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Rusk County News

A judge in northwest Wisconsin is scheduled to set bond today for a man suspected of killing his wife 12 days ago.  Sawyer County sheriff’s officials said 25-year-old Kristina Clark was shot in the early morning of October 5th at a home near Winter.  She later died at a hospital in Duluth.  Deputies said her husband, 26-year-old Cade Clark, called 9-1-1 to report that his wife was shot in the head.  He was arrested on Wednesday in Tomah, and was booked on a possible charge of first-degree intentional homicide.  Kristina Clark’s funeral was last Sunday in Tomah.  The Clarks had three young children.

A northwest Wisconsin woman is due back in court next Thursday for allegedly trying to stab-and-strangle her husband to death.  Bowe Blackwell of Clayton survived the attack on Tuesday night.  His 22-year-old wife Samantha is now charged in Polk County with counts attempted homicide, false imprisonment, strangulation-and-suffocation, battery, and disorderly conduct.  Prosecutors said the couple was fighting about household finances and chores when Samantha Blackwell slapped and punched her husband, stabbed him with a steak knife, and strangled him.  She’s being held on a 50-thousand dollar cash bond.  The next step in her case is a preliminary hearing, where a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to send the case to a trial.

Wednesday afternoon at 3 PM a warrant was served at the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department. According to the Police Log, contact was made with a subject who was wanted on a warrant with a cash bond of $296 or 120 days jail. The male subject was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

Just after 9 PM Wednesday, the manager at Krist Oil on 1st street North Ladysmith, advised there were two male juveniles outside the store and one may have been smoking. The manager also reported that one of them had been in the store and when he walked out his pockets looked like there may have been stuff in them. A Ladysmith Police Officer located the subjects and advised that he spoke with one of them and his mom. The juvenile stated he was smoking. The Officer also spoke with the other male juvenile and his mom. He stated he did take a pack of gum from the store. Citations were issued for theft and possession of tobacco.

A dozen wolves have already been taken as the Wisconsin hunt enters its third day.  That’s eight-percent of this year’s quota of 150 for sport-hunters and trappers.  If the current pace continues, a season that’s scheduled to run for four-and-a-half months would end in less than one month.  The first two annual hunts only lasted around two months each before their quotas were reached — and they were larger than this year’s maximum harvest.  Meanwhile, 22 counties have urged the D-N-R to keep reducing the wolf population, so it’s at-or-below 350 — the goal set when grey wolves were re-introduced in the Badger State.  The Marathon County Board will consider joining the request when it meets on Tuesday.  The D-N-R would have a long way to go to reach 350.  The state had 660-to-689 wolves this past spring, down from 809-to-824 the previous year.  Michael Lane of Mosinee told Marathon County supervisors last night there are too many wolves locally — and the livestock damage they cause is just trickling down to the Wausau area from northern Wisconsin.  He also pointed to dog damage, and interactions with humans.  Officials said there were 81 incidents involving wolves and domesticated animals last year, and six threats to human safety in 21 northern Wisconsin counties.

Wisconsin voters will get their second-and-last chance to compare the two major candidates for governor tonight.  Republican incumbent Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke will debate each other in Milwaukee, as a panel of journalists asks questions for a second straight Friday evening.  The one-hour debate begins at seven o’clock, and will be broadcast on T-V and radio stations statewide.  The economy, a projected state deficit, health care, and voter I-D were among the subjects examined a week ago. Walker said he was trying to speak directly with voters, with less emphasis on responding to jabs from Burke.  Observers generally agreed that Burke held her own, making crisp points with steady confidence as she tried introducing herself to voters who had not heard her before. Tonight, both candidates get to respond to a host of things brought up this week.  Walker said he was considering the idea of trashing the gas tax and starting a new sales tax to help reduce a huge deficit in the state’s transportation fund.  Burke more forcefully touted her business experience, said she could have responded better to allegations that her jobs’ plan was copied from others, and began distancing herself from former Governor Jim Doyle — for whom she served for two years as the state’s commerce secretary. 

Wisconsin’s two major candidates for governor had predictable reactions to the latest drop in the state’s unemployment rate.  The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate dropped another two-tenths of a point in September, to a preliminary figure of five-and-a-half percent.  Republican Governor Scott Walker’s campaign calls it evidence that the state’s heading in the right direction, with “more great news for working families.”  Burke’s camp, pointing to more complete three-month survey data, says Wisconsin continues to lag behind others in job growth.  Her campaign says this year’s Wisconsin’s job growth remains the worst since the Great Recession.  State workforce development officials said 84-hundred private sector jobs were created last month.  The agency calls that “statistically significant,” even though it has pointed out in the past how inaccurate the monthly job numbers can be.  They’re based on a survey of just three-and-a-half percent of employers.  Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has dropped more than one-percent over the past year.  It’s almost four-points below the recession-high of nine-point-two percent in 2009 — although it’s not quite back down to the five-percent levels seen before the recession hit in 2008.


Michael J. Kostka, 90 died on Wednesday Oct. 15th at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He is survived by 6 children, Wayne of Osseo, Bruce of Tony, Brad of Ladysmith, Cindy Brunette of Oceanside, NY., Deanna Roberts of Osseo, and Mark of Holcombe. 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. 3 sisters in law, Marylou Kostka of Ladysmith, Gloria Kostka of St. Croix Falls and Tiny Kostka of Stevens Point.
Funeral Services for Michael Kostka will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Ladysmith with FR. Derek Sadowski officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. The Kostka Family will receive friends after 4 PM on Monday, at the Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith where there will be a Scripture Service at 7 PM. There will also be an hour of visitation at the Church on Tuesday prior to service time.


Ruth E. Oldeen, 88 of Bruce, died on Wednesday Oct. 15th at the Ladysmith Care Community. She is survived by her husband Robert and neices and nephews.
A Memorial Service for Ruth Oldeen will be held on Monday Oct. 20th at 2 PM at the Living Waters Church at Imalone with Bob Chaplin officiating. Friends will be received at the Church from 1 PM until service time.


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