Fall Meeting: Wausau Quarry Tour


WSPSS Fall Tour


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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in General


Michael “Mike” John Mitchell

Michael “Mike” John Mitchell

July 24, 1943 – October 7, 2016

Michael “Mike” John Mitchell, of Antigo, died Friday, October 7, 2016 at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation. He was 73 years old.

He was born July 24, 1943 in Appleton, son of the late Leonard and Bethel (Prue) Mitchell. He married Janet Stadler on September 3, 1966 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Little Chute, and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Prior to living in Antigo, they resided in Stevens Point, Portage, and Oshkosh.

Mike grew up in Kimberly and graduated from Kimberly High School. He earned his B.S. in Soil Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and his M.S. in Water Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was employed as a soil scientist for the US Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service.

Mike was a member of the Jaycees, Swamp Angels Sportsmen’s Club, and he played horseshoes and pool at the Antigo VFW. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had a great love of gardening.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Jan Mitchell of Antigo, include 3 daughters, Michele (Jeff) Novak of Knowlton, Tina (Dell) Herbst of Winneconne, and Tara (Jim) Hoffman of White Lake; 4 grandchildren, John and Zachary Malone, and Scott and Abby Craig; 3 step- grandchildren, Phoenix and Santana Herbst, and Bobby Novak; a step-great grandson, Milo Wenzel; a sister, Linda (Wayne) Houlberg of Oak Ridge, TN; 4 brothers, Dave (Maria) Mitchell of Kaukauna, Bob (Kay) Mitchell of Kaukauna, Randy Mitchell (Kay) of Kaukauna, and Dan (Nancy) Mitchell of Appleton; his mother-in-law, Leona Stadler of Combined Locks; 2 sisters-in-law, Carole Metoxen of Little Chute, and Debbie (Tom) Yingling of Appleton; and 2 brothers-in-law, Tom (Lynn) Stadler of Menasha, and Jay (Nancy) Stadler of Sherwood.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe (Judy) Mitchell; his father-in-law, Robert Stadler, and a brother-in-law, Ron Metoxen.

A memorial mass will take place Wednesday at 12:00 noon at SS. Mary & Hyacinth in Antigo, with Fr. Jeremiah Worman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.   The family extends a special thank you to the staff in the Blue Wing of Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation for their care.


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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in General


Obituary for Byron H. Shaw


Obituary for Byron H. Shaw

Byron Herbert Shaw, 73, died peacefully in the company of family on Friday October 21st at the St Clare Hospital in Weston.

Born January 4th, 1943 In Madison, WI to the late Kenneth and Ruth (Wilhelm) Shaw of Waunakee, Byron developed a strong civic-minded value system and a love and appreciation for the outdoors, and became Waunakee’s first Eagle Scout. This set the stage for what would become a celebrated life and career dedicated to protecting water resources.

Byron earned B.S, M.S. degrees, and a Ph.D. in Soil and Water Chemistry from the University of WI-Madison in 1968, where he developed his ability to understand the chemical and biological health of natural systems. While attending school, he met Margaret, whom he married June of 1966.

Also in 1968, he accepted a professorship at the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, where he enjoyed teaching and mentoring students, providing adult education via UW Extension, and directing the Environment Task Force Program which he helped establish in 1972. Blessed with dedicated students and colleagues throughout the UW system and the capacity to understand complicated technical and policy issues, Byron pioneered work on the detection and impact of pesticides and other contaminants in groundwater. This helped formulate public policy and law to promote environmental quality, and earned him the 1993 Wisconsin Idea Award in Natural Resource Policy. Watch for more information on Byron’s career and accomplishments in the Stevens Point Journal and Portage County Gazette.

Byron retired from UWSP in 2000, but continued to serve in numerous capacities in his quest to help safeguard water resources, and particularly groundwater. Until his death, he was routinely called upon to provide testimony on water quality issues throughout the country.

It was with an adventurous, determined and engaging spirit that Byron approached all things in life, and was often found leading family, others and a faithful Labrador retriever on memorable outdoor excursions. Most acquaintances have a tall tale, close encounter or hilarious anecdote to share concerning Byron. Eager to learn, eager to share, and eager to help, Byron loved spending time with family and especially his grandchildren, and developed enduring relationships with many. Above all else, this is what he treasured.

Never one to be found idle, Byron lived with his family on a rural farm on which they raised crops, cultivated a vineyard, 50-acre native prairie, and Christmas trees. Each Spring was welcomed by the act of making maple syrup, with homemade wine and beer enjoyed throughout the year. In the evenings, when it was too dark to do otherwise, he was found creating cedar strip canoes and paddles, and carving and turning wood. Byron served as lector and server at St James Church in Amherst for many years, President of the New Hope Alliance, board member of the River Alliance, and in numerous other capacities.

Byron will be deeply missed by his supportive wife Margaret of Amherst Jct, sons Jeffery (Terry Hiltz), Cottage Grove, WI, Daniel (Mary Sobota), River Falls, WI; grandchildren Lilian and Samuel Shaw, River Falls; sister Barbara (Wilmer) Larson, Cottage Grove, WI, close nieces and nephews, extended family, and a large community of dear neighbors, colleagues and friends with whom he maintained strong relationships.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday October 29, 2016 at St James Catholic Church in Amherst with Father Daniel Hackel officiating. Visitation starts at 9:30 am, Memorial Mass at 11:00, with dinner to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Wisconsin Byron Shaw scholarship fund or the North Central Conservancy Trust (

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Posted by on November 1, 2016 in General


Walworth County Farm Technology Days 2016

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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in General


WSPSS Spring Meeting-Green Bay

Presentation of the Fox River clean-up and tour of the recovery center was very informative and interesting!

Lunch at Ashwaubenay Park, great day for a picnic!

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in General


2016 Farm Tech Days…..

Please RSVP to Jeremy Ziegler if you would like to help out with the soil pit for Farm Tech Days!

He needs to hear from volunteers before 5/27/2016!    Thank You!


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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in General


Save the Date:   June 3rd WSPSS Spring Meeting!

This is from the tour guide:

“All participants must wear long pants, shirts with sleeves and sturdy footwear – no sandals, no heels, no opened toed shoes. The project will provide hardhats, safety glasses and high visibility vests. Also, there is no photography during the tour.”

WSPSS Spring Meeting 2016- Draft_MRH (002)

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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in General

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