Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Construction Update

posted by Ryan Quinn

Although the heavy rain is bound to slow down road projects in the area, motorists are advised that road construction in Barron county will mean detours and delays. 

In Rice Lake, work is scheduled to begin today on a reconstruction of the two-roundabouts at County Highway O and U.S. 53.  

While most of the major construction will take place during nighttime hours, motorists wishing to travel west of Highway 53, should use bridges at Allen Street and Augusta avenues, as well has Highway 48.  

In Cameron, the Main street construction this week will focus on the segment between the railroad tracks and County Highway SS.  

While all businesses are open and the road is open to local traffic, drivers are urged to avoid any standing waters because the heavy rain could cause a washout of the soil underwater.  

Strong Storms Cause Problems

posted by Ryan Quinn

Strong storms and heavy rains that have been moving through the region since Friday continue to cause problems throughout Northwest Wisconsin.  

Many areas are dealing with flooded roads, washed-out highways, fallen trees and downed power lines.  

Utility crews will be busy today with cleanup and repairs which are expected to take several days in many places. 

Motorists are encouraged to check on road conditions before traveling today, particularly in Northern Counties near Lake Superior.  

You can find out the latest road conditions at

Train Collision In Sawyer County

posted by Ryan Quinn

The investigation continues into why two trains collided in Sawyer County over the weekend, injuring one and causing a derailment and fire.  

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office said a southbound locomotive rear-ended another train in a remote section of track in Wiergor Township. 

Four workers on the trains were given medical attention with one man being taken to the Lakeview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Bewley Receives 2018 Legislator of the Year Award

posted by Ryan Quinn

State Senator Janet Bewley has received the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award from the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin (PFFW) at their annual convention. 

Senator Bewley was recognized by the PFFW for her work on legislation supporting firefighters and public safety officials during the 2017-2018 legislative session. 

Senator Bewley represents the 25th Senate District which is comprised of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Price, Washburn, and Barron, as well as parts of Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Dunn, Sawyer, and Vilas counties.

Expect To See And Hear Low Flying Aircraft In The Morning

posted by Ryan Quinn

Residents of six western Wisconsin counties can expect to hear and see low-flying planes in the early morning, depending on weather conditions, starting next week.  

The treatments are planned in the following six counties over the next four weeks: Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Crawford, Dunn, & Vernon. 

From late June to mid-July, yellow planes contracted by the U.S. Forest Service in a joint project with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), will be applying an organic, biodegradable mating disruptor to 11 sites in 6 counties in the western third of the state. 

Unlike the earlier spring treatments that targeted gypsy moth caterpillars, the mating disruptor targets adult male moths.

Walker Announces $38.6 Million To Fund Local Bridge Projects

posted Jun 15, 2018, 6:45 AM by Ryan Quinn

Governor Scott Walker has announced $38.6 million will go to fund local bridge projects statewide, including several bridge projects in Barron, Rusk and Sawyer Counties. 
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northwest Region will receive a total of over $8 million to fund 27 additional local bridges. 
The Local Bridge Program has adopted a replace-in-kind policy where emphasis is placed on a safe and effective bridge on the existing bridge footprint. 
A full listing of the approved projects is available on the WisDOT website.

AG Schimel Announces 20 Schools To Be Awarded Grants

posted Jun 14, 2018, 5:35 AM by Ryan Quinn

Attorney General Brad Schimel has announced a list of 20 schools that have been awarded the next round of grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program, administered by DOJ’s Office of School Safety. 

Included in the grant recipient list is St. Joseph’s School in Rice Lake which will receive $20,750. 

The school safety grants are awarded to improve school safety, through physical improvements to school buildings, and focus on mental health training for school faculty.

One Dead After Two-Vehicle Crash

posted Jun 14, 2018, 5:34 AM by Ryan Quinn

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash in St. Croix County. 

It happened just after 7am yesterday at the intersection of County Highways I and E, north of Hudson. 

According to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, 35-year-old Pedro Vera Cornier of Somerset was going north on I when he stopped at a stop sign and continued through the intersection. 

Anthony Herbst, 25 of Houlton, was driving eastbound on E and collided with Vera Cornier's vehicle. 

Deputies say Vera Cornier died at the scene. 

Herbst had minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Kraft Update

posted Jun 13, 2018, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Holcombe man charged with killing another man in Rusk County appeared in court in Chippewa County yesterday on other charges. 

Preston Kraft faces charges in Chippewa County including 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. His bond was set at $2,000 cash. 

He’s also charged with homicide in Rusk County in connection to the death of Robert Pettit. 

The criminal complaint for Chippewa County says Pettit filed a complaint with the sheriff's department on April 28, saying that Kraft had threatened to kill him. Less than a month later, Pettit was found shot in the head in his driveway on May 18,. 

Kraft was captured and charged after a five-day search in the Blue Hills about 20 miles east of Rice Lake.

New Swimming Facility In RL Moves Closer To Reality

posted Jun 13, 2018, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

A new swimming facility in Rice Lake moved one step closer to reality last night.  

The Rice Lake city council voted to move forward with an intra-government plan with the Rice Lake Area School District that would begin the planning and design process for a new facility that would include 2 new pools next to the site of the current pool, which was built nearly 40 years ago. 

If the project moves forward as planned, the new swimming pools, one for athletics and one for recreational use, would be ready for use in the fall of 2020.

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