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City of Spooner Asking Residents To Run Cold Water

posted by Ryan Quinn

In an effort to prevent frozen pipes, utility officials in the City of Spooner are asking city residents to run their water until further notice. 

City of Spooner water users will be credited for any use above the average usage. 

Please run the cold, NOT hot, water to a stream about the size of a pencil.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please call City of Spooner  utilities at 715-635-8769 or for after-hours call 715-520-0203.

Washburn County Seeks Youth Members For County Board

posted by Ryan Quinn

Washburn County is looking for youth members to serve as representatives on the County Board.

County officials say youth representatives play an active leadership role in the county government. 

In addition, County Board members say they are extremely supportive of the initiative, and value the voice of a younger generation.  

All applications are due by April third. 

Go Slow In The Snow

posted Feb 20, 2018, 5:45 AM by Ryan Quinn

The snow and freezing rain has made travel difficult throughout the region.  

Drivers are cautioned to slow down and expect slippery stretches of roadway when traveling this morning.  Road crews will be busy treating roadways and motorists are urged to give plow drivers plenty of space to do their work.

Winter Weather Across WI

posted Feb 19, 2018, 5:06 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 5:06 AM ]

A major winter storm will be moving across Wisconsin the next few days bringing snow, sleet, ice and heavy rain that could cause dangerous travel conditions and possible power outages due to ice.

Numerous warnings and watches are in effect across the state. National Weather Service forecasters warn that a change in 1 or 2 degrees could be the difference between rain, freezing rain, or snow in some areas. 

If you do need to travel, leave early and make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicles. 

Before you travel, check with the 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions.  This includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or the mobile-friendly site

Sheriff Fitzgerald: ALICE Training Available

posted Feb 16, 2018, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida is a tragic reminder of how quickly things can go from normal to deadly. 

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the shooters motives may vary, but the loss of life can be reduced if you are prepared and respond quickly to the threat. 

To set up an ALICE active-shooter training session for your school, church or business, contact Sheriff Fitzgerald at 715-537-3106.

Test Drive…Next Stop Reality Returns To Barron County.

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 6:07 AM ]

Test Drive…Next Stop Reality returns this spring to Barron County. 

Test Drive is a reality fair that provides students from area high schools with the opportunity to explore their future careers in conjunction with the financial challenges of daily life that lie ahead of them and must go through a hypothetical month of paying all bills to see how the career they have chosen will provide for their living expenses. 

Organizers are seeking volunteers to make the Test Drive fair possible at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in Rice Lake on Thursday, March 15th, 2018. 

This annual event is a great platform for community members to make a difference in the lives of area youth in a unique and rewarding way. 

For more information or to volunteer, call 715-637-6871.

Police Investigate Fatal Head On Collision

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

Police are investigating a head-on crash that killed 54-year old Jena D. Anderson of Boyceville on State Highway 79 Monday afternoon. 

Investigators believe the 47-year old driver of a northbound SUV, Todd Dormanen, crossed the centerline and hit the Anderson’s SUV. Anderson’s 19-year old daughter was also injured and taken to an area hospital.

Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor and criminal charges against Dormanen will be determined by the Dunn County District Attorney once all of the evidence is gathered. 

Ag Census Returns

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin prides itself as an agricultural leader. 

There is another agricultural title the state is currently chasing - the most returns of the Census of Agriculture. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf reminds farmers to return their questionnaire if they have not already done so. 

The U.S. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture once every five years. 

As of February 14, about 45% of Wisconsin farmers had returned their questionnaires. 

This is the fourth highest response rate in the country but lagging two of Wisconsin’s neighbors: Iowa and Illinois.

Bear Tracks Bar Fire Not Suspicious

posted Feb 14, 2018, 5:46 AM by Ryan Quinn

The cleanup has begun after yesterday’s early morning fire that destroyed a bar in Birchwood.  

Investigators say the fire that destroyed the Bear Tracks Bar and Grill in Birchwood was not suspicious in nature.  

Birchwood Fire Chief Ken George said when firefighters arrived at the pre-dawn blaze, two men entered the building but the fire was already too intense.  

Chief George says the state fire marshal was at the scene yesterday and it will take a few weeks before a report on the official cause of the blaze will released. 

Lakeland Family Resource Center Invites Public To Meth Presentation

posted Feb 14, 2018, 5:45 AM by Ryan Quinn

The public is encouraged to attend a methamphetamine presentation next week hosted by the Lakeland Family Resource Center in Spooner. 
Minong Police Chief Dennis Stuart will lead a presentation and discussion about methamphetamine in the community. 
Those attending will hear how the drug is produced; the short and long-term health effects; and how meth disrupts the community, children and families. 
The meth presentation will take place next Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 PM at Lakeland Family Resource Center, located at 819 Ash Street in Spooner. Refreshments will be provided.

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