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You will want both the umbrella and jacket today as it will remain unseasonably cool and wet. Low pressure will be in the Plains tracking east, along a front to our south. A chilly east breeze will be with us, combined with clouds and rain, we are likely to remain in the 40’s all day. Conditions will vary however from north to south as the Eau Claire area looks to be on the northern edge of the rain and may only pick up .10-.20″. If you live further north then it will remain mostly dry and there may even be a bit of sun where temperatures will at least climb into the 50’s. South of Eau Claire the rain will be steady and heavier, where up to an inch or more can be expected. The rain may begin to move away by later afternoon but another round of showers is possible at night before this finally exits by daybreak Saturday.

This Mother’s Day weekend is packed with area activities and events on Saturday, hoping for some nicer weather, and it appears that will be the case. A front will remain to our south, but any additional rain should remain confined to the southern part of the state, while we remain dry with just a mostly cloudy sky. Some sunshine will be possible at times, and highs will return to the lower 60’s. Even better weather can be expected on Sunday as it clears out with sunshine and a warmer afternoon, in the lower 70’s.

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Republican Party members in Wisconsin will hear from leaders like Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson and outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan this weekend.  The party’s annual convention runs through Sunday in Milwaukee.  Choosing a candidate to run against incumbent U-S Senator Tammy Baldwin will be a crucial decision among the weekend’s activities.  The endorsement is important for both state Senator Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson.  This year’s convention has the theme of “Delivering Results, Moving Wisconsin Forward.”


On May 10, 2018 at  4:40 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls reporting a fight and stabbing in progress on County highway Q south of State Highway 64 in the town of Medford. Taylor County Sheriff’s deputies and Medford ambulance service were dispatched.  A 24 year old male, Stormy R. Webber of Medford and 25 year old Derek J. Novak of Phillips Wi.  were both transported from the scene to Aspirus hospital of Medford with injuries.

Investigation into the incident indicates the two men confronted each other on the side of the road over relationship and child care issues.  The confrontation turned physical and Derek Novak produced a military style knife, Webber was unarmed. During the fight Webber was stabbed several times resulting in serious injury that required he be  air lifted from Medford for medical treatment. Novak also  received medical treatment for his injuries and was released from Aspirus Medford and is currently being held at the Taylor County jail.


On May 8, 2018, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department took Jameck Tolefree, 41 of Chetek,

into custody for giving Marijuana to a 13 year old girl and exposing this same girl to harmful

sexually explicit material via text messages.

Tolefree was charged with a felony count of exposing a child to harmful material, a felony

count of exposing a child to harmful descriptions and a felony count of bail jumping. Tolefree

was out on bond from in Marathon County and Wood County with several other felonies.

Tolefree is free on a $250.00 cash bond.


MADISON, WIS. — Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Daniel Swessel, 33, Barron, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James Peterson to five years in federal prison for possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  Swessel pleaded guilty to this charge on February 27, 2018. 

 On September 1, 2017, Swessel was arrested in Barron for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.  During a search of his vehicle, law enforcement officers found approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine.

 On October 11, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Swessel’s residence in Barron.  During the search, officers found over 190 grams of methamphetamine. 

 At the sentencing hearing, Judge Peterson found that Swessel was a threat to society based on his lengthy criminal history, which included assaults and drug offenses.  

 The charge against Swessel was a result of an investigation conducted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — Four people are charged Thursday in connection to a recent case of drug trafficking from a local hotel.

According to a complaint filed in Eau Claire County Court, officers arrested 45-year-old Jason Rezarch, 38-year-old Kristy White, 31-year-old Andrew Featherly and 36-year-old Jeffrey Thomas.

The complaint says officers confronted Rezarch on May 5 about selling drugs from an Eau Claire hotel. Later that night, a car, driven by White, was seen leaving the hotel and was stopped. During a search, officers found meth, marijuana and weapon- including a rifle.

Rezarch, White, and Featherly are currently in the Eau Claire County jail. Thomas is free on a signature bond.


(WQOW) – Banks have been walking away from low-income homebuyers seeking loans, and that has affordable housing advocates worried.

Newly-released federal data on mortgage lending from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows people with low- and moderate-incomes made up only 26.3% of borrowers in 2017, down from 36.6% in 2009.

In part, that’s due to federal rules that sought to crack down on the subprime lending tactics that helped bring on the financial crisis. Also, skyrocketing housing costs have locked many people of modest means out of the market.

But the data reveals another profound shift. Big banks are moving away from mortgage lending entirely, while independent mortgage companies — or “non-banks” — pick up the slack.

“Non-bank” is a catchall term for financial institutions that don’t take deposits. Non-bank mortgage lenders just do mortgage lending, for example. So in a time of low interest rates and higher regulatory costs, traditional banks have the option of moving into more profitable ventures, like credit cards.



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