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  1. Fans line up for autographs from Green Bay Packers players past and present during Saturday's Packers Tailgate Tour event at the Merrill Area Recreation Complex in Merrill. Txer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Fans flock to see Mason Crosby, others at Packers Tailgate Tour stop in Merrill

    Veteran placekicker Mason Crosby stood to take a break from signing autographs for the Green Packers faithful Saturday at the Merrill Area Recreational Complex.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  2. This image released by ABC shows Tony Goldwyn, from left, Scott Foley and Kerry Washington in a scene from "Scandal." The popular series ended its third season Thursday, April 18, 2014. The Associated Press

    A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    NEW YORK (AP) "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  3. Twin sisters Amy Gleeson, left, and Amber Kempf will be running their first Boston Marathon on Monday and just their third marathon overall. Contributed photo

    Twin sisters set for Boston Marathon

    Amy Gleeson and Amber Kempf have spent early mornings during the past 18 weeks running in often bitterly cold weather sometimes together and other times on their own with just one purpose in mind.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  4. Once CWD infects deer, they have about 18 months to live. They'll look healthy until the final two months of life, at which point they lose weight, stagger and incessantly drool. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Second deer at Marathon County hunting preserve found to have CWD

    A second deer killed on an eastern Marathon County game farm has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to state officials.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  5. The Plaza hotel on North 17th Avenue, seen here Friday in Wausau. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Developers' ideas for Plaza Hotel include assisted living facility, apartments, more

    The struggling west-side Plaza Hotel soon could be granted a second life as several developers pitch ideas from assisted living centers to renovated hotel rooms, a brewpub and high-rise apartment buildings for the site.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  6. Richard Cordray is director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Rep. Sean Duffy calls a 'toxic agency.' H. Darr Beiser/USA TODAY

    Like the NSA, but less transparent: Rep. Sean Duffy on the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

    The federal government has long been in the consumer protection business. It is a noble cause and one I support.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  7. Berdan column: We need a new name for gangs of geese

    Back in my high school days, a couple buddies and I thought it would be hilarious to put a recently road-killed skunk into someone's mailbox. Turns out it's impossible to drive a car, roll down a window and hold your nose all at the same time.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  8. Two deer in the woods near Marshfield High School Sept. 26, 2013, in Marshfield. Central Wisconsin Sunday file photo

    State law expands deer bowhunting into cities

    It's not unusual for cities in the area to allow bow hunters to cull growing deer populations, which trim shrubs, feast on gardens and cause vehicle crashes.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  9. Stuart Portoghese, right, his son Isaac and his daughter Alaina, all of St. Paul, Minn., look through CDs Saturday at Inner Sleeve Records & CDs in downtown Wausau. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    A record day

    Vinyl lovers still snapping up records (with video)

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  10. Gamers warm up for the Super Smash Bros. Tournament during the Game Ops: Student Game Developers game festival Saturday in the Dreyfus University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Video games not just fun and games for UWSP developer club

    Many college students have daydreamed, 'wouldn't it be nice to work in the video game industry?'

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  11. Biggby Coffee store manager Tim Bishop of Wausau rings up a customer Friday at the Wausau Center mall. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Wausau Center mall gets a jolt of joe

    A new location of a popular coffee chain has opened in the heart of Wausau's downtown.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  12.  Getty Images

    Three injured in town of Mosinee crash

    A woman and two children were taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash in the town of Mosinee, authorities say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  13. Brian Funfar

    Taking Stock

    Architecture Matthew Graun, Michael Higgins and Travis Puig, Autodesk-certified professionals of Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc., attended Minn-U 2014 on March 20 and 21 in Minneapolis.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  14. Torri Bradley, education director at Central Rivers Farmshed, waters some plants inside the organization's greenhouse in Stevens Point. Stevens Point Journal Media file photo

    Lassa: Springtime brings fresh, local food (column)

    After a long winter, many of us are anxiously looking forward to fresh, locally grown food.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  15. Prep boys hockey: Parsells commits to Wisconsin

