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Wayne F. Linhart

Wayne F. Linhart, 76, of Clarendon Hills.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Linhart, children, Sarah “Sally” Gillett, Richard Allen Krepp, Jennifer Lynne Hill, John C. Krepp,  11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, Barbara Budris, brother in law to Irene Trowbridge, Delia McLeod, Annabelle Sieja, Albert Wonn, Hazel Luethi, Marge Kaufman, and Linda Nelson.

Memorial Services for Wayne Linhart will be Saturday July 21 at 1 PM at the Island Lake Church of Christ with Rev. David Willingham officiating.

Rusk County News


Another nice summer day as the sky becomes mostly sunny. The upper level pattern will keep the main branch of the jet stream to our north while the next surface high arrives from the west. The high will track along the U.S. and Canadian border the next few days, keeping our weather dry. Winds will shift to the north and northwest as what remains of the front slides to our south, but it will continue to be very warm and humid for another day. Highs will be in the upper 80’s. Dew points will then drop and it will feel a bit more comfortable going into tonight and Tuesday. The high will be over the area, leading to more sunshine tomorrow, with highs in the mid 80’s.

In Rusk County news from the past weekend, from a press release and the Rusk County Police log, Friday evening just before 7 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible shooting in the town of Willard. Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a female advising there was a male outside her and her boyfriends house trying to fight her husband. The boyfriend had gotten into an altercation with the suspect where he had punched the boyfriend in the head and then barricaded themselves with there children in the house. The boyfriend did tell the suspect to leave or he’ll get shot. The caller advised the suspect was currently trying to break into there house.

It is alleged that James A. Wulf of Conrath, shot Daniel N. DeSantis after DeSantis became aggressive and made physical contact with Wulf when asked to leave the property.

DeSantis was transported to the Rusk County Memorial Hospital by Sheldon ambulance and then airlifted to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries. Probation was called and advised that DeSantis would be charged with Disorderly Conduct and Battery.

Sunday morning shortly after 10 AM Luther Hospital advised Rusk County that DeSantis is ready to be discharged out of the hospital. Eau Claire County was contacted and an Officer responded to the hospital to arrest DeSantis on the active Probation Warrant. No further information will be released at this time as the case is still under investigation.

Just before 6 AM Friday morning, a male subject reported to Rusk County authorities that his Red and Black Honda 400 EX was taken from their yard at a location on County Highway I, Conrath, sometime during the night Thursday. The case is under investigation.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly before 11 PM Friday, that there was a young boy riding his bike on Highway 27 approximately ¼ mile North of County Highway I. The subject was in the South bound lane going North and the caller was concerned because the bike did not have any lights on it. A Rusk County deputy made contact with the subject who was allegedly a juvenile runaway from Cornell and no one knows yet that she had left. The county officer transported the juvenile to the Rusk/Chippewa County line and a Cornell Officer met him there and the Juvenile was turned over to the Cornell Officer.

Sunday evening just after 8 PM, a male subject advised Rusk County that he was missing a tree stand at a location on Broken Arrow Road, Conrath. No other information was available.

A Ladysmith Officer was dispatched Saturday afternoon to a residence in the 400 block of Roesler Avenue to pick up a subject who has a DOC Warrant. The City Officer met with Jordan Schroeder, 27, at his residence and he was arrested for the DOC Warrant. He was transported to the Rusk County Jail.

Sunday morning at 9:25 AM, a City Officer was dispatched for a complaint about someone driving across someones yard. The Officer spoke with the male complainant about someone at a residence on East 12th Street South driving across his front yard. According to the report, the complainant stated that he overheard a verbal argument that occurred at this residence around 4 AM and then a vehicle left after that. When he came outside he saw the tire tracks across his front yard. The case is under investigation.

CLARK COUNTY, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE)– One person is dead after the truck they were driving was involved in a crash on Spencer Road by CTH O in the Township of Eaton.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a call of the crash at about 7:56 pm, on Saturday July 7th, 2018. Initial investigation indicates a pickup truck, being driven by Michael J. Jones 50 years old, was eastbound on Spencer Road, east of CTH O, when he lost control and entered the north ditch.

