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14 sentenced in $5.7M meth ring

By Shereen Siewert MADISON – Fourteen people, including five from Wausau and five from Merrill, have so far been sentenced in a $5.7 million methamphetamine conspiracy that involved bringing pounds of the drug to central Wisconsin each week for years, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. The announcement came this week, ending… Keep Reading

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Ron Kind rules out run for governor

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind said Friday he will not run for Wisconsin governor in 2018, according to the Associated Press.The announcement ends months of speculation, leaving the field wide open for a challenger to Republican incumbent Scott Walker. Instead of taking on Walker, who is widely expected to seek a third term, Kind said… Keep Reading

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Milestones: Obituaries, March 1-8, 2017

Patricia Chesbrough, 56, June 7, 1960 – March 8, 2017, Wausau, Wisconsin Patricia was born on June 7, 1960 and passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Patricia was a resident of Wausau, Wisconsin at the time of her passing. She graduated from Stevens Point High School in 1978. She was married to Bill. Memories… Keep Reading

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Book of the Week: Mikhail and Margarita

Julie Lekstrom Himes’s confident, carefully crafted debut novel begins in 1933 Moscow with poet Osip Mandelstam and satirist Mikhail Bulgakov sharing a quiet moment at a restaurant. Later that night, Mandelstam is arrested because of his unpublished poem about Stalin. The Writers’ Union selects Bulgakov to draft a letter pleading for the poet’s release. Bulgakov… Keep Reading

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Windstorm sweeps through Wausau area

By Shereen Siewert High winds downed trees and power lines on Wednesday throughout central Wisconsin, in a wind storm that left thousands without power statewide. Firefighters from multiple agencies responded Wednesday afternoon to a grass fire near Hatley fanned by wind gusts of more than 40 mph. The flames were quickly brought under control. Representatives… Keep Reading

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Publishers Weekly Book Review: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond. Crown, $28 (432p) ISBN 978-0-553-44743-9 Gripping storytelling and meticulous research undergird this outstanding ethnographic study, in which Desmond (On the Fireline), an associate professor of sociology at Harvard, explores the impact of eviction on poverty-stricken families in Milwaukee, Wis. Living first in a rundown trailer park with predominantly white tenants and then in… Keep Reading

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Vinyl Fix: Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures

  By Shereen Siewert Released in 2011, Lioness is not Amy Winehouse’s long-lost gem, nor is it a revealing glimpse into the life of a tortured star. Rather, Lioness is a collection of odds and ends recorded over the course of nine years and compiled into a posthumously-released double vinyl set of sheer pleasure, one… Keep Reading

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Dispute over Wittenberg casino expansion ratchets up

Members of a Wisconsin Indian tribe could withhold nearly $1 million in casino payouts to the state as part of a dispute surrounding the expansion of a nearby tribe’s gambling operation, documents show. In a letter to Gov. Scott Walker this week, Stockbridge-Munsee President Shannon Holsey announced the tribe would withhold a scheduled $923,000 payment… Keep Reading


Milwaukee man sentenced to prison for cutting off pinkie finger

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for cutting off a woman’s pinky finger with a machete and trying to close the wound with a blow torch during a ceremony for a fellow fan of a hip hop band, media reported. In August, Jonathan… Keep Reading

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$1.9M approved for CWA improvements

Governor Scott Walker has approved $1,964,665 in funding for improvements at the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, including joint sealing a runway, purchasing snow removal equipment and completing a wildlife hazard assessment. Funds from the state, Marathon and Portage Counties and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be used for these projects. Funding Breakdown: State… Keep Reading

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