Northwest Wisconsin News Center

U.S. House Easily Passed Farm Bill

posted by Ryan Quinn

The U.S. House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. 

The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The measure is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers. 

It does not make any significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans. 

Trump and conservatives had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea. 

The bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp. 

The House vote was 369-47. 

Community Continues Holding Hope

posted by Ryan Quinn

Community members gathered in Barron last night to maintain hope in the case of missing Barron teen Jayme Closs and her murdered parents.  

A Christmas tree with lights and ornaments was lighted as a symbol of that hope, with community and spiritual  leaders, school officials and students attending.  

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald spoke at the gathering and said it's time to believe and it's time to bring hope. 

After lanterns rose into  the night sky, the night was capped off with  a message from Barron resident and “The Voice” finalist, Chris Kroeze, who praised the communities positivity, and then the song “Let it Be” was played and dedicated to Jayme. 

Meanwhile, the investigation into the Closs case continues, with the DCI and FBI working on the case along with the Barron County Sheriff's Office who encourage people to keep the tips coming in. 

Michael J Duncan Speaking At "Thursdays at the U" Lecture Series

posted by Ryan Quinn

Michael J Duncan, a 40-year broadcast veteran and the news director at this radio station, will be speaking today at the weekly lecture series “Thursdays at the U” at the UW-EC Barron Campus.  Mike will have an engaging discussion with those attending, about the role the media plays in everyday lives.
The public is encouraged to attend today’s free presentation which begins at Noon at the Blue Hills lecture hall in the Ritzinger Building at the UW-EC Barron Campus.

Rice Lake Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Child Enticement and More

posted Dec 12, 2018, 5:32 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Rice Lake man faces multiple charges in Chippewa County.   

36-year-old Brandon Geiger is accused of second degree sexual assault, child enticement, criminal damage to property, and disorderly conduct. 

The complaint says Geiger physically forced an 11-year-old girl to smoke marijuana.  

During the investigation, police interviewed a woman who said Geiger also physically and sexually abused her. 

If convicted Geiger could spend up to 65 years in prison. 

ACA Open Enrollment Deadline Saturday

posted Dec 12, 2018, 5:31 AM by Ryan Quinn

Consumers seeking individual health insurance for next year, must sign up by this Saturday, December 15, when open enrollment ends, or risk being locked out of the individual insurance market until 2020. 
Open Enrollment   

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to offer health insurance coverage on a guaranteed issue basis to all eligible consumers during the annual open enrollment period. 

Open enrollment allows individuals to re-enroll in their existing health insurance plan, or shop for a new plan either on or off the federal exchange.  

The only way a consumer can buy a health plan outside open enrollment is if they qualify for a special enrollment period.  

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Frozen Road Low Now In Effect For Zone 1

posted Dec 12, 2018, 5:30 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin’s frozen road law is now in effect for the region designated as Zone 1 which includes US Highway 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of Highway 8. 

The frozen road determination for other portions of the state will be made once conditions warrant.  

The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), and salt and sand for winter maintenance for a period of time determined by weather conditions. 

WisDOT and county highway personnel monitor temperature forecasts, along with liquid-filled devices under pavement to help determine when roads are adequately frozen to accommodate heavier loads. 

Three Charged In Counterfeiting Operation

posted Dec 11, 2018, 6:06 AM by Ryan Quinn

Two men and a woman have been charged with theft, fraud, possession of marijuana and operating a money counterfeiting operation.  

Criminal complaints have been filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Timothy Wallace of Birchwood; Mitchell Engebretson, of Potosi; and Dawn Warner, of Dubuque, Iowa, following an investigation into numerous reported burglaries and thefts that took place in November in Washburn County.  

The three were arrested at a motel in Birchwood where numerous stolen items, marijuana and a printer were found in their vehicle and in the motel room. 

The three are scheduled to appear in Washburn County court later this month. 

CWD Found In Washington County

posted Dec 11, 2018, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

Based on test results from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that 11 additional animals from a deer farm in Washington County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). 

Since the farm’s quarantine in March, CWD testing was completed for 44 white-tailed deer and 16 elk. 

CWD is a fatal disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal’s brain. 

Testing for CWD can only be performed after the animal’s death. 

Almena Post Office Fire

posted Dec 10, 2018, 5:45 AM by Ryan Quinn

Two juveniles are suspected of causing a weekend fire at the Almema Post Office.  

The Almena fire department was called to the post office Saturday just before 930pm and discovered heavy smoke coming from the building. 

The fire was quickly put out when the entry was made, but Fire Chief Vince Wohlk requested law enforcement investigators to the scene because he felt the area of origin of the fire was suspicious. 

It was determined that the fire was arson and the building sustained heavy smoke and fire damage inside. 

Early Sunday morning, officers from the Turtle Lake Police Dept took 2 juveniles into custody in connection with the arson fire. 

Subjects are being held at a juvenile detention center. This incident  remains under investigation by the Turtle Lake Police Dept and the U.S. Postal Inspector Office. 

Residents that receive their mail at the Almena Post Office will need to contact the Barron Post Office for updates on how to get their mail and where. 

Fire At American Excelsior

posted Dec 7, 2018, 6:13 AM by Ryan Quinn

An investigation continues into the cause of an early morning fire on Thursday in Rice Lake. 

Nobody was injured at the American Excelsior plant on Pioneer Avenue in Rice Lake when firefighters were called to the plant just after 2am Thursday and observed smoke coming from the East side of the building.  

The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighters left the scene just before 5am. 

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