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(Undated)  —  Wisconsinites who took summer like bike rides on trails last weekend are being jolted back into winter. Up to 12 inches of snow are predicted by early tomorrow (Saturday) in parts of southwest and western Wisconsin — and the National Weather Service has winter storm warnings and advisories for virtually the entire state through six a-m Saturday. The state’s midsection was the first to be hit during the night, with almost six inches near Eau Claire and three inches at Green Bay — while Sheboygan had two inches of “thundersnow” and the Milwaukee area had hail of up to one half inch. Most parts of the state will get freezing rain and small ice accumulations along with their snow, plus winds of up to 40 miles per hour that will create blowing and drifting. Six to 12 inches are forecast for the Eau Claire and La Crosse areas — 6-10 inches in central and north central regions — 3-8 inches in far northwest, southwest, and northeast Wisconsin including the Fox Valley — and as little as two inches around Hudson.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) After a stretch of spring-like weather and a lack of snowfall so far this month, winter is making a quick return with accumulating snow that will create hazardous travel through the day an into tonight. Here is a list of the current active weather alerts:

Blizzard Warning: Houston, Winona counties until 6 AM Saturday.

Winter Storm Warning: Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Taylor, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties until 6 AM Saturday.

Winter Weather Advisory: St. Croix, Barron, until midnight and Washburn, Juneau, Vernon counties until 6 AM Saturday.

These various alerts are for accumulating snow that will create difficult and even dangerous travel, along with increasing winds that will blow and drift the snow around, leading to poor visibility at times.

(Undated)  —  Thousands of Wisconsin school students have three day weekends, thanks to a snowstorm that could bring up to 12 inches in the western third of the state by tomorrow (Saturday) morning. As of six a-m, about 90 of the state’s 424 public school districts closed their doors today (Friday) — and some made the decision Thursday night. Wausau, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, and Chippewa Falls are among the largest districts to close — plus Midstate, Northcentral, and Chippewa Valley technical colleges. Four to eight inches of snow are predicted for the Hayward area — and organizers of the American Birkbeiner must decide whether that’s enough to hold North America’s largest cross country ski race tomorrow (Saturday). Some other Friday skiing events were moved earlier to Saturday.

Thursday morning at about 9:50, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a Disorderly complaint at a residence on Highway 73, Glen Flora. After an investigation, two male subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU) — An area school board has hired its next District Administrator.

In a release sent Friday morning, The School District of Bloomer announced that the board picked Brian Misfeldt of Antigo to fill the position. The board has finished negotiating Misfeldt’s contract and approved the hire. Misfeldt’s starting salary is $122,000. He became District Administrator of the Antigo School District in 2016, and is currently a doctoral student through UW-Oshkosh. The release said that the board’s decision to hire Misfeldt was unanimous.

Misfeldt will start his new job on July 1. He succeeds Dr. Mary Randall, who has been District Administrator in Bloomer since 2008. She will retire on June 30 after a 38-year career in education.

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On Wednesday, February 22, at approximately 7:46 PM, the Ladysmith Police Department and the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 800 block of Lindoo Avenue East in the City of Ladysmith for a report of a motor vehicle hit and run crash with injuries.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers located the victim, a 57 year old male from Ladysmith lying next to his truck. The victim was transported to Rusk County Memorial Hospital. The victim later succumbed to his injuries.

A 52 year old male of Ladysmith was arrested and booked into the Rusk County jail.

The incident remains under investigation. The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Rusk County Medical Examiner’s Office are also assisting in the investigation. If anyone has information regarding this hit and run crash please call the Ladysmith Police Department at 715-532-2186.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) After nearly a week of spring-like weather including record warm days and nights, winter has decided to make a return to the state. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Taylor and Trempealeau counties valid from midnight tonight until 6 AM Saturday.
And, in Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire Pepin, Pierce, and St. Croix counties a Winter Storm Warning is valid from 6 PM this evening until 6 AM Saturday.