The pickup truck rolled several times, ejected Michael, and came to rest on its driver’s side facing west. Michael was found unresponsive underneath the truck. Michael was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Schleifer. Traveling too fast for conditions and failing to have control appear to be factors in the accident. Michael was not wearing a seatbelt.

The Greenwood Area Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded to the scene with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner Schleifer. The investigation is continuing by the Clark County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Office.

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) –

Global trade tensions increased Friday as $34 billion in new tariffs were imposed on Chinese goods.

Closer to home, an area construction company said the effects of steel tariffs imposed on June 1 are already noticeable, with supply costs jumping in the last six weeks.

Reaction to President Trump’s tariffs continue to pour in with Democrats like Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind criticizing their effect on manufacturing and construction.

“When you put a tariff on [steel], which is important for construction, that’s going to drive up the cost,” Kind said. “It’s going to drive up the cost for infrastructure [and] for basic manufacturing businesses around here.”

However, economists like Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute said concerning tariffs on the whole, it’s just a drop in the ocean.

“The cost is not going to be as large as some people think,” Scott said. “$50 to 100 billion dollars worth of imports […] that’s a tiny fraction of the US economy.”

Rusk County News


High pressure, our fair weather friend, will remain over the state while slowly moving to the east. This means we will be enjoying another day filled with sunshine and winds will remain light. Temperatures will warm into the lower 80’s and humidity will remain low. The weather will continue to be nice this weekend. As the high slides further away to the east, winds will shift to the south and start to increase. We will see some breezes both days, along with more sunshine. Temperatures will start to come up some as a warmer air mass begins to return. Highs on Saturday will rise back into the mid 80’s and a few more degrees on Sunday, into the upper 80’s.

A cold front is expected to drop down from the north Sunday afternoon, bringing a few showers and storms to far Northern Wisconsin, while we may see a chance overnight and into Monday morning. The rest of the day should then be mostly dry with a mix of sunshine and clouds and highs in the mid 80’s. After becoming more humid, dew points should drop again some on Tuesday as the next area of high pressure arrives. This will return more sunshine with highs also in the mid 80’s.


Thursday night at about 9:45, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Lighthouse on Highway 27 near Doughty Road for a noise complaint. According to the report, an anonymous caller reported that there were subjects outside this residence that were drinking and making a lot of noise. Rusk County deputies responded to the scene. After an investigation, two female subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

This (Friday) morning at about 4:35 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising of a one vehicle roll over and the vehicle was partially submerged at a location on Broken Arrow Road, Conrath. According to the report, at the time of the call, they were unsure of injuries or entrapment. Rusk County deputies, the Ladysmith Fire Department, the Sheldon Ambulance and Sheldon First Responders were called to the scene. Upon arriving at the scene, the vehicle appeared unoccupied and a County deputy would be enroute to the owners residence. The female owner was located at the residence and was uninjured. No other information was available.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — An Eau Claire man is charged with nine counts, including sexual assault, felony intimidation of a witness, aggravated battery, and false imprisonment.

According to a criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to the Liberty View Group Home in Eau Claire around 12:30 a.m. on July 4 for a resident who had reportedly beat up an employee.

That resident was identified as 22-year-old Dustin Pederson.

Pederson was also accused of making unwanted sexual advances. The complaint says he locked another resident in the bathroom and made sexual advances. This reportedly wasn’t the first incident.

The complaint says a staff member attempting call police was punched in the face by Pederson.

Pederson was located around 2:30 a.m. walking along Farwell Street in Eau Claire.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 17.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WBAY) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will rally support for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s re-election in Eau Claire next week.

Baldwin’s campaign has announced the Vermont independent will headline a Baldwin campaign rally on Saturday, July 14, at the Lismore Hotel.

Baldwin’s campaign says the rally is open to the public but attendees need to RSVP on the event page of Baldwin’s campaign website,

The campaign says Senators Baldwin and Sanders will “address the importance of putting working families first and fighting for affordable health care for all. Tammy Baldwin is the top target of powerful special interests as out-of-state groups and billionaire donors have already spent nearly $10 million to beat her, more than any other Democratic Senator up for re-election this year.”

