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  • OMG this looks hilarious!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    I am so seeing this!! Hit and Run looks hilarious! It was directed by the very funny Dax Shepard who also stars in the movie opposite his real life finace the equally funny Kristen Bell.

    Check out the trailer:

    Now find out when it's playing at a theater near you and even buy your movie tickets on our Charter Movie Page 

  • Hey Runners here's another event for you!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    United Way

    2012 Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon

    United Way of Portage County


    Stevens Point, WI - August 22, 2012 - United Way of Portage County will kick off their 2012 campaign with the third annual Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon on August 25 held at Sentry Insurance Headquarters. Awards will be presented by three-time Olympian and Wisconsin Potato spokesperson Suzy Favor Hamilton.


    The Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon is an event celebrating wellness and activity not only for the residents of Portage County, but for people from all over the state. Last year this event brought in more than 600 participants. There are over 700 registered to participate this year.


    United Way will announce their 2012 Campaign Goal as well as the amounts raised by their pace setters, Delta Dental, DigiCopy and Central City Credit Union, the day of the event.




    Saturday, August 25, 2012





    8:15 a.m. – Pre-race Ceremony

    8:30 a.m. – Race Starts

    11 a.m. – Award Ceremony





    Sentry Insurance, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54481

    (Start/Finish line located just North of the Northpoint Drive and Michigan Avenue intersection)

  • A Day At The Museum

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Milwaukee Public Museum

    Spend a family day at the museum for FREE! Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! Offers museum goers free tickets one day only to check out one of 14 different museums in Wisconsin. Saturday, September 29th is Museum Day and you can download free tickets now (2 per household) from

    From the press release I received: Museum Day Live! will be the 8th annual event celebrating education through the nation's wide array of museums and cultural institutions. For one day only, participating locations across the country will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C. based facilities. The program encourages learning and the disseminatiuon of knowledge nationwide.

    Personally I love museums. The picture above was from our last visit to the Milwaukee Public Museum apparently in 2252. I guess someone forgot to set the date on the camera. It was a few years ago though as you can probably tell from my long dark hair.

    I think I'm going to take my nephew to one of the following museums on Saturday, September 29th. I'll go download my tickets right now from

    Betty Brinn Children's Museum


     Chippewa Valley Museum

     Eau Claire

     H.H. Bennett Studio

     Wisconsin Dells

     Madison Children's Museum


     Milwaukee Art Museum


     New Richmond Heritage Center

     New Richmond

     Olbrich Botanical Gardens


     Racine Art Museum


     Rassbach Heritage Museum


     The Octagon House and America's First Kindergarten


     UWSP Museum of Natural History

     Stevens Point

     Waukesha County Museum


     Wisconsin Automotive Museum


     Wisconsin Historical Museum


      Wisconsin Maritime Museum


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  • Fishing for a Cure

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Fishing for a cure

    Fishing for a Cure with Walleye Trax, Dock of DuBay, Newschannel 7 and 101.9 WDEZ raised over $7000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital last year. This year we need you to help make it even bigger. 

    Fishing for a Cure was awesome last year they had beautiful weather and the prizes were amazing. This year I'm told the prizes are bigger and better! The whole event is bigger and better, besides the fishing tournament on August 25th they will also have a live band that night and a kick off party on Friday August 24th at Dock of DuBay with another live band. I will be out at Dock of DuBay on Friday for the kick off party and preregistration.

    Join the fishing fun for $20 for adults and $10 for the kids. There are winners in multiple fish categories and prizes include mounts for the largest fish in each category from area taxidermists. Keep an eye out for tagged fish, if you catch one you win $100! 

    Half of all proceeds benefit St. Jude so grab the kids and hit the lake on Saturday August 25th.

    Preregistration is going on now at Dock of DuBay you can also download a registration form at and mail it in. Or better yet join me for the kick off/preregistration party on Friday night at Dock of DuBay on County E in Knowlton.

  • Go head to head with WDEZ Staff

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Pigskin picks

    Play our Pigskin Picks. You can play against WDEZ Staff or you can set up your own group and challenge your friends. Members get exclusive coupons and our grand prize winner gets pizza for a year from Godfather's Pizza.

  • LOL! TechRepublic

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Eight ways geeks would improve the Summer Olympic games


    Takeaway: The events of the Summer Olympics aren’t quite as interesting as the movies, games, and comics geeks are used to enjoying. Don’t worry, we can fix that.

    We all enjoy some aspects of the modern Summer Olympic Games, but for geeks weaned on decades of comic book smackdowns, movie chases, and video game gunfights, the Olympics are a bit placid. Below are eight events that geeks could, would, and should spruce up into modern entertainment masterpieces.

    1: Archery

    Target arrows are so…quaint. After years of debating the ultimate outcome of Hawkeye vs.Green Arrow vs. Legolas, geeks want to see some Olympians square off with boomerang-, boxing glove-, handcuff-, and explosive-tipped arrows. If you can’t consistently ensnare, explode, or decapitate a downrange mannequin with an absurd novelty arrow, you don’t deserve a medal.

    2: Cycling

    Tracks will be retrofitted to illuminate the path of each competitor with a unique color. If an opponent crosses the trail you’ve already “walled,” they’re…uh…disqualified.

    3: Equestrian

    One word: jousting.

    4: Fencing

    In the absence of functional lightsabers (for now), we geeks will simply expand the fencing categories beyond mere foils, sabers, and epees to include katanas, broadswords, scimitars, and claymores. Extra points will be awarded for competitors who invoke the name of Crom.

    5: Judo/Taekwondo

    Competitors will be issued utility belts with nonlethal weapons — bolos, small boomerangs, smoke bombs, and so on — with higher scores awarded for strikes or pins made with these tools. Capes, cowls, and catchphrases optional, but encouraged.

