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Wisconsin DCI Assisting Sawyer County in Gedart Investigation

posted by Ryan Quinn

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation is now assisting the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department in the Investigation into the death of 21-year old Ryan Gedart, the Hayward man found dead on Tag Alder Road in Sawyer County last Sunday. 
 
An autopsy has been performed but final results are not yet available. 
 
The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department says evidence is being analyzed by the state crime lab and several people have been interviewed about information they may have on the case. 
 
The sheriff’s department says they don’t believe there is any present threat to the public.

Paving Project Expected To Bring Delays

posted by Ryan Quinn

A maintenance paving project is set to begin today on State Highway 48, beginning at State Highway 25 and proceeding West about one mile to fix failing asphalt payment.  
 The project is expected to take two days.  
 
Motorists will encounter single lane travel and flaggers and a pilot car will be used. 
 
Delays are expected and motorists are reminded that cellphone use in works zones in prohibited. 

Police Armed With Backpacks Full of Books

posted by Ryan Quinn

In efforts to reduce trauma to children present at incidents involving domestic violence, drugs or violence in general, Barron County Sheriff’s Department squad cars will now be equipped with backpacks full of books. 
 
It is a project from the sheriff’s department, Rice Lake Friends of the Library and Mosaic Telecom. 
 
The books will be handed out to any children who are present at these calls.
 
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald hopes that by having officers, parents or caregivers read with kids, it will benefit everyone.

Expect More People On The Road This Weekend

posted by Ryan Quinn

AAA forecasts more Americans will travel this Independence Day than ever before.
 
A record-breaking 44.2 million Americans, including 952,881 from Wisconsin, will take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways; an increase of 2.9 percent (3.4 percent in Wisconsin) from last year’s holiday. 
 
The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4. 
 
Independence Day is usually the most-traveled of the “big 3” summer holidays.

HWY 48 Construction To Begin Next Week

posted Jun 23, 2017, 5:55 AM by Ryan Quinn

A maintenance paving project is set to begin Monday on State Highway 48, beginning at State Highway 25 and proceeding West about one mile to fix failing asphalt payment.  
 
The project is expected to take two days.  
 
Motorists will encounter single lane travel and flaggers and a pilot car will be used. 
 
Delays are expected and motorists are reminded that cellphone use in works zones in prohibited. 

Sundown At The Shell Kicks Off Tonight

posted Jun 23, 2017, 5:32 AM by Ryan Quinn

A new summer music series kicks off tonight in Rice Lake.  Sundown at the Shell will feature original music from local and regional artists starting at 6pm tonight at the band shell in Rice Lake’s Veterans City Park.  
 
Clifton Nesseth, one of the organizers of tonight’s concert, says there are a several reasons to attend the free event. 
 
Tonight’s music gets underway at 7pm with an eclectic acoustic mix of tunes from Andy Nelson and the Galactic Trio, followed by the band Pony, who play alternative folk-rock featuring musicians from Barron and Minneapolis. 
 
You’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Sundown at the Shell tonight at the band shell in Rice Lake.

WCAHS To Be Rebuilt

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:10 AM by Ryan Quinn

The donations continue to come in to the Washburn County Area Humane Society since the March fire through on-line donations on the shelter website, collections taken at the Spooner Veterinary Office, checks sent directly to the WCAHS address, and through the many offers of fundraisers by individuals and businesses. 
 
The donations will help supplement the insurance settlement and have now totaled over $27,000.  
 
The Washburn County Area Humane Society want to thank those who have helped since the fire and rest assured that the animal shelter will definitely be rebuilt.

Ketz Benefit

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:08 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 12:37 PM by Jenny Polzin ]

A special benefit is being held this weekend to help a Clayton man who was hurt in a hunting accident last November.  
 
Barry Ketz fell from his deer stand while hunting on his land and suffered a severe spinal cord injury . 
 
On Sunday, friends and family are inviting the public to join them for the Benefit for BK at the Mumm Barn near Clayton.  
 
Food and a cash bar will be available plus those attending can use the free shuttle to and from the Clayton School.  
 
The event on Sunday is from 11am to 6pm, and you can find out more when you search Facebook for the Benefit for Barry Ketz.

Chetek Chamber and Local Business Host Community Celebration

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:07 AM by Ryan Quinn

Chetek Area Chamber of Commerce businesses and Old Southern BBQ have teamed up to host a Celebration of Community in Chetek on this Sunday from 1pm to 4 p.m. 
 
The event will be held at the Chetek City Beach and Phillips Park Pavilion. 
 
Old Southern BBQ will be providing pulled pork sandwiches and area restaurants are contributing sides as well. 
 
Food will be provided free of charge while supplies last but guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch as well. 
 
There will be music throughout the event including a performance by Chris Kroeze.  
 
Free will donations will be accepted during the event to support tornado victims, the Owen Knutson Memorial Fund as well as the families of Hunter Gillett and Donald Hajek. 
 
Additionally, soda, water and adult beverages will be available for purchase with proceeds being donated. 
 
For more information, go online to ExploreChetek.com

Foul Play Not Ruled Out In Death of 21 Year Old

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:05 AM by Ryan Quinn

Police are trying to determine what led to the death of a man found dead over the weekend on a road in Sawyer County.  
 
According to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department, 21-year old Ryan A. Gedhart was found lying on Tag Alder Road in the town of Lenroot just after 630am Sunday morning. 
 
Although no cause of death has yet been determined, police have not ruled out foul play. 
 
The Sawyer County sheriff's department is investigating the death.

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