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Low Voter Turnout For Spring Election

Only about 18-percent of Wisconsin's eligible voters cast ballots in yesterday's State Supreme Court election. That's with less than one-percent of the ballots yet to be counted. State officials had predicted a 20-percent turnout, so they were not far off. Incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley defeated Rock County judge James Daley 58-to-42 percent, to continue the existing philosophical make-up of the state's highest court. Bradley and current Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson remain the two liberals on the panel along with four conservatives and swing justice Patrick Crooks, who plans to retire next year.

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Police Department Releases Info On Search Warrant On Lincoln Street Home

Last Friday on April 3rd, the Antigo Police Department executed a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Lincoln Street. Many people phoned in to the dispatch center, saying they saw several police vehicles. The police department says that officers removed several items of drug paraphernalia and other illegal substances.

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Future College In Wausau Can Recruit Students

The Medical College of Wisconsin can start recruiting students for the first class at its Wausau campus.

The college has received approval from two key accrediting organizations. The Wausau campus will open in July 2016 with about 20 to 25 medical students.

The Medical College's other new campus in Green Bay will welcome its first class July 1. It's hoped the new campuses will generate doctors who want to practice in smaller cities and rural areas where there's a shortage of physicians.

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Girl Accused Of Three Lakes Homicide Will Stay In Indiana At Least A Week

A northern Wisconsin girl charged with killing her mother and step-father will stay in jail in Indiana for at least another eight days. Ashlee Martinson was supposed to have an extradition hearing today in Boone County, north of Indianapolis. According to the sheriff's department, a defense lawyer asked that the proceeding be delayed -- so it's now set for a week from tomorrow. The 17-year-old Martinson and her 22-year-old boyfriend were arrested March 8th in Boone County, as they were reportedly fleeing from the murder scene. Authorities said Martinson shot-and-killed 37-year-old Thomas Ayres and stabbed her 40-year-old mother Jennifer Ayers to death at their home near Three Lakes. Officials said Martinson then locked her three younger sisters in a bedroom before she and the boyfriend took off.

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Brandt Will Serve Another Term After Winning Mayor Election

Antigo Mayor Bill Brandt will serve another two years at that position, after being re-elected rather easily 1,242-411 over relatively unknown challenger Roger Bricko. Brandt became Mayor in 2009, and ran unchallenged in 2011 and 13.

While campaigning, Brandt talked about his success leading Antigo out of a recession, keeping businesses here, and adding some as well. He also said the budget for the city was in good shape fiscally.

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Rhode Will Be New Langlade County Judge; Defeats DA Uttke

In a race that went one candidate's way from the early reporting, John Rhode comfortably defeated his opponent, Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke 3,966-1,235. There were three write in candidates as well.

Rhode trumpeted his experience with various aspects of the law including criminal, family, civil, and tax law. Rhode has 20 years of experience as an attorney with the Sommer, Olk, Schroeder & Payant law firm in Antigo. Rhode said the best qualities as a judge are fairness and the ability to listen.

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Man cited for spitting at, threatening deputy

Bail was set at $5,000 cash here Monday for an Antigo man who after allegedly threatening a social worker, spit in the face of Langlade County sheriff’s deputy while being arrested for the initial offense.

Joshua Paff, 24, of 226 1/2 Deresch St. remains held at the local lockup accused of multiple crimes including a felony charge of throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety officer.

Additional charges include obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and five counts of bail jumping, four of them felonies. At the time of his arrest, Paff was already awaiting prosecution in five different cases.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Despite local races, voting here quiet

A spring election topped by a rare race for Langlade County Circuit Court judge is sparking voting across Langlade County today.

Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke and John Rhode, who has practiced law locally for 20 years, are vying for the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Fred Kawalski last fall. It is the only countywide race on the ballot.

School district races are also sparking the ballot. In White Lake, voters will decide the fate of a referendum seeking $300,000 annually for five years to maintain existing programs. It is the third try for the spending cap override, which failed with voters in April and November of 2014.

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City council to map out summer plans, a busy season is just ahead

During a week when winter doesn’t seem to want to give up its grip, the Antigo Common Council will look ahead toward summer projects.

Aldermen will convene at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the chambers at City Hall for an April meeting dominated by approval of spring and summer projects and grant applications.

Leading the agenda will be approval of bids for water and sewer main construction on Willard and Badger avenues and Washington Street.

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Traffic stops trigger arrests for drug, alcohol violations

An 18-year-old man is in local custody for a Saturday night arrest when sheriff’s deputies discovered a stash of marijuana and booze in his car.

