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  1. Charles Branstrom,left,of Appleton talks with Appleton Police Department Sgt. Matthew Peeters and Officer Roskam during a 'Sidewalk Chalk Talk on Gun Violence' rally Oct. 21, 2013, along College Avenue in downtown Appleton. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Open carry activist plans Green Bay 'effort' in wake of police arrest incident

    One of the men who carried firearms a handful of times in the region as a gun-rights demonstration says he is planning a similar open-carry effort this weekend in Green Bay after a viral video showed a violent arrest downtown.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  2. A Shawano County Sheriff squad car parks in the entrance to a gas station and fast-food McDonald restaurant where an armed person held a store employee hostage Tuesday in Wittenberg. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    McDonald's hostage-taker sought police confrontation

    The man who held a hostage at gunpoint inside a Shawano County McDonald's this week had been seeking a confrontation with police, authorities said Thursday.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  3. A picture of the Oconto High School bathroom, where the April 16 fire started, was shown with other pictures of damage and work being done at the Oconto School Board meeting Monday night. Oconto County Reporter photo

    Police: Smoking in bathroom caused Oconto school fire

    A student smoking in a bathroom started a fire at Oconto High School this month that caused $5 million in damage, Oconto Police Chief Dan Ault said Thursday.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  4. Golden Apple recipient Sheila Kohl works with students, from left, Ethan Vandenberg, Briana Smet, and Cambria Budinger, during sixth-grade science class last month at West De Pere Middle School. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

    West De Pere teacher Kohl is motivated to help kids motivate themselves

    Whether it's through 'Genius Hour,' pre-class 'chit chats' or her patented 'Science Notebooks,' Sheila Kohl manages to find her way into her students' heads.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  5.  Photo courtesy of Josh Hallett/Creative Commons

    6 Wausau students cited for Nerf gun 'wars'

    Police have issued disorderly conduct citations to six high school seniors in Wausau for a toy Nerf gun battle.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  6. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, eat lunch with Republican supporters at the Rock Garden Conference Center in Howard in this May 1, 2012, file photo. Christie was in the area to raise support for Walker in his recall election. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Walker named to Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people

    One possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, sings the praises of potential GOP rival Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2014 released Thursday.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  7. Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Krysta Harden speaks with attendees of the Food Sovereignty Summit at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay. Kyle Bursaw/Press-Gazette Media

    Today's take: Who's going to farm next? Ag official looks to engage youth

    The aging of American farmers is a long-running trend reflected in statistics recently released as part of the 2012 Census of Agriculture earlier this year.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  8. Smet

    Man charged in connection with September drug death of girlfriend

    A 38-year-old Ashwaubenon man accused of giving drugs to his girlfriend faces a first-degree reckless homicide charge in connection to her death last year.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  9. It's April in Northeastern Wisconsin, and we'll take our sunshine where we can find it. These two animal friends, a horse and a donkey, found a warm spot Tuesday on their farm near Champion. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media

    Photo: Spring is a month old, but cold refuses to fade

    Spring has been in session for more than a month but has yet to settle down. It's teased us with sunshine, drenched us with rain, made us curse snow flurries and made sure we keep our winter gear handy.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  10. Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels delivered his 'State of the City' address Wednesday evening and said Thursday he would complete his bachelor's degree before seeking higher office. Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Manitowoc mayor says he won't seek higher offices – this year

    Mayor Justin Nickels said on Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination to fill either the 6th Congressional District seat with U.S. Rep. Tom Petri retiring or the 9th State Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Joe Leibham.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  11. University of Mississippi student Jaclyn Sparks of St. Louis, Mo., studies in the Grove on campus, in Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. AP Photo\Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman

    The day in photos: April 24, 2014

    The top news, sports and entertainment photos from Press-Gazette Media wire services.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  12. Daryl Cura demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

    U.S. proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    The U.S. government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  13. Wisconsin weather forecast for Thursday

    Here's a look at today's weather forecast.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  14. Governor signs sex offender notification bill

    Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that requires the state Department of Corrections to notify local police when sex offenders move into their jurisdictions.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  15. Judges chair in court room Getty Images/moodboard RF

    Judge hears arguments in lawsuit over state abortion law

    A state attorney urged a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to void statutes that require doctors to decide if a woman is consenting voluntarily to an abortion and to be present when the woman gets abortion-inducing drugs.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  16. Today's viral videos: Mom looking for birth family on Facebook

    A look at the weird, wild and wacky world of video.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  17. Database: Report, find potholes in your neighborhood

    Track and report potholes in your neighborhood with this database.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  18. This is a photo of a common Wisconsin stew made with wild game and vegetables. What is it? Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Take the quiz! From hodags to wapatuli, how well do you know Wisconsin?

