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Northwoods Spotlight - Antigo square dancing April 2Submitted: 04/02/2014
Story By Marisa Silvas


ANTIGO - The rhythm of the music and dancers weaving and gliding across the floor. Square dancing is alive and well in the Northwoods.

"We call it friendship set to music," Stacie Lauscher - secretary for the Antigo Gateway Squares explains.

Pat and Bob Kelm have been square dancing since 1972.

"We got into the square dancing when we needed a night out together because we had six children at home," the Kelms add. "It saved our marriage!"


The Antigo Gateway Squares meet twice a month. The club has about 25 members of all ages.

"You start very simple," Pat Kelm said. "Circle left, circle right."

"You don't have to have a partner to come and square dance," Sharon Albright - general chairman for the Wisconsin State Square Convention explained.

Square Dancing is good exercise and it promotes a healthy heart. In one evening of dancing, they can walk from three to five miles.

Ray and Rosie Galuska met while square dancing.

"I"m up to 84 years old now and still going strong," Ray Galuska adds. "So it helps out a little bit to keep you in shape and going."

It also keeps your mind sharp.

"You need to keep thinking all the time to keep your brain from slowing down," Rosie Galuska admits.

This year, the state convention will be held in Rothschild in August.

"Our theme for this year's convention is 'Let the Magic Happen,'" Albright said. "And it's a lot of magic when we're on the floor and having a good time."


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- Last month, voters in the Unified School District of Antigo rejected a referendum that would have consolidated the district's seven elementary schools. Now the district has to figure out what to do with the teachers, staff and students of one school that will close in June.

- Plus, until now Price County has never had any type of public transportation.  Park Falls hasn't even had a taxi service in years.  That all changed in April with a new bus.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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ADAMS COUNTY - Update-We now know the names of two men who died in a two car crash near the Wisconsin Dells over the weekend.

The Wisconsin State Patrol tells us 65 year old Timothy Helm and his passenger, 72 year old Frances Chowaniec died at the scene of the crash.

Both men were from Oxford.

24 year old Kolton Coon of Wisconsin Dells was the second driver.

He was taken to a hospital and expected to survive.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon around 2:00 on County Road B north of state highway 23 in Adams County.

Wisconsin State Patrol is still investigating.





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Northwoods timber harvesters can now use a new business tool. 


StumpGeek software allows loggers to track things like their finances, timber, and cash flow.


The goal of the program is to offer an easy-to-use application.


Designers believe the software is tailored to the needs of Northwoods loggers.  


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OCHS announced plans to expand and improve the animal shelter at its annual Furball fundraiser.

It will use a $100,000 grant the shelter received from PETCO last year to help cover some of those costs. But OCHS will also need to raise more money to cover all the planned improvements.

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MATTOON - Last month, voters in the Unified School District of Antigo rejected a referendum that would have consolidated the district's seven elementary schools. The referendum would have kept two rural schools�"Mattoon and Crestwood�"open.

But now, Mattoon Elementary School will close in June. The school board voted 5-4 to close the school at the end of this school year.

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PARK FALLS - Park Falls's Bob Kranig hadn't been to the grocery store in three years, by his estimation.

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Getting to the store himself was simply too tough. Kranig doesn't walk or drive. He mostly stays in his motorized wheelchair, which he calls his scooter.

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Superintendent Wally Leipart and Assistant Superintendent Michele Jahnke submitted their letters of resignation Monday.

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