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Greater Wausau: Our View: Small businesses get deserved honors (with video)

5:50 PM, Apr. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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This has been Small Business Week, as observed by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Small business is an economic engine, and the entrepreneurs, investors and workers who make it possible are a huge part of what allows our community to succeed.

Our congratulations to the Chamber's Small Business of the Year Award winners: technology services firm RMM Solutions in the business-to-business category; pharmacy Young's Drug Store in the business-to-consumer category; and the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area in the charitable nonprofit category. They were chosen from a group of 17 finalists, each with much to recommend it. All of the winning organizations provide important services, create jobs and keep our community strong. A tip of the hat to all of them.

At Thursday's Business Expo, Daily Herald Media reporters captured video of local business operators telling us why they love doing business in north central Wisconsin. You can find the results on our website - and we think it's an encouraging, heartening window into some of the qualities that make our community great.

Welcome to the weekend. Here are a few other stories from the week's news that we believe are worth a second look:

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Some 350 Badgers die-hards turned out Wednesday to hear from new University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen at a booster event at Dale's Weston Lanes. We were excited to have a chance to hear from Andersen and the other coaches about what next year's season might hold. And just as important was the symbolic outreach value of the visit, which stood in contrast to former head coach Bret Bielema's hunkered-down approach. It was a good start for the coach and one that built some serious goodwill here in north central Wisconsin.

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Yes, football season is months away, and yes we should be cheering on the Milwaukee Bucks, who are technically still in the NBA playoffs, or the Brewers, who are above .500. But it was a football kind of week, as Packers Nation breathlessly followed the NFL draft on Thursday night. The first-round selection by general manager Ted Thompson of UCLA defensive end Datone Jones, who is speedy and athletic as well as massive, should be a boost to the Packers' defensive line. We welcome Jones to Wisconsin, and we echo the advice offered Thursday evening on Twitter by QB Aaron Rodgers: He'd better pack a jacket.

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In the ongoing saga that has been north central Wisconsinites' quest to make it through this never-ending winter, this week saw yet another snowfall. But it was so beautiful on Thursday morning, with the sun shining on the fresh coating of fluffy, white snow - and since it was, after all, melted by about noon - that we're going to give it a pass. Meanwhile, temperatures were rising Friday and we're headed into a weekend that's going to be downright pleasant, even delightful. Rejoice! Spring is here!

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Of course, with spring comes one of the perennial pains of springtime: potholes. Daily Herald Media has not confirmed reports that some of the potholes on Grand Avenue are so deep that they serve as portals to a fantastical world at the center of the earth. But anyone who has driven the route would likely hold open that possibility. They're serious potholes.

And they will, of course, be filled in due time. In the meantime, take it easy out there and brace yourself, in some places, for a bumpy ride.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

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I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
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It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
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