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Ladysmith (WQOW) – Charges have been filed against a Ladysmith high school student who is accused of making “Columbine” threats.

Allen Lobermeier, the Ladysmith police chief, said charges were filed last week against 18-year-old Sean Patrick Callaway, from Ladysmith. Last week, Lobermeier said the Ladysmith Middle and High School principal called to report a student walking around the school saying, “I’m in Columbine mode.” Police arrested and booked the student for disorderly conduct. Authorities said Callaway reportedly denied making those comments, and he was released the same day.

Police said Callaway is currently suspended from school.

In Rusk County over the past weekend, shortly after 2 AM Saturday morning, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Barron County advising there unit was in a chase with a Chevy Sedan with both front tires blown out due to spike strips. According to the police log, they were heading East bound on Highway 8 towards Rusk County with speeds of 80 plus miles an hour. During the pursuit, a Ladysmith Officer put spikes West of Bruce and the Bruce ambulance was paged for standby. The Barron County unit mad a stop of the vehicle at Railway Avenue and County Highway F. The driver was taken into custody by the Baron County deputy. No other information was available.

At 3:50 AM Saturday morning, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 8 and Taylor Road. According to the report, field sobriety tests were performed on the driver. The subject was taken into custody for OWI 2nd offense. The subject had a PBT reading of .11. The subject was taken to RCMH for a blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 7:30 PM Saturday evening, served a warrant at a residence on 1st Street, Conrath. According to the police log, a Rusk County deputy was with a White Nissan Versa in the parking lot. The subject, Adam Libbey was brought back to the residence. After an investigation, Libbey was taken into custody.

At about 10:20 PM Saturday, Rusk County authorities were at a residence on Bisson Road, Ingram. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy had Hunter Volk in custody for Felony Drug Charges. Probation placed a hold on Volk and he was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Sunday morning shortly before Noon, a male subject reported a theft to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. The male subject advised that his 5 x 12 foot metal trailer was stolen sometime last night from a location on highway 40, Bruce. The trailer was metal with a wooden floor and a high tail gate which was all Black. There was no license plate on it. The case is under investigation.

Late Friday night Ladysmith Police were dispatched to an address on Worden Avenue East to respond to a report of an altercation involving a knife. After an investigation, a 44 year old male subject was found to have started the altercation. The City Officer will refer the subject to the DA’s Office for Disorderly Conduct Domestic.

A City Officer at 3:45 PM Saturday while on patrol observed a vehicle that came to a stop on Washington Avenue at 2nd Street. The Officer observed the driver to be Brian Fuller whom he knew did not have a valid driver’s license. The registered owner of the vehicle was Andrea Mankus who was the front passenger. She advised she did not have Insurance on the vehicle. A passenger in the back seat was Christopher McClain 31. He was arrested for a Probation hold because of a rules violation in contact with a female subject who was also in the vehicle. Fuller was issued a citation for OAS and Mankus issued a citation for no Insurance.

Early Saturday evening a City Officer responded to a residence on Corbett Avenue West, Ladysmith to attempt to locate Christopher M. Bodner, 35, who had an active Department of Corrections Warrant. According to the report, Bodner and another male subject took off as soon as they saw that a Police Officer was at the residence. Bodner was located in the 400 block of 1st Street South by the Railroad tracks hiding behind a pile of snow. Bodner was taken into custody and was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Sunday afternoon at 4:40, Ladysmith Police and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to a location on Lake Avenue East Ladysmith for a fire call. When the City Police arrived, there was smoke in the Lake Avenue Dry Cleaners and Travel. The Officers and Firemen determined the reason for the smoke was a belt on the washer.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Adults who allow teenagers to drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a new bill two Republican lawmakers are circulating.

Current law prohibits adults from allowing underage drinkers to consume alcohol in premises owned by the adults or under their control. But a state appeals court ruling last year narrowly interpreted “premises” to refer only to licensed establishments such as liquor stores or bars.

Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard want to extend the law to include adults who host underage drinking in their own homes.

The two say their proposal will deter parents and other adults from hosting underage parties and providing alcohol to teenagers, which will reduce underage drinking and drunken driving.

A similar bill in 2013 failed to pass.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Superintendent Tony Evers continues to far outpace challenger Lowell Holtz in fundraising with the April 4 election just a week away.

Evers said Monday that he had raised nearly $218,000 from Feb. 7 through March 20, about two-and-a-half times more than Holtz who brought in $87,000.

