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    Dozens gather each year to participate in theannual Sheboygan National Day of Prayer event held at Fountain Park. Sheboygan Press Media file photo

    National Day of Prayer service slated at Fountain Park

    The annual National Day of Prayer, when people of all faiths come together to pray, will be held at noon on Thursday, May 1, at Fountain Park.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Charles Branstrom, left,of Appleton talks with Appleton police officers 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
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    Court hears arguments over abortion statute. AP

    Judge hears arguments in abortion lawsuit

    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
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    Extended Sheboygan weather forecast for Friday

    Today: A 10 percent chance of rain before 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels delivers his 'State of the City' address at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc. Nickels said he will not seek a higher office in the upcoming 6th Congressional District or the 9th State Senate District. Photo courtesy Cameron Hoerth

    Manitowoc Mayor Nickels says he won't seek higher offices

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

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    In this April 2 photo Calvin West, from Meyer Dairy Farm, watches spent grain bound for the farm fill a trailer at Empyrean Brewing in Lincoln, Neb. The federal government is backing off proposed regulations aimed at preventing livestock contamination that brewers say would add to their costs without improving the safety of grain used to feed livestock. AP Photo/The Journal-Star, Gwyneth Roberts

    FDA backs off animal feed rule affecting brewers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Petri aide announces run for Kestell's seat

    A member of retiring Rep. Tom Petri's staff is looking for an elected office of his own.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Sheboygan man charged with Rockline bomb threat

    A Sheboygan man has been charged with a felony for allegedly participating in a bomb threat at Rockline Industries in January.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    N.J. Gov. Chris Christie applauds before he the gives the keynote address to the N.J. State Chamber of Commerce annual Congressional Dinner in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Christie praised Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2014 released Thursday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) AP

    Christie writes piece praising Gov. Scott Walker

    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
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    This file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to add to the federal endangered species list. The agency is scheduled to make a decision by October but officials in four states are requesting a delay. AP

    States seek delay in protecting long-eared bat

    A federal plan to protect one of the bat species that are dying by the millions from a fast-moving disease could also create casualties in the forest products industry, say officials in four Midwestern states that are seeking a delay.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Chad Heins is all smiles with the media at Central Wisconsin Airport In December 2007 after being released from a Florida prison. Heins, who was 33 at the time, had been cleared of murdering his sister-in-law in 1994. Gannett Central Wisconsin file photo

    Former Wisconsin man charged in Florida tax ring

    A former Wisconsin man who served more than 10 years in a Florida prison for a homicide he didn't commit is now accused of being involved in income tax conspiracy.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    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 Photo/La Crosse Tribune, Erik Daily

    Angry birds: Humane Society frees fighting eagles

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

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Workers repair the underside of the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge near Purcell, Okla., on March 14. Sue Ogrocki/AP

    Nation's bridges in disrepair; highway funds dry up

    It happens nearly a quarter-billion times a day in the U.S.: A car, truck or other vehicle is driven across one of the nation's 63,000 structurally compromised bridges.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Andrew Boldt

    Purdue shooting suspect seeks to drop lawyer

    A judge has turned down a request from the man charged with killing a fellow Purdue University student during a classroom attack that he be allowed to fire his defense attorney and represent himself in court.

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

    Wausau police respond to report of gunfight, find students with Nerf guns

    Police were called Tuesday to a report of a fight involving firearms on the city's west side, only to find six high school students playing with Nerf guns.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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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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    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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    A tornado drill is set for this afternoon. File photo

    Tornado drill set for today in Sheboygan

    Sheboygan County will participate in a statewide tornado drill later today.

    • Apr. 24, 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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    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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    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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    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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    Randall Schmidt

    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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    David Reichartz

    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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    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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    Tim Ramthun

    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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