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Wausau curling volunteers answer call for help


Tom McDonald and Jack Horak have been friends for almost 60 years.

During a trip to the new Wausau Curling facility, the pair flipped through their old yearbook.

"That's me right there and then there's Tommy," Horak said as he flipped through the pages.

The two were members of Wausau's curling team. Back then there was only one high school, and only one team.

"We weren't the best but we had the most fun," Horak joked.

In the 1950's the two curled at the old facility located in Marathon Park. It was constructed in the 1940's and McDonald was there. He was just a teenager.

"I was there with my Dad, helping cover pipe," McDonald said as he choked up. "It's a lot different than this."

Now, 60 years later, McDonald is back with Horak at his side. They are both lending another hand and helping build a new chapter of Wausau curling.

"Just trying to pass on what we had," Horak said.

In May, the Wausau Curling Club tore down the facility at Marathon Park and broke ground on this multi-million dollar project. 

So far, the roof is in place and the walls have been built. But, the work isn't done yet. That's where the volunteers come in.

"It's a lot of man power," Wausau Curling President Cory Sandquist said.

Leaders say they have 20 volunteers per day. Their job? Construct what will eventually become the ice floor.  After 800 hours and 12 1/2 miles of pipe, volunteers will have shaved off roughly $20,000 off the total cost.

"It's a huge help," Sandquist said. "That's 20-thousand we don't need to find elsewhere."

And soon curlers will have fresh ice where they can continue to chase their old dreams. 

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