RHINELANDER - A well known sex offender in this area will get out of prison again. Albert Chagnon, 35, is set to be released into Oneida County on Tuesday.
Chagnon was convicted of child pornography possession in 2003.
He was released in 2014, but soon ended up under arrest again for using newspaper clippings of girls' pictures to make a booklet. That booklet had more than 270 photos in it, many from the Lakeland Times.
Chagnon appealed his right to keep those pictures and a panel of judges allowed it. However, he was still convicted of violating sex offender laws in 2015.
Chagnon will be on supervised release until 2023. He must register with the state sex offender program through 2025.
MINOCQUA - The Gem and Mineral show celebrated its 50th year in Minocqua this weekend. While all the vendors there are passionate about their product, one in particular seems to hold his in high regard.
"Basically it's what I thrive on," said Bill Schoenfuss.
RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Festival brings more than a dozen country music artists to Rhinelander every year. However, it hasn't always been that way.The grounds may be empty now but last weekend every inch was covered with campers.Gerry Vanharpen knows what it takes to get tens of thousands of people to come together over country music.
"We've been working the festival from the very beginning," said Vanharpen.
Vanharpen's parents Bernie and Diane started the Hodag County Festival with just five performers in 1978. This year the 41st annual festival had 17.
About 20,000 people went to this year's festival. Vanharpen said when the last person left the camp grounds Sunday it was just the beginning.
"We work year round planning the next one," said Vanharpen.
Vanharpen has already started working on security and next year's lineup. She wants to make sure the cheers get louder ever year.
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