Evers also had more than twice as much cash on hand with nearly $75,000 while Holtz has $30,000.

Holtz’s report shows he’s benefiting from Republican donors in the officially nonpartisan race. He’s received $25,000 from GOP mega donors Richard and Liz Uihlein (YOU-line). The Uihleins founded Uline Corp. in Pleasant Prairie in 1980.

Holtz also got donations from Republican parties in 14 Wisconsin counties as well as a $1,000 donation from the campaign committee of former Republican state Senate President Mary Lazich.

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ROTHSCHILD – The suspect arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of four people on Wednesday is a middle-aged Weston man who was targeting his estranged wife, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin has learned.

Nengmy Vang, 45, is the man police believe committed the shootings, according to multiple people with knowledge of Vang’s involvement.

Police at a Thursday afternoon press briefing declined to name Vang or say exactly what motivated the killings, except to say it was a “domestic incident” involving a husband and wife.

The husband had targeted the wife in the shootings, but she escaped unharmed, said Jason Smith, deputy administrator of the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation.

Vang is seeking to divorce his 41-year-old wife of more than two decades. He called the marriage “irretrievably broken” in a court filing obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. The couple has at least six kids.

(Weston, WI)  —  The 45-year-old suspect in the Marathon County shooting rampage which left four people dead this week is being treated for non-fatal wounds and remains in a hospital.  The name of the Weston man has not been officially released.  The four shooting victims have been identified as Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, Marathon Savings Bank employees Dianne Look and Karen Barclay, and attorney Sara Quirt Sann.  Investigators say the shooter was motivated by a domestic incident and wasn’t trying to rob the bank.  The domestic violence victim was not injured.


Thursday morning at about 8:30, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy to stop at the Express Mart on Main Street, Bruce to take a complaint of a fake $20 bill. According to the police log, they took it a couple weeks ago and the bank notified them that it was fake. An Officer from the Eau Claire Police Department called the Express Mart and advised they think they have the subject in custody that was using the fake 20 dollar bills. No other information was available.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday afternoon received a theft complaint. According to the report, a female subject reported the theft of 2 pieces of culvert at a location on Broken Arrow Road. One was 10 feet and one was 20 feet long. The culverts were reportedly stolen from the ditch sometime Wednesday night.

Shortly after 6 PM Thursday, a male subject advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that a second male subject stole a bunch of tools from him after that subject fired him from the job. The complainant advised that some of the crew stated that the suspect admitted to taking the tools and was wanting to sell them. The theft reportedly happened at a job site in Rusk County. The case is under investigation.

Thursday Ladysmith Police were called to the Ladysmith High School for a theft complaint. After an investigation, Zachary D. Wiles, 18 was cited by a City Officer for theft of money from another student.

Ladysmith Police Thursday afternoon were notified that Kristen N. Popp, 21, was a Walmart and had an active Warrant. A City Officer and Rusk County deputies arrived at Walmart and located Popp. She was escorted to the squad car where she was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.

At 1:15 AM this (Friday) morning, a City Officer was called in to go to RCMH to sit with Dalton James Krueger, 24 until he was medically cleared. According to the report, Krueger was brought into RCMH via ambulance for medical problem. After finding Krueger was smoking Methamphetamine, Probation placed a hold on him. After Krueger was medically cleared, he was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.

(Madison, WI)  —  The Legislative Fiscal Bureau projects a larger structural deficit for Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget than previously thought.  The figure released Thursday was nearly one-point-one billion dollars.  The previous estimate from Walker’s office was about 740-million.  Wisconsin lawmakers would have to erase that deficit when they put the 2019-to-2021 budget together.  Leaders of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee have questioned the spending approach in the past.  The final budget will have to be balanced because that is required under the state Constitution.

Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner, 80, of Winter, died Tuesday, March 21st at Ladysmith Care Community. Mary is survived by her husband Warren Wagner of Winter. They were married for 57 years. Children, Michael Wagner of Fairbanks, Alaska, Rita and Wally Hinz of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gregory Wagner of Ladysmith, John Wagner of Bolingbrook, ILL., James Wagner of Dixon, ILL., and Linda Wagner of Chippewa Falls, four grandchildren and many friends and family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Saturday, March 25th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Radisson.  Visitation will be held Saturday from 10-11 AM prior to Mass at the Church.  Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winter at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Ladysmith Care Community for the Resident Activity Fund.  Online condolences can be made at

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Ashland; Bayfield; Iron; Price; Sawyer

…A WINTRY MIXTURE OF PRECIPITATION EXPECTED TONIGHT… .A band of mixed precipitation will develop over the northland tonight. Precipitation will move in from the south, and as temperatures drop this evening, look for a transition to mixed freezing rain or sleet over north central Wisconsin. The light freezing rain may produce a thin glaze of ice. Additional areas may be affected, and this advisory may need to be expanded. … The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a wintry mix…which is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 9 AM CDT Friday.
* LOCATIONS…North central and parts of Northwest Wisconsin.

