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  • 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 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 or calling 1 ...
    Posted 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 by Ryan Quinn
  • Voucher Schools New data from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows that public schools and students continue to suffer while unaccountable voucher operators get first crack at taxpayer dollars. State Senator Janet Bewley says that even as property taxpayers and the families of public school students are promised more, tax dollars are siphoned off to voucher schools and independent charters that take $1,000 to $1,700 more per student. The Fiscal Bureau data says that payments to voucher schools under the Governor’s budget would range from $7,757 to $8,403 per student by 2018. In contrast, Governor Walker’s proposed increases would see public school students receive an average $6,703.
    Posted Mar 22, 2017, 5:34 AM by Ryan Quinn
  • Wisconsin Dairy Production Wisconsin dairy cows came short of exceeding their year-to-year production levels in February, but when Leap Day was factored in they actually produced more. The USDA's monthly milk production report showed that farmers in the Dairy State produced 2.32 billion pounds of milk last month, down 2.1 percent from February 2016, and less than January's 2.54 billion pounds. Nationally, 15.7 billion pounds of milk was produced in the 23 major dairy states, which was 1.0 percent lower than in 2016, and less than the previous month's 17 billion.  California continues to have the highest total production with about 3.12 billion pounds.
    Posted Mar 22, 2017, 5:33 AM by Ryan Quinn
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