Northwest Wisconsin News Center

HWY 48 Construction To Begin Next Week

posted Jun 23, 2017, 5:55 AM by Ryan Quinn

A maintenance paving project is set to begin Monday on State Highway 48, beginning at State Highway 25 and proceeding West about one mile to fix failing asphalt payment.  
The project is expected to take two days.  
Motorists will encounter single lane travel and flaggers and a pilot car will be used. 
Delays are expected and motorists are reminded that cellphone use in works zones in prohibited. 

Sundown At The Shell Kicks Off Tonight

posted Jun 23, 2017, 5:31 AM by Ryan Quinn

A new summer music series kicks off tonight in Rice Lake.  Sundown at the Shell will feature original music from local and regional artists starting at 6pm tonight at the band shell in Rice Lake’s Veterans City Park.  
Clifton Nesseth, one of the organizers of tonight’s concert, says there are a several reasons to attend the free event. 
Tonight’s music gets underway at 7pm with an eclectic acoustic mix of tunes from Andy Nelson and the Galactic Trio, followed by the band Pony, who play alternative folk-rock featuring musicians from Barron and Minneapolis. 
You’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Sundown at the Shell tonight at the band shell in Rice Lake.

WCAHS To Be Rebuilt

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:09 AM by Ryan Quinn

The donations continue to come in to the Washburn County Area Humane Society since the March fire through on-line donations on the shelter website, collections taken at the Spooner Veterinary Office, checks sent directly to the WCAHS address, and through the many offers of fundraisers by individuals and businesses. 
The donations will help supplement the insurance settlement and have now totaled over $27,000.  
The Washburn County Area Humane Society want to thank those who have helped since the fire and rest assured that the animal shelter will definitely be rebuilt.

Ketz Benefit

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:08 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 12:36 PM by Jenny Polzin ]

A special benefit is being held this weekend to help a Clayton man who was hurt in a hunting accident last November.  
Barry Ketz fell from his deer stand while hunting on his land and suffered a severe spinal cord injury . 
On Sunday, friends and family are inviting the public to join them for the Benefit for BK at the Mumm Barn near Clayton.  
Food and a cash bar will be available plus those attending can use the free shuttle to and from the Clayton School.  
The event on Sunday is from 11am to 6pm, and you can find out more when you search Facebook for the Benefit for Barry Ketz.

Chetek Chamber and Local Business Host Community Celebration

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

Chetek Area Chamber of Commerce businesses and Old Southern BBQ have teamed up to host a Celebration of Community in Chetek on this Sunday from 1pm to 4 p.m. 
The event will be held at the Chetek City Beach and Phillips Park Pavilion. 
Old Southern BBQ will be providing pulled pork sandwiches and area restaurants are contributing sides as well. 
Food will be provided free of charge while supplies last but guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch as well. 
There will be music throughout the event including a performance by Chris Kroeze.  
Free will donations will be accepted during the event to support tornado victims, the Owen Knutson Memorial Fund as well as the families of Hunter Gillett and Donald Hajek. 
Additionally, soda, water and adult beverages will be available for purchase with proceeds being donated. 
For more information, go online to

Foul Play Not Ruled Out In Death of 21 Year Old

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

Police are trying to determine what led to the death of a man found dead over the weekend on a road in Sawyer County.  
According to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department, 21-year old Ryan A. Gedhart was found lying on Tag Alder Road in the town of Lenroot just after 630am Sunday morning. 
Although no cause of death has yet been determined, police have not ruled out foul play. 
The Sawyer County sheriff's department is investigating the death.

Barron County Waste To Energy

posted Jun 20, 2017, 5:26 AM by Ryan Quinn

Nearly 100 people showed up for last night's meeting of the Barron County Board of Supervisors to listen to discussion about the future of the County's Waste to Energy incinerator and recycling plant.

Although the agenda included a scheduled vote to close the money-losing facility, the board voted unanimously to delay that vote to allow for further discussion among board members about the consequences of shutting down the incinerator, with the understanding that another vote on the future of the plant could be brought up at anytime in the future.

Washburn County Man Accused of Threatening To Shoot Up Grad Ceremony

posted Jun 20, 2017, 5:23 AM by Ryan Quinn

A preliminary examination has been ordered in the case of a Washburn county man accused of threatening to shoot people at a graduation ceremony.  
Russell Smith faces charges of making terrorist threats and disorderly conduct after police in Spooner received reports that Smith had made statements to other students about shooting people at Spooner High School's 2017 graduation ceremony.  
Smith appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court for his Initial Appearance on his criminal charges.  

Yellow River Echoes

posted Jun 16, 2017, 6:15 AM by Ryan Quinn

Next Friday kicks off Fort Folle Avoine’s annual Yellow River Echoes event, which highlights the historic fur trading camps near Danbury. Kim Wheeler, the director for Forts Folle Avoine, says the three days will be filled with history, costumes, food, beer and friends.  For more information about the Yellow River Echoes or directions to Forts Folle Avoine, visit

WI Unemployment Rate Drops

posted Jun 16, 2017, 6:14 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in May, down from 3.2 percent in April, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). 
This is the second-lowest unemployment rate on record for Wisconsin, with the lowest being 3.0 percent set from May – July 1999.

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