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Man sentenced to 10 years after hitting van, killing one

Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A Cumberland man accused of killing another driver as he tried to pass a car in a no passing zone is sentenced. Cody Hase was ordered to serve five years in prison and 10 years extended supervision. In June he pleaded guilty to a count of...
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Prep football: Rice Lake versus Menomonie postponed midway through; to resume 6 p.m. Friday

RICE LAKE — There were 49 seconds left in the first half of Thursday night's season opening football game between Rice Lake and Menomonie when a flash of lighting sent the game into a delay. An attempt was made to restart but immediately more severe weather ended that and the game was postponed. The two teams will return to action Friday night at 6 p.m. at Pug Lund Field. Rice...

Arrest Warrant Issued For Man On Charges Of OWI-Drugs With Child In Car

WASHBURN COUNTY -- An arrest warrant has been issued for Corby Gordon, of Hayward, WI, on criminal charges of Operating While Under the Influence of Controlled Substances with a child in the car that are filed against him in Washburn County Circuit Court. According to the criminal complaint filed against...

Wisconsin orthopedic practice building joint venture ASC

Altoona, Wis.-based Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and its partner, physician-owned management and development company Surgical Management Professionals, are building a new clinic and ASC, The Chronotype reported Aug. 19. The CedarCrest Surgery Center will be a more than 30,000-square-foot facility in Rice Lake, the report said. All of...

Cumberland ready to roll out 90th Rutabaga Fest

Just a week away, Aug. 25-28, is the 90th Rutabaga Fest put by on the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce and a host of sponsors. Highlights of the four-day fest follows: • Thursday, Aug. 25: Food stands open at noon, Stipes Shows on the Midway gets underway at 4 p.m. and Paisan provides live entertainment on the main stage starting at 8:30 p.m. • Friday, Aug. 26: Stipes Shows offers armband...

Rusk County Disposition And Warrant Status Reports - Aug. 18, 2022

RUSK COUNTY -- has been informed by the Rusk County Clerk of Courts Office the following Criminal and Traffic Disposition and Warrant Status Reports for Rusk County. The names listed on the Warrant Status Report do not indicate that the person is guilty of a crime, only that there...

Prep football: After Big Rivers title, Rice Lake transitions to Middle Border

The Rice Lake Warriors football team enters a new season with a whole host of new opponents on the schedule playing in the Middle Border Conference. In making that move the Warriors have plenty of experience along the offensive line and front seven of the defense to make an immediate impact. Rice Lake is coming off of a Division 3 state runner-up finish a season ago when they were co-champions of the Big Rivers and rattled off four playoff wins to reach Madison before falling in a close contest to Pewaukee to finish the year 11-3.

Barron County Weekly Jail Bookings Report - Aug. 16, 2022

BARRON COUNTY -- has been informed by the Barron County Sheriff's Department the following people were recently booked at the Barron County Jail. The records that are available on this website are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

City by City: Wisconsin, Mellen, Hayward

Wisconsin- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins August 17 and runs through Labor Day. State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state will work together to keep drivers safe. Law enforcement will step up their efforts to crack down on impaired driving. An impaired driving crash injures or kills someone every two hours in Wisconsin, and the campaign aims to educate the public of the risks that come with impaired driving.

Do you know about the Rutabaga Festival in Wisconsin?

Every August, Cumberland welcomes locals and visitors to the annual Rutabaga Festival. But what exactly does the festival entail? And does Wisconsin have a good climate to support the growth of rutabagas?. What You Need To Know. Cumberland is celebrating its 90th year of the festival. A frost is important...

Habitat for Humanity seeks applicants for homes in Brill, Cumberland

Barron County Habitat for Humanity is seeking a family to fill a three-bedroom, one-bath home in Brill. It has an attached deck off the dining room through a sliding glass door. “If we can get a homeowner soon they can choose the carpet color for the bedrooms,” said Helen Finazzo, president of Barron County Habitat. “It has luxury vinyl plank for the living room, kitchen and dining area. There will be a stove and refrigerator and water heater.” ...

