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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Darius Diver, a former Lakeland runner, competes for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this past fall. He made the varsity cross country team as a sophomore. (Contributed photograph)
Darius Diver, a former Lakeland runner, competes for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this past fall. He made the varsity cross country team as a sophomore. (Contributed photograph)
Friday, January 24, 2020 7:29 AM

Every day, Darius Diver laces up his shoes and heads out the door to hit the pavement, or the track, or the trails. Sometimes he is alone and other times he is with teammates, clicking off the mileage one step at a time.

A 2018 graduate of Lakeland Union High School, Diver is now halfway through his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. (subscriber access)

  • From Thunderbird to Eagle

    Every day, Darius Diver laces up his shoes and heads out the door to hit the pavement, or the track, or the trails. Sometimes he is alone and other times he is with teammates, clicking off the mileage one step at a time.

    A 2018 graduate of Lakeland Union High School, Diver is now halfway through his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. (subscriber access)

  • Honoring Jack Hallock
    A Hazelhurst man’s commitment to the Minocqua Public Library is now being honored vividly with a new photography dedication in his memory. (subscriber access)
  • Discovering the world of cross-country skiing
    There were only two kilometers left in the race, but Ron Capacio didn’t think he was going to make it. Having already skied 73K from Hameenlinna through Finland’s grueling terrain, his body had hit the dreaded wall. (subscriber access)
  • ‘Route 2’ documentary to highlight flyover states, rural life
    Running the far northern edge of Wisconsin — and the nation — is US Highway 2. The corridor covers a rich history and scenery from Everett, Washington to St. Ignace, Michigan. The film “Route 2 Elsewhere” will examine life along life in these rural flyover states. (subscriber access)
  • Cleaning carpets and filling hearts
    If there’s such a thing as the charity bug, Jennifer Pockat has undoubtedly caught it. Over the last 12 months, she has traveled around the country, donating her professional cleaning services to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). (subscriber access)
  • ‘Secret Santa’ makes a Minocqua stop
    The day before Christmas 2019, there was a special “Secret Santa” event in Minocqua. 

    Avanti Senior Living director Cindy Robinson is in her first year — and first Christmas — at the facility, and said she wanted to do something a little different for its residents this Christmas. (subscriber access)
  • ‘Philosophy and ethics and maybe a little politics’
    In early December, Carol Amour settled into the driver’s seat of her car. Her trunk was full of bedding and clothing and toys. She was about to depart for a long road trip — almost 2,000 miles to El Paso — in order to deliver the goods to immigrant families during the holiday season. (subscriber access)
  • Turning the Northwoods into a film set
    When most people think about movies, they think about the glamour of Hollywood — the lights, camera, action of a distant La-La Land. In comparison, Wisconsin’s Northwoods is not considered to be a rich source for filmmakers. Ali Pleasant thought differently.

    A 2014 Lakeland Union High School graduate, Pleasant recently returned to her own backyard — literally — to complete her Honors Thesis Film Project for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (subscriber access)
  • LUHS students attend Model UN conference in Virginia
    Though still in high school, a group of eight Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) students recently gathered with their peers in Williamsburg, Va., to debate the ramifications of neglected tropical diseases, the effects of off-shore drilling on marine life and a variety of other global issues.
  • Art of bookbinding preserved, in action in Arbor Vitae
    Never judge a book by its cover — but maybe by its binding. For Florian Bieschke, a bookbinder in Arbor Vitae restoring books ranging from highly valuable antique books to those which simply hold sentimental value, it’s all about the art. (subscriber access)
  • Project SEARCH continues to provide unique employment opportunities
    Project SEARCH offers a unique opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities or, as program instructor Jennifer Varsik likes to say, individuals with “varied abilities.” (subscriber access)
  • LdF man heals self, spirit with native pipe-making
    The workshop is nothing fancy — a corner kitchen table under a sunny window where a tabby cat naps in a chair, a pot of coffee brews strong and a roast begins to slow cook. It is here Gus Theobald takes his simple tools along with a chunk of pipestone or length of sumac and with an open mind and heart, begins to carve. (subscriber access)
  • LUHS students perform in State Honors Band
    Last month, 428 of the best high school band and choir students in Wisconsin congregated to the state’s capital for the Wisconsin State Music Association’s (WSMA) Honors Music Project. Lakeland Union High School band members Kayleigh Baasch and Brendan McMahon were among the elite. (subscriber access)
  • And the award goes to ...
    Several students from Lac du Flambeau were awarded a national award for their musical commitment and talent on Nov. 2.

    The youth making up the Niijii Singers and Ogiichidaa Singers were among the elite finalists for a 2019 Native American Music Award (NAMA) with their 12-song album, “Hear Our Songs.” The album was written, performed, recorded and released last spring by the elementary and middle schoolers. (subscriber access)
  • ‘My first taste of war’
    It’s been 50 years since Bill Calvaresi of Hazelhurst was drafted into U.S. military service. (subscriber)
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