Community News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:47 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Feb 9, 2019, 8:25 AM ]

Through February

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to donate at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

February 9th-10th Saturday-Sunday

The Rice Lake Cedar Mall will host the Barron County Railroad Club’s Annual Railroad Show on Saturday and Sunday. Huge displays of trains and other railroad collectibles. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

February 10th Sunday

The volunteer-staffed Elks Lodge Breakfast is on Sunday from 8a-11a. The February Community Breakfast will be fundraising for the Northern Star Theatre who relocated to their new home at 12 West Marshall Street in Rice Lake. Breakfast buffet is offered for $7.00 per person. Volunteers are always accepted. For more information or to volunteer please contact Marla by calling 715-234-2951 or by email at

February 11th and 13th Monday and Wednesday

The Rice Lake Public Library will host representatives from H&R Block to answer questions about your taxes on Monday and Wednesday from 10a-11a.

February 13th Wednesday

The Rice Lake Senior Center will host Coffee with the Rice Lake Police & the Rice Lake Fire Departments on Wednesday at 9a. Meet with local officers and learn about issues concerning area seniors. Bring your questions and concerns. Everyone is welcome.  

February 13th Wednesday

The Rice Lake Public Library will host representatives from the WITC to share information about free GED and HSAD classes for community members on Wednesday from 10a-11a. Stop in to ask questions or get signed up.

February 13th Wednesday

The Barron County Democratic Party, in coordination with National Nurses United and Our Revolution’s National Medicare for All Week of Action, invites everyone to a meeting to drum up support for a national single payer healthcare system on Wednesday at 6p. For questions call 715-234-4796 or 715-822-2405.

February 17th Sunday

The Rice Lake Senior Center will host their monthly Community Breakfast on Sunday from 8a-11a. The vast menu includes bacon & cheese egg cups, red velvet pancakes, biscuits & gravy, fresh fruit, and much more. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for kids five-twelve, with children under five free.

February 17th Sunday

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cameron invites everyone to their Valentines Dinner on Sunday from 11a-2p. Menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, dessert, and more. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children twelve and under. Take out available. Call 715-458-2602 to place your order.

February 20th Wednesday

New Hope-Pine Creek Church will host a Soup & Sandwich Supper on Wednesday from 4:30p-7:p. Menu includes several varieties of soup, sandwiches, and baked treats. Cost is a free will donation. There will also be a bake sale. Proceeds raised will go to the Pine Creek Cemetery Fund.

February 27th Wednesday

The American Legion Burger Night is Wednesday from 5p-7p at the Rice Lake Veterans Center. Menu includes burgers, wings, shrimp, fries, and onion rings. The public is welcome. The bar opens at 4p daily.

February 28th Thursday

The Barron Chamber of Commerce will host their 4th annual Craft Beer and Wine Tasting with Silent Auction on Thursday from 5p-7:30p at Rolling Oaks Restaurant and Lounge. Each attendee will receive a free wine glass and will be entered for a chance to a win a prize. Tickets are available at the Barron News Shield, BACC, Rolling Oaks Restaurant for $30 per person. Participants must be 21 or older. For more info or for a table reservation call 715-637-7410

March 4th Monday
NAMI of Barron County will be offering another free class about Mental Illness.
Basics is offered to parents and caregivers of children under the age of 22, displaying behaviors that are concerning and could indicate a mental health need.  Basics, a 6 week class, begins Monday, March 4th, 6-8:30p in conference room 1 of the Rice Lake - Marshfield Medical Center 1700 West Stout Street Rice Lake. To preregister for Basics please contact Kathy 1.715.568.4426 or
These classes are offered through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Find out more at  or on facebook at “NAMI of Barron County”