Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Three Gordy's Stores Sold

posted Sep 18, 2017, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

The sale of three Gordy’s Market stores was approved Friday by Chippewa County judge James Isaacson. 

The buyer, Festival Foods, will pay a total of $6.7 million dollars for two stores in Eau Claire and one store in Tomah. 

The proceeds will pay grocery distributor Nash Finch Company and Settlers Bank, both creditors of the grocery chain. 

Last month, Nash Finch filed a bankruptcy action against Gordy’s Markets saying the stores owed upwards of $86 million in cash and assets.

Michael Perry to Speak At "Thursdays @ The U" Lecture Series

posted Sep 18, 2017, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

Nationally known author and radio show host Michael Perry will be the featured speaker at UW-Barron County’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series on Thursday, September 28, from noon – 1 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall. 

Perry draws on his background as a lifelong Cheesehead and resident of rural Wisconsin. 

Perry hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds. The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public.

Highway "G" Closed For Reconstruction

posted Sep 18, 2017, 6:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

Beginning today, Washburn County Highway G will be closed for a reconstruction project that will continue through October.  

Washburn County Highway Commissioner Frank Scalzo says the road will probably be closed during working hours and drivers should plan expect detours and plan alternative routes.

Telemark Could Be Re-Opened

posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:58 AM by Ryan Quinn

A closed lodge in northwest Wisconsin could soon see new life.  

After four years of vacancy, the Telemark Lodge in Cable has a likely buyer in Florida-based HK Hospitality, which owns a number of properties throughout the United States. 

When opened in the 1970s, the resort quickly grew when its founder Tony Wise expanded the facilities and started the American Birkiebeiner race, which to this day begins on its grounds.  

But when Wise sold the property in 1984, the resort struggled to live up to its former glory. The resort had gone through a series of owners, when it closed in 2013. 

Duffy for DACA

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy says people should be compassionate for the kids of illegal immigrants who are under the DACA program. 

Duffy also says the solution is border security, and that border security and a DACA fix go hand in glove.  

Democratic Rep. Ron Kind released a statement on DACA, saying many of the DREAMers whose families and careers are impacted by this are service members, small business owners, teachers, doctors, and students. 

Kind said they contribute to our local communities and know only one country: America. 

Quinn Votes For Budget

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

Representative Romaine Quinn, who represents the 75th Assembly District in Northwest Wisconsin, says his vote to pass the budget was informed by meetings with community members, and stayed focused on local priorities.  

The budget contains several provisions supported by Quinn, including Dementia Care Specialist positions, which were not funded under the Governor’s proposal. 

Wisconsin's Unemployment Rate Up Last Month

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate rose last month.  

The state’s jobless rate increased from 3.2 percent in July to 3.4 percent in August. 

The Department of Workforce Development reports the state lost 5,200 private sector jobs between the two months.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dipped as low as 3.1 percent in May and June after hovering just over 4.0 percent for much of the latter half of 2016. 

Wisconsin is currently a full point below the national unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

Chetek Man Faces Felony Voting Fraud Charges

posted Sep 14, 2017, 4:59 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Chetek man is facing felony charge for allegedly voting twice in the presidential election.  

According to the complaint, the Wisconsin Election Commission alerted Eau Claire and Barron County election officials that Paul A. Monroe reportedly voted in both counties during the November election.  

Election records show that Monroe used the same birth date and license number on the registration forms, his signatures on those forms were very similar, and, based on election ticket numbers, officials believe Monroe voted in Eau Claire in the afternoon and in Barron County in the evening of November 8, 2016. 

Monroe will be in court next month and faces up to three and a half years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Barron County HWY Department Launches Fall Projects

posted Sep 14, 2017, 4:54 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Barron County Highway Department  will start resurfacing projects today on 3 County highways.  

The projects begin today on County Highway’s SS, D, and TT.  

The work on County Highway SS will take place from New Auburn, north to ½ mile south of Barron County Highway AA. 

On County Highway D, resurfacing will take place from Barron County Highway K, East to County Highway P;  Resurfacing on Barron County Highway TT will take place south of U.S. Highway 8.  

These projects are expected to finish sometime in November.  There are also two bridge replacement projects planned for this fall. Barron County Highway A over the Sioux Creek, and Barron County Highway NN over Spring Creek in the town of Doyle.  

The bridge work will require closures and detours.

Jury Trial Delayed For Nitek

posted Sep 13, 2017, 5:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

The jury trial for the man charged in the shooting death of Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze last October, has been postponed until May of 2018. 

Nitek faces 31 criminal counts following the October incident which resulted in Deputy Dan Glaze's death including 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. 

At a motion hearing in August, Nitek was denied a motion for change of venue for the  jury trial, and plans call for the trial in May to be held at the Rusk County Courthouse.

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