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Students eat for free at five Wausau elementary schools Video included

There could be some changes in the way your child eats lunch. A federally funded program now allows all students in five Wausau elementary schools to eat for free.

Man involved in shooting remains in jail on pricey cash bond Video included

The man accused of shooting another man outside a Rothschild bar remains in jail. On Tuesday, a Marathon County judge ordered Alex Hammoc, 27, to be held in jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

Students pose is a perfect ten

The first day of school means a first day of school picture. On Tuesday, students at a Wausau charter school took a new spin on the concept.

Daughter incompetent in theft of mom's checks Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A judge has ruled that an elderly daughter may never be competent to stand trial on accusations that she joined other family members in a plot to steal some $170,000 worth of her mother's Social Security checks.

Sept. is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Oneida County health leaders are encouraging a few changes for families to help combat childhood obesity.

UPDATE: Male ATV driver dies in Highway 29 crash Video included

A male ATV driver who tried to cross Highway 29 Monday evening died when he was hit by two cars, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

Wausau community gathers to celebrate Labor Day Video included

Hundreds of people came together in Wausau, all to celebrate Labor Day.

President promises persistence in minimum wage fight Video included

Updated: Sep 01, 2014 06:26 PM

President Barack Obama spent his Labor Day holiday at Milwaukee's Laborfest event talking about things happening here at home.

UPDATE: Name of Medford shooting suspect released Video included

Shots fired inside a Taylor county home halted a high school football game for hours as students and staff were asked to take shelter.

Rudolph church discovering power of community after fire Video included

Sometimes it takes a tragedy for the best in people to come out.The people of the Moravian Church in Rudolph are seeing that firsthand after their church burned down Tuesday.

Methamphetamine found in Tomahawk home, 1 arrested Video included

A 27-year-old man is in custody after multiple packages of methamphetamine were found in his home in Tomahawk, according to Tomahawk Police officials.

Northwoods summer tourism finishing strong Video included

After a slow start, Minocqua city leaders say they saw a boost in tourism this summer.

Cans stolen from Oneida County fundraiser Video included

A theft is turning into motivation for an Oneida County martial arts group.

Despite the wet weather, Potato Fest draws hundreds Video included

Central Wisconsin is bracing for more rain this holiday weekend. But, not everyone is letting the wet weather ruin their fun. Hundreds of people attended Potato Fest in downtown Rhinelander Saturday.

UWSP trades in traditional game day programs for digital ones Video included

The UW-Stevens Point athletic department is going green. Starting this year, the athletic department will trade in traditional game day programs for digital ones.

Moving tips for new college students Video included

Labor Day weekend means boating, barbecuing and relaxing. But, for many it also means moving. Upperclassmen at UW-Stevens Point were taking the long weekend to get settled in. Some of them have a few tips for incoming students.

Fallen cable blocks road in Wausau

A fallen cable line caused road blockage in Wausau Friday night.

Labor Day travel numbers way up from last year Video included

Travel experts predict this Labor Day holiday will be the biggest travel weekend in years. That could cause some congestion on the roads.

Man accused of two murders convicted of arson Video included

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - A man already in prison and who is accused of killing a Wisconsin Rapids man more than five years ago and his wife in 1984 reached a plea deal Friday that convicted him of two more felonies, according to online court records.

UPDATE: Schofield water line fixed Video included

SCHOFIELD (WAOW)-- A major sewer line in Schofield appears to be broken.

Fan experiences green and gold dream Video included

For one Packers fan, Thursday's game is a dream come true.

Vilas Co. officials warn of phone scam

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department is warning residents of an IRS phone scam.Officials say people have reported getting phone calls from someone claiming they work for the IRS.

Man's Packers dream is about to come true Video included

Some people have a bucket list of things they want to accomplish in their life. 

