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Rusk County Hospital Closer To New Ownership

posted by Ryan Quinn

A Rusk County hospital is one step closer to having a new owner. 

The Rusk County Board of Supervisors has approved a Letter of Intent to sell the Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith, and the Clinic at Riverside to Marshfield Clinic Health System. 

In exchange, Marshfield Clinic Health System will build a new health care campus in Rusk County within the next five years. Health officials say the Letter of Intent is an important step in finalizing a partnership between Marshfield Clinic, Rusk County and health officials. 

The board says it followed months of negotiations and in-depth study regarding opportunities to grow and sustain critical access hospital and health care services locally.

WI Delegation Denounce Racism

posted by Ryan Quinn

Members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation have all denounced the violent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia where a vehicle drove into a crowd protesting white nationalists, killing one woman and injuring others. But while both of Wisconsin's U.S. 

Senators and all eight of the state's U.S. Representatives spoke out against the violence, some were more pointed than others, and some were more critical of President Donald Trump's response.

Ryan Planning First Town Hall In Two Years

posted Aug 15, 2017, 5:35 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is planning to hold a town hall meeting Aug. 21, his first open to the public in nearly two years.  

The town hall in Racine is being organized by CNN and will be hosted by Jake Tapper. 

Ryan's office says CNN will be in charge of attendance for the event and is inviting attendees from Ryan's southeastern Wisconsin congressional district. 

Republican and Democratic opponents have criticized Ryan for not holding a public town hall since October 2015. 

Music In The Park

posted Aug 15, 2017, 5:33 AM by Ryan Quinn

Tonight in Barron, you can relax, grab a bite of some delicious food, and enjoy some great live music.  

It’s Music in the Park being held at Anderson Park.  Food service begins at 630pm, and music begins at 7pm tonight with the smooth guitar and vocals of Chris Kroeze, who plans to play a wide variety of music. 

There is no admission charge, and you can bring your lawn chair, sit at a picnic table or grab a seat in the Pavilion at Anderson Park in Barron and enjoy tonight’s Music in the Park with Chris Kroeze

Electric Fencing Allowed To Stop Bears

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:08 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Wisconsin may use methods such as electric fencing to stop bears from damaging crops. 
Over the last seven years, about 275 farmers have enrolled in a state program that compensates farmers for damage bears cause. Last year's appraised damage was $220,000. 
The crop damage program also applies to elk. 

Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

Most everyone is familiar with the many dangers of driving drunk. 

What some people may not realize is that driving under the influence of prescription medications or other drugs is just as dangerous and illegal. 

The Wisconsin State Patrols August Law of the Month reminds motorists that driving while impaired by prescription medications or other drugs carries the same serious penalties and potential consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol. 

While law enforcement is on the lookout for impaired drivers year round, officers will patrol in greater numbers for longer hours during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative from August 18 through Labor Day.

Bear Bait

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:06 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Researchers say bear bait could be playing a role in the high density of bears in northern Wisconsin. 

New research from the state Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows bear bait makes up more than 40 percent of a black bear's diet in the region. 

Meat, candy or cookies are often used as bait. 

The state doesn't allow bait to contain any animal parts or animal byproducts. 

Researchers say more study is needed to determine how bait affects the bear population. 

Northern Wisconsin is home to more than 20,000 bears.

Judge Denies Nitek Change of Venue

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

A judge has ruled there will be no change of venue for the man accused of killing a Rusk County Deputy last October.  

Doug Nitek, the man charged with shooting and killing Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze appeared in Washburn County Friday on a change of venue motion. 

Washburn County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Harrington ruled in favor of the prosecuting attorney and ordered the trial to proceed in Rusk County. 

Besides the first degree murder charge, Nitek faces over 30 criminal counts following the October incident which resulted in Deputy Dan Glaze's death. 

Nitek also faces charges, including Reckless Endangering Safety While Armed with a Dangerous Weapon for his actions against other officers who assisted during a standoff at Nitek's residence following the Deputy's shooting.  

Nitek's trial is scheduled to begin in December.

FDA Ultrafiltered Milk

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

FDA has released a guidance document announcing it will exercise enforcement discretion on the use and labeling of ultrafiltered milk.

FDA says its action is intended to lessen the impact of recent trade policy changes in Canada that caused oversupply and pricing challenges in parts of the US, including Wisconsin and New York. 
 
The US dairy industry has for years been asking for clarity and flexibility from FDA on the use of ultrafiltered milk. FDA’s action provides both. 
 
This past spring, trade policy changes in Canada effectively shut out exports of ultrafiltered milk from Wisconsin. 
 
This resulted in 58 Wisconsin producers losing a market for their milk.

Huge Barn Fire in Barron County

posted Aug 11, 2017, 6:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

A huge barn fire kept area fire crews busy yesterday.  

The Barron County Sheriff's Office said the fire happened on the 1700 block of 26th Avenue in Rice Lake.  

Crews with the Bear Lake/Haugen Fire Department and Rice Lake Fire Department responded to the blaze.

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