    Enter here to take the quiz on mobile devices

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  19. Animal control officer Kathy KasaKaitas releases an eagle Wednesday in Pierce Park in Onalaska. The eagle was one of two eagles that were separated during a fight Tuesday. AP

    Humane Society frees fighting eagles in La Crosse

    Workers at a Wisconsin Humane Society have rescued two male eagles entangled in a turf war.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  20.  Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Eco-municipalities expert to give UWGB talk

    Torbjörn Lahti, an award-winning author and international leader in sustainable community planning and development, will give a talk at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Lahti will speak at 9 a.m.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  21. File Press-Gazette Media

    Learn 2 Curl clinic Sunday at Green Bay club

    The Green Bay Curling Club is offering a Learn 2 Curl clinic for Wheelchair and Stick Curling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the club at 781 Potts Ave.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  22. Dennis Farrell of the Town of Kaukauna, cooks sidepork and eggs over an open fire while camping at Bay Shore Park. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Bay Shore Park campgrounds open Friday

    The campgrounds at Bay Shore Park open for camping Friday. Camping fees are $20 for primitive sites or $30 for water and electrical sites. Camping is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  23. Steffen

    GOP Assembly candidates begin battle over residency question

    As Brown County supervisors, Corrie Campbell of Ashwaubenon and David Steffen of Howard sit a few feet apart at board meetings and often vote the same way on issues.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  24. Police union: Green Bay officer's actions in video 'justifiable, legal'

    The union representing Green Bay's police officers says officer Derek Wicklund acted in a 'justifiable, legal, and lawful' manner early Saturday when he made an aggressive arrest featured in a viral video.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  25. Audrey Nowak, Howard-Suamico music teacher and Golden Apple winner, is all smiles as she watches her students from Bay Port High School play music during the annual Golden Apple Awards ceremony at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Ashwaubenon on Wednesday. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

    Area teachers honored at 21st annual Golden Apple Awards

    She was honored Wednesday as one of the Green Bay area's top educators, so it wasn't a complete surprise that Amy Kupsch thanked the people who taught her when she was a student.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  26. Footprints in snow led police to Kenosha homicide suspects

    Court records say investigators followed footprints in the fresh snow to arrest two men charged with fatally shooting a driver who crashed into a house in Kenosha.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  27. Doug Schneider

    Today's Take: Why live in Northeastern Wisconsin? The readers weigh in

    In this space a few weeks ago, we asked a simple question: Why do you live in Northeastern Wisconsin?

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  28.  Getty Images/moodboard RF

    Warrantless GPS tracking before court decision deemed OK

    Evidence gathered from GPS trackers that police placed on cars before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they needed warrants is admissible in court, a Wisconsin appeals court ruled Wednesday.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  29. A fatal shooting involving a Green Bay police officer occurred at the Packer Stadium Lounge, 1342 S. Broadway, in November 2011. Police and then-District Attorney John Zakowski ruled there was no wrongdoing by the officers. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Walker signs police investigation bill

    Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law on Wednesday that mandates Wisconsin police departments use outside investigators to probe officer-involved deaths.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  30. Golden Apple recipient Kelly Suda teaches language arts at Green Bay Preble High School. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

    Father, teachers, love of reading inspired Preble's Suda

    The advice that would become Kelly Suda's guiding principle arrived on her first day as a teacher at Green Bay Preble High School, nearly 20 years ago.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  31. Wisconsin GAB to certify spring election results

    Wisconsin election officials are set to certify results from the 2014 spring election.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  32. The Green Bay School District's School for Academically Gifted Learners is outgrowing its space at Langlade Elementary School in Allouez. File/Press-Gazette Media

    New Green Bay school named for da Vinci

    The Green Bay School District's new school for academically talented students will be called the Leonardo da Vinci School For Gifted Learners.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  33. Database: Report, find potholes in your neighborhood

    Track and report potholes in your neighborhood with this database.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  34. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Dog walk to raise money for Great Lakes group

    Indira Salon Spa and Major's Dog Academy will host Dog Walk for Water at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  35. Instructor Richard Bries works with Andrew Rogers while teaching traditional rifle marksmanship skills last weekend at the Nicolet Rifle Club in Suamico as part of Project Appleseed. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

