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Country 106 Presents Farm Woman Of The Year Award At Wednesday Luncheon

On Wednesday afternoon, Country 106 presented Elaine Bergman, a farmer in Summit, as the 2015 Farm Woman Of The Year. Elaine runs the day to day operations of the farm and raises sheep, chickens, horses, and they've had other livestock in the past. The Bergman farm has been in operation for over 100 years.

Bergman said she was initially skeptical when she received the call because it was on April Fools Day, but said she was honored that her neighbor, Connie Brayton would nominate her.

Bergman said she was pleased it has remained a family farm with her daughters heavily involved with 4H and FFA when they were younger and helping run the farm while Elaine's husband was working for the DNR, and now her grandchildren who help out as well.

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Police: Lock your doors to prevent theft

The Antigo Police Department is again urging residents to lock their vehicle and garage doors in light of another rash of thefts which has targeted the city over the past few weeks.

An estimated five dozen locations have been hit, including several over the last two nights, with at least one or more unlocked vehicles — and some garages — being entered at each location.

“Lock your doors,” Chief Eric Roller said. “If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call police immediately as it could be beneficial in locating the suspects.”

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Want to buy a locomotive? State museum is having a sale Saturday

Want to buy a locomotive?

Your chance comes Saturday.

With a new—and expensive— focus on operating a steam locomotive excursion train at the Mid-Continent Museum, the organization will host a never-before opportunity Saturday to bid on items that do not fit its focus or needs.

The museum was forced to discontinue using steam locomotives in favor of diesel engines in the early 2000s when extensive repair costs forced it to park its main steamer, Chicago & Northwestern No. 1385.

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Wausau Teen Scores Perfect On ACT Test

It's not often when a Wisconsin high school student gets a perfect score on the A-C-T college entrance exam. A junior at Wausau West is the latest to accomplish the feat. Anusha Naik had the top composite score of 36 recently. Anusha aced questions in English, math, reading, and science. A-C-T officials say less than one-tenth of one-percent of the students who take the exam get the perfect-36. It's up to the schools to announce the feat, so it's safe to say we don't hear about everyone who aces the test statewide.

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Oneida Man Stabs Father, Burns House After Dispute

A northeast Wisconsin man is accused of stabbing his father in the face, and setting fire to the home they shared. Twenty-two year old Andrew Johnson of Oneida is being held under a quarter-million dollar bond on five felony charges that include attempted homicide, reckless endangerment, aggravated battery, and arson. According to prosecutors, Johnson stabbed his father outside the home on March 21st, and then set fire to the structure. Authorities said an argument led to the stabbing. After that, officials said Johnson's father and uncle went into the house, called 9-1-1, and locked the doors -- and the defendant then grabbed a gas container and threw it at the house to get it to start burning.

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Antigo High School juniors have a big time at their prom on Saturday

Antigo High School celebrated “A Night of Kings and Queens” Saturday, at the 2015 junior prom.

A casino night theme kicked off the spring prom season in Langlade County, with the Sheldon Fieldhouse filled with black and red balloons and an acroutrement of gaming symbols, including giant playing cards and dice.

Following the grand march, Hayden Groot and Lexie Schroeder were announced as king and queen.

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Andy Merry back on school board Tuesday

Andy Merry will return to a familiar seat when the Unified School District of Antigo board of education holds its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday.

The reorganizational business will take place at the opening of the regular April session. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the media tech room at the high school.

Merry was the top vote-getter in the spring election and will join the nine-member panel for a three year term. It is a familiar spot for him, serving from 2010 to 2013. He replaces Mike Jaje, who did not seek re-election.

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Antigo's Jim Martinsen earns honors at Wausau visual arts exhibition

Antigo photographer Jim Martinsen earned first place at the Wausau Visual Arts “Cattails and Flowers” show currently hanging in the “Reaching New Heights Gallery” inside Marshfield Clinic, 3501 Cranberry Blvd, Weston.

