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One Dead After High Speed Chase

posted by Ryan Quinn

One person is dead after a high-speed chase in Sawyer County early Saturday morning.  

According to the Hayward Police Department, around 220 am, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the City of Hayward for a traffic violation. 

When the vehicle refused to stop, a chase ensued.  

During the chase, the suspect vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour heading westbound on state highway 77, and the suspect vehicle’s lights were turned off and officers lost sight of the vehicle. 

About 10 minutes later, the vehicle was located in a wooded area near the intersection of STH 77 and Foley Road. 

The 26-year-old male driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was found dead at the scene. 

The investigation continues.

Road Work Updates

posted by Ryan Quinn

Road improvement and construction projects continue in the region.

Beginning this week, Wisconsin Highway 48 will be closed west of Rice Lake between 17th Street and Highway 25 for bridge and culvert replacements, with completion expected in October.  

Detour signs are posted, but drivers will be able to access businesses and private homes. 

Also beginning this week, Highway 48 east of Rice Lake will have a section chip sealed between Barron County Highway NN and Parkview Drive, with work expected to last 5 days. 

The road will remain open, but motorists could avoid delays by using an alternate route. In Rice Lake, road construction on Knapp Street between Hwy 53 and Hammond Avenue continues. 

Besides the ongoing resurfacing project, crews plan to begin working on installation of new stoplights on Knapp Street at the intersection with Wisconsin and also the intersection at Hammond Avenue. 

Katterhagen Appointed to the Wisconsin Electronic Recording Council

posted by Ryan Quinn

Barron County Register of Deeds Margo Katterhagen has been appointed by Governor Scott Walker to the Wisconsin Electronic Recording Council. 

The Council is responsible for drafting and promulgating rules that achieves harmony with other states electronic recording rules. 

They review and update Wisconsin’s technical standards for electronic recordings and work with government and private sectors regarding technical requirements.  

Katterhagen has been Barron County Register of Deeds since 2013..

FEMA In Northwest Wisconsin

posted Jul 13, 2018, 5:03 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 5:04 AM ]

Governor Scott Walker has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct preliminary damage assessment in seven northwestern Wisconsin counties after torrential rains in June caused more than $11 million in damage to roads and bridges.  Heavy rains fell June 16-17, 2018 causing record flooding across portions of northwestern Wisconsin.  Numerous roads and culverts were washed out, and several area rivers set new flood records. FEMA officials will look at damage to public infrastructure in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Iron and Pepin counties.

Bruce Blue Hills Festival This Weekend

posted Jul 12, 2018, 6:39 AM by Ryan Quinn

The annual Bruce Blue Hills Festival, a weekend event sponsored by the Bruce Lions Club, begins tomorrow. 

There will be fun for the whole family including live music, fireworks, free camping and plenty of other activities to make for a jam-packed weekend at Bruce Village Park. 

Each day includes games for the kids, and a petting zoo will be available on Saturday 1pm to 4 pm, and on Sunday at 2pm

Rusk County Drug Bust

posted Jul 12, 2018, 6:38 AM by Ryan Quinn

The wife of a man who was fatally shot in his driveway in Rusk County has now been arrested on drug charges. 

The sheriff's office says Tracy Pettit, along with Kristopher Reid, and Crystal Trudeau were arrested Monday after deputies executed a search warrant at a home on Blueberry Road in the Town of Willard. 

During the search investigators found meth, THC and drug paraphernalia. 

Tracy Pettit is the widow of Robert Pettit who was shot in the head in his driveway on May 18. 

Preston Kraft, who eluded police by hiding in the Blue Hills for 5 days after the shooting, is charged in Pettit's death.

One Man Injured In Roll Over Crash

posted Jul 12, 2018, 6:37 AM by Ryan Quinn

One man was seriously injured in a car crash in Barron County yesterday morning.  

It happened just before 8am on Highway 63, north of Turtle Lake when the driver of a vehicle lost control and rolled over. 

The driver, a 57-year old man was trapped in the vehicle and freed by emergency responders and then airlifted to a Twin Cities Hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

Investigators on the scene say drugs and excessive speed were a factor in the crash which closed a portion Highway 63 for about an hour.

Cranberry Data

posted Jul 12, 2018, 6:35 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin apple growers had a productive year in 2017, but cranberry and tart cherry producers faced more challenges. 

The latest data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service found apple production increased almost 20 percent in Wisconsin between 2016 and 2017. 

Wisconsin produced 5.37 million barrels of cranberries last year, 12 percent less than in 2016.  Cranberry prices have continued to sit below the cost of production. 

Wisconsin growers also produced fewer tart cherries in 2017. 

The state's total production was 11.3 million pounds, a 17-percent decline from the previous year.

More School Grants Announced

posted Jul 11, 2018, 5:40 AM by Ryan Quinn

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has announced another round of grants totaling more than $2.8 million to 40 schools and school districts.  

This round of grants includes money for the Baldwin-Woodville Area School District, $40,900; Clear Lake School District, $41,839; and the Rice Lake Area School District, $114,268.   

The money will be used to enhance school security and train teachers how to respond to active shooters.

Dunn County Man Killed In Farm Accident ID'd

posted Jul 11, 2018, 5:39 AM by Ryan Quinn

Police have identified the man killed in a farm accident earlier this week in Dunn County. 

Just before 3pm Monday, emergency responders found that 67-year old Danny Eckert, the operator of a round baler, had gotten caught in the baler and died at a farm in Menomonie Township.

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