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Wausau

23rd December
2010
written by Minx

Images and scenes from around Wausau set to “Silent Night.”

Merry Christmas and Happy 2011 to you all!

10th October
2010
written by Minx

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day for the Harvest Fest in Wausau, WI. The event was rescheduled from 2 weeks ago when Oak Island was flooded, but despite that, everyone was in great spirits and enjoyed themselves completely.

Thanks to Ministry Healthcare; they generously hosted a Pumpkin Patch for the children, who each got to pick out a free pumpkin to take home.

The 2-horse wagon ride was a main attraction. The horses were gentle and calm, and many children petted them in awe between rides. 

The free scarecrow-building event also attracted quite a few families. The kids especially had fun making the large creature with their Moms and Dads.

Oak Island Park lent itself to the day, as it always does, with its large play area and no lack of leaves to jump, kick, and run in. The water was beautiful, calm, and glistening, and many took the chance to stroll its banks.

The Harvest Fest reminded us of the goodness of Wausau and its people, and the beauty of Oak Island itself. We will come back soon to see the park in all its Fall glory, because every day there is a pleasure.

2nd June
2010
written by Minx

Railroad Tracks by 3rd St., Wausau WI

I’ve always been fascinated by railroad tracks. They evoke a sense of movement, of potential, of commerce and business. And, in the evening hours, they also silently allow you to walk along their steel-straight paths toward some unknown destination. They are, in those moments, catalysts of thought, fertile ground for meditation and introspection. You can trust railroad tracks because they are true and straight, and will always take you somewhere. 

And, there is the other side to the railroad tracks, that of danger and crisis, when in a split moment there can be an incredibly huge, unstoppable engine with cars packed behind it barreling down on you. The potential for beauty and disaster flow hand in hand on a railroad line.  

I’ve walked many of Wausau’s railroad tracks, day and night. They’ve always been a source of comfort to me. As long as there are railroad tracks coming into a city, there is work being done, a connection to the industrial world outside, and growth.Railroads are integral to the manufacturing industries that make this state thrive. It is forecast that in 10 years, the need for cheap transportation (i.e., railroads) will double, partially becaue of the overseas markets (http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/state/docs/rail-issues.pdf). Another interesting point: rail is still the number one mode of transport for coal, Wisconsin’s primary fuel. Other products that rail moves in, out, and through Wisconsin include: 

  • clay
  • concrete
  • glass
  • stone
  • food or kindred products
  • pulp, paper, or allied products
  • lumber or wood products
  • coal
  • nonmetallic minerals
  • farm products
  • metallic ores

All of these primary products move quietly through our city and state on a daily basis, keeping our major industries alive. 

Though the state of our economy is only now climbing back to what it once was, whenever you see an active railroad track, remember that industry and commerce are still very much alive and will keep this city, state, and nation running long into the future. 

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