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Just before 6 PM Thursday, a City Officer made contact with a 44 year old male subject regarding a complaint phoned into the department in regards to a fuel tank being taken from a construction site in the city of Ladysmith. The 560 gallon fuel tank that was white in color on a black tandem axle trailer was reportedly taken from the construction site near Railroad Ave. East and East 9th Street South. The complainant advised there is GPS Tracking on the tank which he will further investigate. The fuel tank was taken the night prior as one of the employees stated he noticed the fuel tank was gone at approximately 8 AM, Thursday. There may have been around 35 gallons of fuel in the tank. The case is under investigation.

The National Drug Take Back is happening in Rusk County on Sat. Sept. 27. This year the collection point will be the Glen Flora Village Hall located at N 5746 Cedar Street. If you have any unwanted or unused prescription medications please bring them in between 10 am and 2 pm. If you have any questions please call the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 715-532-2189.

A north central Wisconsin woman accused of trying to suffocate four of her six kids last year will not get an early release from a mental institution.  Thirty-eight year old Heidi Mann of Rib Lake was in Taylor County Circuit Court this week for a six-month review of her mental competency.  She was rejected for a supervised release, but she can try again in six months.  Mann was found innocent-by-insanity on four counts of attempted homicide, and was committed to 25 years of mental health treatment.  Authorities said Mann put her four youngest kids in an S-U-V and let it run in a garage for two hours, saying she wanted to spare them the grief of dealing with her divorce.  She told investigators her two other children were old enough to deal with it.  The youngsters who survived were 3, 5, 8, and 11 at the time of the incident in March of last year.

The computers that put out Wisconsin drivers’ licenses and voter I-D’s were shut down for a time yesterday.  The A-C-L-U says it will try to point out the incident to an appellate court, as the group seeks to prevent the voter I-D law from being used in November.  The state’s motor vehicle division lost its computers statewide from 1:30 to around 2:50 p-m yesterday.  And officials said the system was running slow before that.  The D-O-T’s Peg Schmitt said technology issues happen from time-to-time, and her agency will review yesterday’s shutdown.  It happened six days after a three-judge appellate panel temporarily restored the voter I-D requirement, and four days after the D-O-T adopted a system for giving free I-D’s to those who need them.  This week, the A-C-L-U and the Advancement Project asked the entire ten-judge appellate court in Chicago consider striking down the law’s temporary revival.  Larry Dupuis of the A-C-L-U said if they get the chance, they’ll include yesterday’s computer failure as one reason the law should be put back on the shelf.

It’s almost harvest time — and that means car-and-truck drivers will share the highways with more farm equipment.  The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association reminds motorists that most farm units go no faster than 25-miles-an-hour. That can cause drivers to miscalculate how fast they should be going as they approach the farm machinery.  Also, the group has advice for farmers — like having the orange slow-moving-vehicle signs and reflective tape on their units so they can be seen at night.  The corn growers group’ also suggests that farmers check their blind-spots when making turns, and staying as refreshed as possible during the long harvest days that are coming up.

Wisconsin Sports

In Major League Baseball…
National League playoff race…
Saint Louis 3, Milwaukee 2 in 13 innings
Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2

In Wisconsin high school football…
Brookfield East 24, Brookfield Central 20
Eau Claire Memorial 32, Eau Claire North 15
Gilman 30, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 14
Milwaukee Riverside 28, Milwaukee Hamilton 8

Here are the details:

The Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff hopes took a severe blow last night, with a 3-to-2 loss at Saint Louis in 13 innings. Tony Cruz hit the game-winning single off Jimmy Nelson — the Brewers’ seventh reliever of the night — as they dropped to six games behind the Cards in the National League Central with nine left. The Brewers were hoping that a three-game sweep at Pittsburgh this weekend would move them into the final N-L Wild Card slot. But that won’t be possible, because the Crew fell to three-and-a-half behind a Pirates’ team that completed a home sweep of Boston. Milwaukee had a 2-nothing lead until Saint Louis scored a pair in the eighth inning. That ruined a solid seven-and-a-third inning performance from Kyle Lohse. The Crew left runners on in the 10th, 11th, and 12th. They stranded a dozen for the game, while going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Jonathan Lucroy tied the Major League record for doubles in games as a catcher with 45. He also leads the Majors with 52 doubles overall. Aramis Ramirez singled Lucroy home. The Crew scored its only other run on a chopper from Scooter Gennett that was initially ruled by an error by first baseman Matt Adams but was later changed to a single. Jimmy Nelson took the loss. He’s 2-and-8. Sam Freeman threw a perfect 13th for the win. He’s 2-and-0. Yovani Gallardo will start for the Brewers at Pittsburgh tonight against left-hander Jeff Locke.


