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Kroeze Survives Knock Out Round

posted Nov 6, 2018, 6:04 AM by Adam Hutton

Chris Kroeze made his 3rd national television appearance last night on NBC’s The Voice.  Chris sang the Cam song Burning House and impressed all the judges. Chris said Blake was very helpful in helping Chris define his vocal range. Last night Chris and his competitor Michael both put on spectacular performances but to decide who won the round, Blake Shelton pulled a coin from his pocket, flipped it, and announced that Michael won the round.  But just as quickly, Blake used his save option to keep Chris in the competition, then gave Chris more than one kiss on the forehead to show his love for the Barron musician. The Live rounds begin next week on NBC’s The Voice.

Fatal Rusk County Crash

posted Nov 6, 2018, 6:04 AM by Adam Hutton

One person was killed and another injured in a two-car crash Saturday night in Rusk County.  The accident happened on Highway 8 west of Bruce when a eastbound vehicle driven by 28-year old Justin Bose of Rice Lake crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a vehicle heading west.  Bose was pronounced dead at the hospital in Ladysmith, while the driver of the westbound vehicle, 46-year old Mike Stopczynski of Phelps was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and arrested for 4th felony operating while intoxicated.

Kroeze's Knock Out Round Tonight

posted Nov 5, 2018, 5:15 AM by Adam Hutton

Barron County’s Chris Kroeze faces his toughest test tonight as the Knock Out rounds continue on NBC’s The Voice.  Tonight he’ll be showing the judges and the world he’s got what it takes to stay on the show. Kroeze says his singing career goes back to middle school in Barron. The Voice airs at 7pm tonight on NBC TV.

Daylight Savings Time Ends

posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:10 AM by Adam Hutton

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.  As you turn your clocks back one-hour before you go to bed Saturday night, it is also a good time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Residents are also encouraged to check to make sure your furnace and wood-burning stoves are working and properly vented outside your home.

Foxconn Supply Signup

posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:09 AM by Adam Hutton

Governor Scott Walker has announced that Wisconsin companies looking for potential business opportunities with Foxconn can use Supply Chain Marketplace, a quick and easy online tool, to connect with the electronics manufacturer, which is making a historic investment in Wisconsin. The online tool is free of charge, and all Wisconsin businesses are eligible to create a profile at
In addition to directories for specific industries, there is a new supply-chain directory tailored specifically to Foxconn. Governor Walker highlighted the statewide directory during a stop yesterday at the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, where the Governor and local officials demonstrated the online tool and helped several businesses create Marketplace profiles on the spot.

Highway 48 Opens

posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:09 AM by Adam Hutton

Motorists traveling between Rice Lake and Cumberland can now resume travel on Highway 48.  Construction on three bridges between 17th Street and Highway 25 is complete, and the roadway reopened yesterday after being closed most of the summer.  Reconstruction of Highway 48/Knapp Street in Rice Lake is also winding down, with work expected to be completed in the next few days.

In-person Absentee Ballot

posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:08 AM by Adam Hutton

Today is the last day voters can cast their in-person absentee ballot in Wisconsin.  Voting hours vary by municipality and voters are urged to call their municipal clerk for voting times and places. The general election is next Tuesday, November 6th.

St. Croix Falls Gun Threat

posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:07 AM by Adam Hutton

A threat of gun violence led to classes being canceled yesterday in St. Croix Falls.  According to the St. Croix Falls Police Department, police found out about the threat Thursday morning. The person who allegedly made the threats was been taken into custody, and classes were canceled throughout the school district in what police called ab “abundance of caution”.

Candidate for Governor Threatened by Barron County Man

posted Nov 1, 2018, 5:40 AM by Adam Hutton

Wisconsin State Capitol Police requested that a 23-year-old Barron County man be questioned about a Facebook post he made related to Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers.  Barron County Sheriff's Department reports show the request was made on Sunday. This week, Evers began to be guarded by the State Patrol's Dignitary Protection Unit, an unusual move for candidates.  Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said he couldn't comment on the request to interview the Dallas, Wisconsin, man. State Patrol spokesman Christian Schneider declined to comment.

Closs Update

posted Nov 1, 2018, 5:39 AM by Adam Hutton

The search for missing teenager Jayme Closs and those responsible for her parents murder continues. It’s been 18 days since police responded to a  9-1-1 call at the Closs residence on Highway 8 west of Barron, and over 200 investigators have been combing over evidence and responding to over 2100 tips on this case. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald encourages citizen to continue to call in your tips at 1-855-744-3879 or email

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