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    Wausau next to consider escort licensing

    The city could be joining its neighbors in adopting new ordinances intended to make it easier for police to crack down on prostitution in the area.

    • 5:49 PM
  2. South Grand Avenue in Rothschild was closed for a time and one business lost power after an SUV crashed into a power pole Sunday morning. Bob Dohr/Daily Herald Media

    Updated: Rothschild road reopened after crash brings down power lines

    Traffic is flowing again on Grand Avenue in Rothschild following a one-vehicle crash that snapped a power pole and brought power lines down onto the roadway.

    • 1:35 PM
  3. Pope Francis greats the crowd after the Easter mass on April 20, 2014 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Easter Sunday celebrates the Christian belief in Jesus's death and resurrection and is marked around the world, often with a variety of not strictly religious local traditions like painted eggs or Easter Bunnies. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images AFP/Getty Images

    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter (with photo gallery)

    VATICAN CITY (AP) Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.

    • 7:55 AM
  4. Jim Wadinski sits with a model train display April 6 at the Marathon County Historical Society Museum in Wausau. Now retired from the Wausau Police Department, he will have more time to spend on his hobby. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Newly retired Wausau officer reflects on 33-year career

    After spending the past 33 years as a police officer, Jim Wadinski will finally have time to devote to his two favorite hobbies model trains and motorcycles.

    • 6:15 PM
  5. Truck driver Todd Barnett, of Wausau, prepares a load of rental vehicles for delivery Friday at Lincoln Contractors Supply in Weston. The company plans to move to a newly-built facility on Highway J by the end of the year. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Lincoln Contractors Supply moving to new, larger location in Weston

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

    • 3:42 PM
  6. Bob Bowen, 81, of the town of Hull prepares a package for shipping during the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners packing day Saturday at the organization's warehouse in the town of Hull. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Dozens help send supplies to Nicaragua

    Thanks to the generosity of community members, businesses and organizations, Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners has plenty of items to ship to the largest of the Latin American countries.

    • 5:42 PM
  7. Muhammad Raza

    Meet the Academic All Stars: Muhammad Raza

    For 12 days, Gannett Central Wisconsin Media will feature one of its 2014 Academic All Stars -- selected from throughout the central Wisconsin region for their achievements and overall scholastic excellence.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
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    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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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

    On Record Store Day, vinyl lovers still snapping up records (with video)

    Vinyl lovers still snapping up records (with video)

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  15. Births

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

    • Apr. 18, 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. Births

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

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. 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
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    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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
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    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
  24. Marriage License

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

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  25. '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
  27. '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
  28. Marissa Matushak

    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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  32. Births

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

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Andy Vang

    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
  38. Police Log

    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
  39. Mary Czaja

    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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. Kurt Gibbs

    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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