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Rusk County News 8-10-17


(Undated)  —  Heavy thunderstorms flattened part of a cornfield in northern Wisconsin early today (Thursday). The National Weather Service says an eight-foot-tall stretch of corn got blown to the ground about 2:30 a-m near Gilman in Taylor County. The Wisconsin Public Service utility reported almost 14 hundred outages as of 5:15, but by ten o’clock the number was down to 230. More thunderstorms are moving through Wisconsin today (Thursday) on an isolated basis. There were no warnings out as of 10:15 — but forecasters say there’s at least a chance of severe weather late today (Thursday) and during the evening in northern and eastern areas.

The Rusk County Junior Fair is under way located at the Rusk County Fairgrounds in Ladysmith. Today the Rusk County Historical Museum is open until 6 PM. Rabbits, Sheep and Beef judging will take place this afternoon. The Milwaukee Bucks Street Team will perform at 6 PM. The Rusk County Junior Fair will run thru Sunday with many events each day.

Just after 4 PM Wednesday, the Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a subject advising that his dad just pushed and choked him. According to the report, the caller advised of his location and then started arguing with his father again. Then the phone was disconnected. Rusk County deputies responded to the scene and the Ladysmith ambulance was requested on stand by as there was a report of violence and dispatch could not regain contact with the caller. After a few minutes Rusk County regained contact with the caller and he was not injured. A subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer just after 6 PM, responded to Gordy’s County Market parking lot for a hit and run complaint. The Officer met with the female subject who stated that a Black in color truck with a Grey tool box in the back had struck her vehicle and drove away. A Rusk County deputy and City Officer found the vehicle at the Walmart parking lot. After an investigation, the suspect was issued a citation for Operating after Suspension.

Governor Scott Walker announced that he is seeking applicants for appointment as sheriff in Sawyer County. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sheriff Mark Kelsey. The new sheriff will begin serving September 3rd and will complete a term ending January 7, 2019. An applicant is not required to reside in Sawyer County at the time the appointment becomes effective. If you are interested in applying for the position, please submit the following, applicants should outline in their cover letters what professional and academic experiences qualify them to be sheriff and describe their civic activities and community involvement. Application materials must be received no later that Friday, August 18. Potential applicants with questions about the appointment process may contact Dan Sievert at 608-266-1212. E-Mail is

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Wisconsin based Kohl’s Department Stores reports lower sales but higher profits for its most recent quarter. The chain based in Menomonee Falls reports an earnings hike for investors of one-dollar and 24-cents a share for the three months ending July 29th, and that’s two cents more than the same quarter last year. Total revenues dropped by almost one-percent, and same store revenues fell by almost one-half-percent — the sixth consecutive quarter that same store sales dropped, but by the smallest percentage since the quarter ending in January. Kohl’s C-E-O Kevin Mansell tells investors that store traffic rose, which he called the company’s biggest priority amid a national drop is folks buying from brick and mortar shops.

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