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(Undated)  —  More safety concerns are being raised in Wisconsin about Monday’s solar eclipse. Experts say you’ll need special glasses to watch the event — and U-W Milwaukee says about 500 pairs distributed on campus are not safe, after false safety certificates came with the glasses. Students gave away about 500 pairs with the U-W-M logo and the phrase “Coffee Shop Astrophysics” — and other glasses handed out at the campus planetarium are okay, as they have a NASA logo and required certifications. About 80-percent of the sun will be covered by the moon in Wisconsin during Monday’s brief eclipse around one p-m. Meanwhile, the state D-O-T is reminding drivers to keep their eyes on the road and not to try and look at the eclipse or record it on a smartphone while behind the wheel.

A theft complaint was reported Thursday afternoon to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, a female subject advised that at a location on North Main Street, Bruce, someone went through her property and stole stuff. After an investigation, a subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Shortly after midnight this (Friday) morning, a Rusk County deputy at the Northwoods Rock Rally smelled an odor of drugs coming from a camper. According to the report, drug paraphernalia was confiscated and a citation will be mailed to the subject.

A male subject just before 5 AM this (Friday) morning, reported a theft complaint to Rusk County authorities. According to the report, the complainant reported that a male subject stole a laptop and laptop case and a bunch of Menards rebates from a location at the Gateway Apartment and Lodge. The case is under investigation.

WQOW – A family in Rusk County was honored with a gift to remember Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze, who was shot and killed on duty in October of last year. On Wednesday, during their Summer training conference in Burnett County, sheriff’s from across Wisconsin presented the Glaze Family with a very special gift: a framed, signed Randall Cobb jersey. The gift was given by the Green Bay Packers and other contributors. Sheriff Kim Gaffney, the president of the Badger State Sheriff’s Association, said in the Facebook post, that every Wisconsin sheriff present also signed it. In addition, she wrote that Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Wallace presented a certificate and special badge from the National Sheriff’s Association to the family.

(Madison, WI)  —  Two Republican state lawmakers are moving forward on a bill to end Wisconsin’s 19 year ban on new sulfide mines. Senate Republican Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst said in January that ending the mining moratorium was one of his goals for the new session. Now, Tiffany and Assembly Republican Rob Hutton of Brookfield are seeking support among their colleagues for the new bill. Tiffany says prospective miners have been scared away from Wisconsin by the moratorium, adopted after Flambeau Mining closed its gold and copper mine near Ladysmith in 1997 after four years. Tiffany said in January that a major condition to end the moratorium has been met, after the Flambeau mine did not leave water pollution for more than one decade following its closure — but environmentalists say the site still has pollution, and they oppose the new bill.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- A local university has a new game plan to fill a nursing deficit across the state.

“The numbers are not looking good,” said Linda Young, the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire. “As we look to the future, we’re going to face an even more dramatic nursing shortage than we are now, so we need to prepare for that.”

Currently, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has to turn away roughly half of qualified applicants to their traditional nursing programs due to faculty and financial cuts. However, the university is working on a plan to help fill the nursing need here and across the state as the predicted deficit of is expected to sit at 23,000 nurses by 2040, as we’re on the path to a record shortage. The university says the shortage of nurses is only expected to get worse as the baby-boomer generation gets older, and that’s why they’ve got a plan they hope will help increase nursing students in their programs who will in turn join the workforce.

“Right now we have a faculty shortage, so that’s not going to happen immediately, but there is some potential of us expanding,” Young said. “There is the chancellor’s initiative that’s been put forth in the state budget. Once we get finalization in the state budget, we’ll find out if funding will come our way to expand our traditional baccalaureate program.”

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(Undated)  —  Far northwest Wisconsin is expected to get the next round of heavy rain. Forecasters say up one and a half inches were expected in the region from the overnight hours through the first half of today (Thursday). Other parts of Wisconsin could isolated showers after the far south got hit hard with downpours late Wednesday night. The National Weather Service says two-point-eight inches of rain fell near Edgerton in Rock County, and an off ramp from Interstate-90 had up to three feet of water along with nearby Highway 73.

