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More sunshine is expected today through much of the work week, something that has been very hard to come by this month. The jet stream will remain from the northwest with a deep trough just to our east, up into Canada. Temperatures will remain well below average with this set up, but even though a series of fronts will be sliding down into the area, it is also a pretty dry pattern. Despite the sunshine today it will remain quite chilly. Just a few clouds in the area along with breezy northwesterly winds. Highs this afternoon will top out around 40 degrees but windchill values will feel like the 30’s. Overnight a weak front moved by to the north bringing a few extra clouds and possibly light snow to northern locations. For the most part the weather looks quiet tonight with lows in the upper 20’s and low 30’s.

Low pressure is passing by to our north and an associated front will be quickly sliding out of Canada close to our area Tuesday, leading to more breezy conditions. We’ll see a partly to mostly sunny sky tomorrow and it should be able to warm a bit more out ahead of this front with highs around 50. Moisture will be lacking, so the front is expected to slide through dry at night with some cooler air returning by Wednesday.


On Monday October 15, 2018 at 12:58am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a subject asking for help at 1268 Hwy 8.

When deputies arrived on scene they found two deceased adults. A 13 year old female is missing from the residence and is considered missing and endangered.

The juvenile is Jayme Closs, age 13, 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, green eyes and Blond or Strawberry hair. Anyone with information about her possible whereabouts or anyone that has contact with Jayme is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department at 715-537-3106 immediately.

This is all the information we have at this time and more information will be released later this afternoon or as needed by law enforcement to assist with this case.


It was a fairly quiet weekend for Rusk County authorities. Saturday morning at about 9:25, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a fire call at a residence on County Highway J, Ladysmith. According to the report, a shed was on fire at this location and the shed was next to the residence. The Ladysmith Fire Department and Ladysmith ambulance were called to the scene. Ladysmith firemen were on the scene for about an hour. No other information was available.

Sunday evening just before 7 PM, a City Officer was dispatched to an address on River Avenue East to assist the Ladysmith Fire Department with a report by a 70 year subject that an outlet in her house sparked and half of her house was without power. Ladysmith firemen found that parts of the outlet melted and it sparked when a fuse was screwed back into the breaker box. The fuse was removed and the subject was told she needed to contact an electrician.

STEVENS POINT— State support for town roads would jump from 42 percent to 58 percent in the next state budget, Governor Walker announced this morning at the Wisconsin Towns Association Annual Convention in Stevens Point.

“We provided the largest amount in state history for town road aids in this state budget, and our proposal for the next budget adds even more support for Wisconsin’s towns,” said Governor Walker. “Maintaining our transportation system is a top priority, and our plan will help ensure we have a safe and reliable system for families and businesses across the state.”

General Transportation Aids (GTAs) are largely disbursed on a per mile basis for towns. The proposed increase would amount to more than $900 per mile in state funding for a total per mile disbursement of more than $3,300. This represents a 58 percent state funding level for town roads. If approved, this investment would represent the largest level of funding for town GTAs in state history. Governor Walker set the previous state record for GTAs disbursed to towns last year with the state covering $2,389 per mile which represents 42 percent of covered costs. 

The Governor recently proposed an increase in county GTAs to the highest level since GTAs were created in 1994. The proposals for county and town GTAs build on the $24 billion invested into transportation during Governor Walker’s time in office.

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Another cold day ahead with the upper trough remaining over the area. We may see a couple of flurries and light snow showers but nothing of significance. Some drier air should help to mix out some of the clouds, leading to a partly sunny sky this afternoon. Though it won’t be as windy, still expect breezy west winds and that will again make it feel a bit colder. Highs will be in the low 40’s…again about 20 degrees below average.

This weekend will come with some fluctuation as a clipper system will be sliding through Canada, passing to our north. As this nears, winds will shift to the southwest and it will again be breezy on Saturday. However, this should help bring some milder air back up in our direction. We will see a mix of clouds and sun as temperatures make a run for the low 50’s. The front will then slide through at night, likely dry, though a stray shower is possible. Behind this system, a quick return to northwest winds and colder weather on Sunday. We will see more clouds and it will be breezy and cold with highs dropping back to around 40.


