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    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.

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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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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 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  4. Births

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

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    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.

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    Human trafficking, 14 other bills signed into law

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

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  5. 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
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    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.

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    Green Bay police investigate arrest shown in viral video

    Green Bay police are investigating a violent arrest outside a downtown bar over the weekend captured on video and posted online.

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    April showers on the way

    After a few hours of sunshine today, showers will develop this afternoon and will linger into Thursday.

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    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.

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  6. Wausau takes small step toward Thomas Street reconstruction (with video)

    The Wausau City Council in an emotionally charged meeting Tuesday authorized the city's use of a consultant's report for a long-awaited reconstruction project along West Thomas Street.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Wausau delays decision on waiving mall's rent

    The city delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to waive rental and other fees totaling $146,000 for the owners of the Wausau Center mall.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. 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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    Woodson searches for fashion show volunteers

    The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is searching for models to volunteer at its upcoming Recycled Runway fashion show May 3.

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    Jeffrey Burgoyne

    Solicitation suspect reaches plea deal

    A 57-year-old Hatley man arrested in a January sting that targeted customers of an illegal escort trade will avoid a criminal conviction if he stays out of trouble for nine months.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Firefighters respond to blaze at Wausau apartment complex

    Two apartments units had to be evacuated for a time Tuesday after a fire was discovered in a small utility structure attached to an apartment complex on Wausau's west side.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    A Shawano County Sheriff squad car parks in the entrance to a gas station and fast-food McDonald restaurant where an armed person held a store employee hostage Tuesday in Wittenberg. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Hostage incident at Shawano Co. McDonald's ends peacefully after two hours

    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. 22, 2014
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    Wausau businessman plans 'special announcement' about 85th Assembly District

    A Wausau businessman could be launching a bid to challenge Wausau Democrat Mandy Wright for her state Assembly seat.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Alicia Mehre works on a sign at Finishing Touch Signs in the Wausau Business Campus Tuesday. Finishing Touch Signs was named a Small Business of the Year by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Grebe's and Bridge Community Health Clinic also received awards. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Updated: Finishing Touch, Grebe's, Bridge Clinic capture small-business awards (with video)

    A sign company, a longtime family-owned hardware store and a community clinic have been recognized for being top-notch small businesses in the Wausau area.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Katherine Axlen

    UWSP mourns students killed in cycle crash

    Alexander Reeder led his University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point ROTC group on a 5 a.m. ruck march Monday along the Tomorrow River Trail.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Drug investigation nets 5 arrests on city's southeast

    Investigators have cracked a methamphetamine-distribution ring with the arrest of five people at a southeast-side home and the seizure of thousands of dollars in illegal drugs, police say.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Man accused of hiding gun from fatal shooting asks for speedy trial

    A 30-year-old man accused of taking a gun from a homicide suspect moments after a fatal shooting at a Wausau tavern is asking for a speedy trial.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Update: Dog rescued from burning home in Wausau (with video)

    No one was injured and a small dog was rescued when a fire broke out Tuesday morning at a home on Wausau's east side.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Two people were pronounced dead Monday afternoon when a motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Highway 66 at Highway PP in the town of Linwood. Nathan Vine/Stevens Point Journal Media

    UPDATE: Motorcyclist, passenger killed in Portage County crash were UWSP students

    The two people killed in a Monday motorcyle crash west of Stevens Point were both University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Update: Jail walkaway captured at Rothschild movie theater

    A 22-year-old woman who walked away from the Marathon County Jail April 11 was captured Monday night when an anonymous caller reported the woman was at a Rothschild movie theater.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Transportation secretary holds town hall meet

    The Transportation Moves Wisconsin Tour will make a stop in Wausau next week.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Two people were pronounced dead following a crash Monday afternoon involving a motorcycle and a vehicle, police said. Nathan Vine/Gannett Central Wisconin Media

    Two dead in Portage County crash

    LINWOOD — Two people were pronounced dead Monday afternoon after a motorcycle hit a passenger vehicle in the town of Linwood.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Sunny, cooler today

    Plenty of sunshine is on the way Tuesday but temperatures will be much cooler than yesterday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Wausau takes step toward escort licensing (with video)

    The city took the first step Monday to create new ordinances intended to make it easier for police to crack down on prostitution in the area.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    DNR could remove Holtz-Krause neighbors from contamination registry

    The state might remove about 20 homeowners near the former Holtz-Krause landfill from a statewide registry for properties near contamination that would no longer require the homeowners to inform buyers of fading chemicals near their properties.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    The finished bike rack, as conceived by students at Wausau East High School. Photo courtesy of Joel Pataconi

    Greater Wausau: Students design, create new bike racks for downtown

    Bicyclists in downtown Wausau soon will lock their rides to unique sculptural bike racks that will meld function and form, thanks to the work of local students.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  10. Cold Cases stir up raw emotions for victims' families

    There were times — more than two decades ago — when Mary Wegner was so angry about the sudden disappearance of her daughter, Laurie Depies, that she wanted to lash out.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  11. 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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    Connie Elbe

    Column: Agency monitors local registered sex offenders

    Editor's note: Following is part of a Tuesday series written by community advocates for abuse victims to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Daily Herald Media has partnered with local organizations to provide this series.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Timothy Stumborg

    Police: Man fakes time sheets, collects $22K after leaving job

    A 48-year-old Schofield man is accused of collecting more than $20,000 from a former employer by submitting fake time cards each week for more than six months.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Steve Fisher, a volunteer with Antigo's Raptor Education Group, talks with a visitor to the 2014 UWSP Eco Fair, held Monday in the Laird Room and the Dreyfus University Center. Nathan Vine/Stevens Point Journal Media

    UWSP kicks off Earth Week with Eco Fair

    The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Monday kicked off a week of activities marking Earth Day and bringing attention to environmental issues.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  12. Alan Goetsch Contributed photo

    Update: Man crashes, flees, faces 5th OWI

    A 50-year-old man had a blood alcohol content 12 times his legal limit for driving when he crashed a vehicle Friday evening and fled the scene, police said.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Public employees pickup a large dresser for a construction vehicle during Monday's large item pickup on the northwest side of Wausau, April 25, 2011. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Large-item pickup begins in Wausau (with schedule)

    The annual larg-item collection program that aims to help residents dispose of unwanted items is under way in Wausau.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  13. 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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    Judge orders new evaluation of man accused of shooting Grand Rapids police officer

    A Wood County judge Monday ordered a new competency evaluation for a 51-year-old man authorities say shot a Grand Rapids police officer in 2010.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Schofield, Merrill cancel running-water advisories

    Two more communities have lifted their running-water advisories.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Police: Driver who crashed into Schofield home was texting while driving

    A woman who crashed her vehicle into a Schofield home early Sunday was texting while driving and could have been impaired, police say.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Forrest Young, owner of Young's Drug Store, is shown inside the pharmacy on Bridge Street in Wausau last year. Young's Drug Store was named the 2013 Small Business of the Year in the business-to-consumer category. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Wausau-area small businesses to be recognized

    Three Wausau-area small businesses will receive special recognition Tuesday at the Stoney Creek Inn in Rothschild as the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce presents the 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards.

    • Apr. 21, 2014

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