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  1. Grace Larrain

    Meet the Academic All Stars: Grace Larrain

    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
  2. 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 has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.

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  3. Wisconsin weather forecast for Friday

    Here's a look at today's weather forecast.

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    A 4-H member works on a rocket project. Submitted photo

    Modern day 4-H offers more than just lessons in agriculture

    Along with photography, Justin Zarecki said he enjoys showing cattle at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Outgoing city council president, Jean Young. DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA file photo

    Outgoing council members make impact on their way out

    Two City Council members made their last official acts ones that will have an impact on the city, but the mayor might try to stop one of them.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Statisticians working with insurers to project next year's insurance premium rates say they expect to see an average increase of about 7 percent, well below the feared double-digit increases making recent headlines. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Data signal smaller increase in health insurance costs

    Statisticians working with insurers to project next year's insurance premium rates say they expect to see an average increase of about 7 percent, well below the feared double-digit increases making recent headlines.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Thursday's police log: Tanker gets stuck at railroad crossing

    Click here to see Tuesday's police log: Plow damages railroad tracks

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Date set for Working Women's Luncheon

    Registrations are being accepted for the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Working Women's Luncheon on April 29 at Great Expectations, 3551 Plover Road.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. Wednesday's police log: Trash-picking woman looking for aluminum cans

    Click here to see Monday's police log: Police find woman wanted on warrant after she's arrested for shoplifting Rome

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    The Wood County Telephone Co. building at 440 E. Grand Ave. was built in 1958. Contributed photo

    Vintage Venues: Telephone company established in 1896

    In celebration of south Wood County's rich history, Daily Tribune Media has launched a weekly feature called 'Vintage Venues,' taking a look at some of the historical sites and buildings that hold significance in the community.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Matthew Gunter

    Episcopal church to install new bishop

    Matthew Alan Gunter will be consecrated and ordained as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac on April 26 at the Appleton Alliance Church, 2693 Grand Chute Boulevard, Appleton.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    A car heads North on Highway 186 Friday June 29, 2012, as it crosses over the new Highway 10 in Rural Wood County. The following road construction updates are provided by Kristin McHugh, Wisconsin Department of Transportation region communications manager.Motorists should slow down, use caution and stay alert when driving through construction zones. To avoid delays, consider taking an alternative route and avoid peak travel periods.Highway: WIS 34 and WIS 66Location: Wisconsin Rapids to Stevens Point ?Schedule: May 14 to Oct. 12, 2012?Cost: $5.1 million?Description: Improvements include: resurfacing WIS 66 (formerly County P); resurfacing WIS 34 between Edgewood Place and the WIS 34/66 intersection; and replacing four bridges on WIS 66. Crews will also install rumble strips along the centerline of WIS 66 (Portage County line to County HH) and along the centerline and shoulders of WIS 66 (WIS 34 to the Portage County line). The rumble strips are designed to reduce run-off-the road crashes. ?Traffic impacts: WIS 66 is closed to through traffic. Traffic is detoured via WIS 34, Portage County P, and County HH (Old US 10). The highway is closed at the four bridge replacement locations. Local access to residences and businesses will be maintained throughout construction.Highway: US 10Location: White Oak Road to Trestik Road?Schedule: April 17 to mid-October 2012?Cost: $17 million?Description: Crews will pave the new alignment of US 10 from White Oak Road to Trestik Road, which has been previously constructed. ?Traffic impacts: During construction, existing US 10 will remain open to one lane in each direction. Motorists should be alert for trucks crossing and slow moving vehicles. ?WIS 186 between existing US 10 and Trestik Drive is open to traffic. ?Brookside Road between existing US 10 and Tower Drive is closed and is scheduled to reopen July 6. ?North Road between existing US 10 and Tower Drive will close July 2 and is scheduled to reopen July 9.Hi

    Street closure set through Friday

    Mead Street, from Third Street to Second Street, will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. April 17 through the end of the day Friday for utility work, according to a news release from Joe Eichsteadt, city engineer.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    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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    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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    Government meetings

    Rome Town Board: 5 p.m. today, Municipal Building.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Event for higher education dialogue

    University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County is inviting state legislators to campus to hold a Higher Education Forum from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday in Room 131. A continental breakfast will be provided.

    • Apr. 16, 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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    A vehicle makes a left turn onto Second Avenue South on April 7 in Wisconsin Rapids. The Public Works Committee voted against increasing the speed limit to 35 mph on Second Avenue from Riverview Expressway to Gaynor Avenue. DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA file photo

    Wisconsin Rapids City Council approves speed limit increase

    After a tie vote Tuesday evening to increase the speed limit on a stretch of Second Avenue from 25 mph to 35 mph, the mayor broke the tie in favor of the increase.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    A map of the Burr Oak facility.

