Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Recommendations To Prevent Contaminating Well Waters

posted by Ryan Quinn

Heavy rains in many Wisconsin counties last week have affected private property owners and state properties as well. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging homeowners to check for damage to wells and septic systems and remove storm related debris. 

In particular, the DNR says heavy rains can create conditions that affect private wells and drinking water. 

Wells located in pits, basements and low-lying areas are especially susceptible to contamination.  

Even without obvious signs of flooding, a well can become contaminated. 

More recommendations for private well owners whose wells have been inundated are available on the DNR’s website.

New Problems Brought on by Last Week's Storms

posted by Ryan Quinn

Last week’s storms and heavy rain are causing problems in area lakes and rivers.  

The Department of Natural Resources are especially concerned with the Chetek chain of lakes, where debris from last week’s tornado has created hazards for boaters.  

Josh Lorring with the DNR says boaters need to be extra careful. 

Boaters on all area lakes and streams are reminded to were life jackets at all times, and beware of shore erosion problems due to the high water and observe no-wake speeds when close to shore.

Beware of Storm Chasing Contractors

posted by Ryan Quinn

We are midway through the spring storm season, and flooding, hail and tornados have already impacted a wide range of the state.  

For homeowners, the sudden fury of these seasonal storms can lead to extensive structural and landscape damage, leaving them scrambling to hire help in getting their properties back in order. 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks homeowners affected by storm damage to seek trusted local contractors for home repair projects and to be on the lookout for transient contractors or "storm chasers".


A good first step with a storm repair project should be to research trusted local contractors.  

Ask for references from friends, family members, and co-workers, and contact DATCP's Consumer Protection Hotline at (800-422-7128) or visit their website to find out about complaints against particular businesses. 

Tornado Relief Radio-thon

posted May 20, 2017, 11:28 AM by Jenny Polzin   [ updated May 22, 2017, 6:01 AM ]



    IN AN EFFORT TO HELP OUT THE VICTIMS OF THIS WEEK’S TORNADO, MONDAY WE’LL BE RAISING MONEY WITH A TORNADO RELIEF RADIO-THON.  WE’LL START RAISING FUNDS FROM 6:30AM THROUGH THE EVENING ON MONDAY WITH DONATION DROP OFF LOCATIONS AT VARIOUS PLACES ACROSS BARRON AND RUSK COUNTIES. VICTIMS ARE ALREADY RECEIVING PLENTY OF FOOD AND CLOTHING DONATIONS, BUT MANY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING AND WILL NEED CASH TO START THE PROCESS OF BUYING EVERYTHING AGAIN!  AND THAT’S WHERE YOU CAN HELP!  


TUNE IN ON MONDAY FOR LIVE REPORTS FROM MOSAIC TELECOM AS WE TRY TO RAISE $50,000 TO AID THE VICTIMS OF THIS WEEK’S TORNADO!



DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED STARTING AT 8 AM ON MONDAY AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:


Rice Lake - Dairy State Bank

Spooner - at the Spooner Chamber of Commerce - Hwy 63 & 70 intersection

Barron - Barron City Hall

Cumberland - Dairy State Bank  - Main Street

Turtle Lake -  Dairy State Bank - Hwy 8

Birchwood - Dairy State Bank

Bloomer  - Dairy State Bank

Prairie Farm  - Dairy State Bank

Cameron -  Mosaic Telecom headquarters on Double S across from the high school.


(Must wait until Monday at 8 am to donate)

Checks can be made out to Mosaic Telecom - with Barron County Disaster Relief written in the check line memo.  PO Box 664, Cameron, WI 54822

Turtle Lake Roundabout Meeting

posted May 16, 2017, 5:25 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting on the roundabout project in Turtle Lake at the Village Hall tonight from 530pm to 730 pm and anyone interested in the project is encouraged to attend. 

The project is intended to replace the intersections of US 8 and US 63 North and US 8 and Barron County Highway K with roundabouts. Construction is scheduled to begin in later this month and be completed by the end of October. 

US 8 will remain open at all times during construction with some local road closures. 

WisDOT representatives will be available at tonight’s meeting to discuss the project and answer questions.

AAA Reminds Drivers To Prepare For Road Trips

posted May 15, 2017, 5:10 AM by Ryan Quinn

This summer, AAA expects to rescue 7 million American drivers, with the majority facing battery, lock and tire-related issues. 

In Wisconsin, AAA expects to rescue over a 63,000 motorists. 

These numbers could soar higher, with a AAA survey revealing that 4 out of 10 American drivers are unprepared for emergency breakdown situations. 

With three-quarters of family travelers planning to travel by car to their favorite vacation spot, AAA reminds drivers to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are well prepared for a safe road trip.  

More Farm Equipment on Roads

posted May 15, 2017, 5:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

With spring planting underway motorists throughout Wisconsin will be encountering more and more agricultural equipment as farmers are out tending to the fields. 

As agricultural equipment is heavy and often slow-moving, there are special considerations that both the farming community and the traveling public should keep in mind to prevent crashes and damage to state infrastructure.

Bloomer Man Seriously Injured in Car -Train Crash

posted May 15, 2017, 5:06 AM by Ryan Quinn

An elderly man was seriously injured over the weekend when his car hit a train near Bloomer.  

The crash happened around 4pm Saturday at a rail crossing at 13th Avenue, located half-way between Main Street (Hwy. 40) and Martin Road in Bloomer. 

Bloomer police say the man suffered serious injuries and was transferred to an area hospital. 

Police are still looking into what caused the man to hit the train, but do not believe Alcohol was a factor in the crash. 

The driver was the only person in the vehicle.

Code Red in Barron and Washburn Counties

posted May 15, 2017, 5:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

Emergency Management are urging all residents and 2nd home owners in Barron and Washburn County to register their contact information with the County mass notification system called - CodeRED. 

This free system will help to notify residents of emergency information through calls, text messages and emails and will be used to keep you informed on issues that impact your safety! CodeRED is a great tool for making emergency notifications - when needed. 

However, the system is only as a good as the database it is built upon. 

If you have a landline and are listed in the phone book, your phone number has already been loaded in the CodeRED system. 

However, more people are choosing to have cell phones only and that becomes challenging for the county to collect the necessary information to build the database. 

To address this problem, all residents are being URGED to go to the CodeRED site located on the Barron or Washburn County Webpage and register today.

Will Walker Run?

posted May 15, 2017, 5:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

While he's not officially declaring he will run for re-election, Governor Scott Walker told his fellow Republicans this weekend that he is ready to seek a third term. 

Walker made the comments at the state GOP convention Saturday in Wisconsin Dells. 

During his remarks, Walker talked about the progress the state has made since he was first elected in 2010 and asked the party faithful for their support in 2018. 

Walker is expected to officially announce his candidacy later this summer.

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