Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Skywarn Classes

posted Mar 5, 2021, 4:16 AM by News Room

Friday March 5th, 2021 - Weather enthusiasts or those responsible for protecting others are encouraged to become a severe weather spotter. The National Weather Service will be offering free Skywarn Training online this Spring. There are six Basic classes offered that are suitable for all audiences, and three Advanced classes. To learn more about Skywarn Training or to sign-up for a class go to weather dot gov slash skywarn.

Gun Wielding Motorists Leads Police on a Midday Chase

posted Mar 5, 2021, 4:15 AM by News Room

Friday March 5th, 2021 - A driver pointing a gun at fellow motorists led police on a midday chase in St. Croix County. On Thursday, at approximately 2:30pm, the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a report of a driver in a silver Dodge caravan pointing a handgun at motorists. Authorities located the suspect traveling on I-94 in St. Croix County, near Hudson. The driver initially stopped but then fled in his vehicle. Troopers apprehended the suspect after a brief pursuit and the driver, 28 year old Jacob Koltz of Brooklyn Center, MN was taken into custody. A handgun was found in the vehicle. Koltz is being held in the St. Croix County jail on a slew of charges including two counts of endangering safety with a dangerous weapon, felony fleeing, speeding, and operating without a license.

DNR Control Burns Underway

posted Mar 5, 2021, 4:13 AM by News Room

Thursday March 4th, 2021 - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced this week that fire management crews will be conducting prescribed control burns on DNR properties throughout the state through mid-June. These burns take advantage of Wisconsin’s optimal conditions for a controlled burn during the spring weather. According to a press release, the DNR uses prescribed burning to preserve and restore fire-dependent ecosystems within the state. The controlled burns help maintain the balance between open grass and brush in wetlands, prairies, oak/pine barrens, and oak savannas. DNR staff conduct prescribed burns only when weather and vegetation conditions meet strict standards for safety, smoke management, and burn effectiveness. More information can be found on the DNR website.

COVID-19 Clinic Revisiting Ladysmith

posted Mar 3, 2021, 4:13 AM by News Room

Wednesday March 3rd, 2021 - Prevea Ladysmith Health Center will host another COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday for community members eligible for vaccination under the guidelines established by the State Department of Health Services. Appointments are required and appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply. As of late Tuesday morning 100 sports were still available. To make an appointment go to MyPrevea.com or download the My Prevea app. You do not need to be a Prevea patient to establish a My Prevea account.

Barron County Man Jailed on Charges of Child Porn

posted Mar 3, 2021, 4:11 AM by News Room

Wednesday March 3rd, 2021 - A Barron County man has been jailed on charges involving child porn. 


On Tuesday, just after 9am, the Barron County Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant in Chetek. 


32 year old Jarel Flory was taken into custody and is being held in the Barron County Jail. Flory is being held on Possession of Child Pornography charges while awaiting formal charges from the District Attorney.


The case stems from a month long investigation into shared images over the internet. The Wisconsin Department of Investigation assisted on the case which remains under investigation.

Vacation Land is Vaccination Land in Northwest Wisconsin

posted Feb 26, 2021, 4:42 AM by News Room

Friday February 26th, 2021 - Vacation Land is Vaccination Land in Northwest Wisconsin. Washburn County leads the six county area, which also includes Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, and Sawyer Counties, in percentage of population with at least one dose, 17.7%, percentage with the complete two doses 7.1%, and percentage of residents 65 and older that have been vaccinated 46.4%. On average 13.8% of residents in the area have at least one dose, 5% have had both doses, and 38.3% of residents aged 65 and old have been vaccinated. Rusk County is lagging behind the rest of the region with the lowest percentage of population with at least one dose, 9.4%, lowest percentage with the full two doses, 2.7%, and lowest percentage of population 65 and older that have been vaccinated, 29.1%.

One of the Teens in Truck vs Buggy Accident Has Passed Away

posted Feb 25, 2021, 8:01 AM by News Room   [ updated Feb 26, 2021, 4:28 AM ]

Thursday February 25th, 2021 - One of teens involved in the truck vs buggy accident that happened last week has passed away according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s department released today (Thursday). 


On February 18th at about 6:45pm the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a truck vs buggy accident on Hwy M near 30th Avenue. 


The initial investigation showed that a horse and buggy traveling north on Hwy M was struck from behind by a truck heading in the same direction. The buggy had operating rear lights.


The driver of the truck was treated and released at the scene. One subject in the buggy, a 17 year old, was flown from the scene to an area hospital in serious condition where they later passed away. The other occupant, a 16 year old, was taken to an area hospital via ambulance. Their condition is unknown at this time. 


The crash remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.


The Sheriff’s Department was advised that the funeral will take place this weekend bringing a larger presence of horse and buggies to the area, especially north of Rice Lake, so please pay attention.


COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Coming to Ladysmith

posted Feb 25, 2021, 7:30 AM by News Room

Thursday February 25th, 2021 - Another vaccine clinic is coming to Northwest Wisconsin to help boost the immunization rate. Prevea Ladysmith Health Center will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics this Saturday and next, February 27th and March 6th, for community members eligible for vaccination under the guidelines established by the State Department of Health Services. Appointments are required for vaccinations and appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply. To make an appointment go to My Prevea dot COM or download the My Prevea app. You do not need to be a Prevea patient to establish a My Prevea account. Appointments are currently only being accepted for this Saturday, the 27th. Rusk County currently has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state with 9.4% of the more than 14,000 residents receiving the first dose vaccine and 2.3% having been completely vaccinated with two doses.

RLHS Teaming With Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity for Home Build

posted Feb 25, 2021, 7:28 AM by News Room

Area high school students will be helping to build a better life for a family in need. The Rice Lake High School will be giving back to the community by partnering with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity for a new home construction project this year. The student’s in Dan Buchman’s Tech-Ed class at RLHS will get to experience hands-on learning while working with the tools and materials needed for a residential construction project. The students will build the home in panels, and assemble the completed project on site. The recipients of the new house, to be built in Spooner, have not yet been determined. Anyone interested in owning a Habitat home is encouraged to apply but there are minimum income and credit guidelines. For application information and eligibility requirements go to Wild Rivers Habitat dot O R G.

Polk/Burnett Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinic Canceled for Today

posted Feb 24, 2021, 8:47 AM by News Room

Wednesday February 24th, 2021 - The Polk/Burnett County drive-thru vaccination clinic in Balsam Lake, scheduled for today (Wednesday), has been cancelled. Burnett County Public Health says the cancellation is due to vaccine shipment delays caused by last week’s winter storms in the southern part of the country. Residents that have a first dose vaccine appointment for today are automatically rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 3rd, at the same time. The new date for their second dose will now be on April 1st. For any questions or to reschedule contact the Polk County Health Department. No changes have been made to Thursday’s vaccine clinic which is scheduled as planned.

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