* TIMING…Expect a wintry mix to develop around 8 PM this evening, and then diminish by mid morning Friday.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS…up to a tenth of an inch.

* IMPACTS…Icing may create slippery road conditions and produce scattered power outages.

A winter weather advisory for mixed precipitation means a mixture of freezing rain and sleet is expected. Small accumulations of ice are expected on untreated roads and sidewalks. Anyone with travel plans should be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down when driving and allow for extra stopping distance because you may lose control of your vehicle if you try to slow down or stop quickly.

Wednesday afternoon at about 2:10 PM a Rusk County deputy served a warrant at a residence on County Highway W, Sheldon. According to the police log, a Rusk County deputy has Travis Obrien in custody and was transporting him to the Rusk County jail on Rusk County warrants.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 4:20 PM from a female who reported that her father punched her in the face. According to the Police log, she advised that her father was in the residence and she was outside. While on the phone the dispatcher could hear several people hollering in the background. After a few minutes the caller advised that she left the residence with her mother. While on the phone the dispatcher could hear them yelling and arguing in the car. The caller advised at one point that she was bleeding from her nose but refused medical attention. A Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop with the victim of this complaint. They went to the LEC to get statements. A Rusk County deputy went back to the residence and after an investigation, a male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police at 5:30 PM Wednesday, went to an address on Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith, for a warrant service on Heather Lynn Welke, 41. The Officer made contact with Welke and she was advised of the Ladysmith Municipal Warrant. She was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WEAU) — During a press conference Wednesday night, the Everest Metropolitan Police Department confirmed three civilians and one Everest Metro Police Officer are dead after a shooting in Rothschild Wednesday afternoon.

Chief Wallace Sparks said the shooting covered several crime scenes. He said there is one suspect at this point in time, and he was taken into custody.

Chief Sparks said D.C. Everest Schools went on lockdown per protocol. He also said residents were evacuated from one of the crime scenes, and they are being assisted by the Red Cross.

Jason Smith with the WI Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation said more than 100 law enforcement officers from several departments were in the field working this case.

Smith said another press briefing will be held tomorrow.

No names are being released at this time, out of respect for the families involved.

Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued the following statement regarding the tragic events in the Wausau area yesterday that left four victims dead, including an Everest Metropolitan Police Officer. 

“This was a horrific act of violence that tragically took the lives of four innocent people. On behalf of the entire State of Wisconsin, Tonette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims, to Chief Wally Sparks and all members of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department, and to the Rothschild, Schofield, and Weston communities. We want you to know that we all stand with you and seek to comfort you as you mourn the loss of your loved ones.”

LOYAL, Wis. (WEAU) — A man from Loyal, who is charged after a snowmobile he was driving rolled over and killed a man, has entered a plea

Steven Lauenstein, 46, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Clark County Court. Lauenstein was charged with three counts, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

The crash happened in the Town of Sherman, near loyal in February. The criminal complaint says Lauenstein was driving a stolen snowmobile at a high rate of speed when he lost control, and the passenger, 34-year-old Robert Kurz, was thrown from the snowmobile and hit a tree. Kurz later died from his injuries.

The complaint says Lauenstein admitted to having two or three drinks before the crash.


(Madison, WI)  —  A bipartisan measure introduced Wednesday would help communities expand the service E-M-T’s and paramedics provide to people across Wisconsin. The Assembly Committee on Health held a public hearing on the bill Wednesday that would define statewide standards for Community Emergency Medical Services. The legislation would allow local hospitals, ambulance companies and municipal E-M-T’s to deliver non-emergency care to people in their homes under the medical direction of a physician, and could consist of preventive care or chronic disease management. Democratic Representative Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point, along with Republican Representative Amy Loudenbeck of Clinton, and Republican Senator Terry Moulton backed the bill. Supporters say it would help bridge the gap in medical shortages that often plague rural communities.

