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TLPD Gets New K9

posted Aug 18, 2017, 6:30 AM by Ryan Quinn

Efforts to raise money to start a K-9 unit for the Turtle Lake Police Department have started to show results.  

Officer Jerrett Schallock with the Turtle Lake Police Department announced they have purchased a dog and will begin training next month.

Although they raised enough to purchase the new K-9 officer, Officer Schallock says the fundraising effort still has a ways to go. 

The new Turtle Lake Police K-9 Officer has been named “Glaze”, in honor of Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze who died in the line of duty last fall.  

Road Work Begins Monday

posted Aug 18, 2017, 6:28 AM by Ryan Quinn

This Monday,  August 21, an improvement project is scheduled to begin on WIS 25 between Barron and Ridgeland in Barron County. 

Improvements include the replacement of bridge decks on the Upper Pine Creek bridge, near the intersection of WIS 25 and County Highway U, and Lower Pine Creek bridge, near the intersection of WIS 25 and County Highway A.  

Motorists can expect to encounter temporary signals and single lane closures at each of the bridges. 

County A, at the intersection with WIS 25, will be closed, due to the close proximity to the construction site. 

Motorists should seek alternate routes for access to County A. County U, at the intersection of WIS 25 will remain open at all times during construction. 

Construction will be occurring at both bridges simultaneously, so motorists will encounter two sets of signals along WIS 25.

Bayfield's Dead Crows

posted Aug 17, 2017, 4:57 AM by Ryan Quinn

Two dead crows in Northwestern Wisconsin have tested positive for West Nile Virus.  

The Bayfield County Health Department says one was found in Red Cliff, the other in Barnes. 

These are the first two confirmed birds that have tested positive for West Nile virus in Bayfield County since tracking of the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May first.  

While over 80-percent of people who contract the virus don't get seriously ill, it can still be deadly in some cases. 

A health officer for the county said people should be more attentive to safety measures to prevent mosquito bites. 

Drive Sober

posted Aug 17, 2017, 4:56 AM by Ryan Quinn

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will combine resources to watch for impaired drivers as part of the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative that begins Friday, August 18 and continues through Labor Day, September 4. 

Nationally, about one-third of all traffic crash deaths involve drunk drivers.

Last year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 143 deaths and nearly 3,000 injuries. 

In addition, there were over 24,700 traffic convictions in Wisconsin last year for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

Rusk County Hospital Closer To New Ownership

posted Aug 16, 2017, 6:10 AM by Ryan Quinn

A Rusk County hospital is one step closer to having a new owner. 

The Rusk County Board of Supervisors has approved a Letter of Intent to sell the Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith, and the Clinic at Riverside to Marshfield Clinic Health System. 

In exchange, Marshfield Clinic Health System will build a new health care campus in Rusk County within the next five years. Health officials say the Letter of Intent is an important step in finalizing a partnership between Marshfield Clinic, Rusk County and health officials. 

The board says it followed months of negotiations and in-depth study regarding opportunities to grow and sustain critical access hospital and health care services locally.

WI Delegation Denounce Racism

posted Aug 16, 2017, 6:09 AM by Ryan Quinn

Members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation have all denounced the violent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia where a vehicle drove into a crowd protesting white nationalists, killing one woman and injuring others. But while both of Wisconsin's U.S. 

Senators and all eight of the state's U.S. Representatives spoke out against the violence, some were more pointed than others, and some were more critical of President Donald Trump's response.

Ryan Planning First Town Hall In Two Years

posted Aug 15, 2017, 5:34 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is planning to hold a town hall meeting Aug. 21, his first open to the public in nearly two years.  

The town hall in Racine is being organized by CNN and will be hosted by Jake Tapper. 

Ryan's office says CNN will be in charge of attendance for the event and is inviting attendees from Ryan's southeastern Wisconsin congressional district. 

Republican and Democratic opponents have criticized Ryan for not holding a public town hall since October 2015. 

Music In The Park

posted Aug 15, 2017, 5:33 AM by Ryan Quinn

Tonight in Barron, you can relax, grab a bite of some delicious food, and enjoy some great live music.  

It’s Music in the Park being held at Anderson Park.  Food service begins at 630pm, and music begins at 7pm tonight with the smooth guitar and vocals of Chris Kroeze, who plans to play a wide variety of music. 

There is no admission charge, and you can bring your lawn chair, sit at a picnic table or grab a seat in the Pavilion at Anderson Park in Barron and enjoy tonight’s Music in the Park with Chris Kroeze

Electric Fencing Allowed To Stop Bears

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:08 AM by Ryan Quinn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Wisconsin may use methods such as electric fencing to stop bears from damaging crops. 
Over the last seven years, about 275 farmers have enrolled in a state program that compensates farmers for damage bears cause. Last year's appraised damage was $220,000. 
The crop damage program also applies to elk. 

Diver Sober or Get Pulled Over

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

Most everyone is familiar with the many dangers of driving drunk. 

What some people may not realize is that driving under the influence of prescription medications or other drugs is just as dangerous and illegal. 

The Wisconsin State Patrols August Law of the Month reminds motorists that driving while impaired by prescription medications or other drugs carries the same serious penalties and potential consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol. 

While law enforcement is on the lookout for impaired drivers year round, officers will patrol in greater numbers for longer hours during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative from August 18 through Labor Day.

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