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The Coolest Thing in Wisconsin

posted by Michael Duncan

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - The “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” is a gun made in Barron County.  With over 240,000 votes, the Big Boy-All Weather rifle manufactured by Henry Repeating Arms in Rice Lake was the winner of the contest put on by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group.  The Big Boy All-Weather rifle was first manufactured in 2016.

1-year Anniversary for Closs Family Tragedy

posted Oct 15, 2019, 5:49 AM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - It was a year ago today that the world found out about 2 brutal murders and the abduction of a 13-year old girl in Barron County.  Denise and James Closs were murdered at their home just west of Barron shortly after Midnight a year ago, and police quickly realized their 13-year daughter Jayme had been abducted.  Yesterday Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald and others involved in the case met with reporters to talk about the anniversary and the future.  Sheriff Fitzgerald said he and the community learned at lot from Jayme's case and the message moving forward is hope.  Robert Lowry, Vice President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, pointed out there are still 40 open cases of missing children in Wisconsin and they too need to be found.  A spokesman for the Closs family said Jayme is moving forward with her life and getting stronger everyday. 

Former Rice Lake Councilman Genereaux Has Passed Away

posted Oct 11, 2019, 5:20 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 9:23 AM ]

Friday, October 11, 2019 - A former Rice Lake City Councilman and civic leader has died.  74-year old Dan Genereaux passed away unexpectedly at his Rice Lake home on Wednesday. Dan served several terms on Rice Lake’s City Council and was active on many committees, including the Police and Fire Commission. He worked to establish the beach front on Sawyer Street and create the “splash pad” at Moon Lake Park, the City Archery Park, as well as the “Restorative Justice Program”, the first High School Prom All-Nighters,  and he was a dedicated supporter of UW-EC Barron County campus.  A Celebration of Life for Dan Genereaux his will be held at the UW-EC Barron County Campus, Commons Area in Rice Lake next Tuesday. 

USDA Announces Local Broadband Investments

posted Oct 10, 2019, 5:24 AM by Michael Duncan

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it  is investing $152 million in 20 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states.  In Wisconsin, Baldwin Telecom, Inc. will use a $8 million Telecommunications Program loan to provide Fiber-to-the-Home upgrades in the villages of Baldwin and Woodville. The system will foster business growth, enable families, and improve public safety services by providing higher-speed broadband capacity. More than 2,300 residential and business customers will benefit from this investment.

Police ID Polk County Drowning Victim

posted Oct 8, 2019, 8:39 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Oct 8, 2019, 8:56 AM ]

Tuesday, October 8,2019 - Police have identified the man who drowned in Polk County last week.  70-year old Larry Richolz of Frederic apparently fell out of a boat on Sandhill Lake on Friday afternoon, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.  Emergency responders were called to the lake around 445pm where CPR was attempted but was unsuccessful in reviving Richolz.  The drowning remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Department of Natural Resources.   

DNR Chief Could Be Confirmed This Week

posted Oct 7, 2019, 5:52 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Oct 7, 2019, 7:25 AM ]

Monday, October 7, 2019 - A vote to confirm Governor Tony Evers’ pick to head the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources could happen as soon as this week..  A Senate committee that oversees natural resources issues voted unanimously last Tuesday to recommend the confirmation of Preston Cole to head the DNR. Cole won praise from Republican state Senator Tom Tiffany, chairman of the committee that voted 5-0 to endorse his confirmation. Tiffany says he expects to see good things happening with Cole leading the DNR 

Rice Lake Main Street Bridge Construction Complete

posted Oct 4, 2019, 5:34 AM by Michael Duncan

Friday, October 4, 2019 - After a year of detours and closings, the Rice Lake Main Street Bridge over the Red Cedar River is now completely open.  Yesterday, workers did some finishing touches and removed the traffic cones and barriers that had become familiar sights for drivers crossing the bridge.  The $3-million project, replaced two bridges, - the west side, built nearly 100 years ago, and the east side, built in the mid-1970's. The new bridge includes sidewalks, railings, lighting, and painted stone on the outer sides of the bridge. 

Polk County ID's Fatal Crash Victim

posted Oct 3, 2019, 4:54 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Oct 3, 2019, 5:00 AM ]

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - The Polk County Sheriff Office have identified 25-year-old Garrett Eichman of rural Siren as the fatality in the September 30 crash.  The crash happened just after 330pm Monday on Highway 65, north of the intersection of 70th Avenue in the Town of Garfield.  According to deputies, Eichman was driving north on HWY 65 when it when he went into the ditch and rolled over.  Polk County deputies say the Eichman  was thrown from the vehicle and died.

One Killed in Fatal Crash in Chippewa County

posted Oct 3, 2019, 4:52 AM by Michael Duncan

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - One person is dead after a single-vehicle crash Wednesday in Chippewa County.  It happened just after 430pm on Highway 29, west of 90th Street  According to investigators, the vehicle was going west on 29, left the roadway, and crashed in a field north of Highway 29.  The driver was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Bloomer Police Chief's Son Charged With Murder

posted Oct 2, 2019, 5:30 AM by Michael Duncan

The son of the Chief of the Bloomer Police Department faces a number of charges after the murder of a Florida couple.  22-year-old Alex Zwiefelhofer, along with another man, is accused of murdering a married couple near a church in Florida last year.  Authorities say Zwiefelhofer and another man traveled to Florida to meet the couple for a gun sale. The complaint alleges the couple was killed so the pair could take the money for travel costs. Zwiefelhofer later returned to Bloomer. He is being held in custody in Madison

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