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  1. Brittany Lueth speaks about the Leadership Project with her group during the 2013 class News-Herald Media file photo

    Class unites Marshfield's civic-minded leaders: Our View

    The participants in the 2014 Leadership Marshfield class brought a number of different types of skills and professional backgrounds, but they are united by a desire to make the community a better place.

    • 3:55 PM
  2. Snow plows destroyed by an early morning fire sit in the Highway 97 Marathon County Highway Department Facility in the town of Wien, Friday, April 18, 2014. Megan McCormick/News-Herald Media

    Damage about $1.5 million in morning fire at Highway 97 storage facility

    Stratford and Edgar fire departments responded at 2:51 a.m.

    • 11:15 AM
  3. 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.

    • 7:07 PM
  4. Antoinne Keys

    Stripper, boyfriend to be sentenced in gun burglary

    A stripper found guilty of helping her boyfriend burglarize one of her clients will appear in Portage County court for sentencing in July.

    • 8:32 PM
  5. 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
  6. On the agenda – Marshfield City Council

    The Marshfield City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, City Hall Plaza, 630 S. Central Ave. The agenda includes:

    • 1:30 PM
  7. 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.

    • 12:20 PM
  8. Julie Hartsough plants violas and pansies at Britten's Garden in Marshfield. Britten's Garden will open on May 1. Megan McCormick/News-Herald Media

    Gardeners urged to wait for warmth before spring planting

    Gardeners might be eager to get out their shovels at the first sign of warm weather after record cold weather and a winter-like start to spring, but experts suggest gardeners be patient to achieve the best results for plants.

    • 7:20 AM
  9. Photos: Stock Car Show at Marshfield Mall

    Stock cars from Central Wisconsin were on display at the stock car show at the Marshfield Mall.

    • 11:51 AM
  10. New rating by citizen watchdog group shows improvements in transparency in Madison. AP Photo/File

    State government improves transparency; more work needs to be done: Other View

    We believe our public institutions should be transparent. We want to know how our elected lawmakers vote, how workers in public office carry out their duties, how much our federal, state and local government spend and what they spend that money on.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  11. Wisconsin weather forecast for Friday

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

    • 7:43 AM
  12. Handcuffs Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Friday police log includes cat found in apartment hallway, man arrested for theft

    A 52-year-old Marshfield man was arrested at 11 a.m. Thursday for the theft March 13 of property from a home in the 300 block of West Arnold Street. The man was booked and released. Charges will be filed with the district attorney's office.

    • 7:35 PM
  13. The 2014 Infiniti Q70 combines inspired performance, a welcoming interior, a crafted feel and advanced technology. Wieck

    Style, performance, luxury all part of 2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan

    Of all the ways used to describe Infiniti's halo sedan, the 2014 Q70 (formally the M Sedan), it can all be summed up in one word: inspired.

    • 11:35 AM
  14.  Wikimedia Commons

    Fresh focus on entrepreneurship debate: Wisconsin Technology Council column

    Two fresh statistics from the U.S. Labor Department underscore the importance of small business creation to the American economy. The feds reported last week that 192,000 jobs were added nationwide in March; meanwhile, the U.S.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Things to do - Wisconsin Rapids

    The Alexander House, a Center for Art and History, is a combination of an art gallery with frequently changing displays, along with museum emphasizing the history of the local lumbering and paper-making industries.

    • 3:29 PM
  16.  Gannett file photo

    Letter: Medicare Advantage helped me beat cancer

    EDITOR: Every senior wants to leave the next generation better off than the current one.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  17. According to the USDA, FoodShare sales at farmers markets in Wisconsin totaled $215,700 in 2013. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    More Wisconsin farmers markets accepting FoodShare

    Farmers markets offer great opportunities to buy seasonal, local and healthy produce. The U.S.

    • 2:18 PM
  18.  Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Give Millennials good reasons to read the Bible: column

    Just in time for Passover and Easter, an annual survey by the American Bible Society reveals that regular reading of the Bible has remained about 19 percent of American adults since 2011. At the same time, 19 percent are now '

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  19. Dahlias can be purchased now in multipacks for under $10 at most garden centers and retail stores. The potato-like tubers are planted shallow and need to be dug up each fall, dried and stored for winter.

    YardMD: Time is now for bare-root perennials and summer-flowering bulbs

    Looking to save money on your plant purchases this growing season?

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  20.  Gannett file photo

    Letter: Medicare Advantage helped me beat cancer

    EDITOR: Every senior wants to leave the next generation better off than the current one.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  21. Outstanding Women in Agriculture award recipient Kim Bremmer of Greenwood, at left, with student member Eliza Ruzic. Contributed photo

    Greenwood woman receives AWA recognition

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison Association of Women in Agriculture recognized special award winners recently for their outstanding service and contribution to the organization.

    • 2:10 PM
  22. The unusual, hooded flowers of skunk cabbage have emerged in area wetlands and cedar swamps. Protected from the cold from the thick, leathery 'hood,' skunk cabbage flowers create their own heat in late winter and early spring, melting the snow from around them. Following the flowers, massive whorls of cabbage-like foliage will emerge, growing 3-4 feet across in the largest plants. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: First wildflower

    The first wildflower to appear in our area each spring is also one of the most unusual. With its thick, leathery spathe, or hood, surrounding the central flower stalk, skunk cabbage blooms in area wetlands and swamps, sometimes as early as February.