A Winter Storm Watch takes effect for Houston, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon counties valid at midnight lasting until 6 AM Saturday.
And, a Winter Storm Watch is valid at 6 PM this evening lasting until midnight Saturday for Barron, Polk, and Rusk counties. And, for Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties, the Winter Storm Watch is valid at midnight lasting until noon on Saturday.

There is a potential for heavy, accumulating snow that will create dangerous travel in all of these counties.

For several days forecast models have been indicating the potential of a significant, late week snow event for much of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Still, there is some uncertainty with the exact track and where the heaviest snow will fall.

Confidence is fairly high with regard to the timing that the first precipitation will arrive in Western Wisconsin this evening. We may start out with some scattered rain but through the night, it could be more of a wintry mix. This would then quickly transition over to all snow, with at least a few inches on the ground by daybreak Friday. The early morning commute would be impacted.

The low is expected to form to our southwest and track across Iowa and into Southern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois. As this storm approaches, the storm track and position of the center of low is crucial to the amount of snow we will see locally. Recent trends are now suggesting a more southern track and this would lead to an all snow event in the Chippewa Valley with more of a wintry mix further south. At this time a swath of snowfall in the 6-10″ range is expected into Friday night, before tapering off by daybreak Saturday.

Winds will also be increasing as the low winds up and then begins to move out Friday night, leading to blowing and drifting. At the very least, expect difficult travel conditions with snow covered roads and low visibility at times. Improvements can be expected by the start of the weekend.


Wednesday afternoon a female subject contacted the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and advised that she called earlier saying that she was going to her property located at County Highway D and F, Chetek, to check on it. She reported that a lock was cut and fishing poles were stolen. No other information was available.

(Undated)  —  For the first time in a while, you’ll need jackets to go outside during the afternoon — and depending where you are, you might want to gas up your snowblower. Snow, freezing rain, and thunderstorms are all predicted for various parts of Wisconsin the next two days with lesser chances of precipitation Saturday and Sunday. This follows a record warm spell in which Milwaukee had its warmest winter temperature on record Wednesday with a high of 71 degrees — and Madison had a record high for the month of 68, four degrees warmer than the previous monthly mark set in 2000. A cold front will cool things down dramatically today (Thursday), with highs in the 40s expected. And winter storm warnings are posted tonight (Thursday) through early Saturday in the far northern and north central areas which could save North America’s largest ski race, the American Birkebeiner (birk by ner) that’s set for Saturday in the Hayward area.

(Madison, WI) — The flu bug continues to hit Wisconsin hard. State health officials say 936 cases have been confirmed statewide, way up from the 176 cases recorded by this time last winter. Almost 12-hundred people have been hospitalized with flu related conditions, about six times more than at this point the preceding year. State health officer Karen McKeown says it’s still not too late to get a flu shot, and the condition can be especially harmful to those older than 65 plus those with other health problems.

(Undated)  —  For the 102nd straight time, somebody from outside Wisconsin has won a Powerball jackpot. One ticket sold in Indiana matched all the numbers Wednesday night to win 435-million dollars, the largest Powerball prize in almost three years. Wisconsin has not had a Powerball jackpot winner since October 14th of 2009, when Doug Miron of Marinette chose the cash option of 16-point-seven-million dollars — and he later got in trouble when he bought a house with the winnings and went to jail for stalking and getting obsessed with a teenage girl he hired to clean it. About 53-thousand Wisconsin players won smaller prizes Wednesday night, and one ticket sold in Milwaukee won the third prize of 50-thousand dollars by matching everything but one regular number. Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington D-C, the U-S Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.


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..HIGH END WINTER STORM TAKING AIM AT THE UPPER MIDWEST THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING…BRINGING HEAVY SNOW…STRONG WINDS…AND BLOWING SNOW… .A winter storm watch has been expanded to include areas along and southeast of an Appleton, to St. Cloud, to Mora Minnesota line from Thursday evening through Friday evening. Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts are possible across the watch area. In addition, northeast winds Friday morning becoming north and northwest Friday afternoon will gust as high as 40 mph. Blowing snow will further reduce visibilities. If these winds materialize, blizzard conditions should be expected in open areas. The Friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be significantly impacted. …WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING…

* TIMING…Rain will turn to snow Thursday evening and continue through Friday evening.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…6 to 12 inches are likely, with amounts in excess of 12 inches possible.

