Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Partisan Primary Mostly Uncontested

posted by News Room

Wednesday August 12, 2020 - Most of the races in our area were unchallenged in the Partisan Primary on Tuesday. The only contested races in Barron, Burnett, Polk, Sawyer, and Washburn Counties were for the Sawyer County County Clerk on the Republican side where Lynn Fitch defeated Cindy Lehner and for the Washburn County Register of Deeds on the Republican side where Renee Bell defeated Jessica Hedinger.  

Missing Three Year Old Girl Found in Sawyer County

posted by News Room   [ updated ]

Tuesday August 11, 2020 - The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office reports that Abigail Ladwig has been located. The three year old and her dog “Peanut” were lost in the woods for nearly 24 hours before being located Monday night at approximately 7:20pm. Abigail sustained minor scratches, insect bites, and dehydration. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries before being released. Sheriff Doug Mrotek would like to say a special thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and other agencies that helped with the search.

Fatal Motorcycle vs Deer Collision in Rusk County

posted Aug 10, 2020, 8:49 AM by News Room

Monday August 10, 2020 - One person is dead following a motorcycle vs deer collision in Rusk County.  Rusk County emergency personnel received the call Sunday at approximately 9:15pm. The motorcycle was northbound on Rangeline Road when the driver struck a deer and was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of driver is being withheld pending notification of family. The crash remains under investigation. 

Ladysmith Area House Fire

posted Aug 10, 2020, 5:32 AM by News Room   [ updated Aug 10, 2020, 5:35 AM ]

Monday August 10, 2020 - No one was hurt in a house fire early this morning (Monday) in Ladysmith. The Ladysmith Fire department, with support from the Bruce Fire Department, responded to a house fire in the Town of Grant at approximately 12:30am. The house was completely engulfed in flame when emergency personnel arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire. The house is a total loss. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.   

Burnett & Washburn Counties Chemical and Medical Disposal Days

posted Aug 7, 2020, 7:16 AM by News Room

Friday August 7th, 2020 - Burnett & Washburn Counties are making it easy for residents to dispose of unwanted or unusable  household chemicals and medications. Medications will be accepted from residents at both sites. Please leave meds in their original containers to make identification easier. Some items require a fee, see prices and find more information at nwrpc.com. Material will be collected at the Burnett County Highway Shop in Siren on Tuesday August 18th and at the HHW storage site in Spooner on Tuesday August 25th. 

RL Utilities to Close Lobby Indefinitely

posted Aug 7, 2020, 7:14 AM by News Room

Friday August 7th, 2020 - Rice Lake Utilities announced that starting on Monday they will be closing the lobby to walk-in customers until further notice due to the increase in COVID-19 cases locally. They will still be available to assist customers via phone or email. Customers can pay their bills online at ricelakeutilities.com or by utilizing the drop boxes at Rice Lake City Hall or Rice Lake Utilities.  

Louie's Temporarily Closing

posted Aug 6, 2020, 4:48 AM by News Room

Thursday August 6th, 2020 - Louie's Finer Meats in Cumberland is temporarily closing. According to a social media post, this voluntary shut down starts Thursday and is being done in an "abundance of caution" due to the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in Cumberland. Louie's tentatively plans to re-open on August 12th. Louie's Lodge is remaining open and will have some limited meat products available. 

Names Released in Fatal Sawyer County Crash

posted Aug 5, 2020, 4:08 AM by News Room

Wednesday August 5, 2020 - The names of those involved in a fatal two vehicle crash in Sawyer County have been released. On July 29th at approximately 9:30am the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office received a report of a two vehicle traffic crash on STH 77/27 at the intersection of CTH T west of Hayward in the Town of Lenroot. 

The preliminary investigation indicates a car driven by 36 year old Liset Ibarra from Milwaukee was traveling eastbound on STH 77/27. The car was traveling left of center and collided head on with a west bound car driven by 56 year old Debra Cox from Hayward. 

Cox was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. Ibarra and 18 year old Johanna Ibarra were transported to an area hospital and later airlifted to a Minnesota hospital. 20 year old Ezekiel Acevedo and a 10 year old male in the rear seat of that car were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The crash remains under investigation.


Names Released in Fatal Polk County Crash

posted Aug 4, 2020, 4:25 AM by News Room

Tuesday August 4, 2020 - The names of the two men killed in a Polk County crash have been released. On Friday at about 5am, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call of a two-vehicle, head-on crash on State Highway 48, to the east of County Road E at 60th Street. Upon arrival, Law Enforcement found that an SUV, operated by 31 year old Fredrick Gurtner of Cumberland, was traveling westbound on State Highway 48 in the wrong lane. A small truck, driven by 76 year old Duane Fox of Balsam Lake, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 48 in the proper lane. The vehicles then struck, drivers side front to drivers side front, causing severe damage to both vehicles. Both drivers sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene of the crash. These are Polk County’s 9th and 10th fatalities from crashes this year.

Two Dead in Polk County Crash

posted Aug 3, 2020, 4:14 AM by News Room

Saturday August 1st, 2020 - On Friday, July 31st, at 4:59 am, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call of a two-vehicle, head-on crash on State Highway 48, to the east of County Road E at 60th Street. Upon arrival, Law Enforcement found that a 2000 Red Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling westbound on State Highway 48 left of center, in the wrong lane of travel. A 2011 Ford Ranger was traveling eastbound on Hwy 48 in the proper lane of travel. The vehicles then struck, drivers side front to drivers side front, causing severe damage to both vehicle. After the impact, the Jeep continued to travel to the west, coming to rest in the roadway. The Ford Ranger continued to the east, entering the ditch and overturning one time. Both drivers sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene of the crash.

The names of the individuals involved are being withheld at this time and will be released at a later date. The crash remains under investigation.

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