Wausau Police Facebook

The Wausau Police Department wants to find the man who pulled off an armed robbery early Saturday morning.

According to a Facebook post, Wausau Police say the robbery happened at 12:45 a.m. Saturday at a convenience store in the 300 block of Grand Avenue.

The vehicle involved is missing a hubcap.

If you can identify this vehicle or person, please contact the Wausau Police Department at (715) 261-7811 or call Marathon County CrimeStoppers at 877-409-8777 (you can remain anonymous).

Rhinelander Police Facebook

A K-9 officer that helped patrol the streets of Rhinelander for nearly a decade has died.

The Rhinelander Police Department announced the passing of retired K-9 Drago in a Facebook post over the weekend.

Drago was born in Southern Wisconsinin in 2007, and went on duty after he and his human partner Sergeant Angela Welch completed their initial four-week certification course in April 2009.

During the course of his career, Rhinelander police say Drago had a total of 546 call outs resulting in 147 narcotic finds and many criminal apprehensions.

Minocqua Couple Among Americans Not Able To Get Home From Abroad

Mar 23, 2020
Submitted photo to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

A retired couple from Minocqua are among travelers unable to return to the United States, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Mary Myers and Daryl Carrington were traveling in South America when word came in the night while camping on a mountain in Peru that they had to leave. It didn't work. When they got to the airport in Cusco it was chaotic and they found that they couldn't get on the plane if they didn't have boarding passes.

A Vilas County judge denied a request to modify the sentence for a man convicted in the death of his wife 20 years ago.

Genelle Plude died in October of 1999 in Land O’ Lakes.

Her husband Douglas Plude had originally been convicted of murder by a jury in 2002, but that conviction was overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2008.  That decision came after the credibility of one of the state’s witnesses was called into question.

Plude was then convicted of first degree reckless homicide in a plea agreement, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Gov. Tony Evers Saturday delivered a short message to state residents: stay home.

Below is the press release and a link to Evers message via YouTube.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today reminded Wisconsinites to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), urging the public to stay home as much as they are able to help protect the health and safety of Wisconsin's healthcare workers.

Oneida County is telling people with a second or seasonal home within its borders not to visit.

It’s also telling snowbirds not to come back to the county during the coronavirus outbreak.

If people have already returned, the county wants them to self-isolate for two weeks.

In a release, the county pointed out it has one of the highest populations of older adults in Wisconsin and “very limited healthcare infrastructure.”

Oneida County Public Health Facebook

Oneida County Public Health is offering a daily update on local testing concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. Director Linda Conlon says they're getting word out on social media...

"We will be putting on our Facebook page Monday through Friday for Oneida county how many tests we have done, how many negatives, how many positives, if we have any, and how many tests are pending. We will be doing that Monday through Friday. In addition to our count, we will have a link to the Division of Public Health website which has the statewide count..."

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Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson has declared a State of Emergency in the city because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The declaration will expire April 17 unless extended.

It says all meetings will be held within the guidelines set down by Gov. Evers recent edict to limit the size of gatherings to 10 or under.

Among other points:

Community Resources- Information on childcare, healthcare, food programs, volunteer needs and other community resources.

View an Updated List of Local Community Resources

Jacquart Fabric Products

People know Ironwood-based Jacquart Fabrics for making the familiar Stormy Kromer hats.

But some restaurants and bars in the area now know the company for making vinyl signs, too.

Both Michigan and Wisconsin have a ban on in-person dining in response to the coronavirus.

Jacquart Fabrics is offering to make free signs with its vinyl printer advertising carryout food.


A person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Marathon County, the closest confirmed occurrence of the disease to the Northwoods to date.

The Marathon County Public Health Department confirmed the positive test Friday morning.

Wisconsin Records First COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 20, 2020
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has announced the first two deaths from coronavirus in the state. 

The first victim was a man in his 50s from Fond du Lac County.  The second was a man in his 90s from Ozaukee County. 

The governor made the announcement Thursday.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state has reached 159.  That includes one patient in Dane County who has recovered.


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Pastor Jeremy Vander Galien’s voice echoed through empty halls of Pine Grove Community Church in Rhinelander on Thursday afternoon.

There weren’t very many people in the building, and there will be few on Sunday during worship time.

“We’ll have eight people in the building.  Someone running the livestream and sound.  We have two pastors.  We’ll both be here.  Then, we have four musicians,” he said.

Marshfield Church Offers Drive Up Confessions

Mar 20, 2020
Keith Kitzhaber

A church in Marshfield is offering a way for people to go to confession even with crowd restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

The pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church says someone sent him a picture of a priest at another church holding drive up confessions in the parking lot.

"We have a limit of ten people in the building and it was an opportunity to create awareness, make it visible, make it more obvious and since we live on the main drag that's why I did that," said Father Keith Kitzhaber, Sacred Hearth Catholic Church's pastor. Amanda Mills, USCDCP

From the School District of Rhinelander:

Three days of meals are given on the Monday pickups and two days of meals are given on the Thursday pickups.



Northland Pines Schools in Eagle River are among several area school districts providing free meals to students during the mandated closure because of coronavirus.

At Northland Pines, District Administrator Scott Foster says they've undertaken an ambitious program to keep students fed....