Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Deputy Charged With OWI

posted Feb 24, 2017, 4:55 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputy has been charged with operating while intoxicated.  

The incident occurred in December when Trevor Thiex, who also serves with the Siren Police Department, was pulled over in Shawno County on Christmas Eve after a witness reported a blue van driving erratically.  

Deputy Thiex cooperated with police and was later released on a cash bond.  

The deputy was charged with OUI 1st offense with a 10-year old child passenger.  

Thiex is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. He is scheduled to appear in Shawno County court in March. 

One Dead After Hit & Run in Ladysmith

posted Feb 24, 2017, 4:53 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Ladysmith man has died from injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run crash that happened Wednesday morning.  

Police say it happened at 745am Wednesday on the 800 block of Lindoo Avenue East in the City of Ladysmith.  

When police arrived at the scene, officers located the victim, a 57 year old male from Ladysmith lying next to his truck.  

The victim was transported to Rusk County Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries.  

A 52 year old male from Ladysmith was arrested and booked into the Rusk County Jail. The incident remains under investigation. 

February Winter Storm

posted Feb 24, 2017, 4:51 AM by Ryan Quinn

A major winter storm is moving through the region this morning and motorists are urged to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions.  

Winter weather advisories and warnings are in effect throughout Northwest Wisconsin, and road conditions vary across the region.  Although some areas will only see a few inches of snow, counties included in the Winter Storm Warning could see up to a foot of snow.  

You can check road conditions before you travel today by going online to for up-to-the minute road condition reports.  

Be sure to pack an auto emergency kit in your vehicle. 

Forecasters say the heavy snow in some areas, combined with gusty winds, could reduce visibility and make driving hazardous. 

SASD Business Manager Resigns

posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:18 AM by Ryan Quinn

The business manager for the Spooner Area School District has announced her resignation.  

Shannon Grindell says she has accepted a new position outside of Spooner.  

The resignation takes effect at the end of March, but Grindell says she will help during a transition period through the end of the District's fiscal year in June.

Winter Storm Heading Our Way!

posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:16 AM by Ryan Quinn

A major winter storm is heading towards Northwest Wisconsin, and winter storm watches and warnings will go into effect tonight beginning at 6pm. 

Heavy snowfall with 4 to 12 inches is likely, with higher amounts in some areas.  

Motorists are urged to plan for delays tomorrow, and be sure to pack an auto emergency kit in your vehicle. 

Forecasters say the heavy snow, combined with gusty winds, could reduce visibility and make driving hazardous. 

Senators Introduce Bill To Reduce Well Regulations

posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:15 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's top Republican has introduced a bill that would relax Wisconsin's high-capacity well regulations.  

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's measure would allow people to repair, replace or reconstruct wells without approval from the state Department of Natural Resources. 

Lake associations in the study area would be allowed to build high-capacity wells to replenish lakes if water levels have been dropping.

The associations wouldn't have to pay permit application fees and could get state grants to build the wells.

Winter in Wisconsin Isn't Over Yet...

posted Feb 22, 2017, 6:20 AM by Ryan Quinn

A major winter storm is forecast to move through the region beginning tomorrow afternoon and forecasters are warning people to be prepared for up to a foot of snow over much of Northwest Wisconsin.  

A winter storm watch has been issued for the region from Thursday evening through Friday evening. 

Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts are possible across the watch area. 

In addition, northeast winds Friday morning becoming north and northwest Friday afternoon will gusts as high as 40 mph. 

Blowing snow will further reduce visibilities. If these winds materialize, blizzard conditions should be expected in open areas.

Birch Theft

posted Feb 22, 2017, 6:18 AM by Ryan Quinn

Birch theft is a growing problem in Northwest Wisconsin, according to the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department. 

Birch wood theft is replacing theft of scrap metal or copper that for a long time has led to quick money for drug addicts and habitual criminals.  

The thefts are occurring on County and State forests as well as on private property.  

If you see someone cutting birch trees and it looks suspicious, call your local or county police. 

Try to record license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions which are very helpful, especially if you see someone hauling birch wood in a trailer or pickup truck.

Two Candidates on April Ballot

posted Feb 22, 2017, 6:17 AM by Ryan Quinn

Two candidates will be on the April ballot for the District 4 City Council seat in RIce Lake.  

In a three-way contest in yesterday's primary election, challenger Doug Edwardsen received the most votes with 73, followed by Rachel Carlson, who currently holds the seat with 54 votes, followed closely by Bronsen Smith, a Military veteran who garnered 50 votes,  Edwardsen and Carlson move on to the April election which will include votes for the other 3 District seats, who are running unopposed.

VOTE Today

posted Feb 21, 2017, 5:19 AM by Ryan Quinn

The spring primary election is being held today.  

The statewide primary ballot includes a three-way primary race for School superintendent between incumbent Tony Evers, and challengers Lowell Holtz and John Humphries. 

In District 4 in Rice Lake, there are two people challenging the council seat currently held by Rachel Carlson. 

Her challengers are businessman Doug Edwardsen and Military veteran Bronsen Smith. Polls are open  from 7am to 8pm today, and a legal I.D. is required to vote.

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