Thursday morning at about 10 AM the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a stove fire at the Village Parlor on Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith. A Rusk County deputy, the Ladysmith Fire Department and the Ladysmith ambulance responded to the scene. The fire was put out before the fire department arrived and were to disregard the call. No other information was available.

Shortly before 2 PM Thursday, a City Officer responded to Annies Hair Care on Lake Avenue East on a report of a vehicle that had struck the building. The caller that called 911 advised the vehicle did damage to the building and left. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy made contact with the subject who admitted to striking the building. The male subject stated he accidently accelerated when he thought he was braking. Xcel Energy and the Ladysmith Fire Department was contacted due to the electrical meter and wiring being struck. The owner was contacted and responded to the scene and exchanged information with the subject.

A female subject Thursday afternoon advised Rusk County authorities that someone has taken a gift card out of a sealed birthday card that was in the mail on Circle Road, Glen Flora. The complainant advised there has been several times on different occasions that this has occurred and she wants something done. According to the report, the first time something was stolen in the mail, the gift card was used by someone. The case is under investigation.

At 10;50 AM the Ladysmith Police Department received a hit and run complaint. A female subject observed a Silver vehicle strike a vehicle on East Miner Avenue and left the scene. The City Officer informed the owner of the vehicle that was struck of the information. A County deputy attempted to locate the suspect vehicle, however, no one was at the residence. The case is under investigation.

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The last few days of the work week will feel more typical of mid November with temperatures around 20 degrees below average. An upper trough will be taking hold from the north while a rather strong high pressure system drops out of Canada and into the Plains. This will put us on the front side of this system, leading to west and northwest flow which will bring the colder air into the Upper Midwest. Clouds are likely to hang on through the day though we may see a bit of sunshine at times. Still, it’s not going to be the greatest day to be tackling fall clean up. It will be windy and temperatures will struggle to reach much above 40. This means there will be a noticeable wind chill, making it feel colder. Heading into the night we are likely to see temperatures drop near and below freezing as the winds lighten up and we see at least partial clearing.

Friday should be a little better with a mix of sunshine and clouds and lighter winds. Unfortunately temperature-wise we will again struggle, with highs only in the low 40’s.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — City crews are assessing damage along the Lake Superior shoreline in Duluth after powerful winds produced destructive waves.

Waves more than a foot high crashed into the shoreline Wednesday, tossing boulders and debris onto the lake walk and flooding nearby streets. The damage comes about a year after an October storm caused an estimated $10 million in damage along the lakefront.

The storm flooded the basements of some businesses near Canal Park and damaged Brighton Beach.

WDIO-TV reports Little Angies and Vikre were among the businesses in Canal Park that closed Wednesday because of flooding. Lake Avenue restaurant owner Mark Swenson says crews were working to pump the water from the basement.

In Wisconsin, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for northern Ashland County until 11:30 p.m. Thursday.


Wednesday morning just after 9 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a female subject that went off of Thornapple Road near Highway 8 into the ditch and struck a tree. A Rusk County deputy, Ladysmith ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, the driver also went into the ditch North of the accident scene. The first accident scene was also on Thornapple Road. The driver lost control twice and blacked out. The subject was transported by ambulance to Marshfield Medical Center Ladysmith with unknown injuries. A legal blood draw was completed and an OWI charge was pending on lab results. No other information was available.

Just after 12 midnight this (Thursday) morning, a male subject advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of a vehicle rolled over in the ditch on Sawdust Road, Bruce. According to the report, the caller advised that there was no one in or around the vehicle but the radio was on and the door alarm was sounding. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, Eau Claire County was contacted for any contact information. No other information was available.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. For the average retired worker, it amounts to $39 a month.

After a period of low inflation, the increase for 2019 is the highest in 7 years.

The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects household budgets for about one in five Americans, including Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s about 70 million people, enough to send ripples through the economy.

