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Warming up again and feeling a bit more like summer. High pressure will be to our east while a low pressure system drops down into the Northern Plains. Winds will become breezy and more southwesterly in between these features, helping to warm things up. It will be another well above average day with highs right around 80. A few clouds will be around at night and heading into Tuesday morning the weather will remain quiet. Some sunshine will be around for a while, before some clouds begin to increase for the afternoon. A few stray showers may develop by late afternoon, but much of the day will be dry and it will again be a bit breezy. Temperatures will be just a little cooler, with highs still well into the 70’s.

Low pressure is then forecast to arrive and move through the Upper Midwest Tuesday night and Wednesday. We will likely see some showers during this time frame, along with the chance of a few thunderstorms. Timing could change but it appears the wet weather should begin to move away by later in the day. It will remain mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 60’s. The upper level flow will be a bit more from the northwest into Thursday and though it will be dry with a mix of clouds and sun, it will remain a touch below average with highs again in the mid 60’s.


It was a busy first weekend of May for Rusk County authorities. Friday afternoon at about 2:40, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 reporting an ATV on fire on McLean Road, Bruce. The Bruce Fire Department, Ladysmith ambulance and the DNR responded to the scene. According to the report, EMS was requested for a subject who was not feeling well. The DNR advised that they would move the ATV out of the roadway and placed it on the side of the road. A call at about 6:40 PM, reported a large amount of smoke coming from the area again. Bruce Fire Department was repaged to the fire.

A Rusk County deputy at about 4:36 PM Friday, attempted to stop a Silver Colored car that was South bound on County Highway B from Highway 8 near Glen Flora. According to the report, after a few minutes the deputy was out with Morgan Skogstad. He has an active DOC Warrant. Also the deputy was field testing a second subject. After an investigation, the male subject was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia. Probation placed a hold on the subject. The subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

At about 9:40 PM Friday night, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call advising that they received a call stating that her brother was in an accident and needs an ambulance. The accident was on County Highway V near East Grow Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, Rusk County deputies, the Sheldon Fire Department, Sheldon ambulance and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene. A reporting party advised that he pulled the subject out of the vehicle. The vehicle reportedly hit a tree on the corner of County Highway V and East Grow Road. The subject had an ankle injury and was bleeding from the head. Sheldon ambulance requested an air helicopter and transported the patient to Mayo in Eau Claire.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 4:15 AM Saturday of a one vehicle roll over on Highway 27 near the Thornapple River Campground North of Ladysmith. According to the report, the male subject exited the vehicle and advised he was not hurt. A Rusk County deputy and Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, Probation will not place a hold on the subject must report to the agent today (Monday).

Shortly before Noon Saturday, a 911 call from a female subject advised her car spun out of control and hit a tree on Highway 40 near Bruce. A Rusk County deputy, Bruce ambulance, and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. According to the report, the vehicle was North bound on Highway 40. The juvenile operator said her steering jerked to the right and began to wobble, believed to be a blown tire. The driver over corrected and entered the right or East ditch sideways, impacted two trees and came to a rest. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to RCMH.

At about 12:20 PM Saturday, Rusk County authorities received a call of a small fire in the field just North of Flaters Resort on County E. The female caller advised that they were trying to put it out but the fire spread to the woods. The Bruce Fire Department and the DNR responded to the scene. They were on the scene for about 90 minutes.

Sunday morning just after 1 AM a Rusk County deputy advised he was out with a vehicle on County Highway D, Sheldon. According to the report, a male subject admitted to drinking quite a bit and the vehicle ran out of gas in the middle of County Highway D. After an investigation, the subject was taken into custody for OWI and a warrant out of Clark County was confirmed. The subject was transported to RCMH for a blood draw and then to the Rusk County jail.

At 9:15 Friday night, Paul V Hetts, 45, was transported to RCMH for injuries he received from a fall. Hetts was found to have an active Eau Claire County Warrant. Ladysmith Police responded to RCMH and Hetts was taken into custody without incident. Hetts was transported to the Rusk County jail.

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