Sanders was in Wisconsin in February, when he stopped in Green Bay on a “Repeal the Trump Tax” tour, speaking out against the Republican-passed tax reform.

She’ll face either State Sen. Leah Vukmir or businessman Kevin Nicholson, who are facing off in the Republican primary next month.

Polk County (WQOW) – One person is dead following a crash in Polk County Thursday evening.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the one-car crash happened Thursday around 5:28 p.m. on Highway A in the town of Black Brook.

A person called police saying they heard the crash, went to investigate, and found a person apparently dead.

According to police, the car was traveling east on Highway A when it went into a ditch and rolled. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors.

The person’s name is not being released until family is notified.

Rib Lake, Wis. (WAOW) –

A firefighter got hurt volunteering to launch fireworks for the Rib Lake Fourth of July show. He was taken to a hospital in Madison.

Those who are in charge of the fireworks said everyone who volunteers is officially certified. They even light the fireworks off an island in the middle of the lake as an added safety measure.

“We did everything by rule and by the law, it was just unfortunate,” said Kevin Radtke, who has launched fireworks for the holiday for more than 20 years. “It was just an incident that happened that nobody could foresee.”

People in the small community said they have been thinking about the hurt firefighter nonstop since the accident.

“I just hope for a speedy recovery, that’s all we can hope for,” said Jill Behrens.

Dawn Krueger feels the same way.

“Everybody is sending hugs, prayers,” she said.

The official cause of the explosion is still being looked into.

Rusk County News


A large high pressure system will be taking hold from the northwest and will dominate our weather for at least the next few days. We will initially be on the front side of this high today, leading to some breezy north and northwest winds. After some clouds early, the sky will become sunny and highs will be in the pleasant and seasonable low 80’s. Dew points will drop through the 60’s all day, and perhaps into the upper 50’s by later afternoon, making it feel more comfortable. The high will then start to move overhead at night, with light winds and a clear sky, we can expect some very comfortable sleeping weather. You’ll be able to open the windows for a change without all the muggy air, with lows in the 50’s.

The weather looks great for area events Friday and going into this next weekend. The high will remain parked overhead on Friday, bringing bright sunshine and lighter winds. Highs will again be in the low 80’s and it will stay comfortable. The high will then start to slide east and we will get on the backside through the weekend. As this occurs we can expect to add at least a few degrees each day and humidity will also start to creep up again. Still, it’s going to stay dry with more sunshine on Saturday and perhaps just a few extra clouds on Sunday. Highs will rise to the mid and upper 80’s. A weak cold front is forecast to drop down from the north on Sunday, possibly bringing scattered storms to far Northern Wisconsin and perhaps a bit further south on Monday. This would be our next chance to see a shower or storm, but it’s rather low at this time.


Wednesday morning just before 5 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male subject advising that a garage was on fire at a residence on Imalone Road, Bruce. According to the report, the caller advised that the siding was melting but the house was not on fire. A few minutes later a second call advised the house was now on fire. The Bruce and Exland Fire Departments and Bruce ambulance responded to the scene. Jump River was contacted to respond to the scene. The Red Cross was also contacted. The Bruce Fire Department was on the scene for about 90 minutes. At about 2:15 in the afternoon Wednesday, the Exland Fire Department was back at the scene for a rekindle of the fire. No other information was available.

At about 8:50 PM Wednesday night, a male subject advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that he believes his girlfriend’s brother may have stolen his vehicle that was reported in Chippewa County last week. The vehicle is a Navy Blue 2008 Saturn that had a magnetic dealer plate but it is likely pulled off. The vehicle may be at a location on South Blueberry Road, Conrath. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy did not locate the vehicle.

MADISON – Wisconsin’s 2018 spring waterfowl population surveys indicate stable to increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs as well as relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across most of the state.

