The 2020 Taylor County Fair has become the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic as it joins fairs and festivals around the state being canceled. Organizers said planning continues for a demolition derby to be held on September 26 and for the 2021 fair.
Citing the need to “to protect the future of the fair and the community’s safety” the Taylor County Cooperative Youth Fair board on Tuesday regretfully announced the postponement of the 138th Taylor County Fair. The fair had been scheduled to be held July 23-26 in Medford.
Tom Tiffany was chosen by voters to represent the 7th Congressional District in Tuesday's special congressional election.
Tom Tiffany will represent northern Wisconsin in congress, at least through the end of the year.
CLEAR MESSAGE - Third Avenue in Abbotsford is lined with signs, as residents of the Sportsmen Estates register their opposition to a proposed rezoning that would allow for two more apartments buildings to be built.
A new public hearing has been scheduled for May 14 in Abbotsford so the planning commission can consider a controversial rezoning proposal that would allow for two more apartment buildings on the city’s northwest corner.
THE QUIET PLAYMAKER - Alex Holtz, a Class of 2020 grad from Colby High, will be  playing in the WIAC conference after accepting a grey-shirt offer with the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Titans in the NCAA D-III. The consummate teammate, Holtz was the quiet play-maker for Colby, making tackles and opening up holes for a bruising run game that amassed over 5,000 yards and over 70 touchdowns the past two seasons.
Alex Holtz didn’t stuff the stat sheet during his four years in a Colby Hornet’s uniform. He didn’t score any touchdowns, and it was only in his senior year that he tallied more than 20 tackles in a season. But as Holtz himself will tell you, you don’t need to put up big numbers to have a big impact on the field.
MIXED MESSAGES - This article in the Oct. 31, 1918, edition of the Phonograph explains the symptoms and treatments for Spanish influenza, but it also suggests the deadly pandemic is “no occasion for panic.”
The word “unprecedented” is used a lot these days to describe the current state of affairs under the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, but a quick read of the Colby Phonograph in 1918 shows that’s not really the case. “ALL PLACES OF ASSEMBLAGE CLOSED” declared a front-page headline in the Oct. 17, 1918, edition of the Phonograph.
OUT IN FRONT - Carley Elmhorst, left, sprints past the competition during an outdoor meet last year. Elmhorst was hoping to build off her freshman season, but saw her momentum derailed thanks to COVID-19, but she vows to return stronger and faster next season.		               PHOTO COURTESY OF JERRY HUMPHREY
It’s early April and a cold wind blows across the athletic complex that sits adjacent to the Colby school district. The parking lot is almost bereft of traffic, with one lone car sitting near the track.
A LABOR OF LOVE - Cafeteria staff in Abbotsford continue to supply breakfast and lunch to students, handing out nearly 800 meals a day. In the front, left to right, Sue Heck and Maria Garcia, along with Mary Weber (center) and Janice Jones (back right) bag meals for curb-side pick up and delivery.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues its silent march through Wisconsin, everyday citizens have stood up and done what they can to help others during this uncertain time.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK - Garrett Rau prepares to punt the football deep into his opponent’s territory. Rau, a former Abby Falcon, wrapped up his football career with Knox College, a NCAA D-III program in Galesburg, Ill., in November of 2019. Rau set nearly 20 school records, including most punts inside the 20-yard line and most yards punted in a season. He was a First Team Midwestern Conference selection at punter three straight years. He remains active in football,  coaching staff at Galesburg High.
Garrett Rau isn’t certain just where his football career at Knox College ranks among the all-time greats. When it comes to comparing his career with all those that have worn a Prairie Fire uniform before him, he shies away from the topic.
WHATEVER IT TAKES - Colby voter Glenn Lewandowski shows his  driver’s license to poll worker Kris Woik, who inspects the ID from behind a plexiglass window installed to protect poll workers from possible coronavirus infection  Tuesday afternoon. Newly recruited poll worker Megan Underwood, home from college due to COVID-19, looks on.        STAFF PHOTO/ROSSS PATTERMANN
The normally humdrum spring election on Tuesday was anything but this year, as local clerks and poll workers did their best to accommodate in-person voters during a deadly pandemic.
FROM COLBY TO COLLEGE - Mackenzie Huber, pictured at the Cloverbelt Championships in 2018, gets ready to defend her shot put title. Huber won three consecutive shot put titles for Colby, and is hoping to achieve greater things at UW-Stout. Huber’s season was cut short from COVID-19, but she’s working hard to have an even better season in 2021.  	         TP FILE PHOTO
Three weeks ago Mackenzie Huber was getting ready to compete at the biggest stage of her young athletic career. Only a freshman at UW-Stout, Huber distinguished herself during the indoor track and field season, placing second in the shot put at the WIAC Indoor Conference Championships on Feb. 28-29.
