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Plea deal reached in Lincoln County high-speed chase

MERRILL, WI (WSAU) -- An Almond man has reached a plea deal to charges related to a high-speed chase in Lincoln County. Ralph Noonan was set to go to trial Tuesday for a dozen charges including first-degree recklessly endangering safety, criminal damage to property, drug counts, and bail jumping. Ho


$5.9 million Megabucks ticket sold in eastern Wisconsin

SHEBOYGAN (WKOW)– A Megabucks player is $5.9 million richer after a drawing Wednesday. Wisconsin Lottery officials said the winning ticket was sold at a Kwik Trip in Sheboygan, with the lucky numbers 1, 5, 28, 29, 37 and 44.


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Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group: 1-2:30 third Thursday of the month at the Oneida County Senior Center. Sponsored by Greater Wisc. chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Anyone with a loved one with any kind of memory loss is welcome. Respite care is available to those attending, with two day


Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear Oconto Co. murder case

MADISON (WLUK) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear arguments about the evidence used in an Oconto County murder case. Peter Hanson is serving a life prison term without the chance of parole for the 1998 murder of Chad McLean.


I.R.S. seen taking boxes from Zipperer Financial in Wausau

WAUSAU (WAOW) – Several federal agents took boxes from Zipperer Financial Thursday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that their officers were there on official business.


Charges expected in Lincoln County UTV crash

TOWN OF HARRISON, WI (WSAU) -- A De Pere man was arrested in Lincoln County after an injury crash involving a UTV in the Town of Harrison. Officials say the 22-year-old man was operating the UTV on a trail near Pine Lake Road early Saturday morning when a low-hanging tree branch struck one of his pa

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Winter Storm Watch for eight Southeastern Wisconsin counties

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for eight of 11 counties in Southeastern Wisconsin from 6 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Saturday. It includes:


Lincoln County Sheriff’s reports

A 40-year-old Tomahawk man was injured on New Year’s Eve day after being thrown from his ATV while on Lake Alice in the Town of King. The man was brought to Ascension Sacred Heart with non-life threatening injuries.


Marathon Co. cheese factory to close

HAMBURG (WAOW) — A Marathon County cheese maker will be closing its doors, according to a part-owner. Bletsoe Cheese Factory, which employs eight people in Hamburg, did not have an exact closing date.


Merrill residents calling for city hall resignations

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW)-- Some residents are calling for the resignation of Merrill's city administrator and finance director. Upset residents not only packed a city council meeting Tuesday, some of them lined the road in front of city hall to make sure their voice was heard.


Campus ministry ignited his faith

GREEN BAY — When James Block arrived on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus in the fall of 2014, he sought information about campus ministry to simply learn about when and where he could attend Mass on weekends. Turns out he found much more.


Driver dies after SUV goes through ice on Balsam Lake in western Wisconsin

One person is dead after the sport-utility vehicle he was driving plunged through the ice on Balsam Lake on Thursday afternoon, according to the Polk County sheriff’s office in western Wisconsin.


'Everyone is kind of sad about it:' Residents weigh in on Bletsoe's closure

HAMBURG, Wis. (WSAW)-- After 30 years of service to the central Wisconsin community, Bletsoe's will be shutting down after they announced their closure Wednesday. Stores, that stock the longtime Wisconsin staple, received a letter with Thursday's delivery saying the cheese maker will be closing soon


DNR opens investigation into Wauleco owned site in Wausau

The Department of Natural Resources has opened an investigation into the Wauleco owned site at the intersection of Thomas Street and Cleveland Avenue in Wausau. The investigation centers on possible improper burning of tens of thousands of tons of wood waste decades ago-- that could be polluting the


Republicans to meet with Evers next week

MADISON - Democratic Gov. Tony Evers plans to sit down with legislative Republicans in an unusual joint meeting with lawmakers from both the Assembly and Senate. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Thursday that the joint caucus will take place Tuesday. He says he expects it to begin as a pri


No Change in Higher Merrill Tax Rates

MERRILL, WI (WSAU-WAOW) -- Merrill residents came out in droves to an open city council meeting on Tuesday to express their concerns over tax increases. Residents expected a 3% tax increase for 2019 but were shocked to see that taxes increased by 7.4% instead. On Tuesday evening, a closed session wa


Sonic boom shakes parts of southern Wisconsin

PORTAGE (WKOW) — Residents in Columbia County were shaken Thursday afternoon by a sonic boom that police say was caused by military flights. Residents in and around the Portage reported hearing and feeling a powerful boom about 1:40 p.m. Thursday that many thought was some type of explosion, accordi


Middle Class Tax Cut Proposed

MADISON, WI (WRN) - Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature are pitching a middle-class tax cut, one that puts them at odds with Democratic Governor Tony Evers. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Thursday that it will be paid for from the state budget surplus.

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Republicans roll out tax break plan

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- Four GOP lawmakers from Central Wisconsin met at 25-10 Restaurant in Wausau to announce their plan for a middle-class income tax cut, one of the promises of Democratic Governor Tony Evers during his campaign.

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Shopko supplier says retailer will soon file for bankruptcy

ASHWAUBENON - A pharmaceutical drug supplier to Shopko says the Wisconsin-based retail chain is expected to file for bankruptcy next week. McKesson Corp. says it supplied Shopko with $67 million in drugs since Nov. 11 but has not been paid since early December. McKesson this week asked a judge for a