Automatic inflation protection has been a standard feature of Social Security since 1975. Social Security recipients also gain from compounding because COLAs becomes part of their underlying benefit, the base for future COLA increases.

Nonetheless many retirees and their advocates say the Social Security COLA is too meager and doesn’t reflect higher health care costs for older people. Federal budget hawks take the opposite view, arguing that annual increases should be smaller to reflect consumers’ penny-pinching responses when costs go up.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says health insurance rates for plans sold in the private market under the Affordable Care Act will drop next year by more than 4 percent.

The reduction is attributed to a new reinsurance program Walker signed into law this year that takes effect in 2019. It’s a $200 million program that’s part of Walker’s plan to lower health insurance costs in Wisconsin.

Walker on Thursday said the 4.2 percent reduction estimate was based on based on rate filings received by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and a report completed by Wakely Consulting Group.

Under the program, the government will provide money to health insurance providers to pay about 50 percent of medical claims costing between $50,000 and $200,000 starting next year.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS                  10-10-18



The main wave of low pressure that has brought all of this rain will finally begin to move off to the northeast today. The heavier rain will begin to taper off late morning and into the afternoon. We may finally start to dry out this evening with just some drizzle expected. High temperatures will top out in the upper 50’s and low 60’s but our highs will likely come early in the day. Winds will begin to shift from the northwest and strengthen during the afternoon bringing temperatures down quickly into the evening.

Drizzle is still possible overnight and with temperatures falling into the 30s we could see some of the first snowflakes of the season mixing in with the rain. This will not stick, but just something to keep an eye out for into early Thursday.

It looks like we dry out for the remainder of this week, but unfortunately it will be breezy and much cooler, so not the typical October temperatures are are used to. The upper flow will transition from a southerly direction to the northwest, making for much cooler and still rather cloudy weather. Thursday and Friday will end up being chilly with highs only in the low to mid 40’s. Clouds will likely win out Thursday , especially for the Chippewa Valley but some sun may try to mix in by the afternoon. Friday should feature at least some sunshine.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Gaining frightening fury overnight, Hurricane Michael closed in Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds of 145 mph, the most powerful storm on record ever to menace the stretch of fishing towns, military bases and spring-break beaches.

With more than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast warned to clear out, the hurricane’s leading edge began lashing the white-sand shoreline with tropical storm-force winds, rain and rising seas before daybreak, hours before Michael’s center was expected to blow ashore.

“I really fear for what things are going to look like there tomorrow at this time,” Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach said in an email.

The unexpected brute quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression, reaching Category 4 early Wednesday as it drew energy from the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters, an unseasonably high 84 degrees. Less than a day earlier, Michael was a Category 2.

“The time to evacuate has come and gone … SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted, while the sheriff in Panama City’s Bay County issued a shelter-in-place order before dawn.



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You’ll want to have the rain gear again all day as the front continues to creep through the area, making it very soggy. Again, the potential will be there for locally heavy rain at times, with even a few thunderstorms that could be on the stronger side, especially in southern areas. This will be a mild day, with highs in the low 60’s. Total rainfall through early tomorrow is expected to exceed 2″ with locally higher amounts possible. Localized flooding will be possible but the threat for flash flooding should remain low as this will be more of a prolonged event. It looks like we will see an entire months worth of rain here in the next couple of days!

Additional rain and storms are likely through tonight before the main wave of low pressure tracks up along the front and then moves away to the northeast. We should start to see the heavier rain beginning to taper off Wednesday. We may finally begin to dry out later in the day. High temperatures will be in the upper 50’s and low 60’s for the middle of the work week which is very typical for this time of year.


Just after 1 AM this (Tuesday) morning, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Thornapple Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, field sobriety tests were performed on two subjects. After an investigation, two subjects were cited for possession of THC. Also a male subject was cited for Operating After Suspension.

