MERRILL - A Merrill pastor critically injured in a car crash near Rhinelander this month died Monday afternoon.
According to a post from his wife on a family-created CaringBridge page, James Weiland died at 2:20 p.m.
Weiland, 58, was hurt in a crash on Highway 8 several miles west of Rhinelander around 1 p.m. on Jan. 12. His pickup truck crashed with a semi-truck, which led to a 4 1/2-hour closure of the highway. Medics took Weiland from the scene in an ambulance before airlifting him to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The semi-truck driver was not hurt.
RHINELANDER - A 14-member jury saw a bullet found at the crime scene, heard a panicked 911 call from the victim, and listened to Donald Dal Ponte's daughter describe his injuries during the first day of Edwin Hughes' jury trial in Oneida County Court on Monday.
Hughes is charged with playing a role in a 2011 attempted robbery and shooting in Three Lakes.
On February 9, 2011, two people entered into Dal Ponte's Three Lakes home and demanded money from him, according to prosecutors. One held a gun to Dal Ponte's legs as an intimidation tactic, then shot him. Prosecutors say Hughes is that man.
MADISON - Several Wisconsin farmers organizations have joined a new coalition in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association have become part of the new Americans for Farmers and Families coalition.
MADISON - Falling out of a tree stand can be a real risk for hunters.
Spinal injuries make up more than half the injuries suffered in falls from tree stands.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that a review of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' trauma database for tree stand-related injuries from 1999 to 2013 shows 55 percent resulted in one or more spinal injuries.
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