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(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Some Wisconsin health insurers say higher deductibles and less coverage will result from the lower premiums touted by Republicans in their Obamacare replacement bill. Cathy Mahaffey, C-E-O of the Common Ground Cooperative in Brookfield, says that if people are serious about cutting insurance costs, “We’ve got to start talking about the cost of medical care.” House leaders expect the Senate to give higher tax credits to older people to cover expected price increases for them. Still, Marty Anderson of Marshfield’s Security Health Plan says the age makeup for its plans will change “dramatically” as fewer people above 50 would pay for coverage. The House is scheduled to start debating the G-O-P’s health bill tomorrow (Thursday) — but Wisconsin Senate Republican Ron Johnson says he has “lots of problems” with the current package, and he’s not confident that a bill could pass this year.

Tuesday afternoon shortly before 3:30 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male subject at Cedar Lodge advising of an ATV accident on County Highway J East of Highway 27. Rusk County deputies, the Ladysmith Fire Department and Ladysmith Ambulance responded to the scene. According to the Report, an ATV operator was driving East bound on County Highway J about ¼ mile East of Highway 27. An ATV operator lost control and rolled several times. A second ATV that was leading got home and noticed his friend was not behind him so he returned and found the injured ATV operator. Ladysmith EMS requested Lifelink helicopter respond to the scene. The injured ATV operator was airlifted and flown to Luther-Mayo hospital in Eau Claire. The DNR was notified of the accident and is under investigation.

At 4:40 AM this (Wednesday) morning, a male subject advised Rusk County authorities that he was passing County Highway H on Highway 40 and seen skid marks going into the ditch and finding a stop sign smashed. The caller further noticed a pickup truck far down in the ditch. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene, and reported no occupants in the vehicle which was about 60 yards down in the ditch and there was significant damage to the vehicle. According to the Police log, the Rusk County deputy contacted the registered owner’s employer to verify the operator’s safety. After an investigation all occupants in the vehicle were okay. Sawyer County was requested to make contact with the Registered Owner. A male subject was contacted who did not know exactly who the individuals were. They might work for him but did not want to give out any information because afraid of immigration laws he stated. Citations will be issued when more information is gathered.

Tuesday morning at 9 AM, Ladysmith Police assisted Rusk County deputies with the execution of two search warrants at a residence on Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith. According to the report, Kevin D. Knight, 31, was arrested on a Probation Warrant. Kevin A. Krizan, 33, was arrested for an active Probation Warrant and both were transported to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police shortly before 12 Midnight Tuesday, went to a residence on College Avenue West, Ladysmith in an attempt to locate Kristina Marie Tamaski, 28, for an active Ladysmith Municipal Warrant she had. Tamaski was located at the residence and explained that she had a warrant from Municipal Court for an unpaid fine. She was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail. Tamaski posted the money for her unpaid fine and was released shortly after.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold is starting a new nonprofit political advocacy group focused on abolishing the Electoral College, voters’ rights, campaign finance reform and protecting the independence of the Supreme Court.

Feingold announced the new group, called LegitAction, on Wednesday. It comes four months after he lost a rematch for the U.S. Senate against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Feingold had previously headed a political action committee called Progressives United that he ended in 2015 before his Senate run.

A press release announcing creation of the group says it will “advocate for the restoration and protection of a legitimate U.S. government that is accountable to its citizens by promoting pro-democracy reforms.”

Feingold served three terms in the Senate before being ousted by Johnson in 2010.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of private schools in Wisconsin registered to get tuition subsidies has increased significantly since the state Legislature approved a statewide voucher program four years ago.

Gov. Scott Walker’s latest budget proposal shows the program, funded by taxpayers, has grown to nearly 300 private schools across the state enrolling about 34,000 students this fall.

Walker’s budget estimates the state’s voucher programs are expected to cost about $263 million in 2017-2018.

Vouchers are tuition subsidies paid with tax dollars that help children attend private schools, the majority of which are religious. The annual voucher payments will rise to about $7,500 per elementary school student and roughly $8,000 for high school student this fall.

