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Woman sentenced to six years in prison

Waupaca County Judge Raymond Huber sentenced April Hardegen, 31, to six years in state prison and four years of extended supervision. Hardegen appeared in court for sentencing Wednesday, June 29. On Feb. 24, she entered guilty pleas to two counts of first-degree reckless homicide in the 2021 heroin-overdose deaths of...
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Riverfront Rendezvous returns to Stevens Point

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Riverfront Rendezvous is back at Pfiffner Park this weekend for its 38th year of bringing music to the masses. The weekend long event started Friday evening at 5:00 and features three stages to accommodate the 18 bands that will perform. “You know we’ll do everything from...

Iola native Connor Kurki happy to pitch close to home

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - Iola native Connor Kurki is pitching for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters this summer, which is a lot closer than what he is used to. Kurki plays college baseball at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Most of his friends and family haven’t been able to see him pitch in-person since high school, when he played for Iola Scandinavia.

Leslie, Patricia L.

Patricia L. Leslie, age 60, of Waupaca, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center- Appleton. She was born in Germany on February 22, 1961 to Harold and Viola (Larnard) Leslie. Patricia worked as a CNA for in home residents, a job in which she excelled. She...

Governor visits New London

Gov. Tony Evers came to New London June 29 and announced two state grants to encourage local job growth. The Waupaca County Economic Development Corp. will receive $3.2 million for 24-hour workforce transportation services in Waupaca and Outagamie counties. Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin was awarded $6.5 million to...

New London woman gets 6 years for OD deaths

WAUPACA, Wis. — A New London woman is sentenced to six years in prison for providing the drugs that killed two people. April Hardegen was convicted in Waupaca County Court of two counts of First-Degree Reckless Homicide and other charges. Kendra Rateau and Jordan May died after taking the...

Lot 31 Beeler Drive Shawano WI

Looking for that piece of land for your ”up north” home? Look no further. This almost one-half acre wooded lot is calling your name. Utilities have been run to the property already. No need to have them run, or have a septic system installed. This is on municipal sewer and water. You can have lake living without the lake hassle. Conveniently located near Swan Acres boat launch and Shawano Lake. The land is on a dead end street, adding to its appeal. If you are into biking, running, horseback riding, snowshoeing, or skiing, the Wiouwash State Trail is nearby, boasting 41 miles of trails. Snowmobiles are also allowed on the trail. Build your dream northern home now.

Portage County man gets 21 years in prison for Plover home invasion that ended in a killing

STEVENS POINT – A 32-year-old Nelsonville man who pleaded guilty to a Feb. 8, 2021, home invasion that ended in a killing, then tried to withdraw his plea, was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in prison. Benjamin C. Smith, pleaded no contest on Feb. 11 to and was found guilty of being a party to the crime of felony murder. He pleaded guilty to additional charges of being a party to two counts of armed robbery, three counts of false...

Fossum, Janet M.

Janet M. Fossum, age 64, of Waupaca, WI, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, WI. She was born August 23, 1957 in Ashland, WI; daughter of Clarence and Mary (Nelson) Gregoire. On May 26, 1979, Janet married Gary Fossum in Ashland and together they raised two wonderful children. They moved from Ashland to Waupaca in 1997 where she started working at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, first as a CNA and then as their full-time beautician. Janet had a talent for crafts and could knit, crochet or sew just about anything. She will be deeply missed by all of her loving family and friends.

Events worth checking out for the week of June 30

THURSDAY 6/30 | CAMPANILE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, MINOCQUA. Alive Again: The Chicago Project came together to honor the timeless music of the band Chicago. This 10-piece band is made up of diverse musicians from Northeast and Central Wisconsin who all share a common passion: keeping the music of Chicago alive. This special concert features all of Chicago’s greatest hits including, “Saturday in the Park”, “Make Me Smile”, “If You Leave Me Now”, “Beginnings”, “25 or 6 to 4”, “Hard Habit To Break”, “Glory Of Love”, “You’re The Inspiration” and many more! Starts at 7 pm. $25 adult, $15 student. Details at

‘It’s like a family’: Angie’s Main Cafe closes in Shawano

SHAWANO, Wis. (WFRV) – Since 1948 it has been a staple on Main Street in downtown Shawano. On Thursday at 2 p.m., a popular eatery closed for good. People from all over packed Angie’s Main Cafe for one final meal. Since the news that Angie’s was closing, seats have been full.

Woman sentenced in fatal overdoses

WAUPACA (WLUK) -- A New London woman has been sentenced for providing the drugs in two fatal overdoses. April Hardegen, 31, was sentenced to six years in prison and four years on extended supervision. Earlier this year, she pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree reckless homicide, plus counts of...

Stevens Point given ‘Walk Friendly’ designation

Stevens Point has been named a “Walk Friendly Community.”. Mayor Mike Wiza said the city had been awarded a bronze-level designation by Walk Friendly Community, a national organization sponsored by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. The Walk Friendly Communities program encourages towns and cities across...

Home decor shop opens on Main

“I’ve always wanted to open up a home décor store since I was little. I always small-town shopped with my mom and my grandma and I’ve always dreamed of it,” said Megan Swisher as she affixed price tags to some new products that just arrived. Huck...