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Thanks to plenty of sunshine again today we will be warming up quickly. Afternoon highs climb back into the lower 50’s with a light southwesterly wind flow. The sunny conditions and milder temperatures will lead to more snow melt, but with the weather staying dry the next several days, any flooding concerns should remain confined to areas along rivers and streams that will likely rise in the coming days. Currently there is a Flood Warning for the Trempealeau River near Dodge valid through the middle of next week. We will continue to monitor area rivers and pass along any relevant information.

Heading into the weekend another system will be developing to our southwest. Mid and high level moisture will begin to stream into the area early Saturday. For now, it looks like this system will pass well to our south. Clouds will increase here in our region, but other than that, there shouldn’t be any impact for us. Not only will we stay dry this weekend but we will continue to warm up as well. The rest of Saturday will feature a partly cloudy sky with highs in the mid-upper 50’s. Sunday could be our first day of 2018 in Eau Claire with temperatures in the 60’s! More sunshine is expected Sunday bringing afternoon highs close to average. This weekend looks like a great chance to get out and enjoy some time outside!


Just after 12 Noon Thursday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received information that Ralph Kraft was at Reich’s Roadhouse in Sheldon. According to the report, Kraft is wanted out of Rusk County. The subject left the bar in a Red Chrysler with a female occupant. After a few minutes a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop with the suspect vehicle on County Highway G and Broken Arrow Road. Kraft was taken into custody and a search of the vehicle was conducted with no contraband located. Kraft was transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer at 2:30 PM Thursday responded to a residence on Corbett Avenue East at the request of a Probation agent. The agent wished for the Officer to make contact with Cody Dewitt and take him into custody. The Officer took Dewitt into custody and Probation placed a hold on Dewitt. He was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Thursday night at 7:50 PM, Ladysmith Police received a complaint about a suspicious male that was wearing all Black and carrying a Green shopping bag by the Wells Fargo who was asking for items from people in the area. An Officer responded to the area but could not locate anyone matching the description. Dispatch then received another call about a suspicious male that match the description in the area of Worden Avenue East. According to the report, the subject had left the area and was walking down the railroad tracks towards the hospital. A witness stated that the man had a bottle of alcohol and was asking for cigarettes and to use there phone. The City Officer searched the area and located the male subject. The subject told the Officer that his name was Phillip Bergquist and that he was from Ashland. After an investigation, 2 warrants came up from the Wisconsin DOC and Ashland County. Bergquist was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Eau Claire County, Wis. (WEAU) Crews responded to a fire Thursday night at the Pine Edge Mobile Home Park in the Town of Brunswick off Mitchell Road.

The call came in around 9:30 p.m.

According to Township Fire Department, one person was inside the home at the time of the fire but got out safely.

The fire department said two-thirds to three-fourths of the home is destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — CESA 10, the Cooperative Educational Service Agency, is teaming up with educator’s to host a workshop on emerging issues in school safety.

Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. until noon, CESA 10 hosted an educational workshop covering topics such as lockdown enhancements, threat assessment, student technology use during crisis events and parent reunification planning.

The workshop also focused on ways to prevent violence in schools and how to identify, assess and manage individuals who pose a threat.

“We talked a lot this morning about other kinds of mental health kinds of issues and how important it is to identify those kinds of issues prior to, hopefully stopping something from happening. It’s starting more at a base level if you will, to hopefully keep something from actually happening,” said Charlie Schneider, executive director of facilities management.

Representatives from nearly a dozen area school districts participated in the training.

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