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Hwy 48 Roundabouts in Rice Lake Discussed at Meeting This week

posted Jan 20, 2020, 6:04 AM by Michael Duncan

January 20, 2020 - This week, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting to discuss the reconstruction of WIS 48/Knapp Street from West Avenue to Bear Paw Avenue in Rice Lake. Construction will begin this spring and continue into November. In addition, Rice Lake representatives will present information about municipal projects planned for Douglas Street, Eau Claire Street and the Farm & Fleet entrance.  The meeting is scheduled from 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday evening at Rice Lake City Hall.  The WIS 48 project involves reconstructing WIS 48 and its intersections with West Avenue and both the northbound and southbound US 53 ramp terminals as roundabouts; Milling off the existing road surface and overlaying WIS 48 at its intersection with Bear Paw Avenue and installing a traffic signal; and reducing WIS 48 from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction.

One Dead, Two Injured in Car vs. Semi

posted Jan 14, 2020, 7:45 AM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - One person has died and two others were hurt after a crash in Barron County Monday afternoon.  The crash happened just before 1pm on Barron County Road I near Chetek.  The Wisconsin State Patrol says.  53-year-old Edward Wakefield of Dallas was driving westbound on County Highway I when he hit a semi traveling eastbound on County I.  A passenger in Wakefield's vehicle, identified as Robert Warnecke of Dallas, died from injuries suffered in the crash.   Wakefield along with a second passenger identified as Ashley Halpin of Chippewa Falls,  were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi, 42-year-old Shawn Charles Robbins of Rice Lake, was not injured.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation

Haugen Man Convicted of Murdering Infant

posted Jan 13, 2020, 6:03 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Jan 14, 2020, 7:50 AM ]

Monday, January 13, 2020 - A Haugen man has been found guilty of murder in the death of his infant daughter.  34-year old Curtis Strand, of Haugen, was been convicted of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide of his 3-month old infant in July 2017. The trial which concluded late last week, was based on a July 2017 incident when a 911 call reported an infant that was not breathing. Two days later, on July 11, 2017, the infant was pronounced deceased. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Strand. who was charged in November 2017.  The Court dismissed, with prejudice, a charge of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide but Strand’s bail bond was revoked and he is now in custody in the Barron County jail.

DNA Identifies Cold Case Human Remains

posted Jan 9, 2020, 5:19 AM by Michael Duncan

Thursday, January 9, 2019 - A cold case dating back to the early-1980s is a little closer to being solved.  Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says human remains found in a wooded area North of Ridgeland in 1982 have been identified as those of Kraig King from White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Investigators believe King was murdered between April and May in 1982. Anyone with information on this case is advised to call the Barron County Sheriff's Department.  Sheriff Fitzgerald says the case involving bones found in December 2017 south of Barron are probably not connected with the King case.

Public Meeting to Discuss Hwy 48 Roundabouts

posted Jan 7, 2020, 5:34 AM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting to discuss the reconstruction of WIS 48 (Knapp Street) from West Avenue to Bear Paw Avenue in Rice Lake. Construction will begin this spring and continue into November. In addition, Rice Lake representatives will present information about municipal projects planned for Douglas Street, Eau Claire Street and the Farm & Fleet entrance.  The meeting is scheduled from 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday, January 21, at Rice Lake City Hall.  The WIS 48 project involves reconstructing WIS 48 and its intersections with West Avenue and both the northbound and southbound US 53 ramp terminals as roundabouts; Milling off the existing road surface and overlaying WIS 48 at its intersection with Bear Paw Avenue and installing a traffic signal; and reducing WIS 48 from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction.

Local Cop Graduates from FBI Leadership Training

posted Jan 6, 2020, 5:29 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 5:30 AM ]

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020 - A local police officer has graduated from leadership training at the FBI Academy in Quanitco, Virginia.  Rice Lake Police Sergeant Matthew Bach was one of the 258 graduates who completed the 10-week session late last month.  The program consists of advanced leadership, management, and fitness training for a very select number of officers from throughout the United States, and 37 international countries.  

Chetek Fire Destroys 2 Businesses

posted Jan 6, 2020, 5:27 AM by Michael Duncan

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020 - Investigators continue to look through the debris of a fire that engulfed a building and destroyed two businesses Friday night in Chetek.   Sather Family Dental and In Step Dance Studio were impacted by a structure fire.  Chetek Fire Chief Ryan Olson said there were no injuries, but the building is a total loss.  On the dental clinic's Facebook page, they posted they are working to figure out the next steps, including where they can continue to care for patients, both in the short term and the long term.  The dance studio says it has found a temporary studio location at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Roselawn Elementary.

Most Popular Baby Names in Wisconsin in 2019

posted Jan 3, 2020, 5:26 AM by Michael Duncan

Three health care systems are out with their lists of the most popular baby names in Wisconsin in 2019. Top baby boy names were Oliver, Charles, and William. Top girl names were Stella or Estella, Adelyn, and Lydia. The lists were put out by H-S-H-S Sacred Heart Hospital, Saint Joseph's Hospitals, and the Mayo Clinic.

More People Living In Wisconsin

posted Jan 3, 2020, 5:24 AM by Michael Duncan

Friday January 3, 2020- The Upper Midwest continues to grow its population, albeit slowly. Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas were among 40 states that saw populations increase between July 2018 and July 2019, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Minnesota saw the most growth, with about 33,000 new residents. But the 2019 figure marks that state's slowest rate of growth in the last three years. Wisconsin saw less growth than Minnesota with about 15,000 new residents, but both states fared better than Michigan, which gained only about 3,000, and Illinois, which lost more than 50,000 residents. Overall, Wisconsin has added some 135,000 people since the beginning of the decade.

NYE Kept Law Enforcement Busy Keeping Drunks Off The Road

posted Jan 2, 2020, 9:14 AM by Michael Duncan

Thursday January 2, 2020- The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign concluded on New Years and it went out with a bang. New Years Eve was a busy night for local law enforcement.  The Barron County Sheriffs Department reports that there were seven OWI arrests from 6p-6a. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign isn't about writing tickets, its meant to enhance public safety and deter impaired driving. 

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