Marshfield Clinic doctors take on the ALS ice bucket challenge Video included

MARSHFIELD (WAOW)-- The ALS ice bucket challenge is continuing to raise money and awareness for the deadly disease.Thursday night some Marshfield Clinic doctors got in on the fun after they were challenged by a family impacted by the disease.The Braun's lost a member of their family this year from ALS also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.Lynn Braun's father-in-law, John died in January from the disease."He was one of those people that always helped always gave his time and i think this is just ...

School schedules shifting in Wausau Video included

Changes are coming to Wausau's elementary schools that will streamline the school day.

No arrests in attempted corn field abduction Video included

SHAWANO (WAOW) – A male suspect in what authorities called an attempted abduction near Wittenberg remained at large Thursday, the Shawano County Sheriff's Department said.

UPDATE: Propane truck slides off road Video included

MCMILLAN (WAOW) - A truck hauling liquid propane slid into a ditch Thursday in western Marathon County, the sheriff's department said. No one was hurt.


Shrek: The Musical coming to Wausau Video included

The world fell in love with a green ogre when Shrek hit the big screen in 2001. Now, he's coming to the small stage alongside the rest of the gang.

President Obama to visit Wisconsin Video included

The President of the United States is coming to Wisconsin.

Central Wisconsin State Fair underway Video included

Some fair fun is underway in our area.The Central Wisconsin State Fair kicked off Wednesday in Marshfield.

Vietnam veterans relive past at Wausau exhibit Video included

Vietnam veterans gathered in Wausau on Wednesday to view war graffiti that came from the very ship they rode on to Vietnam.

Teachers in Wausau get lesson on drug dangers in the classroom Video included

With new drugs hitting schools in central Wisconsin, teachers get a lesson in what to watch out for.  

Marathon County unveils do-it-yourself bike repair stations Video included

Bike riders in the Wausau area have something new - repair stations along the trails.

Study to analyze Brokaw's debt crisis Video included

The Village of Brokaw is one important step closer to solving its debt crisis.

Inaugural Dick Dudley golf tourney benefits American Legion Video included

The spirit of Dick Dudley is being carried on through a golf tournament benefiting veterans.

Driver injured in crash near Three Lakes Video included

THREE LAKES (WAOW) – A 29-year-old Three Lakes man was seriously hurt Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving rolled over near Three Lakes, Police Chief Scott Lea said.

Dogs on goose patrol Video included

Gaggles of geese are still making a mess in one area park. Stevens Point city leaders have come up with a unique way to scare them off the shore. Now, people are wondering who let the dogs out?

Marshfield woman accused of Social Security theft

MADISON (WAOW) – A 50-year-old Marshfield woman has been accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from the Social Security Administration.

New photos released of wanted felon Video included

Investigators have released new photos of a convicted felon on the run, according to Vilas County officials.

UPDATE: Wausau woman killed in crash Video included

MERRILL (WAOW) - A 30-year-old Wausau woman died when the vehicle she was driving left a county road and hit a stump, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

Attempted abduction investigation in Shawano County

Officials in Shawano County are investigating a possible attempted abduction of a 14-year-old girl, according to Shawano County Sheriff's Department Captain Tom Tuma.

Man in police chief's home burglary taken from jail

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The 39-year-old man accused of breaking into the Wausau police chief's home has been taken from jail to a medical treatment facility, according to online Marathon County court records.

Toilet paper going tubeless

A toilet paper company is tossing the tube. Scott Naturals debuted its tube-free toilet paper Tuesday.

One injured in Marshfield apartment fire

One person was taken to the hospital after an apartment fire in Wood County, according to the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department.

Hundreds say goodbye to summer at free concert in Wausau Video included

Hundreds packed the 400 Block in Wausau to say goodbye to summer in style Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Woman convicted in murder-for-hire case to spend 3.5 years in prison Video included

Jessica Strom Jessica Strom

A judge has ordered a Merrill woman convicted of trying to hire someone to kill her boyfriend to spend 3.5 years in prison. He also ordered her to serve four years on extended supervision once she gets out of prison.