“Overall, we saw fewer numbers of birds than the 2017 estimates; however, we did see an increase in the Mallard population estimate and stable estimates for wood ducks and Canada geese,” said Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist. “We continue to be at or above the long-term average for all but blue-winged teal.”

This survey information, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continental duck survey and Ontario Canada goose survey provides information regarding yearly waterfowl breeding conditions and is used to determine the fall season structure for Wisconsin.

Rusk County News


In a Press Release and information from the Rusk County Police log, on Monday, July 2nd, at about 8:04 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a boat crash on the Holcombe Flowage near Silver Springs Road in the Town of Willard in Rusk County. Further information was that two boats had collided in the water. The 2-3 boaters that were injured were assisted out of the water by passing boaters. Rusk County received a call advising there may be two patients, a 2 year old with a possible head concussion and a 50-60 year old with a leg injury. Auto Launch Medical Helicopter was contacted and arrived on scene at about 8:46 PM. The injured boaters were evaluated on scene by the chopper crew but no transport by them. Two patients were transported by the Sheldon Ambulance to Rusk County Memorial Hospital for further evaluation. One male subject was taken into custody in reference to the crash. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors to the crash. An investigation into the crash is continuing. The Sheldon and Ladysmith ambulances, the Ladysmith Fire Department, Sheldon First Responders and the DNR were also called to the scene.

Monday evening at about 7:20 PM, a Rusk County deputy served a warrant at a residence on Rangeline Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, the deputy was in contact with the subject. The warrant was confirmed and the subject was taken into custody. Barron County advised Body only bond for the subject and will do a line to line on Highway 8. The subject was transferred to the Barron County deputy.

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and drivers are being asked to be patient, alert and safe. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says most highway construction projects will be put on hold starting Tuesday afternoon and will resume Thursday, July 5th. The department is reminding those traveling to buckle-up, expect more traffic, and plan ahead. Before heading out, check the 511 travel information system for the latest on traffic incidents and delays.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A Barron County woman pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

63-year-old Deborah Marcellus of Turtle Lake pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Madison.

Marcellus was accused of embezzling more than $818,000 from Saint Joseph Church in Rice Lake.

She served as the director of development for the church from January 2011 to April 2017.

She’s also accused of generating more than 200 fraudulent checks from the church bank accounts.

Her sentencing is set for October.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A 59-year-old man is charged in Barron County after an undercover child sex sting.

Kevin Rust of Minnesota is charged with three counts, including use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Rice Lake Police Department posted an ad pretending to be a 15-year-old girl who was looking for an older man. Rust responded.

The complaint says he sent several inappropriate messages through text throughout the month of June.

On June 28, Rust made plans to meet the pretend girl in a parking lot. That’s where he was arrested by police.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says police can legally draw blood from unconscious drunken drivers.

The court ruled 5-2 on Tuesday that drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they drive on Wisconsin roads. The court found that drivers who drink themselves into unconsciousness forfeit any opportunity to withdraw that consent.

The ruling stems from a case involving Gerald Mitchell, who was arrested for drunken driving in Sheboygan County in 2013. He passed out after he was arrested. Police took him to a nearby hospital for a blood draw. An officer told him he could refuse the withdraw but Mitchell was still unconscious and could not respond. The officer directed hospital staff to draw his blood.

Mitchell argued the draw violated his constitutional rights.

Mitchell’s attorney had no immediate comment.

More sunshine will be around the area today with the same high pressure system to our east while a front will be located from the Dakotas into the northern half of Minnesota. This has sparked off some thunderstorms to the north this morning, but conditions become less favorable through the day with a developing upper ridge. We will stay dry locally with plenty of sunshine again forecast. Southerly breezes will again return, leading to a quick warm up and we will have a shot at 90 by later afternoon. Dew points shouldn’t change much with a sticky feel continuing.

