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Chippewa County Sheriff's Office To Service New Auburn

posted by Ryan Quinn

The Village of New Auburn, along with the Chippewa County Sheriff’s office, have announced that the sheriff’s office will be providing dedicated law enforcement services to the Village of New Auburn.  In June of 2017, the Sheriff’s office began providing services in New Auburn on a trial basis.  

The temporary agreement proved successful and a two-year agreement was passed by the Village Board.  

The Sheriff’s office will provide approximately 30 hours of law enforcement service per week to the Village of New Auburn.  

The sheriff’s office personnel have been working closely with the Village Board to determine appropriate dates and times for patrol units to be present within the Village. 

Special Meeting For Tornado Debris Removal Tomorrow

posted by Ryan Quinn

A special meeting is being held tomorrow for land owners who still have debris on their property from last year’s tornado. 

The reason for the meeting is to discuss options available for residents, and to learn more about burning permit options. 

The town of Prairie Lake will hold the public meeting tomorrow beginning at 10am at the town hall at 796 21st  Street. Chetek.

Herberger's To Wind Down Operations

posted Apr 19, 2018, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

Bon-Ton Stores, the corporate parent of several department store chains, has agreed to sell its assets to a group of debt holders and liquidators, setting the stage for going-out-of-business sales to  begin. 

The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Feb. 4 but failed to find a route to rehabilitation. 

The York, Pa.-based company's brands include Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers. 

Although it's not official yet, chances are high that all the locations will close, including Herberger stores in Rice Lake and elsewhere in Northwest Wisconsin. 

CEO Bill Tracy said in a statement that the company expects "an orderly wind-down of operations that minimizes the impact of this development on our associates, customers, vendors and the communities we serve." 

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Gets A New Name

posted Apr 19, 2018, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has a new name – Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW). 

This initiative represents a new strategic mission, vision and identity more firmly aligning the efforts of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers to expand growth opportunities domestically and around the world.

The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin builds awareness of Wisconsin-produced dairy products by creating national publicity, managing digital advertising, and driving sales, distribution and trial through retail and foodservice promotions. 

It also supports in-school education about the benefits of dairy and funding for the UW Center for Dairy Research.

Barron County Seeks To Fill Vacancy After Death Of Board Supervisor

posted Apr 19, 2018, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

Due to the death of Ken Jost, District 3, Barron County Board Supervisor, there is a vacancy on the Barron County Board of Supervisors. 

Anyone who resides in the City of Chetek, Wards 2, 3 & 4 that is at least 18 years of age and is interested in being appointed to fill the balance of the term that runs until April, 2020 should send a letter of interest and/or resume’ to County Board Chair, Louie Okey, via email at by May 4, 2018.

New Richmond Man In Jail; Charged With Killing Son

posted Apr 19, 2018, 5:58 AM by Ryan Quinn

A rural New Richmond man is in jail charged with shooting his son to death. 

42-year old Kayle Fleischauer, was arrested after his 20-year-old son, Chase Fleischauer was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.  

Investigators arrived at the scene believing the death was a suicide. 

But while questioning Chase's father they smelled alcohol and said he was laughing and behaving erratically, and at one point exposed himself to investigators. 

Fleischauer was charged yesterday with First Degree Intentional Homicide along with Possession of a Gun by a Felon, and bail was set at $500,000 cash. 

Fleischauer will be back in court for a bond hearing on Friday. 

Spring Turkey Hunt Opens Today

posted Apr 19, 2018, 5:54 AM by Ryan Quinn

Approximately 80,000 hunters will be heading to the field for the 2018 spring turkey hunting season which begins today. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says there are two key factors needed for safe turkey hunting -- a detailed hunting plan in one hand and a firm grip on firearm safety in the other.

DNR statistics show 80 percent of accidents during turkey hunting seasons involve hunters mistaking other hunters for game, or hunters failing to positively identify their target. 

The other 20 percent of accidents are self-inflicted, usually the result of violating one of the four firearm safety rules. 

Follow these simple rules for a safe and successful hunt.

Identify your target:
-- Do not shoot at sound and movement.
-- Be certain of your target, what's in front of it and beyond it.
-- Avoid wearing red, white and blue. These colors are also shared by gobblers.
-- Use gobble calls only to locate a tom, not to attract one. Some other hunter might think you're a turkey.
-- Keep hands and head camouflaged when calling
-- Never carry or move an uncovered decoy.

Man Accused After Child Tested Positive For Meth Pleads Not Guilty

posted Apr 19, 2018, 5:52 AM by Ryan Quinn

The man accused of child abuse after his child tested positive for meth has entered a plea. 36-year old Nicholas Goodwin pleaded not guilty in Barron County Court on Wednesday. 

Investigators say Goodwin had his 4-year-old son over for a visitation last December. 

Goodwin told investigators that he smoked meth in his basement, and said the water from the pipe was dumped into a glass of water that was left on the table. 

The next morning he said he heard his child coughing and told deputies he knew then that his son had drunk out of the glass. 

Medical officials say the child needed to be treated at the hospital and needed to be airlifted to St. Paul, but Goodwin refused. 

The child was eventually sent to St. Paul by helicopter with his mother.

Library Receives $25K Donation To Use In Renovations

posted Apr 18, 2018, 6:26 AM by Ryan Quinn

The fundraising effort to renovate and expand the Rice Lake Public Library got a boost yesterday.  

Staff and friends of the library were on hand to receive a $25,000 donation from Johnson Bank that will be used when the library begins work on the project next year.  

Katherine Elchert, director of the public library says she is very thankful for the donation and says the library has raised nearly 80-percent of the $1.9 million fundraising goal, and hopes to begin construction next year.

Driveway Accident Kills Polk County Child

posted Apr 18, 2018, 6:24 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Polk County child has died in a driveway accident.

1 ½ year old Abraham Flynn, of rural Osceola, was run over by a truck backing up in a driveway Monday morning just after 10am on the 500 block of 280th Street in the town of Farmington.  

The child was taken to a local hospital then airlifted to Region’s Hospital in St. Paul where he died. 

The incident remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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