Archives for April 2019

‘Jack’ Strasser Passes Away At Age 80

A longtime Antigo resident has died. John William “Jack” Strasser died Monday at The
Bay at Eastview. He was born in Antigo in 1938 and attended Fairview Elementary School and Antigo Junior High School. Strasser was a steady presence at area sporting event and other community activities and led many a parade with the City of Antigo Police Department. Strasser was also a regular at The Dixie Lunch and attended city council meetings. He was also a pool enthusiast and a dedicated Milwaukee Brewers fan. Strasser was 80 years old.

Wisconsin Abortion Bill

The fight over a Republican-backed bill in Wisconsin that would force doctors to care for babies that are born alive during an abortion attempt is heating up with President Donald Trump weighing in, even though there is no evidence of such a birth happening in the state. Backers of the proposal that could send doctors to prison for life say even one baby killed following a failed abortion would be too many. But opponents, including abortion rights advocates and doctors, say it almost never happens.

Teen Violence in Wisconsin

About 20% of Wisconsin teens have reported experiencing some form of violence in romantic relationships, according to a statewide victims organization. Cody Warner, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s LGBTQ and youth program director, told Wisconsin Public Radio that dating violence and abuse is more prevalent than many realize. The group claims that 30 teens in Wisconsin have been the victim of intimate partner homicide since 2000. The University of Washington released a study this month that found 7% of teenage homicide victims across the country were killed by a former or current intimate partner.

Merrill Man Draws Two Years In Christmas Day Bar Break In

Two years behind bars for a Merrill man who pleaded guilty to breaking into a Lincoln County bar on Christmas morning. 40 year old Bradley Graap is accused of entering Z’s Fork Horners on Christmas day. He was seen on video surveillance wearing a hat, glasses and bandana that covered his face. He was accused of stealing $3,000. An investigator found gloves and a hat that Graap left behind and a lab was able to come up with a DNA match.

Shawano County Deputies Round Up Fugitive

Deputies in Shawano County deputies have rounded up a fugitive as part of a large scale drug operation. 30 year old Kyle Collins was arrested this week. When deputies went to a home in Pulcifer, a woman told them Collins was hiding inside. He’s one of eight people charged in a conspiracy to deal heroin, meth, crack and other drugs. The outstanding warrants against him total $34,000.

Karl’s Transport Honored For ‘Rolling Billboard’ Work

Karl’s Transport based in Antigo is being honored for its efforts to turn its rigs into traveling billboards which highlight missing children, and promote causes. State officials presented owners Jil and Karl Schulz with a citation for their dedication to community service. They’ve done so for Honor Flights and other veterans causes, Gold Star Mothers, suicide prevention and missing persons, reports the Antigo Daily Journal.

GOP Wants to Snuff Out Ever’s Pot Proposal

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to legalize medical marijuana and small amounts of recreational pot will not pass the Wisconsin Legislature, this according to Republican leaders of the budget-writing committee. Sen. Alberta Darling, a River Hills Republican, said of Evers’ proposal’s off the wall crazy.” “What is scary,” countered Evers’ spokesperson “is Republicans’ complete and total disregard for the will of the people.” Evers included the pot legalization plan as part of his two-year state budget proposal .

Feds to Help with Wisconsin National Guard Investigations

Federal military officials have agreed to review how the Wisconsin National Guard handles sexual assault in the wake of multiple alleged incidents dating back to 2002,
Governor TonyEvers and Senator Tammy Baldwin, asked the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations in Washington, D.C., to review the Wisconsin Guard’s sexual assault and harassment reporting procedures, The governor and the senator issued a joint statement Wednesday morning announcing that OCI will conduct “a thorough, independent assessment”.

Ice Age Trail Spring Hike This Weekend

The Langlade County Ice Age Chapter’s spring hike on a section of the Ice Age Trail in Langlade County kicks off this weekend. Meet in front of the Langlade County Forestry Office, Langlade County Fairgrounds, Antigo, Wisconsin on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 9 am. Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch. Transportation to the trail head will be provided from the fairgrounds. No fee or membership is required.
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath-entirely within Wisconsin-that highlights the Ice Age landscape features while providing access to some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas.

Library Damages From Accidents Being Fixed

You can’t expect a whole lot of quite at the Antigo Public Library this week. Officials say they’re underway with reconstruction of the meeting room is underway. They were waiting on the snow to clear out and also on custom concrete blocks to be delivered, reports the Antigo Daily Journal. The wall into the meeting room was damaged when a vehicle crashed into it earlier this year. They also had to wait on clearances from insurance to get the work underway. In the meantime, they had to find other venues for meetings and other scheduled events due to safety issues brought about by the crash.