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Two Men Charged In Shawano County Teen Sex Sting

Two men were taken into custody after an internet child sex crimes sting in Shawano County.

The Sheriffs Office says a 52-year-old Townsend man and a 24-year-old from Green Bay traveled to Shawano County after arranging meetings with what they believed to be a 15-year-old girl.
Each suspect was met by Shawano County officials. They were both arrested on a felony charge of Using a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

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County Board gets report on economic development

The Economic Development Corporation is “moving Langlade County forward,” leveraging loans to create jobs and promoting tourism to aid the hospitality industry.

Those are among the highlights of the corporation’s 2014 annual report, presented by Executive Director Angie Close to members of the County Board of Supervisors this morning.

“We’re proud of our accomplishments,” Close said.

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Hiking season starts here on Saturday

It may not look or feel like it, but spring has arrived in Langlade County.

The first hike of the season on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Langlade County will be held Saturday over the Old Railroad segment

The hike organized by the Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter is open to the public. Interested persons should meet 9 a.m. in front of the Langlade County Forestry Office at the fairgrounds.

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Bryant native selected for honor at Marquette

Elizabeth Hall will be honored with the Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award from Marquette University’s College of Nursing and the Marquette University Alumni Association in a ceremony on Friday, as part of Marquette’s Alumni National Awards weekend. Hall earned a degree from Marquette University in 1951.

She is a daughter of the late Walter and Ann Diercks of Bryant and was born and raised in Langlade County. She is married to Russell Hall, residing in Flossmoore, Ill.

Hall was inspired to endure in her career and make a difference for people after experiencing a near-fatal case of polio, which left her in a coma. Hall’s experience overcoming paralysis and inability to speak led her to dedicate her life to help people with disabilities.

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County Board Receives Info On Economic Development

Economic Development Director Angie Close gave a presentation to the Langlade County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. Most of the information came from 2014. Close stated for average hourly wage in the county, Langlade was only $1 an hour less than Marathon, and less than a difference for the statewide average. She says that dispels the notion that Langlade County doesn't have livable wage jobs.

The organization's loan program was also heavily used last year. Four loans are currently open for Langlade County business, including Langlade Springs, Northern Steel, Northstar Lanes, and Antigo Neon. All four businesses increased employment after receiving the loan.

Close says she is currently working on studying the county's business landscape, expanding or retaining companies, and working with schools to close the gap between education and the working world.

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Nicolet Plastics becomes industry leader

Quietly, an area industry has grown into one of the region’s top plastics producer, and there are no signs of slowing down.

Nicolet Plastics, a custom plastics injection molder and total solutions provider, was established by Current President and CEO Bob Macintosh and three partners in 1985 and incorporated in 1986. Macintosh had a customer service background, including a stint in the telecommunications business.

The company was originally located in a small garage about a mile from its current location, with a leased Newbury press. Today, Nicolet, an ISO 9001:2008-certified company, serves its ever-growing customer base from a 41,000 square-foot production facility, and focuses on complex industrial and medical components and assemblies.

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Signs are up for new ATV trail, inaugural ride planned May 9

Volunteers were busy this week installing signage at an all-terrain vehicle route that will connect the city of Antigo to Langlade County’s extensive trail system.

Members of the Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club are preparing for the group’s inaugural trail ride, slated Saturday, May 9 beginning at 8 a.m.

Riders are invited to meet at Peaceful Valley Park and will receive a police escort through town to the start of the newly-formed trail off Amron Avenue.

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County Board will look again at pay matrix

The Langlade County Board of Supervisors will holds its April meeting Tuesday with a busy session.

It begins at 9 a.m. on the lower level of the Safety Building.

The meeting opens with another look at an earlier resolution to review and adopt the compensation matrix, which is used to set employee wages. The issue was raised at the March meeting and is making the return trip under old business.

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Big turnout for benefit Saturday

North Star’s banquet room was a busy spot Saturday evening.

The Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County held its annual fund-raiser, Cork, Forks and Brews, with rousing music by the Dueling Pianos U.K.Y., the sort of gambling that raises money for the boys and girls, and excellent food that certainly went past the hors d’oeuvres, state cheeses and a massive assortment of beer and wines to sample.

