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    'Dispatched,' a movie written, directed and starring Jarrod Crooks, will premiere Saturday at the Cosmo Theater in Merrill. Photo by Corinne Kolbe, courtesy of JC Films

    Greater Wausau: Wausau native's fourth film to premiere in Merrill

    If you attend the premiere of the movie 'Dispatched' on Saturday at downtown Merrill's Cosmo Theater, you'll see a multi-genre film with action, comedy and romance.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    '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
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    One dead in Lincoln County fire

    One person is dead after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon at a town of King home, police say.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Wausau West senior named one of state's top student athletes

    Marissa Matushak of Wausau West High School is one of Wisconsin's top student athletes as selected by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Updated: Power outages add to crashes, ditch slide-ins for snow woes

    The latest April snowstorm is causing traffic crashes, slide-ins and power outages across north central Wisconsin, authorities say.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Amy Parks, a fourth grade teacher at St. Stephen Elementary, will receive a 2014 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Stevens Point educator earns Herb Kohl award

    A local elementary school teacher has been honored with an award recognizing her as one of the best educators in the state.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    What doctors charge: New data reveals vast disparities

    When it comes to the price of visiting a doctor, location matters in Wisconsin.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    KASSON, Jeanette and James, Wausau, daughter, Ivy Mae, Monday, April 14, 2014.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Wausau amends rules to limit mayor's power, prevent rushed decisions (with video)

    The City Council changed seven of its own rules this week to give itself more power and the mayor less, and to halt a pattern of rushed and uninformed decisions.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. Mark Bucki with one of his attorneys, Jessica Schuster, Wednesdayat the Lincoln County Courthouse in Merrill. Bucki was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and two other counts relating to the death of his wife of 26 years, Anita Bucki, in April of 2013. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Update: Convicted wife-killer Mark Bucki could be released from prison in 20 years (with video)

    A Lincoln County man convicted Wednesday of stabbing and strangling his wife before dumping her body in a swamp could be released from prison in 20 years, despite the mandatory life sentence he is expected to receive.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Jessica Strom, right, appears with a defense attorney March 3 at her initial appearance in Marathon County Circuit Court. Strom is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her fiance. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Competency exam ordered in murder-for-hire plot

    A competency hearing has been set for a Merrill woman accused of offering a former college classmate $1,000 and sex to kill her boyfriend.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Miron Construction to pay $4 million after federal investigation

    Miron Construction Co., one of Wisconsin's largest construction companies, will pay $4 million as part of a resolution of a federal investigation into Miron's billing practices in public school construction projects, including those in the D.C.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Man faces more than 50 charges in fake-stock case

    Additional charges were filed this week against a former Weston man accused of selling more than $150,000 in fake securities after more alleged victims came forward.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    At 10:04 a.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested in the area of Townline Road on charges of misdemeanor bail jumping.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Irma Republican seeks second Assembly term

    An Irma Republican has officially announced she will seek a second term to the Wisconsin Assembly.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    A counseling agency could move in to the former home of The Wright Place on 6th at the corner of Sixth and McIndoe streets in Wausau. Photo taken in December 2012. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Counseling agency could open at former Wright Place on 6th

    A counseling agency could open at the corner of Sixth and McIndoe streets, the former home of The Wright Place on 6th restaurant, which has been vacant for about two years.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Two of three men accused of stealing this 1960 Ford Thunderbird were charged April 15 in Marathon County Circuit Court. The vehicle was destroyed by fire and was found in October. Contributed photo

    Two men charged in burglary spree

    Dozens of felony charges were filed this week against two men suspected of breaking into several Wausau-area homes in a four-month span and stealing thousands of dollars in firearms, electronics, jewelry and cash.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Woodson names Barry Van Dusen 2014 Master Artist

    An artist whose work has been displayed in numerous Birds in Art exhibits at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau has been named the museum's 2014 Master Artist, the Woodson announced Wednesday.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Tracey Kujawa

    Updated: Wausau's new fire chief Tracey Kujawa to begin work mid May

    Wausau's new fire chief will take over a department of about 60 and manage a $6.3 million budget beginning in mid-May.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Marathon County Board elects Kurt Gibbs as chairman

    The Marathon County Board elected Kurt Gibbs as its new chairman during its first meeting of its new term.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    At 9:39 a.m. Friday, a 43-year-old man was referred to the District Attorney's Office on charges of violating a restraining order.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Wagner new Wausau council president

    The council elected Romey Wagner as its new president Tuesday, replacing Lisa Rasmussen.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    The Brooks and Ross Dam in Schofield is slated to undergo repairs this summer, but bids came in over budget. The Schofield City Council will decide in the coming weeks whether to go ahead with the project or postpone it to 2015 or 2016. Bob Dohr/Daily Herald Media

    Schofield dam repairs could be postponed

    The city of Schofield plans to move forward with a project to repair the Brooks and Ross Dam, but only if it can find extra money in this year's budget.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Conflict over the Wausau West High School Master Singers' performance of religious music during holiday concerts has led to a new Wausau School Board music policy. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Wausau School Board passes new religious music policy

    Six and half months after a controversy over students' performance of religious music first flared across the Wausau School District, the School Board has passed a new policy.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    The Wausau Wheelers bicycling club will offer a group riding clinic Thursday at Northcentral Technical College. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Wausau Wheelers offers riding clinic

    The Wausau Wheelers bicycling club will offer a group ride clinic Thursday at Northcentral Technical College.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  8. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces his bid for re-election at ACE Marine in Green Bay on Tuesday as his family, right, watches the event. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media

    Walker promotes job, tax record during re-election campaign stop

    Gov. Scott Walker officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across the state that included a stop in Green Bay, where he promised 'hope for the future.'

