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(WFRV) — As 2019 comes to a close, WFRV Local 5 is wrapping up this year’s biggest stories – from a massive pile-up on I-41 to Shopko announcing the closure of all the stores to a rubber duck going down in Green Bay.
Tune in to Local 5 on Tuesday, December 31 at 6:30 p.m. for the on-air Year in Review Special.
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In October 2018, Jayme Closs was reported missing after her parents were found dead in Barron County. In January, Closs was found alive.
After over 90 years, the owners of Gabriel Furniture decided to close operations and retire.
Mark Murphy said there were strong candidates through nine interviews, but nobody really stood out. Luckily, Matt LaFleur was the 10th interview.
After narrowly beating incumbent Governor Scott Walker, Governor Tony Evers was sworn into office in January.
In a statement from MillerCoors, they say American Family Insurance will likely take over the naming rights for Miller Park.
Three parents were videotaped grappling at a youth wrestling tournament.
Whiteout driving conditions caused 131 cars to be involved in a crash that sent 71 people to the hospital and killed one.
After declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, Shopko announced it would close all of its locations.
82-year-old Raymond Vannieuwenhoven was arrested for the 1976 murders of David Schuldes and Ellen Mathys.
A West Allis man came forward to claim his $768M Powerball ticket. He quit his job two days after and didn’t plan on playing Powerball ever again.
After more than 40 years, Local 5’s Mike Austin hung up his microphone.
Four new state road signs along Highway 57 had Dyckesville spelled wrong, causing many to be upset.
After 16 years, the City of Green Bay swore in a new mayor – Eric Genrich.
While responding to a disturbance call, Green Bay Police K9 Pyro was stabbed by a suspect.
Many collected pieces of the Arena and one local school was able to give the flooring a second chance in their own gym.
Local 5’s Kris Schuller investigated a loophole in Wisconsin’s drinking law that allows those under 21 to drink under certain situations.
Firefighter Mitch Lungaard was killed by the suspect, who also died.
Local 5’s Calvin Lewis spoke to a man who, at one point, found himself living on city streets.
Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85.
Local 5’s John Domol joined Army Cadets as they welcomed over 200 students to Fort McCoy for a military experience and leadership camp.
After 57 years, the owner announced the supper club would close its doors due to a decrease in business.
The Historic Grain Elevator once again moved across the Oregon Street Bridge, returning to its original location.
A street was renamed, iconic photos were recreated, and billboards were installed ahead of his performance.
Strong storms, including four confirmed tornadoes, moved through in July, causing many to be without power for days.
Nick and Justin Diemel were reported missing in Missouri in late July. In November, their remains would be located. The suspect in their deaths, Garland Nelson, is currently awaiting trial.
After 29 years, Local 5 said goodbye to Meteorologist Dave Miller.
TheWorld’s Largest Rubber Duck experienced its first unplanned deflation at Green Bay’s Tall Ships Festival.
Crews began demolishing the old Younker’s Furniture Gallery to make room for Dave & Buster’s, which is scheduled to open sometime in 2020.
The chicken sensation gripping the nation finally made its way to Northeast Wisconsin and dozens were on hand for its grand opening.
Houston Texans star and Wisconsin native J.J. Watt accidentally broke a 5-year-old’s bike at training camp.
A rare bee was discovered in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. It was the first spotting since 1910.
Dash camera video shows a driver leading law enforcement on a wrong-way chase through Outagamie and Brown counties.
Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) married Anne Horak, Green Bay native and Broadway actress in Green Bay.
Firefighters with Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue took time on their days off to create a piece in remembrance of 9/11 out of retired fire hose.
Local 5’s Erinn Taylor was following up on reports of flooding in De Pere when she encountered a vehicle stuck under a railroad bridge at Red Maple Road.
A heard of cows were spotted outside of New Glarus Brewing Co., the makers of Spotted Cow beer.
Come October 1, 2020, those looking to board a domestic flight will need a REAL ID.
23 local high schools geared up to participate in the 2019-20 Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program through the Fox Cities PAC.
WFRV Local 5 installed a new transmitter and an antenna as well as changed to a new frequency over the summer.
Henry Golde, a well-known Holocaust survivor from Appleton passed away at the age of 90.
On Veterans Day, Local 5 honored area veterans, active-duty, and reserve military personnel for their service.
The 2019 Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade was the 49th anniversary of the largest nighttime Christmas parade in the Midwest.
After news broke that the St. Norbert College Board of Trustees voted to renew President Brian Bruess’ contract, students were pleased to hear their efforts made a difference.
A 16-year-old was arrested after allegedly stabbing the school resource officer, who then shot the student.
Ice and floodwaters have a stranglehold on at least one home in Oconto.
Join Local 5’s Lily Zhao on a “Day in the Life” and see what it’s like to cover the Green Bay Packers on game day.
As we enter a new decade, we decided to take a look at what some aspects of WFRV Local 5 looked like in the 1950s and ’60s compared to today.