His first place photograph, “Just Before the Snow,” is an image of a teasel viewed through a rain-spattered window.

Katy Ralph, administrator of the Nicolet College Art Gallery judged the show.

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Ace Equipment growing, looking for employees who are skilled, team players

Ace Equipment Company, launched in 1997, is one of the area’s leading manufacturers of garbage compactors and cardboard balers.

The company, located on Cherry Road northeast of Antigo, is owned by Eric Fuller and began by building one piece of equipment at a time. With each new machine, the brand gained popularity and the business grew to the 65,000 square foot shop that develops trash compactors, apartment compactors, self-contained compactors, front compactors and vertical balers.

“Utilizing cutting-edge technology and the skills of its employees, we’ve been able to stay on top of the market,” Angela Jacobson for Ace Equipment, said. “Continuous improvement and new designs have been attracting more customers as well as the reliable service that we have and continue to offer with each machine sold.”

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'Pickers' will be searching here

American Pickers coming to Wisconsin

The northwoods, with a host of old barns, ramshackle homesteads and dilapidated sheds tucked along back roads, may become a picker’s paradise.

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology will film episodes of their hit series “American Pickers” throughout Wisconsin in May, and Antigo is on the list.

“American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique picking on History. The show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

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Antigo School Board Faces Busy Agenda Ahead At Tuesday's Meeting

The Antigo School Board will meet for their monthly meeting tomorrow, which will feature the three board members elected in April being seated. The meeting will begin at 7PM with taking the oath of office, and re-organizing committees and leadership positions. Currently, the board president is Mike Boldig. New policies will come to the board including a revised tobacco policy based on the emergence of vapor or e-cigarettes, as well as one on course options. Tim Prunty will present the prioritized list and estimated costs of projects that can be completed before the start of the new year which is a total of $120,000.

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Weather Looks Good For Farmers For Foreseeable Future

This could be the week that Wisconsin farmers finally get some field work done, as they get ready to plant their crops. The National Weather Service says a high-pressure system will keep things dry all week throughout the Badger State, with highs in the 60's each day and maybe the 70's on Friday. Technical agronomist Mike Weiss of Asgrow-Dekalb said farmers in northwest Wisconsin planted at least some corn a couple weeks ago. Most of Wisconsin is pretty dry, but soils are said to be wetter in central and eastern areas near Marshfield and Sheboygan. Soil temperatures are low, due to overnight lows in the 20's -- but Weiss says he's not too worried about that. The Weather Service says it will be warmer at night this week, with lows mainly in the 30's-and-40's. Weiss said farmers there might be a week behind the others.

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Weekend Law Enforcement Activity

On Friday morning, an Antigo man told police that he had just witnessed a head on collision at the intersection of Center Street and Neva Road. One driver, a Hatley woman, was airlifted to Wausau Aspirus Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The woman told officers that she had fallen asleep behind the wheel before the crash. She was cited for inattentive driving.

On Friday evening, a woman reported her husband missing, saying she hadnt seen him since the previous morning and he hadnt showed up for work. The woman said there had been no domestic issues to speak of and the man wasnt depressed. Multiple agencies from Langlade county and Lincoln county searched for the man in woods, buildings, and sheds. A DNR plane was also brought in for assistance. He was found just after noon on Saturday walking on Rangeline Road with numerous supplies with him. He told officials he had a lot on his mind and just wanted to get away. He was taken to the hospital.

On Sunday night, a woman on Edison Street reported that her two dogs were fighting with each other.

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The air is lush at Canopy Gardens

On the most dismal of days, the air is lush at Canopy Gardens.

The hydroponic greenhouse, operated by Pam and Pete Augustyn east of Antigo off Orchard Road, is preparing its first harvest of the year, bringing home-grown tomatoes to a public weary of the tasteless fruits imported from the south.

“We have to close down the greenhouse every year and clean everything to get ready for the new crop,” Pam said. “Then it takes about 100 days from seed to producing tomatoes.”

