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  1. Bartender Martin Carlson writes beer selections on a chalkboard Thursday at Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery — formerly Mickey's Billiards — in Schofield. Photos by Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Mickey's Billiards renovated and reborn as Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery (with video)

    It's in the same place, but a bar and restaurant in Schofield is sporting a new name and look.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  2.  Daily Herald Media file photo

    Prom is a pricey rite of passage: Our View

    Dress: Can be $500 or more. Tuxedo rental: Somewhere around $150. Hair: $100, easy. Corsage, boutonniere: Maybe $65. Dinner: Maybe another $50. Tickets: $40 per couple. Limousine rental: Don't even bother asking.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  3. Altenburgh and Viegut will perform at the last Rock 'n' Roll Revival on Saturday. Photo courtesy John Altenburgh

    Rock 'n' Roll Revival likely takes stage Saturday for final curtain call

    An annual event paying tribute to the various incarnations of rock music will take the stage for likely the last time this weekend.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  4. Altenburgh and Viegut will perform at the last Rock 'n' Roll Revival on Saturday. Photo courtesy John Altenburgh

    Rock 'n' Roll Revival likely takes stage Saturday for final curtain call

    An annual event paying tribute to the various incarnations of rock music will take the stage for likely the last time this weekend.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  5. Thouhoua Yang, the Hmong parent partner for the D.C. Everest Area School District, speaks to students at D.C. Everest Middle School as part of Diversity Week April 14 to 17. The week was organized by English language learner teacher Kimberly Hoenisch. Photo courtesy D.C. Everest Middle School

    D.C. Everest Middle School launches Diversity Appreciation Week

    A D.C. Everest Middle School teacher launched Diversity Appreciation Week on Monday, paying homage to a variety of ethnic groups and culminating in a celebration of the American melting pot.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  6. These bees are on a frame of beeswax. Photo courtesy Hansen Honey Farm

    Beekeepers up to challenges in the Northwoods, harvesting honey, helping crops grow

    George Ackermann wasn't surprised to find his bees dead in their hives earlier this spring.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  7. Wausau police officers issued disorderly conduct citations to six students Tuesday who were involved in a Nerf gun game that neighbors perceived as a real gunfight. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Police: Six students cited in Nerf gun scare

    Six Wausau West High School students involved in a Nerf game Tuesday that was misinterpreted as an actual gun battle were issued $240 disorderly conduct citations, police say.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  8. Alice Whitmore is a top level Realtor, teacher and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Photos contributed by YWCA Wausau

    YWCA to honor three local leaders as Women of Vision

    Three women with disparate backgrounds but with shared fundamental values of community, health and service will be honored as 2014 Women of Vision by the YWCA Wausau.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  9. Truck driver Todd Barnett of Wausau prepares a load of rental vehicles for delivery April 18 at Lincoln Contractors Supply in Weston. The company plans to move to a new facility on Highway J by the end of the year. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Lincoln Contractors Supply to build bigger location on Highway J

    A construction equipment supplier expects to have a new, bigger location open in Weston by the end of the year.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  10. A Shawano County Sheriff's Department squad car parks in the entrance to a gas station and McDonald's restaurant where an armed man held a store employee hostage Tuesday in Wittenberg. photos by T'xer Zhon Kha/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Hostage incident at Shawano Co. McDonald's ends peacefully after two hours (with video)

    A poised clerk and a skilled hostage negotiator on Tuesday helped peacefully end an armed standoff at a McDonald's restaurant in a western Shawano County village.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  11. A past Power of the Purse display featured unique accessories that were sold at a silent auction. The 2014 Power of the Purse will be held May 5 at Granite Peak Historic Chalet in Rib Mountain. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Purse party to support needy

    Men and women are invited to harness the 'power of the purse' at an event to help fund projects for women and families working toward financial stability.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. D.C. Everest's Bri Widmer, front, beat Stevens Point Area Senior High's Sarah Rosenthal, back, to a loose ball Thursday April 24, 2014, and scored a goal during girls soccer first-half action in Stevens Point. CASEY LAKE/DAILY HERALD MEDIA