Shortly before 3 AM Wednesday morning, a Ladysmith Officer made a traffic stop on Fritz Avenue West, Ladysmith. After an investigation, the Officer issued citations and arrested Casie M. Wikaryasz, 25 for OWI 1st Offense. Kevin D. Knight, 31, was arrested on a Probation hold for violating his no drink rule. Both were taken to the Rusk County jail.

Just after 2 AM this (Thursday) morning, a City Officer made a traffic stop on Miner Avenue West, Ladysmith. According to the report, Justin P. Maple, 22, ran from the traffic stop North by West 3rd Street North. Maple is wanted through Probation. Rusk County deputies along with the K-9 Unit and City Police were out tracking for Maple. After about 30 minutes, a Rusk County deputy had Maple in custody. After an investigation, Justin Maple was issued citations and arrested for OWI 1st Offense, Obstruction and the Probation Warrant. He was transported to the Rusk County jail.

(Madison, WI)  —  The state Assembly will vote today (Thursday) on giving three-billion dollars in state incentives to get Foxconn’s new L-C-D screen plant. But first, the house will act on a resolution condemning white supremacist ideology after last Saturday’s violence in Virginia. Leaders of five faiths will offer prayers of unity and reflection before the Assembly session begins at 11:30 a-m. Numerous Wisconsin communities have been holding parades and vigils this week condemning racial hatred — and Wisconsin politicians of both parties spoke up after President Donald Trump Tuesday night blamed counter protesters just as much as the white supremacists who staged a rally that turned violent in Charlottesville. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had one of the strongest responses, telling Trump “It’s not a white constitution … We are not the white United States” — and in Barrett’s words, “The nation is better than our president.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $510 million, making it one of the largest in U.S. history.

No one matched all six numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing, so the national lottery game will continue to grow ahead of the next drawing Saturday night. At $510 million, the drawing would be the eighth largest lottery jackpot.

The prize figure refers to the annuity option, in which winnings would be paid out over 29 years. A winner who took the cash option would snag $324.2 million, though that would be subject to state and federal taxes.

Powerball is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearing the way for farmers in that state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains.

Walker has declared a 30-day state of emergency for the purpose of transporting loads of forage to the Dakotas and Montana. All three states have been dealing with extreme drought this summer.

State officials in Wisconsin are relaxing certain commercial driving restrictions and fees to help with the transport of hay and other forage.

North Dakota’s Agriculture Department, North Dakota State University and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief this month announced a program to accept hay donations at a site near the Fargo campus and distribute it to needy producers in the three states through a lottery drawing next month.

ELEVA, Wis. (WEAU) — On August 17th, the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association holds its 63rd Annual Summer Convention. The timing may seem odd, given the fact that Christmas is still four months away, however, work on the farm never ends when it comes Christmas trees.

“We are planting our seedlings, transplanting them into our transplant bed and we’re taking some of those transplants into the field,” said Lowes Creek Tree Farm Owner Therese Olson.

Therese and her husband, Tim, are no strangers to the Christmas tree crop. They’ve been working the ground at Lowes Creek for the past thirty years.

“We began to learn about Christmas trees, Evergreens, the production of them, Wisconsin climate and Wisconsin soil,” Therese said while discussing what it was like to start their business.

When temperatures drop, business picks up for Therese and Tim. Obviously, winter is their busy season as people stop by to pick-up and cut down their own tree. But, Tim and Therese’s tree farm isn’t the only one in the state. In fact, the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association reports about 950,500 Christmas trees are harvested every year in the state. And, when you consider the National Christmas Tree Association puts the average cost of a real tree at about $50, Christmas trees are a nearly $49-million dollar crop annually in Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober has registered a campaign committee to run for governor as a Democrat.

With the filing Wednesday Kober becomes at least the ninth Democrat to file paperwork allowing them to raise and spend money on a potential bid. Kober said in a statement that he is still deciding whether to get into the race and wanted to spend time meeting people across the state first.

Kober is director of the Clorox Company, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products.

Several Democrats have already announced their candidacies, including state Rep. Dana Wachs, businessman Andy Gronik and political newcomer Bob Harlow.

