Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Go Slow In The Snow

posted by Ryan Quinn

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect with heavy snow expected throughout today.  

Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible at times, and motorists are advised to be cautious and give themselves plenty of time to reach their destination.  

For up to date road information, go online to, or call 5-1-1

Evers Budget Proposal Includes Marijuana

posted Feb 19, 2019, 6:14 AM by Ryan Quinn

Governor Tony Evers on Monday announced that his budget will include proposals to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establish an expungement procedure for individuals who have completed their sentence or probation for possession, and align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards. 

The governor believes it is time for Wisconsin to join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana. 

Last year, nearly one million voters in 16 counties and two cities in Wisconsin voted to approve non-binding referenda asking if marijuana should be legal for medical or recreational use.

These referenda all passed by significant majorities.

Today is Primary Day

posted Feb 19, 2019, 6:13 AM by Ryan Quinn

Today is primary day across Wisconsin, but not too many seats are being contested.  

There is a three-way primary race in the city of Barron for an open at-large seat on the Barron City Council.  The three candidates running for the position, include two Somali residents, Isaak Mohamed and Faisal Ahmed.  

They will join Barron native Paul Solie on the ballot to determine the two candidates for the April 2nd spring election. 

The winner will serve a two-year term. Somali refugees began arriving in Barron more than 20 years ago, and many are now U.S. citizens. 

It is believed the Mohamed and Ahmed are the first Somali-American political candidates in Wisconsin history. 

Sawyer Co Heroin Trafficking

posted Feb 18, 2019, 5:11 AM by Adam Hutton

Nine people were arrested in Sawyer County following an investigation into heroin trafficking on Thursday. Following a three month investigation into the trafficking and distribution of heroin in Sawyer County investigators from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants on four residences, two residences on Park Road in the Town of Hayward, one residence on Poppletown Road in the Town of Bass Lake and one residence on Bacon Strip in the Town of Hayward. As a result of the search warrants, 71 grams (2 ½ ounces) of Heroin, 8 grams of methamphetamine, 2 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, two handguns and $1400.00 in cash were seized.  The estimated street value of the seized heroin is $35,000.00.  As a result of the investigation, nine suspects were taken into custody. 27 year old Richard Gene Saddler of the Siren area, 35 year old Bryan Keith Sam Jr of the Town of Hayward, 23 year old Cody Wilson of the Stone Lake area, Shania Janae Pringle, 22, of the town of Hayward, Tracey Ann Pringle, 47, of the Town of Bass Lake, Jason Forbes Pringle, 49, of the Town of Bass Lake, Paul Edward Dust III, 24, of the Town of Hayward, Casandra Ann Kakazu, 21, of the Town of Hayward, and Johnson Joseph Browneagle, 28, of Minneapolis were arrested on a variety of charges.

Drug Grants

posted Feb 18, 2019, 5:10 AM by Adam Hutton

Several local law enforcement agencies and multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement groups have received grants to fight drug trafficking. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says the grants will be used to combat high-level drug traffickers who are facilitating the deadly flow of drugs into Wisconsin communities.  Among the agencies receiving grants in Northwest Wisconsin are the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, $25,000; the Rusk County Sheriff’s office, $25,000; and $50,000 to the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force, which includes law enforcement in Polk, Pierce and St. Croix Counties.

Special Ed Costs

posted Feb 18, 2019, 5:08 AM by Adam Hutton

Rising costs and lagging state and federal special education aids are straining school district budgets throughout Wisconsin, according to a report from the nonpartisan, independent Wisconsin Policy Forum.  The Taxpayer report found that between the 2007-08 and 2017-18 school years, special education costs eligible for state aid rose 18.3%, to about $1.4 billion.

Closs Seminar

posted Feb 18, 2019, 5:06 AM by Adam Hutton

It’s been just over a month since Jayme Closs' escape from suspect, Jake Patterson’s home near in Gordon, and the Barron community is still in the midst of the healing process. Over the weekend, a seminar focusing on the after-effects of the tragedy was held at the Barron Area Community Center. At Saturday’s event, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said events like this are an important part of the healing process. Fitzgerald said more events will be held in the future to help the community move forward after the Closs tragedy.

Dallas Fire

posted Feb 18, 2019, 5:05 AM by Adam Hutton

Two fire departments were called to a house fire southwest of Dallas last night. A woman called around 9:19 p.m. Saturday to report the upper level of her house was on fire. Dallas and Prairie Farm fire departments, along with Barron County sheriff’s deputies and Dallas ambulance, responded to the house in the 1300 block of 2-1/2 Avenue. Deputies hit the fire with a fire extinguisher, but said it was coming from an outlet in an upper floor. The fire was under control by 11:20 and the Red Cross was contacted on behalf of the residents. The extent of damage was not immediately clear. No injuries were reported.

Sawyer County Snow Trails

posted Feb 18, 2019, 5:04 AM by Adam Hutton

The lack of snow for much of Sawyer county through most of January resulted in limited use of the snowmobile trail system as well as the need to groom those trails.  With almost two feet of snow falling in just the past two weeks, all that has changed and trails throughout the county are in great shape and getting groomed at least several time per week.  With 16 pieces of grooming equipment  and more than 30 volunteer operators, the Alliance is known as the largest single owner of grooming equipment in the world.  Eleven snowmobile and/or ATV clubs that are based in Sawyer county work together throughout the year to keep the hundreds of miles in the trail system in great shape.

Klobuchar Campaigns In Eau Claire

posted Feb 15, 2019, 6:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Presidential campaign race has begun, and its coming to western Wisconsin this weekend. Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar will be in Eau Claire tomorrow.  

Klobuchar announced her campaign for president last Sunday in Minneapolis. She's one of nine democrats who are officially in the race for her party's nomination. 

Another potential 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke will be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus tonight for a meet and greet with students and faculty. 

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