* WINDS…Northeast to northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph resulting in considerable blowing snow and possible blizzard conditions.

(Undated) — State public school Superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz have advanced to the April fourth general election, after easy victories in Tuesday’s primary. Evers, an eight year incumbent, got 70-percent of almost 360-thousand votes cast. Holtz, a former Beloit superintendent, got 23-percent and consultant and former Dodgeville school administrator John Humphries was eliminated with seven percent. The 65-year-old Evers says his large margin of victory shows that Wisconsinites are committed to public education — and he assumed that Holtz would get funding from the private school voucher advocates that the challenger supports. The 59-year-old Holtz issued a statement which promised what he called “an alternative vision for the future of Wisconsin’s students,” and Humphries says he remains convinced that youngsters can “achieve so much more with the right leadership” in the state Department of Public Instruction.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turnout in the primary for Wisconsin state superintendent exceeded the average of recent similar elections.

Turnout in Tuesday’s primary hit 8 percent, based on unofficial results with 99 percent of precincts reporting. The average turnout in the prior three primaries for state superintendent was 5.9 percent.

Incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers easily advanced to the April 4 general election with nearly 70 percent of the vote. That was more than each of his two opponents combined. Former Beloit Superintendent Lowell Holtz came in second with 23 percent of the vote. He will face Evers in April.

Former Dodgeville administrator John Humphries came in a distant third place with about 7 percent of the vote.

Nearly 359,000 people voted in the primary out of about 4.4 million people of voting age.


Tuesday afternoon just before 5 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a White Chevy Malibu in the road way on Marshall Road near Poplar Road, Sheldon. According to the report, the vehicle was all smashed up and nobody was around it. A Rusk County deputy contacted the Chippewa County, Price County, and Taylor County Sheriff’s Offices if they had any hit and run calls into there offices. The vehicle does have red paint transfer on it. After further investigation, the vehicle struck something somewhere and the driver claimed it was stolen. The vehicle was seized as evidence pending an investigation. The case is under investigation.

At 4:30 PM Tuesday, Ladysmith Police responded back to a residence on Corbett Avenue West on a report from a female subject that another female subject was yelling and swearing at her and her son for calling the police only minutes earlier. According to the report, The female was told she was going to be cited and went inside the residence. A City Officer attempted to serve the female her citation and Casey A. Deridder, 41, became agitated and slammed the door and was swearing and yelling and banging on the front door. Deridder was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and the female suspect was cited for Disorderly Conduct.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel are to appear together to call for the U.S. Senate to vote on approving President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

Walker and fellow Republican Schimel were to take part in a news conference Wednesday in the state Capitol that’s part of an 11-state effort by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network. The group is calling on Senate Democrats to allow for a vote on Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the court.

Walker earlier this month got into a war of words on Twitter with Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin after she said she planned to vote against Gorsuch.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce president Kurt Bauer and conservative attorney Rick Esenberg were also slated to take part in the news conference.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate’s top Republican has introduced a bill that would relax Wisconsin’s high-capacity well regulations.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s measure would allow people to repair, replace or reconstruct wells without approval from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The bill also would require the DNR to evaluate water bodies in the state’s central sands region. The agency would be able to ask the Legislature to adopt special conditions for water withdrawals in the study area if the agency feels they’re necessary to protect streams and lakes.

Lake associations in the study area would be allowed to build high-capacity wells to replenish lakes if water levels have been dropping.

The associations wouldn’t have to pay permit application fees and could get state grants to build the wells.

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(Undated) — It’s primary election day in Wisconsin, but not even one of every ten voters are expected to cast ballots. The only statewide race for is for public school superintendent, in which eight year incumbent Tony Evers faces challengers John Humphries and Lowell Holtz plus write in Rick Melcher with the top two vote getters advancing to April.  Humphries and Holtz made the race interesting last week when they announced differing plans to join forces, saying each offered the other a job with at least some authority in the state Department of Public Instruction. Also on the ballots are various local offices — including primaries for circuit judges in Trempealeau, Polk, and Manitowoc counties. There are also five school referendums, and the largest would borrow 12-million dollars for a new field house and fitness center at Waterford High School in Racine County.


