Northwest Wisconsin News Center
  • Stay Cool in Hot Weather With hot and humid temperatures expected over much of the state the next few days, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reminding people to stay cool, hydrated and aware of heat-related illnesses.  When possible, you should stay in air conditioned environments. Check on on loved ones, especially if they are elderly.  You should also avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day, never leaving someone in a hot car and drinking plenty of water.   If you start to feel overheated, weak, dizzy, nauseated or have muscle cramps, you could be experiencing heat illness. Get cool, drink water, use a fan, use cool washcloths and visit an emergency room if symptoms don't improve. 
    Posted by Michael Duncan
  • New Washburn County Crisis Line Available Now Residents in Washburn County have new options to help those dealing with mental health issues.  Beginning today a new localized crisis line goes online to better serve their community.  The new crisis line phone will allow county staff to direct people to local resources available in the community. Beginning today, Washburn County residents with questions about available mental health service options should call 888-860-0373
    Posted by Michael Duncan
  • Fight the Bite Tick Prevention As any Wisconsin resident knows, ticks are quite the nuisance. But more than just an annoyance, they can also spread several illnesses to people, and preventing bites from ticks is the key step in avoiding these illnesses. In a local effort to fight the bite, Amanda Weinert, a Registered nurse with Rusk County Health, is talking with hikers and campers in Rusk County parks and campgrounds, and doing a survey about tick bite prevention and giving out free Fight the Bite tick prevention kits.  To get your own Fight the Bite kit, you can call Rusk County Heath at 715-532-2299, or get more information about tick prevention online at, keywords 'fight the bite'
    Posted by Michael Duncan
  • Sheriff Reviewing Pursuit Policy in Wake of Fatal Crash The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office is taking a look at police pursuit and chase policies after last weekends deadly crash in the village of Deer Park.  37-year old Brandon Lieffring of New Richmond was charged on Tuesday with 10 counts including first degree reckless homicide in the death of Dustin Kalland of Stillwater.  Investigators say Lieffring was running from police when he hit Kalland’s motorcycle during a  chase that reached speeds over 90 miles per hour.  An outside agency is now investigating the crash and one of many factors it will consider is whether the pursuit was warranted.
    Posted Jul 12, 2019, 9:39 AM by Michael Duncan
  • Driver Charged in Deadly Chase and Crash  The driver accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist in St. Croix County during a vehicle chase last weekend has been charged.  37-year-old Brandon Lieffring of New Richmond faces 10 charges, including first degree reckless homicide.  Leiffring was trying to elude police Saturday afternoon in a vehicle that had been reported stolen.  During the chase, Leiffring struk a motorcyclist in the village of Deer Park, killing 39-year-old Dustin Kalland of Stillwater Minnesota, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Lieffring ran from police after the crash, but was caught after a short foot chase.
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 4:36 AM by Michael Duncan
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Community Events
  • Community News Through JulyFollowing a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).Additional donation opportunities...Barron 7/15/2019: 12p-6p, Barron High School, 1050 E. Woodland Ave.Cumberland 7/16/2019: 12p-6p, American Legion, 1225 Veterans St.Turtle Lake 7/17 ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 12:38 PM by Adam Hutton
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