The Brewers’ top minor league team will be at Colorado Springs next year. Milwaukee announced a new two-year player development agreement yesterday. That was after Triple-“A” Nashville dropped the Brewers after ten years and affiliated with the Oakland A’s. It left Brewers’ G-M Doug Melvin with the choice of either Colorado Springs or Fresno California for a new Triple-“A” affiliate. Fresno said earlier yesterday it was going with the Houston Astros, so the Brewers settled for Colorado Springs. That was the Rockies’ top affiliate until they made a new deal with Albuquerque. The Colorado Springs team is known as the Sky Sox. Like Nashville, they’re in the Pacific Coast League. They’re owned by the Elmore Sports Group, which also owns Milwaukee’s rookie-league team in Helena Montana.


Green Bay’s passing game has not relied on its tight ends as much as in the past — not after the first two weeks, anyway. Coach Mike McCarthy says the opportunities have been limited, so far — but they were a little better in last Sunday’s home win over the New York Jets. The Packers’ tight ends have caught 4-of-7 passes for 34 yards so far. After the first two games a year ago, Jermichael Finley caught 11-of-15 passes by Week-Two for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Finley’s not playing after his severe neck injury last October. The pass-catching tight end in the middle of the field has been a staple for Green Bay, as it takes advantage of safeties which cheat to the corners and linebackers who settle into man coverage. Brandon Bostick was expected to be the starter at tight end this year, but he suffered a leg fracture in August. He could play at the position for the first time on Sunday at Detroit.


Packers’ nose tackle B-J Raji has started a six-to-nine-month healing process, as he recovers from a torn biceps tendon suffered August 22nd against Oakland. Raji told reporters yesterday that the tendon was sewed back on his right arm earlier this month. It was anchored down — and it has to scar around the area before he can start his rehab. Raji says he still hangs around the Packers to provide whatever help he can to the younger players on defense. He signed a one-year deal worth four-million dollars this year, but he says he’s more concerned about his rehab at the moment than his contract situation. Raji says he’d love to return to Green Bay, and his rehab could play a major role in deciding that.


The Wisconsin football team will again be short on running backs tomorrow, when it hosts Bowling Green. If something happens to starter Melvin Gordon or back-up Corey Clement, the Badgers will most likely use fullback Austin Ramesh. Third-string freshman Taiwan Deal is still out with a hand injury, and he might not return for several weeks. Meanwhile, Ramesh is busy as the starting fullback with both Derek Watt and Derek Straus out with injuries. Straus has a shoulder problem, and he’s said to be about two weeks away from coming back. Watt, with his foot injury, might not return until November. If Ramesh moves into a running back slot, a tight end could move over to fullback temporarily. The 19th-ranked Badgers are 1-and-1. So is Bowling Green, after the Falcons scored 45 points a week ago to beat Indiana by three.


Former Wisconsin Badgers’ tennis player Joan Higgins has won the U-S Senior Women’s Amateur golf tournament. She defeated Judith Kyrinis of Canada one-up in yesterday’s final match in Deal New Jersey. The 58-year-old Higgins made every fairway in regulation, as she won her second major U-S-G-A event. She also won the Women’s Mid-Amateur in 2008.


The Wisconsin volleyball team is 9-and-0 after beating U-S-C in four sets yesterday at the Big Ten-Pac 12 Showcase in Seattle. Courtney Thomas led the fourth-ranked Badgers with 14 kills. Junior Taylor Morey had a career-high 29 digs. Wisconsin will take on Washington tonight.


The U-W Green Bay women’s soccer team won at Northern Illinois 4-to-nothing last night. Heidi Hartmann scored twice, as the Phoenix won their third straight and improved to 5-2-and-2.
The U-W Milwaukee women were victorious at Loyola-of-Chicago 2-to-1. Kelly Lewers and Krissy Dorre scored the Panthers’ goals, as they improved to 3-and-6.


