Court upholds conviction in 2008 Wood County homicide
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says a Wisconsin Rapids man was properly convicted of killing his daughter's ex-boyfriend.
Joseph Reinwand was sentenced to life in 2014 in...
Father pleads guilty in death of toddler son
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Rapids father has pleaded guilty to killing his 15-month-old son.
Thirty-three-year-old James Georgeson was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide Wednesday in a plea agreement with prosecutors. Georgeson called 911 in February 2017 to report his son wasn't breathing. The child was taken to a Wisconsin Rapids hospital and died two days later.
Wisconsin school officials consider bulletproof backpacks
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — School officials in Wisconsin aren't so sure bulletproof backpacks are an answer to possible violence in the classroom.
CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is charged with fatally shooting his uncle in northeastern Minnesota.
Thirty-two-year-old James Montano of Bayfield, Wisconsin, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault. Bail was set at $500,000.
CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot in northeastern Minnesota was the former director of the Native American Center at the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point.
Fifty-seven-year-old Andrew Gokee, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, was shot in the head over the weekend at his brother's house in the Carlton County community of Progress. He was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth where he died.
Sheriff: Wisconsin man shot in Minnesota dies
CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Wisconsin man has died after being shot in northeastern Minnesota.
Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said Monday that 57-year-old Andrew Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, died of his injury.
A 32-year-old man from Bayfield, Wisconsin, remains in jail. The sheriff's office says prosecutors plan to file a criminal complaint Tuesday.
Wisconsin man held in northeast Minnesota shooting
CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Minnesota are holding a Wisconsin man in a Friday night shooting.
The Carlton County Sheriff's Office says the 32-year-old man from Bayfield, Wisconsin, is in custody pending charges.
Authorities were called to the shooting just before midnight Friday. A man reported that his 57-year-old brother, Andrew Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, had been shot.
Madison United senior Tyra Turner places fifth in all-around at WIAA state gymnastics
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Tyra Turner was overcome with emotion as the crowd erupted following her floor routine in the WIAA Division 1 state individual gymnastics competition Saturday afternoon at Wisconsin Rapids High School.
All the Madison United senior had left to do was post a solid score on the vault and she would make it onto the podium for the all-around competition.
She scored a 9.6, which was good enough to tie her for the vaulting title alongside Middleton junior Karina Sabol.
Mount Horeb battles to a third consecutive third-place finish in WIAA Division 2 state gymnastics
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — It was so close, they could almost feel it in their taped-up, talcum-powdered hands.
But in the end Friday evening, the Mount Horeb gymnastics team finished just off the podium — taking third place for the third consecutive year — in the team competition portion of the WIAA Division 2 state gymnastics meet at Wisconsin Rapids High School.
The Vikings recorded a score of 137.1667 in the 10-team event.
- Wisconsin State JournalWIAA state gymnastics: MG's Payton Jenks-Recker caps senior year with D2 vault titleMarch 3, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalMount Horeb rebounds to finish second at WIAA Division 2 state gymnastics meetMarch 3, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesWatertown wrestlers fifth at E.H. Stech InvitationalDecember 18, 2018
- Watertown Daily TimesGoslings beat Rapids in openerNovember 28, 2018
- Watertown Daily TimesBenzing, Huber, Constable earn Division 3 state medals; Dodgeland girls 3rdOctober 30, 2018
Snow, sleet, freezing rain making travel challenging
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Snow, sleet and freezing rain are making travel challenging on this Presidents Day.
Dozens of school districts are taking the day off Monday because of the weather, including Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Neillsville and Waupaca. Other school districts decided Monday to dismiss students early, including Green Bay, De Pere and Marinette.