The heat and humidity this week is likely to peak on Independence Day before this next front slides through the area. This front will be inching closer through the day and southerly flow will allow temperatures to climb above 90 with dew points in the 70’s. This will of course be dependent on sunshine and we should again see quite a bit of it much of the day. Heat indexes could be near 100° by late afternoon before any possible storms begin to impact the area. We will have to keep our eyes on radar through the evening as the chance for some storms will increase. Timing this far out is just too difficult, but if you will be out at Carson Park for some of the various holiday activities, including the Express game and fireworks, you will want to pay attention to the forecast. Any storms that do develop should be scattered, but could become severe with heavy rainfall and possibly some strong winds and hail. The front is then expected to slide through sometime at night with chances continuing for a few showers and storms.

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker traveled throughout the State of Wisconsin last month to attend Dairy Breakfasts for June Dairy Month. The dairy industry is vital to Wisconsin’s economy, culture, and heritage with roughly 8,500 dairy farms across the state providing nearly 80,000 jobs.

“As America’s Dairyland, the state’s dairy industry is a part of our history, but more importantly it is part of our culture and identity,” said Governor Walker. “When you visit a Dairy Breakfast you have the opportunity to speak with the men and women who dedicate their lives to feeding and fueling our state and country—it was an honor to visit 10 breakfasts this month to thank our farmers and hear more about ways we can help the industry.”

Rusk County News


On June 01, 2018, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a report of possible sexual assault of a minor in the Town of Flambeau and the Village of Ingram, in the County of Rusk.

During the investigation, it is alleged that Robert D Dilysi of Ingram, WI, had sexual contact and sexual intercourse with a child under the age of sixteen.

On Friday June 29, 2018, Rusk County Investigators obtained an arrest warrant and Robert Dilysi was arrested in Tennessee on charges in reference to this investigation. Following extradition proceedings he will be transported back to Rusk County to face charges.

No further information will be released at this time as the case is still under investigation.


It turned out to be a busy weekend for Rusk County authorities. Friday afternoon shortly before 1 PM, a criminal damage complaint was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. Little information was available, but the store owner at Fox Point Sportswear advised that sometime Thursday night, someone broke out 4 windows of his store. Case is under investigation.

A Ladysmith Officer at about 5:30 PM Friday, conducted a traffic stop near the East 3rd Street S and Everett Ave. intersection. The Officer identified the driver as Gabrielle Marie Lazar. The Officer knew that Lazar’s driving privileges were revoked. The odor of Marijuana was coming from the vehicle and the Officer searched the vehicle and found Marijuana and Paraphernalia. Lazar was placed under arrest for OWI and a Probation Violation.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 9:50 AM Saturday, of a train engine on fire at the Weyerhaeuser Sand Plant. An employee with the sand plant called back and advised they got the fire out. The Weyerhaeuser Fire Department was called but then to disregard the call.

Shortly before 4 PM Saturday, Rusk County deputies executed a warrant at a residence on Bass Lake Road, Ladysmith. A Ladysmith Officer assisted the county with the warrant for Matthew L. Deridder for an active Rusk County warrant in a criminal Felony case. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy advised Deridder took off running in the woods. After a few minutes the deputy advised he got Deridder and a female subject. Deridder was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail. The City Officer transported the female to the LEC. The female individual did not have a warrant and was released.

At 8:15 PM Saturday, a Ladysmith Officer advised he was at Dollar General in Ladysmith and going to talk with a female subject who was in a vehicle. The female, Lisa Bohlen, 52, her driver’s license is revoked. The Officer advised that Martin L. Sillman, 56, was supposed to be there too and has been drinking. According to the report, Sillman has approximately 8 open bonds which include a no drink. The City Officer arrested Sillman for Bail Jumping and cited Sillman and Bohlen for Retail theft.

Rusk County Authorities Just before midnight Saturday, received an anonymous call advising a male subject ran into a female’s parked vehicle on Walnut Street, Tony. According to the report, two individuals were yelling at each other, and the caller advised the vehicle left and was heading East on Highway 8. Rusk County deputies and a City Officer responded to the scene of the crash and then a fight had started. While responding, the authorities went to the registered owner of the vehicle that fled’s residence. After an investigation, Nicholas M. LaFreniere was placed under arrest for OWI.