    Project Appleseed reconnects shooters with traditions

    Project Appleseed is a program that instructs Americans on traditional rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, and reconnecting Americans with the events of the revolutionary era.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  36. Foreign relief talk set for UWGB

    University of South Florida professor Julia Irwin will present 'Foreign Relief as Foreign Relations: The place of Humanitarianism in U.S. International History,' at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Christie Theatre of the UW-Green Bay University Union.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  37. New ambassador Brooke Frelich is this year's Brown County Fairest of the Fair File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Fairest of the Fair gala on Sunday

    The Brown County 2014 Fairest of the Fair Gala is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center, 865 Lombardi Ave.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  38. Ten World War II veterans and former members of the 8th Air Force got the chance to relive history Monday, April 14, 2014, at the EAA Weeks Hangar and in the skies over Oshkosh as they took a ride in the Aluminum Overcast. The B-17 aircraft is one of about 15 left in the world and now bears the names of the 10 veterans, including Sgt. Harry Oestreich of Oshkosh. Joe Sienkiewicz/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    World War II veterans relive history in B-17 bomber

    The last time 1st Lt. William Meier sat in the bombardier's seat of a B-17 aircraft was on V-E Day, May 8, 1945.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  39.  Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Wisconsin investment board employees to get $13.3 million in bonuses

    Fifty of Wisconsin's pension fund managers and those who work directly with the state's investments will receive six-figure bonuses this year because of strong returns, according to figures the investment board released Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  40. Gov. Scott Walker File/Press-Gazette Media

    Wisconsin facing $700M transportation shortfall

    Gov. Scott Walker is looking for new ways to fund a state transportation budget that is projected to fall short by as much as $700 million by 2017.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  41. Some of the methamphetamine production paraphernalia seized Monday during searches at St. Nazianz and Kiel residences. Courtesy Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit

    Meth operations busted in St. Nazianz, Kiel

    A 33-year-old St. Nazianz man is in custody after authorities discovered an alleged methamphetamine manufacturing operation at a St. Nazianz residence, according to a news release from Lt. Dave Remiker of the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  42. An experimental boom surrounded Madison's B.B. Clarke beach in 2010 to keep out algae, though it ended up being closed June 24 for high E. coli levels. Algae and bacteria are the prime causes for beach closures throughout the Madison area and the state. Mike DeVries/The Capital Times

    Beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats in Yahara lakes and across Wisconsin

    After one of Madison's longest, coldest winters ever, swimming season is almost here — along with toxic algal blooms, bacteria, invasive milfoil and other pestilences of the lakes.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  43. Cairo Elementary first graders Lyla McChessney and Caleb Sword carry a bag of top soil to use as the first grade class at the school planted a oak tree Tuesday to celebrate Earth Day and as a service learning project, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Henderson, Ky. AP Photo/The Gleaner, Mike Lawrence

    The day in photos: April 23, 2014

    The top news, sports and entertainment photos from Press-Gazette Media wire services.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  44. Autopsy: Baldwin woman drowned in St. Croix Co. lake

    A medical examiner has determined the cause of death for a woman whose body was found in a western Wisconsin lake.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  45. Judges chair in court room Getty Images/moodboard RF

    Homicide trial delayed due to new evidence

    The Wisconsin trial for an Arizona man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's fiance has been delayed while the defense analyzes new evidence.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  46. Joshua Wenzel

    Green Bay police investigate arrest shown in viral video

    Green Bay police said Tuesday they are investigating an arrest outside a downtown bar over the weekend captured on video and posted online.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  47. Screenshot of the video posted on YouTube.

    Watch: Viral video of Green Bay police arrest

    Green Bay police said Tuesday they are investigating an arrest outside a downtown bar over the weekend that was captured on video and posted online.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  48. Ari Solomon, spokesman for the animal rights group Mercy For Animals, speaks at a December news conference in Milwaukee about the results of an undercover investigation at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf. File/AP

    Workers ordered to pay fines and court costs in farm-abuse case

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

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  49. State Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, makes his intentions to enter the state's gubernatorial race official as he confirms his candidacy papers under oath with David Buerger, an elections specialist with the Government Accountability Board, right, Monday in Madison. File/AP

    'Too chicken to be governor'? Hulsey challenges Dem frontrunner Burke

    A legislator making a longshot bid for governor says he's planning to have someone in a chicken suit follow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke around.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  50. Golden Apple recipient Amy Kupsh teaches second grade at Valley View Elementary School in this March photo. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

    Ashwaubenon teacher Kupsh makes each student feel golden

    Amy Kupsh knows that education is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

    • Apr. 23, 2014

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