Taking Stock

8:05 PM, Mar. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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The 81st annual Farm City Dinner was held March 7 at Memories Ballroom in Marathon. Local farmers were recognized as Outstanding Young Farmer finalists: Andrew Belter, Marcus and Nikki DeJong, and Eric and Misty Vogel. Applicants were evaluated on progress in their agricultural career, and soil and water conservation practices they implement. The recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Young Farmer Award were Eric and Misty Vogel. The Vogels will represent Marathon County at the state competition in January.

The prestigious Century Farm Award is given to farms with 100 years of continuous family ownership. Arnold and Karen Mlodik, and Jeff and Tammy Fischer were honored for having maintained 100 years of continuous farm ownership.

The Marathon County Farm Technology Days Scholarship program recognizes students who are in an agriculture-related field of study with the University of Wisconsin or the Wisconsin Technical College System. Scholarship recipients include Michaela Klump, Jacob Langenhahn and Taylor Polka. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Friend of Agriculture Award was given to Keith Langenhahn who, besides running a dairy farm near Marathon, has benefited the ag community in many ways over the past several decades, including serving on the County Board, being a founding member of the Agricultural Center of Excellence initiative and serving as chairman of the 2011 Marathon County Farm Technology Days show. He has been a tireless advocate for agricultural issues, often working behind the scenes to get things done.

The 2013 Fairest of the Fair also was crowned at the Farm City Dinner. Melanie Ziernke, 2012 Fairest of the Fair, gave her farewell and introduced three 2013 contestants: Taylor Woller, Emily Stubbe and Corinna Martell. Taylor Woller was crowned as the 2013 Fairest of the Fair.


Wausau-based design studio Moxie Creative Studio received a gold ADDY Award in one of Fox Valley's largest advertising award events, held Feb. 28 in Appleton.

ADDY Awards recognize all forms of advertising. Moxie won a gold Addy Award in the competition for the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Sales Kit created for Wausau Coated Products. Gold award-winning projects automatically advance to the multistate district competition.

Moxie Creative Studio specializes in developing unique branding and marketing materials.


Paul Rozek has joined Schenck SC as associate director of Risk Services. He will be serving clients firmwide.

Rozek has more than 30 years of leadership experience and technology expertise in the areas of information security, IT governance, IT risk management, IT control frameworks, IT policies and procedures, and third-party vendor solutions.

Schenck's growing risk services practice provides risk assessments; internal control and continuous improvement reviews (financial and information technology); internal audit services; accounts payable analyses; Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; privacy audits; IT security; SOC reviews; and agreed-upon procedures services.

Schenck is a full-service regional accounting and consulting firm. Schenck provides a full range of services, including accounting and audit, tax, business consulting, information technology, merger and acquisition, retirement planning, investment and payroll solutions for businesses, governments, nonprofits and individuals.


Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Soil Scientist Dave Hoppe, Rhinelander, has been chosen as the Field Soil Scientist of the Year. This national Forest Service "2012 Rise to the Future" award recognizes Dave for his two decades of outstanding work toward field soil science. Hoppe will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to receive the award.

The work for which Hoppe is being recognized includes contributing to nationwide soil disturbance monitoring protocols and long-term collaboration with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, among others. He works tirelessly to integrate soil science into other program areas, and his model work on hundreds of National Environmental Policy Act analyses is used as the regional template.


? Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Kshamata Shalini, M.D., who joined the Hospitalist Department at Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston. Hospitalists are internal medicine physicians who specialize in caring for patients who have been hospitalized.

A fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Shalini has special interest in critical care and hematology/oncology.

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Leslie LaBonte as the new manager of volunteer services at Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston.

LaBonte will be responsible for management of a team of more than 150 community volunteers, age 16 and older, who provide valuable service to Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital, The Diagnostic & Treatment Center, as well as the facilities gift shop and coffee kiosk.

Family medicine specialist David Lange, M.D., has joined the staff at Ministry Medical Group's Rib Mountain clinic. He joins fellow clinicians Cheryl Mabry, Tina Neuendank and Gina Ramthun in providing family medicine services to people of all ages.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Lange serves in an administrative role for Ministry Medical Group as medical director of Primary Care Services in central Wisconsin.

Ministry Medical Group consists of clinics throughout northern and central Wisconsin. Ministry Health Care, which includes the recently acquired Affinity Health System, is an integrated health care delivery system.

A member of the Ministry Health Care system sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital is an all-digital provider of quality, compassionate care offering a wide range of primary and specialty care at the Weston Regional Medical Center.

? Todd Hostetler, M.D., an allergist at ENT Associates, had his research featured in the national publication Parents Magazine. His innovative research on food allergies found that adults and children are unreliable at visually identifying most nuts.

Dr. Todd Hostetler sees patients for allergy and asthma care in Wausau, Weston, Medford and Antigo through ENT Associates.


Greenheck, the world's leading manufacturer of air movement and control equipment with corporate headquarters and several manufacturing facilities in Schofield, was selected as the 2012 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year. This is the second time Greenheck has received the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award in the mega category, where the state's largest corporations compete.

Greenheck's broad line of ventilation equipment is available around the world.

The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award program is an annual recognition celebrating the success of manufacturers throughout the state. Companies are evaluated in areas such as financial growth or consistency, technological advances, product development, environmental solutions and sustainability, operational excellence/continuous improvement, commitment to employees, community support and involvement, and effective research and development.

Greenheck is part of the Greenheck Group, which also includes Airolite, Accurex, Unison Comfort Technologies, Innovent, Valent, and Precision Coils. Each of the companies supplies products used in the construction or renovation of commercial and institutional buildings.


Wendy Thur has joined the staff of the Achieve Center as a reading specialist for the "Orton Reads A Gnu And So Can You!" program. Thur will be providing reading and writing composition assistance to children through adults with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

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