Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Single Car Crash Claims Life Of MN Woman

posted Aug 30, 2018, 6:06 AM by Ryan Quinn

A single-vehicle accident last weekend has claimed the life of a Minnesota woman.  

The accident happened on Saturday when the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 70 near Soderbeck Road in the Town of Grantsburg.

 Investigators says 57-year old Sandra D’Jock, of Eagan, Minnesota was eastbound on State Highway 70 when she crossed the centerline, nearly striking an oncoming vehicle; then entered the north ditch and struck a tree. 

D’Jock was taken to the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg where she later died. 

She was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

Walker Declares State Of Emergency

posted Aug 30, 2018, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

Governor Scott Walker has declared a statewide State of Emergency in Wisconsin due to an ongoing statewide weather pattern, which has led to severe storms, heavy downpours, flooding, and tornadoes.  

Additional personnel and resources are available to counties in need. 

Wisconsinites are encouraged to contact their insurance companies and local counties about any damages resulting from the recent weather.

Cadott Man Charged In Fatal Crash

posted Aug 29, 2018, 6:08 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Cadott man has been charged as a result of a fatal crash that happened in May.  

Mavrick Kolpien faces multiple counts, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. 

The crash happened in the early morning hours of May 13 at the intersection of Chippewa County Highways X and XX, near Cadott. 

The Sheriff's Department says 23-year old  Zachary Evanson, of Cadott was killed in the crash. 

He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Kolpien, who the sheriff says ran a stop sign and turned in front of another car, causing the two vehicles to crash.

Dairy Farmers and Cheesemakers Hopeful For New Deal

posted Aug 29, 2018, 6:06 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheesemakers say they're hopeful that a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico will augment business in a key state export market.  

The preliminary U.S.-Mexico deal announced Monday by President Donald Trump calls for zero tariffs on dairy and agricultural products. 

Mexico also has agreed to not restrict market access for commonly named U.S. cheeses. 

Trump says the tentative trade agreement would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement . 

Full details of the agreement haven't yet been released.

Red Cedar Bridge Meeting Sept. 4th

posted Aug 29, 2018, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is conducting a Construction Information Meeting regarding the construction of the Red Cedar River Bridge on South Main Street in Rice Lake. 

The DOT Red Cedar Bridge Meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 5pm to 6 p.m. at the Rice Lake City Hall, 30 E Eau Claire St, WI 54868. 

The meeting will follow an open house format with a brief presentation beginning at 515pm. 

The purpose of the meeting is to provide project information and expected traffic impacts during the construction of the Red Cedar River Bridge on South Main Street. 

In addition to the presentation, project overview maps and traffic impact maps will be on display. WisDOT and city of Rice Lake officials will be on hand to answer questions.  

Construction of the bridge project is scheduled to begin next month.

Blue-Green Algae May Be Making Waters Unsafe

posted Aug 28, 2018, 6:41 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Dunn County Health Department has received its first report of a local person getting ill after being exposed to a harmful algae bloom in a local lake.

According to the Dunn County Health Department, blue-green algae might make water unsafe to drink or swim in.  

People who drink or swim in water that contains blue-green algae may experience health concerns like: difficulty breathing, headache, fever, stomach issues, skin irritation and allergic reactions. 

The symptoms can show up minutes to hours after exposure.  

If you think you, a family member or pet developed an illness after exposure to blue-green algae, you should report the illness to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health by filling out an online survey or call (608) 266-1120.

Spooner Machine Cited By OSHA For "Willful And Serious" Safety Violations

posted Aug 28, 2018, 6:39 AM by Ryan Quinn

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited fabrication and machining company Spooner Machine Inc. – based in Spooner, Wisconsin – for willful and serious safety violations after an explosion at the facility on March 2nd led to the amputation of an employee’s legs. 

OSHA proposed penalties of $221,168.  OSHA investigators determined an accumulation of hydrogen gas caused the explosion, and cited Spooner Machine Inc. for failing to develop and implement procedures to control the release of hydrogen gas during service and maintenance; to ensure proper machine guarding; store gas and oxygen cylinders properly; to provide required training; and protect employees from electrical hazards. 

OSHA has placed Spooner Machine Inc. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Palmer, William "Bill"

posted Aug 27, 2018, 6:11 AM by Ryan Quinn

William “Bill” Palmer, 84, of Rice Lake, passed away Aug. 23.

He is survived by his son, Phillip Palmer and daughters Amanda Palmer and Terra Palmer.

A private service for Bill Palmer will be held.

Greenwold, Christian

posted Aug 27, 2018, 6:10 AM by Ryan Quinn

Christian Greenwold, 32, of Chetek, passed away on Aug. 23.

Private services and internment will be held for Christian Greenwold at the Sumner Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, at the Raush-Lundeen Funeral Home in Cameron.

Koster, Jeanette

posted Aug 27, 2018, 6:10 AM by Ryan Quinn

Jeanette Koster, 81, of  Cameron, passed away on August 22nd.

She is survived by her children Darrell and Vivian Koster: and a sister, Deloris LaBlanc.

Funeral services for Jeanette Koster will be held at Foursquare Gospel Church in Barron on Wednesday at 11am.

Visitation will be held from 10am to 11am at  the  church.

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