Fire destroys Wood County church Video included

Updated: Aug 26, 2014 05:55 PM

 Smoke and flames ripped through a central Wisconsin church Tuesday, causing destruction.

Dunkin' Donuts opens in Rib Mountain, Weston Video included

The time has come for two long awaited restaurants to open their doors in central Wisconsin.

New owners of Cedar Creek Mall and convention center in Rothschild announced Video included

We have new details about what's planned for the Cedar Creek Mall in Rothschild. 

Wittenberg fast food hostage-taker sentenced Video included

SHAWANO (WAOW) - A 29-year-old man found insane in a holding a fast food worker hostage at gunpoint in Wittenberg was ordered to a mental hospital for 26 1/2 years, a court official said Tuesday.

Wausau committee discusses possible bike path plans

A City of Wausau committee met Monday to discuss potential bicycle path plans for the Thomas Street development project.

Suspect arrested after man with knife accosts mom near Wausau park Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 32-year-old mother walking with two children in a stroller was pushed to the ground by a man who had a knife and demanded money, Wausau police said Monday.

Wisconsin Rapids hit hard by storms Video included

WIS. RAPIDS (WAOW)--One of the hardest hit areas by a storm that came through central Wisconsin early Monday morning was Wisconsin Rapids.

More free concerts coming in Wausau Video included

There's still a chance to catch some free music at the 400 Block before summer ends.

Golfers tee off against breast cancer at "Fore a Cure" tourney Video included

For eleven years, golfers have taken a swing at one of the most common diseases for women--breast cancer.

High school students head back to school in Kronenwetter Video included

While some students are enjoying their last few days of summer, some in our area are already back to school.

Probation for man in Wausau sex extortion case Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 30-year-old Wausau man was placed on probation for five years Monday for extorting about $100,000 from a 56-year-old central Wisconsin man who wanted to keep an affair secret, according to online court records.

UPDATE: Driver dies in Clark Co. crash

A 38-year-old Stanley man died in a crash Saturday evening, after trying to pass two ATVs, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Department.

Two motorcyclists arrested for OWI

Ray Van Rixel Ray Van Rixel

Two motorcyclists were arrested for drinking and driving on State Highway 153 Sunday evening, according to Wisconsin State Patrol.

UPDATE: Power being restored in central Wisconsin

Power is slowly being restored to customers in central Wisconsin after storms rolled through overnight.

Obey Civic Resource Center to be dedicated Sept. 3 Video included

A new resource center for students and the public will be dedicated September 3 in Wausau.

Downed power lines causes road closure

Eastbound lanes of the Riverview Expressway in Wisconsin Rapids are expected to be closed for most of the day Monday due to downed power lines, according to Wood County dispatch officials.

Crews on scene fire at Birnamwood business Video included

Crews are on the scene of a fire at Kersten Lumber in Birnamwood, according to Shawano County Sheriff's Department officials.

Bike riders hit the road for Honor Flight veterans Video included

People in Weston took to the roads Sunday to help give veterans an unforgettable experience.

Rain a welcome relief for central Wisconsin farmers Video included

Cool temperatures and little rain have made this a summer some central Wisconsin farmers say they'll want to forget.

Woman injured in Marathon County crash Video included

A rollover crash near Spencer sent one woman to the hospital, according to Marathon County Sheriff's Department officials.

Wienermobile stops by Wausau Video included

The famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a stop in Wausau on Sunday.

Crossbow safety encouraged with growing users Video included

DNR conservation wardens and archery experts say interest in crossbows in Central Wisconsin is on the rise.

Marathon runner on Alzheimer's quest stops in Wausau Video included

It was David Knapp's first time in Wausau, but it wasn't his first marathon.

Snowmobiles drag race for a cause..without snow Video included

There's no snow on the ground, but that didn't stop people from doing a little snowmobile racing Saturday.

Color Dash draws hundreds in Rhinelander

Hundreds of runners put on a colorful display for a cause in Rhinelander.

Youth interest increases in outdoorswomen group Video included

An outdoorswomen group is reaching out to younger generations.

