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Enterovirus may be spreading to central Wisconsin Video included

A contagious respiratory virus in children may have made its way to north central Wisconsin. 

Former Rothschild fire chief speaks out after resignation

We have new information about the resignation of the Rothschild fire chief. Marc Hill sent in his resignation letter Friday, but was left in the dark days before the resignation.  

Two hurt in crash near Stratford

STRATFORD (WAOW) – Two people were hurt Tuesday afternoon in a two-car crash near Stratford, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department said.

UPDATE: Marathon Co. captain accidentally shoots himself

A Marathon County Sheriff's Department captain shot himself in the hand while he was cleaning his handgun, according to department officials.

Marathon Co. owns land where home exploded

WAUSAU (WAOW) – Marathon County now owns and is cleaning up the rural Wausau property where a man was killed in January after rigging his home to explode, authorities said Tuesday.

Goldfish under the knife, not for dinner

An Australian couple took micro-surgery to the extreme, spending hundreds of dollars to save their beloved goldfish.

Respiratory virus may have hit Wisconsin Video included

A respiratory virus that targets children could be in Wisconsin.

A good corn harvest could mean lower prices for farmers Video included

RINGLE (WAOW) - Agricultural officials are expecting a spike in Wisconsin's corn harvest this year.

Dunkin Donuts fights Alzheimer's with purple frosting Video included

If you see purple donuts in Dunkin Donuts this week, don't be alarmed.

Amherst students shake, shake, shake to Taylor Swift in new music video Video included

It's not every day a song at the top of the pop music charts becomes an educational experience. But the Amherst School District has done just that.

Pizza Ranch opens in Weston Video included

A new restaurant opened its doors in Weston.

Eight motorcyclists hurt during 33rd fall ride Video included

MERRILL (WAOW) – Eight motorcycle riders – six of them women – were hurt in motorcycle crashes that occurred during Tomahawk's 33rd annual fall motorcycle ride for muscular dystrophy, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.

Rothschild fire chief resigns after a year on the job Video included

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) – The fire chief in Rothschild has resigned, authorities said Friday.

Plea deal reached in Forest County attack Video included

CRANDON (WAOW) - One of four people accused of beating and torturing a man who was left in the woods as the attackers expected wolves to devour him reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to nine months in jail Monday, according to online court records.

Walk MS event brings hundreds to Stevens Point Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--250 people laced up their walking shoes Sunday to support multiple sclerosis In Stevens Point.

Three injured in motorcycle crash

LINCOLN CO. (WAOW)-- Lincoln County Sheriff's authorities say a motorcycle crash involving two bikes on County Highway A was called in this morning a little after 9:00 am.

Bargain hunters have a field day at Wausau treasure sale Video included

X marked the spot this weekend for people on the hunt for a bargain.

Marshfield celebrates seasons turning with Maple Fall Fest Video included

The annual Maple Fall Fest is a Marshfield tradition the community can always count on to welcome in autumn.

Tomahawk fall ride brings thousands Video included

The 33rd Fall Ride has come to a close.

Ribs galore at Pork in the Park in Merrill Video included

Get your napkins out. The sun warmed everything up Saturday in time for Merrill's Pork in the Park event.

Fun'd Run raises money for Wausau School Foundation Video included

The brisk Saturday morning air didn't stop more than 150 runners from getting out to help the Wausau School Foundation.

Owls, falcons get out of their cages at Wings Over Wausau Video included

The Wings Over Wausau event put owls, falcons, crows and vultures on display at the Grand Theater Saturday afternoon.

New fall season, new fall events Video included

As the calendar flips to fall and the days get cooler, some summer fun may be ending but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do.

UPDATE: Driver killed in Shawano Co. crash identified Video included

One person is dead after a crash in Shawano County.

Tomahawk fall ride continues to grow Video included

TOMAHAWK (WAOW)--Motorcycle riders are revving their engines through Tomahawk for the annual Fall Ride, but the event wasn't always a tradition for thousands.

