O'Neill Creek Trailhead

This site plan from MSA Professional Services for the Opelt Park and O'Neill Creek Trailhead shows the proposed layout of the land to the east of Buck's Creekside Bar in Neillsville.

The Neillsville Improvement Corporation (NIC) and the Opelt family have invited the community to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the O’Neill Creek Trailhead and Opelt Park, as they celebrate the start of construction on a community project. The ceremony will be May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the green...
Adam and Kat Luchterhand family

The Luchterhands are always on the move, helping out with community events and sports. Adam and Kat are shown here with their three boys: Marcus, Lucas and Aiden.

Clark County is full to the brim with amazing people, people who enrich the lives of our youth and make a positive impact on our community. We all know someone or multiple people who are the watermark for local involvement and impact. One example would be local couple Adam and Kat Luchterhand....
The Neillsville American Legion Post 73 will honor three deceased veterans at its monthly event: James Hauge, Richard Van Gordon and Lloyd M. Zimmerman. The May 3 event will include a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. potluck. Family, friends and community members are invited to attend and...
Granton State FFA Degree awardees

2022 Granton State FFA Degree recipients (l-r) are Megan Walter, Dolorosa Thomas, Samantha Martin and Justin Berg.

Granton agriculture educator and FFA advisor Katie Reider is very proud of her students and the recent accomplishments they have recorded, and for good reason – the history books have to be turned back a decade to find similar accolades in these programs at Granton. “We had three kids apply for...
Zickert Easter tree

This colorful tree greets passersby on West 15th Street in Neillsville. The tree was Carol Zickert’s project every year, and although she has passed away, her family has made it a point to keep the display of Easter cheer going in her honor.

After the passing of Carol Zickert this past fall, her family has come together to make sure that the community tradition she started lives on. “The tree has become an Easter staple in the [Neillsville] community,” wrote Carol’s daughter Michelle Kranz in an email. The Zickert Community Easter Egg...
Friend of Public Health - Stanley

The Clark County Health Department (CCHD) recently honored the Aspirus Stanley Hospital with the “Friend of Public Health” award in recognition of Public Health Week April 4-10. Shown l-r are Rebecca Greisen, CCHD public health specialist and health educator; Deenah King, Aspirus Stanley Hospital community health improvement lead; and Brittany Mews, CCHD health officer and director.

What is public health? Public health protects and improves the health of entire populations in communities through a variety of strategies. Populations can be as small as a family or as large as an entire county. Public health connects all people; everyone is impacted by the health of their...
Kaden Olson, InvestWrite winner

Shown are Loyal School District Administrator Chris Lindner, Eau Claire Community Foundaion executive director Sue Bornick, Loyal High School senior and InvestWrite Challenge winner Kaden Olson and Loyal financial literacy teacher Jessica Zarnke. 

Loyal High School senior Kaden Olson was awarded a certificate and gift card March 30 for his winning InvestWrite essay entry, which earned him first place in the Wisconsin Stock Market Game InvestWrite Challenge.   In his essay, Olson wrote about what he learned about investing through...
Rodman with totem pole

Kirk Rodman stands with the totem pole he designed. This piece and others will be on display during the annual Spring Into the Arts Tour April 23 and 24. For more information, go to

Kirk Rodman of rural Neillsville has used his creativity to make outdoor sculptures that combine different mediums into a cohesive whole. He loves working with his hands to create new projects. He designed a “tree” in his backyard with a hexagonal metal frame and stained glass panels. He also...

Granton Area School District guidance counselor Shelly Schmitz and Bentley will be working hand in paw to make students' lives better through "paws"itive programs in the school and during daily activities.

Shelly Schmitz loves helping kids and as the guidance counselor of the Granton Area School District, she gets plenty of opportunities to do just that. Recently, she has a new addition pitching in to help. Bentley, her golden retriever, has been approved by the school board to assist Schmitz with in...
The sentencing hearing for a Thorp man charged with sexually assaulting multiple children has been pushed back from March 30 to July 25. In November 2020, Kyle Zacharias, 19, was charged with sexually assaulting two young boys. However, it was determined that Zacharias had sexually assaulted eight...


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