Shortly after 5 AM this (Tuesday) morning, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call advising there was a fire in the woods on Flambeau Avenue, Ladysmith. A Rusk County deputy, Ladysmith Officer and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the call. Upon arrival it was discovered that a tree had fallen on the power lines and the lines were now on the ground in this area. Xcel Energy was requested to respond to the area since the power lines were still live and causing the fire.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, Saturday at about 5:20 PM, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 from a subject advising that they are having a verbal dispute. According to the report, dispatch spoke with a female subject who advised that this altercation has only been verbal nothing physical. A subject did throw her phone and one of her shoes on the roof of the neighbors residence. Rusk County deputies responded to the location. A male subject had left on foot and was heading towards the train tressel. After a short time, a Rusk County deputy was in contact with the male subject in the municipal lot by First Street and River Avenue. The subject was reportedly intoxicated. After an investigation, the male subject was taken into custody on Domestic Disorderly Conduct charge and a Bond Violation. A County deputy made contact with the victim and the 72 hour no contact will be enforced.

Sunday morning at about 3:45 AM, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Old 14 Road with 2 juveniles. A Ladysmith Officer responded to the location and stood by with the 2 juveniles as the truck was searched. The driver was taken to the Rusk County jail and booked for absolute sobriety and the female juvenile passenger was cited for underage drinking as well. The City Officer transported the juvenile female to the LEC to wait for a parent to come and pick her up.

Ladysmith Police received a burglary complaint Sunday morning at about 9:40 AM. A female subject reported a padlock was removed from her residence’s front door at a location on West 2nd Street South, Ladysmith. The complainant reported that she was missing six cast iron frying pans. A male subject was questioned but no other information was available.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is taking his argument against raising the gas tax straight to voters at the pump.

Walker’s campaign on Tuesday unveiled an ad that will play on screens at gas stations as people are filling their cars with gas. In the spot, Walker hits Democratic opponent Tony Evers for being willing to raise the gas tax to pay for roads.

Walker says in the ad it’s a “good thing you’re filling up because if Tony Evers wins he’ll raise the gas tax by as much as a dollar a gallon.”

Evers hasn’t said how much he would be willing to raise the gas tax. But Evers says he’s open to it to find a more sustainable way to pay for transportation expenses in the state.

Walker has said he would only consider a gas tax increase if there’s an equal cut of another tax.

CHIPPEWA CO., Wis. (WEAU) — There were tears and raised voices over a proposed mine in Chippewa County Monday night.

Northern Sands Wisconsin LLC has submitted a non-metallic mine license application to the Town of Howard.

There were statements made from those for, against, and undecided on whether or not the mine would help or hurt Howard and surrounding areas.

President Tom Gapinske spoke before public comment was heard saying he believe the mine will be beneficial for the area.

Gapinske said the potential mine would be in a prime location due to the Canadian National Class 1 rail line that runs through the around 1,300 acre site.

The company says the rail line provides access to adequate raw materials necessary to assure long term operations as well as to avoid trucking on public roads.

It also says there are plans to include noise, air, and water quality monitoring locations.

However that didn’t stop many from strongly voicing their opinions against the mine.

One homeowner said she has serious concerns about what the mine would do to living conditions including the level of noise and impact to the areas scenic view saying, “This hurts all of us. I think some of the people who have taken this thinking they were going to make it big or it was going to help their family, they’re going to regret it because they will lose the respect of this

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No real improvement expected through the day, with a gloomy finish to the work week. Most of the rain will be exiting by early morning but we will be left with the low clouds and spotty light rain and drizzle. It will stay very cool with highs again only in the upper 40’s. Another round of rain is possible at night as a wave of low pressure comes up from the south. This looks to just graze our area while Southern Wisconsin gets into more significant rainfall. Temperatures will remain in the 40’s.

The first weekend of October will be drying out but it will continue to be cool for the time of year. High pressure will be located to our northwest with a front stalled out to the south. The drier air from the high is expected to win out Saturday and much of Sunday before more rain creeps up from the south. Unfortunately it will likely remain quite cloudy and with limited sunshine, temperatures will stay below average. We could see a bit of sun on Saturday while Sunday will be cloudy and a few showers will begin to return by late in the day. Both days should see highs in the low 50’s.


