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Kids Groove 2019 plans to rock the Wausau Center Mall

Wausau (WAOW)— The 2nd annual Kids Groove will take over the vacant JC Penny space at Wausau Center Mall on Saturday. All proceeds from the event benefit Wausua’s Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center.


Man Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Heroin Overdose Death

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- A man accused of selling laced heroin to a woman has pleaded "not guilty" to her overdose death. Jermal Hill of Wausau has pleaded "not guilty" to two charges related to the death of Kelly Ferguson. Hill is facing charges of 1st-Degree reckless homicide and a count of manufactur

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NOTICE: Blizzard Warning posted for part of west central Wisconsin; heavy snow Saturday night, strong winds Sunday

1 to 2 inches of snow fell on west central Wisconsin late Friday night through early Saturday morning. A second, much larger round of snow is expected Saturday evening through a large part of Sunday. In addition to several inches of snow, travel conditions will be dangerous in a large part of the ar


Community dance party benefits GiGi’s Playhouse

Wausau, Wis. (WSAW) -- For another year a community dance party be held in downtown Wausau to benefit families in need. The party will include face painting, balloon animals, a mascot dance, hula hoop show and lots of music.


Massive storm system delivering powerful blow to much of country. See what Wisconsin will experience this weekend

A massive storm system is delivering a powerful blow to much of the country this weekend, with south-central Wisconsin seeing freezing rain, rain, sleet, snow and high winds, while some areas to the north and west will see heavy snow and blizzard conditions, according to forecasters.


Mural Coming to West Side of WOW Building

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- A new mural will be up in the City of Wausau in the summer of 2019. The Wausau on the Water building will be getting an exterior facelift this summer. The building which opened in December of 2016 was the first of the Riverside development buildings to be completed. The plan wit


Tow ban in Marathon County

Marathon Co. (WAOW) — A tow ban is once again in effect in Marathon County. The sheriff’s department posted on Facebook that the ban started early Saturday morning and will last until sometime Sunday.


Wausau West pulls away late to beat Marshfield in WIAA Division 1 girls basketball regional semifinal

WAUSAU – Wausau West had its second-lowest point total of the season Friday, but generated enough offense to advance in the postseason. Maddie Schires had 20 points and the Warriors went 10-for-12 from the free throw line over the final 2 minutes, 52 seconds of regulation to down Marshfield 54-44 in


Wausau Transit to Help Shuttle Hmong Festival

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- A new shuttle service through the City of Wausau will be available for the Hmong Festival in the summer. At Thursday afternoon's Transit Commission meeting, a presentation was given by Yee Leng Xiong asking for the city's help in transportation for the Hmong Festival. The presen

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Athens Man Accused of Hiding Drugs

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WSAU) -- An Athens man is facing felony charges for trying to send drugs to the Wood County Jail. Timothy R. Haymes, 34 is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in jail according to online court records.

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Wausau West holds second active shooter drill of school year

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- School shootings are on the minds of students, parents, and teachers every day. With that, the need to prepare is higher than ever. Wausau West high school had an active shooter drill Thursday to help prepare for the scenario they never want to happen. The drill was the second


Local Restaurant Celebrates National Margarita Day

Wausau (WAOW)– Americans, including those right here in North Central Wisconsin are celebrating one of America’s most popular bar drinks. Today is National Margarita Day, the popular tequila based drink can be found at restaurants like La Taqeuria in Wausau.


Local American Red Cross blood drive aims to help combat statewide shortage

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — The Our Saviors Lutheran Church Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross Association, took place on Friday afternoon. Close to 1,600 blood drives have been canceled in Wisconsin, so this blood drive aimed to help combat a statewide shortage of blood donations, ac


Special Assignment Report: Workers Wanted

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — As baby boomers retire, it creates a labor shortage. “We have a crisis; we don’t have enough people,” Wausau Chamber CEO Dave Eckmann says. Labor analysts call it a “Silver Tsunami,” and it creates fierce competition for workers.


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


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.



MARATHON COUNTY (OnFocus) Marathon County Sheriff’s Office posted a public notice on Saturday of a towing restriction through the weather event. NOTICE OF TOWING RESTRICTIONS FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019.


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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Weather forces changes to Winter Festival hot air balloon schedule

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The first-ever balloon rally and glow at Winter Fest in Wausau is about to kick off Saturday at Willow Springs Garden. Mother Nature is forcing some scheduling changes, but there's still plenty to do.


Quiet tonight and Friday, but another winter storm is lurking

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Friday: Partly sunny; becoming mostly cloudy during the afternoon. Warmer. Wednesday’s snowfall of 3.2” in Wausau brought the total for the month of February to 39.1”, which is a new all-time monthly snow total for the city, breaking the previous record of 37.6” during De