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A warm, summer-like pattern is taking hold for the rest of this work week, leading to well above average temperatures and mostly dry weather.

High pressure will be dropping to our south today, keeping us sunny and dry, but as a cold front drops down into Northern Minnesota, we will get into a warmer west and southwest flow. This will lead to a several degree warm up and we are looking at widespread 80’s in the area. Warmer days will also mean warmer nights and lows for at least the next few days will be in the mild 50’s. The warmth will continue into Thursday and Friday with more highs in the 80’s expected. The front to the north will sag to the south just a bit on Thursday, and this could lead to a few stray late day showers and storms. Most places will remain dry, but something to keep in mind if you have outdoor plans during that time. Humidity will also start to come up just a bit. It won’t be that bad, but with dew points rising into the 50’s, it will start to be a bit more noticeable.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the fatal tornado that swept through four western Wisconsin counties.

On May 16 2017, the longest on-the-ground tornado ever recorded in Wisconsin traveled through Polk, Barron, Rusk and Price counties, leaving behind an 84 mile path of destruction.

One man was killed in Chetek and dozens of others were hurt.
In Barron County, the EF 3 damaged more than 150 properties and caused more than $10 million in damage.

Since then, the community has come together to rebuild and more than one million dollars has been raised to support the victims.


Just after 1 PM Tuesday afternoon, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female reporting that her neighbors field was on fire and threatening structures at a location on Highway 40, Bruce. The Bruce Fire Department, DNR, and the Ladysmith ambulance responded to the scene. No other information was available.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office just before 9 PM Tuesday night, received a call stating that on Maple Lane, Glen Flora, a large Brown house is having a bonfire. The DNR and a Rusk County deputy responded to the call. According to the report, the County deputy advised that there were a few stumps burning and they were almost burned out. The DNR was on the scene for about 45 minutes and would do a follow up Wednesday morning.

A Ladysmith Officer at 3:45 PM Tuesday responded to RCMH to assist with a Domestic Abuse call. According to the report, the Officer advised that the incident may have occurred outside of the City limits based on the current information. The Officer spoke with the female victim and took photographs of her injuries. When asked about the marks on her neck, she advised that she obtained those from the male suspect choking her in her hotel room in Ladysmith the night before. The case is currently under investigation. A warrant was put out for the male suspect.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows doctors are issuing fewer opioid prescriptions.

The state Department of Safety and Professional Services released a report Wednesday from the Controlled Substances Board. The report examines data compiled through the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.

The report noted 1,109,174 opioid prescriptions were issued during the first quarter of 2017. That number dropped to 953,656 prescriptions in the fourth quarter of the year, a decrease of 14 percent.

Doctors issued 910,616 prescriptions during the first quarter of this year, down 4.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017.

Hydrocodone-acetaminophen, tramadol and oxycodone, all opioids, were the top three most dispensed drugs in the first quarter of the year, just as they were in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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