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More Winter Weather Impacting Area

posted by Ryan Quinn

A major winter storm is moving through Wisconsin today, and travelers are being cautioned to check the weather before hitting the highway.  
A narrow band of heavy snow is predicted, and snow accumulations will vary widely throughout Northwest Wisconsin.  
If you are traveling today, be sure to bring along a winter survival kit, and if you find yourself in trouble, call 9-1-1 and stay with your vehicle.

Lawmakers Proposing Grant To Make It Less Costly For Wisconsin Farmers To Harvest And Transport

posted by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Lawmakers in Madison are proposing a grant that could make it less costly for Wisconsin farmers to harvest and transport leftover produce to food banks. 
Republican Rep. Scott Krug of Nekoosa is one of the lawmakers behind legislation that would create a $250,000 grant through the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. 
Krug says he hopes to vote on the measure next month

Rice Lake Teen Recovering After One-Car Crash

posted by Ryan Quinn

A Rice Lake teenager is recovering from injuries received in a one-car crash over the weekend.  

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, 19-year old Kelly Anne Sieja of Rice Lake lost control of her vehicle just before noon Saturday on Barron County Highway M near 17 ¼ Avenue and hit a tree.  

Sieja had to be extricated from the vehicle and flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with non-life threatening injuries. 

Investigators say she was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol use was not a factor. 

State Ag Officials Gearing Up For Food Safety Law Changes

posted by Ryan Quinn

State agriculture officials are gearing up for federal food safety law changes that will affect vegetable and fruit growers. 

The new rules, which take effect later this month, are the latest part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act to be phased in. 

The legislation was designed to prevent foodborne illness, like the deadly 2006 nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to fresh spinach. 

The safety law gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new authority to regulate the way foods are grown, harvested and processed. 
It also allows the agency to recall produce. 

Two In Custody After Found In Possession of Meth and Heroin

posted by Ryan Quinn

Two people are in custody in Sawyer County after allegedly possessing meth and heroin. 

According to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office, a 26-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were arrested on charges of possessing, and intending to deliver the drugs, on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. 

During the search, officials found just under one gram of meth, just over half a gram of heroin, scales, packaging materials, and more than $600 in cash. 

Wisconsin Unemployment Hits Record Low in December

posted by Ryan Quinn

Preliminary estimates show unemployment in Wisconsin reached a record low in December.

The state Department of Workforce Development released figures Thursday that show the unemployment rate in December was 3 percent.

That's a record for December and matches the lowest rate on record. 

The rate was down 0.2 percentage points from November.  The national unemployment rate in December was 4.1 percent. 

The state added 1,300 private-sector jobs between November and December, including 1,200 construction jobs.

Work For Everyone

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:55 AM by Ryan Quinn

Governor Scott Walker today called for a special session of the Wisconsin Legislature to pass Wisconsin Works for Everyone welfare reform legislation. 

Proposed reforms under the Wisconsin Works for Everyone plan include requiring participation in the FoodShare Employment and Training program for able-bodied adults; an increase in the work requirement for FoodShare recipients from 20 hours per week to 30 hours per week; requiring participants to pass a drug test and providing treatment for those who fail; implement photo ID for FoodShare participants; and incentivizing businesses participating in the program to encourage expanding their training offerings to serve more workers.

Law Enforcement Approve Of Closing Loophole

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:52 AM by Ryan Quinn

A new law that closed a loophole in underage drinking rules is being praised by law enforcement. 

The new law makes it illegal to provide a location for underage drinking anywhere is Wisconsin. 

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the law is now clear that adults who know about underage drinking, or fail to prevent underage drinking on property under their control, will be fined.

31st Annual Barronett Ice Fishing Contest

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:51 AM by Ryan Quinn

The 31st annual Barronett ice fishing contest is taking place tomorrow on Shallow Lake from 10am to 3pm. 

Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest game fish and panfish, and there will be door prizes, a soup supper, meat raffle and games, along with an indoor ice fishing contest. 

Free beer will be offered after the contest and the Ice Mavens will be there to crown the new Ice King and Queen. 

Police Release Name Of Child Killed In House Fire

posted Jan 18, 2018, 5:59 AM by Ryan Quinn

Police have released the name of the child killed in a fire Monday afternoon in St. Croix County.  

4-year old Jacetin Campeau died of smoke inhalation in the fire that happened around 315pm Monday on Margaret Street in the town of Richmond. 

Neighbors, family members and first responders attempted to enter the structure to save the child, but due to fire and heat, were not able to do so. 

Investigators believe an unattended candle in the living room was the cause of the fire. 

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