Monday morning at about 8:40 a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Blackburn Street in Bruce. According to the police log, the vehicle was stopped for failure to stop at a stop sign. The driver and passenger were arrested for warrants. The driver was also cited for operating after revocation and no insurance.

Ladysmith Police and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded just before 2 PM Monday afternoon to the 1200 block of East 16th Street South Ladysmith for a transformer that had blown. City Police were cleared from the scene when Excel Energy arrived. No other information was available.

Just before midnight Monday, a Ladysmith Police Officer made a traffic stop on Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith. According to the report, the Officer talked with the driver Adam Rosolowski, 18, who stated that he had drug paraphernalia in his glove box. Rosolowski was cooperative and was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Rosolowski was also found to be on Probation. The Department of Corrections placed a hold on Rosolowski. He was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail without incident.

Wausau (WAOW) — A body found Tuesday at Big Bull Falls Park in downtown Wausau is that of 50-year-old Scott Novak, according to a news release from the Wausau Police Department.

The person who called police to report the Wausau man’s death, said they knew Novak, and had seen him drinking heavily the night before his body was discovered, according to the news release. Police said his death does not appear to be suspicious.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday afternoon on Novak in Madison. The results of that autopsy found no obvious cause of death, but toxicology results are pending and expected in a couple weeks, police said.

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based Sargento Foods Inc., is expanding a voluntary recall of some cheeses due to a possible bacterial contamination.

The company recalled some cheeses Feb. 10, but expanded the recall Friday to include products produced on the same line. Sargento says it also cut ties with Indiana-based Deutsch Kase Haus, which supplied cheese which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have been confirmed.

The additional products include 8-ounce packages of Sargento’s Sliced Colby, Sliced Muenster, Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 7.5-ounce packages of Sliced Pepper Jack and 6.67-ounce packages of Sliced Tomato and Basil Jack.

The affected cheeses have various sell-by dates. To see if a product is part of the recall, and to see previously recalled items, visit

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In Rusk County news this past weekend, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a theft complaint Friday afternoon, from the Flambeau School District. They requested to speak with a deputy regarding a student taking stuff out of the teachers desks.

Shortly after 10 PM Friday night, a theft was reported to Rusk County authorities. A male subject advised that someone had taken a fishing hut, ice auger, and fishing gear from the back of his truck which was parked on Main Street Sheldon. No other information was available.

A Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop at about 3:30 AM Saturday on River Avenue Ladysmith. According to the report, a City Officer assisted the County deputy and a field sobriety was performed on the driver. After an investigation the driver, Dakota J. Wisniewski, 22, was taken into custody for OWI 1st Offense and transported to RCMH for a blood draw.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call Saturday just before 12 Noon from a male subject advising that his vehicle went off the road into the ditch on Highway 27, Ladysmith. According to the report, the driver reached down to get his phone and he lost control. The driver was issued a citation for inattentive driving and no injuries were report.

A Rusk County deputy shortly before 2 AM Sunday did a bar check at Porky’s bar on Railway Avenue, Weyerhaeuser. According to the report, while doing a bar check, the deputy noticed Levi Hanson in the bar. Hanson was known to be on Probation. Probation was contacted and placed a hold on Hanson who was than taken into custody.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly before 2 AM this (Monday) morning of a possible Domestic incident. According to the report, a female subject went to get her child from a male subject because he was drinking. She advised that they pushed each other. After an investigation, the male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Late Saturday morning a Ladysmith Officer was informed by dispatch of a 911 call but was unable to determine the location of the call. The Officer later found that the call came from a residence on East Worden Avenue. According to the report, the Officer met with a female subject who called 911 because her and her boyfriend were fighting and he left. Brett M Bents was later found and was arrested for a violation of his Probation.