    6: Gymnastics

    The compulsory routine will be held in an abandoned dockside warehouse as choreographed by Jackie Chan.

    7: Shooting

    Enough with skeet. Competitors get one duffel bag, four holsters, and three minutes to clear a lobby full of paper targets. Accuracy is paramount, but you get extra points for style. Whoa.

    8: Track & Field

    When Skynet finally comes online, we’ll need Olympian super-warriors to evade and destroy the hunter-killer robot aircraft programmed to terminate all that lives. Sprinting? Now in a zigzag pattern while chased by flying drones. Hurdles? Becomes speed-leaping behind cover to evade flying drones. Relay race? Hand off a shock-hardened thumb-drive without being spotted by flying drones. Pole vault? Now leaping onto the back of an oncoming drone. Shot put, javelin, and hammer throw? Now all about hitting and disabling a flying drone. The Decathlon? Ten different battles against a small fleet of flying drones. Tell me you wouldn’t watch that.

    Got your own ideas for geekifying the Summer Olympiad, or just care to predict which country would prevail in the above-outlined events? Sixteen days of glory await you in the comments section.

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  • Nothing makes me happier than kids helping kids

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    standNothing makes me happier than kids helping kids. Check out what these area kids are doing with their summer to help other kids they don't even know!

    This is an email I got from a listener:

    Hey Nikki~

    I wanted to pass something along to you since the station is very devoted to St. Jude. 

    My daughter and some of her friends are doing a lemonade stand this summer and sending all of their profits to St. Jude at the end of it.  They have made close to $500.00 so far! They are from Merrill and attend Trinity School.  The stand is most weekdays on the corner of State and Main, kitty corner from Trinity Church..

    Thought you guys might like to know.  Not sure if you could give them some kind of recognition or not (not sure how all that works) - just wanted to pass it on because I think it is pretty cool that the kids have decided to spend their summer this way :)










  • Message in a bottle

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Have you ever thought about sending a message in a bottle? When I was a kid I found a balloon with a message inside and thought that was pretty cool. The note inside the balloon gave me the name and address of the person who sent it so I wrote them a letter back. I don't remember where it was from, but I remember how cool I thought it was.

    I bet it was pretty cool for this 14 year old kid to find a message in the bottle he found in the river. Even cooler when he found out it was 35 years old!

  • 20 Everyday things we're all guilty of doing

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    1. Singing along to a song, leaving the room, and seeing if you are still in sync with it when you come back:

    2. Spelling "Wednesday" "Wed-Nes-Day":
    And "Beautiful" B-E-A-Utiful".

    3. Writing the wrong dates on projects so you look like a better student

    4. Saying "what" only to realize a second later you understood the person

    5. Thinking 1990 was ten years ago:

    6. Forgeting the names of everyone you just met immediately
    ...and hoping a friend gets introduced to them as soon as possible.

    7. Cleaning your hands with the condensation from a glass of water

    8. Hating books with movie poster covers

    9. Throwing away the package of food, only to have to dig it out of the garbage seconds later to check the directions

    10. Wiping your cellphone screen so all the smudges go in the same direction

    11. Making a mistake while typing a password and deleting everything instead of just using backspace

    12. Wondering how many photos of random people have you in the background

    13. Despite being an adult with years of school under your belt, needing to recite the whole alphabet every time to find a letter

    14. Always stopping the microwave with one second left

    15. Always having to keep the line you're reading at the top of the page

    16. Speaking to every baby or pet in a really high voice

    17. Thinking up soundtracks to a movie that will never be made

    18. Sleeping with a blanket regardless of temperature

    19. Having fictional arguments in your head

    20. And plugging this in wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME:



  • My Heart Goes Out to Farmers

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    My neighbor planted corn for the first time ever this year. All 8 years that we've lived in our house this has been an open field. This year our neighbor got himself a tractor and plowed the whole field. It's not a farm, just a small plot so there's no irrigation and these temperatures and lack of rain have done a number on the crops. His first attempt at corn has been trampled by mother nature. I feel bad for him and especiall for all the people who actually make a living on their crops. 

    Luckily we have some rain in the forecast for today and overnight tonight.

  • 30 minutes of your time can make a huge difference!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    How can you help our area kids succeed in only 30 minutes a week? 

    United Way Recruits Reading Tutors


    Stevens Point, WI – July 13, 2012 – United Way of Portage County hopes to find approximately 30 volunteer reading tutors to work with students for their third grade reading initiative, the Learn for Life Reading Program.


    The Learn for Life Reading Initiative is a unique collaboration of the United Way of Portage County and Portage County Public Schools. The goal of this program is to increase reading achievement in Portage County so that all children are proficient in reading by the time they finish third grade.


    The volunteer tutors will work with third grade students who have been identified as needing additional support to increase their reading skills. Volunteer tutors will meet with students individually for a minimum of 30 minutes, each week during the school year. 


    United Way staff will meet with potential volunteers to complete the application and other paperwork starting in July. All volunteers will receive training prior to tutoring, which is scheduled to begin at Rosholt Elementary, McKinley Center, Jefferson School for the Arts and Madison Elementary in October 2012.   


    “This program is important for our community because reading is a basic building block that gives children the tools they need to engage in a lifetime of learning,” said United Way’s Director of Community Impact, Patti Cahill. “Through third grade a child learns to read, after third grade, they read to learn. Data show us that a person who is not a moderately skilled reader by third grade is unlikely to graduate from high school, and children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years.”


    How can you get involved?

    Consider volunteering as a trained reading tutor. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, call 715-341-6740, email, or