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Barron County Woman Charged With Murder

posted Aug 15, 2019, 8:15 AM by Michael Duncan

The Barron County woman arrested last weekend after a fatal stabbing in Almena has been formerly charged with murder.  44-year-old Melanie Kuula is accused of fatally stabbing 50-year old Brett Bents who was found dead Saturday afternoon in the yard of a residence in Almena.  An autopsy report says the primary cause of death to Bents was a stab wound to the chest with a secondary cause of death being extensive trauma to the head. His death is being ruled as a homicide.  Kuula’s cash bond is set at $25,000, and she will next appear in court on October 1st.

Most Barron County ATV Trails Are Now Open

posted Aug 15, 2019, 7:32 AM by Michael Duncan

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - Recreation officials have announced that all Barron County ATV trails are open, with the exception of 1/2 mile north of Hillsdale.  The trails were closed after the July 19th storm which downed hundreds of trees across the popular trail system.  ATV riders are advised to use caution on the trails.

3 Injured in 3 Vehicle Crash in Rusk County

posted Aug 14, 2019, 9:22 AM by Michael Duncan

The investigation continues into a three vehicle car crash that injured three people Monday morning in Rusk County.  The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 8 and Schmidt Road in the town of Grant, just west of Ladysmith.  Carol Wangerin of Ladysmith was seriously injured and flown to Marshfield. The other two drivers were treated and released. 

Governor Appoints New Washburn County Judge

posted Aug 14, 2019, 9:22 AM by Michael Duncan

Governor Tony Evers has appointed  Angeline Winton to be Washburn County Circuit Court Judge. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Eugene Harrington.  Winton is currently the district attorney of Washburn County. She was elected to the position in 2016.   Winton graduated from Hayward High School. She graduated summa cum laude from UW-Eau Claire and magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She resides in Springbrook.

Info Meeting To Discuss Spooner Lake Drawdown

posted Aug 13, 2019, 7:26 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 7:27 AM ]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - A public informational meeting will be held this Saturday to discuss a proposed drawdown of Spooner Lake this fall and winter.  In effort to improve water quality, officials are proposing a 3-foot drawdown of Spooner Lake beginning September 3rd thru April 2020.  Saturday's public meeting to discuss the drawdown will be held at the Washburn County Highway Department on County H in Spooner beginning at 9am. More information about the drawdown can be found at the Washburn County website at

Small Business Disaster Loans Available

posted Aug 13, 2019, 7:24 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 7:25 AM ]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 -  The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Wisconsin as a result of winterkill, rain, freezing rain, cold and snow from January 1 through May 31, 2019. The loans are available in several Wisconsin Counties including, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sawyer,  and Washburn County.  To apply online, go to SBA’s secure website at

Housing Forum in Rice Lake

posted Aug 12, 2019, 5:29 AM by Michael Duncan

Monday, August 12, 2019 - The 4th of seven Barron County housing forums will be held tonight at Rice Lake City Hall. Those attending the  meeting will discuss area housing trends and community housing studies.  The forum will be held tonight at 530pm at Rice Lake City Hall.  Another forum will be held this Thursday at the Chetek City Hall, and on Monday, August 26th at Spare Time Bowl in Turtle Lake. For more information, contact Dave Armstrong at 715-637-6871.

Police Investigating Stabbing Death in Almena.

posted Aug 12, 2019, 5:28 AM by Michael Duncan

Monday, August 12, 2019 - Police are investigating a weekend stabbing in the Village of Almena.  The Turtle Lake Police Department says officers were called to the scene on an incident on Soo Avenue in the village of Almena on Saturday afternoon. When officers arrived they discovered a man dead in the backyard. A short time later, officers arrested a female who they believe was involved in the incident and took her into custody. Police say there is no danger to the public. 

Man Dies in Motorcycle VS Deer in Polk County

posted Aug 9, 2019, 5:32 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Aug 9, 2019, 5:32 AM ]

Friday, August 9 2019 - Police have released the name of a man killed when he struck a deer on his motorcycle in Polk County.  The collision occurred at 1130am Tuesday on Highway 87 in the town of Eureka when 50-year old Anthony Lewsader of North St. Paul Minnesota, who was not wearing a helmet, struck the deer and was thrown from the motorcycle and struck the roadway.  He was flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he died from his injuries.

Kinship of Cumberland and Turtle Lake Celebration

posted Aug 8, 2019, 5:42 AM by Michael Duncan

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - There will be family fun for everyone tomorrow evening at Cumberland's Endeavor Field.  The fundraiser celebrating 20 years of mentoring by Kinship of Cumberland and Turtle Lake and will feature delicious dinner options from local restaurants, including Bona Casa, Das Lach Haus and Louis Finer Meats, along with tasty dessert treats from Dairy Queen and the Main Street Cafe.  There will be several games to play and entertainment will be provided by Cumberland's own Paisan and the Family Brass with fireworks after the band.  The Kinship of Cumberland and Turtle Lake Fundraiser begins at 530pm tomorrow at Endeavor Stadium and admission is $20 for adults, kids 16 and under are free.

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