Rummel and Thornton to Participate in Alder Forum

Current District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel will be challenged by former MNA Board President Scott Thornton in elections in April.

Current District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel will be challenged by former MNA Board President Scott Thornton in elections in April.

Madison Common Council District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel and her challenger, former Marquette Neighborhood Association President Scott Thronton, will participate in a candidate forum next month.

The question and answer session will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2450 Atwood Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m on March 25, 2013 with a reception to follow. The forum is sponsored by the Marquette, Starkweather Atwood Schenk Yahara, and Worthington Park Neighborhood Associations.  Continue reading

Nostalgia or Sizzle for Block 800

A deep read on the three proposals looking to remake the Don Miller site

The 800 Block of East Washington Avenue looking east towards Breese Stevens Field. Developers were required to consider how the stadium would tie into their site designs.

The north 800 Block of East Washington Avenue looking east towards Breese Stevens Field. The City is attempting to create an impressive gateway corridor just east of the Capitol while encouraging developments that blend sensible residential and commercial uses  for area residents. Photo by: Jamie Grunniwaldt

The quest to revive the moribund Capitol East corridor has been restarted on the City-owned 800 block of East Washington Avenue as three new proposals are under consideration.  The City was negotiating last year with Urban Land Interests to build mixed-use commercial and residential buildings featuring high-tech tenants but talks centering on public financing of a parking ramp broke down and the proposal was withdrawn.

The failed first attempt at developing the site was a sigh of relief to many residents of the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood, and to a certain extent those in the Marquette neighborhood, who were excited about a late (but not considered) proposal by Metcalfe’s Market for a mixed-used development including a grocer, hotel, and apartments. As the 800 North Block East Washington Avenue Committee prepares to consider submissions from T. Wall Enterprises, C.D. Smith, and Gebhardt Development one proposal is emerging as a clear favorite.  Continue reading

Community Input Sought for Wil-Mar Future

Neighborhood center to hold Open House as part of strategic planning process

Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jenifer Street.

Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jenifer Street.

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center is considered “a place for all people”, as emblazoned on its exterior, and is hosting the “Moving Forward” open house this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to solicit ideas as they plan for future programming.  Continue reading

Stefan’s Dream wins KVSC Trivia Marathon

Veteran team triumphs again in 34th annual 50-hour trivia contest

Trivia 2013: A Space Oddity winners Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Rentry. The team modifies there name each year to match the theme. Photo Courtesy: KVSC-FM

Trivia 2013: A Space Oddity winners Stefan’s Dream XIV: Stefan’s Re-Entry. The team modifies there name each year to match the theme. Photo Courtesy: KVSC-FM

Stefan’s Dream XIV: Stefan’s Re-Entry won Trivia 2013: A Space Oddity, KVSC-FM St. Cloud’s 50-hour trivia contest for the fourth time since 2005. One of the larger groups in the 62-team field they bested second place Pull Start Diesel by 595 points. Diesel barely fended of last year’s champion Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women by 25 points.

Dream, Diesel, Learned Pigs are perennial front runners in the last 10 years with each dominating for several years at a time. The winning margin seemed yawing compared to last year when Learned Pigs beat Mustache and Stefan’s Dream by 25 points and 30 points respectively. It was the closest finish in contest history.  Continue reading

Gallery: The Trivia Teams

Mr. Choo Choo and Capt. F accompanied KVSC-FM Station Manager Jo McMullen to the headquarters of several trivia teams during the midnight hour Saturday night. McMullen conducted live remotes with Hey, You Got Voodoo in my Panties, Stefan’s Dream XIV: Stefan’s Re-Entry, and House Of Insanity.

What follows are images from Stefan’s Dream XIV: Stefan’s Re-Entry and Hey, You Got Voodoo in my Panties. No photos, only video was shot at House of Insanity but the tableau was the same. All the teams at the time of the visit were in the top 10 of the standings.

Trivia 2013: The Trivia Teams

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The food pile at Hey, You Got Voodoo In My Panties team headquarters.
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While most teams use computers, actual books are still a source of answers like the ones here at Hey, You Got Voodoo In My Panties team HQ.
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On a normal day this would be a nice relaxing room in the basement for a cocktail. But on Trivia weekend Hey, You Got Voodoo In My Panties has turned this into a beehive of activity. But still a very pleasing space.
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At the HQ of Hey, You Got Voodoo In My Panties.
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A spacious den is large enough to host the wildly successful Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry.
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Its bright, airy, but crowded at Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry team HQ
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The Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry food pile.
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Apparently Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry is also motivated by the 2012 Women in Waders calendar.
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Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry is a top finisher if not the victor almost every year in recent memory.
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At Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry team HQ, all who wan to use lotion must use this particular type since its fragrance neutral, partially so it is palatable for the "men" on the team.
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At one point the folks at Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry knew where all the cords went.
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Organized chaos at Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry.
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One of the reasons Stefan's Dream XIV: Stefan's Re-Entry is a top finisher is their organization including this customized reference card.

