Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Public Hearing Tonight In Spooner

posted by Ryan Quinn

A public hearing will be held tonight in Spooner to discuss the design of a new interchange of Highways 53 and 63 and Washburn County highway E in Trego.  

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is asking the public for design suggestions to make the intersections safer.  

Tonight’s hearing will begin at 5pm, with an informational presentation on the project at 515pm followed by public comments until 7pm at the Spooner Agricultural research station.

Drive Sober

posted by Ryan Quinn

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will patrol in greater numbers for longer hours looking for impaired drivers during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that begins tomorrow and continues through Labor Day, September 3. 

As part of the annual event, WisDOT will utilize federal funds to support public education and outreach, and step-up law enforcement efforts throughout the state. 

Last year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 161 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries. 

Niles Found Guilty

posted by Ryan Quinn

A Ladysmith man convicted in a fatal hit-and-run that happened last year will serve 10 years in prison. In March, Michael Niles was found guilty of hit-and-run involving death. 

The incident happened in February, 2017, when police found Joseph Hraban lying next to his truck on Lindoo Avenue in Ladysmith.  

According to a witness, a green car took off at a high rate of speed after hitting Hraban, who was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.  

Niles eventually turned himself in and admitted to drinking and driving before the crash.

NW Wisconsin Election Results

posted Aug 15, 2018, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

In the 7th Congressional District Democrat primary, Margaret Engebretson captured 58-percent of the vote to defeat Brian Ewert. 

Engebretson will now face incumbent Republican Sean Duffy in the November election.

There were also primaries for local county sheriff’s:

Washburn County Sheriff's Race
(R) Dennis Stuart: 53%
(R) Mike Richter: 47%

Burnett County Sheriff's Race
(R) Chris Sybers: 51%
(R) Ryan Bybee: 49%

*Winner will face Independent Tracy Finch in the Nov. 6 general election.

Polk County Sheriff's Race
(R) Brent Waak: 53%
(R) Anthony Grimm: 47%

Barron County Votes Meets Tonight

posted Aug 15, 2018, 6:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

Barron County Votes, a non-partisan group that promotes civic engagement, will meet tonight at 7 pm 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.

One Dead After Officer Involved Shooting In Rusk County

posted Aug 14, 2018, 6:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

A man is dead after being shot by police in Rusk County. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the officer involved shooting that took place Sunday night at a residence in the Rusk County Village of Hawkins.

A caller told 9-1-1 dispatchers they were concerned about an intoxicated man becoming violent. 

When deputies responded, an altercation took place and the intoxicated man was shot. 

The man later died from his injuries. 

The two involved deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Baldwin Announces FEMA Major Disaster Declaration

posted Aug 14, 2018, 5:57 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) major disaster declaration for Wisconsin communities damaged by recent storms and severe flooding. 

The FEMA declaration will make federal funds available to repair damaged public infrastructure in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas and Iron counties.  

The June storms damaged homes, businesses and public infrastructure, including federal highways and federally-financed water infrastructure projects.

Election Preview

posted Aug 14, 2018, 5:56 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Democratic race for governor and Republican primary for U.S. Senate top today’s ballot in Wisconsin’s statewide primary election.  

Eight Democrats are vying for the chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. 

State Superintendent Tony Evers is the only one to have previously been elected in a statewide race and he leads in the polls. 

The other candidates are former state Rep. Kelda Roys, of Madison; state firefighter union leader Mahlon Mitchell; former state party chairman Matt Flynn; Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout; political activist Mike McCabe; and corporate attorney Josh Pade. 

In the race for U.S. Senate, Former U.S. Marine Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir are running in the Republican primary, with the winner advancing to take on Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.  

In northern Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District, Democrats Margaret Engebretson, an attorney, and Brian Ewert, a doctor, are battling for a chance to take on Republican Rep. Sean Duffy.  

In local races, two men are running as Republicans to replace Retiring Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden.  Current Washburn County Chief Deputy Mike Richter faces Minong Police Chief Dennis Stuart. 

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm.  

This radio station will have election results beginning at 8pm tonight. 

One Dead After Motorcycle Crash In Rusk County

posted Aug 13, 2018, 6:06 AM 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, 4:49 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.

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