There was a live auction that featured golfing at the Bass Lake course, furniture, wildlife prints, LP gas, summertime chairs, a wine buffet, autographed Packer materials and prints and even a vacation package to sunny Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Fund-raising soars to help family involved in Marathon County crash

A social media fund-raising site has collected over $122,000—and climbing—to assist the family of a man killed while driving his pregnant wife and children to the hospital.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Rogan was driving his wife, Niki, and their seven children to the hospital for the birth of the couple’s eighth child just after 4:30 a.m. Friday when a deer struck the family’s van in central Wisconsin.

Sheriff’s officials in Marathon County say a vehicle struck a deer on Highway 97 in the town of Cleveland and threw the animal into the windshield of the family’s van.

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County Board To Hear Several Presentations During Tuesday Morning Meeting

The Langlade County Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday morning at 9AM. The board will hear a presentation from Corporation Counsel Robin Stowe about changing the duties of the personnel committee during grievance hearings to act as an "impartial hearing officer." The item was passed on through committee earlier this month.

The board will also hear from Economic Stowe on a notice of injury and claim against the county, economic Development Director Angie Close on their month of April, and Nate Heuss will present the framed prints of the photo contest the county held, and announce the winner.

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Weekend Law Enforcement Activity

On Friday afternoon, the Langlade County Sheriff's Office received a call from an Antigo elementary school, stating that a suspicious vehicle had been parked outside the school all morning. Officers contacted the registered owner who stated she didn't own the car, even though it was registered to her, and she didn't care what happened to it. A call was received later from the school saying a person had been dropped off and someone drove away with the car. Authorities are looking for the driver, to question her about registration issues and why the car was in that place for so long.

Just before 3AM on Saturday morning, Antigo police were dispatched to a fight behind a 5th Avenue Bar. A man had left the bar, to find an intoxicated male leaning up against his car. He was upset and punched the man, forcing him to fall. Four of the victims friends then attempted to assault the car owner. Officers arrived and separated all parties involved. No charges were filed and no one was hurt.

On Sunday afternoon, a man on West 5th Avenue in Langlade County, called sheriff's deputies to report his house had been broken into and was vandalized.

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Local thieves target vehicles, again, overnight

Another round of thefts from vehicles targeted Antigo residents overnight.

By early morning, law officers had already received more than a half-dozen complaints which is an addition to the several reported earlier this week.

In most instances, the thief or thieves rummaged through glove compartments or consoles but left with nothing noticeable. The most substantial involved the theft of a bag of $50 in change, a roll of chewing tobacco and Georgio Armani cologne. At another location, two vehicles were targeted and cigarettes were stolen from both.

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Murder mystery

Dennis Klement and Denise Hale are shown in a scene from Antigo Community Theater’s “Ten Feet From the Source of the Heat,” an original play by local author Bridget Strasser, which opened Thursday at the Volm Theater at the high school. The show continues tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will close following a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door or in advance at Neve’s...

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Remington fund aids fire departments

Local fire departments are once again the beneficiaries of one of the area’s leading philanthropists.

Earlier this month, representatives of 12 area fire departments were each granted $3,000 in funds by the Elwyn Remington Foundation.

“We are very appreciative and thank the foundation for its continued support,” said Neal Wozniak who serves as president of the Langlade County Fire Chiefs Association.

Prior to his death in April, 2010, Elwyn “Al” Remington established the foundation and over its term the charitable organization, now headed by longtime friend Jeanne Lucht, has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships as well as assisting in assortment of community projects and the local aquatic center.

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Former Rhinelander Business Owner Sentenced To Additional Prison Time In Fraud Case

A former Rhinelander man will spend even more time in prison for an insurance fraud scheme.
John Henricks was sentenced in federal court in June of 2013.

At that time, he was ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution and spend 10 years in federal prison. At a hearing yesterday, Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Henricks has willfully failed to make even minimal efforts to pay restitution.

She added an extra two and a half years to his prison sentence, so Henricks will now serve 12 and a half years. John Henricks used to own Custom Collision in Rhinelander.

