Tribune Update | 2015 Issue 9
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This Project Update is written for Tribune Building Project participants and interested individuals. A new update will arrive monthly, or more frequently as Project developments dictate. To request a hard copy, please contact Incourage.

Parking Lot Ownership Transferred to Incourage
Per the development agreement Incourage entered into with the City of Wisconsin Rapids in January 2015, on June 23 ownership of the parking lot located adjacent to and northwest of the Tribune property transferred to Incourage. As previously communicated, parking will remain available to anyone who wishes to use this lot. However, when construction begins there will likely be limitations placed on the space to accommodate construction services. As has been our practice throughout this project, we’ll broadly communicate changes prior to any limitations going into effect. 

Reflections Conversation with Table Hosts Highlights Shared Accomplishments and Confirms Hope for Our Future
On June 30, a small group of table hosts met to reflect on recent accomplishments, share ideas for staying connected throughout the summer, and propose additional opportunities like events and public meetings to advance learning around the Tribune and its potential for our shared future. Throughout the conversation, it was clear that the confidence of residents engaged in the Tribune Building Project has grown through the process. There was a general agreement that the Project has encouraged residents to lean forward, listen and as a result create connections with others in the community. “The role as a table host built on strengths I didn’t even know I had,” one shared. Another added, “I not only can make a decision about our community, I know enough to make a good decision.” 

While planning continues for upcoming “Tribune 101” presentations to the community-at-large this summer, table hosts suggested an immediate educational opportunity that we’ve advanced in time for the Community Picnic on Wednesday, August 5. Residents engaged in the Tribune are invited to wear special buttons at the Community Picnic that read “I’m excited about the Tribune… Ask Me Why!” It is the hope that in doing so, education about the project, programming and residents’ personal passion will inspire additional interest, knowledge sharing and relationship building. To request additional information about the “Ask Me” buttons, contact Corey at

Tours with Area Youth Spark Excitement
On July 16, more than 20 third - fifth graders enrolled in the district-wide summer school program “Mini Adventures – Behind the Scenes of Wisconsin Rapids” came together to tour the Tribune, learn about its rich history, and see the community potential it brings. 

“This was an awesome opportunity for us to share with some of our youngest neighbors the vision and commitment so many in our community have made to arrive at this moment in time,” explained Corey Anfinson and Heather McKellips of Incourage. “The students expressed genuine enthusiasm for the future, and visiting the Tribune to ‘take classes and learn new things’.” There was particular interest in the Culinary Kitchen, Creative Space, and Game Room. The students were fascinated by the building’s structure, asking questions about the safety of taking down certain walls and the reason for leaving features like the pillars behind. They were especially excited about plans to allow natural light to flow down from the rooftop to the first floor. 

One of the students, Jesslyn, was engaged in the tour from beginning to end, asking thoughtful questions about each space and the programming that will occur throughout. When asked what excites her most about the Tribune, Jesslyn shared, “EVERYTHING! I’m particularly excited about seeing the difference from now and when it opens.” Adding, "Seeing the community’s face light up from excitement and being happy something was done with an old building.” 

If your child’s class is interested in learning more about the Tribune, please invite them to visit or contact to request a “Tribune 101” presentation.

Learning: FEED Kitchens Tour Highlights
Shared by Amy Scheide on behalf of: Joel Kuehnhold, Katrina Hittner, Kristie Egge, Kate Carlson, Ryan Scheide, Carrie Engelbright, Dawn Neuman, Dawn Vruwink, Jenny Riggenbach, Steve Turner, and Chelsey Mazurek
This past May I was privileged to take a trip to Madison to see FEED (Food Enterprise & Economic Development) Kitchens at work along with a team of enthusiastic residents involved with the Tribune.  Being guided through the buzzing space by Adam Haen, Kitchen Manager, was an action-filled experience.  From the capital campaign donor wall to the waste bins, there was knowledge to share and experiences to learn. The tour provided information about the equipment, stories about current and past users of the space, and logistical experience that will be of much use in planning for the Tribune Culinary Kitchen. Read the entire FEED Kitchens Tour summary on our website!

Mark Your Calendar

Community Picnic
Wednesday, August 5, 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Wisconsin Rapids, near the Tribune Building
Everyone's welcome, and the event is offered at no charge. For more information, click here.

Tribune Pre-Construction Tour* with Helen Jungwirth
Wednesday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Everyone's welcome, but space is limited. Please RSVP.

*These special pre-construction tours are the perfect opportunity for you to share with family, friends and anyone who has ever asked, “What is the Tribune and why is it important to our community?” the truly special place that you helped to shape. Please note that the tour includes stairs, and the building does not currently house elevators, ramps, or functioning restrooms.
Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© July 30, 2015

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