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A clear and mild start to the day, current temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s across the region. A cold front to our northwest will be passing over the next few hours, leading to a breeze later today and a cooler but comfortable afternoon.

Though the current warmer pattern has peaked for now, we can still look forward to some nice spring weather in the coming days. The first of two cold fronts is sliding through this morning. This will shift winds to the north and they will increase into the afternoon. This will make it feel a bit cooler but it will remain dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky through the day. Highs will be in the low to mid 60’s. The next high pressure system will arrive and be over the area Wednesday. This will bring another bright, sun-filled day with lighter winds. It will be just a few degrees cooler with afternoon highs in the upper 50’s.

The next cold front will then arrive on Thursday. Out ahead of this front a brief return to southwest winds which will get temperatures rising back into the lower 60’s. Clouds will increase and we could see at least a few scattered showers move through during the afternoon. Winds will then again shift but there will also be a lack of colder air behind this system, so not much of a difference going into Friday. The final day of the work week will come with a partly to mostly sunny sky and highs will still be close to 60.


The lack of homes for sale in March caused existing home sales to drop and prices to rise, despite a very strong state economy, according to the most recent analysis of the Wisconsin existing home market by the Wisconsin Realtors Association. With year-over-year inventories down 17.1 percent, sales slipped 2.3 percent in March 2018 compared to Mach 2017, while prices rose 7 percent to $174,900 over that same period. On a year-to-date basis, sales were up 2.1 percent, and median prices rose 6.3 percent relative to the first three months of 2017.

In Rusk County the Median price in March was $113,500 compared to March of last year was $145,450 which is down 23%. Year to date the Median price was $117,000 compared to $105,000 in 2017 which is up 11%. Sales in Rusk County in March was 16 compared to 12 in March of last year which is up %33. Sales year to date is 23 compared to 30 last year which is down 16%.

Weak inventory is holding us back even as the state economy is growing at a robust pace, creating jobs and keeping unemployment at record-low levels, said WRA Chairman Peter Sveum.

PEPIN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — One person is dead after a grass fire in Pepin County.

According to the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office, a call came in around 3 p.m. Monday, April 23 for a grass fire with a possible fatality on Hayes Road near Durand in the Town of Lima.

The Durand City/Rural Fire Department responded with the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said approximately one to two acres of grass, a small barn, and a tin outbuilding were burned.

The victim’s name is not being released at this time.

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — Emergency Services of Barron County said due to generous donations from community members, it has purchased and stocked 12 emergency gear bags.

Those bags will be assigned to 12 first responders in Barron County.

The response bags are equipped with supplies and equipment to manage bleeding control, respiratory support, shock treatment, airway management, cardiac resuscitation, and more.

Emergency Services of Barron County says the community support is greatly appreciated, and the goal is to purchase additional bags as donation allows.

The goal is to expand first responder coverage into all communities within Barron County.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) — Secretary Sheila Harsdorf is reminding Wisconsin farmers who sustained property damage or livestock losses from recent snow storms to document and report losses to their county USDA Farm Service Agency offices.

Many parts of Wisconsin received two feet or more of heavy, wet snow April 13-14. It caused roof collapses in barns that killed livestock in some cases. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has been in contact with the FSA state office since the storm. “It is critical that farmers document and report and damage to their local FSA office because they may be eligible for disaster assistance programs. If farmers haven’t already contacted their insurers, they need to do that as well,” said Secretary Harsdorf.

Assistance may be available to farmers who lost livestock, grazing land and fences. There are also safety net programs, including the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish program.

In addition, the FSA uses loss reports to determine whether to seek a disaster designation from the USDA Secretary. A disaster designation makes farmers in the county eligible for low-interest loans if they cannot access private financing.

Fall Creek (WQOW) — We’re finally feeling spring’s warm welcome, but along with that comes a not-so-welcomed pest.

According to the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, out of Minnesota, ticks will be out in full force with the sudden warm up.

Ticks are often the transporters of Lyme disease, so what can you do to protect yourself? News 18 spoke with Beaver Creek Reserve’s Executive Director, Erik Keisler, who said to remember the basics when it comes to prevention.

“Wearing insect repellent or permethrin on your clothes is a really great way to keep them from getting on your body,” said Keisler. “That prevention, as well as doing proper clothing attire, tucking things away, will go a long way versus having to try to find them on your body after they’ve already been on you.”

Keisler also said regular tick checks are important, whether you’ve been hiking through the woods, or just out in your own back yard.

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