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Rice Lake Sex Offender Gets 10 Year Sentence

posted by Michael Duncan

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - A Rice Lake man who admitted to sexually assaulting a child for more than a year has been sentenced to prison     30-year-old Kyle Korthof was handed down the sentence  in Barron County Court Tuesday and will serve 10 years in prison with an additional five years of extended supervision, and must also register as a sex offender for life.

Educational Foundation of Birchwood Seeks Funds

posted Dec 10, 2019, 9:20 AM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday, December 11, 2019 - This coming Friday is the day that the Educational Foundation of Birchwood hopes to reach this years goal to match all donations and pledges donated as part of a long term effort to match a $500,000 pledge made by Dave and Carolyn Cleveland.  The foundation hopes to reach this years goal of $100,000 by December 31st, but they don't want to wait until the last minute, so they are hoping that generous people will help them hit the goal by this Friday. Then, that $100,000 will get doubled again through the Cleveland Family. As of this week, they need just over $18,000 to reach this year's $100,000 goal. To donate and learn more, go online to


Missing Child Dies in Red Cedar River

posted Dec 9, 2019, 5:27 AM by Michael Duncan

Monday, December 9, 2019 - A young child was discovered dead after she was reported missing Sunday night in Rice Lake.  The Rice Lake Police Department says officers were first called to a home in the city around 930pm, where the caller told them the front door was open and the 2-year old child could have been missing for up to 30 minutes.  Officers immediately began a search and put out an urgent request for help on Facebook for area residents to search the area of Hatten Avenue and Hartel Street.  K9 units and a drone were also deployed in an attempt to find the child. Then, just before 11pm, an officer using a thermal imaging tool found the child unresponsive in the Red Cedar River. The child was quickly rushed to a nearby ambulance and taken to a hospital where lifesaving attempts were unsuccessful. The name of the child has not yet been released yet. 

Dunn County Tractor Accident Victim Had Deep Roots in Barron County

posted Dec 9, 2019, 5:24 AM by Michael Duncan

Monday, December 9, 2019 - The man killed in a tragic tractor accident while doing snowmobile trail maintenance last Thursday in Dunn County also had deep roots in Barron County.  66-year old Craig Koser was born in Cumberland and grew up in Almena. He attended Barron Area Schools and graduated from Barron High School in 1972 where lettered in both wrestling and football for 3 years  while also working at his family business, Koser Silo Company until his college years. Craig received a bachelor’s degree in small engines and also graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Police Science and spent his entire career in Law Enforcement. As the lead investigator for Dunn County, Craig was in charge of countless crime investigations and started the Dunn County DARE Program.  After his retirement from law enforcement in 2009, Craig was an employee of the Menomonie School District in both maintenance and as a morning and afternoon bus driver. He competed on many professional Bass Tournament Competition for ABA as well as the Red Cedar Bassmasters, and was a member of the Irvington Booster Club and the Hillclimbers Snowmobile Club.  He is survived by his wife Lynne, a son Chad and a daughter, Calli, as well as family and friends throughout the region. Funeral services will be held at 11am tomorrow at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie

Birchwood Christmas Fest Saturday December 7

posted Dec 6, 2019, 5:55 AM by Michael Duncan

Friday, December 6, 2019 - Everybody is invited to come on out to Birchwood tomorrow for a day of fun events for the whole family.  The annual Christmas Fest will be held at the Birchwood Schools as well as locations throughout the Village.  Check out the Crafters/Vendors show between 9am and 2pm at the Birchwood School to  benefit students traveling to Washington D.C. . There will be Door Prize drawings each hour and a -Silent Auction.   Other activities between 9am and 2pm at the school include concessions put on by the Student Council, and Kids crafts/activities in the school library between 10am and 12 noon.  Activities At the Village Hall on Main Street include Fire Truck Rides between Noon and 3pm with Santa Visits between 1pm and 3p with  Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies, a fire pit with FREE S'MORES at Noon and a free drawing for 2 $100 gift cards for kids 8th grade and younger

Former Governor Walker Says He Won't Run

posted Dec 4, 2019, 6:03 AM by Michael Duncan

Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he won't run for office again before 2025, but after that he wouldn't rule anything out.   Walker also says he hopes Rebecca Kleefisch, his former lieutenant governor, runs for governor in 2022. He says she would be a hell of a great governor.

Crash East of Cumberland Leaves One-Dead

posted Dec 2, 2019, 10:52 AM by Michael Duncan

Monday, December 2, 2019 - Weather and alcohol may have played the role in a fatal one-car crash on Thanksgiving Day.  Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says a 21-year old man died from injuries suffered just after midnight on Thanksgiving day when his truck rolled over on Highway 48 east of Cumberland.  The driver of the truck 21-year old Cole R. Schiebel, of Kewaskum, was pulled out of the vehicle and taken to Cumberland Hospital where he was declared dead.  The accident remains under investigation.

Snow Makes Travel Difficult

posted Nov 27, 2019, 5:34 AM by Michael Duncan

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - As the winter storm moves through Northwest Wisconsin, transportation officials are encouraging anyone traveling this holiday season to make sure they are watching the weather and accounting for it in their planning.  Watch the forecast and check with 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions. This information can be accessed through a free mobile app or the mobile-friendly site

Winter Storm Warning Tuesday night Thru Wednesday Noon

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:15 AM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - With a winter storm expected to affect the busy Thanksgiving travel week, transportation officials are encouraging anyone traveling this holiday season to make sure they are watching the weather and accounting for it in their planning.  The National Weather Service is forecasting most of northern and northwestern Wisconsin could see 8-12 inches of snow between Tuesday evening and Wednesday, while southern portions of the state are expected to see rain or light snow. If you are traveling, watch the forecast and check with 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions. This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed through a free mobile app or the mobile-friendly site

Shooter ID'd In Washburn County Deer Hunting Incident

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:13 AM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday, November 26,2019 - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has identified the shooter in the Washburn County gun deer incident on Nov. 24 that injured a hunter.  The shooting victim is hospitalized for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement thanks the public for their  assistance in the matter.  The DNR originally asked for the public's help after a man was shot while deer hunting during the opening weekend of the annual gun deer season, which so far has had four hunting incidents reported.  The shooter's name will not be released at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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