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    Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri talks with The Reporter about his 35-year career in Washington, D.C. The 73-year-old Fond du Lac resident announced he will not seek re-election. Patrick Flood/Action Reporter Media

    A TEAM PLAYER: Beneath the surface, retiring Congressman Tom Petri is very much like the people he has represented for 35 years

    Throughout his political career, Congressman Tom Petri has been labeled many things: Pragmatic, down to earth, not conservative enough, and notably independent.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Longtime 6th District Rep. Tom Petri posed in his Fond du Lac law office in 1974 during his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Gaylord Nelson. Action Reporter Media file photo

    A 'true statesman,' Petri a man of the people

    Gilbert Carlson of Fond du Lac was at a loss 10 years ago when he was unable to continue working.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Fond du Lac and Area Health News & Notes

    Understanding Dementia — The Alzheimer's Association will offer a free three-part workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays April 30, May 7 and 14 at the Aging & Disability Resource Center, 50 N. Portland St.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Assistant teacher charged with obtaining pills from Fond du Lac High School student

    A former assistant teacher at Fond du Lac High School charged with obtaining prescription medication from a student said her purse containing her own prescription had been stolen, and she wanted medication to 'get by' until she obtained a new prescription

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Fond du Lac Fire Department responds to Wedgewood Lane for smoke in garage Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Aileen Andrews/Action Reporter Media

    FDL Fire Department responds to Wedgewood Lane for smoke in garage

    Fond du Lac Fire Department responds to Wedgewood Lane for smoke in garage Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Heroic pony saves her foal from barn fire (video)

    A pony rescued her foal from a burning barn in Texas. Both suffered burns that are requiring thousands of dollars worth of treatments.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Marian University wants to buy the AC Nielsen building at 30 S. Main St. and relocate its School of Nursing and Health Professions there. Patrick Flood/Action Reporter Media

    Council to vote on Marian University, Rolling Meadows projects

    A development agreement for a project at the former Rolling Meadows Nursing Home and a special use permit for Marian University to house an educational program at the Nielsen Building downtown will top this week's City Council meeting.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    SWAT vehicles were on the scene in Wittenberg. Doug Schneider/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Hostage situation reported at Shawano County McDonald's

    WITTENBERG — At least four squad cars were parked outside a combination McDonald’s and Shell gas station about an hour after a report of an armed man at the Shawano County restaurant.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Former Dodge County sheriff explores run for Congress

    Never one to hide his intentions, former Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls of Fox Lake has announced that he is considering a run for the 6th Congressional District seat of retiring Rep. Tom Petri.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    This is a photo of a common Wisconsin stew made with wild game and vegetables. What is it? Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

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    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Workers ordered to pay fines, court costs in farm-abuse case

    A pair of workers at a Brown County dairy filmed last year by animal activists mistreating cows entered no contest pleas on Tuesday to a number of related charges.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    A male suspect is seen walking in front of Home and Farm Supply on W. Main Street during the early morning hours of Feb. 17. Submitted photo

    Waupun police seek help in solving recent burglaries

    Waupun police are asking the public for help in solving two recent burglaries on the city's west side.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    New Jersey school sued over 'under God' in pledge

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Mom bites off dog's ear as it attacks daughter (video)

    Chelsi Camp says while she doesn't have physical strength on her side, she knew she had to do something when her two-year-old was attacked by a dog.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Green Bay Metro Fire Department crews rescued a man from a fuel storage tank at U.S. Oil in Green Bay Monday. Submitted photo

    Man rescued from fuel storage tank

    GREEN BAY -- Firefighters rescued a man from inside a large fuel storage tank Monday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Birds like the indigo bunting will start returning next month as part of the great migration. The Wisconsin DNR will hold a chat at noon April 22 to talk about what residents need to know if they want to watch the birds. David Franzen, DNR Website

    Tuesday chat will cover bird migration

    Wisconsin's parade of migratory birds — although a little behind schedule due to cold spring temperatures — is starting to arrive and an April 22 live online chat with state birding experts will help people get ready for the big month ahead.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 arrives from San Jose, Calif., in Kahului Airport in Kahului, Hawaii, on Monday, April 21, 2014. A 15-year-old boy on Sunday scrambled over an airport fence, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii on a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia) AP

    US teen stowaway shows holes in airport security

    KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport, in the heart of high-tech Silicon Valley, captured a teenager on the tarmac as he climbed up the landing gear of a jet.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Mumps cases on rise at UW-Madison

    MADISON — University health officials are warning students about a rise in confirmed cases of mumps at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    April Showers looks at one of the bills for damaged goods in her apartment, which remains uninhabitable following a March 27 fire. Showers said she has insurance so she isn't worried about her financial situation, but she's saddened at the loss of sentimental items like photographs. Aileen Andrews/Action Reporter Media

    Season of rebirth: Donations brighten days of those displaced by North Fond du Lac fire (story, video)

    For at least one North Fond du Lac family, Easter means something extra special this year.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Wisconsin court reduces $1 million damages award

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reduced a $1 million damage award against a title insurance company in a Door County property dispute.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Lucey sits on the throne after being crowned the winner of the 35th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. The pageant kicks off the Drake Relays festivities at Drake University where a bulldog is the mascot. Lucey is owned by Tiffany Torstenson of Waukee, Iowa. AP Photo

    Lucey is tops in Iowa's 'Beautiful Bulldog' event

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch whose human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Earth Day cleanup in Fond du Lac (video)

