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Exceptional students, hockey ace Joe Piskula speak at AHS graduation
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Emily Wald and Cole Johnson will be honored as valedictorian and salutatorian when Antigo High School holds commencement ceremonies on Sunday.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Sheldon Fieldhouse.

Wald and Johnson will be presented their awards by Principal Tom Zamzow and will both offer remarks.

Also scheduled as student speaker is Nikki Deep, the senior class president, who will offer the welcome.

Alumnus of the Year will be Joe Piskula, a 2002 graduate who moved on to a career in the National Hockey League.

It’s pretty special, Piskula said of the honor. I’ve followed a unique career path and it is neat to see that compared to Maggie Turnbull, the astronomer, raptor rehabilitator Marge Gibson or some of the others who have received the award. It’s a cool list.

Piskula started playing hockey just past the toddler stage, at age three. He was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006 NCAA national championship team; played his first NHL game in 2007 with the Los Angeles Kings and received the 2016 American Hockey League Man of the Year Award with the San Diego Gulls. He has been co-captain of the AHL
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Wausau man didn't get far with pot load
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A high-flying delivery—in more ways than one—landed a Wausau man in Langlade County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

Pao Vang, 33, allegedly flew in to the Langlade County Airport Sunday night from Colorado with over 133 pounds of marijuana, but the trip came to an abrupt end a short time later when his Audi hatchback landed in a ditch and officers responded.

Vang, who was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver THC, in an amount exceeding 10,000 grams, had his bail set at $20,000 cash by Judge John Rhode.

The drugs had a street value of approximately a half a million dollars. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint filed by District Attorney Elizabeth Constable, Langlade County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Krueger responded to a traffic crash near the intersection of North Langlade Road and North Avenue at 10 p.m. Sunday and found Vang’s car in the ditch.

Vang was in the driver’s seat and according to the complaint, seemed very disoriented and had a difficult time turning the car off.

Deputy Krueger observed a number of d
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133 pounds of pot shown outside a car in Antigo.
School board selects a new administrator
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Dr. Colleen Timm has been named the new district administrator for the Antigo Unified School District.

Timm, currently superintendent for the School District of Mishicot, was approved on a unanimous vote following a closed session discussion by the Antigo school board Tuesday. She will replace Brian Misfeldt, who has accepted a similar position with the Bloomer school district.

I’m excited, Timm said. I’m very honored to have been selected by the board and I’m looking forward to ensuring that every student leaves Antigo college and career-ready.

Timm will begin in the position July 1, one day after Misfeldt’s contract ends.

We are very pleased to have her come into the district, Board President Mike Boldig said. She has a good amount of experience and will be an excellent addition.

The new administrator will receive a salary of $150,000 annually, compared to $120,000 that Misfeldt received for 2016-17.

Based on today’s competitive market for good, qualified administrators, that is the number we had to be at, Boldig said.

Timm received a bachelor's degree in English education and a minor in psychol
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Dr. Colleen Timm, selected as new Antigo school district administrator Tuesday.
Family, friends of Justin Schroepfer hold dedication for life-saving equipment
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Three weeks shy of a year ago, Antigo native Justin Schroepfer went into Lake Superior just off Little Presque Isle at Marquette, Mich. attempting to save a young woman who had been caught in a rip current.

Schroepfer and the young woman died that day, but his efforts may now assure no one suffers a similar fate.

On Sunday, Schroepfer’s parents, Connie and Kevin Schroepfer of Antigo, his fiancee, Suzy Solin, her parents, Don and Kathy Solin of Deerbrook, and other family members and friends gathered at the windswept location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to dedicate a plaque in his memory and, more importantly, get an inaugural look at the new life-saving drone installed at the location in Presque Isle Park.

"We felt that we just needed to come up and properly thank everyone who helped us that day," Kevin Schroepfer said.

The plaque was installed next to a new EMILY (EMergency Integrated life-saving LanYard) drone installation.

The only device of its kind on the Great Lakes, EMILY is a remote controlled buoy that can maneuver through rip currents and other hazardous water conditions at 22 miles per hour to get to someone struggling in the w
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The Schroepfer and Solin families and friends gathered at Presque Isle Park in Marquette Sunday to dedicate a plaque and lifesaving equipment in honor of Justin, who drowned at the site while attempting to save a woman caught in a rip current last summer. Justin’s parents, Connie and Kevin Schroepfer, are at lower right. Terry Schroepfer provided the photograph.
Registration underway for big Splash-n-Dash event in July
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It may be a chilly spring day, but planning is well underway for an event that is striving to become summer’s hottest.

The fifth annual Splash-n-Dash Duathlon, the only race of its kind in northcentral Wisconsin, will take place on Saturday, July 15 at Veterans Memorial Park at Jack Lake.

The race involves swimming either 1/2 or 1/4 mile in the crystal clear waters of Jack Lake, then running a 5 kilometer course around the trails of Veterans Memorial Park in Deerbrook. Racers can compete individually or as a tandem team, with one swimming and one running.

Again this year there will be high school tandem teams and a special race for youngsters.

The high school tandem teams will consist of one swimmer and one runner. The teams can choose the long or short course, with the winners receiving a traveling trophy. The youth event is for racers ages 6 to 8 or 9 to 11. Racers, ages 6 to 8, will swim 25 yards and run 1/4 mile. Racers, ages 9 to 11, will swim 50 yards and run 1/2 mile.

Prices for the adult race range from $35 for an individual to $65 per tandem team. High school tandem teams cost $65 per team. The youth race costs $15.


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Jenny Renfro, right, discusses Splash-n-Dash strategy at the July, 2016 race.
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