Safety becomes priority for riders at Tomahawk fall ride Video included

After a number of motorcycle-related crashes in the area, drivers and riders are putting safety first while hitting the roads in Tomahawk.  

UPDATE: Peterson not playing Sunday, indicted on child abuse charge

The Minnesota Vikings benched Adrian Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse.

No cause yet in Rothschild motel death Video included

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) – It could be two months before investigators know what caused the death of a 49-year-old man found dead in a motel room last weekend, the Marathon County Medical Examiner's office said Friday.

UPDATE: Motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after crash with SUV Video included

A motorcyclist was seriously hurt in a crash with an SUV Friday morning, according to the Tomahawk Fire Department.

1 injured in motorcycle crash

One woman is injured after a two-motorcycle crash in Lincoln County, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

Video gives new meaning to "cubby hole" Video included

A baby bear was caught playing with a flag stick on a Canadian golf course.

UPDATE: Driver cited in school bus crash Video included

Three children were on a school bus when it crashed with a car in Wausau, according to Wausau Fire Department officials.

Wisconsin group sends 50,000 lbs of donations overseas Video included

The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partner group has collected more than 50,000 pounds of donations to send overseas.

Wausau Police Dept. K-9 dies

A K9 with the Wausau Police Department has died.

Marathon City firefighters remember 9/11 Video included

MARATHON CITY (WAOW)-- Firefighters came together to remember the fallen of 9/11.

Bike ride to Lambeau Field to fight hunger Video included

 A husband and wife,  one a Packers fan, the other a Vikings fan, are biking from the Twin Cities to Lambeau Field to help fight hunger. 

Northwoods community remembers lives lost on September 11th Video included

A small crowd in a Northwoods town paused to remember those killed in the 9-11 attacks. 

MDA fall ride brings thousands to Tomahawk Video included

Motorcyclists have begun arriving in the Northwoods for Tomahawk's annual fall ride. 

Crow with West Nile virus found in Shawano Co. Video included

SHAWANO (WAOW) – A dead crow in Shawano County has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus, health officials said Thursday.

Chain reaction sends car crashing into garage

A chain reaction car crash sent a car into a garage in Weston Wednesday Night.

Flooding causes road problems in Marathon County Video included

All the rain we had Wednesday caused massive flooding throughout Marathon County.

Northern counties deal with latest storm Video included

Northern counties avoided major flooding problems Wednesday, in part because last week's heavy downpours were followed by some dry, sunny days.

3 injured in crash on Grand Avenue in Wausau Video included

Three people were hurt after a crash on Grand Avenue in Wausau Wednesday, according to Wausau Police.

Dorchester farmer accused of killing 8 puppies Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 68-year-old Dorchester farmer killed eight Blue Heeler mix puppies with a sledgehammer because he didn't want them running around the farm, according to a criminal complaint.

Man to stand trial in Rothschild bar shooting Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- A judge on Wednesday ordered a Wausau man to stand trial in the shooting of a man outside a Rothschild bar.

Sheriff: $15,000 worth of cocaine, heroin seized Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - About $15,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized in an investigation of crack cocaine trafficking in Weston, Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks said Wednesday.

Central Wisconsin prepares for heavy rain and flooding Video included

With storms headed toward central Wisconsin, there are many ways people are preparing for the rain.  

Work to revamp piece of Wausau's west side moves forward Video included

The Wausau City Council unanimously voted to use a piece of Wausau's west side for two retail establishments.

Wausau City Council continue talks of possible government change Video included

Wausau City Council members are moving forward with talks of a possible change to the government.

Rasmussen College holds career fair Video included

Dozens of people came out to a career fair in Wausau Tuesday.

Schedule change coming for Wisconsin Rapids high school Video included

A central Wisconsin high school is overhauling its school day.

Neenah woman led Stevens Point police on chase Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A 44-year-old Neenah woman led police on a short high speed chase in Stevens Point late last week, Sgt. Tony Babl said Tuesday.