Gallery: The Goat Posse 2013

The Goat Posse is hard at work with eight productions already in the can as of 3 a.m Sunday. The Posse has been busy producing original audio, hosting Trivia shifts, and raising general mayhem with the other student media arms. Take a look at what we have been doing and try to avoid being trampled.

Trivia 2013: The Goat Posse

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Captains of the Goat Posse formed a boarding party and captured UTVS "Enterprise" and Captains Gary Zimmerman.
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The Posse gathers "Hamster Style" to complete "Major Digression".
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Working on "Major Digression", The Goat Posse's follow-up to "I Just Had Corn".
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Mr. Choo Choo puts the finishing touches on "When God Made Trivia".
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Princess Buttercup voicing her part in "Yip Yip Phone Bank Slaves".
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Phal and Dude lean-in as they work on "Goat Addiction".
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The "Captain to Captain Show" featuring Capt. F, J-Mont-G, and Wireless Mike.
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Durty A.
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The Rhyminister lays down his lyrics for "Major Digression".

 

Gallery: The Shake – A – Hamster Band

Nature Hamster gives direction to the horns section through the intercom.

Nature Hamster gives direction to the horn section through the intercom.

The Shake – A – Hamster Band is a group of KVSC Alumni and area musicians that gather during Trivia to create trivia related tunes based on popular songs. We look-in as they are rehearsing a funk-based song. The band features drums, bass, two guitars, keyboard, vocals, and a four piece horn section called the Power of Sauerkraut.

Trivia 2013: The Shake - A- Hamster Band

The Shake - A - Hamster Band is a group of KVSC Alumni and area musicians that gather during Trivia to create trivia related tunes based on popular songs. The band features drums, bass, two guitars, keyboard, vocals, and a four piece horn section called the Power of Sauerkraut.

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Hashing out the lyrics in the sound booth.
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Where the magic happens.
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Nature Hamster gives direction to the horns section through the intercom.
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Keyboardist George Mauer
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Jeff Engholm engineers another take.
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The Power of Sauerkraut!
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Karl gets funky.
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Mugsy Hamster observes as the band gets ready for another take.
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Gallery: The Trivia Phone Bank

Hour 5: The Phone Bank

The Phone Bank was humming in the first few hours. See what happens on the other end of the line.

Trivia 2013: The Phone Bank

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The first of an avalanche of food for the next 50 hours.
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Phone Bank decorated in A Space Oddity theme.
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Phone workers in Hour 3 field answers while UTVS hosts television coverage in the background.
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Phone volunteer at the ready, awaiting a call.
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Volunteer focuses in on an answer.
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Not sure what this man is looking at.
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A phone bank worker's workstation.
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The tips that guide phone volunteers in when to award points.
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After the series was cancelled, a Star Trek worker volunteers his time for KVSC.
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The Scoring crew monitors the progress of the hour.
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LiveBlog: Trivia 2013: A Space Oddity

Follow the action of Trivia weekend here

34th annual 50-Hour trivia marathon is based in St. Cloud, MN but teams play all over the world

34th annual 50-Hour trivia marathon is based in St. Cloud, MN but teams play all over the world

You can listen to the contest, which runs from 5 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m Sunday, by visiting KVSC.org and using there tune-in link. #Triviaweekend Facebook

The Goat Posse will be releasing productions throughout the weekend. Sometime after they air they will be posted online at GoatPosse.com

You can watch the Goat Posse as they work by visiting GoatPosse TV

UTVS, the campus student TV station has built an amazing set this year and they can be seen here.

Don’t miss the Goat Posse’s “Captain to Captain Show” when they takeover the airwaves for two hours of the contest on Saturday February 9, 2013 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.

Finally, the awards ceremony will be broadcast live on radio, television, and online on Sunday February 10, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Read a summary of the weekend here

Trivia 2013: A Space Oddity is Here!

KVSC’s 50-Hour trivia marathon Friday 5 p.m. to Sunday at 7 p.m.

34th annual 50-Hour trivia marathon is based in St. Cloud, MN but teams play all over the world

34th annual 50-Hour trivia marathon is based in St. Cloud, MN but teams play all over the world

WSB Twitter and Facebook followers have no doubt noticed the multitude of messages recently about Trivia 2013: A Space Oddity. For 34 years this 50 hour trivia contest has gathered together 1,500 players to challenger their minds and their teamwork. Started on the campus of St. Cloud Statue University in 1980 to combat dorm-related cabin fever; it has grown beyond central Minnesota as the internet has allowed teams to have players as far away as the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones.

Nine questions per hour are read over the air on 88.1 KVSC-FM, the SCSU student/community radio station (a high-powered version of WORT). One to three questions during the hour are open at any one time and have various point values. Unlike the larger contest in Steven’s Point, teams can call and guess as many times as they want while the question are open. The team with the most points wins mostly bragging rights and a cracked traveling Trivia Urn.  Continue reading