    Marian University students gathered brush from the Greenway in Fond du Lac to celebrate Earth Day.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Marsha Loritz holds a banner that the family has produced using donations to help keep their mother's missing-person case in the public spotlight. Scott Cooper Williams/Press-Gazette Media

    1 year since Pittsfield woman went missing

    Much has changed since Victoria Prokopovitz vanished a year ago, but one constant remains: Her family is determined to find out what happened to her.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Brett Hulsey (left) and Mary Burke

    Hulsey announces run for governor

    A Madison legislator who was cited for flipping a young boy off an inner tube at the beach and mused about lugging a musket onto the Assembly floor announced Monday he'll run for governor.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Tasha Schuh plunks out notes on a keyboard in her Ellsworth, Wis. home on Wednesday April 9, 2014. Schuh, 33, who is paralyzed from the chest down, is an inspirational speaker and shares her message with thousands of people each year at churches, schools and businesses around the country. Schuh, a junior in high school at the time, was injured when she fell 16 feet through a trap door in the stage of the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing, Minn while performing in a school play. She landed on her head on the concrete floor, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord and fracturing her skull. AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jean Pieri

    Refusing to let catastrophic fall define a life

    When someone told her to move out of the way during a scene change for 'The Wizard of Oz,' Tasha Schuh took one step back.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, celebrates her win in the women's division of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) AP

    Keflezighi wins men's Boston Marathon title, Jeptoo wins women's race

    American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

    Governor announces plan to expand Family Care

    Wisconsin health officials are ready to begin expanding the Family Care program that provides in-home care to seven additional counties, but it could take as long as three years to get things ramped up.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Woman found dead in lake after car crash

    Investigators are looking into whether a Baldwin woman whose body was found in a western Wisconsin lake became disoriented after a car crash.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Ripon College evacuated after bomb threat

    Police are investigating a bomb threat at Ripon College Monday morning that prompted evacuation of academic buildings on campus.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    A new $1.5 million addition planned for Moraine Park Technical College will enhance student services, including students who are veterans. Submitted photo

    MPTC eyes $1.5 million addition

    A proposed $1.5 million addition planned for Moraine Park Technical College will enhance the front entrance, centralize services and accommodate student veterans.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Northern anglers can keep largemouth bass

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Anglers in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season for the first time in 22 years.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Agency sets 1-walleye limit on 173 Wisconsin lakes

    Non-tribal anglers will only be allowed to harvest a single walleye per day on 173 lakes in northern Wisconsin.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Rosendale man arrested following chase

    A Rosendale man is expected to face felony charges after leading police on a chase early Sunday morning.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Fond du Lac area Boston Marathon results

    5K: 20:49; 10K: 41:05; 15K: 1:01:56; 20K: 1:22:32; Half: 1:27:03; 25K: 1:43:23; 30K: 2:05:00; 35K: 2:27:57; 40K: 2:53:55.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Fight over clothing leads to arrest

    A Mayville woman accused of fighting with her teenage daughter over clothing has been charged in Dodge County Circuit Court.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said. AP Photo

    Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

    HONOLULU — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Wis. court to decide on testing drunk drivers

    MADISON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw the blood of a suspected drunk driver without a warrant or the consent of the driver.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    US wind industry slammed by tax uncertainty, fracking

    Once a booming industry, U.S. wind power saw its growth plummet 92 percent last year as it wrestled with tax uncertainties and cheap natural gas.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Rosendale and Brandon area news & notes

    The Rogersville Cemetery Association's Annual Meeting is at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Parish Hall, N5680 Towne Road, Rogersville.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    April Showers looks at one of the bills for damaged goods in her apartment, which remains uninhabitable following a March 27 fire. Showers said she has insurance so she isn't worried about her financial situation, but she's saddened at the loss of sentimental items like photographs. Aileen Andrews/Action Reporter Media

    Season of rebirth: Donations brighten days of those displaced by North Fond du Lac fire (story, video)

    For at least one North Fond du Lac family, Easter means something extra special this year.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    OWI fines hefty, but deterrence effect debated

    Last year, drunken drivers in Winnebago County were ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines and case-related costs.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker answers questions from reporters on April 16 in Madison. AP/Scott Bauer

    Appeals court upholds union law

    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Gov.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Wisconsin police brace for new probe protocols

    A bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done it themselves, police observers say.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Former EPA official: Fracking transparency vital

    Controversies over the fracking process may be inevitable, a former administrator with the U.S.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Deer browse the grounds at Kohler-Andrae State Park in 2013. Sheboygan Press Media

    Wisconsin DNR assessing winter deer kill

    Wisconsin wildlife officials are using road-kill and radio-tracking data to assess the harsh winter's effect on the state's deer herd.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Winnebago authorities rescue 22 animals from home

    A Winnebago County woman has been arrested after authorities found nearly two dozen animals living in deplorable conditions in the Town of Clayton.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Fond du Lac military news

    Matthew Vanden Boogaard and Brandon Sabish joined the United States Army Reserve under the delayed training program.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Peeps marshmallow Easter candy in Concord, N.H. AP

    Ever-popular Peeps exhibit back at Racine Museum

    The Racine Art Museum has opened its most popular community event: an annual Peeps exhibit that centers around the brightly colored marshmallow candies shaped as bunnies or chicks.

    • Apr. 20, 2014

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