Baraboo 79, Salam School 35
Beloit Memorial 49, Janesville Craig 47, OT
Big Foot 73, Milton 72
Blair-Taylor 56, Hillsboro 40
Chicago Perspectives/Joslin, Ill. 76, Milwaukee Collegiate Academy 63
Dodgeville 58, Oregon 54
Dominican 83, Shoreland Lutheran 32
Jefferson 57, Fort Atkinson 40
Kenosha Christian Life 71, Westlake, Ill. 33
Kenosha Saint Joseph Catholic Academy 73, Milwaukee Ronald Reagan 59
Packers activate rookie LB Vince Biegel, sign 3rd snapper
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Vince Biegel is one step closer to playing for the NFL team that he has rooted for since childhood.
The Green Bay Packers activated Biegel from the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Friday. The rookie linebacker was sidelined for the first two months of the season as he slowly worked his way back from offseason foot surgery.
Stetsonville man dies in central Wisconsin tractor accident
TOWN OF ARPIN, Wis. (AP) — Wood County authorities say a Stetsonville man died when a tractor ran over him inside a shed in the Town of Arpin in central Wisconsin.
It happened around 9 p.m. Friday. The sheriff's department says deputies and first responders arrived to find 73-year-old Chris J. Jacobs under the tractor with head and shoulder injuries. He died at the scene, which was northwest of Wisconsin Rapids.
The department says nobody was riding the tractor and nobody else was injured.
Prep cross country preview: Middleton boys, Sun Prairie girls enter as Division 1 favorites
What: The 105th WIAA state boys cross country meet and the 44th state girls cross country meet.
Where: The Ridges Golf Course, 2311 Griffith Ave., Wisconsin Rapids
Tickets/parking: Tickets are $6 at the gate. No spectator parking is available at or near the course. Shuttle buses will be running to and from three park-and-ride locations: Hockey rink field (1731 Grove Ave.), Wisconsin Rapids High School (1801 S. 16th Street) and Grand Rapids Lions Club (2411 S. 36th St.)
WIAA state football playoffs: Complete list of pairings for all seven divisions
Here are the pairings for the first round of all seven divisions of the WIAA state football playoffs, organized by brackets and groupings.
First-round games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, although schools are free to change their game time or date by mutual agreement.
Seedings (by eight-team grouping, four per division) and regular-season won-lost records are in parentheses.
(8) Eau Claire Memorial (6-3) at (1) Bay Port (9-0)
Karen J. McLean, 802 E. Washington Ave., Ellensburg, WA passed away September 6, 2017, on her 83 birthday after a long hard fought battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A memorial service will be held on October 8, 2017 at 1:30pm at First Lutheran Church, 512 N. Ruby, Ellensburg, WA. Karen was born September 6, 1934 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to the Harold and Gertrude Zager. Karen married Glen McLean May 10, 1957 in Wisconsin Rapids. They moved to Ellensburg in 1965 so Glen could work for the...
APNewsBreak: $4M for tiny Wisconsin airport near golf course
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A tiny airport in central Wisconsin that's seen an influx of private jets since a Republican donor's world-class golf course opened nearby would get $4 million in improvements under funding slipped into the state budget this week.
The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee approved the funding after the developer of the Sand Valley Golf Resort, Mike Keiser, donated $25,000 to the state Republican Party in February, records reviewed by The Associated Press show.
The Mankato MoonDogs were one of four teams to survive the first round of action as the Northwoods League playoffs began on Monday.
All four quarterfinals games were single elimination.
The MoonDogs rolled with an easy 12-0 road victory at Eau Claire. Daniel Amaral, Jake Shepski and Kenton Crews all hit home runs for Mankato. Crews finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Shepski was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Wisconsin cranberry growers projected to continue leading US
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin cranberry growers are expected to continue leading the nation in cranberry production this fall.
Projections released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday say Wisconsin is expected to harvest an estimated 5.6 million barrels of cranberries. That projection is part of the approximately 9 million barrels of cranberries expected nationwide.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — One night after scoring 22 runs in a doubleheader split against Rockford, the Madison Mallards could muster just six hits in a 2-1 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in a Northwoods League amateur baseball game Thursday night.