Autopsy being done in Rothschild motel death

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) – An autopsy was being done Tuesday on a 49-year-old man found dead in a motel room last weekend, Rothschild Police Chief Jeremy Hunt said.

Apple to announce new gadgets

The day Apple fanatics have been waiting for is here.

School board asks for answers after bus confusion Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)-- A tense meeting as the Stevens Point Area School Board was asking for answers.

Health officials preparing for rare Midwest respiratory virus Video included

Central Wisconsin doctors and health officials are tracking the rare virus called enterovirus D68, preparing for the likelihood of it reaching the Badger State.

Calling it a Career: Willie Marohl Video included

Rain or shine, snow or sleet, Willie Marohl delivered the mail for 35 years.

Pilot reports smoke in cockpit; lands in Wausau Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) – A pilot who reported smoke coming from the cockpit of a single-engine plane landed safely at Wausau Downtown Airport on Monday, the airport manager said.

UPDATE: Driver hurt in car/semi-truck crash near Marathon City Video included

MARATHON CITY (WAOW) – The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says a car and semi-truck crashed on state Highway 107 near Marathon City.

Wausau Curling Club goes golfing Video included

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) - The Wausau Curling Club hit the links in Schofield on Monday for an annual fundraiser.

New Olive Garden promo offers all you can eat for weeks

Olive Garden is introducing a new promo - the never ending pasta pass.

Udder Mudder to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Video included

Children's Miracle Network is gearing up for its annual Udder Mudder fundraiser.

Portage County artist featured at Birds in Art exhibit Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Portage County artist is among the select group this year to be featured at Woodson Art Museum's Birds in Art exhibit in Wausau.

Gov. Walker campaigns in central Wisconsin on a motorcycle Video included

The campaign season for November's election for governor is heating up. Governor Scott Walker stopped in Marathon City Sunday morning on a leg of his motorcycle ride.

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Power outages in Northwoods prove costly Video included

Power has been restored to most of the Northwoods after days in the dark for some.

Family Safety Day shows off emergency equipment and technology Video included

Families got to take an inside look Saturday at how emergency crews keep central Wisconsin communities safe.

Irish Fest celebrates halfway point to St. Paddy's Video included

It may not be March, but that isn't stopping one Marathon County group from celebrating Saint Patrick's Day fun.

Wausau's Artrageous Weekend draws thousands Video included

Wausau's Artrageous Weekend is drawing thousands of people to the city.

UPDATE: Missing statue from Stevens Point Fire Department found Video included

Stevens Point Fire Department officials say the Boy with the Boot statue that went missing early Saturday morning has been returned.

Floods sweep through Marathon County Video included

The storms that slammed north central Wisconsin this week have moved on, but the mess has not.

Adams County Crash

A crash in Adams County has blocked traffic.

Wausau West athletics handle storm aftermath Video included

Heading into a weekend full of high school sports, the rain forced some athletic directors to make some adjustments.

Rhinelander continues to clean up after storms leave many without power Video included

Storms that rolled through central Wisconsin left broken trees and downed power lines. 

Millions of gallons of waste water end up in Wisconsin River Video included

The heavy rains overwhelmed the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wausau and sent millions of gallons of waste water into the Wisconsin River.

Heavy rains soak area golf courses Video included

The rain wreaked havoc on area golf courses. Some were so bad they had to shut down, while others have banned golf carts until the greens dry out. This week's heavy rain soaked the golf course at Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau.

Preparations underway for Irish Fest in Weston Video included

Weston's 2nd annual Irish Fest kicks off Saturday morning, featuring everything from bike riding to music.

Businessman accused of theft pleads not guilty

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The former executive director of the Wausau Area Builders Association pleaded not guilty Friday to embezzling nearly $170,000 from the group.

Woman leads police on high speed chase Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A woman who led police on a short high speed chase in Stevens Point was arrested Friday after police used special techniques to stop her vehicle, Sgt. Tony Babl said Friday.

Northwoods businessman dies at 58

Minocqua business leader and Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce member Joseph “Woody” Woodruff passed away Thursday, according to the chambers Facebook page.

