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You’ll want to have the rain gear again all day as the front continues to creep through the area, making it very soggy. Again, the potential will be there for locally heavy rain at times, with even a few thunderstorms that could be on the stronger side, especially in southern areas. This will be a mild day, with highs in the low 60’s. Total rainfall through early tomorrow is expected to exceed 2″ with locally higher amounts possible. Localized flooding will be possible but the threat for flash flooding should remain low as this will be more of a prolonged event. It looks like we will see an entire months worth of rain here in the next couple of days!

Additional rain and storms are likely through tonight before the main wave of low pressure tracks up along the front and then moves away to the northeast. We should start to see the heavier rain beginning to taper off Wednesday. We may finally begin to dry out later in the day. High temperatures will be in the upper 50’s and low 60’s for the middle of the work week which is very typical for this time of year.


Just after 1 AM this (Tuesday) morning, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Thornapple Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, field sobriety tests were performed on two subjects. After an investigation, two subjects were cited for possession of THC. Also a male subject was cited for Operating After Suspension.

Shortly after 5 AM this (Tuesday) morning, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call advising there was a fire in the woods on Flambeau Avenue, Ladysmith. A Rusk County deputy, Ladysmith Officer and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the call. Upon arrival it was discovered that a tree had fallen on the power lines and the lines were now on the ground in this area. Xcel Energy was requested to respond to the area since the power lines were still live and causing the fire.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, Saturday at about 5:20 PM, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 from a subject advising that they are having a verbal dispute. According to the report, dispatch spoke with a female subject who advised that this altercation has only been verbal nothing physical. A subject did throw her phone and one of her shoes on the roof of the neighbors residence. Rusk County deputies responded to the location. A male subject had left on foot and was heading towards the train tressel. After a short time, a Rusk County deputy was in contact with the male subject in the municipal lot by First Street and River Avenue. The subject was reportedly intoxicated. After an investigation, the male subject was taken into custody on Domestic Disorderly Conduct charge and a Bond Violation. A County deputy made contact with the victim and the 72 hour no contact will be enforced.

Sunday morning at about 3:45 AM, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Old 14 Road with 2 juveniles. A Ladysmith Officer responded to the location and stood by with the 2 juveniles as the truck was searched. The driver was taken to the Rusk County jail and booked for absolute sobriety and the female juvenile passenger was cited for underage drinking as well. The City Officer transported the juvenile female to the LEC to wait for a parent to come and pick her up.

Ladysmith Police received a burglary complaint Sunday morning at about 9:40 AM. A female subject reported a padlock was removed from her residence’s front door at a location on West 2nd Street South, Ladysmith. The complainant reported that she was missing six cast iron frying pans. A male subject was questioned but no other information was available.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is taking his argument against raising the gas tax straight to voters at the pump.

Walker’s campaign on Tuesday unveiled an ad that will play on screens at gas stations as people are filling their cars with gas. In the spot, Walker hits Democratic opponent Tony Evers for being willing to raise the gas tax to pay for roads.

Walker says in the ad it’s a “good thing you’re filling up because if Tony Evers wins he’ll raise the gas tax by as much as a dollar a gallon.”

Evers hasn’t said how much he would be willing to raise the gas tax. But Evers says he’s open to it to find a more sustainable way to pay for transportation expenses in the state.

Walker has said he would only consider a gas tax increase if there’s an equal cut of another tax.

CHIPPEWA CO., Wis. (WEAU) — There were tears and raised voices over a proposed mine in Chippewa County Monday night.

Northern Sands Wisconsin LLC has submitted a non-metallic mine license application to the Town of Howard.

There were statements made from those for, against, and undecided on whether or not the mine would help or hurt Howard and surrounding areas.

President Tom Gapinske spoke before public comment was heard saying he believe the mine will be beneficial for the area.

Gapinske said the potential mine would be in a prime location due to the Canadian National Class 1 rail line that runs through the around 1,300 acre site.

The company says the rail line provides access to adequate raw materials necessary to assure long term operations as well as to avoid trucking on public roads.

It also says there are plans to include noise, air, and water quality monitoring locations.

However that didn’t stop many from strongly voicing their opinions against the mine.

One homeowner said she has serious concerns about what the mine would do to living conditions including the level of noise and impact to the areas scenic view saying, “This hurts all of us. I think some of the people who have taken this thinking they were going to make it big or it was going to help their family, they’re going to regret it because they will lose the respect of this

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  • Moving Sale June 11, 2019
    Moving Sale (phase 2)  Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 13-15.  8 AM to 4 PM.  Queen size bed set, TV stand, household items, more tools, clocks, and lots more.  W11133 Christman Road. lot 7 Bruce.