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Monday evening at about 7:15, a Rusk County deputy served a warrant at a residence on Railway Avenue, Weyerhaeuser. According to the police log, the deputy made contact with the female subject. After an investigation, the female subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

A female subject at about 9:20 PM Monday night, advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that Brett Alexander was knocking on her windows at a residence on Willow Lane, Ladysmith, and would like him to stop. The complainant advised there is a protection order between them. After an investigation, Alexander was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2:45 p.m., Barron County jail staff was advised by other inmates of an inmate in the shower attempting suicide by hanging. Jail staff immediately responded along with Gold Cross Ambulance. Jail staff arrived and medical procedures were initiated. Gold Cross Ambulance arrived and transported the subject to Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron where he was flown to Mayo in Eau Claire. On Sunday afternoon, the Sheriff Department was advised that the inmate had passed away. The inmate was identified as Loren Bronstad, 57 of Cumberland. He was in the H1 Dorm being held for a probation revocation. Initial investigation shows that Loren went into the shower and hung himself with a sheet. A suicide note was left and approximately 28 other inmates were in the cell block at the time. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department is investigating this incident and the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections has been advised.

La Crosse (WXOW) — Xcel Energy has announced plans to add 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the Upper Midwest region, a move that will provide long term savings to customers and help the company approach 63 percent carbon-free energy by 2030.

For the past 12 years, Xcel has been the leading wind provider in the United States. With the addition of seven new wind farms in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, Xcel plans to increase its wind energy fleet by 60 percent.

The projects represent more than $2.5 billion in capital investments and Xcel estimates the wind projects will save more than $4 billion in fuel and other costs over the life of the project.

“Everywhere they’re located they will provide local benefits, Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President of Xcel Energy, said. “From construction jobs, to the ongoing permanent jobs, to property tax to payments made to landowners. It really is a good benefit to the state’s they’re located in as well as good benefit for our customers.”

All the projects are subject to state and local regulatory approval. If accepted, the projects will be in service in 2020.


TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — Law enforcement officers are looking for a vehicle that left the scene of a traffic stop.

It started just before 6 p.m. Monday when a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle on I-94 at milepost 87 in Trempealeau County for illegal window tint.

During the traffic stop, the operator left the scene and a pursuit began.

The state patrol says the vehicle turned through a crossover and proceeded to go eastbound on I-94 at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit continued to Exit 105 at the City of Hixton in Jackson County where the officer lost sight of the vehicle.

The vehicle was later seen in the City of Blair and Trempealeau County officers pursued it for a short distance before terminating their portion of the pursuit.

At 7:21 p.m., another WI State Patrol Trooper saw the vehicle traveling on STH 93 and saw it turn westbound on I-94 at Exit 68 in Eau Claire County.

The trooper pursued the vehicle westbound into Dunn County until visual contact with the vehicle was lost.

The location of the vehicle is unknown at this time. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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It was a fairly quiet St. Patrick’s Day weekend for Rusk County authorities. Friday night at about 9:40, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 8 near Christman Road. After an investigation, there was a K9 alert on the vehicle as drugs were located. No other information was available.

Shortly after 10 PM Friday night, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a female subject advising that Kirk Kenyon has been drinking and does have a open bond with Rusk County. According to the report, Kenyon was threatening to damage things at a location on Thornapple Road, Ladysmith. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, Kenyon was taken into custody and taken to RCMH for a blood draw. He had a PBT of .17.

Early Sunday morning at about 1:20, Ladysmith Officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a residence on Worden Avenue East. Upon arriving, a female subject advised that her boyfriend’s roommate, Sebastian Guillen Moreno, came home to the residence and started an altercation. Moreno then damaged a bedroom door and had knives in his hand. The female and a male subject fled the residence and called Law Enforcement. After an investigation, Moreno was arrested for Battery and taken to the Rusk County jail.

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A Ladysmith man faces reckless homicide charges for a hit and run crash that left a man dead.

Michael Niles is charged in Rusk County for the February death of Joseph Hraban. Before he died Hraban told police he was standing next to his pickup truck when he saw a car approaching at a high rate of speed without its headlights on. The car spun out of control, hitting Hraban, then left the scene. Police say a local bartender told them she had kicked Niles out of the bar that night along with two others due to their behavior.

Niles told police he should not have been driving because he had too much to drink. He said he lost control of the car while turning up the radio, and fled the scene because he was scared. Thursday in court the judge refused to lower his $100,000 bond. He returns to court in May.

Thursday afternoon at about 1:30, a female subject from the Flambeau School District reported that she received reports that a male student was threatening another student and is in possession of a knife. After an investigation, a Rusk County deputy requested Probation be contacted as the male student will be receiving a citation for possession of drug Paraphernalia. The male student was found to be in possession of a boot style knife while at school and a Marijuana smoking device. The knife was seized for safe keeping. The Flambeau School will be following through with school violations.