Voter turnout high in Barron County for primary

Voter turnout for the Aug. 9 Partisan Primary Election in Barron County ran high in Barron County as 30% of registered voters came to the polls, according to the county clerk. County Clerk Jessica Hodek said that 7,697 votes were cast in the county, representing 21% of the eligible voters. And in Rice Lake 1,255 ballots were cast and the city has 4,790 registered voters, according to City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Morse. The local trend mirrored a higher than usual voter turnout for a non-presidential primary in Wisconsin. The Associated Press reported that turnout came in at 25.5%, the best since 1982 when it reached 26.9%. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

FREE Invasive Species Workshop - Japanese Knotweed

WASHBURN COUNTY -- Come learn how this highly invasive bamboo-like perennial shrub can take over your yard or shoreline. It can grow over 10 feet tall and its roots grow as deep as 9 feet! Rhizomes (horizontal roots that send up shoots) grow out to 60 feet. In the spring it sends up numerous early shoots along the whole length of the rhizomes. The rhizomes can also push their way up and through foundations, causing destruction and devaluation of property. You surely don’t want this growing on your property! Identification and discussion on control methods will take place.

A New Tribal University Emerges in Hayward, Wisconsin

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College is now Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe UniversityPublic Domain. Hayward Wis -- On August 15, 2022, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College, formerly the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, announced a change in name effective today, they will now be known as Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University. The announcement comes on the heels of recent accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission for their new Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Human Services degrees.

Northwood Tech Opens Innovative Health Education Center In Shell Lake

SHELL LAKE, Wis. -- Northwood Technical College held a ribbon cutting and open house at the new Health Education Center (HEC) located in Shell Lake, WI on Wednesday, August 17. The building previously housed the Northwood Tech business offices that were stationed at the Shell Lake location and was remodeled to create the HEC. Attendees of the open house toured the innovative facility with demonstrations inside the state-of-the-art labs replicated to simulate a working health environment including hi-fidelity mannequins. Attendees also saw a demonstration of the anatomage table to explain how students will be able to virtually dissect and study the human body while on location.

School bus driver pleads no contest to false imprisonment

A Hayward man who was originally charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13 while he was driving a Hayward school bus in the fall of 2021, pleaded no contest to an amended charge of false imprisonment. During an Aug. 8 appearance before Judge John Yackel in Sawyer County Circuit Court. Michael Gerald Kavanagh, 64, 11308 Sunset Circle, Hayward, entered a three-year court-approved deferred judgment of conviction on the false imprisonment charge. ...

Mrotek wins Sawyer primary election for sheriff

Incumbent Sawyer County Sheriff Douglas Mrotek won a three-way Republican primary election Tuesday, Aug. 9, defeating opponents Jaymes Poplin and Chuck Van Etten. With all 21 precincts reporting and the canvass complete, Mrotek had 1,839 votes, while Poplin had 1,028 votes and Chuck Van Etten had 368. Mrotek advances to the Nov. 8 general election ballot as the only candidate for sheriff. ...

Health Foundation awards Nature's Edge another $50,000 matching grant

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center of rural Rice Lake received good news Aug. 10 when the Rice Lake Community Health Foundation awarded another matching grant opportunity, similar to what the nonprofit therapeutic center received last year. The foundation will provide a matching grant of $50,000 designated for therapy scholarship assistance to patients. However the RLCHF’s $50,000 matching grant becomes available to Nature’s Edge patients only when it is matched by $33,334 in charitable donations given to Nature’s Edge by supporters. ...

'Together We Fall' to perform at Park Center

Coming this weekend, the band Together We Fall will be back onstage at the Park Center. This group is a local favorite, playing modern rock hits as well as original music. As the closing act for the Park Center’s Christmas Jam this past December, Together We Fall brought the house down with their rowdy renditions of some classic carols as well as crowd favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” They’ve also played at several school events and held summer concerts in downtown Hayward. ...