Burnett Crime Spree Unraveled: Trio Linked To String Of Break-Ins, Thefts And Property Crimes
BURNETT COUNTY (DrydenWire) - An investigation by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office into a series of break-ins, burglaries, and thefts that occurred in 2023 revealed that three individuals, James J. Pijanowski, Jr., Christine M. Stoll, and Milo C. Merrill, Jr., were allegedly responsible for the criminal activity. Numerous criminal complaints have been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against the three individuals.
After Serving 22 Years For Washburn County Double Homicide, Man Requests Release From Prison
WASHBURN COUNTY (DrydenWire) - Joshua Lepley, 37, is serving life sentences in Wisconsin State Prison on convictions that he received for the July 2001 homicides of his father, Wilbur Lepley, Jr., and Amber Williams. DrydenWire obtained copies of both the original criminal complaint filed against Joshua in 2001 for the homicides and of the petition for Joshua’s release that was filed in October 2023 by attorneys working on his behalf.
Contractor Facing New Felony Theft Charges In Burnett County
BURNETT COUNTY (DrydenWire) -- New criminal charges for Theft have been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against Micah Flodin, formerly of Webster, WI, who in 2023 was placed on a Deferred Agreement in Burnett County for Charges of Theft by a Contractor that were filed against him in 2022 following a law enforcement investigation.
Drone pilot provides closure to family of missing Askov man
DULUTH, MN. (Northern News Now) - After nearly a month, Pine County authorities say they have found the remains of a missing 86-year-old man. For Debbie O’Connor, words can’t describe the moment she learned her father’s body had been found. “The instantaneous reaction was thank God, and...
Burglary At Tim’s Black And Orange Bar And Bowling Leads To Arrest Of Two Individuals
WEBSTER, WI — In the early hours of February 19, 2024, Burnett County Dispatch received a distressing call reporting a burglary at Tim’s Black and Orange Bar and Bowling located in the Village of Webster. Law enforcement promptly responded to the scene and discovered signs of forced entry...
Washburn County's life expectancy rate is up
MADISON — A report released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for the years between 2010 and 2014 showed how life expectancy across the state varied. In that now-10-year-old report, Washburn County ranked an unenviable 71st out of the 72 counties with a life expectancy rating of 76.7 years, ahead of only Menominee County’s 72.5 years. In comparison, Kewaunee and Ozaukee counties ranked 1 and 2, with nearly identical life expectancies of 82 years in that report. Although the counties were ranked across the...
Search for missing Pine County man called off after remains found
PINE COUNTY, MN. (Northern News Now) - The Pine County Sheriff’s Office has called off the search for 86-year-old Gerald Knapp after his remains were found Tuesday morning. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Knapp’s remains were found while following up on drone search images in the Nemadji State Forest.
Washburn County Sheriff's Office log
Feb. 13 8:10 — Suspicious vehicle, Shell Lake. 8:23, unable to locate. 9:01 — Dog through ice, Spooner. 10:12 — Alarm, Spooner. 10:17, false alarm. 10:26 — Vehicle offense, Spooner. 10:30, out with vehicle. 10:31, unable to see plate. ...
One arrested for second OWI with minor child in vehicle
SPOONER — A Minong woman was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol Spooner Post for operating a motor vehicle under the influence-second offense, with one child in the vehicle under the age of 16 on Tuesday, Feb. 13. According to the State Patrol news release, the State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash at 2:15 p.m. Feb. 13 on Highway 53 at Snowberry Lane in Douglas County. During the investigation of the crash and interaction with the at-fault driver, the trooper observed signs of impairment...
Cody Packer earns rank of Eagle Scout
SPOONER — On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, Boy Scout Cody Packer, the son of Terry and Cassandra Packer of Spooner, earned a rare honor in the ranks of scouting. A member of Troop 148, Cody became the newest member of Eagle Scout class of 2023. Fewer than seven in 100 Scouts ever achieve the Eagle Scout rank. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. There are 21 Merit Badges needed to make Eagle Scout — Cody has 40. He also earned three Palms...
Celebrating ECE fiber ribbon-cutting ceremony in Braham MN
Big congratulations to East Central Energy for making better broadband happen in Pine and Isanti Counties. It was great to be there for their fiber ribbon cutting ceremony today. I’ve been following ECE and their venture into extending services to broadband to serve their members. It is a gift to that area to have a broadband provider that is engaged and interested in investing in technology. Both counties have hovered near the bottom-ranking counties for broadband for years, despite concerted community effort. This will be a game changer.
JV girls win in double OT
The Spooner Rails girls junior varsity team treated spectators to an exciting finish and a hometown win on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the final game of the regular season. The JV girls hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, taking the Bulldogs into not one but two overtimes. The young Rails girls showed heart and talent as they won the double overtime game 44-41, offering promise for the future.
How personal income has changed in Washburn County—plus, see how it compares to the rest of the state and country
Stacker analyzed Bureau of Economic Analysis data to see how personal income has changed in Washburn County, Wisconsin and how it compares to state and national levels.
Laker girls start D4 Regional this week
WEBSTER — The Shell Lake Lakers girls basketball team traveled to Webster for the final regular season game of the year on Feb. 13 but couldn’t pull out a victory as they fell 63-47 to the Tigers. The Tigers jumped out to a 35-28 lead in the first half of the game. In the second half, Webster outscored Shell Lake 28-19 to make the final 63-47. The loss gave the...
Road bans lifted
SPOONER - Washburn County seasonal road bans were removed on all its county highways effects as of Tuesday, Feb. 20, at noon, pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 349.16. Due to unseasonably warm weather, weight limitations may be imposed with short notice. Watch signs, Facebook and the Highway department web page.
Sandstone shares community engagement plan for school redevelopment project
Sandstone recently shared a community engagement plan for the city’s effort to redevelop the historic Sandstone School into housing. According to the plan, the original three-story structure and 1962 two-story addition are proposed to be redeveloped into 31 units of workforce housing. The 1936 auditorium is proposed to be...
Red Letter Grant Hires New Program Director As Program Expands
Eau Claire, WI – Our team is growing! This week we’re announcing the new hire for our expanded service region - Debbie Elmer! Debbie will be taking the reins as we grow to serve Barron, Burnett, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn counties. Support from WBD, Inc. has made this hire and expansion possible.
Winterfest! Spooner High School breaks up winter days with celebration
Winterfest 2024 was celebrated at Spooner High School last week with dress-up days, games, a Pep Rally and the crowning of Winterfest Royalty. Think of it as Homecoming for the chilly months. Here is the 2024 Spooner High School Winterfest Court.
The Laker Weekly News - Feb. 23, 2024
SHELL LAKE, WI -- Check out all the goings-on in this, the latest edition of the Laker News from the Shell Lake School District!. How to View: The Laker News can be viewed in-article below on desktop/laptop below. If on mobile, you will need to download the file and open in a PDF viewer to read.
Support is available for many Northern Wisconsin businesses Affected by lack of winter snow
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin have announced that many Wisconsin businesses may be eligible for a federal disaster loan program if they have suffered losses due to this year’s unusually mild winter, which lacked Wisconsin’s typical snowfall in many areas of the state. Several counties in Wisconsin are eligible, including Barron, Rusk and Washburn. Evers and Baldwin have been advocating for the Small Business Administration to confirm this disaster coverage extends to businesses impacted by Wisconsin’s extraordinary winter conditions. Following...