Tracy Ballzer

Tracy Ballzer

Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:50



"Bradlee Ewert is the most dedicated outdoorsman that I have the great pleasure of knowing and call a great friend. I want to ensure that he has the ability to participate in his outdoor hobbies that he loves.

My name is Cody Kamrowski. I am twenty-three years old, a Wisconsinite and a very active outdoor enthusiast. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying environmental policy. A key issue I find of great interest and want to focus on in my career is getting all individuals in the outdoors no matter what obstacles stand in their way.  One of my closest friends and his family is facing this issue with their youngest son, Bradlee Ewert. He is nineteen years old and has recently graduated high school. He is the guy that everyone wants to talk to and everyone enjoys his presence because of his contagious positive attitude.

Bradlee’s access to participate in outdoor events at which he loves are becoming more and more challenging to access as each day passes by. Bradlee has Friedreich’s Ataxia, which is a disease that progressively effects the body’s nervous system as well as the muscle coordination system. These effects have now put Bradlee in a wheelchair.  If an activity involves being outdoors, you can bet on Bradlee being in the forefront smiling, laughing and simply enjoying his time. Just this fall, on the second day of his trapping season, he caught a mature male bobcat. Which with the help of several friends, the bobcat was successfully released. When I go fishing with Bradlee I always need to bring my notebook and take notes on how to actually catch fish. He always seems to out fish me and I lose the wager of who caught biggest fish, and the most fish.

Bradlee is the most dedicated outdoorsman and driven individual that I have the pleasure to call a friend. Together we can ensure Bradlee can easily access the wide array of activities that he likes to do. The chair at which we would like to see Bradlee in is the “Trackstander” produced by Action Manufacturing and costs $16,000. I am asking for $20,000 to acquire the chair, chair accessories and hauling equipment. I’m taking it upon myself to acquire the money through donations to get him the chair. If it wasn’t for Bradlee, I would not be the passionate person I am today without his imprint. If you or your organization could donate to the cause of getting Bradlee Ewert a rubber tracked wheel chair that would be deeply appreciated.

Just to be fully clear with everyone that is donating funds to Bradlee. The money will be withdrawn by myself (Cody) and put into a "Bradlee Ewert Benefit Account" that Bradlee's father and myself have created and are in charge of. We want to make sure you know where your donations will be placed and will be taken care of responsibly by the family and myself to purchase the rubber tracked chair for Bradlee!

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Cody Kamrowski"

Monday, 01 May 2017 11:02


Nikhill Saluja once said "Being a Mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children go."

Peg Schilling,  a single mom to young Garrett Schilling, is fighting stage four colon cancer. After undergoing six major surgeries and chemo treatments, resources have been drained. As time marches on Peg's strength is rapidly declining, the cancer is winning.

For the last two years, Peg and Garrett's life has been in turmoil as they fight this battle together. At the same time, Garrett, a teenager of 14 struggles to cope with the many challenges in his increasingly uncertain world.  

We are asking for donations to support a stable home for Garrett and provide for his daily care during this incredibly difficult time. Your donation is crucial now to help Garrett move forward each day with the knowledge that his basic needs are provided for by a community of compassionate individuals that offer support, prayers and  hope.     

Your generous donation will directly impact Garrett's ability to find a reason to move forward without Peg by his side.

"I know my heart will live on in my son. For God has whispered to me that I have only one home, and that is with Him. It is time to go home."
Thank you and God Bless


Friday, 28 April 2017 08:37




Andy Grammer called us this morning to chat about his show tonight at Winona State!

Check out our interview here:


Doors at 6:30, Vinyl Theater at 7:30 then Andy Grammer!

$20 for WSU students, $30 for general public

Tickets available at the McCown ticket booth starting at 2 today. No credit card sales day of show, cash or check only



Monday, 24 April 2017 07:25


WEEK OF APRIL 24, 2017

Kaitlyn Gilbertson is a junior at Black River Falls. Softball is her sport! When she's not playing softball, she's active in marching and concert band, playing the flute. She also competes in solo and Ensemble with flute and competes in singing.

Kaitlyn is very active with her church with the high school choir and is a Peer Minister. She's on the Honor Roll, was February's Student of the Month, and even has a part time job!


Thursday, 20 April 2017 07:30


Camp Winnebago provides recreational opportunities for people of ALL abilities in the Winnebago Valley. Their camp offers a few different things:

1)  Special needs summer camp that operates in the summer  
2) Public campground along Winnebago Creek  
3) Facilities that can be rented for events such as: weddings, reunions, conferences

Their annual spring fundraiser helps to fund the camp and Zcare was honored to make a donation with our partners G.E.C.U. The Friendly Credit Union. You can buy tickets or just donate to help out!

Click the pic for more details:

Monday, 17 April 2017 11:07


It’s hard to believe that another show has come and gone for the comedy troupe I’m in, Heart of La Crosse. Earlier this month we did an improv show based on a rock band reuniting. It was all made up as the night went along and it was different every night! The audience decided our character's roles in the band and interacted with the show the whole night. We're the only fully interactive comedy troupe in La Crosse and I'm so proud to be a part of the group! The cast for this show was myself, Lisa Olson, Brad Williams (part of the station's news team), Todd Olson, Travis Michaels, Jonanthon Lamb, and Taylor Gruszka. 

