Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Shoreline Clean Up

posted Apr 24, 2017, 5:32 AM by Ryan Quinn

As spring weather sets in, some shoreland property owners in Northern Wisconsin are discovering Mother Nature has changed the look of their waterfront due to shifting ice over the winter months.  

In some areas, partial thaws and high winds in February created ice heaves that deposited debris, damaged vegetation or reshaped shorelines in unexpected ways. 

On undeveloped lots, the problem may go unnoticed and the area will typically heal itself and regain vegetation over time. 

However, on developed lots where summer activity is more frequent, property owners may want to seek relief from a newly discovered pile of earth.  

There are some cleanup efforts you can do without a permit, but lakeshore property  owners are encouraged to contact the DNR or their county water management specialist, before they begin the cleanup. 

Investigation Into Weekend Motorcycle Crash

posted Apr 24, 2017, 5:30 AM by Ryan Quinn

The investigation continues into a weekend crash that seriously injured two Minnesota people.  

Saturday night at 1030pm, a motorcycle with two people was westbound on Highway 8 in Polk county, when the driver lost control at the roundabout at Highway 46 and crashed.  

The passenger was airlifted to regions hospital in St. Paul, and the driver was cited for driving under the influence.  

The State Patrol says neither the driver or passenger were wearing helmets. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Suspected in Death of Three

posted Apr 24, 2017, 5:29 AM by Ryan Quinn

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is suspected in the deaths of three people found in a home Thursday on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Sawyer County. 

Initially, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s department received a call that two people were unresponsive in a house on County Highway K near the LCO Country Store. 

A third victim was also discovered in the house. 

A stretch of Highway K was closed Thursday afternoon while police were on the scene, and the investigation continues.

Chieftain Sand Assets Sold In Bankruptcy Auction

posted Apr 24, 2017, 5:27 AM by Ryan Quinn

The assets of Chieftain Sand and Proppant in Barron County have been sold in a bankruptcy auction to Mammoth Energy Services. 

With a bid of $32.25 million, the Oklahoma based company will take possession of the assets of Chieftain, which include 600 acres for frac sand mining and two processing plants located North of New Auburn in the Town of Dovre. 

Chieftain Sand filed for bankruptcy earlier this year because of lower oil prices and a decreased demand for frac sand.

Benefit for Jason Gabriel

posted Apr 21, 2017, 6:18 AM by Ryan Quinn

A benefit is planned this Saturday for a local man suffering from cancer.  

For the past three years, 46-year old Jason Gabriel, a 1989 graduate of Rice Lake high school, has been battling a rare form of colon cancer and has undergone several abdominal surgeries. Jason now faces another round of chemotherapy which is expected to last through the end of this year.  

Saturday afternoon, the public is invited to join Jason’s friends and family for a fundraiser at the Rice Lake Hockey Arena.  Saturday’s event will include a silent auction, raffles and boards, along with food, beer and soft drinks. 

The benefit for Jason Gabriel will run from noon to 4pm Saturday at the Rice Lake Hockey Arena.

Turtle Lake Police Dog

posted Apr 21, 2017, 6:12 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Turtle Lake Police Department wants to add a K-9 officer to help fight crime, and you can help by purchasing  tasty brats and hot dogs today and tomorrow from folks who know something about sausage.  

A fundraiser will be held at Louie’s Finer Meats in Cumberland to raise money for the purchase and training of the first K-9 officer for Turtle Lake.  

Jerret Schallock with the Turtle Lake Police Department says that with increasing drug arrests in the area, the Turtle Lake Police Department is hoping to add the K-9 later this year in their fight against rising drug use. 

The fundraiser will be held at Louie’s Finer Meats Brathouse on Hwy 63 in Cumberland from 10AM to 7PM today, Friday, April 21, and on Saturday from 10AM to 5PM. 

Demonstrations with K-9’s from area police departments will also be on hand tomorrow and Saturday beginning at noon.  

Jason Gabriel Benefit

posted Apr 20, 2017, 6:12 AM by Ryan Quinn

A benefit is planned this weekend for a local man suffering from cancer.  

For the past three years, 46-year old Jason Gabriel, a 1989 graduate of Rice Lake, has been battling a rare form of colon cancer and has undergone several abdominal surgeries. 

Jason now faces another round of chemotherapy which is expected to last through the end of this year.  

On Saturday afternoon, the public is invited to join Jason’s friends and family for a fundraiser at the Rice Lake Hockey Arena.  Saturday’s event will include a silent auction, raffles and boards, along with food, beer and soft drinks. 

The benefit for Jason Gabriel will run from noon to 4pm Saturday at the Rice Lake Hockey Arena.

Mock Tornado Warning

posted Apr 20, 2017, 6:11 AM by Ryan Quinn

Schools, businesses, families and individuals have two opportunities to test their emergency plans during statewide tornado drills today.  

At 1pm today, a mock tornado watch will be issued, followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 145pm.  

Besides being aired on local radio and TV, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA weather radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans.  

Later, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 645pm to give families and second shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans.

Duffy To Hold Town Hall Today

posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:11 AM by Ryan Quinn

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) will host three in-person town hall meetings today to speak with constituents.  

The first town hall meeting with begin at 830am this morning at Flat Creek Inn & Suites in Hayward. 

Then, from 930am to 1030am, Duffy will be at the Best Western Conference Center in Spooner. 

Congressman Duffy will be in Rice Lake at noon today for a town hall meeting at the Turtleback Golf Course Conference Center.  

The town hall meetings are open to the public.

Nitek Found Competent To Stand Trail

posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

The man accused of shooting and killing a Rusk County Sheriff's Deputy last fall, has been found competent to stand trial in the case. 

44-year old Doug Nitek faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide and more than two-dozen other counts in the October 2016 shooting death of 33-year old Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze. 

At a court hearing yesterday in Ladysmith, defense attorney, Charles Glynn, confirmed Nitek was found competent to stand trial, and according to prosecutor, Richard Dufour, the state has not requested any additional hearings as it relates to Nitek's competency. 

A date has not yet been set for Nitek's next court appearance.

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