Thursday afternoon just before 6 PM, a male subject advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of criminal damage to property at a location on US Highway 8, Tony. According to the report, after an investigation, tennants were asked to move out and now there are broken windows. County deputies will interview the tennants. Case is under investigation.

At about 12:50 AM this (Friday) morning, Rusk County deputies and Ladysmith Police responded to a residence on West 2nd Street South, Ladysmith, to assist a male subject in removing two other subjects from the residence. According to the report, upon arrival. The complainant, Thomas N. Potter, stated that the two subjects were being loud and yelling and would like them to stop or leave the residence. While speaking with Potter, dispatch advised the officers that Potter had a valid warrant from the US Marshall Service. Potter was placed under arrest for the warrant and was transported to the Rusk County jail.


A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a battle that’s seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump’s effort to tip the court rightward for decades.

Of the four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday, Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted not to send the nomination to the full Senate.

Lawmakers might vote differently on the climactic confirmation roll call, and Collins told reporters that she wouldn’t rule out doing so. That left unclear whether Friday’s tally signaled that the 53-year-old federal appellate judge was on his way to the nation’s highest court. Confirmation would be a crowning achievement for Trump, his conservative base and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The vote occurred a day after the Senate received a roughly 50-page FBI report on the sexual assault allegations, which Trump ordered only after wavering GOP senators forced him to do so.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest level since December 1969 — while hiring slowed.

Employers added just 134,000 jobs, the fewest in a year, the Labor Department said Friday. But that figure was likely lowered by Hurricane Florence.

Florence struck North and South Carolina in the middle of September and closed thousands of businesses. A category that includes restaurants, hotels and casinos lost jobs for the first time since last September, when Hurricane Harvey exerted a similar effect.

Still, September extended the longest streak of hiring on record, with millions of Americans having gone back to work since the Great Recession. Healthy consumer and business spending has been fueling brisk economic growth and emboldening employers to continue hiring. The September gain extended an 8½-year streak of monthly job growth.

Aside from the impact of the storm, the underlying trend in hiring remains strong. Job gains in August and July were revised sharply higher, to show 87,000 more jobs were added. Employers have added a robust 190,000 jobs over the past three months.

That figure could rise in the coming months. With the unemployment rate so low, companies are facing intense pressure to boost pay to find the workers they need. Amazon responded on Tuesday by raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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A sunny sky and still a bit breezy early, but as high pressure begins to build from the west, winds will become light. Some high clouds will start to increase by later afternoon, while it will be much cooler with highs only in the low 50’s. Clouds will then increase and thicken with an increasing chance of a few showers and thunderstorms at night. Friday will again be cool and cloudy with a wavy front to our south along with a weak wave of low pressure. This will generate a little bit of light rain and drizzle but any heavier rainfall looks to remain to our southeast. Temperatures may have a tough time getting much above 50.

This first weekend of October will continue to be on the cool side with east and northeast winds dominating. The good news is much of the weekend also looks dry. Another high pressure system is forecast to be located up to our northwest, with the front just to the southeast. We should remain dry with clouds and a bit of sun. It will remain cool with highs again in the low 50’s. The upper level flow will then shift to become more southerly Sunday and into early next week, allowing this system to again lift back to the north. Details will have to be sorted out, but it could be a set up that will lead to 2-3 days of fairly high rain chances and potentially some heavy rainfall amounts. Sunday will remain mostly dry though, with rain chances gradually increasing by late afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 50’s.


Wednesday afternoon at about 3:40, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for Rusk County and most of Northern Wisconsin until 11 PM Wednesday night.

Storm damage was reported in Rusk County to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly before 8 PM Wednesday, a caller advised there was a power line across the street on Menasha Avenue in Ladysmith. A Ladysmith Officer advised a tree hit the power pole and the wire came down. The line was across both lanes of traffic and Excel Energy was contacted.

A tree was reported blocking both lanes of old 14 road near Stoker Road, Ladysmith. A tree was reported down into the lane of traffic on Highway 8, ¼ mile East of Nelson Road. The highway department was notified.

Early this (Thursday) morning, a call from a subject advised a power line down across the road on County Highway J. The pole and lines were located on the West side of the train tracks.

