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After a sunny start, clouds will begin to arrive for the afternoon. A weak front will be dropping down from the northwest through the day, bringing a rising chance of a few scattered showers and thunderstorms by late afternoon and early evening. Much of the day will be dry, while temperatures rise into the upper 60’s. The front will slide through at night with the best chances to get rained on, but any showers and storms will begin to weaken. Lows will be in the upper 40’s. Wednesday will bring the start of a warmer pattern that will carry into the weekend. An upper level ridge will slide eastward, taking hold of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. This will finally allow temperatures to rise above average, something we have yet to really see here in May, or in fact, much of this spring to date. The next high pressure system will be around the area on Wednesday, bringing plenty of sunshine and light winds. Temperatures will warm nicely, reaching into the low 70’s.

Monday afternoon at about 2:30, the Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a grass fire at a location on Pine Street, Conrath. The DNR, Sheldon Fire Department and a Rusk County deputy responded to the scene. The DNR and Sheldon firemen were at the scene for about an hour.

On Sunday, May 12, at approximately 2:40 PM, troopers responded to a three-vehicle crash on Boot Lake Road, South of County Highway B in Washburn County near Shell Lake. A North bound pick-up truck collided into two South bound passenger cars. A driver of one of the passenger cars received fatal injuries. He was identified as Brett W. Tyler, 23, of Chetek. The driver of the pick-up truck, Donald D. Meyer, 51, of Chippewa Falls, received serious injuries and was transported by North Aircare to Hennepin County Hospital in Minnesota. The driver of the other passenger vehicle, Trae A. Tyler, 24 of Rice Lake, was not injured. The crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — The Barron County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update on the unidentified bones located on Dec 4, 2017, south of Barron. The bones have been sent back from the University of North Texas where DNA profiles were extracted. According to their findings, the bones belonged to likely a male of European ancestry, but not excluding Asian descent. The findings also say the man was probably between the ages of 35-55 and was around 5’10”, give or take four inches. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department also has forwarded several of the bones and DNA profile to the DNA DOE Project in California for possible additional information. Also, profiles have been sent to the DNA Solutions Lab in Oklahoma City for a forensic genealogy build.

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — A Barron County man has been charged with one count of physical abuse of child. The complaint was filed Monday against 33-year-old Jeremy Gackle of Chetek. The complaint states Gackle attacked a child this past weekend. It says the attack included kicking the child twice in the back of the head. The victim, and another child, were eventually able to get away from Gackle. He free on a $200 cash bond and is due back in court Thursday.

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) – The economy already is at the center of the 2020 fight for president, particularly in Midwestern states that supported Donald Trump in 2016 and that Democrats are determined to recapture next year. But Democrats’ challenge may be especially difficult in Wisconsin, a toss-up state that has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Trump boasted of the job numbers during a rally in Green Bay last month, also noting the U.S. economy’s better-than-expected 3.2% growth in the first quarter. Nationally, unemployment is at 3.6% – a 50-year low. Wisconsin’s is 2.9%. Democrats insist that Wisconsin families should still be aggrieved: that they should be seeing more of the economy’s benefits, but wealthy people and corporations are taking too much. How voters feel is the key question.

(CNN) – The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies is having a direct impact on your finances. On Monday, China hiked tariffs on more than 4,000 imports from the U.S., including cotton, machinery, grains and aircraft parts. This comes days after President Donald Trump made thousands of items coming in from China more expensive. The markets are already reacting, and your nest egg is feeling the pinch. “If you look at your 401k today, you’re seeing a major drop,” said Chris burns of Dynamic Money: On Monday, Wall Street had its worst day in four months as the trade war between the U.S. and China escalates, and experts said now is the best time to re-assess your investment tolerance. “Focus on what you can control, which is how much risk you’re taking, and if you take your 401k to a risk level you feel good about, then you have peace no matter what the government decides to do tomorrow,” Burns said. It’s not just investments taking a hit. Your wallet could be next if those tariffs extend to consumer products.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field’s only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. The 53-year-old governor is running as a centrist Democrat who has advanced party values while navigating a Republican legislature and a GOP-leaning electorate. Bullock made his candidacy official in a video that capped months of speculation fueled by his political activity in Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first presidential caucus next February. He plans to address supporters later Tuesday in the state capital, Helena, where he grew up not far from the governor’s mansion. “What we need to do is get the country back on track, make sure everybody has a fair shot at success,” he told The Associated Press in an interview before launching his campaign via online video. “I’ve been able to get meaningful things done that impact the people of my state. I believe they’ll be a strong reception for that.”