ANTIGO - When police showed up to a car crash near Antigo this week, the driver seemed discombobulated and out of sorts. Sunday night, Pao Vang, 33, told officers he had just flown in from vacation with someone else, even though he was the only one in the car. But it's what officers did find in that car soon after that has Vang in trouble.
Police towed the car from an intersection near the Langlade County Airport (where Vang said he just came from) to a nearby gas station. There, officers noticed bags full of what appeared to be marijuana sticking out of duffel bags in plain sight. They got a search warrant and found 133 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
MINOCQUA - You often see politicians in dress clothes, sitting in the capitol building, voting and arguing on the latest bills. But on Friday, Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) spent a part of his afternoon shadowing a McDonald's employee.
Peter Siegler is a senior at Lakeland Union High School and has been working at the McDonald's in Minocqua for two years. He's on the autism spectrum, but hasn't let that stop him.
RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of stressed out resort owners headed into Memorial Day weekend. A Rhinelander-area resort manager feels a little better about that stress now that his business won big.
Brekke's Fireside Resort won the Wisconsin Lodging Directory's 2018 cover photo contest. The resort beat out 10 other finalists after finishing second in the contest last year. Resort manager Dan Brekke took the winning photo last fall and found out about the win Friday morning.
BOWLER - North Star Mohican Casino will celebrate 25 years in gaming during the month of May and throughout 2017. On Thursday, May 25, the "Midwest's Friendliest Casino" offered a free barbecue and ceremonial cake-cutting to mark the occasion. Guests enjoyed entertainment, games, and prizes all afternoon, including musical performances by Clint Miller and Kenny James Duo.
CHETEK, WI - Sheriff's officials in northwestern Wisconsin have identified the teens involved in a fatal plane crash.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Owen Knutson died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into a river in a rural area near Chetek Wednesday evening. An 18-year-old passenger, Hunter Gillett, was seriously injured. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School senior is hospitalized at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening.
Walker's plan to be voted on Thursday by the Legislature's budget committee also requires federal approval from President Donald Trump's administration. It could serve as a nationwide blueprint as Walker prepares to run for a third term next year.
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