A tree was down on Old 8 and Shady Lane and a tree was down on Norwegian Road, Bruce, just South of Singer Road, blocking ½ of the road.

(WEAU) – The man convicted of killing a Rusk County Sheriff’s deputy has a sentencing date. Doug Nitek is scheduled to be sentenced December 19th in Rusk County Court. He was found guilty by a jury last month on six of the 17 counts. In addition to first degree intentional homicide, the jury found Nitek guilty of possession of meth, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of criminal damage to property. Nitek was found guilty of shooting and killing Rusk County deputy Dan Glaze back in October of 2016.

Wednesday night at about 7:45, A Ladysmith Officer served a warrant at a residence on Roesler Avenue Ladysmith. The City Officer was in contact and arrested Robert M. Goffin, 53, for an open Rusk County Bench Warrant.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The whistleblower who brought attention to the prescription drug crisis at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it would be “immoral” to vote for Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Ryan Honl made the comment in a statement provided to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Honl has been a longtime critic of Baldwin’s and briefly considered running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, of La Crosse.

Honl says Baldwin immediately went into “political fix it mode” after his allegations about Tomah became public.

His comments come after the widow and parents of a veteran who died at Tomah recorded political ads for Baldwin, praising her response to problems at the hospital.

Baldwin’s Republican challenger Leah Vukmir seized on Honl’s statement, saying voters in November will hold Baldwin accountable for what happened at Tomah.

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A much warmer day ahead as southerly winds increase out ahead of a quickly approaching cold front. The setup is there for at least the potential of severe weather, but it will likely be a wait and see as to what actually develops. A warm front will be lifting north through the day, leading to directional wind shear while the upper level winds will be strong from the west. The big questions revolve around instability which this time of year becomes more and more difficult to attain. We are likely to stay mostly cloudy which will be a limiting factor but still, with plenty of lift in the atmosphere, higher dew points back in the 60’s and shear, there will be at least the chance of storms that could produce damaging winds and isolated tornadoes especially in our eastern counties. Highs will be in the 70’s but once the front passes in the evening, winds will shift to the west and northwest and it will quickly start cooling down again. By early tomorrow morning we should be back to about 40°.

Thursday will be a nicer and dry day, though much cooler. High pressure will be arriving from the west and after a windy overnight and start to the day, they will start to diminish. We will see a mostly sunny sky with some clouds increasing by later in the afternoon. Highs will only be in the low to mid 50’s again which is about ten degrees below average. Clouds will then quickly advance into the area at night as the next push of moisture arrives. Friday will be cloudy and cool with a chance for more showers and drizzle and highs in the low 50’s.


Tuesday morning shortly after 9 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male subject advising that someone broke into the residence on East Washington Avenue, Bruce, and took a few items. According to the report, an antique washing machine, antique clock and medications were reportedly missing. The complainant advised that this is not a permanent residence and they only come up to the place once in awhile. The case is under investigation.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant just after 2 AM this (Wednesday) morning at a residence on Highway 27, Conrath. According to the police log, a grandparent was contacted and 3 juveniles were turned over to a male subject at the time. The county did a check on a 30-06 model 760 that was possible wanted or stolen. A male subject was transported to the Rusk County jail. Also a county deputy was transporting an adult male to the Rusk County jail. At about 4:30 this (Wednesday) morning, the 3 juveniles were turned over to their grandfather. No other information was available.

Shortly before 4 PM Tuesday, a Ladysmith Officer responded to a residence on West 2nd Street South, Ladysmith, in reference to a theft complaint. The Officer made contact with a female who stated that she was missing some cash and other items. The female stated that she believes a second female who she identified to police took the items. The City Officer spoke with the possible suspect who stated that she did not have the items. The case is under investigation.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) — A Barron County woman accused of stealing from a local church has been sentenced in federal court.

Deborah Marcellus, 64 or Turtle Lake, was sentenced to more than three years in prison for engaging in a wire fraud scheme and filing a false income tax return.

