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  1. Wisconsin weather forecast for Thursday

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

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    Wood County Coroner Garry Kronstedt walks to the scene of a crash that caused a fatality in May 2007 at the intersection of Highway W and 64th Street in Grand Rapids. Daily Tribune Media file photo

    Longtime Wood County Coroner Garry Kronstedt won't run for re-election

    After serving as Wood County coroner for 20 years, Garry Kronstedt has decided not to run for re-election.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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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.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. Department of Workforce Development secretary Reggie Newson, left, talks to instructor Ben Will on Wednesday about the welding certificate program, which Will teaches in the welding facility at Mid-State Technical College in Marshfield. Megan McCormick/News-Herald Media

    Business leaders, Workforce Development secretary talk worker's compensation

    Changing the makeup of the state's Worker's Compensation Advisory Council dominated conversation at a meeting of local business leaders and Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson held Wednesday at PreventionGenetics.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  3. Firefighters practice a rescue operation Wednesday at Johnson Towing. Crews from the Portage County Metropolitan Fire District spent several hours practicing various scenarios related to rescuing victims of a car crash. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Joint training session one of many in future for Metro Fire (with video)

    When rescue crews arrive on the scene of a crash, there isn't much time to waste lives hang in the balance. Firefighters and paramedics need to rely on their training to get victims to safety.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  4. Wednesday's police log: 10-year-old calls 911 to report 7-year-old skateboard thrower

    Click here for Monday's police log: Caller reports finding ATM in the woods

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    The first building erected for a courthouse in Wood County was built in Grand Rapids on a spot where the Sampson Canning Co. later was built. Contributed photo

    Vintage Venues: Current courthouse is third building to serve

    Address: 400 Market St., Wisconsin Rapids

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Wisconsin Rapids man gets 60 days for kicking officer

    A 54-year-old man authorities say kicked a Wisconsin Rapids officer was sentenced Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court to 60 days in jail.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    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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    Wisconsin Rapids man gets year in jail for sexually assaulting teenager

    A 38-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man was sentenced Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court to one year in jail for having sexual intercourse with a teenager.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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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.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  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
  6. Alex Reeder and Katie 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
  7. 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/Gannett Wisconsin 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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    Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor holds an oversized fire safety flash card to teach youngsters about 'good' and 'bad' wildfires while speaking Tuesday to an assembly of students from Pittsville. Go to www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com for a video on the new fire safety flash cards. CASEY LAKE/DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA

    Pittsville students learn about fire safety

    Elementary school students got a special treat Tuesday when they became some of the first students in the state to get new fire prevention flashcards.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. This is a photo of a common Wisconsin stew made with wild game and vegetables. What is it? Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Take the quiz! From hodags to wapatuli, how well do you know Wisconsin?

    Enter here to take the quiz on mobile devices

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. Tuesday's police log: Purse stolen during fight

    Click here for Sunday's police log: Caller reports pickup woke up children

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Video, photos: Seedling harvest at Griffith State Nursery

    Check out the video and photos of the seedling harvest at Griffith State Nursery.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Firefighters respond to structure fire in Hansen

    Firefighters from Vesper and surrounding fire departments were on the scene of a structure fire at 7025 Maplewood Road in the town of Hansen.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. Tuesday's Wood County Circuit Court records

    Ryan C. F. Waltemate, Chili, and Joellene J. Waltemate, Marshfield, April 17; woman granted name of Dawson.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. Traffic crashes

    Wisconsin Rapids

    • 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: Wisconsin Rapids man among 2 killed in Portage County crash

    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
  13. 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
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    Unsolved crime: Authorities look for person who burglarized restaurant

    Authorities are looking for the person or people responsible for stealing money from a restaurant.

    • 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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    Signature bond set for former jailer

    A judge set a $500 signature bond Monday for a 23-year-old former Wood County corrections officer authorities say gave a banned item to two inmates.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Watch this: Harvesting tree seedlings at the Griffith State Nursery

    Workers at the Griffith State Nursery harvest and pack a variety of seedlings Monday April 21, 2014, in Grand Rapids.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Judge sets signature bond for woman charged with stealing from mother

    A Wood County judge set a $2,500 signature bond Monday in Wood County Circuit Court for a 49-year-old Marshfield woman authorities say stole more than $10,000 from her mother.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  15. Monday's police log: Caller reports finding ATM in the woods

    Click here for Saturday's police log: Caller reports 'friend' stole phone

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Attorney General candidates pledge to put pressure on cold cases

    Democratic attorney general candidate Susan Happ remembers growing up in Jefferson County when 19-year-old sweethearts Tim Hack and Kelly Drew were stabbed, strangled and dumped naked in the woods.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Easter Village brings fun, message to participants (with photos)

    Dozens of children, many dressed in their Easter best, had fun at a local church while learning about the meaning of the holiday.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Fire burns more than 34 acres in Cary

    A wildfire on Highway 73 burned 34.38 acres Saturday afternoon.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    The Tribune Building in Wisconsin Rapids. CASEY LAKE/DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA

    Second phase of Daily Tribune building discussions set to start

    After hundreds of people attended four meetings over a period of five months, the first phase of deciding the future of the old Daily Tribune building is done and organizers are ready to move on to Phase Two.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    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.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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  19. Sunday's police log: Caller reports pickup woke up children

    Click here for Friday's police log: Man reports children kicking sleeping ducks

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    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
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    Lily Eberhardt of Stratford, 8, looks inside a stock car Friday at the Marshfield Mall. The stock car show runs through today and features cars that race at Central Wisconsin Raceway in Unity. Photos by Megan McCormick/Central Wisconsin Sunday

    Marshfield Mall showcases stock cars ahead of race season

    The tracks are clear and drivers are preparing their cars for another grueling summer of stock car racing.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    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
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    Online exclusive: Three years of Wood County health inspection reports

    The Wood County Health Department checks licensed food establishments, pools, hotels, campgrounds, tattoo establishments and manufactured home communities about once a year to determine whether the businesses meet state requirements to ensure healthy cond

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  20. 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
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    Neighbors and friends: Paul Morrison wants to rejuvenate Purple Heart chapter

    A local veteran of three wars and Purple Heart recipient wants to not only maintain a struggling Military Order of the Purple Heart chapter, but make it bigger, better and more proactive.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Heaven subject of eternal debate

    A 4-year-old Nebraska boy claims in a New York Times best seller that he once visited heaven during an emergency appendectomy.

    • Apr. 19, 2014

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