Northwest Wisconsin News Center
  • Tornado Sighted; Trees Down and Power Out Knocked down trees and power outages were widespread last night when a strong line of severe thunderstorms rolled through the region, including a confirmed tornado near Bruce just before 730pm. According to the National Weather Service, that tornado then moved across Rusk County towards Ladysmith about 15 minutes later.  In Barron County, trees and power lines were down, and thousands of homes lost power, including a big section of Rice Lake which was without power for over 3 hours.
    Posted by Michael Duncan
  • Community Discusses County Housing Needs The first of seven Barron County housing forums was held last night at the County Government Center in Barron.  Those attending last night's event discussed area housing trends and community housing studies.  The next forum will be held on July 30 at the Cameron Village Hall, with more forums scheduled in Cumberland, Barron, Rice Lake, Chetek and Turtle Lake.  For more information, contact Dave Armstrong at 715-637-6871.
    Posted by Michael Duncan
  • 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 Jul 15, 2019, 4:58 AM 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 Jul 15, 2019, 4:57 AM 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 Jul 15, 2019, 7:46 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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