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Another warm day as we welcome the month of May, but also an increasing chance of some rain. Clouds will be mixed with sunshine at times, while a cold front moves closer from the west. It should remain just a little cooler, but still well above average with highs in the 70’s. A warm and moist flow will help bring dew points up into and through the 50’s, adding an almost muggy feel to the air. There could be a shower or storm in spots during the day, but chances will be much better by late afternoon and through the first part of the night. Some favorable conditions will be around such that a few strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible, but if they do occur, should be short-lived. Still, any that develop may contain large hail and strong winds, in addition to heavy rainfall. We will have to wait and see where they set up, but places with more frequent rain could see more than an inch before these exit at night. Temperatures overnight will drop into the lower 50’s.


Monday night at about 10:15, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female advising that someone was burning a brush pile on the North side of Main Valley Road, Tony. Due to a no burn ban on, the DNR fire was contacted and stated they would go and check on the fire. The Ladysmith Fire Department was requested. The Fire Department and the DNR were at the scene for about 30 minutes. According to the report, about ¼ acre in size was burned.

Ladysmith Police Monday afternoon, received a phone call from Probation advising that a warrant had been put out for Dixsia P. Dedrickson. According to the report, the City Officer located Dedrickson at a location on Lindoo Avenue East. The warrant was confirmed by dispatch and Dedrickson was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy from Minnesota is jailed in northwestern Wisconsin on felony child sex crimes.

Sixty-year-old Jeffrey Masek is charged in Barron County with child enticement-sexual contact, attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

The Cottage Grove, Minnesota man is a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy. The sheriff’s department says Masek has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Court documents do not list a defense attorney who could speak on Masek’s behalf.

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker signed Executive Order #287 today in response to wildfire conditions in Wisconsin.

“We are taking a precautionary measure in order to protect our state,” said Governor Walker. “By taking this step we are ensuring that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has the tools to combat the spread of any wildfires. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the DNR, the Wisconsin National Guard, and Wisconsin Emergency Management in working together to protect Wisconsin families.”

The National Weather Service issued Red Flag Warnings for portions of the State of Wisconsin on both Sunday, April 29, 2018 and Monday, April 30, 2018. Out of concern that these conditions may continue, the Governor has declared a State of Emergency in order to give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources additional resources if these conditions continue.

A copy of the executive order is attached.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) — Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday announced that 22 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of more than $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory facilities.

Walker has declared Tuesday as Fab Lab Day in Wisconsin.

The following school districts were awarded Fab Lab Grants today:
• Altoona, Eau Claire County – $25,000
• Antigo, Langlade County – $18,300
• Ashwaubenon, Brown County – $25,000
• Beaver Dam, Dodge County – $25,000
• Black River Falls, Jackson County – $23,500
• Chequamegon, Price County – $22,423
• Cornell, Chippewa County – $20,000
• East Troy, Walworth County – $19,000
• Elmbrook, Waukesha County – $25,000
• Florence County, Florence County – $10,759
• Lakeland Union High School Consortium, Oneida County – $35,346
• Mauston, Juneau County – $15,000
• Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee County – $25,000
• Northland Pines, Vilas County – $25,000
• Northwood, Washburn County – $25,000
• Phillips, Price County – $25,000
• Plymouth, Sheboygan County – $25,000
• Rhinelander, Oneida County – $24,235
• Solon Springs – Douglas County, $25,000
• Somerset – St. Croix County, $25,000
• Waunakee, Dane County – $16,300
• Waupun – Dodge and Fond du Lac counties – $25,000

  • Rusk County News December 7, 2018
    WLDY-WJBL NEWS 12-7-18 At 7:51 AM this (Friday) morning, the Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call that there was a male subject on the railroad tracks near the Ladysmith Visitor Center in Ladysmith. According to the police log, the subject would not get off the tracks and the caller believes the male is intoxicated. […]
  • Linda M. Christianson December 6, 2018
    Linda M. Christianson, 70 of Edgar, died on Monday, December 3, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.  She is survived by her husband, Jim, 1 daughter, Jen Brandt of Stratford, 1 son, Andy of Stanley, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Roddy Joe. Linda Christianson’s family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 AM on Saturday, December […]