    Wausau West's Adam Parsells committed to University of Wisconsin men's hockey team Saturday night, and announced his decision on Twitter.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  16. A 3-year-old boy plays with stuffed toys on Aptil 14 inside a claw crane game machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Neb. RACHELLE HILDRETH/AP

    The week's odd news: Toddler gets stuck inside claw machine game

    A toddler was reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley, authorities say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  17. Jobs and clean water are not opposing forces. A new consortium aims to highlight the way clean rivers help business. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Wisconsin's economy needs clean water: column

    In Wisconsin, clean water and strong business is old business.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  18. Business Calendar

    Young's Drug Store 2013 Small Business of the Year, Company Tour, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Young's Drug Store, 310 E. Bridge St., Wausau.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  19. Braun's late blasts lift Brewers over Pirates

    Ryan Braun hit a pair of late home runs, including a two-run blast with two out in the ninth to lift the Brewers past the Pirates to an 8-7 victory Saturday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  20. Births

    VALISKA, Sara and Sean, Wausau, daughter, Emily Hazel, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  21.  Gannett Central Wisconsin Media

    Van Hollen: Help stop the spiral of addiction. 'Take back' unused prescription drugs (column)

    Like many Wisconsin parents, Julie never thought it could happen to her child.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  22. A concept drawing of the planned Thrive Eatery restaurant in Wausau. Contributed art

    Don't look now, but Wausau is getting a food scene: Our View

    Wausau is not quite an internationally recognized culinary capital yet but we are seeing a handful of cool developments that the city's foodies are enjoying, and we like the direction we're seeing. A few highlights:

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  23. In this March 3, 2012 file photo, director Bryan Singer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the play "8" in Los Angeles. A man who claims he was sexually abused by the "X-Men" franchise director Singer said Thursday, April 17, 2014, that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued. Egan sued Singer in Hawaii on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy. The Associated Press

    Man details abuse claims against 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  24. Shelter manager Liz Friedenfels kneels with Fiona, a pit bull mix, at the Lincoln County Humane Society's animal shelter in this 2013 photo. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Help Lincoln County Humane Society meet the need for a new animal shelter: column

    Several years ago, before I became the manager at the Lincoln County Humane Society, I arrived at work one sunny day and was told: 'There may not be enough money in our account for payroll next week.' The moment is frozen in my mind.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  25. Letter: Does cellphone ban really make driving safer?

    EDITOR: We are all making our best efforts to comply with Wausau's new cellphone ban. However, to use a phone hands-free in your car via Bluetooth, you still need to look at your phone to find numbers, to dial, etc.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  26. Births

    HOLZ, Katrina, and CLIVER, Eric, Mosinee, daughter, Olivia Bonnie Ann Cliver, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  27. New rating by citizen watchdog group shows improvements in transparency in Madison. AP Photo/File

    State government improves transparency; more work needs to be done: Other View

    We believe our public institutions should be transparent. We want to know how our elected lawmakers vote, how workers in public office carry out their duties, how much our federal, state and local government spend and what they spend that money on.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  28. Mark Massoglia

    Column: Open enrollment at the root of recruiting issues

    Envy is one of the seven deadly sins.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  29. Tens of thousands of people gather at the State Capitol in Madison in February 2011 to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. File/AP

    Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law

    A federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  30.  Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Authorities release name of Lincoln County fire victim

    Lincoln County authorities have released the name of the man killed in Thursday a house fire in the town of King east of Tomahawk.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  31. D.C. Everest, West high schools earn AP honors

    Two north central Wisconsin high schools have been recognized for the success of their students in the high-level Advanced Placement exams, which can earn students college credit.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  32. An early morning fire Friday destroyed snowplows in the Marathon County Highway Department facility on Highway 97 in the town of Wien. Megan McCormick/News-Herald Media

    Damage estimate could rise in Highway Department fire (with video)

