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Polk County COVID Death #3

posted Oct 23, 2020, 8:12 AM by News Room

Friday October 23, 2020 - The Polk County Health Department is confirming a third county resident has died due to complications from COVID-19. No further information about the individual is available. That now brings the total number of deaths for the region, that also includes Barron, Burnett, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn Counties to 19. 

One Dead, One Injured in Polk County Single Vehicle Crash

posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:11 AM by News Room

Friday October 23, 2020 - One person is dead and another serious injured following a one vehicle crash in Polk County.

On Wednesday, just after 6pm, the Polk County Sheriff's Department Dispatch Center received calls about a one vehicle crash on Highway 87, just south of County Road I, in the town of St. Croix Falls.

The initial investigation shows that a car was southbound on Highway 87 steered hard to the left, crossed the northbound lane, and entered the ditch. Upon entering the ditch the vehicle rolled over and struck a tree on its roof causing severe damage.

The driver sustained severe injuries and died at the scene. The passenger also sustained severe injuries and was air lifted to a Minnesota hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Names will be released pending notification of family. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

Fatal Dunn County Crash Update

posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:10 AM by News Room

Friday October 23, 2020 - The names of those involved in a two vehicle crash in Dunn County earlier this week have been released. 


On Tuesday just after 2pm the Dunn County Communications Center received a report of a two vehicle accident on State Highway 25 in the Village of Wheeler. 


The initial investigation shows that a car being driven by 27 year old Zikia Hodgson of Wheeler was southbound on STH 25 and a pickup truck driven by 50 year old Jason Duncan of Minong was northbound. The car began to lose control, sliding back and forth in the road way, before crossing the centerline and being struck by the truck. Upon arrival the driver of the car, Hodgson, was unresponsive and trapped in the vehicle. She was extricated from the car and emergency personnel attempted life saving measures but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene. 


Officials indicate that road conditions due to heavy snow, combined with the condition of the car's tires, and speed were factors in the crash which remains under investigation.


2 MORE CHARGED IN MADISON STATUE CASE

posted Oct 22, 2020, 10:14 AM by News Room

Thursday, October 22 -- Two more suspects have been charged in Dane County in connection with the toppling of two statues on the Capitol grounds during a protest in June. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Sasha Clemente and Jacob Capps were each charged yesterday with two counts of being a party to felony criminal damage to property. Police say surveillance footage shows the men taking part in pulling down the statues of Civil War hero and abolitionist Hans Christian Heg and of "Forward," a sculpture of a woman representing the state's motto. Marquon Clark was charged in August with helping tear down the statues. Clark also faces federal charges for allegedly starting a fire at local government offices near the Capitol that same night.  

REGION SAFEST FOR COVID-19

posted Oct 22, 2020, 10:11 AM by News Room

Thursday, October 22 -- The six-county region of Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties continues to see some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 infection in the state. When it comes to the percentage of tests that are negative, the state average is 90.4%. In the region, the negative test percentages range from 92.5% in Burnett County to 96% in Polk. Measuring infection rates per 100,000 people, Polk County is the safest county in the state with a rate of 1,013. Rusk is next at 1,109 and Washburn is fourth, behind Bayfield, at 1,299. Using that measurement, the state's most dangerous counties are Menominee, Brown and Shawano, each with an infection rate of over 5,000 per 100,000 population. 

Fatal Three Vehicle Crash in St. Croix County

posted Oct 21, 2020, 4:46 AM by News Room

Wednesday October 21, 2020 - One person is dead following a three vehicle crash in St. Croix County. 


On October 13th at approximately 3:20pm, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a three vehicle crash on County Highway F in the Town of Troy. 


The preliminary investigation shows that a car being driven by 53 year old David Melser of River Falls was southbound on CTH F and slowing to turn left. A pickup truck being driven by 25 year old Christopher Noel from Pepin was also southbound behind the car. The car stopped for oncoming traffic but the truck was unable to stop and struck the car sending it into the northbound lane where it was struck by a flatbed truck being driven by 26 year old Cody Sylvara of Hudson. 


The driver of the car was taken to a Minnesota hospital with serious injuries where he passed away on October 19th due to injuries from the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the scene and the driver of the flatbed truck was uninjured. All three drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash which remains under investigation.


Heavy Snowfall Contributed to a Fatal Crash in Dunn County

posted Oct 21, 2020, 4:45 AM by News Room

Wednesday October 21, 2020 - Heavy snowfall contributed to a fatal crash in Dunn County. 


On Tuesday just after 2pm the Dunn County Communications Center received a report of a two vehicle accident on State Highway 25 in the Village of Wheeler. 


The initial investigation shows that a car being driven by a 27 year old female was southbound on STH 25 and a pickup truck driven by a 50 year old male was northbound. The car began to lose control, sliding back and forth in the road way, before crossing the centerline and being struck by the truck. Upon arrival the driver of the car was unresponsive and trapped in the vehicle. She was extricated from the car and emergency personnel attempted life saving measures but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene. 


Officials indicate that road conditions due to heavy snow, combined with the condition of the car's tires, and speed were factors in the crash which remains under investigation. 


Names will be released pending notification of family.


Applications for Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellece Scholarship Now Being Accepted

posted Oct 20, 2020, 5:06 AM by News Room

Tuesday October 20, 2020 - Online applications for the 2021 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship are now being accepted. Applications can be submitted at kohleducation.org. A total of 100 students will be chosen to receive $10,000 scholarships from among all applicants throughout the state. Applicants must be residents of Wisconsin who will graduate from high school in 2021, and plan to continue their education at a college, university or vocational/technical school. Students will be evaluated on academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities. Completed online applications are due on November 17th  at 5:00pm. Students should go to kohleducation.org/studentexcellence to learn more and apply.

DNR Landfill Study

posted Oct 20, 2020, 5:03 AM by News Room

Tuesday October 20, 2020 - The DNR has launched a waste characterization study at Wisconsin landfills. This past September, SCS Engineers began collecting and sorting samples of municipal solid waste at landfills across the state as part of a study aimed at better understanding what Wisconsinites are throwing in the trash. Results of the study will provide a powerful planning tool for waste reduction and minimization efforts across the state, and when compared to prior studies conducted in 2003 and 2009, will help officials identify trends in waste and recycling.  The final report will be published this spring. From mid-October through mid-December, crews will be sampling at landfills located in Appleton, Wisconsin Rapids, Weyerhaeuser, Watertown, Muskego, Franklin, Menomonee Falls and Eau Claire. To learn more about recycling in Wisconsin, visit the DNR’s what to recycle page.

Barron County Announces Formation of Citizen Advisory and Action Team

posted Oct 20, 2020, 5:02 AM by News Room

Tuesday October 20, 2020 - Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced Monday the formation of the Citizen Advisory and Action Team.  The Sheriff said in a statement that the Citizen Advisory and Action Team will “advise and challenge” the department and the community while tackling local social justice issues and other issues in Barron County. The team will be made up of members of the St. Croix Tribal Community, Somali Community, the African American Community, Faith Based Communities, a student, a recovering substance abuse survivor, and others. The Sheriff said he hopes that the variety of viewpoints and perspectives will help get a more encompassing frame of reference when addressing local social justice issues. Anyone interested in serving on the Citizen Advisory and Action Team should submit a short letter to the Sheriff’s Department with your role in the community, how you wish to help, and contact information. The team will be made up of approximately 12 people that will meet once a month starting in November/December.

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