The Mallards (30-25, 11-9 second half), who managed six singles, lost to Isaiah Carranza for the second time in a week. The Rafters improved to 39-17, 12-8.
The Northwoods League amateur baseball game between the host Madison Mallards and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters was rained out at Warner Park.
It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 28.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Madison Mallards ran into a juggernaut Sunday afternoon.
The Mallards, who led 2-1 in the fourth inning, allowed single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings before Wisconsin Rapids settled matters with a four-run seventh en route to a 7-2 victory in a Northwoods League amateur baseball game at Witter Field.
The South Division-leading Rafters (12-1), the reigning league champs, won their franchise-record 10th consecutive game.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge has tossed out the 30-year-old rape convictions of a former Wisconsin Rapids man.
Reserve Judge Daniel Moeser on Friday ordered a new trial for Richard Beranek, 58. Beranek was convicted in 1990 for the 1987 rape of a rural Stoughton woman.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2s6laCr ) the judge found issues with hair evidence used to convict Beranek.
Barbara L. Masche, 74, Port Edwards, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017, at her residence.
Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nekoosa Wednesday, June 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. John Swing will officiate. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at ritchayfuneralhome.com.
Rebecca A. "Becky" Heiser, 64, of Baraboo, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, at University Wisconsin Hospital.
Rebecca, daughter of Alfred and Louise Kissinger, was born Dec. 24, 1952, in Wisconsin Rapids. She was united in marriage to Ralph Heiser on Aug. 26, 1972.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of dragging an officer alongside a car before leading police on a chase.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Plans are being made for a new research facility to support Wisconsin's $1 billion cranberry industry.
The Wisconsin Cranberry Research and Education Foundation said Monday it's purchasing about 155 acres in Jackson County for the research station. The purchase is being made with federal funds and private contributions.
Bear in Tree in Central Wisconsin Town
ROME, Wis. (AP) — The Laurentide Ice Sheet did quite a number on Wisconsin.
Annette Marie Kehl, 63, Beaver Dam, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, at UW Hospital in Madison.
A celebration of life service for family is pending come summer. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Annette was born Feb. 2, 1954, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, to Alvin and Avis (Harmon) Bishop. She was married to Martin Kehl.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Jefferson made its first-ever trip to the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships, finishing sixth during the Division 2 team competition, while one of their own earned a trip to the podium.
During the two day-day event held at the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Fieldhouse, the Eagles were among 10 teams that qualified in the D2 field with a team and finished sixth with a total of 129.250 points.
Jefferson began on the floor exercise, finishing eighth with a score of 33.750.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Jefferson made its first-ever trip to the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships finishing sixth in Division 2 Friday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Fieldhouse.
The Eagles were among 10 teams that qualified in the D2 field with a team total of 129.250 points.
Jefferson's even scores included: floor exercise (33.750), vault (33.583), uneven bars (30.917) and balance beam (31.000).
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The 47th WIAA Gymnastics State Championships will take place Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids.
The team championships will begin Friday at 2 p.m. The individual competition will begin at 11:10 a.m. Saturday.
Among the area teams is Jefferson, as the Eagles finally punched a ticket to the WIAA State Championships for the first time in the program’s nearly 50-year history.
Wisconsin Rapids authorities investigate fatal fire
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal fire in Wisconsin Rapids.
Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment building around 3 p.m. Monday. Deputy Fire Chief Scott Young says they forced their way into the unit and found the resident dead.
Young says it's likely that the fire occurred overnight and put itself out due to a lack of oxygen.
Reports of tampered Halloween candy surface in Wisconsin
NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — Police in at least two Wisconsin communities are investigating reported cases of children getting tampered candy while trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Two families in Neenah reported finding nails inside Tootsie Rolls. Police in Wisconsin Rapids are looking into a similar reported case.
Authorities recommend parents check their children's Halloween candy before allowing the children to eat it.