Also Thursday afternoon, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 from a male subject reporting that he was burning a brush pile at a location on Cranberry Road, Hawkins and it got out of control. The Hawkins Fire Department and the DNR were called to the scene. No other information was available.

Thursday morning Ladysmith Police reported that a male subject advised that he received a phone call from the IRS advising he was being sued. The subject advised that he thinks this was a scam.

Early Thursday afternoon, Ladysmith Police was advised of a criminal damage to property complaint at the Ladysmith High School. According to the report, the Ladysmith Police Officer met with the complainant and the 17 year old suspect. The male student admitted to punching two walls causing damage to the dry wall. The subject was issued a citation for Criminal Damage to Property.

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(Madison, WI)  —  A federal judge has ruled prosecutors acted properly during the investigation of Governor Scott Walker’s campaign.  The conservative group The MacIver Institute had sued Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and others, saying they violated federal law by seizing records, but not notifying the owners.  U-S District Judge William Conley also ruled prosecutors and investigators are immune from litigation.  The institute intends to appeal.  Conservatives have filed several lawsuits over Chisholm’s investigation, but none has progressed — even though the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that nothing illegal had occurred during the campaign.

Early Wednesday afternoon a Ladysmith Police Officer responded to Ladysmith High School on a report of a student making comments in relation to Columbine. The City Officer met with the 18 year old student, Sean Patrick Callaway, who denied making any statements about Columbine. According to the report, the City Officer interviewed students who witnessed Callaway make reference to Columbine in a threatening manner. Callaway was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

At 8:45 PM Wednesday, a City Officer responded to an address on Worden Avenue East, in reference to a theft of money. The officer met with the male victim who stated that $200 was taken from his wallet in his bedroom. According to the report, the complainant advised the Officer that a another male subject brought over a couple of friends the night before to stay the night. The Officer spoke with the subject and he stated that he had no idea about the money. The case is under investigation.

The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership Program has announced recipients of the 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers, and principals. Awards in the amount of $3,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $5,000 scholarships will be given to 207 graduating high school students.

Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Congratulations to Aleya Steckel of Ladysmith who will receive a Excellence Scholarship.

Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. In our area, congratulations goes to Julie Anderson at Bloomer High School and Virginia Welle of New Auburn at Chippewa Falls Senior High School.

The recognition luncheon for the North Central and Northwest Region will be Sunday April 30th at Eau Claire North High School with the reception at Noon and the luncheon at 12:30 PM.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the Republican health care proposal back by President Donald Trump doesn’t do enough to curtail eligibility for Medicaid or to reduce health care premiums.

Johnson is among Republicans lukewarm to the overhaul of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. In an interview on WYNC with radio host Charlie Sykes, the second-term Wisconsin senator said Wednesday the GOP legislation should not be rushed through Congress. Johnson says there may have been an unrealistic expectation about how quickly the current health care law could be changed.

Republican opposition to the reforms grew after the Congressional Budget Office projected Monday that the legislation would push 24 million Americans off coverage in a decade and shift out-of-pocket costs toward lower income, older people.

(Madison, WI)  —  Democratic co-sponsors have withdrawn, but an Assembly committee is considering legislation doing away with the work permit now needed by 16- and 17-year-old workers.  The bill is aimed at homeless and unaccompanied minors who would have a hard time getting a parent or guardian to sign the permit.  Republican Representative Amy Loudenbeck says she thinks the bill she is co-sponsoring would help those youth be more independent and self-supporting.  Democrats say they would be on board if it only applied to homeless and unaccompanied youth.

  • Untitled March 27, 2017
    WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-27-17 Ladysmith (WQOW) – Charges have been filed against a Ladysmith high school student who is accused of making “Columbine” threats. Allen Lobermeier, the Ladysmith police chief, said charges were filed last week against 18-year-old Sean Patrick Callaway, from Ladysmith. Last week, Lobermeier said the Ladysmith Middle and High School principal called to report a […]
  • Nadine E. Glotfelty March 27, 2017
    Nadine E. Glotfelty, 86, of Bruce, died on Thursday, March 23rd at her home.  She is survived by her husband Herman, 5 children, Clarence of Weyerhaeuser, Robert and Gwyla Blomberg both of Bruce, Kayleen Longanecker of Hillsdale and Tracey Wardenfelt of Aberdeen, MD., 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Nadine Glotfelty […]