    Residents speak up against CAFOs, nitrate allowance

    Though it wasn't a standing room only crowd, few seats were left empty Tuesday afternoon during a question-and-answer session and public information hearing regarding the intent to re-issue a Wisconsin pollutant discharge elimination system permit to Burr

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  6. Portage County Sgt. Mike Lukas, center, gives instructions to Dolores Disher, right, before allowing her to speak with Ronald Disher, seated, left, prior to Ronald Disher's sentencing Thursday. Prosecutors plan to ask a judge to re-evaluate whether Dolores Disher remains unfit to stand trial. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Woman shows up for husband's fraud sentencing, now might face charges

    A woman who showed up for her husband's court sentencing in a Social Security fraud case might now stand trial herself because she looked alert enough to understand the charges, prosecutors said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Members of the Wood County Board of Supervisors were sworn in Tuesday after the start of their meeting in the Wood County Board room at the Wood County Court House in Wisconsin Rapids. CASEY LAKE/DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA

    County Board puts priority on security for facilities

    It's been an interesting discussion regarding the needs of Wood County, said John Cain of Venture Architects, a company hired to create a plan for the future of county facilities.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Delbert H. Weiler

    Marshfield man accused of stealing from father to play the 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
  7. Steven Tibbetts

    Energy Cafe owner to face third sex-assault case

    Prosecutors expect to charge the former Energy Cafe owner in three separate incidents of sexually assaulting women, including at least one after he drugged a woman, prosecutors said.

    • 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
  9. Tuesday's police log: Plow damages railroad tracks

    Click here to see Sunday's police log: Person scares girl in Walgreens restroom

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  10. INSIDE THE I-TEAM | JOHN FERAK

    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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    Unsolved crime: Authorities search for person who did damage at Wisconsin Rapids park

    Authorities are looking for the person or people responsible for damaging locks on buildings at Robinson Park.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Allen J. Garbisch

    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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    Daily Tribune Media seeking people to talk prom

    Daily Tribune Media is seeking parents and students to discuss upcoming proms. Topics will include costs, traditions, safety issues and styles.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  11. Poll: Good athletes result of hard work and talent

    A recent Daily Tribune Media web poll revealed readers think good athletes come as a result of hard work and talent.

    • 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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    Signature bond set for woman charged with stealing from Marshfield church

    A judge set a $10,000 signature bond Monday in Wood County Circuit Court for a 50-year-old Marshfield woman authorities say stole $22,000 from a church.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Monday's police log: Police find woman wanted on warrant after she's arrested for shoplifting

    Click here to see Saturday's police log: Man reports drunk male knocking at door

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Republicans host Pints and Politics

    The Republican Party of Wood County will host Pints and Politics at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Four Star Family Restaurant, 2911 Eighth St. S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Austin Byes, left, and his daughter Alexis Byes, both of Wisconsin Rapids, fish near Boles Creek on the Wisconsin River on Monday.Go to wisconsinrapidstribune.com for a video and photo gallery of the snow. CASEY LAKE/DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA

    Winter white again

     

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    As Madi Ziegler, 13, gets her hair cut by Tina Huber of Fusion Hair Studio, Hannah Anderson, 11, talks about her idea to encourage classmates to get their hair cut to help provide wigs for cancer survivors. DEB CLEWORTH/Daily Tribune Media

    Nekoosa fifth-grader inspires hair-raising benefit for cancer patients

    A haircut to help people with cancer inspired an Alexander Middle School student to kick up that support a few notches and her teacher got several inches lopped off in the effort.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    The Wisconsin Rapids Water Works and Lighting Commission seeks approval for a residential rate increase. Daily Tribune Media file photo

    WWLC seeks electric rate increase

    Wisconsin Rapids Water Works and Lighting Commission residential electric customers would pay about $4 more per month if the Wisconsin Public Service Commission approves the rates the utility requested recently.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Runners dodge raindrops as they participate in the 10th annual Run the Rapids 5K Run/Walk for Child Abuse Prevention. photos by DEB CLEWORTH/Daily Tribune Media

    Runners fight child abuse, despite rain

    As the rain increased and temperatures decreased, more than 200 walkers and runners participated in the 10th annual Run the Rapids 5K Run/Walk for Child Abuse Prevention.

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    Pitsch Center open for spring break

    The Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area-Pitsch Center will be open this week for spring break.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  12. A total lunar eclipse is seen on June 15, 2011 in Jerusalem. A lunar eclipse comes when the sun, Earth and moon line up and Earth's shadow falls on the moon. Getty Images

    Look up: 'Blood moon' eclipse coming early Tuesday morning

    Sky watchers are getting ready for an evening of special viewing when a total lunar eclipse arrives just after midnight on April 15.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  13. Central Wisconsin natives among Badgers defensive players tasked with improving pressure on QBs. MARK MASSOGLIA/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Video: Central Wisconsin natives talk about the Badgers defense

    Senior defensive end Konrad Zagzebski and sophomore Vince Biegel talk about the development of the young UW defense this spring.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  14. Gov. Scott Walker has said he would finish his degree through the UW System's new Flexible Option Degree Program if it offered the right course load. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

    UW flex offerings don't fit Walker's needs for degree

    Gov. Scott Walker may want to finish his college course work using a new flexible degree option through the University of Wisconsin System, but there are no immediate plans to offer classes in the fields he's interested in.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Tim Harmon stands outside his house in mid-January. Harmon, a lifelong resident of Monroe County, hoped to retire in the house he built but envisions a future in which a mine is his next door neighbor. Alison Dirr/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Jou

    Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

    Perry Schmitt describes himself as pro-mining but blames the frac sand mine across the highway from his home for driving down the asking price by more than $25,000, to $189,000.

    • Apr. 12, 2014

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