    Prep girls soccer: Everest stays perfect in WVC with win over SPASH

    This was anything but a run-of-the-mill routine regular season girls soccer match.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  13. A Shawano County Sheriff puts away his gears back in his squad car after Tuesday's Wittenberg standoff. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Hostage-taker sought confrontation with police at McDonald's in Wittenberg (with video)

    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
  14. Crews from multiple fire departments battle a blaze today at a home on 60th Avenue in the town of Maine. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Dog rescued from town of Maine house fire

    Fire crews managed to rescue a dog from a burning town of Maine home Thursday morning before flames badly damaged the building.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  15. Dave Heaton and his wife, Stephanie. Contributed photo.

    Republican kicks off campaign to unseat Wright in Assembly

    A former Illinois prosecutor who now works in reinsurance launched his campaign Thursday as a Republican seeking to challenge Democratic state Rep. Mandy Wright of Wausau.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  16. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to spend $50 million to combat National Rifle Association messages. AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file

    Pam Galloway: NRA won't let Bloomberg step on citizens' rights (column)

    In coming days, approximately 80,000 Second Amendment enthusiasts from across the country will congregate in Indianapolis at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  17. Michael Burandt

    Wausau Paper names CEO

    Wausau Paper Corp. has named a permanent leader.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  18. Guides corner: Perch provide spring fishing fun

    A quick glance at just about any good fish fry menu here in Wisconsin is bound to feature at least one dish showcasing one of the more popular and tasty specimens to frequent Badger-state waterways, the yellow perch.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  19. Physical therapy office opens in Weston

    A new physical therapy office has opened in Weston.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  20. Stand with a slight forward lean while holding the dumbbells in front of your torso. Photos courtesy Woodson YMCA

    Exercise tip of the week: Shoulder fly with dumbells

    Physical trainer Morgan Adamski demonstrates a shoulder fly with dumbbells at Woodson YMCA Aspirus Branch in Weston.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  21. Altenburgh and Viegut will perform at the last Rock 'n' Roll Revival on Saturday. Photo courtesy John Altenburgh

    Rock 'n' Roll Revival takes stage Saturday for likely final curtain call

    An annual event paying tribute to the various incarnations of rock music will take the stage for likely the last time this weekend.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  22. Sami Kirschbaum of Wausau, who plays Emily Webb, and Dale Burgess of Wausau, who plays the Stage Manager in 'Our Town,' look east toward the sunrise Tuesday during rehearsal for the play's upcoming performances at D.C. Everest High School in Weston. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    'Our Town' coming to D.C. Everest stage

    The Oasis Theater Ensemble in conjunction with the Everest Academy for the Arts will bring the award-winning play 'Our Town' to the D.C. Everest Senior High School Theater stage for four shows beginning April 24.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  23. A few 'modern' cars share Merrill streets with horses and buggies in this historic photo. A Sunday program at the Merrill History and Culture Center will tell about life here a century ago. Photo courtesy Merrill Historical Society

    Diary tells about life in early 1900s

    Among the treasures in the Merrill Historical Society's archives is a plain black notebook titled simply 'Diary.' Beneath the title, a young woman named Fern Bisbee signed her name and the year 1910.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  24. Does escort licensing create a crime?: Readers React

    A proposal by the city of Wausau to require licenses for escort services, following passage of similar ordinances in Weston and Schofield, inspired online discussion.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  25. D.C. Everest Senior High receives AP honors

    D.C. Everest Senior High School is one of two schools in north central Wisconsin that have been recognized for the success of students in the high-level Advanced Placement exams, which can earn students college credit.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  26. Carmen Lehrer

    Parents can 'coach' early learning with varied activities

    A parent is their child's first teacher and can remain their best teacher throughout life. As children develop from infants to teens to adults, they go through a series of developmental stages that are important to all aspects of their being.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  27. Screen grab of an ad for e-cigarettes featuring Jenny McCarthy. E-cigarette companies are advertising on TV, something forbidden for cigarettes for more than 40 years. AP Photo/Resound Marketing

    E-cigarette sellers take a page from Big Tobacco: Other View

    Just when smoking has finally lost its glamour, along come electronic cigarettes and an avalanche of sexy new ads that promote 'vaping.'