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Antigo man convicted on child sex charges

After less than two hours of deliberation, a Langlade County jury returned with a verdict of guilt Thursday afternoon for an Antigo man charged with the sexual assault of a four-year-old girl.

Edward “Freddy” Fleming said nothing when Judge Lamont Jacobson read the panel’s ruling but watched carefully as each juror was individually questioned to ensure their finding was indeed unanimous.

And as he and his defense counsel, Attorney Thomas Wilmouth of Hazelhurst, were advised of the next step of the process — a stay in the Wisconsin prison system until an official sentencing hearing on a date yet to be set — the victim’s family and supporters congregated in the hallway, providing hugs and voicing satisfaction in the ruling.

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Students from here going to U.W. in the fall attend alumni meeting

The Antigo Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association held its Founders Day celebration Thursday evening welcoming young people planning to launch a career in higher education in Madison this fall. They mixed nicely with members of the association who have already graduated.

The annual event is a mix of fund-raising, an update on campus activities and a get acquainted opportunity for the students.

Those students include Aracely Becerra, Deerbrook, Andrew Blink, Riley Jones, Cameron Noskowiak, Michael Purdun, William Schmidt, Jamie Spychalla, all from Antigo and Bradley Bennett, a student at Elcho High School, Deerbrook.

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Ice Age Trail Hike Set For Saturday

The Ice Age Trail Chapter will be holding a hike this Saturday. The trail is a thousand-mile footpath-entirely within Wisconsin-that highlights the Ice Age landscape features while providing access to some of the state's most beautiful natural areas. The hike will cover a portion of the Ice Age Trail in Langlade County. Interested hikers should meet in front of the Forestry Department office at the Fairgrounds in Antigo at 9:00 a.m.

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Langlade County's Jobless Rate Continues To Decline

Jobless figures were released this week and Langlade County's rate continues to drop. It's 1.6% lower than in March of 2014, but still almost 3 points above the state average. Other counties of not include Oneida at 8.3 percent; Forest at 9.6 percent; and Shawano Count at 6.1%Rates were unchanged or declined in 70 of 72 counties from February to March.

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Spring prom season starts here Saturday with 'Casino Night'

Antigo High School will kick off the spring promenade season with “Casino Night” on Saturday.

Candidates for prom king, queen and court are shown in the photo above. From left are (kneeling) Nicole Payant and Nadia Voytovich; (first row) Megan Nedden, McKenzy Powell, Jillian Incha, Lexie Schroeder, Brittney Bastle; (middle row) Arin Ver Hagen, Max Nowinsky, Nick Greening, JJ Kasin Liu, Brian Cuevas Ruiz, Marisa Young; (back row) Sam Brettingen, Zach Falk, Hayden Groot, Jake Husnick and Alex Nagel. Missing is Kira Simonis.

The dance will be held in the Sheldon Fieldhouse. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the grand march beginning at 8 p.m.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Jobless claims fall here during March, far below rate in 2014

Langlade County’s jobless rate fell to 7.4 percent for March, a marked improvement over a year earlier, but still almost 3 points above the state average.

According to the state Department of Workforce Development, the local jobless rate was 1.6 percent lower than March of 2014 and down .3 percent from February.

The local rate was also a bit better than the surrounding counties of Oneida, 8.3 percent; Forest, 9.6 percent; and Vilas, 10.2 percent. The highest rates in the state were recorded in Door, 11 percent, and Menominee, 11.3 percent.

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Man Calls For Ride Home After Getting Drunk And Ending Up South Of Antigo

On Wednesday, a retail store in Antigo reported a shoplifting incident that had occurred last week. They found the incident while reviewing security footage. A male subject came into the store without a jacket and left wearing a $100 Under Armor black jacket. The store got the mans license plate, as he left in a blue chevy truck.

In the afternoon, a White Lake woman reported to dispatch that she was having issues with her neighbor, who was using a bulldozer and cutting trees on her property without permission. The man told deputies that he was cleaning up the ditch line and didn't get permission first. The woman said it did look better but was still unhappy about not asking permission first. The dispute was settled between the neighbors.

