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1 dead in Antigo fire, investigation underway

Wausau Pilot & Review Investigators are working to pinpoint the cause of a fire at an Antigo home that left one person dead. Crews were called at about 5 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 200 block of South Virginia Street in Antigo for a report of heavy smoke. Flames were visible when firefighters…

Man sentenced in federal court in drug distribution ring connected to fatal overdoses in central Wisconsin

Wausau Pilot & Review Attorney General Josh Kaul today announced that 31-year-old Neko Donovan Forbes, of Chicago, Ill., has been sentenced to prison for his year-long involvement in importing and distributing large quantities of heroin and fentanyl to central Wisconsin, the use of which resulted in multiple fatal drug overdoses. According to the criminal complaints,…

Semi vs. passenger vehicle crash reported on Hwy. 51

Wausau Pilot & Review A portion of Hwy. 51 in Oneida County closed Thursday after a semi tractor trailer and passenger vehicle collided. The crash was reported at about 11:15 a.m. in the southbound lane of Hwy. 51 just north of County Hwy. K. Rescue crews from the town of Cassian were the first to…

Republican Kevin Nicholson joins Wisconsin governor’s race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kevin Nicholson, a former Marine and losing candidate for U.S. Senate who once called former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch “dumb as a bag of hammers,” announced Thursday that he would be running against her for governor, shaking up the race in the key battleground state. An expensive and bruising Republican…

Nordic skiing, curling, figure skating on tap in Badger State Winter Games

WAUSAU – The Badger State Games’ Winter Games celebrates 33 years of Olympic-style sporting events in 2022, allowing athletes of all ages and abilities to compete for the gold. Those who medal with a gold, silver or bronze are eligible to compete in the State Games of America taking place in Iowa 2022. This weekend’s events…

Biden administration cancels mining leases near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

by Jacob Fischler, Wisconsin Examiner January 27, 2022 The U.S. Interior Department will not allow mining in two areas near the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in northern Minnesota, the department said Wednesday.The decision is a reversal of a Trump-era legal opinion, giving conservation advocates hope that nearly a quarter-million acres bordering the wilderness area that…

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Wausau dentist replaced as president, but remains on DNR policy board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources policy board swapped one of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s appointees for another in leadership elections Wednesday, choosing Greg Kazmierski to replace Fred Prehn as chairman. Prehn, who didn’t run for reelection to the chairman spot, has refused to leave the board even though his…

Board member suggests no population goal in new wolf plan

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A member of the Department of Natural Resources policy board suggested Wednesday that the agency’s new wolf management plan shouldn’t include a specific population goal and instead lay out metrics indicating whether the population should be reduced or allowed to grow. The department’s current wolf management…

Wausau to revisit Business Campus trail project, approves grant application for proposed children’s museum

Damakant Jayshi The Wausau City Council this week was divided over a proposed Business Campus Trail project, while approving a grant application process for a multi-million dollar STEM-focused children’s museum planned for downtown. Council members on Tuesday took additional input from legal and engineering staff over the trail project after some representatives objected to proposed…

Wisconsin Supreme Court asked to rule on ballot boxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative group Wednesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take over a legal challenge to absentee ballot boxes in Wisconsin and immediately lift a lower court’s ruling that kept current law in place. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty made the filings with the conservative-controlled court. The move comes…

Wisconsin Senate Republicans vote against recreational cannabis

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner January 26, 2022 Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate stopped an effort by Sen. Melissa Agard (D-Madison) to force a vote on legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. The Senate took up a bill Tuesday that would increase penalties for a person who uses a butane torch to extract resin from a…

Everest Metro Police log, Jan. 15-21

Fraud, drunken driving, disorderly conduct, kidnapping, assault and child pornography among incidents in Everest Metro Police Department log for Jan. 15 through Jan. 21.

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