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Antigo Police Department Participating In Click It Or Ticket Campaign Starting Next Monday

The City of Antigo Police Department will mobilize along with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign from May 18 to May 31, 2015.

Police Chief Eric Roller said in a press release that his officers are serious about safety belt enforcement, and they see far too many drivers and passengers needlessly killed or injured because they were unbuckled in a crash.

Although the states safety belt use rate of 85 percent is the highest ever, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes last year were not wearing safety belts.

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Sheriff's Deputies Handle Loose Horse Complaint For 8th Time In 1 1/2 Years

On Wednesday morning, shortly after 3AM, the Langlade County Sheriff's Office received a report of two horses who were in the road on Highway 47 near Christie Road. A short time later, the owner of the animals called looking for them. Dispatch told the woman their location and she rounded them up. After investigating, it was found this was the 8th complaint about the horses since December of 2013. The woman was advised the next report would result in a citation.

Wednesday afternoon, a manager of an Antigo construction company called to report that a person who had been fired at the end of April, had fraudulently used a company credit card for three days after until it was cancelled.

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Garage Sale Benefiting Humane Society Held In Antigo This Weekend

A garage sale to benefit the Langlade County Humane Society will be taking place on Friday and Saturday at 712 2nd Ave in Antigo. Hours are 3-7 PM on Friday and Saturday from 7AM-1PM. There are sporting goods for every season, trek bikes, educational tools, car stereo equipment, clothing, tools, craft items and many items for your pets. This is a multi family garage sale and has taken place for the last two years.

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Community garden is set for a busy summer

The sun is shining and thoughts are turning to spring planting.

For those new to gardening, or space-impaired, the Antigo Community Garden has several plots available at the site located behind the Antigo United Methodist Church.

“The Community Garden is a great opportunity for anyone looking to learn a little bit more about gardening, or is available to those who do not have the tools or space available to them,” Kari Lazers, a member of the organizing group, said. “It’s also a great way to meet new people and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Judge Mark Mangerson sentences Gleason man in unusual jail hall court

Visiting Reserve Judge Mark Mangerson and accompanying courtroom personnel left the local bench for a rare field trip Tuesday. Destination was the adjacent Langlade County Jail to sentence a defiant defendant who refused to leave his cell.

Roger Stein of Gleason was initially scheduled to learn his fate on Monday but a verbal, obscenity-laced tirade before then-sitting Reserve Judge Fred Kawalski quickly sparked Stein’s removal from the courtroom. The case was adjourned and a return trip planned but the act never occurred.

“We’ll take the mountain to Mohammed,” Judge Mangerson said following news that Stein, awaiting sentencing on a conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, would not leave his cell and an extraction and subsequent move from a secure to a non-secure location such as the courtroom could be both difficult and problematic.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

No Bird Flu Cases For Over A Week, But Grocery Stores Still Affected

It's been nine days since Wisconsin reported any new cases of the bird flu -- but grocery shoppers are feeling the effects of the virus in their pocketbooks. Market analysts say both grocery stores and their wholesalers are stocking up on eggs, creating supply shortages. But experts say there's no need to worry about a possible shortage of turkeys this Thanksgiving -- although you can expect higher prices. The A-P said the price of a dozen large eggs jumped from 1.19-a-dozen in mid-April to 1.39 now. Commodity market analyst Rick Brown of Urner Barry said there's been a much larger price hike for eggs used in processed foods like mayonnaise and cake mix. Brown said those eggs are now 1.03-a-dozen, up from 63-cents just three weeks ago. Frozen hens are up about three-percent. Iowa's egg producers have been hit the hardest by the recent bird flu outbreak, but a Jefferson County egg-laying operation with almost 800-thousand hens was also hit. In all cases, entire flocks are eradicated so the H-5-N-2 virus does not spread. Neighboring Minnesota has been the hardest hit for turkeys -- which were expected to drop in price in the meat case this year. Instead, they're up slightly.

