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The spring season officially begins at 11:15 this morning but it isn’t going to feel very spring-like for the first day of the new season. An upper trough will be coming down from the northwest and we are going to remain in the clouds all day. Some light snow to our west will try to make it into the area through the day, but a dry east flow is going to remain, likely drying it out and leading to nothing more than a stray flurry. It will remain quite cool with highs only in the mid 30’s this afternoon. The clouds will stick around at night but improvements will arrive on Wednesday as clouds give way to some sunshine. It will still be cool though, with highs only near 40.


Monday morning at about 7:40 AM, Rusk County deputies made a traffic stop on Highway 8 near Taylor Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, a deputy conducted a field sobriety on the driver of the vehicle. After an investigation the subject was taken into custody and was transported to RCMH. No other information was available.

This (Tuesday) morning at about 5:40 AM, a gas drive off was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, the caller advised they had a gas drive off at the Weyerhaeuser Equity Convenience Store on Highway 8. The bill was for $73.04. The vehicle was headed West on Highway 8 and Barron County was notified.

A 40 year old male reported Monday afternoon at 3:45 PM a Vandalism complaint to Ladysmith Police.According to the report, the complainant advised that after work Monday he noticed that someone had keyed his vehicle on Adams Avenue East. The subject believes this occurred between 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday.

Monday evening at 6:15 PM, a 42 year old male reported to Ladysmith Police that someone kicked his vehicle four times while it was parked out in front of his residence on Corbett Avenue West. The complainant wanted this incident on record and extra patrol.


Extremely strong demand propelled usually slow Winter Wisconsin home sales to record levels according to the most recent examination of the existing home market by the Wisconsin Realtors Association. The three month period between December 2017 and February 2018 saw 13,471 homes sold, which is the highest Winter season seen since the WRA recalibrated its data systems beginning in 2005. Winter home sales exceed the previous Winter by 1.8 percent, and they are 15.8 percent higher than Winter sales five years ago. February housing statistics were also in record territory, with sales and prices hitting new peaks. February home sales rose 5.8 percent relative to February 2017, and median prices rose 7.4 percent to $166,000 over that same period.  For Rusk County, the median price was not available for February of 2018 and for 2017 last year. Year to date the Median price for 2018 was not available but for 2017 it was $59,315. Sales in Rusk County was 5 in February compared to 8 in February of last year. Sales year to date was 8 in Rusk County this year compared to 18 in 2017 which is down 55%.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A stalemate in the Wisconsin Legislature among Republican leaders is threatening to derail several of Gov. Scott Walker’s priorities as the Senate plans to convene for its final day in session.

Hanging in the balance Tuesday are Walker’s $100 million school safety plan, an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul that includes closing the troubled Lincoln Hills prison and a $100 per-child tax rebate.

The bills must pass both the Senate and Assembly in identical form. But the Senate is expected to vote on different versions of each of those proposals before ending its work for the year Tuesday night.

That puts the pressure on the Assembly to return and vote on Senate versions of the bills, something Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has repeatedly said will not happen.


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  • Ralph D. Thompson March 19, 2018
    Ralph D. Thompson, 74 of Exland, passed away unexpectedly at this home on Saturday, March 17th.  He is survived by his wife, Janet, 1 son, Dale of Cumberland, 3 daughters, Renee Sajdera of Radisson, Julie Thompson of Exland and Denise Wiperfurth of Minoqua, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, Max and Russ both of Exland […]