Community News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:44 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 9:47 AM ]

Through January

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air that can reach harmful levels when trapped inside buildings. There is overwhelming proof that exposure to elevated levels of radon causes lung cancer in humans. About 1 out of 10 homes in Wisconsin has high radon levels. To find out where you can get a Radon test kit visit

Through January

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Please check or call 1-800-RED CROSS for current blood donation center days and hours.

Additional blood donation opportunities…

Cumberland 1/16/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 1220 Veterans Drive

Turtle Lake 1/17/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Turtle Lake School, 205 Oak St. N.

Rice Lake 1/22/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elk's Lodge #1441, 36 E. Eau Claire

Clear Lake 1/23/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 811 South Ave. W.

Winter 1/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Winter High School, 6585 W. Grove St.
Cameron 1/24/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Cameron High School, 750 S. 1st St.

Shell Lake 1/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, 293 Highway 63 S.
1/26/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, 293 Highway 63 S.

Hayward 1/31/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hayward Intermediate School, 15930 W. 5th St.

Through January

The Rice Lake Public Library is hosting the Olympic Winter Reading Program going now through March 16th.

Kids Program:  Complete a Bingo card, filled with fun reading and activity challenges.  Once you have filled in all your squares, bring in your card for a free book and to hang a gold medal on our Winter Olympic Reading Podium.
Adult Program:  Stop in to pick up your first Olympic bingo card to start our winter reading program. As participants return their completed bingo cards to the library they will be entered in a drawing at that will be held on Monday, March 19th.  You are invited to complete as many cards as you’re able to.

January 16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday

The Rice Lake Cedar Mall is hosting the annual Farm Show. The aisles at the Cedar Mall are filled with the latest farm equipment, dairy supplies, and other ag products. Free to attend.  

January 16th Tuesday

The Rice Lake Area Understanding Grief Support Groups Winter Session will be held every Tuesday evening from 6pm-7:30pm through February 20th. This group is open to adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. The sessions are free but pre registration is required.  To register or find out more call 715-236-8470.

January 18th Thursday

The Barron and Chippewa County Economic Development Corporations invite you to a roundtable discussion event on the topic of Global Market Expansion on Thursday at 2pm at The Mill Events in Chetek. This free event is for entrepreneurs and businesses that are currently exporting or considering taking their business beyond the US borders. Find out more at or call 715-637-6871

January 18th Thursday

The Thomas St. Angelo Public Library in Cumberland will present Cheeseheads: The Documentary on Thursday at 2p. This family friendly documentary takes a humorous look around Wisconsin with filmmaker John Mitchell. There will be snacks provided from Louie’s Finer Meats in Cumberland and Comstock Creamery. To RSVP for this free event call 715-822-2767 or stop in to the library.

January 19th Friday

The Mill in Chetek will host the Chetek Chiller with the National Federation of Wrestling. Featuring four championship matches and ECW legend Sabu. Doors open at 6p. Tickets available at the door.

January 20th Saturday

The Birchwood Cafe will host a pancake breakfast to benefit Operation Frosty Paws on Saturday from 7a-2p.

January 20th Saturday

The Barron County Humane Society will have an adoption event on Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus in Rice Lake from 10a-3p .

January 20th Saturday

Operation Frosty Paws, a quad county K9 fundraiser, starts Saturday at noon hosted at Cheers Bar & Grill at Tagalong Golf Course on Red Cedar Lake in Birchwood, Wisconsin USA. This family friendly first time fundraising event will feature a meet and greet with the K9 officers, music with Chris Kroeze, many raffles, silent auction, hot cocoa bar, and food served down by the lake. Plus an ice fishing contest with cash prizes for the top three places and Winter Olympics with a variety of games for all ages. To find out more search “Operation Frosty Paws” on Facebook.

January 20th Saturday

The 31st annual Baronett Ice Fishing Contest is on Saturday on Shallow Lake in Barronett from 10am-3pm. Prizes for first and second largest game fish and panfish. Souper supper, meat raffle, game, indoor fishing contest, and many door prizes. A half hour of free beer at the Barronett Community Center immediately following the contest.

January 20th Saturday

The Barron High School Music Department is sponsoring a Talent Show for all of Barron County on Saturday at 7p at the Barron Area Community Center. Competitors will be from ages five to 18. Tickets are $5 each with kids five and younger getting in for free. Find out more at and click on the “Barron County Talent Show” link.

January 23rd Tuesday

The Rice Lake Public Library will host Sewing For Others on Tuesday at 1pm. You are invited to join Home and Community Education and learn to sew. This is being led by Mary Corton. Mary has been sewing for somewhere around 50 years. While she doesn’t know everything, she would love to teach you to sew and help you become an independent sewer. All levels of sewing abilities are invited to join. We will learn to sew zippers, buttons, make basic seams, etc. Our first project will be to make fidget mats for memory care patients. After that we will make chemo caps for cancer patients. And from there we will talk about all the other places that need items sewn for them. This is a great opportunity for homeschool students and 4-H sewing members. Everyone is welcome!  Let’s learn together and create something for others.

January 23rd Tuesday

The Luck Educators Memorial Scholarship Supper is Tuesday from 4:15p-7:30p in the Luck School Cafeteria. All you can eat pancakes, sausages, real maple syrup, strawberries, milk or coffee. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children K-6th grade, and preschool kids are free.

January 27th Saturday

The benefit for Scott Greenfield will be held at the Spooner Civic Center on Saturday from 3p-8p. The family friendly event will feature raffle items, 50/50 drawings. silent auction, and mini golf themed games. Scott was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. The inoperable cancerous tumor has continued to persist and spread and is now at Stage 4. Scott, his wife of 15 years, Amy, and his 13 year old daughter, Sydney, thank you for support.  For more info or to make a contribution email

January 28th Sunday

The Cedar Mall in Rice Lake will host the 2018 Bridal Expo from 11a-3p. Find business specializing in hair & beauty, cakes & catering, travel, entertainment, jewelry & fashion, and photography. There is no charge to attend.

February 3rd Saturday

The Cedar Mall in Rice Lake will host For The LOVE Of Money on Saturday from 10a-2p. This free, family friendly event will feature seminars, activities for all ages, prizes, and a free copy of your credit report. The RL Public Library will have story time at 10:30a and 1:30p.

February 10th Saturday

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday from 10a-4p at the Rice Lake Moose Lodge in honor of Rice Lake’s  Ava King. Ava, 6, needs a blood transfusion every four weeks due to Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare form of bone marrow failure, characterized by the bone marrow being unable to produce enough red blood cells.  To raise awareness of the need for blood donors and to help patients in need, the King’s are hosting a blood drive and inviting the entire community to come out and give. This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a winter blood shortage. Winter storms this month have forced many blood drives to cancel causing thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Blood donations are urgently needed now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they are coming in.