Melissa and Robbie Smazal are seen pictured with their sons, Bentley (seated) and Brooks. The family has organized a blood drive for Saturday in honor of their late son, Grant, who died in a  2014 car accident.
When Melissa Smazal ended up in the hospital after a car accident three years ago, her husband Robbie says it took about 50 pints worth of blood transfusions to save her life. Tragically, the accident took the life of the Smazals’ unborn son, Grant, whose name lives on in more than one way.
A semi that rolled over into the STH 29 median near Abbotsford Monday night was removed Wednesday morning
Icy roads resulted in a pair of accidents on STH 29 earlier this week, both involving semi trailers.
Firefighters responded to a call at the Medford Walmart store Friday evening (Jan. 13).
Firefighters from the Medford Area Fire Department braved single digit temperatures and a below zero wind chill to respond to a call at the Medford Walmart store Friday evening.
Cassandra Hooyman, left, a nurse living in Marshfield, hugs Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during filming of an episode of ABC's Big Fan while host Andy Richter looks on. NICOLE WILDER/DISNEY/ABC TELEVISION GROUP
This story has been updated to include the names of Hooyman's parents. Cassandra Hooyman thought she was dreaming when she looked across the stage and saw Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiling back at her. But it absolutely was real and the hug that followed was nearly four years in the making.
Trenton Geiger, Medford, clears snow from a truck windshield at Medford Motors Tuesday afternoon. The area was hit with a winter storm that dumped 7.5 inches of snow in the city of Medford and caused numerous cancellations and delays.
Trenton Geiger, Medford, clears snow from a truck windshield at Medford Motors Tuesday afternoon. The area was hit with a winter storm that dumped 7.5 inches of snow in the city of Medford and caused numerous cancellations and delays.
Tyler Engel is known as the “energy guy” on the undefeated Edgar varsity boys basketball team. It’s easy to see why his teammates gave the senior guard his nickname, because they feed off the emotion he displays after he knocks down a three pointer.
The Colby Coalition performed in front of a packed house Saturday night, at the conclusion of the 13th annual Central Wisconsin Show Choir Spectacular. In front are Preston Hochberger, Zach Brockhaus and Dalton Higley; in back are Laurel Krueger, Cassie Gosse,  Erin Voss, Trinity White and Megan Velmer.
Photos of Colby's show choirs performing at the 13th annual Central Wisconsin Show Choir Spectacular on Jan. 7.
This emblem approved last week will be worn as a patch by local firefighters and EMTs. A rough sketch of a similar-looking emblem was also approved for use on the back of coats and shirts.
Just a couple of days before it officially became operational, the Central Fire and EMS District finally got itself a pair of distinctive emblems for firefighters and EMTs to wear.
Hank Blazel’s building at 209 N. First St. is one of four properties targeted by the city for alleged ordinance violations. According to police reports, Blazel does not have a license to operate a second-hand store at this location, and is not allowed to have a U-shaped storage structure. The report also noted the presence of old stoves, an old furnace and grease fryers outside the building for multiple weeks in November.
Seven years after the city of Abbotsford tried unsuccessfully to prosecute business owner Hank Blazel for allegedly creating a public nuisance by keeping junk on his property, local police have once again starting issuing him citations.
Sidewalk wanted Resident Nathanael Brown called on the city council to consider sidewalk connecting North Main Street to the city park. He said those wishing to use the sidewalk to go to the park or the Water’s Edge convenience store must cross the busy road twice.
City resident and Taylor County Commission on Aging Director Nathanael Brown wants aldermen to consider adding a sidewalk connection on the north side of Hwy 64 from Main Street to the Riverwalk in the Veterans Park west of Waters Edge BP service station.
A picture of the front-end damage sustained by the suspects' vehicle, after it collided with another vehicle on STH 13.
A man and woman were arrested Christmas Eve after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with a non-fatal collision with another vehicle on STH 13 north of Spencer.
Architect Brad Simonson of HSR talks to school board members Tuesday night about options for renovating the pool locker rooms at the high school.
The Medford school board Tuesday night worked to balance a wish list with what the district voters approved to spend for the renovation of the high school pool and locker rooms.
Melissa and Robbie Smazal are seen pictured with their sons, Bentley (seated) and Brooks. The family has organized a blood drive for Saturday in honor of their late son, Grant, who died in a  2014 car accident.
A semi that rolled over into the STH 29 median near Abbotsford Monday night was removed Wednesday morning
Firefighters responded to a call at the Medford Walmart store Friday evening (Jan. 13).
Cassandra Hooyman, left, a nurse living in Marshfield, hugs Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during filming of an episode of ABC's Big Fan while host Andy Richter looks on. NICOLE WILDER/DISNEY/ABC TELEVISION GROUP
Trenton Geiger, Medford, clears snow from a truck windshield at Medford Motors Tuesday afternoon. The area was hit with a winter storm that dumped 7.5 inches of snow in the city of Medford and caused numerous cancellations and delays.
The Colby Coalition performed in front of a packed house Saturday night, at the conclusion of the 13th annual Central Wisconsin Show Choir Spectacular. In front are Preston Hochberger, Zach Brockhaus and Dalton Higley; in back are Laurel Krueger, Cassie Gosse,  Erin Voss, Trinity White and Megan Velmer.
This emblem approved last week will be worn as a patch by local firefighters and EMTs. A rough sketch of a similar-looking emblem was also approved for use on the back of coats and shirts.
Hank Blazel’s building at 209 N. First St. is one of four properties targeted by the city for alleged ordinance violations. According to police reports, Blazel does not have a license to operate a second-hand store at this location, and is not allowed to have a U-shaped storage structure. The report also noted the presence of old stoves, an old furnace and grease fryers outside the building for multiple weeks in November.
Sidewalk wanted Resident Nathanael Brown called on the city council to consider sidewalk connecting North Main Street to the city park. He said those wishing to use the sidewalk to go to the park or the Water’s Edge convenience store must cross the busy road twice.
A picture of the front-end damage sustained by the suspects' vehicle, after it collided with another vehicle on STH 13.
Architect Brad Simonson of HSR talks to school board members Tuesday night about options for renovating the pool locker rooms at the high school.

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Medford’s Zeke Sigmund (top) grapples with Tomahawk’s Luke Knight in their 126 pound match during Tuesday’s GNC dual meet at Medford. BRYAN WEGTER/THE STAR NEWS
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