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Wednesday morning at about 11:30, Ladysmith Police responded to West Corbett Avenue near the Rusk County Public Library on a report of a large fight. According to the report, a large group of individuals met in front of the Public Library and a confrontation took place. Dakota D. Diehl, 21, exited his vehicle with a large machete. A 23 year old male subject was injured during a struggle for the machete. Diehl was allegedly kicked and punched by numerous individuals. Diehl was arrested and will be referred to the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office for recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct. Additional referrals will be sent to the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office pending further investigation.

This (Thursday) morning at about 1:15, a City Officer observed a subject driving a female subject’s vehicle with her sitting in the passenger seat. The City Officer knew the driver did not have a valid Drivers License. A Traffic stop was engaged and the Officer found that the driver and passenger switched seats. Citations were issued for Operating after suspension, operating without insurance and obstructing an officer.

(Madison, WI)  —  For the first time in a long time, none of Wisconsin’s 12 metro areas have unemployment rates above five-percent for March. State officials said Wednesday that the actual, unadjusted jobless rates varied from two-point-six-percent in the Madison area to four-point-five percent in Racine. Also, double digit unemployment has disappeared in Wisconsin counties in recent months. Iron County has the state’s highest unadjusted rate, at seven-point-nine percent while Dane County in the Madison area is the lowest at two-point-five. The statewide unadjusted rate for March was three-point-seven-percent — and the seasonally adjusted Wisconsin rate, announced last week, was three-point-four, the lowest since April of 2000.  Rusk County in March ranked 62nd the same as in February.  The March rate of unemployment in Rusk County was 5.9 percent, compared to 6.7 percent in February and 6.4 percent in March of last year.

(Madison, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker says President Donald Trump has “really gotten Canada’s attention” in a trade dispute involving Wisconsin dairy farmers. There were indications Wednesday that Trump would issue an executive order ending America’s participation in the NAFTA free trade agreement. Trump later told Canadian and Mexican leaders he would not pull out, and the White House says all three countries plan to quickly move toward renegotiating the long running trade pact so all the nations benefit. Walker told reporters in Madison Wednesday that he hopes Trump’s “aggressive actions” will push Canada to offer at least temporary relief for Wisconsin dairy farmers, dozens of whom are losing their main customers for their milk because Canadian processors are no longer taking that milk for a highly specialized cheese product. Meanwhile, state agricultural administrator Daniel Smith says his agency has made a lot of progress the past couple days finding new suppliers for the farmers’ milk.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — Out-of-pocket costs for some area students suffering concussions may no longer be a concern.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association says it is setting up a policy to cover concussion insurance for every student-athlete in member schools.

The WIAA says it oversees programs for 511 senior high schools and 38 junior high/middle schools in its membership.

The organization says it’s looking to make sure all its around 80,000 student-athletes are better protected.

WIAA Board of Control President Pam Foegen explained, “When a child or a young athlete experiences a concussion that can be devastating for a family and in the past sometimes they’ve been brushed over. What we’re seeing is longer term results for a concussion that need to be taken care of; this will insure they get the right care.”

The WIAA purchased an around $125,000 policy annually through the HeadStrong Concussion Insurance Program developed by Dissinger Reed Insurance.

Foegen added, “Concussions are occurring more frequently and families don’t have the resources to help cover that.”

The policy costs about $1.50 per student although it’s at zero out-of-pocket cost for families and covers every WIAA student-athlete in grades 6-12 but only while participating in sanctioned practices or games

Senior Vice President Scott Lunsford with K & K Insurance Group explained, “A claim form will be required to be completed by the school as well as the physician’s office and submitted either online or through the mail through K & K Insurance group. K & K will then work directly with the physician regarding settling up on the payments.”

The maximum benefit per injury is $25,000 with no deductible.

“We’re secondary insurance so primary will pay its portion and then this program is set up to for the most part fill in all the gaps. There is zero deductible with this program so if there is no primary coverage in place this one will drop down and become primary for the parents,” added Lunsford.

The insurance policy is set to effect on August, 1st of 2017

Wisconsin is the fourth state to provide this coverage for student-athletes according to the WIAA.

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