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More sunshine is expected today through much of the work week, something that has been very hard to come by this month. The jet stream will remain from the northwest with a deep trough just to our east, up into Canada. Temperatures will remain well below average with this set up, but even though a series of fronts will be sliding down into the area, it is also a pretty dry pattern. Despite the sunshine today it will remain quite chilly. Just a few clouds in the area along with breezy northwesterly winds. Highs this afternoon will top out around 40 degrees but windchill values will feel like the 30’s. Overnight a weak front moved by to the north bringing a few extra clouds and possibly light snow to northern locations. For the most part the weather looks quiet tonight with lows in the upper 20’s and low 30’s.

Low pressure is passing by to our north and an associated front will be quickly sliding out of Canada close to our area Tuesday, leading to more breezy conditions. We’ll see a partly to mostly sunny sky tomorrow and it should be able to warm a bit more out ahead of this front with highs around 50. Moisture will be lacking, so the front is expected to slide through dry at night with some cooler air returning by Wednesday.


On Monday October 15, 2018 at 12:58am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a subject asking for help at 1268 Hwy 8.

When deputies arrived on scene they found two deceased adults. A 13 year old female is missing from the residence and is considered missing and endangered.

The juvenile is Jayme Closs, age 13, 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, green eyes and Blond or Strawberry hair. Anyone with information about her possible whereabouts or anyone that has contact with Jayme is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department at 715-537-3106 immediately.

This is all the information we have at this time and more information will be released later this afternoon or as needed by law enforcement to assist with this case.


It was a fairly quiet weekend for Rusk County authorities. Saturday morning at about 9:25, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a fire call at a residence on County Highway J, Ladysmith. According to the report, a shed was on fire at this location and the shed was next to the residence. The Ladysmith Fire Department and Ladysmith ambulance were called to the scene. Ladysmith firemen were on the scene for about an hour. No other information was available.

Sunday evening just before 7 PM, a City Officer was dispatched to an address on River Avenue East to assist the Ladysmith Fire Department with a report by a 70 year subject that an outlet in her house sparked and half of her house was without power. Ladysmith firemen found that parts of the outlet melted and it sparked when a fuse was screwed back into the breaker box. The fuse was removed and the subject was told she needed to contact an electrician.

STEVENS POINT— State support for town roads would jump from 42 percent to 58 percent in the next state budget, Governor Walker announced this morning at the Wisconsin Towns Association Annual Convention in Stevens Point.

“We provided the largest amount in state history for town road aids in this state budget, and our proposal for the next budget adds even more support for Wisconsin’s towns,” said Governor Walker. “Maintaining our transportation system is a top priority, and our plan will help ensure we have a safe and reliable system for families and businesses across the state.”

General Transportation Aids (GTAs) are largely disbursed on a per mile basis for towns. The proposed increase would amount to more than $900 per mile in state funding for a total per mile disbursement of more than $3,300. This represents a 58 percent state funding level for town roads. If approved, this investment would represent the largest level of funding for town GTAs in state history. Governor Walker set the previous state record for GTAs disbursed to towns last year with the state covering $2,389 per mile which represents 42 percent of covered costs. 

The Governor recently proposed an increase in county GTAs to the highest level since GTAs were created in 1994. The proposals for county and town GTAs build on the $24 billion invested into transportation during Governor Walker’s time in office.

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