WAUSAU - After 12 years at the top of Marathon County Law enforcement, Sheriff Randy Hoenisch will retire soon.
The sheriff held a press conference today in Wausau.
Earlier this week, the Wausau Daily Herald revealed he booked fewer than two office hours so far in all of 2013.
He wouldn't explain why that was, but says that's one of the reasons why he's retiring.
The other is the likelihood that his wife will be sentenced to jail.
An emotional Sheriff Hoenisch began today by addressing his wife's legal troubles.
Kim Hoenisch will be sentenced in April on charges of burglary and misconduct.
She was fired from her job in December as a Marathon County probation and parole agent.
He says the situation had a profound effect on his job as sheriff.
"What I didn't realize at the time was the effect it would have, on every aspect of my life including mentally, physically and emotionally," said Hoenisch.
Sheriff Hoenisch originally wanted to announce his retirement in April.
He described the journey to this decision as an emotional one.
"I would tell people I'm somewhere between suicide and suicide. You can't imagine the rollercoaster ride. And, I guess I forgot to touch on this. The thing that was most difficult, in this whole situation is one shoulder is I see myself as a husband, and the other shoulder I see myself as the sheriff," said Hoenisch.
The main reason for his retiring is to be with his family.
He has 4-year-old twin sons, who sat with him during part of his press conference.
Hoenisch still needs to send in official paperwork regarding his retirement, which he says should take between 2-3 weeks.
MERRILL - People know Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill as the place to go to get your fall season fix.
The pie makers and apple peelers come in early to crank out caramel apple pies fresh throughout the day.
When people come to Helene's, they are usually greeted by the smell of the pies before they even see them.
"I love being out in the parking lot when people step out of their cars and smell the air. It doesn't smell like a lot of other farms. It's distinctly the cinnamon sugar you smell," said Helene' Hilltop Orchard baker Olivia Telschow.
Helene's is only open for six weeks from mid-September to late October; however, Telschow works alongside her mother Helene throughout the entire year.
Even in the winter, the apple orchard is checked on.
"February is pruning season. Think of me when it's minus ten and it's snowing and windy and snow drifts because I will be out there," said Telschow.
The orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30th.
Helene's will close Sunday for the season, but pies will be available to order for Thanksgiving.
WAUSAU - It can take a big name and a well-known face to get people excited about signing up for a group. As part of its revitalization drive, Wausau's American Legion Post 10 got a visit from a name you might not recognize, but one that veterans groups know is an honor to host.
American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt stopped by the Wausau post Tuesday morning. It was the first visit by a national commander ever at Wausau's Post 10.
Schmidt says the same issues veterans faced when the Legion formed in 1919 -- healthcare, jobs, and education -- still exist in 2016.
RHINELANDER - The finishing touches of Rhinelander's Downtown Streetscape project will include painting crosswalks, removing traffic gates, and completing sidewalks. Planting dozens of trees downtown will also help the city finish the major project.
Nationwide, "Arbor Day" falls in late April. But the city proclaimed Tuesday Arbor Day in Rhinelander.
It's a recognition of the importance trees play in finishing the streetscape project and in Rhinelander as a whole.
MILWAUKEE - The trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership has taken a pounding on the presidential campaign trail. But, at least one group is holding out hope for the pact - Wisconsin dairy producers
They see nothing but advantages from a deal that could increase exports at a time when their cows are producing more milk than ever in an over-saturated domestic market.
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