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Guest Column: Lien on me one more time

By Keene Winters This is a public response. In recent days, I have had a number of inquires asking for more details about my suggested strategy for handling the RiverLife Village problem. Rather than try and address them all individually, I thought a follow-up column would be useful. As things stand now, the City of… Keep Reading

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Guest Column: On the river to Abilene

By Doug Diny The good news on the RiverLife lien situation is that we can finally snap out of denial, wishful thinking, and group think about the perfect sales pitch. Let’s be careful to learn the right lessons and not scapegoat one or two people and chicken out of real corrective actions. I’m sure Mike… Keep Reading

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Guest Column: Lien on me, it’s not so bad

by Keene Winters The city has a mess on its hands with the riverfront project. For two years, city officials have allowed themselves to be dazzled by would-be developer Mike Frantz’s promises. Funding for the RiverLife Village was always just around the corner. With the filing of some $3 million in liens against the city’s… Keep Reading

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Letters: NCHC and Mount View proposals deserve more public input

Dear Editor: When you think of the pressing problems in Marathon County, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Is it the opioid crisis, repair of roads or the quality of nursing home facilities? The newly sworn in Marathon County board of supervisors have chosen the facilities at Mount View Care Center (MVCC)… Keep Reading

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Guest Column: Is there a map through our chaos?

By Dino Corvino As we enter the summer of 2018, the shine appears to be coming off the current administration in Wausau.  There is a list of many unfinished or troubled projects, lots of talk about a developer here or there, and a sense that none of this contains a strategic road map to get… Keep Reading

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Guest Column: A case study in open meetings law

By Keene Winters Legal technicalities can make people’s eyes glaze-over. Fortunately, this is about legal common sense. It is my belief that anyone who reads this piece will share my opinion that the Wausau City Council violated the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law in its May 8th meeting notice. Wisconsin requires that all governmental business be… Keep Reading

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Guest Column: The ripple effect of water

by Keene Winters for Wausau Pilot and Review Throw a pebble in a pond, and the waves move out from the point of impact in concentric circles. In my last opinion essay, I talked about using Wausau’s ability to generate water as the basis for forming a strategic partnership with the Milwaukee Water Council and… Keep Reading

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Guest Column: University of Wisconsin loses big when it tries to keep secrets

Your Right to Know / Jonathan Anderson and David Pritchard When the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Milwaukee released records about sexual misconduct complaints to news organizations last month, they heavily redacted the documents and refused to identify numerous employees who were found to have committed wrongdoing. Should media outlets sue to challenge those redactions, history… Keep Reading

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Guest Column: Water carries Wausau’s future

By Keene Winters for Wausau Pilot and Review If we build it, they will come. It’s a catchy saying. It is the essence of the city’s plans to construct apartments and shops along the east riverfront. But simply spending large amounts of public money on new buildings hardly qualifies as an economic development strategy. Strategies… Keep Reading

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