Sunday morning just before 3 AM, a caller advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that an individual just ran off the road and crashed into the corner of his house on County Highway G, Conrath. The caller advised that the driver was in his house and is bleeding from his head. Rusk County deputies, Sheldon ambulance and the Sheldon Fire Department responded to the scene. According to the report, the driver was taken by ambulance to RCMH. After an investigation, the subject was placed under arrest. The DOC was contacted and the DOC advised they will be placing a hold on the subject due to the OWI. The subject was taken to the Rusk County Jail.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 11:20 AM Sunday reporting a semi vs car accident on Highway 8 just West of West 15th Street Ladysmith. The car was reportedly down in the ditch. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith Police, Ladysmith ambulance and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. According to the report, upon arrival a City Officer met with a male driver who was being attended to by citizens. He had a minor cut to his neck. It was determined that the male subjects East Bound vehicle crossed entirely into the West lane and collided with a semi-trailer axle causing severe damage to the vehicle and disabling the semi’s trailer. Both lanes of Highway 8 was closed for a time. The driver of the van was Michael P. Piotrowski. No other information was available.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of six Republicans running to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan is dropping out of the race.

Nashota psychologist Brad Boivin announced Monday morning that he is ending his campaign. He offered only a vague explanation, saying he has decided to quit “given the current state of the race and in the spirit of good stewardship.” He said he was endorsing former Ryan aide Bryan Steil.

No one from his campaign immediately replied to an email Monday morning.

Ryan isn’t seeking re-election. Boivin’s withdrawal leaves five Republicans to face off in the Aug. 14 primary — Steil, Jeremy Ryan, Paul Nehlen, Kevin Steen and Nick Polce. Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers are set to square off in the Democratic primary.

The general election is Nov. 6.


Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) – Friday will be the hottest day in several years for the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin. Strenuous activity outdoors is not advised, and those who are sensitive to heat should take extra steps to stay cool.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most of west central Wisconsin, including Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Dunn Counties, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday. A Heat Advisory is in effect from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. for Clark and Taylor Counties.

Stormtracker 18 Weather meteorologists say the combination of temperatures in the 90s and dew points in the 70s will produce dangerous heat indices between 100 and 110 degrees on Friday afternoon and early evening. Temperatures will only bottom out in the 70s on Friday night, and it will still be humid. Saturday will be very warm and humid with highs around 90 and heat indices in the middle to upper 90s, followed by showers and thunderstorms late in the day. Some thunderstorms could be severe with damaging winds and large hail. Sunday will be cooler, but still humid.

To beat the heat, drink lots of water and take frequent breaks. If available, spend time in a cool, air-conditioned location. Keep family member, friends, and neighbors in mind, especially those who are more susceptible to the heat, including the elderly, children, and pets. Never, under any circumstances, leave a person or pet unattended in a vehicle, even for a few minutes. Monitor for symptoms of heat exhaustion, which include dizziness, excessive sweating, muscle cramps, and cool, clammy skin. If you or someone is experiencing heat stroke, which includes the symptoms of a rapid pulse, no sweating, or unconsciousness, call 911!


The Rusk County Health and Human Services, Public Health Department, announced that a water quality advisory has been lifted for Trail’s End Beach. Water samples collected on June 27th yielded results within acceptable standards. Normal activity may resume at Trail’s End Park Beach.

All swimmers are reminded to be careful not to swallow water when swimming, and to shower off as soon as possible after leaving the water. These precautions are especially important after high rainfall events, which tend to elevate bacteria levels.

Please call Rusk County Public Health at 715-532-2299 for more information.

Thursday afternoon at 1:45, Ladysmith Police, Ladysmith ambulance and Ladysmith First Responders, responded to a rollover accident on the 300 block of Lindoo Avenue. According to the report, the City Officer learned William Schafer was East bound on Lindoo Avenue and the next thing he woke up after striking a parked vehicle. He was out of the vehicle and there was no entrapment. Schafer was brought to RCMH by ambulance. He was cited for no insurance.

