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Hard to believe we are now halfway through the month of May and closing in on the start of meteorological summer. So far this month has been warmer than average with only four days seeing below average temperatures. And, looking ahead to the next few days it will be even warmer, more typical of mid June!

High pressure, our fair weather friend, will be located to our north, sliding to the east and bringing us a light north and northeast wind. The air will be very dry and we will see sunshine from start to finish today. A good day for the sunglasses and sunscreen! Temperatures will top out in the mid 70’s but with low humidity it will feel very comfortable. The sky will remain clear at night and with the dry air, we should be able to drop down into the 40’s to start off Wednesday.

Temperatures will continue to warm during the mid-late week as the jet stream remains to our north and weak high pressure hangs on. A cold front will be located near the Canadian border, leading to a more west and southwest flow into the area. This, combined with more sunshine will lead to a warmer afternoon and we will be reaching into the lower 80’s. Average highs in mid-May are right around 70. The front is forecast to become nearly stationary to our north while low pressure will eventually develop further west in the Plains. This will keep us in a warm south and southwest flow until this system pushes through the area. Thursday will be another mostly sunny and warm day with highs again in the lower 80’s.


Monday afternoon at 1:30, Ladysmith Police received a Criminal Damage to Property complaint from the City of Ladysmith. The City reported that at an unknown date and time someone discharged a fire extinguisher inside the kitchen area of the Armstrong Pavilion in Memorial Park. A City Officer met with a City employee and observed the dry powder from the fire extinguisher was sprayed over the majority of the kitchen. The Officer observed the fire extinguisher was hanging back on its hanger and the hose was detached and the safety pin was pulled. The City employee advised that a few days ago the swing-out windows above the counter were found ajar. The employee was unsure if the fire extinguisher was discharged at that time, earlier or after.

Monday afternoon a City Officer responded to the Ace Home Center on a report of a shoplifter who had been apprehended by the store staff. The Officer arrived and made contact with the employee and the 17 year old juvenile. The juvenile was apprehended after concealing fish lures on his person. The Officer counseled the juvenile for his behavior and was warned that future shoplifting incidents will result in law enforcement action. The juvenile was not cited for retail theft.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Leah Vukmir is traveling to Wisconsin Republican Party field offices around the state in the wake of winning the state party endorsement.

The state senator from Brookfield got 73 percent of the vote Saturday while opponent Kevin Nicholson came in a distant second. The endorsement does not make Vukmir the nominee, but gives her access to the state party infrastructure which can help her counter Nicholson’s financial advantage.

Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Brad Courtney calls Vukmir a “proven conservative” and the activists who voted to endorse her will be the “backbone” of GOP efforts to defeat Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Vukmir’s tour of the 10 GOP field offices kicks off Wednesday with stops in Wausau and Green Bay and conclude Saturday.

Chippewa County (WQOW) – Two members of the law enforcement community are being recognized for their life-saving efforts last fall.

Nathan Steber, an investigator with Two Rivers police, and his dad Rob Steber, a retired deputy, stopped at the Eau Claire Travel Center on October 27, 2017 on their way out of town on a hunting trip.

That’s when they noticed a car in a retention pond, with an 88-year-old woman trapped inside. The two broke jumped into the pond and broke a window in the car. They were able to get the woman out.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office formally recognized both men for their heroic efforts. Both were presented certificates of appreciation on April 7 at a banquet in Two Rivers. The banquet, sponsored by the Two Rivers Kiwanis Club, was held for Investigator Steber who was being honored for Officer of the Year in their area.

Both the Sheriff’s Office and the River Country Coop, owners of the Eau Claire Travel Center,  expressed their appreciation with certificates.

Chippewa County (WQOW) – A Boyd man was charged in Chippewa County, accused of a hit-and-run while drunk.

David Samaniego faces five charges, including his fourth OWI. Police said on April 24, he was involved in a hit-and-run in downtown Chippewa Falls that caused minor injuries to two women.

He was tracked down a short while later. A blood draw showed his alcohol level was 0.23, nearly 3-times the legal limit to drive.

He returns to court May 29.

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