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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Town Chatter: Kids joke book provides good medicine

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

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

    Name: Fiona

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. 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
  15. NLHS calendar

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

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  16. 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
  17. DCE sports calendar

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

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  18. 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
  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. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Marriage Licenses

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

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

    Age: 9

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  27. Births

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

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  28. 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
  29. These bees are on a frame of beeswax. Photo courtesy Hansen Honey Farm

    The buzz

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

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. A volunteer reads to students at A.C. Kiefer Educational Center in Wausau. The Kiefer building needs extensive upgrades and renovation. If the building is closed, early childhood students would be taught at elementary sites under three facilities options being considered by the Wausau School Board. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Wausau lands on four options for elementary schools, all costing millions

    The Wausau School Board has distilled the future of district elementary schools into four options, ranging from standing pat with current schools to a proposal that would build a new school, close four buildings and renovate five others.

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

    What we learn from what doctors charge Medicare: Our View

    In a massive data release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week, for the first time in decades we can get a look at what doctors are charging Medicare for everything from routine checkups to heart surgeries.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  34. Videojournalists set up outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2104. The court is hearing arguments between Aereo, Inc., an internet startup company that gives subscribers access to broadcast television on their laptops and other portable devices and the broadcasters. The Associated Press

    Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

    WASHINGTON (AP) Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  35. Northland Lutheran High School forensics coach Nate Lauber kneels in front of team members who received Critics Choice awards with a perfect score of 25 at the Speech Festival held in Madison. The students are (left to right) Olivia Nillissen, Summer Drake, Melanie Heibler, Seth Fenske, Sarah Whitson, Halley Engelbrecht and Laura Weiland Photo courtesy of Nate Lauber

    Greater Wausau: Northland Lutheran builds forensics dynasty (with video)

    Northland Lutheran High School has continued to dominate in forensics competitions, winning the Excellence in Speech Award for the second year in a row.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  36. The Wausau City Council voted Tuesday to kill phase two of beautification project that would have included bird sculptures similar to these. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Wausau kills additional bird sculptures

    Wausau City Council members have killed financing for the second phase of a controversial road-improvement project that includes bird sculptures and other amenities.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  37.  Photo courtesy of UWMC

    UW Center for Civic Engagement serves as a testament, legacy to UWMC's Jim Veninga: column

    Where do you go to get valuable information, meet new people, build key relationships, hatch an idea and test it against the ideas of others? For most of us, the answer is 'it depends.'

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  38. Dr. Matthew McCurdy, a radiation oncologist at Marshfield Clinic, finished 85th in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Contributed photo

    Marshfield Clinic doctor leads Boston Marathon pack

    In a Boston Marathon start corral on Monday, Dr. Matthew McCurdy was focused on his pre-race routine and getting near the front of a pack of 2,000 runners that included Olympian Meb Keflezighi.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  39. Green Bay Packers' Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush, Charles Woodson, M.D. Jennings and Tramon Williams jump with Seattle Seahawks receivers on the last play of their 2012 game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Seattle receiver Golden Tate (81) was credited with the catch for the game winning touchdown. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

    Packers to open season at Seattle Sept 4

    The Packers will open their season at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 4, in the nationally televised kickoff to the season.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  40. Mark Bucki listens as judge Jay Tlusty instructs the jury, Monday, April 7, 2014, during Bucki's murder trial at the Lincoln County Court House in Merrill. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Sentencing set for convicted wife killer

    A Lincoln County man who stabbed his wife to death and hid her body in a Taylor County swamp will be sentenced this summer.

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

    Take closer look at UW tuition freeze: Other View

    Another billion-dollar University of Wisconsin System surplus calls for another two-year tuition freeze. At least that's the view taken by Gov. Scott Walker.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  42. 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 Nekoosa man acquitted of Florida murder now accused of helping to steal almost $7 million

    A 39-year-old former Nekoosa man released from a Florida prison after being found not guilty of murder is once again incarcerated in the Sunshine State.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  43. Warren Krohn

    Trial in Wausau beating death postponed

    The trial originally set to begin next month for one of two Wausau men accused in the beating death of a 49-year-old man has been reset.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  44. After bids came in higher than expected, city of Schofield officials have decided to delay repairs to the Brooks and Ross Dam. Bob Dohr/Daily Herald Media

    Schofield postpones dam repairs after bids come in too high

    Repairs are coming to the Brooks and Ross Dam in Schofield just not this year.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  45. Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (9) is greeted by first baseman Lyle Overbay (24) and pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning. USA TODAY Sports

    Segura's 3-run blast powers Brewers past Padres

    Jean Segura hit a three-run homer, and the Milwaukee Brewers broke out of an offensive slumber at home to support Kyle Lohse in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  46. Births

    NOVITZKE, Krystal and Jonathan, Wausau, son, Evan Michael, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  47.  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. 23, 2014
  48. Jerry Petrowski Contributed photo

    Human trafficking, 14 other bills signed into law

    Legislation that targets human trafficking was one of 15 bills signed into law Wednesday in Madison.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  49. 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. 22, 2014
  50. Brian O. Sentkowski

    Nekoosa man pleads guilty to killing kitten

    A 25-year-old Nekoosa man who authorities say killed his sister's kitten pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

    • Apr. 23, 2014

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