Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Duffy: Financial Services Subcommittee Will Hold Field Hearing

posted Jul 20, 2017, 5:35 AM by Ryan Quinn

Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, has announced that the Subcommittee will hold a field hearing this week in Hayward.

The hearing will focus on Federal programs that affect housing for Native American communities and reservations. 

The hearing is the result of discussion between Duffy and tribal members about efforts to remediate mold issues in tribal housing. 

The hearing will be held Friday at 9AM at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School at 8575 N Round Lake School Road near Hayward.

Zika Virus Should Not Cause Concern

posted Jul 20, 2017, 5:33 AM by Ryan Quinn

University of Wisconsin entomologist says the recent discovery of a mosquito in the state that's capable of transmitting the Zika Virus should not be a cause for concern. 

The mosquito was located by officials in Dane County, marking the first time the Asian tiger mosquito, has been seen in the state. 

While the species can carry the virus, UW-Madison entomologist PJ Liesch says there's no sign of it happening in Wisconsin right now.

Rice Lake Meth Man Could Spend More Than 10 Years Behind Bars

posted Jul 14, 2017, 4:39 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Rice Lake man has been indicted for drug charges by a federal grand jury. 55-year old Mark Lewis was charged yesterday with several counts, including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. 

Last August, Lewis was caught in Washburn County with having meth and also being a felon with a firearm in committing a crime.  

Lewis also faces charges in Sawyer County where he was arrested with more than 50 grams of meth last September.  

If convicted of the charges, Lewis could spend more than 10 years in prison.

Local Breweries Can Still Serve On Site

posted Jul 13, 2017, 6:55 AM by Ryan Quinn

A leading Republican legislator says local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries can relax now that a controversial proposal that would prevent them from serving their products directly to customers will not be included in the final state budget. 

Earlier this month, a memo circulated in Madison suggested a new office should be established to crack down on enforcement of the state's three-tier liquor industry, taking regulatory control away from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. 

While no organization has claimed responsibility for the proposal, independent alcohol producers feared it was an attempt to stifle competition from tap rooms and craft breweries, distilleries and wineries.

SBA Loan Applications Due Aug 11

posted Jul 13, 2017, 6:52 AM by Ryan Quinn

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters in Wisconsin of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the tornado on May 16. 

The deadline to submit applications for physical damage is Aug. 11.  Low-interest disaster loans are available in Barron and Rusk counties and the adjacent counties of Burnett, Chippewa, Dunn, Polk, Price, Saint Croix, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn in Wisconsin.  

Businesses of any size and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Computer Science Standards

posted Jul 13, 2017, 6:49 AM by Ryan Quinn

With the adoption of standards for computer science, Wisconsin is now one of nine states to have established academic standards for this increasingly important subject area. 

Additionally, as part of the ongoing standards review and revision process, public comment is now open on new draft standards in music, science, and information and technology literacy.  

Academic standards establish grade-band expectations for students across a given subject area. 

Standards across grade bands guide connections and enrichment, ensuring that students gain a deeper level of learning in the subject area as they progress through school

Barron County Restorative Justice Programs Host "Making Connections"

posted Jul 12, 2017, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

Barron County Restorative Justice Programs (BCRJP) will host “Making Connections”, an open house for anyone interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the organization.

The program is scheduled from 6 to 7 PM on Monday, July 31st at Rice Lake City Hall. BCRJP encourages people to consider how they can make a difference in the community by joining its family of volunteers. 

Volunteers are needed in a variety of positions, working from one hour a month to a few hours per week. 

Volunteer opportunities include: Serving as a community voice in restorative conferences as a co-facilitator or by sharing the impacts of theft or other crimes; Taking a stand against drinking and driving by helping with set-up, registration, ushering or speaking at our Victim Impact Panel; Sharing the potential impacts of traffic offenses on our community as a community member for our Teen Traffic Violators Program; Assisting in the office with clerical duties; and, Serving as a mentor while assisting a client with community service. 

For more information, call 715-418-2189 or online

Walker Campaign Raises More Than $3 Million In First Six Months OF 2017

posted Jul 12, 2017, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's campaign is reporting that it raised $3.5 million in the first six months of the year and has $2.4 million cash on hand for his re-election bid in 2018. 

Walker's campaign manager Joe Fadness released the numbers Tuesday in a memo directed to the governor.

Walker is expected to formally launch his re-election bid later this summer, but he's been aggressively raising money in expectation of seeking a third term.

Beginning Yoga

posted Jul 12, 2017, 6:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Yoga Beginner Series is being offered by at the UW-Barron County Campus.  

The weekly group session is for anyone interested in beginning or continuing the practice of yoga. 

There are many benefits of yoga for every level of student: reduced stress, increased flexibility and strength, and improved sleep, digestion, mental clarity and focus. 

Learn the basics of yoga including the postures and breathing. Kristy Gay, a registered yoga teacher, will be leading evening classes at UW-BC on Tuesdays, July 18 through August 22, from 515-616PM. 

Cost for the 6-week series is $39 and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Barb Ritzinger at 715-234-8176 Ext. 5503,

59 Deaths On Wisconsin Roads Last Month

posted Jul 12, 2017, 5:58 AM by Ryan Quinn

Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) shows that 59 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month - three more compared to June of last year and five above the five-year average for the month of June. 

Through the first half of this year, Wisconsin recorded 271 traffic deaths including 31 pedestrians, 29 motorcyclists and one bicyclist. 

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