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Cumberland's Martens Named Top WR in the State

posted Nov 27, 2020, 4:34 AM by News Room

Friday November 27th, 2020 - An area high school athlete has been selected by the Wisconsin Sports Network as their most outstanding senior wide receiver of the year. Jack Martens of Cumberland is 2020's recipient of the Al Toon Award, after wrapping up one of the most prolific seasons of any receiver in state history. In the shortened 2020 season, Martens hauled in 86 catches for 1,136 yards and 14 touchdowns, with three more scores on the ground. Martens helped lead the Cumberland Beavers to a perfect 9-0 record for the season.

Dunn County Drug Bust

posted Nov 27, 2020, 4:32 AM by News Room

Friday November 27th, 2020 - A traffic stop in Dunn County has resulted in the seizure of drugs and drug paraphernalia. On Monday the 23rd, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office and the West Central Drug Task Force Investigators were tracking a large amount of methamphetamine from the city of Menomonie being transported to the village of Boyceville. Based on information received, a Dunn County Sheriff's Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a suspect, 35-year-old Justin Barnard of Chippewa Falls. Upon detecting signs of impairment, Barnard was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetime with intent, identity theft, resisting or obstructing an officer, possession of meth paraphernalia, and a Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation Apprehension request.

As a result of the stop and arrest, authorities seized 74 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, drug packaging and weighing material. Barnard is being held at the Dunn County Jail.

Dunn County Homicide Investigation Update

posted Nov 27, 2020, 4:30 AM by News Room

Friday November 27th, 2020 - The names of the individuals involved in a homicide investigation in Dunn County have been released.

On Tuesday, November 17th, a homicide investigation was initiated regarding a death in Dunn Township. The deceased has been identified as 37-year-old Bruce McGuigan of Hayward. The cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries, and it was determined that the incident was not random in nature.

One suspect was taken into custody at the residence where McGuigan was found after deputies arrived. Two other suspects were taken into custody at a motel in Menomonie on the evening of the 17th. The suspects -- 37-year-old Ryan Steinhoff, 37-year-old Chad Turgeson, and 24-year-old Ashley Gunder -- have all been charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide, as a Party to the Crime. Steinhoff and Gunder have also been charged with multiple counts of bail jumping.

The suspects remain in custody at the Dunn County Jail. The incident remains under investigation.

COVID Case Numbers Continue to Climb

posted Nov 25, 2020, 5:54 AM by News Room

Wednesday November 25th, 2020 - The first recorded case of coronavirus in our region occurred nearly eight months ago but the majority of cases have happened in the last four weeks.

For the six county region of Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn Counties the first documented case of the virus happened on April 1st. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services latest numbers say there have been 8,267 total cases in the region since the pandemic began with 5,499 of them, or 66.5%, being recorded since October 28th. 292 people, almost all of them 60 or over with underlying health conditions, have passed away due to complications from the virus in the area with 195 of them, or 66.8%, occurring since October 28th.

Even with the explosion of cases most people in the region have not caught COVID-19. The 8,267 cases represents 5.5% of the more than 150,000 people that live in the six county area.  

A Quartet of Opening Weekend Hunting Accidents

posted Nov 25, 2020, 5:51 AM by News Room

Wednesday November 25th, 2020 - Even with well over half a million deer hunters taking to Wisconsin woods for the annual gun deer season only four firearm involved hunting accidents occurred on opening weekend.

A pair took place on Opening Day during deer drives. In Washburn County a 62 year old man was struck in the upper arm and face by a rifle round by a 19 year old shooter. The victim was taken to a hospital for medical treatment. In St. Croix County a 14 year old male victim was struck in the left leg with a shotgun slug by a 27 year old shooter. The victim was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

On Sunday a pair of hunters suffered self inflicted wounds, one of them fatal. In Adams County a 40 year old man was working the action of his pistol when it discharged into his hand. He was treated at a local hospital. And in Door County a 65 year old man tripped when exiting his blind discharging a shotgun round into his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Free COVID Test in Barron County

posted Nov 24, 2020, 3:58 AM by News Room

Tuesday November 24, 2020 - The Wisconsin National Guard will be offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing soon in Barron County. Free testing will be available on November 25th, December 2nd, and December 9th. Testing will be at the Barron Fire Department in Barron at 28 South 4th Street, from 10 am to 6 pm each day. You can either register when you arrive on the day of testing or in advance online, at

Homicide Investigation in Dunn County

posted Nov 23, 2020, 8:56 AM by News Room   [ updated Nov 23, 2020, 8:56 AM ]

Monday November 23, 2020 - The Dunn County Sheriff's Office is conducting a homicide investigation in the township of Dunn.

On Tuesday, November 17th, law enforcement responded to a suspicious death of a white adult male in Dunn. Authorities believe the death was a homicide, and suspects are currently in custody. The incident is believed to be isolated and remains under investigation.

Two Arrested in Connection to Human Remains Found in Barron County

posted Nov 20, 2020, 4:55 AM by News Room

Friday November 20th, 2020 - Two people were arrested in connection to human remains found in Barron County.

The bones were discovered in Barron County in 2017 and identified as 63 year old Gary Herbst in June of this year with the help on the DNA Doe project.

On Thursday at approximately 7am detectives from Scott County, Minnesota arrested 62 year old Connie Herbst of New Prague, Minnesota and 26 year old Austin Herbst of Elko New Market, Minnesota without incident. 

They were booked into jail on suspicion of 2nd Degree Murder.

The Barron County Sheriff's Office assisted with the ongoing investigation. 

Two Seriously Injured in Sawyer County Crash

posted Nov 19, 2020, 5:20 AM by News Room   [ updated Nov 19, 2020, 9:04 AM ]

Thursday November 19th, 2020 - Two people were seriously hurt in a two vehicle crash in Sawyer County. 

The crash happened just after noon on Sunday on State Highway 77 near the intersection of County Highway K in the Town of Hayward. 
The initial investigation shows that an SUV driven by 24 year old Jack Vorlicky of Edina, Minnesota was traveling west on State Highway 77 when the vehicle encountered a slushy area in the road causing it to cross the centerline and collide head on with a truck driven by 58 year old Wanda Denzer.

The drivers of both vehicles sustained severe injuries and were transported
to a local hospital for medical treatment. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. A passenger in the pickup truck received minor injuries. Three passengers in the SUV were not injured. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

Cameron Coach Named Packers Coach of the Week

posted Nov 19, 2020, 5:19 AM by News Room

Thursday November 19th, 2020 - A Heart O' the North football coach has been recognized by Titletown. The Packers announced that Dan Henken of Cameron High School has been named the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week.

This October, the Comets snapped their 22-game losing streak with back-to-back wins against Saint Croix Falls and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.

The first year head coach, Henken, told Packers dot com that he views the Coach of the Week award as a reflection of all that has been done by his staff, players, and community to begin to turn the program around at Cameron.

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