Northwest Wisconsin News Center

2018 Election Preview

posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:13 AM by Ryan Quinn

Marquette University has released their latest poll previewing the 2018 election, and once again State Superintendent Tony Evers leads the Democratic primary with a commanding double-digit lead.  

Evers led the March Marquette Poll and has since seen a 7 percent increase to 25 percent. 

He saw the largest bump of any candidate and doubled his lead over the primary field.  

His closest competitor is 18 points behind, according to this most recent poll.

Chetek Man Charged In Connection To Multiple Burglaries

posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:12 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Chetek man has been charged after being connected to multiple burglaries. 

35-year-old Joshua Frami was charged yesterday in Eau Claire County with six counts, including burglary. 

According to the criminal complaint, the burglaries happened in 2015 and 2016. 

Rock The Riverfront This Weekend

posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:10 AM by Ryan Quinn

One of the regions biggest fundraising events in the Chippewa Valley is taking place tomorrow in Eau Claire. 

It’s the RCU Foundation's Rock the Riverfront, at Phoenix Park in Eau Claire, and this year it’s bigger & better than ever. 

You and the family can run or walk one of the Chippewa Valley's most beautiful routes. 

Also enjoy fun, family activities in Phoenix Park, downtown Eau Claire. Registration begins at 8am and the first of several run/walk events begins at 9am. 

There will be live Music by the Clearwater Jazz Orchestra, Inflatables, a dunk tank, face-painting, sign making, and a cash grab booth. 

There will also be a variety of food trucks on-site with healthy options available.  

You can find out more about the RCU Rock the Riverfront online at

Duffy Praises Farm Bill

posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:08 AM by Ryan Quinn

 7th Congressional District Congressman Sean Duffy, is praising passage of  the 2018 Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

Duffy says the Farm Bill passage is a huge win for Wisconsin farmers and will help them remain the best in the world. 

It creates the Dairy Risk Management Program, which provides higher coverage levels and lower premiums for the first 5 million pounds of milk. 

It also provides additional risk-management options for dairy farmers by allowing them to enroll in both the Dairy Risk Management Program and the Livestock Gross Margin Program. 

These changes will help our dairy farmers better manage their risk during times of low milk prices.  

Duffy also noted the Farm Bill includes critical reform with work requirements for work-capable adults. 

Gas Main Ruptured In Rice Lake

posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

Nobody was injured yesterday when a natural gas main was ruptured in Rice Lake.  

It happened just after 430pm when a contractor working on part of the Knapp Street construction project, struck the line at the intersection of Nunn and West Knapp Street.  

The gas leaked from a very large main and lasted about one hour.  

Those living close to the leak were instructed to close their windows and shelter in place while utility crews worked to shut off the gas supply.  

Traffic was detoured away from the scene during the busy rush hour, and gas customers in the neighborhood were without service while repairs were made.

Damage Still Being Assessed, Repairs Beginning To Roadways After Sever Flooding

posted Jun 21, 2018, 6:59 AM by Ryan Quinn

Several local and state roadways were impacted due to flooding last weekend. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says as water continues to recede, damage is being assessed and plans are being coordinated for repair. 

US Highway 53 near Solon Springs is currently open to single lane bidirectional traffic on the northbound lanes. 

Culvert repairs are anticipated next week and roadway is expected to be open on all four lanes by July 3. 

Repairs are dependent on favorable weather conditions.

Motorists are reminded:

DO NOT drive through flooded roadways. 

If there is water over the road, turn around and report the condition to local authorities.

Use caution in these areas and adhere to signed closures. DO NOT drive around barricades.

For more information regarding traffic impacts check

Local School Named In Next Round Of Grants

posted Jun 21, 2018, 6:47 AM by Ryan Quinn

A local school district has been named in the next round of grants awarded through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program, administered by DOJ’s Office of School Safety. 

The Birchwood School District will receive  $75,878, which is part of $1,943,417, which will be spent on building safety improvements at 19 schools statewide, as well as training for faculty and staff.

Road To Recovery Begins For Several Counties

posted Jun 20, 2018, 6:16 AM by Ryan Quinn

The long road to recovery is underway after storms wreaked havoc throughout Northwest Wisconsin.

Several areas remain under a state of  emergency following Governor Scott Walker's declaration for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas and Iron Counties. 

During a tour of the area yesterday, Governor Walker said state government is working with local and county governments as well as the state's department of transportation to ensure they have the resources to repair damage to key infrastructure. 

Walker says he plans to seek federal resources to help pay repairs.

One Dead After Tree Falls On Camper

posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:15 AM by Ryan Quinn

 A Minnesota man has died in Sawyer County after a tree fell on his camper.  

It happened in the Town of Edgewater on East Shore Drive on Lake Chetac, just East of Birchwood. Deputies say 55-year-old James Pluff from Redwood Falls, Minnesota died after weekend storms caused a large oak tree to blow over on the camper he was in. 

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office said a woman and two young children were also in the camper. 

They all were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding and One Death

posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:14 AM by Ryan Quinn

Damage assessments continue in northwestern Wisconsin, following heavy rains over the weekend that caused flooding across the region. 

The National Weather Service says portions of Douglas, Bayfield, and Ashland counties received 6-10 inches of rain over the past three days, while Drummond in Bayfield County received 15 inches between Saturday and Monday morning. 

At least one person is dead as a result of the flooding. 

The Ashland County Sheriff says a 75-year-old Mason, Wisconsin man was found in a flooded ditch near a pickup truck, which was also in the water. The incident remains under investigation.

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