Others exploring a bid include state Superintendent Tony Evers, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and political activist Mike McCabe.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is expected to seek a third term.

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(WQOW) – A hospital in Rusk County is one step closer to having a new owner. The Rusk County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday a non-binding Letter of Intent to sell the Rusk County Memorial Hospital, 1 25-bed critical access hospital, and the Clinic at Riverside to Marshfield Clinic Health System. In exchange, Marshfield Clinic Health System will build a new health care campus in Rusk County within the next five years.

According to a press release, health officials said the Letter of Intent was an important step in finalizing a partnership between Marshfield Clinic, Rusk County and health officials. They said it followed two months of negotiations and several months of in-depth study regarding opportunities to grow and sustain a critical access hospital and health care services locally.

Our hospital board began the process of studying potential partnerships with area health systems more than one year ago, said Gordie Dukerschein, president of RCMH board of trustees. The county’s involvement in this process continues to confirm and strengthen its belief that MCHS will prove to be a committed partner in continuing the quality care that our hospital currently provides.

Charisse Oland, the CEO of Rusk County Memorial Hospital said the partnership will allow them to develop the replacement hospital and medical campus for providers, staff, volunteers and the community. It will meet our mission to comfort, heal and empower people to be well and support our vision to sustain a vibrant, healthy community, Oland said.

According to the Letter of Intent, Marshfield Clinic will be a part of a local advisory board that will oversee the combined operations between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Rusk County Memorial Hospital as well as help hire hospital physicians and staff.

We’ve had a 40-year history of collaboration with the county and hospital. We’re excited to strengthen that partnership and build on the success of the high-quality care delivered by our world-class team of physicians and staff that call the Ladysmith community their home, said Dr. Susan Turney, the CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. Health officials said definitive, legally binding agreements between both organizations are expected to be approved by the end of 2017.

At about 2;50 this (Wednesday) morning, a Rusk County deputy conducted a traffic stop at a location on Maple Hill Road, Ladysmith. A City Officer assisted and had Rusk County dispatch check the passenger, Jason J. Geiger’s Probation restrictions. Geiger was not to possess or consume alcohol or any illegal drugs. According to the report, Geiger admitted to drinking and submitted a PBT of .139. Geiger had a hold placed on him by Probation. The City Officer transported Geiger to the Rusk County jail. The driver Shawny M. Delasky, 26, was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. She was also transported to the Rusk County jail.

A few minutes later, a City Officer made a traffic stop on Fritz Avenue West, Ladysmith. According to the report, a field sobriety was performed on the driver. After an investigation, the subject was taken into custody for OWI. Probation was notified and placed a hold on the subject who was then transported to the Rusk County jail.

STANLEY, Wis. (WEAU) — Police are asking for your help in a pharmacy burglary investigation. On Wednesday morning, a message was posted to the Stanley Police Department Facebook page with a surveillance video. The message said officers responded to Shopko on Junction Ave. at about 4:50 a.m. Wednesday for an alarm call. The first officer at the scene determined that someone had broken into the building, but that whoever did it wasn’t inside at that time. Investigators reviewed surveillance video and found that one person got into the building and went into the pharmacy. They say that person took several medications and then ran away.

The department wants anyone who recognizes the person in the video to contact the Stanley Police Department at 715-644-5975 or send the department a message.

(Madison, WI)  —  A state agency says it can no longer enforce a rule that requires fire sprinklers for apartment buildings with three to 20 units. And the attorney general’s office plans to write a formal opinion on whether it has to be thrown out. The Department of Safety and Professional Services tried dropping the rule earlier this year, but the agency did an about face once the word got out. Now, the Journal Sentinel says the department is citing a 2011 state law which says agencies cannot write and enforce rules stricter than what the law actually says — and the last law passed by the governor and Legislature called for sprinklers only in buildings with 20 or more units. Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing says the new interpretation leaves many apartment dwellers at risk, noting that sprinklers are the one of the best ways to save lives — and he says legislators should update its laws to require sprinklers in structures with three or more units.

