Northwest Wisconsin News Center

One Person Injured in Semi - Car Collision

posted by Ryan Quinn

One person was seriously injured yesterday when a semi-truck hit a car on Highway 12 in Dunn County.  

The accident happened around 915am yesterday in the town of Menomonie when a car traveling on 390th street went through a stop sign at Highway 12 and was struck by the semi.  

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and the accident remains under investigation.

Clam Lake Elk

posted Mar 27, 2017, 5:34 AM by Ryan Quinn

Twenty-eight Kentucky elk have arrived at their new home in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. 

Once released into the wild, the "class of 2017" will join the current Clam Lake herd.

The Clam Lake herd resides primarily in Ashland, Price, and Sawyer counties, and was reintroduced to the area in 1995 from Michigan. 

Adding additional elk from Kentucky to the herd is expected to provide a boost to herd growth and introduce new genetics. 

These efforts mark the third year of a five-year elk reintroduction program being conducted with assistance from multiple partners.

High Speed Chase Covers 2 Counties and 3 Towns

posted Mar 27, 2017, 5:32 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Frederic man wanted on a Barron County felony forgery warrant allegedly led multiple police departments on a two-county high-speed chase late Friday night. 

It started after a Cumberland traffic stop around 11:10 p.m. and headed east on Hwy. 48 at speeds reaching 100 mph. 

The pursuit entered Rice Lake, went south on Main Street at more than double the speed limit and continued south to Cameron and then headed east on Hwy 8 to Weyerhaeuser in Rusk County, where the man was apprehended around 2:20 a.m.

According to Barron County Jail Records, 38-year-old Joshua A. Denetz was booked on charges including first-degree recklessly endangering safety, felony bail jumping and fleeing an officer.

BASD Meeting Tomorrow

posted Mar 27, 2017, 5:30 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Barron Area School District Board will hold it’s final community meeting tomorrow night to discuss and answer questions regarding the $7-million bond issue referendum to renovate the existing High School gym and add an additional gym and associated areas. 

Those living in the Barron Area School District are urged to attend tomorrow night’s meeting at 7pm at the Barron High School Commons.  

Voters will decide whether to approve the bond issue referendum on the ballot on next Tuesday, April 4.

Wisconsin Legislative Children's Caucus To Hold Fourth Informational Meeting Today

posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:19 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus will be hosting the fourth of five informational hearings on community efforts to strengthen families today in Rice Lake.  

The informational hearing will feature local invited speakers who focus on primary prevention of child abuse and neglect and serve at-risk families. 

These speakers will present information to the caucus cochairs and local state legislators. T

he Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus Informational Hearing will be held from 1:00pm-4:00pm today at the  WITC-Rice Lake Campus.  

Panelists will include representatives from Indianhead Community Action Agency, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Northwest Connection Family Resources, and Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley.

Be A Tree Protector

posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:16 AM by Ryan Quinn

To protect oak trees and help prevent oak wilt, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources advises people to avoid pruning oaks on their property from April through July.  

Spring and early summer pruning makes oak trees vulnerable to oak wilt, a fatal fungal disease.  

Oak wilt and other diseases also move easily on or in firewood logs year-round. 

To protect trees in general, don't move firewood long distances, or only use firewood labeled as Wisconsin certified. 

More information is available online at the DNR website,, and search for "oak wilt" or "firewood." 

Investigation Into Death of Elderly Woman

posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:50 AM by Ryan Quinn

Investigators are looking into the circumstances that led to the death of an elderly woman last weekend in Rice Lake. 

According to police, an 88-year-old female resident was reported missing from the Rice Lake Convalescent Center around 330am on Saturday morning.  

Her body was eventually found outside about 100 feet from the door, and officers believe she may have been outside for two hours.  

While an official cause of death has not yet been determined, it is believed the cold weather could have played a role in her death.

Blood Needed

posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:48 AM by Ryan Quinn

The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations. 

Type O negative blood and type AB plasma are two of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals. 

Those who give can help patients locally or across the country as the Red Cross has the ability to move blood products where and when they are needed most.  

Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Former Police Chief Recognized

posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:40 AM by Ryan Quinn

A former police chief in our area is being recognized for his work by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimmel and the State Department of Justice.  

Former Chetek Police Chief Mark Petersen served as a law enforcement officer for 39 years, and served the City of Chetek for nearly 37 years. 

During Chief Petersen’s tenure, he was known for his strong leadership, care for the community, and going above and beyond for his officers, countless times. 

It’s estimated Chief Petersen’s career, he worked 78,198 service hours and racked up 256,000 patrol miles. 

Speaking to the legacy of Chief Petersen, Attorney General Schimmel says not only did Chief Petersen keep the community safe, but his leadership has inspired the next generation of law enforcement leaders in Wisconsin. 

Chief Petersen retired earlier this year.

Voucher Schools

posted Mar 22, 2017, 5:34 AM by Ryan Quinn

New data from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows that public schools and students continue to suffer while unaccountable voucher operators get first crack at taxpayer dollars. 

State Senator Janet Bewley says that even as property taxpayers and the families of public school students are promised more, tax dollars are siphoned off to voucher schools and independent charters that take $1,000 to $1,700 more per student. 

The Fiscal Bureau data says that payments to voucher schools under the Governor’s budget would range from $7,757 to $8,403 per student by 2018. 

In contrast, Governor Walker’s proposed increases would see public school students receive an average $6,703.

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