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    Tom Petri talks to news staff at The Reporter. Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The Reporter photo by Patrick Flood. The Reporter

    Guest Commentary: Major shift coming in Wisconsin government

    Two retiring veteran Republican politicians are creating a potential conservative shift in the state's 2014 election.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Sales of new homes plunged 14.5 percent in March, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. But local builders see a pent-up demand that's beginning to break loose. AP

    New home sales drop 14.5 percent in March, but local builders are optimistic

    The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start, even though locally home builders are optimistic about 2014.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Manitowoc man pleads guilty to embezzlement charges.

    Man pleads guilty to Nemschoff embezzlement

    A Manitowoc man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Milwaukee to wire fraud and tax evasion for allegedly embezzling more than $300,000 from his Sheboygan employer.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Pictured are some of the paraphernalia seized from the searches at the Maple Terrace Court, in St. Nazianz, and Point Creek Road, in Kiel, residences related to the methamphetamine production. Photo courtesy Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit

    Suspect arrested in meth bust

    A 33-year-old man is in custody after being arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at a St. Nazianz residence, according to a news release from Lt. Dave Remiker of the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri talks with The Reporter last week about his 35-year career in Washington, D.C. The 73-year-old Fond du Lac resident announced he will not seek re-election. Photo by Patrick Flood/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Retiring Congressman Petri reflects on long career

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

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Extended Sheboygan weather forecast for Thursday

    Today: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe talks to some youngsters Saturday October 1, 2011 during the Prevention and Safety Fair. Priebe announced he will run for another four-year term Wednesday. GARY C. KLEIN

    Sheriff Priebe to run for re-election

    After four years on the job, Sheriff Todd Priebe still has a long to-do list.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Sheboygan landlord charged with fraud

    A Sheboygan landlord was charged Wednesday after being accused of fraudulently obtaining nearly $17,000 in grant money from the Sheboygan Housing Authority to renovate one of his rental properties.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    County Board committee assignments made

    The Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors made committee assignments during its Tuesday night meeting.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., right, takes questions from moderator Mike Gousha at a discussion Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Baldwin touted the successes of the new federal health care and encouraged fellow Democrats to do the same. (AP Photo/Ramde Dinesh) AP

    Baldwin: Democrats need to tout health care reform

    U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday encouraged fellow Democrats to speak out about the successes of the new federal health care law, which Republicans have ridiculed on the campaign trail as an example of government overreach.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Unemployment drops slightly in Sheboygan. file photo

    Sheboygan unemployment drops slightly

    Sheboygan's unemployment saw little change in March, dropping to 7.1 percent compared to 7.2 percent the month before, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Development.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker smiles during an event in Green Bay Monday, April 21, 2014. Walker is seeking ways to fund the state's transportation budget, which is projected to have a $700 million shortfall by 2017. (AP Photo/Press-Gazette Media, Jim Matthews) AP

    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
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    Downtown painting work to begin May 5

    Benjamin Moore Paints will begin work the week of May 5 to repaint 22 buildings in downtown Sheboygan as of its Main Street Matters contest.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Sheboygan police are holding a drug take-back day Sunday. File photo

    Drug take-back day planned Saturday

    The Sheboygan Police Department will hold a free drug take-back drive on Saturday where people can drop off and safely dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs with no questions asked.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Half-eaten cinnamon roll leads police to car thief

    A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped Madison police track down a suspected car thief.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Local unemployment rates drop throughout Wisconsin

    Unemployment rates have dropped in most Wisconsin counties and cities.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Joe Leibham, center, speaks to supporters and media members Tuesday announcing his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District seat. His wife, Heather, stands to his right. His brother, Mike Leibham, cheers in the background. Photo by Janet Weyandt/Sheboygan Press Media

    Leibham says he's running for Petri's seat

    Flanked by family members and supporters on the lawn of his parents' Town of Sheboygan home, Sen. Joe Leibham announced he will run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by the retiring Tom Petri.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Barry Nelson

    Hennessey, Nelson may seek 9th Senate nomination

    In the wake of Tuesday's announcement that state Sen. Joe Leibham will seek to replace retiring Tom Petri in Congress, two Manitowoc Republicans said they are considering a run for the 9th Senate District post.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    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. 22, 2014
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    Alleged purse snatcher makes court appearance

    Charges were filed Tuesday against an alleged purse snatcher who was arrested after being chased down and captured by a bystander on Sheboygan's north side.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Extended Sheboygan weather forecast for Wednesday

    Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Shawano County Sheriff's Department vehicles on the scene of Tuesday's brief hostage situation at a McDonald's restaurant in Wittenberg. Photo by Txer Zhon/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Armed suspect holds McDonald's employee hostage in Wittenberg

