Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Drunken State

posted by Adam Hutton

According to a new study, Wisconsin is #3 for heaviest drinkers in the United States. Wisconsin is among the top five states with the most heavy drinkers and binge drinkers in the country. The Badger State also has the second highest rate of young adult drinkers and the second highest rate of binge drinking among its wealthy residents. Wisconsin  reports the highest percentage of drinkers in the country. The study references a recent study by 24/7 Wall Street, which also showed that of the drunkest cities in the United States, 10 are in Wisconsin.

Fatal Crash on Long Lake

posted by Adam Hutton

One person has died when their vehicle rolled over last night in the Township of Long Lake, according to the Washburn County Sheriff.  The accident was reported around 830pm last night on Washburn County Road M/D in the Township of Long Lake. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2006 Lincoln, driven by 50-year old Brad Kaminske, from Weyauwega WI, rolled his vehicle at a curve in the road.  Kaminske was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other occupants of the vehicle were uninjured. The Washburn County Sheriff’s department is investigating the accident.

Online Sales Tax

posted by Adam Hutton

Thirty-six attorneys general from states including Wisconsin have filed a friend-of-the-court brief, joining business groups, federal lawmakers and public officials' associations that have signed on to support South Dakota's legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence. The case could have national implications for e-commerce.

Albino Deer

posted by Adam Hutton

The Wisconsin DNR is asking for your help in finding the person responsible for shooting an albino deer near Gordon. According to a Recreational Safety Warden, the deer was found around three p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The deer was found on public hunting land. White and albino deer are protected in Wisconsin due to their rarity, making it illegal to kill them. If you have any information on who may have shot the animal, you're asked to contact the Wisconsin DNR at 1-800-TIP-WDNR.

Two Dem. Senators Introduce Bill Increasing Minimum Wage

posted Nov 22, 2017, 4:51 AM by Ryan Quinn

Two Democratic legislators, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, and Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, have introduced a bill  to increase the state minimum wage to $15 over the next five years.  

Under this bill, the minimum wage would gradually increase to $15 each year over a five-year time period. 

After the five-year period ends, the bill will require the Department of Workforce Development to adjust minimum wage income annually to match the trends of the current economy. 

The lawmakers say the legislation is necessary because everyday Wisconsin citizens are struggling as they continually work low-income jobs and live in impoverished conditions

Northwest Wisconsin Opening Weekend Deer Numbers

posted Nov 22, 2017, 4:47 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released the preliminary harvest data for the opening weekend of the 9-day gun deer season in 2017.
For the first two days of this years’ season, total numbers for deer harvested across the state are down slightly from last year.

In Northwest Wisconsin, total deer harvested over the weekend are up in some counties, but down in others.
For the first two days of this years gun deer season in Barron County, 2,163 were taken compared to 1,972 last year.

In Washburn County, 1,773 deer were taken over the weekend this year, compared to 2,090 last year.

In Sawyer County, the total is 1069 this year, compared to 864 at this point last year.

Deer harvested last weekend in Rusk County totaled 1,888, compared to 1,496 last year.

In Burnett County, the total so far is 1,897, compared to 1,149 last year. 

Click here for more:  DEER NUMBERS

Blackout Wednesday

posted Nov 22, 2017, 4:44 AM by Ryan Quinn

The night before Thanksgiving, also know as  “Blackout Wednesday”, can be one of the busiest for underage drinking or drinking in general. 

Nearly all Americans have Thanksgiving off, and while you’re likely to be sequestered with your family on Thanksgiving itself, the night before offers a chance to get out and catch up with others.  

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says this holiday season, we all have the opportunity to establish strong family traditions that are not built around drinking, with a few simple steps. 

First, take time to divert teen alcohol use by planning and promoting non-alcoholic youth activities. 

Second, consider where the alcohol is stocked in the home and ensure it is locked up and monitored to reduce easy access.

 Finally, be a positive role model and limit your own alcohol intake. 

This Thanksgiving, take the time to be thankful and maintain traditions by focusing on family, not drinking.

WI DNR releases preliminary hunting numbers

posted Nov 21, 2017, 2:56 PM by Jenny Polzin

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released the preliminary harvest data for the opening weekend of the 9-day gun deer season in 2017.

Click here for more:  DEER NUMBERS

Expect More Holiday Traffic This Year

posted Nov 21, 2017, 4:58 AM by Ryan Quinn

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. 

The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. 

AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

Second Year Of Report Cards Show WI School Meet Or Exceed Expectations

posted Nov 21, 2017, 4:55 AM by Ryan Quinn

In the second year of report cards that use legislatively mandated growth and value-added calculations, 82 percent of Wisconsin’s public and private school report cards had three or more stars, meaning the schools met or exceeded expectations for educating students. 

More than 95 percent of the state’s public school districts earned a three-star rating.

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