WASHBURN - Marine Lance Cpl. Merlin Raye Allen was just 20 when his life ended in Vietnam.
Forty-six years later, he's finally back in his beloved Bayfield County of northern Wisconsin.
An enemy rocket brought down the helicopter Allen was in over Hue Province.
His remains were not discovered until a joint U.S.-Vietnamese recovery team excavated the wreck site last year.
The Ashland Daily Press reports his sister Marilyn Allen Neff and other relatives were overwhelmed by the welcome when they motored into Washburn on Wednesday from Minneapolis, where the family received the casket holding Allen's remains.
They arrived in town with an escort from the Patriot Guard Riders.
Visitation will be Friday at the Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn. His funeral is Saturday at the Bayfield High School gymnasium.
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.
Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday.
Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.
CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.
"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.
Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns. She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
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