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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.

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. 

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


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.

UPDATE: New photo released of Weston bank robbery suspect Video included

Police say they are following up on tips in the investigation into a Marathon County bank Robbery that happened Friday.

UPDATE: Sketch released for suspect in attempted sexual assault Video included

An 18-year-old woman told authorities she was able to “kick and bite” a man, escape from his pickup truck and flee into a cornfield after he attempted to sexually assault her, the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

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.

UPDATE: Man pleads not guilty in 1984 death Video included

Joseph Reinwand Joseph Reinwand

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A central Wisconsin man now in prison for burglary has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife three decades ago.

"New" SentryWorld has auction for first golfers Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - An online auction started Tuesday to determine the first 72 golfers who get to tee off at the newly renovated SentryWorld.

Wood Co. beaches closed due to E. coli Video included

Three Wood County beaches are now closed because of high E. coli counts, according to the Wood County Health Department.

Marshfield Clinic leader resigns Video included

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - The executive director of Marshfield Clinic has resigned and plans to return to taking care of patients.

Heavy rain causes headaches for one town Video included

One central Wisconsin town was hit hard by the rain Monday evening. Residents saw flooded streets and downed trees and power lines there.

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.

School supplies become more high tech for school year Video included

It still may be summer, but school supplies are already filling stores in central Wisconsin. 

Crossbow hunting now open to all Video included

For the first time, it'll be legal for all Wisconsin hunters to use crossbows.

Insanity plea in Stevens Point baseball bat attack Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A 33-year-old Plover man pleaded insanity Monday in the baseball bat beating death of his 77-year-old stepfather.

UPDATE: Power restored after stray animal causes outages

Power has been restored in the Stratford and Edgar areas, after more than 1,000 customers experienced outages.

Police: Man arrested in Illinois following Rothschild bar shooting Video included

The man wanted in the shooting that wounded another man outside a Rothschild bar has been arrested in Illinois on Saturday, according to the Rothschild Police Department.

Protestors block freeway in Milwaukee Video included

Several dozen protesters blocked a freeway exit ramp at 10th and Michigan streets in Milwaukee for several minutes around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The group was part of more than 100 people who had been rallying in Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee earlier in the day, protesting police-involved shootings like the recent incident in Ferguson, Missouri.

What do you want to do before you die? Video included

Have you ever heard of a bucket list? Well, owners at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home in Wausau want to hear what's on yours. On Sunday, they unveiled their "Before I die I Want To.." wall.

DC Everest students help build Habitat for Humanity home Video included

For the 56th time, Habitat for Humanity is moving a family into a new home in the Wausau area.

Adams WWII vet receives 70-year-old medals in front of family Video included

Seventy years after being honorably discharged, a World War II veteran has received the medals he earned.

Kayakers flip and tumble at Midwest Championships in Wausau Video included

Kayakers conquered the rapids of the Wisconsin River Saturday.

Invasive species threaten Northwoods lakes Video included

Lakes in the Northwoods are in danger, according to DNR officials.

A fresh start to a new school year Video included

 Another school year is right around the corner. That means students are stocking up on school supplies. But, it can get expensive. That's why one local program is coming together, to give back.

One dead after motorcycle hits deer Video included

A 23-year-old Tigerton man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Office.

Police officer involved in crash Video included

A Spencer police officer was taken to the hospital Friday night after crashing with another car, according to Marathon County Sheriff's authorities.

Sister inspires balloon release in honor of crash victim Video included

A sister's love helped rally a community to honor a young life lost too soon.

Police: Man wanted in Weston bank heist Video included

WESTON (WAOW) - A man is wanted after a bank was robbed in Weston Friday morning, Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks.

Big Blue Falls Blues Fest attracts thousands to Wausau Video included

Fern Island in Wausau is filled with the blues. The Big Bull Falls Blues Fest brings music lovers from across the Midwest here to have some summer fun.  

Ice bucket challenge is soaking the nation Video included

A new internet craze is really making a splash. The Ice Bucket Challenge raises money and awareness for ALS, also known as the Lou Gehrig's disease. From Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers to Governor Scott Walker, people across the state and country have taken part in the challenge that's soaking the nation.

Free meals coming to five Wausau schools Video included

No such thing as a free lunch? That's about to change at five Wausau elementary schools.

UW-Stevens Point to go tobacco-free Video included

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point plans to go tobacco-free this month.

Justin Loew accepts Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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

Wausau man, 20, convicted in baseball bat death Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - One of two men accused in the baseball bat beating death of a Wausau man two years ago pleaded no contest to being party to first-degree reckless homicide in a plea deal on Friday.

Fire at Plover business causes smoke damage Video included

A loading dock door caught fire this morning at a Plover business, according to fire officials.

Epilepsy Stroll coming up in Wausau Video included

A simple stroll through Marathon Park can help raise money and awareness for Epilepsy.

Adams WWII veteran receives medals that were lost Video included

An Adams County World War II veteran is about to be reunited with some of his prized possessions.

Mary Burke campaigns in central Wisconsin Video included

Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke is spending a lot of time in central Wisconsin.

Players sink or swim for flipper softball game Video included

It was sink or swim at a softball game in Merrill Thursday.

Candidate considering write-in campaign for Portage Co. Sheriff Video included

A close primary race has one Portage County Sheriff candidate rethinking his options.

Firefighters work to "Fill the Boot" in Stevens Point Video included

Stevens Point firefighters are filling their boots for a cause.

United Way stocks up on school supplies for families in need Video included

Families in need will get a chance to stock up on school supplies, thanks to one Portage County group.

Wood Co. man dies of "positional asphyxiation" Video included

PORT EDWARDS (WAOW) – Some teenagers found the body of a 33-year-old Wood County man along a trail near Port Edwards, the Wood County Sheriff's Department said.

Possible plea deal in Park Falls killing Video included

PHILLIPS (WAOW) – A plea deal to avoid a trial in the killing of a 37-year-old Park Falls woman could be in the works, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Manawa man charged with attempted cop killing Video included

The man accused of attacking a Plover Police Department officer with a knife has been charged.

Registration open for Never Forgotten Honor Flight golf outing

You can help send veterans on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight with a day on the golf course.

It's Miracle Treat Day! Video included

It's a great day for ice cream.  Thursday, August 14 is Miracle Treat Day at participating Dairy Queen restaurants.

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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    A 34-year-old Plover man accused of hitting his girlfriend with a baseball bat and tying her to a towel rack during a domestic dispute stood mute before a judge Monday when he was asked to enter pleas to six felonies, according to online Portage County court records.More >>

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