Saturday night at about 9:40, Ladysmith Police were dispatched to a residence on 1st Street South in reference to an argument between two parties. While investigating, Officers found that Jakeb James Kirk, 26, had been consuming beverage alcohol and was currently on a bond that he was not to be consuming beverage alcohol. Kirk was arrested for the offense and was transported to the Rusk County jail.


Mother Nature is not being kind to the annual American Birkebeiner.

Events staff said the recent warmer weather and loss of snow on the ground means the overall race course will be changed.  Here is the latest trail report from the American Birkebeiner’s website.

2.20.17 (9:00AM):  After this weekend’s warm weather, along with warmer conditions and rain forecast for today, the ABSF team has determined that an adjustment in the overall race course is required.  After this weekend’s warm weather, Lake Hayward is no longer a viable option for race week.  Without Lake Hayward, there is no longer a possibility of finishing races in downtown Hayward.  Given this decision, the International Bridge that normally spans Highway 63, will not be installed for Birkie week races this year.  We know snow is in the forecast, but a downtown finish is no longer a feasible option for 2017 events.  Even if we are to receive snow later this week, a downtown finish is no longer in the mix.  Overall, the Birkie Trail base has remained quite stable after this past weekend’s weather.  Trails north of OO have fared well and trails south of OO remain mostly intact.  As of today, the possibility of finishing at Duffy Field in Hayward remains an option for Birkie Week races.  That being said, we are being very realistic with our contingency plans and are focusing on the increasing likelihood of staging Birkie week events on the trail north of OO.  Decisions on the location of Thursday events will be made tomorrow (Tuesday) and participants/volunteers will be notified as soon as a decision is made.  Before any decisions are made regarding Friday and Saturday events, we’ll need to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us in the next 24 hours.  As conditions or plans change, we’ll notify all through Birkie Alert emails, Facebook posts, Twitter, and will update this page on the latest news and developments.

The American Birkebeiner’s events run from Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th.  The classic 55K ski race is Saturday, February 25th.  The events attract more than 13,000 skiers and thousands of spectators from around the world, and contributes millions of dollars to the Hayward-Cable-northwestern WI economy.

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The spring-like turn we have been talking about the last several days will materialize today and continue through the weekend. Friday is actually likely to be a warmer day than Saturday as an unusually warm core of air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere arrives from the west. This, combined with sunshine will lead to mid April-like highs .. in the 50s. I expect some of our southern areas to not only see the first 50 degree temperatures of the year, but possibly even a few 60s as well. The record in Eau Claire is 55, set back in 1981, and 64 in La Crosse, set in the same year. There is decent chance Eau Claire could tie or break this record, while La Crosse should come up short. The average high for February 17 is 30°.

A cold front will then pass through at night, temporarily shifting winds and leading to some fog development into early Saturday. The air mass will be a touch cooler so highs will also likely be a bit lower. A mostly sunny sky will return with highs closer to 50°. The large upper ridge that is responsible for the unusual warmth will remain over the region Sunday into early next week. Temperatures should start to warm up a little more on Sunday as the next warm front develops in the Plains and moves east. Southerly flow will start to increase, helping to bring milder air northward. Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50s.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A Mondovi man, who is accused of making numerous bomb threats using email and Facebook, was found not competent on Thursday.

An Eau Claire County judge made that ruling in the case against Dustin Hewitt. He’s accused of making a bomb threat to the Rusk County Law Enforcement Center in 2016, forcing evacuation of the jail and courthouse. Investigators said he made similar threats to the Eau Claire Probation and Parole Office, the Ladysmith Police Department and the headquarters for

On Thursday, the judge ordered that Hewitt be committed for treatment. He faces similar charges in Rusk County.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he is not ruling out a run for governor in 2018 against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The western Wisconsin congressman from La Crosse has frequently been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor, but he’s never run. But Kind tells Wisconsin Public Radio on Thursday that the state needs new leadership after six years under Walker.

Kind says he hasn’t decided whether he will run.

Kind says, “I’ve been troubled, as many people have throughout the state, in regards to the direction of where we’ve gone as a state, the unnecessary division, pitting people against each other, dividing families.”

Walker is expected to seek a third term in 2018.