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Gun Enthusiasts Invited To Antigo Gun Show At Langlade County Fairgrounds

The 2015 Antigo Gun Show will begin on Friday and end on Sunday at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.
Exhibitors display a wide variety of guns, knives and related accessories for the serious collector and sportsman in the Multi-Purpose Building at the Langlade County Fairgrounds. Vendor space is available. For more information, contact Bob at 608-752-6677, or visit bobandrocco.com. Admission is $6.00 14 and Under are Free

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Traffic, ordinance violations carry thousands of dollars in fines

Thousands of dollars in fines were ordered in Langlade County Circuit Court this week for a variety of traffic and ordinance related violations.

The citations were issued by either the Antigo Police Department, the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol or the Department of Natural Resources.

Ordinance-related violations carried some of the priciest penalties.

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Boys & Girls Club fund-raiser Saturday, pianos will be dueling

Everything from dueling pianos to games of chance will be offered when the Langlade County Boys & Girls Club presents Corks, Forks & Brews Saturday evening at North Star Lanes.

The event, a fund-raiser for the local youth organization, will get underway at 6 p.m.

There will be a food, wine and beer tasting with silent auction items and specialty hors d’oeuvres. Sample Wisconsin’s finest cheese from Sartori and enjoy more than 20 of Wisconsin’s favorite microbrews from Big Bull Falls and Central Beer Distributors.

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24 Year Old Merrill Man Charged With Having Sex With Underage Teen

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office believes a 24-year-old Merrill man had sex with a 15-year-old girl on several occasions, according to a release.

Travis L. Liebers was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a felony investigation into his alleged sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Deputies say Liebers admitted to driving the victim to remote areas on numerous occasions where the two would then engage in sexual activities.

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City of Antigo Reminds Citizens Outdoor Weather Sirens Won't Be In Use; Provides Alternatives

At their meeting in October of 2014, the Antigo City Council decided it was in the Citys best interest to eliminate the use of the aged emergency weather sirens early in 2015. Reasons for the decision included increasing operational costs, dependability and liability concerns. Though the sirens are no longer operational, officials say there are numerous ways to hear the threat of severe weather including apps on a person's cellphone, or listening to television or radio stations, where forecasts are given out days in advance.

Studies indicated that the city would have to invest in a third siren as well.

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Marshfield Clinic Announces Partnerships

Marshfield Clinic has unveiled an ambitious growth plan. Yesterday, the clinic confirmed plans for a new hospital in Marshfield. Its goals are to offer quality state-of-the-art care that's more efficient and reduces overall health costs. The facility is due to open by the summer of 2018, and it would be the second hospital in a city of almost 20-thousand. Ministry Health Care has operated a hospital adjacent to Marshfield's main clinic for years -- and that firm announced a 10-million dollar renovation to that facility this week. Meanwhile, Marshfield Clinic also said it's expanding its ambulatory surgery center's skilled nursing facilities. That goal is to improve patient care and cut costs, by letting surgical patients be cared for without having to be admitted to a hospital. Also, Marshfield Clinic and Wausau's Aspirus (as-py'-rus) health system announced a non-binding letter of intent to pursue joint initiatives.

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Local pair faces allegations of prostitution

What was coined as a “bet” between two Antigo residents has the potential to trigger charges of prostitution.

Langlade County officials said the case is being referred to the district attorney’s office on allegations that money, as well as a pledge calling for a substantial weight loss by one of the parties, was traded for the promise of sex.

Authorities said an estimated $500 of the agreed upon $1,000 had already been paid but there was no physical encounter as the male half of the couple evidently did not meet the stipulations.

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Comedy is coming to Elcho for Saturday show

Comedy comes to Elcho on Saturday, part of a special ‘spring break” for parents.

The Elcho Men’s Club will host the dinner and comedy show at the Jack LaMar/Elcho Community Pavilion, featuring Liysa Callsen, Kathy Kowalski from Manitowoc and Craig Knitt from Marion providing a variety of comedy.

Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the comedy show at 7 p.m.

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