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Water Repairs In City Of Antigo Will Result In Brown Water; Use Caution With Laundry

The City of Antigo reports that the water department is performing routine maintenance and repairs to the system as of noon today. If your water is temporarily discolored, avoid using bleach or whiteners when laundering. Also do not use hot water during this time so your hot water heater does not fill with discolored water. Repairs should be completed by end of today, but may cause brown water for 24-48 hrs after.

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Antigo School District Receives Results From Community Wide Survey

The Antigo School Board met for about an hour and a half for their committee of the whole meeting and heard a presentation from Deb Osborne from "School Perceptions", a company the district hired to conduct their community wide survey last month.

Osborne reports that the survey was sent to 5,571 people, and 17% responded. 24% of respondents were employees of the school district, and there was a 50/50 split of parents/non-parents.

Osborne noted that staff generally had the most positive answers about the schools, with parents being the most negative. Non-Parents were in the middle. On the question of how is the school doing, most answers were "fair" to "good".

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City, contractors get serious with street improvement projects

City of Antigo motorists can expect some increased congestion along Superior Street next week, but the goal is to have the roadway clear by the Memorial Day weekend.

According to Charlie Brinkmeier, project engineer, the two southbound lanes of Superior Street will be shut down beginning May 18, with traffic reroutes into one of the two northbound lanes to allow for utility connections as part of a summer construction project.

“People should be aware that there will be congestion in this area,” Brinkmeier said. “We’re hoping to get it all buttoned up before Memorial Day.”

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

City council might advance new entrepreneur program

The Antigo Common Council Wednesday may move forward with a program designed to spur interest in business development in the downtown core.

Action on the new program, known as the Entrepreneur’s Grant, tops a busy agenda for the monthly session, which also includes possible support—but no funding—for adding a canine officer to the police department.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the chambers at City Hall.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

New supply vendor at Lakeside

Customers at Antigo’s Lakeside Market are noticing some major changes in the downtown store today.

On Monday, the store took its first delivery from wholesaler Certco, Inc. with over 280 grocery partners including the retail giant Woodman’s Markets to bring the community price reductions and better bargains.

The switch brings the well-known house brand under the ShurFine label, a national brand of the highest quality at lower prices.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Anniversary Into Chicago Boy's Disappearance In WI Is Tomorrow

It was four years ago tomorrow when a suburban Chicago youngster disappeared following a two-day vacation trip to the Wisconsin Dells area. Timmothy Pitzen of Aurora Illinois was six when he vanished after leaving the Kalahari Resort in Lake Delton. His mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, was found dead a motel in Rockford Illinois a few days after her son disappeared.

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Two Weekend Events Draw Crowds To Antigo

There were many events that took place in Antigo over the past weekend, but two in particular drew very large crowds. One event was the inaugural ride for the Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club. Antigo City Administrator Mark Desotell who has worked closely with the group, stated that there was a great turnout, with around 125 people on 75 machines. The group for the most part was well behaved as well, and he credited the group's leadership for self regulating and making sure people behaved. He predicted the group will look to do a membership drive to raise it's participation, and extend the one year agreements with the Town of Neva and the Town of Antigo. Groups from as far away as Waterloo, Iowa made the treck up north.

Nationally known comedian Bob Zany also made an appearance in Antigo for Friday and Saturday performances at the Edison Club. The Friday show featured more than 120 people attending a dinner and show, and 75 people for the Saturday performance which was strictly a comedy show with no meal.

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School Board Encourages Community Input At Wednesday Meeting

The Antigo School Board Community Relations and Communications committee will meet for their monthly meeting Wednesday evening at 6:30 at the Antigo Middle School IMC.

The school board structure was changed not long after the change in school board power last April, with the board deciding a bulk of discussion would take place at Committee of the Whole meetings, and to create numerous committees.

The public is encouraged and welcomed to come to the meeting and share their thoughts on anything regarding the school district. Board member Patrick McKenna says the parents are very passionate about their child's education, and they want to hear those opinions.

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Veterans of Little League in the past help open the 2015 season

The Antigo Little League, an organization that is rich with history and thousands of members who remember being in the park at Second Avenue and Langlade Road, celebrated its 57th season Saturday as 2015 got rolling.

Two men who were there decades ago, Don Strobel and Tom Diercks, addressed the opening-day crowd. Strobel remembered the field when he arrived many moons ago, and Diercks brought out the “play ball” signal that brought the players to the field.

Strobel said that when he was a lad, he thought he had hit the major leagues inside the Little League Park, and it still is a very impassive facility, especially to the new players.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Chamber reveals Mothers of the Year

Like mother, like son.

Thirty-five years after Karen Braatz penned a letter about her mother, Betty Koss, that won the annual Mother of the Year contest, her son, Alec, did the same for her.

Braatz was the winner in the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce’s annual contest in the grades six to 12 category, joining Jessica Kalwitz, who won in the kindergarten through grade five division for a letter written by her daughter, Angelina Esparza.

Second place went to Wendy Nycz and daughter Autumn Shutte, grades six to 12; and Jennifer Navarro and daughter Kayleigh Parilek, grades kindergarten through five.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

State unveils three new license plates

Three new designs join the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s offering of specialty license plates. The most recent plate includes one dedicated to the memory of fallen law enforcement officers. The others feature the group-sponsored Trout Unlimited and In God We Trust.

“The newest plate honors all law enforcement professionals killed in the line of duty. We’re pleased that we can offer another way to recognize those who serve our state,” Megan Bergum, Special Handling Section chief, said.

This Law Enforcement Memorial license plate is now available. Unlike the other new releases, this license plate design was not established as a fundraiser. Specialty plates are made available for a $15 issuance fee for non-personalized plates.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

County will send three on Honor Flight

Two Langlade County residents will be among the three World War II veterans, 78 Korean War veterans and 10 Vietnam War veterans from central and northern Wisconsin who will travel to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that honor their service on Monday.

The trip marks the Never Forgotten Honor Flight’s 20th flight since the first outing took place April 27, 2010.

Bud Houtman and Dale Peterson of Antigo will be among those on the flight. Both served in the Army during the Korean War. Houtman was a demotion and automotive corporal stationed in the U.S. and Alaska from 1950 to 1952. Peterson, also a corporal, was a radio operator from 1951 to 1953, stationed at Yokata Air Base, Japan.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Busy Weekend For Area Law Enforcement

It was a busy weekend for area law enforcement. On Friday morning, police were dispatched to North Elementary for a student who was out of control. The subject, age 9, was throwing chairs, books, and knocking over tables. He then attempted to punch his teacher, forcing officers to handcuff him. The boy was suspended 1 week from school.

At 4:55PM, a resident on County Road A called 911 to report that a truck had driven through a ditch and had taken out a couple of mailboxes. His mailbox was cemented in, and thought the vehicle would have substantial damage. While authorities were checking the scene, the driver returned, and admitted to striking the mailboxes. The 68 year old Pickerel man faces citations.

At 7:08 PM on Saturday, an Antigo grocery store reported they had again been robbed of liquor by the same person as previous times. The woman was a Menominee resident, and was pulled over on the reservation by tribal authorities. The 30 year old was arrested on charges of retail theft.

Read more: WACD

Burglary suspects nabbed here today

The keen eye of an off-duty Langlade County corrections officer assisted in the morning capture of three burglary suspects today.

The men, coming from the Marshfield and Appleton-Menasha area, are believed to be linked to the illegal entry or attempted break-in of at least three area businesses.

Neighboring jurisdictions have been contacted on the chance that other areas may have also been targeted.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Postal workers to collect food Saturday

Antigo city and rural mail carriers will do their part to “stamp out hunger” this Saturday.

On Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service, Feeding America and other partners will hold their annual food drive that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2014, Americans donated 72.5 million pounds of food, feeding 30 million people. This was the 11th consecutive year of at least 70 million pounds collected by letter carriers. The drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food since it began.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Body of Missing Eagle River Man Found In Alaska River

The body of a 73-year-old Wisconsin man who was missing in Alaska for nine months has been found in a river.

Alaska State Troopers say an autopsy positively identified the body found May 2 as that of Roger Yaeger of Eagle River, Wisconsin.

Troopers say evidence suggests Yaeger shot and killed himself. They say there was no sign of foul play.

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Langlade County Residents Can Get Rid Of Old Electronics For Cheap Cost Saturday Morning

The Good News Project of Wausau will be holding an electronic recycling event on Saturday from 9am to noon in the Multi-Purpose Building at the Langlade County Fairgrounds. They will be accepting computers, laptops, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, any size or type of television, microwaves, phones, cell phones, and just about any electronic device with a cord. Data security is guaranteed. The cost is 40 cents per pound charge for recycling your old electronics.

Pick-up service will be available this year (for an extra charge)!

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Work To Be Done On Highway 47 In Two Weeks

Wisconsin 47 improvements in Langlade County are scheduled to begin on May 18th. Crews will work to replace the WIS 47 bridge over the Red River (Phlox) and extend the box culvert over the West Branch of the Red River in Norwood.

Pheifer Brothers Construction is the prime contractor for the $1.1 million project. Additional improvements include installation of sidewalk on the north side of WIS 47, erosion control, and the construction of a retaining wall.

The highway will be closed at the Red River bridge during construction. Traffic will be detoured via US 45, WIS 64, and WIS 55. Motorists can also expect to encounter temporary traffic signals at the culvert over the West Branch of the Red River.

Read more: WACD

Expect a crowd Saturday to welcome new Antigo ATV trail

In excess of 100 riders are expected to travel through Antigo and north to the Parrish Highland Trails for the inaugural trail ride for the Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club Saturday.

“This is great,” Pete Pennington, president of the club, said. “We’re getting calls from all over and are hoping for a huge turnout.”

The kick-off will be a big one, with ATV and UTV riders assembling with their machines at 8 a.m. in the Peaceful Valley Park located at 420 Field St. It promises to be a big group filled with plenty of camaraderie. A registration table will be set up for those interested in joining the Antigo club.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Religious Hospitallers continue Nursing Week hands blessing

The Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph are continuing a time honored tradition during Nurses Week, traveling from department to department and blessing the hands of caregivers.

“We bless the hands of nurses and of all staff, as we all work with nursing,” Sister Dolores Demulling explained this morning. “Nurses are the heart of the hospital and clinic.”

Over 200 staff members, including physicians have taken part in the blessing so far this week, with their hands anointed in oil either from St. Joseph’s Shrine in Montreal or oil blessed in Israel, Demulling said.

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Antigo Woman The Victim Of Computer Scam

On Wednesday morning, a man on Wilson Street called police about an ongoing noise complaint on his neighbor. The man had documented the noises, the time of night it occurred, and how many times he contacted law enforcement. Most of the complaints stem from the man's exhaust on his truck, so the man was given a 10 day warning to fix that. The woman was reportedly angry and stormed into the house, while officers continued to talk to the man. While he was leaving, an officer heard the woman outside walking down the street, yelling and swearing. She was given a citation for disorderly conduct.

On Wednesday afternoon, an Antigo man told police that his wife had been the victim of a scam. The woman stated she was on the computer when a blue screen popped up with an error message, stating to call a tech support number to get rid of a virus. The woman said she gave them her credit card number and was charged $199. The woman said the "company" ran tests on the computer all night remotely and she couldn't stop them.

An accident was also reported at Langlade Hospital yesterday. An 85 year old man was in the parking lot, and hit the gas instead of the break.

Read more: WACD


CHALKFEST—Brenden Powell, left, and Masha Anderson work on artwork at Antigo High school’s Chalkfest Tuesday afternoon in front of the main entrance. While overnight rain likely washed out many of the creations, artists hoped to repair or complete their drawings, many of which are extraordinary, this afternoon. In conjunction with Chalkfest, the tech ed department is offering an open house and sale of items made over the past year, along with plants grown by agricultural students in the greenhouse.

Read more: Antigo Daily Journal