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  28. Merrill teacher to study at sea

    Lynn Kurth, a teacher at Prairie River Middle School, has been selected to participate in the Teacher at Sea program of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  29. 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. 22, 2014
  30. First-graders host grandparents at Kate Goodrich

    Integrating language arts, social studies and activities into a program designed just for grandparents, first grade classes at Kate Goodrich invited their grandparents to attend a two-hour school visit and class 'play' April 8 to 10.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  31. United Way Volunteer Connection and GoodsMatch

    Yard work for the elderly and disabled. Rake, mow, pull weeds, general yard clean-up. Must complete a half-hour training session and pass a criminal background check.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  32. 2014 Subaru Forester crossover sports roomy interior, improved performance

    The 2014 Forester debuts a bolder exterior design and roomier interior, along with improved performance and higher fuel economy across the line.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  33. Rothschild Police Log

    On April 15, a 16-year-old boy was cited at Shopko, 1105 E. Grand Ave., on charges of shoplifting.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  34. Everest Metro Police Log

    On April 12, a 25-year-old man was arrested on Alderson Street near Neupert Avenue, village of Weston, on charges of second-offense drunken driving.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  35. Births

    JENSEN, Audrey and Travis, Wausau, daughter, Maren Frances, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  36. Police Log

    At 3:48 a.m. Wednesday, a 23-year-old man was referred to the District Attorney's Office on charges of substantial battery, simple battery, disorderly conduct and driving a vehicle without owners consent.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  37. Town Chatter: Kids joke book provides good medicine

    If laughter is the best medicine, a recently released joke book offers a double dose.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  38. NLHS calendar

    Northland Lutheran High School, 2107 Tower Road, has these activities on its schedule from April 25 through May 1.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  39. DCE sports calendar

    3 p.m. Boys Junior Varsity Golf Invitational at Rivers Edge Golf Course, Marshfield

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  40. Greenheck Field House calendar

    Activities will be at the Greenheck Field House, 6400 Alderson St., or in the D.C. Everest Senior High School pool unless otherwise noted. Call the activities hotline at 715-355-4118 for the most current schedules and to confirm activity times.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  41. Marriage Licenses

    YANG, Meng, and VANG, Youa, both village of Weston, March 26, 2014.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  42. Child of the Week

    Age: 9

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  43. Births

    KASPRZYKI, Angela and Jason, Rothschild, a son, Isaak Joseph Keith, Wednesday, April 16.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  44. Pet of the Week

    Name: Fiona

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  45. Pirates outfielder Travis Snider, left, takes down Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, bottom, as Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, right, joins a skirmish between the teams during the third inning of Sunday's game. AP

    What's Brewing? Amid wild week, Brewers continue to roll

    There was an Easter Sunday brawl, the cover literally being hit off a baseball and pitchers rocking out to '80s band Wang Chung.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  46. Chilly rain expected to fall today, into Friday (with video)

    A chilly, rainy day is in store today, with a high of only 39 degrees expected.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  47. Thank You: Merrill High School put on 'fantastic' musical 'Joseph'

    Wow! What a fantastic presentation of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat' presented by Merrill High School!

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  48. Community briefs: Chocolate for Your Soul, Coffee hour

    United Way RSVP of Marathon County invites community members of all ages to attend the Community Coffee Hour from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Center for Visual Arts, 427 N. Fourth St.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  49. Oaks are one of the best native trees for the landscape, not only for their fantastic fall color but also for the valuable food they provide to wildlife. ROB ZIMMER/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Yard MD: Consider native landscape trees and shrubs for yard, garden

    In a world where options for woody plants in the garden seem unlimited and confusing, simplify your search for prime landscape plants by sticking to varieties native to our area and climate.

    • Apr. 24, 2014

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