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  1. 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
  2. Torri Bradley, education director at Central Rivers Farmshed, waters some plants inside the organization's greenhouse in Stevens Point. Stevens Point Journal Media file photo

    Lassa: Springtime brings fresh, local food (column)

    After a long winter, many of us are anxiously looking forward to fresh, locally grown food.

    • 9:18 AM
  3. Aaditi Naik

    Meet the Academic All Stars: Aaditi Naik

    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
  4. People flocked to the ice caves in the winter of 2014. Robert Mentzer/Gannett Central Wisconsin Media

    Mentzer: Dear future grandkids, this is what the winter of 2014 felt like (column)

    I feel like I am going to be telling my grandkids about the winter of 2014. If so, this is some of what I will tell them:

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. 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.

    • 8:26 AM
  6.  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
  7. Tom, left, and Dotty Ho, right both Wisconsin Rapids chat while doing a light run Thursday along the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Rapids as the pair taper their training runs in preparation for running the 118th Boston Marathon Monday. CASEY LAKE/DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA

    Lingering memory of attacks don't deter local runners from taking on Boston Marathon

    Just a little more than a year ago, Tom Ho and his daughter Margaret were at a family meeting area at the Boston Marathon.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  8. Health care conflict for Wisconsin Rapids mirrors what many employers face: Our View

    Two stories that ran adjacent to one another in Friday's print edition point to a big part of what has caused all the fighting about health care and its reform for the past five years.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  9. 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.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  10. Mark Massoglia

    Column: Open enrollment at the root of recruiting issues

    Envy is one of the seven deadly sins.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Jar of medicine spilling capsule tablets Getty Images/Wavebreak Media

    Prescription drop-off day set for Adams County

    Adams County Law Enforcement Agencies, the Drug Free Adams County Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its eighth opportunity for residents to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs from 10 a.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez (17) and first base umpire Jim Reynolds look at a ball that had the cover hit off it by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado. USA TODAY Sports

    Brewers hit cover off ball literally in win over Pirates

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16. pop corn Getty Images/iStockphoto

    MSTC to host Thursday drive-in movie showing

    Mid-State Technical College's Campus Activities and Student Senate Campus will sponsor a drive-in movie event at dusk Thursdayin the Protective Services Training Area/E Building parking lot on the south side of Wisconsin Rapids Campus, 500 32nd St. S.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  17. Friday's police log: Man reports children kicking sleeping ducks

    Click here for Thursday's police log: Tanker gets stuck at railroad crossing.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  18. Government meetings

    Mead Elementary Charter School Governing Council: 4:15 p.m. Monday, Mead School art room.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  19. Letter: Donate books for this fall's community sale

    EDITOR: Spring is just around the corner (we hope), so it's a great time to clean out and retrieve those well-loved books that you have enjoyed all winter and bring them to the Moravian Church, 310 First Avenue South.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  20. 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
  21. For a spectacular show in the garden and the biggest bang for your buck, buy packages of summer-flowering bulbs, such as these Oriental X trumpet hybrid lilies. Photos by Rob Zimmer/For Daily Tribune Media

    Plants for Less: 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
  22.  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
  23. 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.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  24. American Legion

    Elmer F. Blonien Post 485, the American Legion, Rudolph, held its regular meeting April 10 with 46 members present.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  25. Club news: Gamma Phi

    On Feb. 28, hostess Sheila Beyer taught the sorority how to make greeting cards from a cocktail napkin, saran wrap and card stock. Great Expectations was booked as the site for Founder's Day.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  26. Senior information

    May 5: 11:15 a.m. Bingo, Centralia Dining Site; Cinco de Mayo, Spanish Celebration, 10th Avenue Dining Site. Menu: stuffed green pepper casserole, wax beans, whole wheat bread, fresh summer fruit.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  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. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  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. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Scott Krug

    Rep. Scott Krug: I've fought for a balanced budget and jobs for central Wisconsin (column)

    In my first term as your representative, I made a promise not to take reimbursements for any expenses when I was in Madison, and I honored that pledge.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  38. Local coalition plans Adams-Friendship wellness center

    A group of local businesses, organizations and citizens are hoping to bring a community wellness center to Adams-Friendship. The Community Wellness Coalition has been studying the feasibility of the project since 2013.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  39. 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
  40. Ken Van Doren

    Letter: Gov. Scott Walker should endorse liberty candidate Ken Van Doren for Congress

    EDITOR: U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, has been Wisconsin's Third District representative for 18 years. He coauthored Obamacare, which has become a liability for re-election.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  41. Bill Leichtnam: Thanks for election support

    EDITOR: A big thank you to all of my supporters, for your help and your vote in this spring's Wood County supervisor race. I will do my best to represent you and be a spokesman for your concerns throughout my term in office. Again, thanks!

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  42. Children perform during Creative Arts Day recently in Pittsville. Contributed photo

    4-H youth take part in Creative Arts Day

    Creative Arts Day was held recently in Pittsville. Results for the 2014 event follow.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  43.  Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Celebrate Easter: Egg hunts, Easter village among offerings

    Although some communities already have marked the Easter holiday with egg hunts and celebrations, there still are opportunities this week and weekend.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  44. Steve Raap

    God's Home column: Comedian served as Old Guy's 'lifesaver'

    When in Hollywood, watch where you walk.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  45. Please show support of this employer who supports our Service Men and Women. Shown in Photo from left to right: David Stark-ESGR, Charles Walters-Element Mobile, Tyler Brehmer-Specialist 2nd Battalion, 127 Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade-Appleton.

    Local employer receives Patriot Award

    David Stark, committee member for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, an agency of the Department of Defense, announces Charles Walters of Element Mobile was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of one of hi

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  46. Patt Pisellini after losing more than 85 pounds. Contributed photo

    Rome woman earns TOPS award

    Town of Rome resident Patt Pisellini earned the honor of being a Division 2 weight loss winner at the Take Pound Off Sensibly State convention in Milwaukee recently.

    • Apr. 17, 2014

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