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Burke challenges Walker on job creation

    Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke responded to Gov. Scott Walker's campaign kickoff by challenging his record as a jobs creator.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Delbert H. Weiler

    Marshfield man accused of stealing from father to play Nigerian lottery pleads not guilty

    A 74-year-old Marshfield man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to taking more than $50,000 from his father and using most of it to enter Australian and Nigerian lotteries.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Mark Bucki takes the stand today in his own defense at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Merrill. He stands accused of killing his wife, Anita Bucki. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Update: Jurors to resume deliberations early Wednesday

    Jurors will resume deliberations early Wednesday after failing Tuesday to reach a verdict in the trial of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    I-Team series spurs renewed interest in Berit Beck case

    Last summer's Cold Cases series drew considerable interest from readers across Wisconsin and beyond.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Mark Bucki takes the stand in his own defense Tuesday at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Merrill. He stands accused of killing his wife, Anita Bucki. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Update: Prosecutors rest in Mark Bucki trial; defense to present closing arguments this afternoon

    Defense attorneys will take center stage within the hour as closing statements continue in the trial for a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    The Wisconsin Baseball Academy is proposing a nearly 19,000-square-foot indoor multisport facility be built at 8706 Progress Way in Weston. Image courtesy Urban Construction Co.

    Weston debates whether sports center needs more bricks

    The Weston Plan Commission Monday discussed the merits of a proposed indoor sports facility, but members spent more time talking about bricks than bats and balls.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Corrected: Wausau Center property manager to sell 21 malls in next few years

    The company that manages Wausau Center mall plans to sell 21 of its malls as part of a business strategy to enhance shareholder value, but it's not known whether the Wausau Center is one of the properties targeted to be sold.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Police: Kronenwetter cop hired prostitute multiple times

    A Kronenwetter police officer arrested Thursday is suspected of hiring a prostitute multiple times in a six-month time span, police say.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Theresa Wetzsteon

    Column: Prosecutors weigh victim needs in sex assault cases

    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. 14, 2014
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    Stop-and-go lights on Bridge Street at Highway 51 are caked with snow Monday on Wausau's west side. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Never-ending winter

    It just never seems to end.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Sheriff announces election bid

    Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks will officially kick off his election campaign for sheriff Wednesday and will hold numerous meet-and-greet sessions with residents in the coming weeks.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Kolbe & Kolbe names Keith Koenig new VP of manufacturing

    A Wausau window and door maker has a new member of the leadership team.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners team is Meghan Van Heertum, from left, Tracy Fremming, Alex Zopel, Tina Stephanus and Nicole Voight. The program received a $12,000 donation to pay for training. Photo courtesy Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital

    Donation bolsters sexual assault training for Saint Clare's nurses

    An anonymous donor has given a $12,000 grant to the Foundation of Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital on behalf of the hospital's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Weston to hold public hearing on indoor sports facility

    Village of Weston residents will have an opportunity this evening to weigh in on a indoor sports facility being proposed for the Weston Business and Technology Park-South.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Auburndale man sentenced to jail for posting nude pictures of ex-girlfriend

    A 27-year-old Auburndale man authorities say posted naked pictures of a former girlfriend online was sentenced in Wood County Circuit Court to 90 days in jail.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Elnora Henderson of Wausau is the mother of Fredrick Morris, who is accused of attacking two corrections officers at Marathon County Jail in March 2013. Daily Herald Media file photo

    Mother of jail beating suspect reaches plea deal

    The mother of a man accused in the assault of a corrections officer was convicted Friday on drug trafficking charges and will be sentenced following a presentencing investigation.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Plover man sentenced to more than 9 years in drunken driving case

    A Plover man who thought he was in another state when arrested on charges of his 10th drunken driving offense is headed to prison.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Update: Scattered power outages reported in central Wisconsin

    Crews are responding to scattered reports of power outages in central Wisconsin that have affected thousands of residents.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Social media reacts to mid-April snow

    As snow fell Monday morning in north central Wisconsin, people took to social media to vent their frustration and post pictures that we'd consider pretty in January.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Photo illustration of a child car seat regulation check Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Car seat recycling event announced in Schofield

    Safe Kids Wausau Area will host a car seat recycling event to allow parents and caregivers to rid themselves of old car seats at no charge.

    • Apr. 14, 2014

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