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Looking Back at 2013


From animal abuse to Skyward staying put, from a change at the top of the sheriff's office to a controversy about what to sing at school concerts, our Hannah Anderson looked back at 2013.

We start with a change at the top of the Marathon County Sheriff's Office.

After reports questioned how much he spent at the office, Randy Hoenisch retired.

The governor named Sscott Parks to succeed him.

In March, two corrections officers were attacked by an inmate at the Marathon County jail, one was critically injured.

The suspect has pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect.

It prompted major changes within the department.

D.C. Everest graduate Kira Steger disappeared in February, and her remains were found in May.

Her husband was convicted of killing her.

Anita Buckeye vanished from her rural Merrill home in May.

Her body was found a few weeks later, and her husband is accused of the crime.

In August, Jamie Cook's body was found in a burned out car in Waupaca County.

Her neighbor in a Plover apartment complex is charged with her death.

We saw more than our fair share of animal abuse cases this year.

In July, a picture of a Stratford dog duct taped from head to tail made the rounds on social media.
Its owner eventually admitted he did it himself.

In Adams County in October, Zoey the dog was found shot to death with an arrow.

Her owners suspect the neighbors, but no charges have been filed.

And in September, a Wausau puppy was shot with a pellet gun while in its own yard and had to be put down.

2013 is the year local police labeled heroin use an epidemic in our area, they also say use of the hallucinogen bath salts is on the rise.

In October, Wausau made national news for a controversy on religious music in school concerts.

Sarah Palin made it a point to stop in the area to promote her book on the Christmas season.

In May,Crystal Finishing bought the empty SNE building in Mosinee and announced plans to add up to 350 new jobs.

After a political fight to take a school information system contract away from a Minnesota company.

Stevens Point-based Skyward unveiled plans for a multimillion dollar facility and hundreds of new hires during the next decade.

On the other hand, Ministry Health Care announced up to 250 jobs cuts in may, blaming government cuts in the sequestration.

In August, NewsChannel 7's founding father Dick Dudley died at age 89.

Along with being a businessman he was a veteran and philanthropist.

Republican representative Scott Suder resigned from office in September.

Stratford businessman Bob Kulp won a special election to replace him in November.

That same month, Connie McCallister, a teenager missing for almost a decade from Marathon County was found alive in Mexico.


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