The suspect is expected to face a collection of criminal charges which will include possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally obtained prescription medication. He also received citations for transporting alcohol as a minor and operating a motor vehicle with a loud exhaust.

The latter was the reason for the 8:37 p.m. stop which was made in the vicinity of 10th Avenue and Edison Street.

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Egg hunt in Antigo is a big draw at City Park

Antigo’s City Park was buzzing with excitement Saturday as hundreds of young egg-hunters swarmed the two blocks of trees and grass in an annual rite of spring, the Easter hunt.

This year the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries left hundreds of the colorful plastic eggs tucked behind trees and here and there creating excitement for the hunt.

Sarah Repp, the director of the department, had an excellent vantage point on the back of a truck, and explained to parents and the youngsters the divisions in ages and just where the eggs were hidden.

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Police arrest man for feud, drunk driving

An Antigo man was arrested on allegations of disorderly conduct and drunken driving as the result of a tussle at a downtown establishment early today.

According to police, the 23-year-old allegedly punched another man in the back of the head and then left the bar in a vehicle, driving it to another lot where he was subsequently arrested.

Authorities said he became physically resistive while being taken into custody.

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Vandals target truck parked at Langlade tavern

Vandals targeted a vehicle parked at a Langlade tavern earlier this week, doing what could very likely be thousands of dollars in damage.

The truck’s owner had left his pickup truck at the establishment overnight, finding it in extreme disarray upon retrieving it Thursday morning. It’s headlamps and taillights were broken and the vehicle sustained multiple dents and other damage.

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City Of Anitgo Easter Egg Hunt Takes Place Saturday

On Saturday the Antigo Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 10AM at City Park in Antigo. Competitors are new crawlers through age 8. The park is split into three regions for the different age categories. The event is free with the donation of a canned good. There are 4,000 pre stuffed eggs.

There is one special basket in each division and if you find it, there is a grand Easter basket waiting for you.

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Alcohol A Factor In Edgar Crash That Injured Several People

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department reports alcohol was believed to be a factor in a collision that injured three people Thursday night.

According to a lieutenant at the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, the accident happened at the intersection of County Highways H and N, just south of Edgar around 9:40 p.m.

Authorities said a vehicle side-swiped another before it collided head-on with the third. Three adults; 25-year-old man, a 48-year-old man, and a 54-year-old woman, were transported to a Wausau hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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Langlade County Sheriff's Office Investigates Burglary Of Weapons, Ammo

The Langlade County Sheriff's Office needs your help to solve a burglary that happened some time in late March.

Deputies say at least five guns were stolen in southern Langlade County, including a pre-1964 Winchester Model 94 lever action, an SKS assault rifle with factory bayonet, Remington Model 7600, Remington 870 Wingmaster .20 gauge shotgun, and a Browning .308 caliber rifle.

The burglars also stole to a lot of ammunition, including .50 caliber armor piercing incendiary rounds.

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Antigo ready for big Easter egg hunt

Area parks will be taking on a colorful hue this weekend when the Easter Bunny, with assistance from local helpers, dots the landscape with a collection of eggs ready for super-sleuthing youngsters eager to find a prize.

The City of Antigo will host its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at City Park.

According to Sarah Repp, the city’s Park and Recreation director, over 4,000 pre-stuffed eggs will be hidden at the park located off Aurora Street. The hunt will be divided into age groups for crawlers and new walkers, children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 8.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Community Theater to present a spring murder mystery during April

Antigo Community Theatre will present its spring play, “Ten Feet From the Source of the Heat,’’ opening Thursday, April 16 and running through Sunday, April 19.

ACT has teamed up with local author Bridget Strasser to debut her delightful, original, murder mystery. The play is under the direction of veteran ACT member, Darlaen Jansen.

The story takes place in the upper Midwest during the notorious 1930s. Tissue Paper heiress Ann Lane is determined in spite of her family’s wealth to venture out on her own. While Ann rents a home from friendly widow Estelle Dooley, she meets a variety of local neighbors. She is barely settled into her new home when a horrible murder takes place and the quiet neighborhood is thrown into chaos. Detective Stewart is called in on the case, but has his work cut out for him as a couple of notorious gangsters have also arrived in town. Ann’s spoiled little sister, Miranda, shows up unannounced to add to the confusion. This rollicking “who done it?’’ is guaranteed to entertain all.

