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The work week will finish up with temperatures around 10 degrees below average. A large high pressure system will slide from our west down to our south, keeping a light breeze around through the day. It will be sunny, but temperatures will only reach the upper teens and chill values will mostly be in the single digits.

The coldest air will already be making a retreat this weekend as winds shift back to the south. This will happen with the arrival of the next front sliding through Minnesota. Moisture will again be limited, but we should be able to squeeze out a few areas of light snow during the day tomorrow. Clouds may mix with sunshine at times and those south winds will let temperatures rise back to around the freezing mark. Right now any snowfall looks to remain under an inch.

As this system exits, yet another one will be developing to our west. Low pressure will slide through the Pacific Northwest and quickly down into the Plains, with a warm front in the area by early Sunday. Some snow is likely to develop north of this front so placement will determine the best chances, which currently look to be near and especially north of Eau Claire. The day will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 30’s, while further south it will be partly sunny, dry and milder.


Thursday afternoon at 1 PM, a warrant was served at a residence on Prairie Road, Conrath. The Rusk County Sheriff’s deputies, Wisconsin State Patrol and the DNR responded to the scene. According to the report, after an investigation, four subjects were detained. Two subjects, one male and one female were taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail. No other information was available.


UPDATE: James Unser, 59, Ladysmith, who has already been federally indicted, now faces new charges.

Unser is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms, and three counts of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The previous indictment alleges that two of the methamphetamine counts involve the possession of 50 grams or more of the drug.

The previous indictment alleges that on a date between July and November 2016, Unser possessed two 30-30 caliber level action rifles, a 22 caliber single-shot rifle, and methamphetamine on November 30 and December 1, 2016 and on December 30, 2017.

Unser was charged in an indictment returned by the grand jury on January 24, 2018, with one count of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

If convicted, Unser faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the two counts alleging 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, a maximum of 20 years on the other methamphetamine count, and a maximum of 10 years on the felon in possession of firearms count.

The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Rusk, Dunn, Taylor and Chippewa County Sheriffs’ Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Stanley (WQOW)
– At about 9:30 Thursday morning, Stanley police were called by the Stanley-Boyd School District about a handwritten message found on a restroom stall in the girl’s bathroom of the middle school. It was found by a student who told school administration.

The police met with school leaders and it was determined not to be an active threat, so they decided to continue with the school day.

Surveillance video from outside the restroom was reviewed and multiple people were interviewed.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Stanley Police Department at 715-644-5975.


At approximately 1 PM Thursday, a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation on County Road B East of Hayward. During the course of the stop it was determined that the driver, Angelo J. Perry, had been drinking. Field sobriety tests were done and the driver was arrested for 5th offense OWI, a felony. The driver was also in violation of the terms of his probation. Mr. Perry was transported to the Hayward Hospital for a blood test and then taken to the Sawyer County Jail to be held for court.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundbreakings on new homes jumped 9.7 percent last month to the highest level since October 2016, welcome news for a housing market struggling with a shortage of homes for sale.

The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts came in at an annual pace of 1.33 million in January, up from 1.21 million in December and 1.24 million in January 2017. Construction of single-family homes rose 3.7 percent. Construction of apartments and condominiums shot up 19.7 percent, the most since December 2016.

Home construction soared 45.5 percent in the Northeast, rose 10.7 percent in the West and grew 9.3 percent in the South. But homebuilding dropped 10.2 percent in the Midwest.

Building permits, an indicator of future construction, rose 7.4 percent in January.

A strengthening economy has given more Americans the confidence to shop for homes. But despite last month’s uptick, builders haven’t been putting up homes fast enough to meet demand.

A shortage of houses on the market has driven up prices and blunted sales. Standard & Poor’s reported last month that U.S. home prices rose 6.2 percent in November from a year earlier, according to its CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index. And sales of existing homes fell 3.6 percent in December, though sales rose slightly for the full year 2017 from 2016, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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