(Madison, WI)  —  Two Republican state lawmakers got a lot of heat for proposing that Daylight Savings Time be eliminated. Now, W-I-S-C T-V says Representatives Samantha Kerkman of Salem and Mike Schraa of Oshkosh plan to change the bill so Wisconsin stays on Central Standard Time all year long. That would have been the effect of the original legislation, which according to Schraa attracted opposition in hundreds of Facebook posts in the seven days since the measure was first made public. Schraa says the new bill makes it clearer that it’s about eliminating time changes which he says make it hard on children and animals, and increases the risk for heart attacks. He said some vocal constituents came up with the idea — while opponents generally said it would hurt summer tourism and recreation by making it darker one hour earlier.

The Ladysmith Lions Club presents there 6th annual Fun on the Frozen Flambeau this Saturday and Sunday. They have over $20,000 in prizes and there will be food, beverages and raffles throughout the weekend. A number of events will be held both days. On Saturday they have snow sculpting contest, Free face painting, vintage snowmobile swap and show, Model airplane show and demonstration plus dog sled races and the polar plunge at Noon. They have a bean bag tournament, toilet seat toss tournament and the Ladysmith Drift Busters poker run. From 6-10 PM Saturday night, the Party rock variety band Commotion will be playing. Sunday starts with the Ladysmith Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast from 7-10 AM. The 6th annual Ladysmith Lions Club fishing contest will be from 10 AM until 2 PM. They have a youth fishing area from 10 AM until 1 PM plus frozen turkey bowling and raffle drawings from 10 AM until 2 PM Sunday. The events will be held at the end of Leonhard Lane, off Highway 8 between Tony and Ladysmith.


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(Undated)  —  Governor Scott Walker appears to have snuffed out Democratic claims that he’s interested in becoming President Donald Trump’s new nominee for labor secretary. Fast food magnate Andrew Puzder withdrew from his bid Wednesday, after Senate Republicans said they did not have the votes to confirm him amid reports that he opposed raising the minimum wage and his firm did not fully investigate sexual harassment allegations. Walker’s office said Trump has not made an offer to the Republican governor, and repeated that he has no interest in joining the Cabinet. Walker himself wrote the following tweet — “The future is too bright in (Wisconsin) for me to do anything other than being governor.” Three hours after that tweet, the state Democratic Party issued a statement that working families should “fear what may lie ahead,” based on Walker’s record.

Wednesday morning at about 8:30, a Probation Officer asked for assistance from Rusk County deputies and Ladysmith Police in taking a subject into custody. At 9:00 AM Probation and Parole conducted a search of the subjects residence on Sabin Avenue East, Ladysmith for a possible firearm. A firearm was reportedly located in the residence. Johnny S. Smith, 51, was placed on a Probation hold and taken into custody by a Rusk County deputy. The City Officer took possession of the .22 Revolver and taken as evidence. The case will be sent to the DA’s Office for review.

At about 2:45 PM Wednesday, a female employee at the 12 mile Cenex Convenience Store on Highway 27, Conrath, advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of a gas drive off that took place on Feb. 12th just before 4 PM in the amount of $15.29. She advised that they know who the person was and they attempted first to contact them on facebook. When they failed the manager told her to call the Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, the female suspect pumped $15.29 worth of gas and left the gas station without paying for the gas. On video, the suspect did not make an attempt to pay for the gas. A Rusk County deputy was unable to make contact with the subject.

A Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop at about 9:20 PM Wednesday night. According to the police log, after an investigation, one male and one female were detained. No other information was available.

Just before 10 PM Wednesday, Ladysmith Police responded to an address on Worden Avenue East for a welfare check. According to the report, a male subject advised that people with a dog were staying in his apartment and he did not want them there. He also advised that people he did not know were coming and going from his apartment and he wanted them all out. When City Officers arrived they asked for permission to search the residence. The owner gave permission to the Officers to search the residence for people and other illegal drugs that may be present in the apartment. Carissa K Jordan, 23, was discovered hiding under some blankets at the head of the bed. The Officer continued to search the room and discovered a glass pipe believed to be used to smoke methamphetamine hidden under the mattress. Jordan was placed under arrest for possession of Methamphetamine Paraphernalia and a Probation Warrant.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy says he won’t challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, clearing the way for other Republicans who had been waiting for his decision to get in the race.

