Arbor Vitae newcomers draw in visitors to Friday fish fry Submitted: 03/22/2018
ARBOR VITAE - An Arbor Vitae restaurant may be relatively new to the area, but regulars quickly started packing the place every Friday for fish fry.

Ron and Marlena Schisel opened Outback 51 about a year ago.

They say it was tough being the "newbies" at first, but their fish fry got people in the door from the start.

Bluegill is the favorite plate at this fish fry.

" Surprisingly we sell more bluegill more than any other fish. It is a Northwood's native fish, people want to see if it takes the fish that they have when they clean fish," says Ron.

Outback 51 serves fish fry Fridays starting at 11 a.m.

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STEVENS POINT - Dozens of students at UW Stevens Point marched through campus Wednesday to protest changes to their education. 

Earlier this month the university released a proposal to cut 13 humanities majors at the school. 

Students wanted to let administrators know that they don't like this proposal.

Hannah Juza didn't attend UW Stevens Point to find a career. 

"Studying something in the humanities like English allowed me to develop interpersonal skills that I never had before," said Juza, a 2014 UWSP alumnus. 

She attended the university to find out more about herself. 

"Through studying English and creative writing I was able to find a way to channel my emotions into something productive," said Juza. 

But now, she worries that other students like her won't have that opportunity. 

"It was really hard to take that this would be taken away from this campus and this community," said Olivia De Valk, a senior studying English. 

So students like Valk decided to do something about it. 

Wednesday students, faculty, and community members marched to protest the changes. 

"Students need to express that we don't like this current proposal and this isn't going to work for us," said De Valk. 

Along the way they chanted, and then sat in silence for 13 minutes. 

Thirteen minutes represented the 13 majors that the university proposed be cut. 

The university's chancellor, Bernie Patterson, attended the demonstration. But he believes the conversation needs to be changed. 

"We need to separate the issue of having a major in an area from providing a solid foundation in the liberal arts," said Patterson. 

Patterson said the liberal arts classes aren't going anywhere. Students will still be able to, even be encouraged to, develop communication and critical thinking skills. 

Still, the switched emphasis on majors with direct lines to a career after college worry people like Juza. She fears the school's focus will change, for the worse. 

"We're losing sight of what a liberal arts school is and what humanities degrees mean," said Juza.
The proposal to cut programs comes from a budget deficit at the university. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Gronik attended the demonstration Wednesday. He says eliminating majors isn't the answer to a budget problem.

"We have to make sure we're properly funding our university system, that we're actually building on the strengths of something that has always been an economic engine of our state, that we're defining an effective way to bring education and businesses together," said Gronik.

The university says cutting the programs will be an economic benefit to the university. But Representative Katrina Shankland (D " Stevens Point) says it will actually create an economic problem for northcentral Wisconsin. 

"I worry that if they cut majors that fewer people will come to this campus and they will go to La Crosse and Green Bay and Eau Claire and Madison at a time when we have a workforce shortage and we really need people to stay here after they graduate," said Shankland.

Shankland wants to see the proposal retooled in a way that doesn't just eliminate the humanities majors. Patterson says he will work with students and staff to listen to what they want moving forward. 

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Last Thursday, the board suspended superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder while he's under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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Community member Jeff Albrecht plans to run in the recall election. Last Monday, he spoke before Kryder, the board, and about 200 people at a school board meeting.

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In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."

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Patricia Kirker was found guilty on all five felonies. 

The jury made its decision in less than an hour.

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