Bike trails link Northwoods communities Video included

Northwoods communities are celebrating the connection of two major trails.

Packers fans prep for the game Video included

GREEN BAY (WAOW)-- Packers fans have been at Lambeau for hours.

Creative chairs up for auction in Merrill Video included

A silent auction of some creative chairs is raising money for a local cause.

Community rallies for Friday Night Football Video included

Football fans throughout Wisconsin are cheering for the start of Friday Night Lights.

Hundreds fill square for Rock the 400 Block Video included

Hundreds of people filled the 400 Block in Wausau for a rocking good time.

Family remembers a Wisconsin native killed while serving in Afghanistan Video included

A central Wisconsin native killed while serving in Afghanistan is being remembered for his service. 

Highway 29 crash in Shawano County

WITTENBERG (WAOW) -- At least two vehicles were involved in a crash on state Highway 29 east of Wittenberg Friday afternoon, the Shawano County Sheriff's Department said.

39 miles of marathon course set up in Wausau Video included

You'll see hundreds of runners flooding the streets of Wausau Saturday.

Wausau ready for "Rock the 400 Block" concert Video included

Wausau's 400 Block will be rocking Friday night, saying goodbye to summer with a concert.

UPDATE: 31-year-old driver killed in Clark Co. Video included

LOYAL (WAOW) - A pickup truck spun out of control after it passed a horse and buggy and flipped two times, killing a 31-year-old man, the Clark County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

Northern Wisconsin couple going to prison

MADISON (WAOW) – A northern Wisconsin couple was sentenced to federal prison Friday for possessing and distributing the drug oxycodone, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.

Class aims to create interest in beekeeping Video included

EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) -- Eagle River is hosting a class next week that is aimed at creating more interest in beekeeping.

Man accused of attacking woman in park arrested in Colorado Video included

The man accused of attacking a woman in a Wausau Park has been found in Colorado, according to Wausau Police.

Park Falls man convicted of killing wife

A 47-year-old Parks Falls man was convicted Friday of fatally stabbing his estranged wife exactly one year ago.William Rambo made an Alford plea to first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22, 2013, death of Dawn Rambo, 37, according to online Price County court records.

Thief breaks into Wausau police chief's home; steals pickup Video included

A Michigan man sits in the Marathon County Jail after prosecutors charged him with breaking into the Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel's home and stealing his truck.

Wanted semi-truck thief found, arrested in Shawano Co. Video included

A man accused of stealing two semi-trucks in Shawano County and crashing one into a patrol car following a high speed chase has been arrested, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Office.

Roundy's workers moving on after distribution center closure Video included

A Portage County organization is easing the transition for workers laid off from a food distribution center.

Cancer survivors, community celebrates gift of life Video included

Cancer survivors and the Northwoods community came together Thursday to celebrate the gift that is life.

Stevens Point woman shares special connection to Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

To one Portage County woman, the Ice Bucket Challenge hits a little closer to home.

Blast from the past at Weston car show Video included

A blast from the past featured antique cars in Weston.

Officer cited in Spencer crash Video included

A Spencer officer has been cited for a crash last week, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

Plover expo helps water companies keep water clean Video included

The people in charge of keeping central Wisconsin drinking water safe and fresh are making sure it stays that way.

Stevens Point group packs donations for Nicaragua Video included

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Central Wisconsin is making a difference in the lives of people more than 3,000 miles away.

Hundreds celebrate gift of life at newborn intensive care unit reunion Video included

Hundreds of people in Wausau celebrated the gift of life. Aspirus Wausau hospital held it's newborn intensive care unit reunion. 

Race for governor heats up in Wisconsin Video included

The race for governor of Wisconsin is heating up. 

Accused dog skinner to enter plea

Charles Weissmiller Charles Weissmiller

A 65-year-old Clark County man who told investigators that he "tried to skin his dog alive" will enter a plea in court Thursday, according to online Clark County court records.

Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary president visits Rothschild Gold Star Monument Video included

The head of a National Veterans Group was in central Wisconsin Wednesday visiting the future sight of a new monument honoring families of fallen soldiers.

Wausau Police Dept. takes on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Video included

A chilly challenge that has been soaking Wisconsin made it's way to a central Wisconsin police department.

Rothschild restaurant raises money for victims of Marathon Co. crash Video included

Leaders at a Rothschild restaurant say they raised hundreds of dollars for victims of a deadly crash in Marathon County in August.

Local library hosts end of summer party Video included

An area library sent off summer with some fun Wednesday.

Internships paving way for college students Video included

Career advisors say internships are the best way for college students to get their foot in the door.

Dozens of people hit the water while overcoming obstacles Video included

Hitting the water is a popular summertime activity. But for some, it's nearly impossible and only a dream. That's why one local group has taken it into their own hands to make that dream a reality.

Cooler temperatures hit central Wisconsin this summer Video included

It's almost the send off to summertime. As the season wraps up, we've seen cooler temperatures here in central Wisconsin.  

Four hurt - 3 of them teens - in Stratford crash Video included

STRATFORD (WAOW) – Stratford Police Chief Cory Schillinger says four people --- three of them teenagers – were hurt in a “near head-on” crash Wednesday afternoon.

3 finalists picked for Stevens Point fire chief Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – Three finalists have been picked to become the next Stevens Point fire chief, and one is the department's current interim chief.

Trial ordered in Wausau embezzlement case Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The former executive director of the Wausau Area Builders Association accused of embezzling nearly $170,000 from the group was ordered to stand trial Wednesday.

Coal truck spills and blocks Wood County highway Video included

PORT EDWARDS (WAOW) – A semi-truck loaded with tons of coal tipped over Wednesday, spilling the coal into the ditch and blocking state Highway 54 for several hours, authorities said.

Teens lead officers on high speed chase Video included

Three teens have been arrested after a drug bust and a multi-county car chase, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

Woodson Art Museum hosts Family Fest Video included

Children are getting hands-on with art in Wausau.

Anterless deer tags go on sale for Marathon Co. area Video included

Anxious hunters are gearing up for the start of deer season.On Tuesday, anterless deer tags went on sale for all weapon types in the Central Farmland Zone, which includes Marathon County.

Big name retailer coming to Wausau Video included

A big name retailer has its eyes on a spot in Wausau, according to city council members.

Calling it a Career: Captain Bob Akey Video included

58-year-old Bob Akey is hanging up his helmet after 27 years at the Merrill Fire Department.

Justin Loew accepts Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

A new Internet craze is sweeping the country – it's called the Ice Bucket Challenge!

4-H members prepare for Wisconsin Valley Fair

Planning an event the size of Wisconsin Valley Fair is quite an undertaking.

Wisconsin Public Service responds to customer scam calls

Wisconsin Public Service is receiving reports from numerous customers of scam calls.

Portage County Crime Stoppers: Park vandals Video included

Sometime on the evening of Saturday May 17, vandals cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage to the Zenoff Park softball complex in Stevens Point.

SPECIAL REPORT: Calling it a career Video included

A Wausau school administrator is saying goodbye to her passion.

Wausau Ginseng business expands overseas

The ginseng plant has a big impact on the United States and Marathon County.

The snowmelt contest has come to a close

Distribution of Snowmelt Contest predictions Distribution of Snowmelt Contest predictions

The last vestiges of the longest, coldest, and snowiest winter in over 100 years are finally melting away. It took until early June for all of the ice to melt off of Lake Superior and it will take until late June or early July for all of the snow to melt off of Rib Mountain. A couple of substantial piles of snow remain hidden within the slopes of the Granite Peak Ski area. For all of those who entered the Rib Mountain snowmelt contest, it is only a matters of days now. Will it last into July?...

Super Bowl champion coaches Columbus football players

Columbus Catholic High School in Marshfield welcomed back an alumni football star, who taught young athletes about the game.

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