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One Dead After Motorcycle Crash In Rusk County

posted by Ryan Quinn

One person is dead after a weekend motorcycle crash in Rusk County.  

It happened Saturday evening just before 530pm when a motorcycle traveling westbound on Highway 8 was struck from behind while attempting to make a left turn onto Rusk County Highway B in the Village of Glen Flora. 

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The identities of those involved in the crash have not been released and the crash remains under investigation by the Rusk County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

AG Schimel Announces More Grants

posted Aug 10, 2018, 4:50 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schmiel has announced 47 more schools and school districts will receive safety grants, including some in Northwest Wisconsin.  They are:
Frederic School District, $43,745;
Saint Paul Grade School (Bloomer), $20,562;
Siren School District, $46,250.

To date, 652 schools across the state, including dozens of schools here in Northwest Wisconsin have been approved to receive more than $45.7 million in school safety grant funding. Grant dollars are meant to improve safety including door locks and hardening school entryways. Schools can still apply for the second round of grant funding by August 13th.

Rice Lake Fly-In Tomorrow

posted Aug 10, 2018, 4:48 AM by Ryan Quinn

The annual Rice Lake Regional Airport fly-in takes place tomorrow. 

It begins at 7am with a pancake breakfast served by the Cameron Boy Scouts, and lunch will be served beginning at 11am by the Rice Lake Golden K’s.

Parachute jumpers will fall from the sky beginning at 11am, and a candy drop from a helicopter is also planned. 

Aircraft of all types will be on display along with RC model airplanes, vintage cars and motorcycles.  Helicopter and airplane rides will also be offered. 

The fly-in tomorrow is from 7am to 2pm.

Man Stabbed On HWY 77

posted Aug 10, 2018, 4:47 AM by Ryan Quinn

A man has been taken into custody after deputies say he stabbed another man during a fight in Sawyer County yesterday.  

It happened on Highway 77 near Wheeler Road in the Town of Hayward. 

Investigators say that when they arrived on the scene they took 38-year old  Anthony Smart into custody, but could not find the victim.  

Just before 7pm last night, police received a tip about the victim walking on Highway 77 near Airport Road. 

Deputies went to the area and found the victim in a swampy area.

He was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. 

The Sawyer County Sheriff says the incident remains under investigation.

Barron County Votes Meeting Next Wednesday

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

Barron County Votes, a non-partisan group that promotes civic engagement, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 15,, at Barron City Hall. 

Anyone who wants to assist with voter registration in Barron County is encouraged to attend. Barron County Votes aims to expand access to the ballot box and to reduce confusion surrounding voting laws and rules. 

Volunteers can choose their roles and time commitments. 

For more information, email 

Barron City Hall is located at 1456 E. LaSalle Ave., and entry is through the side door.

Haugen Celebrates 100

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:06 AM by Ryan Quinn

The village of Haugen is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this weekend. 

The village started as a logging camp in 1879, then a railroad stop in 1883, and a post office was opened in 1879. 

It became an incorporated municipality in 1918. 

The 100-year anniversary is the focus of this year’s Haugen Fun Days being held this Saturday and Sunday.

There will be food and games, a street dance Saturday night, and a formal centennial proclamation taking place just before the Grand Parade at Noon Sunday on Main Street in front of the Dairy State Bank Haugen branch.

Xcel Energy Exceeds Renewable Requirement

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

For more than a decade, Xcel Energy has exceeded Wisconsin’s renewable energy requirement, making the company the number one renewable energy provider in the state.  

According to the 2017 Renewable Portfolio Standard Annual Report filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin earlier this year, Xcel Energy provided 27.83 percent of its energy from renewable resources. 

This is the 12th year in a row that Xcel Energy has exceeded the state’s renewable energy requirement. 

Along with 19 hydro facilities on eight Wisconsin rivers and the state’s largest community solar program, Xcel Energy has plans to build eight new wind farms in the Upper Midwest region by 2022, which would help the company reach its goal of powering its customers’ electricity needs with 60 percent renewable energy by 2030.     

Name Of Man Involved In Officer-Involved Shooting Released

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

Authorities have released the name of the man involved in Tuesday’s officer-involved shooting in Eau Claire County.   

Sheriff Ron Cramer says 23-year-old Reese Diesterhaft was shot after a chase that started in Dunn County and ended in western Eau Claire County. 

Cramer says Diesterhaft was released from prison, just three weeks ago.  

Police say Diesterhaft had stopped his vehicle, and stepped out with the weapon. 

Investigators say that’s when they fired at the suspect, wounding him. 

He was flown to an area hospital. 

No officers were hurt. 

Eau Claire County High Speed Chase Ends With Shots Fired

posted Aug 8, 2018, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

One suspect was injured and is in custody after an officer involved shooting in Eau Claire county yesterday. 

It started with a complaint in Dunn County against the 23-year-old suspect, who deputies say was released from prison just three weeks ago. 

When deputies made contact, it led to a high speed chase and ended in shots fired. 

The suspect had two warrants out for his arrest, one in Dunn County and one out of state.  

The suspect was airlifted to an Eau Claire hospital. No officers were hurt in the incident.

Habitat CareAVanner Program In Search Of Volunteers

posted Aug 8, 2018, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is welcoming the first of three Habitat for Humanity International RV CareAVanner Groups to the affiliate’s 47th new home build project taking place this year in Polk County. 

The Habitat for Humanity International RV CareAVanner program connects RV volunteers with local affiliates such as Wild Rivers in need of assistance.  

Local volunteers will be needed and interested adults 18 years and older can contact the Wild Rivers office at 715-483-2700. 

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