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  1. Brian O. Sentkowski

    Nekoosa man pleads guilty to killing kitten

    A 25-year-old Nekoosa man authorities say killed his sister's kitten pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

    • 9:12 AM
  2. Jobs and clean water are not opposing forces. A new consortium aims to highlight the way clean rivers help business. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Wisconsin's economy needs clean water: column

    In Wisconsin, clean water and strong business is old business.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Take closer look at UW tuition freeze: Other View

    Another billion-dollar University of Wisconsin System surplus calls for another two-year tuition freeze. At least that's the view taken by Gov. Scott Walker.

    • 6:16 AM
  4. Wisconsin weather forecast for Wednesday

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

    • 7:52 AM
  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. Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacts after striking out during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Milwaukee. AP Photo/Morry Gash

    Brewers bats cold, fall 2-1 in 12 to Padres

    Yovani Gallardo made it a point to be aggressive on the mound and get hitters to chase pitches that could be turned into easy outs.

    • 7:28 AM
  7. Spring treatments for crabgrass control should only be needed if you had an infestation the prior summer. A lush, full lawn, well-maintained — this does not necessarily mean fertilized — is your best defense against invasive annual crabgrass. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: Lawn intervention

    Unnecessary early spring fertilizing and weed killers create lawn and garden woes later on in the season, especially when applied incorrectly, at the wrong time, excessively or carelessly.

    • 8:43 AM
  8.  File photo

    Letter: Many are banning CAFO practices

    EDITOR: A recent NASA-funded study found the health costs associated with ammonia emissions from agriculture exports to be $36 billion a year — equal to about half of the revenue generated by those same exports.

    • 6:42 AM
  9. First-place winners are John Edwards High School students Brogan Rember, from left, Megan Burgeson, Mike Gildenzoph, who were mentored by John Fanta. Contributed photo

    Students are CEOs for a day at business challenge

    Sixty Portage and Wood county high school students were 'CEOs' for the day while competing in the Junior Achievement, or JA, Business Challenge presented by Sentry Insurance on April 9 at Renaissance Learning in Wisconsin Rapids.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  10. Nekoosa Lions, school district and police helped raised $10,000 through a calendar raffle for security systems for the schools. Contributed photo

    Calendar raffle raises $10,000 for schools

    In November, Terry Whitmore, administrator of the Nekoosa School District, attended a meeting of the Nekoosa Lions Club. His purpose was to ask the club for a donation to help fund a security system for the district's three school buildings.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. DaNita Carlson

    Column: Sexual assault victims have a voice

    For the final article during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Family Center was able to interview a survivor of sexual assault who, although will remain anonymous, wanted to share her story with hopes of giving others the strength to share theirs.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. Cemetery group holds annual cleanup

    Green Hill Cemetery Association will hold its annual cemetery cleanup at 8 a.m. Saturday April 26. A business meeting will follow.

    • 10:06 AM
  13. Historic Point Basse plans annual meeting

    Historic Point Basse Inc. will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at McMillan Library.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  14. 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
  15. Baking Scotch eggs cuts the fat of frying and is easier to make. AP/Matthew Mead

    Use leftover eggs

    Frankly, it's hard to produce a healthy rendering of a Scotch egg. But we decided to give it a go, because these delicious little calorie bombs are just too tempting.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16. 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
  17.  Casey Lake/Daily Tribune Media

    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
  18. Wisconsin Rapids pitcher Allison Brost pitches against Merrill on Tuesday at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. Rapids lost 5-4.

    Prep softball: An opportunity missed

    Playing solid in all three phases of the game, the Merrill softball team was able to outlast Wisconsin Rapids during a Wisconsin Valley Conference game.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  19. 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 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

    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
  21. Watch the replay: How can we address the burden of high student loan debt?

    In advance of a town hall meeting tonight in Stevens Point, Rep. Katrina Shankland and representatives from the One Wisconsin Now Institute sat down with the Gannett Central Wisconsin Media Editorial Board to discuss high student loan debt and ways to address the problem. Watch the replay below:

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  22. A Greek style souffled omelet is more than enough for a satisfying meal. AP

    Egg whites work magic for 2-person omelet

    Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don't really count as eggs at all in my book), I've never met an egg dish I didn't like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  23. Traffic crashes

    Wisconsin Rapids

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  24. Tuesday's police log: Caller reports stolen classic car battery

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

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. Prep roundup: Nekoosa's Baker tosses no-hitter against Mauston

    Nathan Strehlau witnessed a first in his 10-year coaching tenure at the helm of the Nekoosa softball team on Tuesday afternoon.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  28. Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Snider, left, takes down Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez (27) as Brewers' Rickie Weeks, right, joins a skirmish between the two teams Sunday in Pittsburgh. Gomez and Snider were ejected from the game. AP

    Brewers' Gomez, Maldonado suspended for roles in brawl

    Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  29. Performance, amenities highlight 2014 Kia Forte sedan

    Originally introduced at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the all-new 2014 Forte is a stunning European design-inspired sedan that makes it clear the Korean auto manufacturer has another winner in its line-up.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  30. Beer Man: Weihenstephaner offers true blend of hops, malts

    Weihenstephaner has existed in one form or another since 1040 (almost a thousand years!) and is best known for its excellent weissbiers.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  31. 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
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    Find your way to celebrate Earth Day: Other View

    Wisconsin is blessed with incredible natural treasures. Of course, we have the lakeshore that we all love, and, we have much more nearby, including Horicon Marsh and the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Gregory Long

    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
  36. Pittsville's Tim Zogleman stretches at first base to complete the out of Medford's Jacob Geiger during the Monday's game at Pittsville High School.

    Prep baseball: Panthers handle Raiders (Updated with video)

    Nathan Dupee gave the Pittsville baseball team the spark it needed on offense and with his right arm.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  37. Milwaukee Brewers' Scooter Gennett hits San Diego Padres' Yonder Alonso with the ball as he tries to turn a double play on a ball hit by Chris Denorfia during the fourth inning Monday in Milwaukee. AP

    Ramirez, Braun lead Brewers to 4-3 win over Padres

    Aramis Ramirez homered, Ryan Braun drove in two runs and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 Monday night.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  38. 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
  39. Prep roundup: Rapids softball team shuts out Tigers

    Vikki Getsinger hit a two-run home run to highlight a three-run fifth inning as Wisconsin Rapids beat Marshfield 5-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference softball game Monday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  40. Yard MD Tip of the Week: Help your lawn by keeping off the grass

    Yard Md Rob Zimmer says don't be too eager to start raking or doing yard work. Doing too much too soon could damage your lawn later in the summer.

    • Apr. 21, 2014

    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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44.  Wikimedia Commons

    94 years ago: On the proper reasons to purchase overalls

    Each Monday, we turn to a day in the newspaper's history for a look at what the Editorial Board found worthy of comment. We will preserve the punctuation and capitalization of the original editorial column.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  45. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV combines fuel economy, craftsmanship, safety

    The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee completely redefines the premium SUV, delivering consumers an unprecedented combination of best-in-class fuel economy and driving range, available clean-diesel technology, a choice of leading powertrain options, legendary

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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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