Northwest Wisconsin News Center
  • Extreme Heat Emergency management and local public health officials advise residents of extreme heat conditions.  The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Warning signs of heat illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy. For more information about extreme heat, visit the Wisconsin Health and Human Services website.
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 5:34 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Well Water Testing Kit Well Water Testing Kits for private wells affected by flooding are now available.Kits can be picked up at the Washburn County Health Department, at 222 Oak Street in Spooner. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm, and 1:00pm-4:30 pm. Kits will also be available at the Minong Town Hall beginning Monday. Call 715-466-5916 for office hours. The water testing is free of charge, but will require shipping. The water sample must be analyzed within 48 hours of collection, so Express mail is recommended if using the Post Office.If your well was submerged under flood waters, well water testing can be done 1 week after waters have receded and the well has been “shocked ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 5:33 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Power off, Power on The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin wants to remind consumers that Wisconsin law prevents a utility from disconnecting an occupied dwelling during a heat advisory, heat warning or heat emergency issued by the National Weather Service. Also a utility is required to make a reasonable effort to reconnect service to an occupied dwelling that has been disconnected due to nonpayment if there is potential threat to health or life that results from the combination of heat and loss of service.For more information call the PSC at 800-225-7729.
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 5:32 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Excessive Heat, Wildfires, and Lung Disease The excessive heat is hard on everyone but it’s especially tough on those with lung disease.Dona Wininsky of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin says It’s like a sunburn in your lungs, describing the effects of ozone. And she says the current heat wave could directly impact more than a million Wisconsinites who have existing lung diseases. High ozone levels become a concern, and heat waves also contribute to particle pollution. Wininsky says heat dries everything out, and that creates an increased chance of wildfire, which cause particle pollution.Particle pollution can cause respiratory illness, cardiovascular harm, cancer, and early death. Ozone pollution can cause asthma attacks and respiratory illness.
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 5:31 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • WisDOT: Don’t Mess With the Signs The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reminds motorists to obey and not tamper with permanent or temporary traffic control devices. These include traffic signs, traffic signals and barricades.The department maintains traffic control in work zones to ensure both the safety of motorists and crews on site. It is crucial that motorists follow signed road closures in work zones and any areas damaged in the recent flood. Moving traffic control devices increases vulnerabilities, limits security and is violation of state law.For current closures and official detour routes, visit
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 8:51 AM by Ryan Quinn
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Community Events
  • Red Cedar Symphony @ the Veteran's Memorial Park Bandshell The Red Cedar Symphony will play its free annual “pops” concert in the park on Tuesday, August 2nd at 7 p.m. at the bandshell in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Rice Lake. Once again they’ll be performing a buffet of popular pieces including medleys from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Wicked,” “Star Wars,” and more!Bring a lawn chair and a snack, and enjoy the breeze off the lake along with some terrific live music. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening, and admission is free.
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 10:14 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Bonifeast 2016 Bonifeast 2016 will be held on Sunday at St. Boniface Parish in Chetek. The day starts with an 11 AM Mass with a Charcoal Chicken Dinner from 11AM-2PM.Cost is $9.00 for adults with children nine to five $5.00 and children four and under are free. Carry outs available. Plus a 50/50 Raffle, Quilt Sale And Quilt Raffle. Everyone is welcome.
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 10:12 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • "Great Beaver Paddle Festival" at Beaver Dam Lake on Saturday, July 30th. The public is invited to participate in the First Annual "Great Beaver Paddle Festival" at Beaver Dam Lake on Saturday. The event will be held at Waterworks Park in Beaver Dam.The Great Beaver Paddle Festival will be a day of free demos, clinics and water trail trips along with The 3 Mile Paddle. Free shuttle service will be running between the four parks involved in the festival and free parking will be available at all the locations. There will also be live music and concessions and free instructions on kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding offered throughout the day.The classes will be followed by free 30 minute equipment rentals for those that do not have their own ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 10:03 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Rice Lake Slow Pitch Softball CO-ED League The Rice Lake Slow Pitch Softball CO-ED league starts August 9.  Games are Tuesday and Thursday nights for four weeks and one week pod tournament.  Roster and team fee $225.00 must be in by July 29th. You can send payment to...Rice Lake Slow PitchP.O. box 13Rice Lake, Wis  54868If you have any questions call Darlene Kraft (Home phone) 715 434--8421 (Cell phone) 715 651-3332
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 10:02 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Dean's List @ RL Elk's Lodge The Rice Lake Elk’s Lodge will host the Dean’s List on Wednesday from 6pm-9pm. The Summer Performance Benefits We Share Food Pantry. The Rice Lake Elks Lodge Banquet Hall is located at 36 East Eau Claire Street. No Admission Fee. Donations given to We Share Food Pantry-Cash or Non Perishable Food Products
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 9:53 AM by Ryan Quinn
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JR In The Morning Blog
  • Wayback Time Machine July 1st. On this day back in 1989, Kathy Mattea's "Come From The Heart" reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart.
    Posted Jul 3, 2016, 8:30 PM by Jenny Polzin
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