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Council re-assigns Edison Club's lease

The Antigo Common Council Tuesday approved a new short-term lease agreement for the city-owned Edison Club Event Center, allowing the facility to remain open under new management as it seeks a long-term renter.

Aero Keys LLC, which operated the downtown dining and entertainment facility, has entered into a voluntary termination agreement of its lease effective Tuesday, and is working with Mayor Bill Brandt and city attorney Mike Winter to bring its obligations for the business current.

The company relinquished its various licenses needed to operate the club and aldermen awarded them to a newly-formed company, Marcody LLC, doing business as Edison Club Event Center. The list includes a Class B fermented malt beverage and intoxicating liquor, dance hall and amusement device permits.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Area churches getting very busy for the important Easter services

As the season of Lent comes to a close, Holy Week religious services are scheduled throughout the northwoods beginning today and extending through Easter Sunday.

A look at the service schedule, as compiled by The Antigo Daily Journal, follows. Other churches, unable to be reached by the Journal, may also have plans.

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Edison Club Gets New Owners

On Tuesday night the Antigo City Council agreed to a lease agreement with Marcody LLC to run The Edison Club, located on Edison Street in Antigo. The previous owners, Aero Keys LLC has relinquished control months ago, and the city has had control since then. The agreement is month to month, just in case it needs to be extended past June. The groups liquor license expires on July 1st, and they would need to reapply if they plan on continuing to operate. They will be paying $1,800 each month which will cover the rent and taxes of the property. The city encourages interested buyers to submit a business proposal to the city within the next two months...

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Antigo Woman Reports His Daughter's Boyfriend Is Taking Grandson's Medication

On Tuesday morning an Antigo woman stopped by the Langlade County Safety Building to report her grandson was not being given the correct amount of medication. The school had contacted her about the boy's grades and behavior. He was supposed to be taking Adderal, but admitted his mother's boyfriend has been taking the pills apart and ingesting the inside of the pill. An arrangement was made for the pills to be taken to the school where the boy would take them there. The woman is caring for the boy for the time being while his mother is in jail.

An Antigo woman also told police that she had recently learned her mother had taken out a life insurance policy ...

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Numbers Of WI Students In Advanced Classes Continues To Rise

The numbers of Wisconsin high school students who take Advanced Placement exams keeps growing. State education officials say 34-percent of last spring's graduating seniors took at least one A-P test -- up from 19-percent a decade before. Twenty-four percent of those taking the exams scored at least a three, on a scale of one-to-five. That's almost twice the 13-percent who scored three-or-higher back in 2004 -- high enough for those students to get college credits before they step foot on a campus.

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Wagner Shell To Host Event Benefiting Boys And Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County will be holding a fundraiser today at Wagner Shell gas station, located on Superior Street in Antigo. From 9AM-5PM, staff and club members will be offering to wash car windows for people that show up. From 11AM-3PM, they will hold a brat fry at the same location. Angel Zimmerman with the club says it's important for kids to give back to the community and get that sense of pride doing work.

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Antigo High School was well represented at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s recent production of “The Marriage of Figaro,” with four alumnus among the cast and crew. From left are Daniel Bradley, a freshman, and junior Mary Waterhouse, who both performed in the chorus, senior Seth K. Hale, Count Almaviva, and junior Levi Nicholson, assistant stage manager.

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Langlade Co. Woman Who Fired Gun To Scare Coyotes Scares Neighbor Instead

The Langlade County Sheriff's Office received a visit from a concerned man about his grandson Monday morning. The man stated the boy lived with him and his wife. He slept way too late and was not following their rules. When they requested to talk to him about his behavior that morning, the teen said he would be in jail or dead by the end of the night. Officers talked to the 18 year old who said he was not suicidal. He plans to move out of his grandparent's house soon.

At 9:45 PM, a man on County Road T complained to sheriff's deputies that his neighbor was firing a gun. He said it was reckless because there was no telling where the bullets would land.

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Robbins Flooring moved from parquetry to manufacturing NCAA basketball courts

Robbins Inc., with a plant in White Lake, traces its roots to the 1894 founding of the Cincinnati Floor Company by Robert A. Stoehr. Still headquartered in Cincinnati, the company originally designed and manufactured fine parquetry that replicated designs from English royalty and French chalets.

Through four generations and 120 years of operation, the business has grown and changed many times, having been involved in virtually all aspects of the residential, commercial, recreational and sports flooring business, from design, manufacture, and installation, to distribution, aftermarket floor care services.

Robbins currently focuses on two primary vertical markets, indoor sports/recreation and residential flooring.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal