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Electronics recycling event to be held in Antigo Friday, Saturday

A perfect opportunity to clean out those accumulated outmoded televisions, outdated computers and just about any electronic device with a cord arrives this weekend at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.

The electronic recycling event will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon in the multi-purpose building, with proceeds benefiting AVAIL and the Good News Project of Wausau.

Electronics will be recycled for 40 cents per pound with all proceeds beyond the cost of the recycling benefit the non-profit groups.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Langlade County Deputies Take Complaints On Dogs/Former Tenants

Yesterday morning, a man living on Edison Road in Langlade County, complained to sheriff's deputies that his neighbor's dogs were making too much noise. He relayed to law enforcement that the dogs are hounds and wake up at 5AM everyday and howl all day long. A deputy had warned the neighbor about the problem in the past. The neighbor was spoken to again and said there was nothing he could do to remedy the situation. He blamed the complainant for moving next to a house that has dogs. Police warned him he could be cited for disorderly conduct if the dogs were not kept quiet.

Another man who owns a property on Old 26, told deputies that the previous tenants had taken a washer and a dryer that didn't belong to them, because they claimed it no longer worked.

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Fire Destroys Northwoods Senior Center

A fire destroyed the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff early Wednesday morning. Seniors had meals in there, and also held many community events. Officials are not sure how the fire started yet. No one was hurt in the fire. Six different units responded to the scene including Arbor Vitae, St. Germain, Woodruff, Minocqua Fire, Lake Tomahawk and Hazlehurst Fire Departments.

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No New Revenues Expected As School Districts Prepare To Cut

Wisconsin officials got some bad fiscal news today. The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau projected no additional tax revenues over the next two years, beyond those already expected in the proposed state budget. What that means is that lawmakers will not be able to add or restore funds to various programs that were downsized in the budget Republican Governor Scott Walker proposed in February. However, state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he was still committed to restoring about 127-million dollars in state school aid that was added last year and was proposed to be cut for the first year of the next budget.

The Antigo School District has made plans to reduce the debt in the past month, designating $370,000 from the districts fund balance to reduce the deficit. The thought was that it would reduce staff cuts for next year, with two high profile decisions to be made, including making 5th Grade band an after school activity, and partnering with Northcentral Technical College to help with the district's business classes.

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Students take a vacation day to help with Spring Brook project

Antigo students had a vacation day from classes on Monday, but that didn’t mean they were relaxing.

Instead, several dozen students from various school and community organizations joined the city’s annual Spring Brook cleanup, scheduled this year to coincide with the day off.

“We had a great turnout,” Director of Parks and Recreation Sarah Repp said. “I think scheduling it on a no-school day absolutely brought a better turnout.”

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Person of interest jailed in local theft case

Antigo police have arrested an individual who has been deemed a “person of interest” in an investigation into dozens of thefts from unlocked vehicles.

The person, who has not been named, was taken into custody today as a result of a search warrant executed at a local home. The suspect remains jailed on probation hold.

In upwards of 60 vehicles have been targeted over the past several weeks in various areas of the city with another 10 residents adding their name to the list overnight.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Brennan Nowland and Erika Briggs reign as king and queen of Elcho prom

Brennan Nowland and Erika Briggs reigned as king and queen over Elcho High School’s 2015 junior prom on Saturday evening.

“Fly Me to the Moon” was the theme for the gala evening, held in a elegantly-decorated gymnasium before a crowd of family and friends.

Joining them on the court were Brandon Roberts and Cianna Reynolds, Ben Rustick and Alexxis Groat, Victor Wagner and Samantha Reichl, and Victor Taylor and Holly Ullman.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Big crowd turns out on a beautiful Sunday for Plow Days

It was the greatest of the Northwoods Tractor Club’s spring plow days programs.

The organization, based in the Neva area, gathered at the intersection of Highway I and Angle Road and drew a massive crowd for the camaraderie, tractors, petting zoo, vendors and plenty of food for the hungry crowd.

“This is the biggest crowd we ever had,” one of the tractor group’s leaders said as he rushed off to restock some of the elements for the food stand. “We really need ketchup,” he said.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Primetimes: Students combine art, technology with 3-D printing

Leonardo Da Vinci knew it centuries ago: Art begets science, begets art.

And they are learning it at Antigo High School too.

A bit like the Grand Master melded the two subjects centuries ago, modern artists and engineers are crossing the chasm that has long-separated them to create designs and products using the latest technologies.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Cleanup set Monday along Spring Brook

The city of Antigo is encouraging volunteers to put on their muckers or waders, grab some garbage bags, and join the Spring Brook clean-up.

The annual event will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s a day off for schoolchildren and Director of Parks and Recreation Sarah Repp said she hopes youngsters will come out for the morning and join in the beautification effort.

“Wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty,” she said.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

AHS bands are going 'outside the box' for concert Sunday afternoon

Antigo High School musicians will be playing “outside the box” Sunday.

According to Director Jeff Dewey, the annual spring concert will feature a few twists.

“The theme of the concert is ‘Outside the Box’ and the symphonic and concert bands will be highlighting selections that call for some different techniques and approaches not commonly seen in more traditional arrangements,” Dewey said.

That includes using different instruments, such as wine glasses, and techniques, including dipping a gong in water to alter the sound.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Speed Limit Bill Heads To Senate

The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit on at least some Wisconsin roads.

The bill would allow the state Department of Transportation to decide where to raise the limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. The measure would prohibit the DOT from raising the limit on four-lane roads with at-grade access, however.

The Senate is set to vote on the measure on Wednesday. It would then go to the state Assembly.

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School District Reminds Parents Of Sports Physicals

The Aspirus General Clinics and the Antigo Medical Building continue to offer WIAA sport physicals year round at a cost of $30

The school district encourages parents to not wait until the last moment to make an appointment. The physical must be paid for at the time of the appointment. No insurance will be filed except for those who have health insurance coverage under Medical Assistance.

If you are not certain if your athlete needs a physical, contact Beth Decker at Antigo High School.

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Antigo Police Arrest Person Of Interest In String Of Vehicle Burglaries

Antigo police say they have arrested a person of interest in the recent string of vehicle burglaries that have hit the city over the past month. The man was taken into custody on a probation hold. His name or other information has not been released. The police department stressed that the investigation continues.

Citizens are still encouraged to lock their vehicles doors, whether parked in the driveway or in their garage. Various items have been stolen including electronics, cash, and medication.

The police department announced on Friday that a $300 reward had been offered...

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Barrel train will join tractors in annual Plow Days lineup Sunday

A great little barrel train will join the line-up of heavy iron at the fourth annual Old Time Plow Days Sunday.

Sponsored by the Northwoods Tractor Club, the event will be hosted by Golden Arch Farm, located four miles northwest of Antigo at the corner of Angle Road and Highway I.

The barrel train was constructed by John Steger with help from Karl Illichmann, Wally Igl, Mike Shefel and Noskowiak Small Engine, which supplied the steering wheels. It is made up of six barrel cars, perfect for young engineers, pulled by a garden tractor.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Fly Me To the Moon is theme for Elcho High School prom Saturday

“Fly Me to the Moon” is the theme of Elcho High School’s 2015 junior prom, taking place Saturday evening in the school gymnasium.

Candidates for king, queen and court are shown in the photo below. In the back row, from left, are Brennen Nowland, Brandon Roberts, Victor Taylor and Victor Wagner. In the front row, from left, are Erika Briggs, Alexxis Groat, Samantha Reichl, Cianna Reynolds and Holly Ullman.

The prom is slated from 7 to 11 p.m. with the grand march at 8:30 p.m. A photo booth will be operating from 9 to 11 a.m.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Fishing Season Opens In Wisconsin

Wisconsin's inland fishing season begins tomorrow for sport anglers. Sunny and warmer weather is predicted, with highs mostly in the 70's, approaching 80 in some places. D-N-R fisheries' biologist Steven Hogler says pan-fish and walleye will be more active, thanks to a warmer spring and quicker spawning cycles than a year ago. However, he says the water temperatures are still relatively cold -- so anglers must be sure to wear the proper clothing, and use personal flotation devices while on boats. Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to attend the 50th annual Governor's Fishing Opener on the Chippewa Flowage at Hayward -- where he'll also recognize the 100th anniversary of that city's charter. Meanwhile, a catch-and-release policy is in effect in one of the state's more popular fishing spots at the Minocqua and Tomahawk chains-of-lakes. The walleye population has depleted in recent years. Gregg Walker of Walleyes-for-Tomorrow said many lakes no longer have vibrant male walleye populations.

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Volunteers Requested To Cleanup Springbrook Monday Morning

Volunteers are needed on Monday from 10AM-Noon at Springbrook for a clean-up by the 4th Avenue Dam Trail Head.

Come join your community in an effort to clean-up the area surrounding Springbrook. A FREE lunch will be provided at approximately 12:00pm for all participants.

The Parks and Rec Department will provide gloves, trash bags, and a limited supply of trash pickers.

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4th Annual Old Time Plow Days Ready For Sunday

The 4th Annual Old Time Plow Days will be held at Golden Arch Farm, this Sunday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, featuring up to 50 working antique tractors, old machinery display, and a parade at 12:30 pm featuring Cockshutts and CO-OPs. Golden Acres Farm is at the corner of County Highway I and Angle Road just 5 miles Northwest of Antigo. Entertainment will be The Dovers. Raffles, drawings, a cross-cut competition and petting zoo will also be taking place.

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Several stopped as part of special traffic detail

Close to a dozen squad cars made traffic stops within the Antigo city limits during the late morning and early afternoon Wednesday as part of a special traffic enforcement detail.

“I thought it went pretty well,” Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller said.

Conducted in cooperation with the Wisconsin State Patrol, the operation focused on traffic law violations and the transportation of illegal drugs. Two canines capable of sniffing out contraband were among the law enforcement units involved in the patrol.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Local criminal cases cleared through pleas

A Crandon woman arrested as the result of a traffic stop in the town of Ainsworth in January will serve time in jail.

Tanya S. Cooper, 31, was sentenced in Langlade County Circuit Court this week to serve five days in custody after pleading guilty to a second offense of drunken driving. She was additionally fined $1,379 and had her driver’s license revoked for one year. Upon applying to have it returned, she must equip her vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

Cooper also pleaded guilty to a bail jumping count and was placed on probation for one year.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Second Avenue water project advances

A fast-moving—and intricate—project to repair battered water mains along Second Avenue should be completed by early May.

On Wednesday, crews from Kautza Excavating, working from Langlade Road, bore a line under Spring Brook to connect with water lines on the west side of the creek.

“It was deep,” Charlie Brinkmeier, the city’s project manager, said. “We went about seven feet under the creek, and that’s 10 or 15 feet below the road bed.”

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Lukas will saddle Mr. Z for Derby Saturday, still thinks there is a win

In horse racing, picking a one-two finish is known as an exacta.

A one-two-three is an trifecta—a bit tougher. Select finishers one through four and you’ve got a superfecta, and a big payoff.

One through five is almost unheard of—known as a Super High Five at some tracks—and there’s not even a category for six.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Visser remains president as Elcho board opens new term

Officers remained unchanged followed the reorganization of the Elcho school board Monday evening.

The 2015 term opened with the board welcoming returning member Kari Lazers, who was re-elected without opposition in spring balloting on April 7.

Officers remained unchanged, with Dave Visser, board president; Bob Jensen, vice-president, Ann Mas, clerk, and Mary Moore, treasurer.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Climber with ties here survives Nepal quake

A mountain climber with ties to Summit Lake, attempting to be the first wounded warrior to summit Mt. Everest, has survived an avalanche set off by the powerful earthquake in Nepal that has killed more than 5,000 people.

Benjamin Breckheimer, 30, whose father, Dan Breckheimer, operates Billy Timber’s bar and restaurant in Summit Lake, was trying to become the first soldier seriously injured in combat to climb Mount Everest, according to his mother, Mary Lyons of Menomonee Falls.

“He and his guide had just come down from the mountain about five minutes before it hit and a lot of people were running,” Mary Lyons said.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

School board reorganizes at a busy meeting, even sets maintenance funds

The Antigo school board reorganized for the 2015 term Tuesday, and approved spending up to $120,000 in funds available from the current year’s budget on needed maintenance projects.

The board mixed its annual organizational business with its usual April session in a session that also included an interesting presentation by instructor Lila Gallenberg and freshman Bradley Westen on how the high school is using Chromebooks in the classroom. Last year, the district implemented a program to supply every freshman with a Chromebook, an initiative it will continue this fall.

“It’s been amazing this year,” Gallenberg said, explaining how she uses the equipment in her various English classrooms for assignments, journaling and homework review.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

Wisconsin DNR Reminds Hunters Of Electronic Registration For This Fall

The Wisconsin D-N-R is reminding deer-and-bear hunters that they'll have to register their animals electronically starting this fall. The agency has done away with manual registrations at places like bars and gas stations. Those businesses were concerned about losing customers during the hunting seasons. But the D-N-R emphasizes that any business can serve as an electronic registration station, by providing the computers and phones hunters will need. After a limited electronic registration program last year, the system is going statewide this year.

Read more: WACD

Tuesday Police Activity In Antigo and Langlade County

On Tuesday morning a man on Forest Avenue called sheriffs deputies to complain that his neighbors were cutting trees on his property. Deputies say the man is convinced that his fence is the property line, but the actual line is steaks, closer to the mans property. The mans neighbors are requesting the fence be removed. According to research done by deputies, the mans neighbors are in the right with this dispute.

A woman also reported that her credit card had been fraudulently used between 30-35 times to a tune of over $7,000. All of the activity has occurred since March 1st, and have been withdrawls at various ATMs around Antigo. The woman suspects the person who lives with her, who she says would be the only one with access to her card.

Also yesterday the Antigo Police Department investigated a retail theft that took place at an Antigo store last Thursday. A woman had walked out with numerous items including a 46 inch tv, a vacuum, two first aid kits, and numerous other items.

Read more: WACD