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  • Wisconsin Legislative Children's Caucus To Hold Fourth Informational Meeting Today The Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus will be hosting the fourth of five informational hearings on community efforts to strengthen families today in Rice Lake.  The informational hearing will feature local invited speakers who focus on primary prevention of child abuse and neglect and serve at-risk families. These speakers will present information to the caucus cochairs and local state legislators. The Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus Informational Hearing will be held from 1:00pm-4:00pm today at the  WITC-Rice Lake Campus.  Panelists will include representatives from Indianhead Community Action Agency, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Northwest Connection Family Resources, and Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley
    Posted by Ryan Quinn
  • Be A Tree Protector To protect oak trees and help prevent oak wilt, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources advises people to avoid pruning oaks on their property from April through July.  Spring and early summer pruning makes oak trees vulnerable to oak wilt, a fatal fungal disease.  Oak wilt and other diseases also move easily on or in firewood logs year-round. To protect trees in general, don't move firewood long distances, or only use firewood labeled as Wisconsin certified. More information is available online at the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search for "oak wilt" or "firewood." 
    Posted by Ryan Quinn
  • Investigation Into Death of Elderly Woman Investigators are looking into the circumstances that led to the death of an elderly woman last weekend in Rice Lake. According to police, an 88-year-old female resident was reported missing from the Rice Lake Convalescent Center around 330am on Saturday morning.  Her body was eventually found outside about 100 feet from the door, and officers believe she may have been outside for two hours.  While an official cause of death has not yet been determined, it is believed the cold weather could have played a role in her death.
    Posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:50 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Blood Needed The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations. Type O negative blood and type AB plasma are two of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals. Those who give can help patients locally or across the country as the Red Cross has the ability to move blood products where and when they are needed most.  Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1 ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:48 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Former Police Chief Recognized A former police chief in our area is being recognized for his work by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimmel and the State Department of Justice.  Former Chetek Police Chief Mark Petersen served as a law enforcement officer for 39 years, and served the City of Chetek for nearly 37 years. During Chief Petersen’s tenure, he was known for his strong leadership, care for the community, and going above and beyond for his officers, countless times. It’s estimated Chief Petersen’s career, he worked 78,198 service hours and racked up 256,000 patrol miles. Speaking to the legacy of Chief Petersen, Attorney General Schimmel says not only did Chief Petersen keep the community safe, but his leadership has ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:40 AM by Ryan Quinn
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