Taking advantage of mild weather and sunshine, Markki Farmer of Medford drew this chalk art drawing for her grandmother Trixie Farmer on Monday. It is a reminder that no matter how scary things become, there is always hope. As people are kept at home under Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order using sidewalk chalk to draw on your driveways is a great activity to get outside while social distancing. The Star News encourages area residents to show their creativity and share with us pictures of your sidewalk ma
Taking advantage of mild weather and sunshine, Markki Farmer of Medford drew this chalk art drawing for her grandmother Trixie Farmer on Monday. It is a reminder that no matter how scary things become, there is always hope. As people are kept at home under Gov.
TEAM UNDERWOOD - Bridgette Underwood, right, and her two granddaughters, Autumn and Riley, make cotton masks at DI, LLC in Abbotsford, part of an effort to help health care workers battling COVID-19. The company is now producing thousands of masks per  day.                        SUBMITTED PHOT
With the nation facing an unprecedented public health crisis, two local manufacturing companies have retooled their operations to produce protective gear for those on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.
The 2020 Taylor County Fair has become the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic as it joins fairs and festivals around the state being canceled. Organizers said planning continues for a demolition derby to be held on September 26 and for the 2021 fair.
Tom Tiffany was chosen by voters to represent the 7th Congressional District in Tuesday's special congressional election.
CLEAR MESSAGE - Third Avenue in Abbotsford is lined with signs, as residents of the Sportsmen Estates register their opposition to a proposed rezoning that would allow for two more apartments buildings to be built.
THE QUIET PLAYMAKER - Alex Holtz, a Class of 2020 grad from Colby High, will be  playing in the WIAC conference after accepting a grey-shirt offer with the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Titans in the NCAA D-III. The consummate teammate, Holtz was the quiet play-maker for Colby, making tackles and opening up holes for a bruising run game that amassed over 5,000 yards and over 70 touchdowns the past two seasons.
MIXED MESSAGES - This article in the Oct. 31, 1918, edition of the Phonograph explains the symptoms and treatments for Spanish influenza, but it also suggests the deadly pandemic is “no occasion for panic.”
OUT IN FRONT - Carley Elmhorst, left, sprints past the competition during an outdoor meet last year. Elmhorst was hoping to build off her freshman season, but saw her momentum derailed thanks to COVID-19, but she vows to return stronger and faster next season.		               PHOTO COURTESY OF JERRY HUMPHREY
A LABOR OF LOVE - Cafeteria staff in Abbotsford continue to supply breakfast and lunch to students, handing out nearly 800 meals a day. In the front, left to right, Sue Heck and Maria Garcia, along with Mary Weber (center) and Janice Jones (back right) bag meals for curb-side pick up and delivery.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOK - Garrett Rau prepares to punt the football deep into his opponent’s territory. Rau, a former Abby Falcon, wrapped up his football career with Knox College, a NCAA D-III program in Galesburg, Ill., in November of 2019. Rau set nearly 20 school records, including most punts inside the 20-yard line and most yards punted in a season. He was a First Team Midwestern Conference selection at punter three straight years. He remains active in football,  coaching staff at Galesburg High.
WHATEVER IT TAKES - Colby voter Glenn Lewandowski shows his  driver’s license to poll worker Kris Woik, who inspects the ID from behind a plexiglass window installed to protect poll workers from possible coronavirus infection  Tuesday afternoon. Newly recruited poll worker Megan Underwood, home from college due to COVID-19, looks on.        STAFF PHOTO/ROSSS PATTERMANN
FROM COLBY TO COLLEGE - Mackenzie Huber, pictured at the Cloverbelt Championships in 2018, gets ready to defend her shot put title. Huber won three consecutive shot put titles for Colby, and is hoping to achieve greater things at UW-Stout. Huber’s season was cut short from COVID-19, but she’s working hard to have an even better season in 2021.  	         TP FILE PHOTO
Taking advantage of mild weather and sunshine, Markki Farmer of Medford drew this chalk art drawing for her grandmother Trixie Farmer on Monday. It is a reminder that no matter how scary things become, there is always hope. As people are kept at home under Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order using sidewalk chalk to draw on your driveways is a great activity to get outside while social distancing. The Star News encourages area residents to show their creativity and share with us pictures of your sidewalk ma
TEAM UNDERWOOD - Bridgette Underwood, right, and her two granddaughters, Autumn and Riley, make cotton masks at DI, LLC in Abbotsford, part of an effort to help health care workers battling COVID-19. The company is now producing thousands of masks per  day.                        SUBMITTED PHOT

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Zac Breneman (78) protects quarterback Nate Retterath during Medford’s 39-14 blowout win over Rhinelander last Sept. 20. Breneman plans to continue playing football at UW-Eau Claire. Photo by Matt Frey/The Star News
While the dream has always been in Zac Breneman’s mind, it took some time for his confidence to arrive.

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