Just before 3AM Thursday, a 22 year old Antigo man requested a ride home from officers. The man was on Highway 45 walking towards Antigo, and was South of County Road D. The man told officers it was his birthday, and he went out by himself and got drunk.

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ATV Club Prepares For Inaugural Ride; Monthly Meeting Thursday Night

Not Bob's Bar in Antigo will be the host for Thursday night's meeting for the Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club. Much of the conversation will focus on the organization's inaugural ride on Saturday May 9th. Participants will meet at 8AM at Peaceful Valley Park in Antigo. A police escort will begin at 9AM through Antigo to the new trail head on Amron Avenue.

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Bill Kraft adds family memories to program on Kraftwood Gardens

The Antigo Garden Club had a special meeting Tuesday evening.

The Langlade County Historical Society hosted a look at Kraftwood Gardens, a sprawling complex on the shores of Enterprise Lake in the town of Elcho. It was developed by J.L. Kraft, the man who founded the Illinois-based food giant, and remains under Kraft family ownership today.

Joe Hermolin has researched the history of Kraftwood and created visuals that were used at the Garden Club event. But there was a surprising and delightful twist, William and Charotte Kraft came to the program to share first-hand stories about his family and Kraftwood. The couple now reside in Eau Claire.

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Rep. Tiffany: Federal Government Should Stay Out Of Handling State Forest

Three Republicans say the federal government should let the state manage Wisconsin's only national forest. State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representatives Jeff Mursau of Crivitz and Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander are upset about a proposed 11-percent cut in the U-S Forest Service recreational budget for next year. The three lawmakers believe that the state can manage timber harvest operations more efficiently than Washington can. They claim the savings would more than pay for the recreation offered by the Chequamegon-Nicolet (sheh-wah'-meh-gn Nik-o-lay) National Forest. They said it would also reduce the risk of fires in the one-and-a-half-million-acre forest -- all with no additional tax dollars needed.

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Woman Selling Items From Her Home Has Money Stolen

Yesterday afternoon, a Shawano woman claimed her son had lived with her until recently, when it was determined he was still using drugs. The woman noticed after he had left that he left his facebook account open, and messages hinted to drug sales in Langlade County. The investigation will continue.

At 3:22, a woman reported a theft from her home in Elcho. She is in the process of moving to an apartment and the money was from her selling some items. $1,400 was taken from a plastic storage container. It happened a few weeks ago but the woman stated she was scared to come forward. There are two suspects in the case. The investigation continues.

Last night, shortly before 11PM, a woman stated that she and her brother were standing outside a downtown Antigo bar, when her boyfriend walked outside, threatened them, and went back in the bar.

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Thief Who Robbed Wausau Police Chief Sentenced To Time In Jail

A man accused of breaking into the home of Wausau's police chief and stealing his pick-up truck will spend almost three months in jail in his home area of western Michigan. Forty-year-old Jason Warner withdrew an insanity plea and struck a deal with Marathon County prosecutors. He pleaded no contest yesterday to a felony count of vehicle theft, and misdemeanors of theft and criminal damage. A burglary charge was reduced to criminal trespassing. Prosecutors said Warner broke into Police Chief Jeff Hardel's home near Wausau last August and left another vehicle in the chief's yard, before driving off with Hardel's pick-up. It was left at a truck stop, where Warner got a ride from somebody else. He was arrested while walking along Interstate-94 in western Wisconsin. His parents reported Warner missing, saying he suffers from paranoid schizo-phrenia and was not taking his medications.

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Langlade County Health Department Warns Of Meningitis; Urges Vaccinations

The Langlade County Public Health Department is urging residents to have their children vaccinated for meningitis. Friday is World Meningitis Day, and Wednesday is immunization day at the health department. The first dose for meningitis should be given at age 11-12 years and the booster dose between the ages of 16-18. Parents of seniors are encouraged to call to ensure they have all the shots needed before they graduate.

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