Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Feds Investigate Wisconsin National Guard Sex Assault Reports

posted by Ryan Quinn

Federal investigators will be reviewing the Wisconsin National Guard's lack of action on years worth of sexual assault reports. 

Governor Evers and Senator Tammy Baldwin say the National Guard's Office of Complex Investigations will be doing an assessment of the state Guard's policies and reporting procedures. 

Numerous soldiers came forward to say sexual assault reports were ignored by command staff and that they were retaliated against for making reports. 

Kohl's-Amazon Partnership Expands

posted by Ryan Quinn

Kohl’s is expanding its partnership with Amazon by taking returns for the online retailer.  
The department store has been trying the plan at locations in Chicago, Milwaukee and Los Angeles. 
The program will now roll out to all of its stores in July.  
Company officials say locations that had been taking returns have outperformed locations that didn’t. 
As part of the program, employees will bundle and package your returns for you, and get them back to Amazon for free.

Dig Safe

posted by Ryan Quinn

With snow off the ground, and warmer weather finally here, people are beginning their annual spring traditions of gardening and landscaping. 
 
Utility companies are reminding customers that April is National Safe Digging Month. 
 
To be safe, customers should call 8-1-1 to have underground utility lines marked before beginning any digging projects.  
 
Every digging project, large or small, warrants a call. Installing a post for a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree are all examples of projects that need a call to 8-1-1. 
 
The appropriate utility companies will be contacted of the caller’s intent to dig. 
 
At no charge, professional locators will mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Legend of the Birkie

posted Apr 24, 2019, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

One of America's noted Olympic storytellers whose “Behind the Gold” speaking series has brought stories to audiences around the world will be in Rice Lake tomorrow.  

Tom Kelly will present “The Legend of the Birkie” for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" lecture and performance series. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus. 

Kelly, who wrote the book “Birkie Fever” to document the early years of the race, will give insights and piece together the puzzle of the magic that has kept the Birkie in the forefront of America's participant sport culture for nearly a half-century.

Barron County Man Found Dead In Minnesota

posted Apr 24, 2019, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Barron County man has been found dead in a Minnesota cabin.  

36-year old Christopher Etchison was found dead yesterday at a remote cabin in Sandstone, Minnesota.  Etchisons parents had filed a missing persons report late last week, and tips received this week led police to search the cabin in Minnesota.   

The death is being investigated by the Barron Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and The Pine County Sheriff’s Department.

Two Dead After Head On Collision

posted Apr 23, 2019, 8:52 AM by Ryan Quinn

Two people were killed early Monday morning in a  head-on crash on Highway 8 just west of Turtle Lake.  

The accident happened just before 530am when an eastbound Jeep Cherokee driven by 67-year old Geraldine Swanson of rural Turtle Lake, crossed the center line and struck a westbound Chevy Impala  driven by Harvey Richter of rural Cumberland.  

The crash happened just east of 15th street in Beaver township in Polk County and both drivers were declared dead at the scene. 

Polk County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

Culvert Replacement To Start Next Week

posted Apr 23, 2019, 8:51 AM by Ryan Quinn

Next Tuesday, April 30th, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to begin a culvert replacement project near the intersection of WIS 25 and 17th Avenue, approximately 3 miles north of the city of Barron. 
 
The proposed improvements include the replacement of an aging, undersized culvert pipe with a larger concrete box culvert.  
 
During construction, WIS HWY 25 will be closed from 15th Avenue to 17th Avenue. 
 
The detour route posted for the project will follow US HWY 8 east, north on US HWY 53, and then west on WIS HWY 48.  
 
Local access will be maintained for property owners throughout the project.   
 
Construction is currently scheduled for completion by June 2019.

DNR Asking For Help In Mysterious Dog and Wildlife Deaths

posted Apr 22, 2019, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service are seeking the public's help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December.  

Dog deaths have occurred in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence County; however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved. 

In addition to the unfortunate poisoning of these family pets, investigators also found dead coyotes, weasels, raccoons and one wolf that they suspect also were poisoned.  

If you have information or a tip - no matter how insignificant it may seem - please contact the WDNR Violation Hotline.

You may confidentially report by calling or texting: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367.  

The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.

The Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities To Meet In Chetek

posted Apr 22, 2019, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

The State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities will meet in Chetek this Wednesday, April 24.  

The Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities focuses on a range of community concerns that affect rural areas, including education and overall quality-of-life issues. 

The session will begin at 9am with opening remarks by Carolyn Stanford Taylor, State Superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School Purple Room.  

From 9am to 2pm, the council will examine the challenges facing rural school districts, with input from rural school and community leaders.  

The council will also looks at the array of services and financial resources needed to support rural schools and communities, including technology and digital learning.

Measles Out Break

posted Apr 22, 2019, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

An outbreak of measles across the United States has local health officials urging the public to get vaccinated. 

A virus causes measles. 

The virus spreads easily from person to person through the air. 

The virus can stay in the air for up to two hours after a sick person coughs or sneezes. 

Barron County Health Officer, Laura Sauve says that while there are no cases in Wisconsin right now, that can change quickly. 

If you suspect measles please call your medical provider before showing up at the clinic or urgent care.  

Health officials want to make sure sure you don’t spread the disease to others in the clinic.  

Measles is spreading in Washington State, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, California, and Michigan.

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