Northwest Wisconsin News Center

Sheriff Fitzgerald: ALICE Training Available

posted Feb 16, 2018, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida is a tragic reminder of how quickly things can go from normal to deadly. 

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the shooters motives may vary, but the loss of life can be reduced if you are prepared and respond quickly to the threat. 

To set up an ALICE active-shooter training session for your school, church or business, contact Sheriff Fitzgerald at 715-537-3106.

Test Drive…Next Stop Reality Returns To Barron County.

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

Test Drive…Next Stop Reality returns this spring to Barron County. 

Test Drive is a reality fair that provides students from area high schools with the opportunity to explore their future careers in conjunction with the financial challenges of daily life that lie ahead of them and must go through a hypothetical month of paying all bills to see how the career they have chosen will provide for their living expenses. 

Organizers are seeking volunteers to make the Test Drive fair possible at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in Rice Lake on Thursday, March 15th, 2018. 

This annual event is a great platform for community members to make a difference in the lives of area youth in a unique and rewarding way. 

For more information or to volunteer, call 715-637-6871.

Police Investigate Fatal Head On Collision

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:04 AM by Ryan Quinn

Police are investigating a head-on crash that killed 54-year old Jena D. Anderson of Boyceville on State Highway 79 Monday afternoon. 

Investigators believe the 47-year old driver of a northbound SUV, Todd Dormanen, crossed the centerline and hit the Anderson’s SUV. Anderson’s 19-year old daughter was also injured and taken to an area hospital.

Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor and criminal charges against Dormanen will be determined by the Dunn County District Attorney once all of the evidence is gathered. 

Ag Census Returns

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin prides itself as an agricultural leader. 

There is another agricultural title the state is currently chasing - the most returns of the Census of Agriculture. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf reminds farmers to return their questionnaire if they have not already done so. 

The U.S. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture once every five years. 

As of February 14, about 45% of Wisconsin farmers had returned their questionnaires. 

This is the fourth highest response rate in the country but lagging two of Wisconsin’s neighbors: Iowa and Illinois.

Bear Tracks Bar Fire Not Suspicious

posted Feb 14, 2018, 5:46 AM by Ryan Quinn

The cleanup has begun after yesterday’s early morning fire that destroyed a bar in Birchwood.  

Investigators say the fire that destroyed the Bear Tracks Bar and Grill in Birchwood was not suspicious in nature.  

Birchwood Fire Chief Ken George said when firefighters arrived at the pre-dawn blaze, two men entered the building but the fire was already too intense.  

Chief George says the state fire marshal was at the scene yesterday and it will take a few weeks before a report on the official cause of the blaze will released. 

Lakeland Family Resource Center Invites Public To Meth Presentation

posted Feb 14, 2018, 5:45 AM by Ryan Quinn

The public is encouraged to attend a methamphetamine presentation next week hosted by the Lakeland Family Resource Center in Spooner. 
Minong Police Chief Dennis Stuart will lead a presentation and discussion about methamphetamine in the community. 
Those attending will hear how the drug is produced; the short and long-term health effects; and how meth disrupts the community, children and families. 
The meth presentation will take place next Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 PM at Lakeland Family Resource Center, located at 819 Ash Street in Spooner. Refreshments will be provided.

Engebretson To Challenge Duffy

posted Feb 13, 2018, 5:35 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Polk County attorney and 24-year military veteran is challenging Congressman Sean Duffy for the 7th congressional district seat. 

Yesterday in Superior, Margaret Engebretson announced her candidacy for the democratic nomination.  

She says her key issues include national security, health care, and rural economic development.  Representative Duffy has held the seat since 2010.

Birchwood School District Begins Registration Process for '18-'19 School Year

posted Feb 13, 2018, 5:34 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Birchwood School District is starting the registration process for the 2018-2019 school year for four and five year old Kindergarten students for Birchwood Elementary School, Birchwood Public Montessori, and Bobcat Virtual Academy (five year old Kindergarten only). 

Families and friends who have children ready to register for either four year old Kindergarten (children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2018) or five year old Kindergarten (children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018) should contact the Birchwood School Office at 715-354-3471.

Despite The Cold Ice Not Thick Enough For Caves

posted Feb 12, 2018, 6:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

Despite the recent cold temperatures, officials with the National Park Service say the ice on Lake Superior is not thick enough for people to travel to the ice caves. 

Park officials say it takes time for ice to form on Lake Superior, especially near the caves. 

The ice near the caves is not protected by the wind, which means ice is often blown out.  

Officials say it is unclear if the ice caves will open this year, and  if they do, it won't be until the end of the month at the earliest. 

Walker Meeting With Trump Today

posted Feb 12, 2018, 6:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

Gov. Scott Walker will be in Washington D.C. today to meet with President Donald Trump and talk about federal money for highways and other infrastructure projects. 

The governor says one topic will be his request for nearly $250 million to help expand Interstate-94 near the planned Foxconn factory in Racine County. 

Wisconsin has committed about $130 million for roads near Foxconn. 

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