Duffy announced Thursday that he decided against challenging Baldwin, who will be up for re-election for the first time next year. Duffy is in his fourth term representing northern Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.

Duffy says in a statement that “this is not the right time for me to run for Senate.” He and his wife have eight children and Duffy says “family always comes first.”

Numerous other Republicans have been considering the race, including state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Madison businessman Eric Hovde.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir says she was seriously considering running for U.S. Senate before U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy announced he would not be a candidate.

And Vukmir said Thursday with the news that he’s out, she is moving forward with evaluating whether to get in. Vukmir says she has no timeline for when she will make a final decision.

Vukmir lives in Brookfield and has been in the state Legislature since 2003. She is one of several Republicans considering a Senate run next year against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Vukmir says she is evaluating whether she’s the best person to run, if she can put together a team and raise money for the race that’s expected to be a target for both Republicans and Democrats

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(Madison, WI)  —  Less than one of every ten Wisconsin adults are expected to vote in next Tuesday’s primaries, in which the race for public school superintendent is the only statewide contest. The Elections Commission is not predicting a turnout for this one — but three similar primaries since 2001 only attracted about six-percent of eligible voters. State Superintendent Tony Evers is challenged by consultant John Humphries and former Beloit Superintendent Lowell Holtz — and the top two vote getters will advance to April, along with primary winners for circuit judges in Manitowoc, Polk, and Trempealeau counties plus other local government and school board posts. Only five school referendums are up next week, as opposed to the 65 school funding and borrowing questions that await voters in April. Tuesday’s largest project is for a new field house and fitness center at Waterford High School, with 12-point-two-million dollars in bonding.

(Madison, WI) — Wisconsin Republicans want to restrict recounts so only those who lose extremely close elections can ask for them. Senate elections panel chairman Devin LeMahieu (leh may’hew) says he never again wants to see what happened in December — when the Green Party’s Jill Stein was granted a statewide recount of the presidential contest. LeMahieu is among three lawmakers seeking cosponsors for a bill to only let candidates who lose by one-percent or less ask for recounts, and Stein has not commented. She finished a distant fourth in the White House contest last November, and she convinced donors to cover her cost for the Wisconsin recount of less than two-million dollars — and G-O-P Governor Scott Walker later accused Stein of using the process to build a list of donors for future contests. LeMahieu tells WisPolitics Dot Com he echoes that opinion.


Just after midnight this (Wednesday) morning, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Main Street Bruce. According to the police log, after an investigation a male subject was taken into custody for Baby Luke. The subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could give school boards and other governmental bodies a way around the open meetings law.

The case up for argument Wednesday focuses on whether meetings of a committee created by employees of the Appleton Area School District should have been open to the public. The committee reviewed books for a ninth grade class.

More broadly, the court will examine whether committees created like the one in Appleton are exempt from the law.

Lower courts have sided with the district, which said the discussions were not subject to the open meetings law.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, the Wisconsin Newspapers Association and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association all argue that the meetings should have been open.

Wisconsin’s Summer Food Service Program is seeking sponsors to provide meals to economically disadvantaged children during the 2017 summer break from school. Sponsors can be, Public or private nonprofit school food authorities. Public or private nonprofit summer camps, Units of local, municipal, county, tribal, or state governments, Public or private colleges or universities that are currently participating in the National Youth Sports and Precollege Programs and Private nonprofit organizations.

Last year, Wisconsin’s 217 Summer Food Service Program sponsors provided nearly 2.83 million free meals to children from low-income families during the summer months. Sponsors operated 888 sites statewide in 2016, up nearly 100 sites over the past two years. Wisconsin has been offering meals to disadvantaged youth through the Summer Food Service Program since the federal program began in 1975. We’ve seen continued growth over the years as the state’s public and private schools and nonprofit organizations step up their sponsorship and number of nutrition sites so they can serve the many families who need food assistance during the summer. The most common sponsor for the Summer Food Service program has been local school districts that combine a meal program with their summer school sessions.