Man involved in Marshfield apartment fire dies

A 40-year-old Marshfield man died because of injuries he sustained in a fire at his apartment in August, according to the Marshfield Fire Department.

UPDATE: More than 20,000 still without power in Wisconsin Video included

More than 20,000 customers were still without power Friday morning and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. warned that some "should prepare for days without power."

Special recognition for Newsline 9 team Video included

Some of our Newsline 9 family received special recognition Thursday.

Wausau Festival of Arts celebrating 50 years Video included

The annual Festival of Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Wausau this weekend. Organizers say it's a great place to see visual arts at their finest.

Road closures reported across Marathon Co. due to flooding

UPDATE: The Marathon County Sheriff's Office is reporting some closures due to flooding,

Communications fixed at Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Communication systems are back up at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. 

Northwoods sees power outages, damages after storms

RHINELANDER (WAOW)-- Some customers are still without power. Wisconsin public service says crews are out and working to restore electricity.

Ice bucket challenge to support Wausau man Video included

It was an ice bucket challenge that hit close to home.

Heavy wind and rain lead to clean up in the Northwoods Video included

Heavy rains, lightning and winds to 70 mph pounded the Northwoods earlier Thursday.

Children's hospital raising money with annual radiothon Video included

People got to the phones Thursday to give children in the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield a better experience.

Reports of home struck by lightning in Wausau Video included

A rural Wausau homeowner reported lightning struck the home during a storm that rolled through the area Thursday afternoon.

Northern Wis. mine could be limited to 1 county

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A company that wants to develop an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin might limit the project to only one county instead of two.

Father in 2008 prayer death case now in jail Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) – The father who prayed while his daughter died of untreated diabetes in 2008 has started serving a six-month jail sentence, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

Price Co. highway closed because of downed trees Video included

Both directions of Wisconsin 70 at Wisconsin 13 near Park Falls are closed because of downed trees.

Firecracker injures four in bar explosion

A 45-year-old man set off a “large firecracker” in a crowded bar early Sunday morning sending four people to the hospital, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Department officials.

Birds in Art to open in Wausau Video included

The annual "Birds in Art" exhibition is set to open in Wausau on Saturday.

David R. Obey Civic Resource Center opens Video included

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW)-- Wednesday lawmakers from both parties came together to honor a longtime congressman from central Wisconsin.

Pulaski School District comes together after deadly crash Video included

After a deadly crash involving the Pulaski School District's two volleyball teams, the district is pulling together.  

NTC offering free depression screenings Video included

An area school hopes to create more awareness about depression and to help people find out if they have it.

Stratford home destroyed by fire; cord suspected

STRATFORD (WAOW) – An electrical cord leading to a coffee pot on an outside deck may have started a fire that destroyed a home near Stratford Wednesday afternoon, Fire Chief Bill Griesbach said.

UPDATE: Name of victim in bus crash released Video included

The woman who died when the car she was riding in crashed into a school bus has been identified as Shannon Hall, 24 of Athens, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Department. The school bus was carrying volleyball players when the car crashed into it on Highway 29 on the Shawano County/Brown County line Tuesday evening.

Fewer Wis. residents get abortions in 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new report says Wisconsin residents obtained fewer abortions last year.

Man waives court hearing in Wausau mugging

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A man accused of using a knife to try and rob a 32-year-old mother walking with two children in a stroller waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday, according to online Marathon County court records.

CVS stops selling tobacco

CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in its stores starting Wednesday. That's nearly a month ahead of the previously targeted date of Oct. 1.

Brake Safety Week coming up

Wisconsin State Patrol officials are encouraging people to participate in Brake Safety Week.

Victim in deadly ATV crash in Marathon County identified

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department has identified the victim in an ATV crash as Michael Andrew Denfeld, 26, of the Town of Rib Falls.

Team reacts to lockdown on high school football game Video included

A search for an active shooter in Medford this weekend put the city and a high school football game on lockdown.

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.

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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