Marcellus served as the Director of Development for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rice Lake. According to investigators, between 2011 and April of 2017, Marcellus generated over 200 unauthorized church checks to herself for a total of $822,900.

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An overall gloomy day as clouds will again be with us though we could see some brightening in the afternoon. Weak high pressure will be over the area and with the drier weather, temperatures will be able to warm a bit more. We will stay cooler than average but with at least a little afternoon sun, highs should be able to top out in the upper 50’s. A warm front will then be sliding up from the south, leading to a chance of a few showers and thunderstorms at night. Temperatures will remain nearly steady, staying in the 50’s.

On Wednesday a strong cold front will be sliding towards the state from the west. The warm front will be lifting north during the day with a few scattered showers, while winds shift to the south. This will lead to a brief window of time when we will have a chance to warm up. Any sunshine would help this along even more, but for now it appears we will remain mostly cloudy through the day. Still, conditions will favor more scattered showers and thunderstorms by later afternoon and evening as the cold front arrives. Out ahead of this we should be able to reach into the 70’s, making for a much warmer day than we have seen in a while. A few of the storms could be on the strong side but then will move out as the front passes. Winds will shift back to the west and northwest, quickly returning much cooler weather.


This (Tuesday) morning shortly after 1 AM the Ladysmith Police Department received a call from the Kwik Trip Staff stating that a White truck had been parked in front of the business for a long time that had 3 occupants in it when it arrived. The staff stated that there was now only 1 person sitting in the passenger seat at this time and they did not know where the other 2 occupants had gone. Ladysmith Officers arrived on scene and located all 3 occupants from this vehicle. One of the occupants, Scott D. Hammes, 23, had a DOC Warrant that was confirmed and he was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Student test results in Wisconsin held steady last year, with some gains in mathematics but little progress in narrowing the achievement gap.

The state Department of Public Instruction released the results Tuesday.

The results show that the average ACT score for 11th graders was 19.7. That is down from 20 the previous year.

Students in grades three through eight who take the Forward Exam are showing steady progress in math, with 41.1 percent proficient or advanced. That’s up from 40.3 percent two years ago.

In English language arts, 40.6 percent were proficient or advanced and 42.5 percent in science had the highest rankings. The science score dipped slightly, while the English score was down 2.1 percentage points.

The results include both public school students and those using vouchers to attend private school.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) –
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and her Republican challenger Leah Vukmir are battling over health care and Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Wisconsin Democratic Party released a report Monday on Vukmir’s voting record in the state Senate that it says shows she sides more insurance and business advocacy groups over average people on health care coverage.

Vukmir campaign manager Jess Ward says Baldwin’s policies are “unrealistic fantasies” and she is “deliberately distorting the facts” about Vukmir.

Meanwhile, Vukmir’s campaign criticized Baldwin for not speaking out against Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison, who has been accused of physically abusing his ex-girlfriend. Vukmir’s campaign says that while Baldwin and her “liberal pals in Washington smear” Kavanaugh, she’s supporting Ellison.

Baldwin hasn’t endorsed in his race. Ellison denies the allegations of abuse.

Baldwin spokesman Bill Neidhardt says “Vukmir is trying to distract from her record of repeatedly siding with insurance companies over Wisconsinites, and it’s not working.”

(WQOW)- An agreement has been reached between the U.S. and Canada and it will help out Wisconsin farmers.

The North American Free Trade Agreement is now being replaced with the the United States – Mexico -Canada Agreement (USMCA).

USMCA is expected to open the Canadian dairy market to American farmers, which will open up markets for Wisconsin producers.

UW-Eau Claire Economics Professor Thomas Kemp said this stabilizes some of the relationships and makes it clear what the future terms are going to be.

“I hope that many Wisconsin dairy farmers as well as Wisconsin manufacturers are sort of breathing a sigh of relief,” Kemp said. “There’s been a lot of back and forth about the future of these trade relationships and that creates a lot of uncertainty. If I don’t know what markets I’ll have access to at what prices in the future it’s really hard to make plans with my business.”

Kemp said this should make it a better business environment for Wisconsin farmers.

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