    • 8:37 AM
  23. Rande Loining of rural Stratford photographed this eagle perched in a pine tree. To share wildlife photos, email .JPGs to mystique.macomber@cwnews.net. Include your name, community of residence and a caption. Contributed photo

    Eagle's perch

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  24. Boater safety classes offered

    The Wood County Sheriff's Department will hold a Boater's Safety Department of Natural Resources Certification Class from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 29, May 1, 6 and 8 at the Wood County Courthouse Auditorium.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  25. Building permits

    Residential remodeling at 1410 S. Erickson Ave.

    • 1:56 PM
  26. Volunteers needed

    United Way: 'Helping Hands, Filling Hearts' is the focus of Marshfield Area United Way — recruiting people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources to get things done. Go to VolunteerMarshfield.org for more details.

    • 1:40 PM
  27. Mark Denniston

    Prep football: Denniston takes over as Pittsville's head coach

    Mark Denniston has called the plays as Pittsville offensive coordinator for the past nine football seasons.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. Andy Follen

    Preliminary hearing set for former Abbotsford teacher

    The former Abbotsford teacher accused of having sexual relations with two students last year appeared in Clark County court Thursday morning.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  31. Watch the replay: GOP Reps. John Spiros, Scott Krug, Bob Kulp talk about the legislative session

    Gannett Central Wisconsin Media interviewed state Reps. John Spiros, R-Marshfield, Scott Krug, R-Rome, and Bob Kulp, R-Stratford, about tax cuts, job training initiatives and much more from this year's legislative session. Watch the replay here:

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  32. Brewers reliever Rob Wooten reacts after giving up a two run home run in the seventh inning Thursday. Getty Images

    Brewers' bullpen battered in 11-2 loss to Pirates

    Brewers relievers were torched for nine runs over the final two innings Thursday, turning a tied game into an 11-2 rout by the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  33. Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez has gone 4-for-4 in save opportunities so far, tossing seven scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and just one walk. USA TODAY Sports

    What's Brewing? Best team in baseball... so far

    The good news for the Brewers? They have the best record in baseball through 15 games.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  34. Republican crest Getty Images/Hemera

    Kurtzweil wins Wood County Republican Party award

    Floreine Kurtzweil, a member of the Wood County Republican Party, was awarded the 2013 Bob Knoll Award during the Lincoln Day Dinner April 5 in Wisconsin Rapids, according to information from the organization.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  35. State laws make it too easy for parents to opt their children out of lifesaving vaccines. Gannett News Service file photo

    Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk: Other View

    Measles, which once killed 450 children each year and disabled even more, was virtually eliminated in the United States 14 years ago by nearly universal use of the MMR vaccine.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  36. Thursday police log: Officers respond to dispute

    Officers responded at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday to a dispute in the 1100 block of East Vilas Street between a Marshfield couple in the process of divorce.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  37. Retiring state Sens. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, left, and Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, hold a public hearing addressing nonpartisan redistricting reform in Madison in February. File photo

    Former GOP state senator: Partisanship is poisonous. We need redistricting reform.

    EDITOR: Wisconsin politics will be even more partisan and contentious with the departure of four moderate state senators, who will likely be replaced by more ideological lawmakers. The retirements of Democratic Sens.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  38. After

    Morning friendly makeover

    Check out the YOU Magazine Makeover which starts with this story. The remaining sections of the Makeover can be found in the Health, Beauty, Fashion section of the YOU Magazine website.

    • 3:29 PM
  39. Video of YOU Magazine Spring Makeover

    Check out this video of the Spring Makeover featured in the latest edition of the YOU Magazine:

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  40. This spiral-sliced ham is stuffed with thin slices of sweet potatoe. AP

    Easter dinner

    At Thanksgiving, we stuff turkeys. At Easter we stuff…? Hams!

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  41. Ratatouille cakes AP

    Giving Easter side dishes the respect they deserve

    If Thanksgiving is all about the sides, Easter is all about the main.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  42. Paul Mayasich Contributed photo

    Kiwanis Club, Vox Concert Series host Blues, Brews & BBQ fundraiser concert

    The Kiwanis Club of Marshfield and the Vox Concert Series will host Blues, Brews & BBQ by welcoming Kevin Bowe, Paul Mayasich and Sam Kuusisto for a blues-infused evening of music at Wildwood Station in Wildwood Park on April 25.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  43. The latest Master Gardener class in Outagamie County focused on growing roses and caring for your lawn. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: What it takes to become a master gardener

    Last night's programs at the Outagamie County Master Gardener class were excellent, where we learned all about roses, including the best ones for our area, and which to avoid.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  44. Steve Meisner is among the musical entertainment to be featured at Old Time Musical Festival being held at The Silverdome in Neillsville Contributed photo

    Old Time Music Festival coming to Silver Dome Ballroom

    The annual Old Time Music Festival will be held April 26 and 27 at Silver Dome Ballroom, W7670 Highway 10 (5 miles west of Neillsville).

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  45. Paula Jero

    Column: Get talked into running United Way 5K

    Ever wonder how you got talked into something? I have to admit during the years as the director of United Way I have worked in every imaginable weather, at all times of the day and night, hauled books, furniture, food, boxes and more.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  46. Library patrons can request materials from other libraries in their system. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Neillsville Library celebrates National Library Week

    The Neillsville Library celebrated National Library Week during April 13 to 19 with the theme: LIVES CHANGE @ YOUR LIBRARY.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  47. Harry Toufar

    Spencer Spotlight: Emerging spring means many activities

    With all the snow we had, it seemed that spring would never get here. Yes, the calendar did say it was officially spring, but the deep snow and the high snow banks painted a different picture.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  48. Column: Celebrate volunteerism in Wisconsin

    Often times a small organization's biggest concern isn't where are they going to get the money to do an activity, but where are they going to get the people to do an activity.

    • Apr. 15, 2014

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