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Woman Charged In Stabbing Death Of A Man In Dunn County To Undergo Competency Evaluation

posted by Ryan Quinn

The woman charged in the death of a man in Dunn County has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation. 

Ezra McCandless appeared in court yesterday and court records show her competency evaluation will be filed on May 2nd. 

According to a criminal complaint, McCandless and 24-year-old Alexander Woodworth were in a vehicle that got stuck on a muddy road in the Town of Spring Brook on March 22. 

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said Woodworth was stabbed 16 times. 

McCandless is charged with first degree intentional homicide.

St. Croix County Man Charged With Making Terrorist Threats

posted Apr 25, 2018, 6:16 AM by Ryan Quinn

A St. Croix County man has been charged with making terrorist threats to shoot and kill his neighbor.

Saturday night in Baldwin, streets were blocked off and homes evacuated after a woman called and told police that Jonathan Nagy was intoxicated, and made verbal and written threats to kill her fiance.  

A police tactical vehicle was called in, and after three orders to come out, he eventually turned himself into police.

Nagy returns to court next month and could face more than 4 years in prison.

Quinn Announces Intention For Reelection

posted Apr 25, 2018, 6:14 AM by Ryan Quinn

75th District Assembly Representative Romaine Robert Quinn has announced he will run for reelection. 

Quinn has co-authored several bills and has also been a leader in the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a group of legislators who work on issues affecting rural Wisconsin. 

Quinn’s advocacy for rural issues has earned widespread recognition. 

He will be receiving the “Friend of the Towns” award from the Wisconsin Towns Association; and is being recognized by the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association for his efforts to expand broadband. 

Hunt Hil Golf Scramble

posted Apr 24, 2018, 6:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

You can help support Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary on Friday, June 8th at Butternut Hills Golf Course, Sarona, WI for the fifth annual Hit for the Hill Golf Scramble fundraiser.  

Spots are available for teams of 4 and for those interested in attending the dinner only.  

Golfers who do not have a foursome, can still register to fill out a team. 

Cost includes 18 holes with riding cart and dinner.  

Cash prizes will be awarded as well as an exciting hole-in-one prize.

A silent auction will feature a wide range of fantastic items donated by our many sponsors and supporters.  Hole sponsorships are also available. 

Cost is $100/person for golf & dinner or $30/person for dinner only.  

To register or get additional information, go to, email or call 715-635-6543.

Dairy Margin Protection Program In Barron Today

posted Apr 24, 2018, 5:58 AM by Ryan Quinn

Dairy farmers are invited to an informational conference on the Dairy Margin Protection Program today in Barron.  
The conference will focus on the updated MPP program, and provide information on how to best utilize the new program, and how it compares to other risk management tools. 
There is no cost to attend the conference and it is for information purposes only – nothing will be sold. The dairy information conference will begin at 1pm today at the Barron Area Community Center.  
For more information, contact Ag Risk Managers in Barron at 715-418-2676

DATCP Call To Farmers

posted Apr 24, 2018, 5:57 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Sheila Harsdorf is reminding Wisconsin farmers who sustained property damage or livestock losses from recent snow storms to report losses to their county USDA Farm Service Agency offices. 

Many parts of Wisconsin received two feet or more of heavy, wet snow April 13-14. 

It caused roof collapses in barns that killed livestock in some cases. 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has been in contact with the FSA state office since the storm. 

Assistance may be available to farmers who lost livestock, grazing land and fences. 

There are also safety net programs, including the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish program.

Are You Prom Ready?

posted Apr 23, 2018, 8:17 AM by Ryan Quinn

With most of the high school prom events in Barron County happening this weekend, parents and prom goers are making plans for a safe and fun night. 

Unfortunately every year, some teen's prom night gets cut tragically short whether from drinking and driving or alcohol poisoning. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1 in 3 teens who die in alcohol-related incidents die during prom or graduation weekend. 

Here are some tips to keep this year’s prom safe and fun. 
-- Build student awareness.
-- Talk to the kids about making good safe choices.
-- Keep parents informed and involved.
-- Make safety a top priority.
-- Enforce a strict no-alcohol and drugs policy. 

Chippewa County Sheriff's Office To Service New Auburn

posted Apr 20, 2018, 6:09 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Village of New Auburn, along with the Chippewa County Sheriff’s office, have announced that the sheriff’s office will be providing dedicated law enforcement services to the Village of New Auburn.  In June of 2017, the Sheriff’s office began providing services in New Auburn on a trial basis.  

The temporary agreement proved successful and a two-year agreement was passed by the Village Board.  

The Sheriff’s office will provide approximately 30 hours of law enforcement service per week to the Village of New Auburn.  

The sheriff’s office personnel have been working closely with the Village Board to determine appropriate dates and times for patrol units to be present within the Village. 

Special Meeting For Tornado Debris Removal Tomorrow

posted Apr 20, 2018, 6:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

A special meeting is being held tomorrow for land owners who still have debris on their property from last year’s tornado. 

The reason for the meeting is to discuss options available for residents, and to learn more about burning permit options. 

The town of Prairie Lake will hold the public meeting tomorrow beginning at 10am at the town hall at 796 21st  Street. Chetek.

Herberger's To Wind Down Operations

posted Apr 19, 2018, 6:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

Bon-Ton Stores, the corporate parent of several department store chains, has agreed to sell its assets to a group of debt holders and liquidators, setting the stage for going-out-of-business sales to  begin. 

The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Feb. 4 but failed to find a route to rehabilitation. 

The York, Pa.-based company's brands include Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers. 

Although it's not official yet, chances are high that all the locations will close, including Herberger stores in Rice Lake and elsewhere in Northwest Wisconsin. 

CEO Bill Tracy said in a statement that the company expects "an orderly wind-down of operations that minimizes the impact of this development on our associates, customers, vendors and the communities we serve." 

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