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'Worst I've seen it': cars bump, bounce down Highway 51 as roadway tenting leads to rocky winter ride

TOMAHAWK - Two local car mechanics told us a stretch of Highway 51 near Tomahawk is so bad, they won't even drive on it. Both said the road is rougher than they've ever seen it, a condition echoed on roads throughout the Northwoods.


Wicked winter storm to hit Wisconsin this weekend. See what's in store

If the kitchen sink was a weather thing, it most likely would be thrown at Wisconsin this weekend. Ice, snow, freezing rain, sleet and just plain rain are forecast for southern Wisconsin starting early Saturday morning, with consequential flooding possible from all the precipitation.


UPDATE: People involved in Lincoln Co. homicide investigation named

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) The husband and wife at the center of a homicide investigation in Lincoln County have been identified. Barbara Renken, 77, was found dead from a gunshot wound Thursday at a home on the 1500 block of Range Line Road in the town of Pine River. Her death is being investigated as a


High risks, high rewards: Interest in industrial hemp surges as Wisconsin enters second year of legal production

This kind of cannabis won't give you a high, but the buzz around growing industrial hemp was palpable at the 2019 MOSES organic farming conference in La Crosse this week. "There's so much money to be made," said Shelbi Jentz, 28, of Beaver Dam, Wis.


Wisconsin Republicans propose $3.75 million for homelessness initiatives

Republicans in the state Assembly are proposing $3.75 million in new funding to prevent and reduce homelessness in Wisconsin. Lawmakers introduced the proposals Thursday, shortly after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced that he will lead the Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness, replacing


Minnesota men, Wisconsin women win Korte races

It was the Minnesota men and the Wisconsin women who dominated first places for the 29K Kortelopet skate and classic races. McEwan Rodefeld of Blaine, Minnesota was the first skier across the finish line in a time 1:18:03.5 to win the men’s skate and Lars Dewall of Lakeland, Minnesota won the classi


In Case You Missed It: Medicaid Expansion, DOT Projects, and Wisconsin’s Tax Ranking

Despite the week seemingly speeding past us, the government has been occupying their time with big projects, and with big projects come big price tags for taxpayers. A new $100+ million highway construction project is being considered for the State of Wisconsin. New reports detailing the ranking of


Former Lincoln County sheriff passes away

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) -- Former Lincoln County Sheriff Ronald Kruger has passed away. He was 79 years old. According to a post on the sheriff's office's Facebook page, the retired sheriff was first appointed deputy sheriff in 1969.


Cold case detectives charge Florida man with murder in wife’s 1979 disappearance in Wisconsin

A mother of two who disappeared 40 years ago was murdered by her husband, Wisconsin cold case detectives said this week. Muskego Police charged John Bayerl, 78, of Fort Meyers, Fla., with first-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Dona Mae Bayerl on May 6, 1979. Her body has not been found. Bay


Winter weather advisory for all of SE Wisconsin from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of southeast Wisconsin from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 23. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limi


2019 Wisconsin State Hunting Expo

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) - This weekend is the 2019 Wisconsin State Hunting Expo at Shopko Hall in Green Bay. Outfitters from Canada, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas and New Mexico will be showing off their gear and if you're looking to book a trip, international outfitters f


Trial set for janitor charged with child sexual assault

A two-day trial is scheduled for September for the 65-year-old former janitor accused of kissing and inappropriately touching a 10-year-old student. Stavros Iliopoulos, of Tomahawk, was contracted as a janitor at Northwoods Community Elementary School near Harshaw. He's charged with first degree sex


Northeast Wisconsin natives up for Oscars this Sunday

(WBAY) - Northeast Wisconsin natives are up for the most prestigious award in entertainment--the Oscar. Appleton native Willem Dafoe is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Vincent van Gogh in "At Eternity's Gate."


Wisconsin farmer creates ‘Moo Muffs’ — fashion and function for calves 🐮

LONE ROCK, Wis. — A cold-weather product created in Wisconsin is getting national attention. Holly Poad and her aunt are the creators of “Moo Muffs.” They came up with the idea for them after losing their barn in a fire. They include water-repellent material and fully adjustable straps.


Michigan or Wisconsin: Which is the TRUE “Mitten” State?

What's all this stuff about Wisconsin calling itself the "Real" Mitten State? This has been going on for quite a number of years. In 2011, the Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism used an image of (what looks like) a mangled mitten to resemble their state. Well, I hate to burst any Wisconsin cheese bubbles, b


Merrill school district releases plan to account for missed snow days

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) Students in the Merrill School District will be in class through June 11 thanks to the multitude of missed school days due to cold temperatures and heavy snow.


Wisconsin woman accused of attacking husband with SUV

OCONTO FALLS, Wis. (AP) — An Oconto Falls woman is accused of running down her husband with a sport utility vehicle on Christmas Eve. Authorities allege 36-year-old Sarah Colson and her husband argued while driving home from a family gathering and he got out of the vehicle to walk home. She allegedl

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Wisconsin roundup: Speaker Vos says decriminalization blunts likelihood of larger pot proposal; more state news stories

-- Accused Closs kidnapper allegedly pens provocative letter. The website RadarOnline.com is reporting the Wisconsin man who kidnapped teenager Jayme Closs wrote a letter from his jail cell which had hearts around the girl's name.


5 people charged in timber theft conspiracy on reservation

MILWAUKEE - Federal authorities say five people have been indicted for allegedly cutting down trees on the Menominee Indian Reservation in order to sell timber to saw mills outside the reservation without consent from the Wisconsin tribe.


Ripsaw Saloon opens doors in Prentice

There's a new business in town, and folks that walk through the doors of Prentice's Ripsaw Saloon will be greeted by the friendly face of new owner Melissa Aird, formerly of Wausau.