    Exactly how much damage a fire caused at a Marathon County Highway Department storage garage should be clearer Monday after an insurance adjuster visits the facility, Marathon County Highway Commissioner Jim Griesbach said.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  33. Thouhoua Yang, the Hmong parent partner for the D.C. Everest Area School District, spoke to students at D.C. Everest Middle School as part of Diversity Week. The week was organized by English language learners teacher Kimberly Hoenisch. Contributed by 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. 18, 2014
  34.  Josh Hallett/Creative Commons (license: http://bit

    Nerf game draws ire from school, police officials

    Students at Wausau West High School could be breaking the law with an increasingly popular game that involves Nerf guns, according to a letter sent to parents this week.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  35. Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez (17) and first base umpire Jim Reynolds look at a ball that had the cover hit off it by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado. USA TODAY Sports

    Brewers hit cover off ball literally in win over Pirates

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  36. Marriage License

    HEIDMANN, Cody, and LEFFEL, Heidi, both of Edgar, April 12, 2014.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  37. The 2014 Infiniti Q70 combines inspired performance, a welcoming interior, a crafted feel and advanced technology. Wieck

    Style, performance, luxury all part of 2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan

    Of all the ways used to describe Infiniti's halo sedan, the 2014 Q70 (formally the M Sedan), it can all be summed up in one word: inspired.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  38. Lincoln

    Letter: Secession platform shows how radical Wis. GOP has become

    EDITOR: Some members of Gov. Scott Walker's political party seem to want Wisconsin to secede from the U.S. I think the citizens of Wisconsin should make the final decision on this issue by referendum.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  39. Wausau West Head Hockey Coach Pete Susens announced his retirement. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Letter: Pete Susens was a great hockey coach, but to me he was also a great teacher

    EDITOR: I'm sure everyone will be congratulating Pete Susens on his wonderful coaching career at Wausau West, but I would like to take a minute to thank him for being a wonderful teacher as well.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  40. Dahlias can be purchased now in multipacks for under $10 at most garden centers and retail stores. The potato-like tubers are planted shallow and need to be dug up each fall, dried and stored for winter.

    YardMD: Time is now for bare-root perennials and summer-flowering bulbs

    Looking to save money on your plant purchases this growing season?

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  41. The unusual, hooded flowers of skunk cabbage have emerged in area wetlands and cedar swamps. Protected from the cold from the thick, leathery 'hood,' skunk cabbage flowers create their own heat in late winter and early spring, melting the snow from around them. Following the flowers, massive whorls of cabbage-like foliage will emerge, growing 3-4 feet across in the largest plants. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: First wildflower

    The first wildflower to appear in our area each spring is also one of the most unusual. With its thick, leathery spathe, or hood, surrounding the central flower stalk, skunk cabbage blooms in area wetlands and swamps, sometimes as early as February.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  42. This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Morgan Freeman, from left, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall in a scene from "Transcendence." The Associated Press

    Review: 'Transcendence' like a clunky TED talk

    HAL has come a long way.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  43. 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 Senior 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. 17, 2014
  44. Ray Slatton

    Slatton column: Helping former inmates transition out helps whole community

    In our ministry here at Greater Wausau Christian Services, we spend a lot of time in both the eldercare community and in the county jail here in Wausau.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  45. 'Lilly' the bus sits in its garage, waiting for the next day trip planned through the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center. Photo courtesy Jane Deau

    'Lilly' bus ready to hit the road

    Sorry, I couldn't help but go back to the 1970s for a little while. A well-known lyric comes to mind when I think about our brand-new shuttle bus that was generously donated by the Bierman Family Foundation.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  46. 'Community-minded' eatery coming to Wausau's northeast side

    The city's northeast side is about to get a new restaurant as part of a gentrification project that includes a major renovation of Athletic Park and a new neighborhood park and playground.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  47. State laws make it too easy for parents to opt their children out of lifesaving vaccines. Gannett News Service file photo

    Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk: Other View

    Measles, which once killed 450 children each year and disabled even more, was virtually eliminated in the United States 14 years ago by nearly universal use of the MMR vaccine.

    • Apr. 17, 2014

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