August 03, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – With the season winding down and the playoff race heating up, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-10) prepare for four-straight games against East Division opponents, starting with the Kokomo Jackrabbits (10-19) at home Saturday night. The Rafters came back twice in Friday night’s 8-2 loss to the Lakeshore Chinooks to split the series. Wisconsin Rapids now has ...read more
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    Saturday, August 03, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (19-10) came from behind and held off a late rally to defeat the Kokomo Jackrabbits (10-20) 6-5 on Saturday night. Facing a 2-0 deficit, Davion Downey crushed a bases-loaded full-count pitch to right field for a grand slam to put the Rafters up 4-2. Peter Matt scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and Richie Schiekofer posted an ...read more
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    Friday, August 02, 2019
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – Thank you to everyone who participated in Stuff the School Bus and Lunch by the River on August 1, 2019! The staff at United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties and Stuff the Bus Committee members are thrilled with the turnout! A special thank you to our volunteers, those who donated school supplies and Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to sponsor ...read more
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    Friday, August 02, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Riding a three-game win streak and sitting in first place in the Great Lakes West Division, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-9) face off against the second-place Lakeshore Chinooks (14-13) in game two on Friday. The Rafters rallied to take game one on Thursday, winning 11-7. Richie Schiekofer led the way at the plate with three RBIs and a home run. Wisconsin Rapids now ...read more
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    Friday, August 02, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-10) rallied to tie the game twice, but ultimately fell 8-2 against the Lakeshore Chinooks (15-13) to split the series Friday night. Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Aidan Huggins hit his first home run of the season with a solo shot to left field that leveled the score. Down by one again in the sixth, Frankie Garriola scored ...read more
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    Thursday, August 01, 2019
    Learn how to lower your risk of diabetes and pre-diabetes by attending a free class series offered by the Aspirus Riverview Diabetes & Nutrition Center. “You Have the Power to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes” will be held Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the lower level conference center at Aspirus Riverview Hospital, 410 Dewey Street, Wisconsin Rapids. The four-class series ...read more
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    Thursday, August 01, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – With just three games separating them in the division standings, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-9) face off against the second-place Lakeshore Chinooks (14-12) at home on Thursday. Wisconsin Rapids came back to beat Green Bay 6-1 in game two and sweep the series against the Booyah on Wednesday. Gareth Stroh pitched seven innings and surrendered just three ...read more
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    Thursday, August 01, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-9) rallied to top the second-place Lakeshore Chinooks (14-12) and extend their lead in the Great Lakes West Division Standings. The Rafters fell behind early in the first inning, but posted two runs on wild pitches in the bottom of the opening frame to take the lead. Richie Schiekofer launched a two-run homer to center field ...read more
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    Thursday, August 01, 2019
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1 - 7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.   According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike. Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800,000 lives every year, the ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    Green Bay, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (17-9) trailed early against the Green Bay Booyah (13-13), but came back to win 6-1 and sweep the two-game series on Wednesday. The Booyah struck first in the top of the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead on a solo home run. Wisconsin Rapids evened the score in the sixth when Richie Schiekofer scored on an error. Later in the inning, ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Mid-State Technical College has announced its fall Meet Me @ Mid-State dates. Each event offers the community a chance to tour a Mid-State campus, apply to the College for free and get one step closer to career goals. All attendees will also be entered to win a $50 gift card. (One per campus location.)   Tours are available across all four Mid-State Campuses in Adams, ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    Green Bay, Wis. – After picking up a pivotal win in game one, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (16-9) look to further distance themselves from the Green Bay Booyah (13-12) in the Great Lakes West Division standings. Tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, Noah Thigpen ripped a double down the left-field line to bring in two runs and put the Rafters on top for good. Matt Osterberg got the win as ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – In early May, Nathan Hemmerling finished his freshman year at Lakeland University and drove from Green Bay to Wisconsin Rapids to meet the family he would be staying with for the summer. Just weeks later, Hemmerling took the mound as the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters opening-day starter. Now, at the beginning of August, Hemmerling is part of a starting rotation that has shut ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI — On Friday, July 26th, the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and Incourage held a luncheon for the visiting and local utility crews at Water Works and Lighting Commission as they restored power back to the community. After the devasting storms and power outages struck on Saturday the 21st, the local community decided to act to thank the workers. Feeding well over one ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (16-9) extended their lead in the Great Lakes West Division with a gutsy 4-2 win over the Green Bay Booyah (13-12) on Tuesday. Facing a 1-0 deficit in the second inning, Jake Dunham drove in the tying run for the Rafters with an RBI double to right field. Dunham came around to score on an error later in the inning to give Rapids ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    Save a life…  by donating blood at an Aspirus Riverview Hospital community blood drive. Blood drives are held twice monthly in the hospital’s lower level conference center. The August blood drives will be Tuesday, August 20, from 10 am to 3 pm and Monday, August 26, from 2 to 7 pm. No appointment is needed. To accommodate donors, there are six donor chairs available. Anyone with questions ...read more
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    Sunday, July 28, 2019