    Authorities said they have a 28-year-old man in custody after a brief hostage situation on Tuesday ended without injuries.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Council approves committee appointments

    The Common Council has approved committee appointments submitted by Mayor Mike Vandersteen. Appointments to standing committees are as follows:

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    This Friday, April 18, photo shows part of a lab in the SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine. The building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is being opened for public tours for the first time beginning May 2. AP Photo/M.L. Johnson

    Frank Lloyd Wright tower opens for public tours

    Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Donovan Phillips, with Avail Vapor, tests out one of the sample electronic cigarettes in the shop in Richmond, Va. The fast-growing industry is likely to see some changes as the federal government soon plans to regulate the popular devices. AP Photo/Steve Helber

    E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

    Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

    • 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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    Wisconsin's next drug take-back day is Saturday

    Scores of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will accept prescription medications this weekend as part of a national effort to safely dispose of expired and leftover drugs.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Ramthun announces run for 59th Assembly seat

    Kewaskum School Board President Tim Ramthun announced Monday he is running for the 59th Assembly District seat currently held by Dan LeMahieu, R-Cascade.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Odin Rowe enjoys a turkey dinner with his mother Amanda in 2010 at the ecumenical Thanksgiving dinner held at Immaculate Conception Church Sheboygan Press Media file photo

    Woman seeks to resurrect free Thanksgiving dinner

    If every church in Sheboygan County donated $40, the newly resurrected Ecumenical Thanksgiving Dinner would have all it needs to feed hundreds this fall.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Extended Sheboygan forecast for Tuesday

    Sunrise: 5:56 a.m. Sunset: 7:45 p.m.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    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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    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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    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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    Local homes sales were down for the second straight month. AP

    Local home sales drop in March

    Existing home sales fell 17 percent in March in Sheboygan County compared to a year ago as frigid weather and snow lingered into spring, according to figures released Monday by the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Milwaukee man pleads not guilty to dogfighting

    A Milwaukee man accused of being involved in dogfighting has pleaded not guilty to six charges.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Duane Harpster of Boulder Junction unhooks a largemouth bass before releasing it back into Little Trout Lake in Vilas County. Anglers in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season for the first time in 22 years. Patrick Durkin/Press-Gazette Media correspondent

    Northern anglers can keep largemouth bass

    Anglers in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season for the first time in 22 years.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    OWI fines hefty, but deterrence effect debated

    The fine for a first drunken-driving offense, including court costs and surcharges, can be as high as $1,000 in places like Winnebago County. But industry experts are questioning whether such heavy fines serve as effective deterrents.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Deb Sabol-Williams works the crowd Friday April 4, 2014 during workshop for 6-year-olds through 8-year-olds at the Sheboygan Leadership Academy building. Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press Media

    25 years after its founding, Theater for Young Audiences is still performing

    Deb Sabol-Williams isn't trying to turn out hundreds of actors, dancers and theater professionals.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Ed Abell

    Local author to discuss book on mountaineering, forgiveness

    Ed Abell of Cedar Grove will discuss his recently published book, 'My Father's Keep,' and show slides from his trek up Mouth Everest at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the Rocca Room at the Mead Public Library.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Tech Ed: Lessons from the Lent social media challenge

    Teens challenge themselves every day. They sign up for AP classes, answer difficult questions, talk to the cute kid in their second hour; the list goes on, and I was no different. Yet, nothing prepared me for the challenge I was about to take on.

    • Apr. 20, 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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    Tech Ed: Students feel urge to keep up with latest technolgy

    As the influx of more intelligent communication tools floods the market, holders of less cutting-edge technologies face an interesting predicament.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Extended Sheboygan weather forecast, April 21

    Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    FILE - In this April 15, 2014 file photo Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shakes hands with supporters after a campaigning in Dane, Wis. AP

    Governor announces plan to expand Family Care

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker has announced plans to expand a state program that provides in-home care for the elderly and disabled to seven more Wisconsin counties.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    A plume of smoke rises from an explosion near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013. AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L Ryan

    Local runners return to Boston Marathon to mourn, celebrate

    Every year for the past six years, Roy Pirrung, of Plymouth, has run the Boston Marathon in memory of people he has loved and lost.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Wis. court to decide on testing drunk drivers

    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. 19, 2014
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    Fentanyl patches are among the medications turned in during a previous Manitowoc County drug collection. Courtesy Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit

    Officials warn of fentanyl drug abuse

    Health and law enforcement officials in the Manitowoc area are warning of the dangers of abusing the narcotic fentanyl.

    • Apr. 19, 2014

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