Posted by Thom Gerretsen at 4:02 AM

Rusk County News

A new poll shows that Governor Scott Walker is still in a dead heat with his Democratic challenger Mary Burke.  And it’s got Walker’s biggest financial supporters pumping out more ad money.  The National Rifle Association and a Wisconsin arm of the Republican Governors Association are spending over a half-million dollars on T-V ads this week alone.  The A-P says Republican groups have spent close to seven-million dollars this year to try and get Walker re-elected — while Democrats and their allies have spent five-point-four million. The governor said yesterday that the longer his race is tight, the more people realize it will take hard work to get him to win.  As Walker considers a 2016 run for the White House, the G-O-P governors’ group has spent three-million dollars on his state campaign.  The N-R-A has a million-dollars in pro-Walker ads planned through mid-October.  The latest Marquette Law School poll released yesterday showed that Republicans are much more enthused about voting in November than they’ve been.  As a result, Walker took away Burke’s lead among likely voters, and he’s now up 49-to-46 percent.  Among registered voters, the two are tied are 46-percent.  Both are within the poll’s margin of error.

We’ll find out today how Wisconsin compares to other states in creating new jobs during the year ending in March.  The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its Quarterly Census of Employment-and-Wages.  State officials recently said Wisconsin added just under 29-thousand private sector jobs during the one-year period.  But we won’t know until this morning how the percentage increase compares with other states.  In the last quarterly report, Wisconsin ranked 37th in job growth.  Governor Scott Walker’s Democratic election opponent, Mary Burke, has been hammering the incumbent on that.  She said it’s important for voters to remember Walker’s 2010 campaign promise to create 250-thousand new private sector jobs during his term.  About 100-thousand were created, and Walker recently said he didn’t regret the promise because something bold was needed to get the state out of its post-recession economic doldrums.  A new Marquette Law School poll shows that 29-percent of registered voters believe the job pledge is very important in how they’ll vote.  Ten-percent of Republicans said they’ll hold Walker to his pledge, while 54-percent of Democrats said the same.

Ladysmith Police Wednesday morning observed a vehicle on Lindoo Avenue driven by Carrie A. Johnson, 32, who does not have a valid driver’s license. Johnson was arrested for a municipal warrant and also cited for operating after suspension 4th offense.

Just after 8 PM Wednesday, a City Officer responded to Krist Oil on 1st street North, on a report of a male subject that would not leave the business after being asked to leave. The City Officer met with the Krist employees and also the male subject who confirmed that he was asked to leave and did not leave. The subject was cited for Disorderly Conduct and told to avoid Krist Oil in the future.

More than four of every ten Wisconsin households with single mothers and kids under 18 live in poverty.  That’s according to the U-S Census Bureau, which said 42-and-a-half percent of homes with single mothers were below the poverty line in 2013.  That’s just over three-percent more than the previous year.  A U-W Milwaukee official says it’s a red flag which indicates broader problems in society.  Public health dean Magda Peck said women are often paid less than men for equal work — they don’t have as much access to higher-paying jobs — and they’re more likely to bear the full costs of raising their kids.  Peck also said it’s no secret that women of color have even higher burdens, and so do women living in big cities like Milwaukee.  The Census Bureau report also said poverty grew among Wisconsin’s older residents.  Nine-percent of senior citizens were in poverty last year, up from seven-and-a-half percent in 2011.  Wisconsin’s median household income is the 24th-largest, at almost 51-thousand-500 dollars.  That’s about the same as the previous year, but down from 54-thousand dollars in 2009.  Women make 79 cents for every dollar men make.  That’s the 25th-highest gender gap in the country.

Wisconsin’s attorney general is among the most visible of state officials.  And yet, more than half of the state’s registered voters don’t know what to think of J-B Van Hollen as he’s about to end his eight years in office.  This week’s Marquette Law School poll shows that 51-percent of 800 registered voters don’t know enough about the Republican Van Hollen, or they lack an opinion about him.  Twenty-six percent gave him a favorable rating, and 22-percent unfavorable.  Van Hollen rolled into office in 2007 with a stronger emphasis on fighting crime, and erasing a backlog of D-N-A evidence to be reviewed.  He’s been at the center of the some of the state’s biggest controversies, fighting to preserve Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban and voter I-D law.  The Marquette poll also showed that the candidates for Van Hollen’s replacement are starting to become known to the public.  With the election 47 days away, eighty-six percent of registered voters still don’t know what to think of Republican candidate Brad Schimel — and 82-percent lack an opinion of Democrat Susan Happ.


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