    Fond du Lac, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (15-9) closed the season series with the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (12-12) with a 6-4 loss and finished the season with an 8-4 record against Fondy. After winning game one 15-10 on Saturday, the Rafters rallied late in a Sunday afternoon matchup and could not come back to win. The Rafters still sit in first place in the Great Lakes ...read more
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    Saturday, July 27, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (15-8) posted a strong offensive performance in a 15-10 victory over the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (11-12) Saturday night. The Rafters trailed 1-0 in the first inning, but tied the game when Richie Schiekofer scored on a wild pitch in the opening frame. The Rafters opened the floodgates in the second inning, starting with Noah ...read more
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    Friday, July 26, 2019
    Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (14-8) maintained their lead in the Great Lakes West Division with a dramatic late-inning 6-5 comeback win over the Madison Mallards (10-12) Friday night. Wisconsin Rapids struck first on the second batter of the game when Jaylen Guy hit a solo home run to put Wisconsin Rapids up 1-0. Davion Downey doubled the Rafters lead with a solo shot of his own ...read more
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    Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Madison, Wis. – After splitting a scheduled doubleheader on Wednesday, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (13-7) hit the road to face the Madison Mallards (9-11) in a two-game series. The Rafters picked up a 7-3 win in game one of a split doubleheader with the Wausau Woodchucks. Roman Trujillo had four RBIs and Hayden Petrovick struck out seven batters in four innings of relief. Jack ...read more
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    Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (13-8) rallied twice, but ultimately fell 5-4 in an extra-inning game against the Madison Mallards (10-11) on Thursday. Jaylen Guy opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second inning to put the Rafters up 1-0. Madison, playing as the Wisconsin Cheese Curds, took the lead in the third when two runs scored on an error.  Jake Dunham tied the ...read more
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    Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI — The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce continues to be a resource for local businesses and community members after the devastation from Saturday’s storm. Saturday, July 21st marked a significant day that impacted Central Wisconsin with severe storms and power outages. Many communities were affected with loss of electricity, flooding, blocked roads, and property ...read more
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    Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Wood County, the Village of Biron and Classic Development Corp. are pleased to announce the completion and opening of a newly constructed and relocated one-mile section of Wood County Highway U in the Village of Biron. This completely new section of Wood County Highway U (CTH U)  is located between Huffman Road/ 64th Street and the Wood / Portage County line, in the northeast portion of Biron, ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (13-7) trounced the Wisconsin Woodchucks (8-12) 7-3 in game one, but dropped the nightcap 3-1 in a split doubleheader in the Great Lakes West Division. Wisconsin Rapids extended its winning streak to four games with a 7-3 dismissal of the Woodchucks in game one Wednesday afternoon on the road. Frankie Garriola tallied his eighth RBI in ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Some symptoms can quickly go from “nothing to worry about” tosomething very serious. How do you know when to seek prompt medical attention? Aspirus invites all ladies to “Don’t Take a Turn for the Worse,” a free Aspiring Women ladies’ night out at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids on Tuesday, August 20, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Dr. Thomas Voelker, Aspirus Riverview Chief Medical ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are excited to announce the third-annual Rushing Rapids Craft Beer Festival, presented by B’s Tap House, will return to Historic Witter Field on Saturday, September 7. The fall event features beer, food and live music by Wisconsin-based Southbound. Rushing Rapids is open to festival-goers over the age of 21. In 2018, the Rafters welcomed ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    As the summer begins to wind down, the Arts Council is gearing up for ticket sales for its 43rd season. Seven shows are on the roster, bringing a variety of entertainment to please all palates! Tickets are selling earlier than previous years, so check out the performance schedule and be ready to purchase early for the best seat selection.    The 2019-2020 Performance Schedule:  (Ticket prices ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Sitting in first place in the Great Lakes West Division, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (12-6) look to take two games in a home-and-home doubleheader against the Wausau Woodchucks (7-11) on Wednesday. Game one will be played at 11:35 a.m. in Wausau and then the series will shift to Historic Witter Field for the nightcap. The Rafters currently have a 6-4 lead in the season ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will be well-represented at the 2019 Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison, sending six players to the exclusive event. The Dreams Showcase features 100 of the top prospects from around the Northwoods League, selected by major-league scouts. The participants form four teams of prospects to work out and play a doubleheader, ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Following a big win in game one, the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Gorgeous Grandmas (11-6) take on the Green Bay Booyah (10-7) at home with a chance to secure a series sweep. The Rafters posted 16 hits and three home runs on their way to an 11-5 victory over Green Bay on Monday. New Rafter Frankie Garriola notched six RBIs in his debut, including an inside-the-park ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – Playing as the Wisconsin Rapids Gorgeous Grandmas (12-6), Wisconsin Rapids held on to first place in the division with a 7-3 win over the Green Bay Booyah (10-8) Tuesday night. The Gorgeous Grandmas came back from a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Davion Downey to tie the game. Trailing 2-1, Frankie Garriola hit an RBI double to level the ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Mid-State Technical College Accounting Instructor Susan Strautmann was recently appointed to the Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board, filling a vacant accountant member seat until July 1, 2020.   “I am honored to serve our State of Wisconsin as a member of the Accounting Examining Board,” said Strautmann, who first applied for gubernatorial appointment in November 2018. “It ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    ASPIRUS ANNOUNCED AS LOCAL PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR INAUGURAL SUSAN G. KOMEN CENTRAL WISCONSIN MORE THAN PINK WALK                          WAUSAU, Wis. (July 17, 2019) — Susan G. Komen Wisconsin is excited to announce Aspirus as the local presenting sponsor for the 2019 Central Wisconsin MORE THAN PINK Walk. Central Wisconsin is one of twenty-six locations across the country to launch the new ...read more
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