Rusk County Dispatch received a 911 call from a female subject advising they have a maple syrup building on fire located on County Highway J, Ladysmith. According to the report, there were no occupants in the building. They advised all gas and electric was turned off to the building. A Rusk County deputy Ladysmith Fire Department Ladysmith ambulance were called to the scene. The Rusk County deputy advised there were no visable flames and it appears the fire started by an electrical outlet. Ladysmith firemen were on the scene for about 30 minutes.

Thursday morning at 9 AM, a Ladysmith Officer was dispatched to Probation and Parole Office to pick up a person on a Probation hold. Marissa H. Slattery, 22, was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — Forecasters expect temperatures to reach 90 degrees over the weekend. Some may take advantage of the sunshine to get outside, but keeping tabs on kids in the sun is important.

Dr. Alicia Plummer is a pediatrician with SSM Health. She said kids should take breaks from outdoor activities at least every hour, or more often depending on the activity.

Knowing the early signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion can let parents assess their children’s health before it becomes severe.

Plummer explained, “If your child stops sweating, that is a good sign that we’re starting to run into problems. If they seem dizzy, if they seem out of it, if they are complaining of headaches or vomiting, those are all signs that that we’re probably running into some problems with heat.”

Staying hydrated is the best defense against heat exhaustion, Plummer said. Though water is great, she also recommends beverages fortified with electrolytes like SmartWater, Gatorade or Pedialyte.

“When it is really hot and your child is out playing and they don’t want to drink, because they never do, a drink with electrolytes can help,” Plummer said.

“Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, absolutely,” she said.

She typically prescribes a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50 for kids. She said parents should keep children under six-months-old out of the sun entirely. If that is absolutely unavoidable, then she tells families to apply sunscreen.

Rusk County News


Shortly before 1 AM this (Thursday) morning, the Barron County Sheriff’s Office contacted Rusk County advising that they were in a pursuit heading East on Highway 8 from Cameron. According to the report, Barron County was about 2 miles from the Rusk Barron county line. All four tires have been spiked but the vehicle was still going. After a few minutes Barron County advised the vehicle was in the ditch just before 30th avenue in Barron County. They advised they have the driver in custody and that Rusk County could disregard.

Ladysmith Police just before 12 Noon Wednesday, received a report from a Rusk County deputy who was en route to training out of uniform, observed William Niles Sr. 42, walking in the 600 block of Pederson Avenue West. A City Officer located Niles and took Niles into custody on a Probation and Parole warrant. He was transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer Wednesday afternoon met with a female subject in the lobby of the LEC. According to the report, she advised that numerous items were taken from a locked storage area at Christman’s rental apartments located on Pederson Avenue. The complainant stated that a small air compressor, a kid’s plastic chair, a shop style vacuum, battery charger, end table, and small cupboard were stolen. She stated the property was in the basement/lower level. The case is under investigation.

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Tuesday afternoon at about 1:30 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Rusk County Highway Truck that overturned on Fire Lane Road, Bruce. According to the report, Rusk County requested the Birchwood EMS and Exland first responders and Exland Fire Department to respond. The highway department called to inform that the driver was out of the vehicle and walking around. No other information was available.

A Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop just after 10 PM Wednesday on County Highway V, Sheldon. Little information was available but after an investigation, the driver was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police Tuesday morning at about 6:50, responded to the Diversified Crop Insurance Services and Donohue Chiropractic on a report of forced Burglary to the two businesses. No other information was available.

Tuesday afternoon at 2;30 PM, Ladysmith Police and a Rusk County deputy responded to a residence on East 8th Street South on a report from a 29 year old male that his girlfriend was chasing him with a knife. Prior to Officers arrival the male subject advised dispatch that Kayleigh R. Howard, 21, had dropped the knife and went inside the residence. Howard was located inside the residence and was arrsted. The male confirmed that Howard chased him with a steak knife. Howard was intervied and admitted to having a knife, but stated she was not chasing the subject with the knife. She stated she was only using the knife to defend herself from the male’s abusive behavior. Howard was taken to the Rusk County jail on one charge of Domestic related Disorderly Conduct.

  • Rusk County News July 6, 2018
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