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(Washington, DC)  —  U-S Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says it’s clear that President Donald Trump has a bureaucracy that does not support his agenda — and Michael Flynn’s resignation proves it. On Fox News this (Tuesday), Johnson — a Republican who heads the Senate’s Homeland Security panel — says Trump will “have to come to grips” with his staff. Johnson says it’s troublesome that were leaks to the media about Flynn’s contacts with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office — and Flynn admitted giving “incomplete information” about that to the White House. Johnson says those types of leaks are “incredibly damaging” to the nation, but he did not say they were illegal. In a tweet this (Tuesday) morning, Trump said the “real story” is “so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington,” and he asked why they’re happening.

Just after 9 PM Monday night, a male subject advised that someone went into the ditch on Spur Road near Sheldon and the driver took off running towards the railroad tracks. A Rusk County deputy responded to the scene. According to the report, while initially investigating the crash, a dark colored SUV approached from VV/Spur Road, then squealed the tires and rapidly fled the area. The Rusk County deputy pursued the vehicle thinking it was involved with the crash since the driver initially fled the area on foot. The pursuit of the SUV continued to the county line, then into Taylor County where the deputy terminated the pursuit to avoid causing further issues. The original driver of the crashed vehicle ended up coming back to the crash scene and appeared to be unrelated to the fleeing vehicle. The driver was taken into custody for OWI and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Monday morning at 2;35 AM, Rusk County dispatch received a call from an unknown person asking for Police to be sent to 9th Street because someone was at his door with a gun. According to the police log, when dispatch attempted to get more detailed information they lost contact with the caller. City Police along with Rusk County deputies patrolled the area but nothing out of the ordinary was observed. Police listened to the recording of the call and the voice sounded similar to a voice they recognize. The call was made on a private number and the caller also sounded calm on the recording. City Police patrolled around local businesses in case the call was made to clear police presence. Just after midnight Tuesday morning, it was believed that the voice was that of Charles Barna, 17. A City Officer made contact with Barna and he admitted to making the false call and being paid $20 so that a friend of his did not get pulled over for an unregistered vehicle. Barna was arrested for unlawful Phone Use-Obscenity.

(Marshfield, WI)  —  The survivor of a fatal snowmobile crash in central Wisconsin is hospitalized in fair condition. Clark County sheriff’s deputies say 46-year-old Steven Lautenstein of Loyal left a trail near Spencer, veered into a wooded area, and rolled Sunday morning about 15 miles northwest of Marshfield. He was taken to a Marshfield hospital and his passenger, 34-year-old Robert Kurz of Loyal, was killed. The crash is still being investigated, and it’s the 12th snowmobile death in Wisconsin this winter — and the fifth in the last eleven days.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill to expand broadband service in underserved parts of the state.

The bill made public Tuesday is sponsored by Rep. Romaine Quinn and Sen. Howard Marklein. It would allocate $15.5 million in grants for rural areas. Almost a quarter of Wisconsinites live in rural areas and around 40 percent do not have broadband, or high-speed internet access, at home.

Quinn and other Republican lawmakers focused on improving life in rural Wisconsin plan to hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the broadband bill and other initiatives to improve health care access and job creation.

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal released last week included an additional $35 million for broadband, which includes the grants. A significant portion will go toward schools and educational institutions.

(Madison, WI)  —  If Governor Scott Walker has his way, most adults would have to work to be eligible for the state’s long running Homestead tax credit. Part of Walker’s proposed state budget would make able bodied adults younger than 62 have jobs to claim the Homestead credit, which is designed to help with housing taxes for low income homeowners and renters. Seniors and the disabled would be exempt from the work mandate, which would take effect in 2018 if Walker’s fellow Republicans in the Legislature go along with it. For those who remain eligible, Walker would resume automatic increases in the Homestead credit to inflation — something the G-O-P cut out in 2011, after former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle approved it in 2009. Last year, almost 200-thousand low income residents obtained 98-million dollars in Homestead credits.

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