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WSAW anchor charged with OWI

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Morning anchor Holly Chilsen was charged with OWI for an incident on June 12. Chilsen has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She’ll return to court on Aug. 4. She is free on a $500 signature bond.
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Vietnamese restaurant once located in mall will reopen in Weston

WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) - Pho Zone, a Vietnamese food restaurant, will move into the former Fixations location in Weston. The building is located at 4202 Schofield Ave. Pho Zone opened in the Wausau Center Mall in 2019. The pandemic forced abrupt closures at the mall and the entire building eventually closed and was later razed.
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Northwoods Marching Band to perform at Rose Parade

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - It’s a day of celebration for the Northwoods Marching Band. They’ve been formally invited to perform at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 2, 2023. Getting the honor to play in the Rose Parade in Pasadena doesn’t happen every day. “This...

State Park Speedway story/results from June 30

WAUSAU, Wis. (June 30) – A showdown in the final laps between the visiting star and the reigning champion gave fans a dramatic finish at State Park Speedway Thursday night, but as he often has over the last three years, Justin Mondeik again had the answer. With visiting NASCAR...

Two involved in Wood County crash

WOOD COUNTY – A Marshfield woman was injured when she failed to yield for an oncoming truck. The crash occurred on June 29 at 8:02 p.m. at the intersection of Highways 173 and GG in the township of Port Edwards. According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, an SUV...

Arrest warrant issued for Wausau-area man in child assault case

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of repeatedly assaulting a child over a period of years, beginning when the girl was just four years old. Charges of repeated sexual assault of a child and exposing a child to harmful material were filed June 20 against Julio Lopez, 29, of Hatley. Police say Hatley repeatedly showed the girl explicit photos, sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill a family member if she disclosed the abuse.
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Eight Wisconsin Marching Bands Invited to 2023 Tournament of Roses Parade

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) — Eight Central and Northwoods Wisconsin High Schools will combine to form the 430-member Northwoods Marching Band in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade next January. “We’re looking for moments of happiness in this world,” said Wausau East Band Director Rob Perkins as he and the...

Suspect in Wausau 7th OWI crash held on $20K bond

A Wausau man facing his seventh drunken driving charge following a crash this week is being held on a $20,000 cash bond, court records show. Gregg B. Kandutsch spent three years in prison for his most recent prior OWI conviction. Now, he faces a minimum 3 1/2 years in prison and a maximum 12 1/2 years if he is convicted of the latest charge.

Taste N Glow Balloon Fest gets commemorative beer

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Taste N Glow Balloon Fest has its own namesake beer from Bull Falls Brewery. Like many aspects of the event, the beer will help fund a charitable cause. The Taste N Glow Balloon Fest contributes to a number of charities in Wisconsin, which this year includes supporting the state’s veterans.

Wausau to launch search for new HR director

Wausau is searching for a new human resources director to replace Toni Vanderboom, who resigned after five years of service. Mayor Katie Rosenberg is working with GovHR, an executive recruitment firm, to assist in the hiring process, according to Jennifer Kannenberg, human resources specialist at Wausau’s HR Department. “The search has not yet started.”

Business of the Week: C&D Hospitality

Editor’s note: Business of the Week is a sponsored feature that shares the stories of locally-owned and operated businesses in the Wausau area, highlighting the products and services they offer and the ways they contribute to the metro area’s unique flavor. Learn how to feature your business by emailing

Wausau Bands to Play at Rose Parade in California

(Mike Leischner, WSAU) Eight Central and Northern Wisconsin schools officially accepted their invitations to participate in the 20-23 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California during a ceremony in Wausau on Thursday. According to Mike Leischner of WSAU, Wausau East Band Director Rob Perkins says it's the result of years...

First Alert Weather: 4th of July weekend forecast

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - If you have outdoor plans for the 4th of July weekend, make sure to keep those sunglasses and sunscreen handy. Great travel weather is in store Friday. Skies will be sunny with highs reaching the upper 70s. Winds will be breezy at times, gusting around 15-20 mph out of the northwest. Outdoor weather conditions will feel comfortable as Thursday’s cold front kicked the mugginess feeling out.

The 710 Smoke Shop

The 710 Smoke Shop in Merrill opened its doors in the lower unit of an apartment building in the 200 block of E. Second St. on June 1, 2021 and held a Grand Opening celebration on July 10, 2021. Then, less than six months after opening the business, disaster struck:...

Marathon County Reminds Residents of Smoke Free Areas

As people head outdoors this summer to enjoy the many recreation opportunities the City of Wausau has to offer, the Marathon County Health Department and the Wausau/Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department are reminding area residents and guests that smoking is prohibited in public outdoor spaces located within the City of Wausau where signs are posted.