For those of you that attended, I can’t thank you enough. If you missed it, we will do more shows, don’t worry! We'll be involved with Artspire at the Pump House in June, a community arts event sponsored in part by Mid-West Family Broadcasting. We also do 3 weekends in September at the Pump House that is mostly sketch comedy. There’s singing parodies, videos, sketches, and even a little dancing.

I’ve been in Heart of La Crosse for a decade now and it’s lots of fun. I like knowing that we can make someone’s day just a little bit better for the few hours they are laughing at our show. We write all of our own material for our sketch show and most of our troupe has been together a long time so we have built so much trust in each other. We all bring different skills and personality to the group so there’s a very unique blend of talent to put on an entertaining night of fun! We also do improv for private parties, which another interesting way we perform. Companies frequently hire us for their holiday events and it’s a blast to interact with different people for each show.

This year we started a ridiculously fun podcast that is in the style of an old radio play. It’s Called Mills Glen and it's about small town in the upper midwest. You can listen to it HERE.

We'll see ya again real soon!

Much love, 


Photo by Erik Daily:

Photo by Bruce DeFries:

Monday, 10 April 2017 06:30


WEEK OF APRIL 10, 2017

Maya Budin is a Senior at Luther High School in Onalaska.  She is a dedicated gymnast and co-captain on the GET Area Co-op team which practices in Galesville. Despite the demanding time commitment of living in Sparta, going to school in Onalaska and attending gymnastics practice in Galesville, Maya is an honor student at Luther and participates in other school activities including Choir and National Honor Society.  During the off-season, Maya trains at AMKM Gymnastics and has competed AAU gymnastics for the last 9 years. Her teachers and coaches all speak highly of her work ethic and commitment to excellence. 

Maya has earned all conference honors in gymnastics all 4 years of high school.  She has also earned all-state honors so far the last three years. In February, she qualified as an individual to the 2017 State Gymnastics Tournament for the second time in her high school career.  She is the only Division 1 gymnast in our area who earned that honor this year.
Monday, 20 March 2017 09:07

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

STAY STRONG: Demi Lovato celebrated 5 years of sobriety with an Instagram post that read: ''So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession. Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me.''

TRIBUTE: Bon Jovi was performing in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday when they covered ''Johnny B. Goode'' in honor of Chuck Berry, who passed away earlier that day at age 90. Jon Bon Jovi told fans that he sang the song at a talent show when he was younger.

NEW: This April, Netflix will replace their 5-star rating system with a new 'thumbs up or thumbs down' option, and they're introducing a Skip Credits Button only available when watching Netflix on a web browser.

YES! NBC has picked up J-Lo's show ''Shades of Blue''for a third season.

SO SWEET: Backstreet Boys were performing in Vegas on Saturday when they serenaded NSYNC member Lance Bass with their ballad Shape of My Heart.

HERO: Ed Sheeran's cat, Dorito, jumped out of a third-story window last week. Ed's girlfriend, Cherry, opened the window to let some air in, and the cat just jumped out. The cat landed in a private closed off garden they couldn't get into, so Cherry tied all of her scarves together onto a laundry basket and put food in it and lowered it down and picked her back up.”


Monday, 20 March 2017 09:07

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

BUSTED: Shawn Mendes admits he always forgets the lyrics to his songs, so he'll make up some lyrics or just let the fans sing the words.

PARENT HACK: Dax Shepherd told Ellen Degenerous that he goes to great lengths to make sure his children DO NOT wake up early in the morning. He's covered their windows in aluminum foil and puts a towel at the bottom of the door so no light gets in their room.

AWESOME: Ed Sheeran says his first date with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn was at Taylor Swift's house at a 4th of July party. They were texting back and forth and Ed asked Taylor if he could invite Cherry over to the party. She showed up and the rest is history. How's that for an anniversary memory!

WOW: Joe Jonas revealed that he once thought about quitting music. Joe said, ''There were moments when I thought about hitting the reset button and doing something else.” He has a restaurant with two business partners in Santa Monica and they're working on opening some coffee either way, he'd probably be ok.


From Brandi's GOFUNDME page:

"I know there are a lot of people out there needing help right now, and I hate asking anyone for help. I always am the person trying to help other people when I can but I am really struggling right now, and hoping that the kindness will come around. My son and I have to move by March 31. I am a single mom, with no income right now. I lost my job in June and it has been very hard finding another one, I'm drowning in debt right now just trying to survive. I was able to find a temp job but only lasted a month. I was under the impression I would have a month to month lease after my year was up but apparently that isn't the case, I used all of my taxes to pay my rent up to date leaving me with nothing for a sec deposit or pay any other bills. The 2 most important is electric which will be shut off in 2 weeks along with finding another home for my son and i. I am trying very hard to find a job. Find a place to live and it's taken a toll on me along with my son so I am hoping that of anyone can help out anything helps. Thank you for reading.. this was a very hard decision to put this out there. I am hoping I won't get judged as sometimes we all need a little help sometimes, it's just very hard for me to ask. "