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Got Your "Voter ID"?

posted by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin 2018 fall election is just weeks away and the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to be sure people know how to obtain identification, free of charge, that is valid for voting.  Most persons already have valid identification for voting purposes such as a driver license, identification card, military or student ID card, etc. 

There is no separate “voter ID.”   

For persons who need identification to show at the polls for voting, DMV offers free Wisconsin IDs and has a process if the required documents needed for an ID are not readily available. 

This process, available free of charge, can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid to take to the polls for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained. 

A list of the required documents is available at

Search For Jayme Closs Continues

posted by Ryan Quinn

The search for answers continues today in the disappearance of a Barron County teen and the death of her parents.  

Autopsies have been scheduled for the parents of missing teenager Jayme Closs. 

56-year old James Closs, and 46-year old Denise Closs were found dead inside their home early Monday morning. 

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says while the death investigation continues, the main focus at this time is locating 13 year-old Jayme Closs, the couple’s teenage daughter. 

Sheriff Fitzgerald says he doesn’t think the general public is any immediate danger, but they do want people to stay vigilant and report any helpful information to police. 

An Amber alert has been issued for 13-year old Jayme Closs.

She is 5-feet tall, 100-pounds, with green eyes and straight Strawberry blond hair.  

Anyone with information on whereabouts is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

Main Street Bridge In Rice Lake Reopened

posted Oct 15, 2018, 6:45 AM by Ryan Quinn

Motorists will be happy to hear the Main Street Bridge over the Red Cedar River in Rice Lake has reopened.  

Heavy rain brought work to a halt last week and prevented crews from paving new traffic lanes. 

The bridge reopened late yesterday afternoon

2 Dead, 1 Missing in Barron County

posted Oct 15, 2018, 6:45 AM by Ryan Quinn

Two adults are dead and a teenage girl is missing in Barron County.  

Just before 1am this morning, a 9-1-1 call asking for help was made to Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  

When deputies arrived at 1268 Highway 8, deputies found 2 dead adults and a 13-year old girl missing from the residence. 

The girl is Jayme Closs, described at 5-feet tall, 100-pounds with green eyes and Blond or Strawberry hair. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jayme Closs is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

Walker Announces Plan To Create Training Centers At Correction Institutions

posted Oct 12, 2018, 5:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

Building on efforts to grow the state’s workforce, Governor Scott Walker has announced a plan that would create at least five new technical training centers at Wisconsin correctional institutions. 

The centers would partner with technical colleges and employers to focus on rehabilitating inmates, reducing recidivism, and expanding the workforce.  

Governor Walker intends to include the plan in the 2019-21 capital budget proposal and estimates the state’s investment to be between $25-45 million.  

The location of the technical training centers would be determined after collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, legislators, and stakeholders.

New Richmond Man Faces Several Charges

posted Oct 12, 2018, 5:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

 A New Richmond man is facing several charges - including wire fraud and obstruction of justice. 

48-year-old Lloyd Robl is charged with knowingly releasing a hazardous pollutant into the air by burning asbestos-containing material at his home in New Richmond, in violation of the clean air act.  

Robl is also accused of concealing business records during a federal grand jury investigation.

Walker Inches Ahead Of Evers In Latest Poll

posted Oct 11, 2018, 5:39 AM by Ryan Quinn

With less than one month until election day, Gov. Scott Walker has inched ahead of challenger Tony Evers in the latest Marquette Law School Poll.

In the poll, Walker has 47 percent of support, just one point ahead of Evers’ 46 percent. 

In the September poll, Evers had a 5-point lead over Walker. 

Those numbers are all among likely voters.  

It’s better news for the Democrats in the race for U.S. Senate, however. 

Incumbent Senator Tammy Baldwin has a 10-point lead over Republican challenger Leah Vukmir (53%-43%). 

Baldwin had an 11 point lead in the September poll.

Barron County Man Admits To Assaulting Child

posted Oct 11, 2018, 5:38 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Barron County man accused of repeated sexual assault of a child was in court yesterday.  

32-year-old Donaven Sprague admits to assaulting a child between June 2015 and June 2018. 

He faces up to 60-years in prison. 

Strand Trial Set For June

posted Oct 10, 2018, 8:49 AM by Ryan Quinn

A trial date has been set for Haugen resident Curtis Strand, charged with reckless homicide in the death of his infant daughter. 

On July 9, 2017, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a 3-month-old infant not breathing. 

The baby died on July 11, 2017. An autopsy was conducted, and along with other evidence led to criminal charges of Class B Felony 1st Degree Reckless Homicide and Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.  

A Jury Trial for Strand has been was scheduled to start on June 17, 2019.

HWY 53 Semi-Truck Rollover

posted Oct 10, 2018, 6:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

Investigators are looking into the cause of a semi-truck rollover yesterday near Chetek.  

The accident happened around 6am when a caller reported the truck rolled over in the southbound lane of Highway 53 near the County Road I exit. 

No serious injuries were reported, but southbound lanes of traffic were closed while road crews cleaned up the scene.

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