(West Allis, WI)  —  Almost one-million 30-thousand people paid to get into the Wisconsin State Fair which ended Sunday. Fair officials say the total attendance for the eleven day fair is about 13-thousand more than one year ago — and it was the fifth straight year that the State Fair went over the one-million mark. The fair said its newest ride was especially popular, as the Wonder Fair Wheel had almost 82-thousand riders.

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(Madison, WI)  —  A state funded report says the presence of Foxconn would create fewer employees than projected outside the high tech plant — but there would be more construction jobs than first estimated. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obtained a report from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, in which Baker Tilly analysts found that the Foxconn plant would spur 12-to-18-thousand jobs at places like suppliers and nearby restaurants — as opposed to 22-thousand estimated by a study commissioned by Foxconn. The state review shows that about 20-to-25-thousand jobs would be needed to build facilities wherever the plant goes — and that’s higher than Foxconn’s initial estimate of 16-thousand-200 jobs. A state Assembly panel has endorsed three-billion dollars in state incentives to get Foxconn to locate in Kenosha or Racine counties, and a full Assembly vote on that is set for Thursday.


Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 4:45 PM Monday from a male subject reporting that his daughter called him and stated that a male posted on face book making suicidal comments and that everything will be better in his life in a few minutes. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith Police, the Ladysmith ambulance and the DNR responded to a residence on Poplar Road, Tony. According to the report, there was no answer at the door of the residence and they attempted to contact Verizon to ping his cell phone. A second 911 call reported that he spoke with the male subject who told him that the 1st method did not work and now he had a gun and he would make law enforcement take care of him. Authorities checked a number of locations for the subject. At about 8:30 Monday night a Rusk County deputy was in contact with the subject. He was taken into custody and transported back to the LEC to be interviewed.

Monday evening at about 7:15, a female subject advised Rusk County authorities that she received a call from her son advising that his uncle gave him a loaded pistol and told his nephew to shoot him. According to the report, the female caller advised that they also got into a confrontation earlier in the day and she thinks that this is stemming from that. Rusk County deputies responded to a location on County Highway E, Bruce. After an investigation, the male subject was detained. The weapon was secure and everyone was out of the house. The man was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and the weapon was seized for evidence.

Late Monday morning, a theft complaint was reported to Ladysmith Police. A female subject reported that her wallet was missing. The complainant later found out that someone used a credit card of hers. The case is under investigation.

(Madison, WI)  —  More of Wisconsin’s top Republicans agree with the possibility that the state is headed toward an economic slowdown. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he’d like to see more money set aside to keep the government running in the midst of lower than expected tax collections elsewhere in the Midwest. Governor Scott Walker’s office and Joint Finance cochair John Nygren agree at least in principle with Fitzgerald’s concerns. Assembly Democrat Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh says the minority party tried to point that Walker’s proposed two year budget leaves a balance of 87-million dollars in its main account — but the package also called for an extra 302-million in the state’s rainy day fund for emergencies. Talks could resume later this month on a new budget that’s now one and a half months overdue.

(Madison, WI) — Republicans were hoping to get near unanimous support for their three-billion dollar incentive package for Foxconn — but it won’t happen. The Assembly jobs committee voted 8-5 Monday, with all Democrats voting no, on tax breaks and relaxed environmental laws to encourage the Taiwanese tech giant to locate its first large U-S plant in Racine or Kenosha counties. Milwaukee Democrat Jason Fields said the package has “too many loopholes and uncertainties” and Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling says the aid comes out to one-point-five-million dollars for each job. But Stratford Republican Bob Kulp called Foxconn “an investment that makes sense,” and the state could not afford to “look the other way and let this go by.” Foxconn has promised to put up to ten-billion dollars for its new L-C-D screen plant, vowing to create 13-thousand jobs. The full Assembly is scheduled to vote Thursday on the package — and a Democrat in the area of the plant, Kenosha’s Tod Ohnstad, says he’s still open to voting yes even though he voted no in the committee on Monday.


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(Union Grove, WI)  —  A Kenosha County sheriff’s official says three men shot to death at a drag racing event were “known gang members” — and investigators are trying to determine if a rival gang member killed them. Sheriff’s sergeant Mark Malecki said today (Monday) the victims were all from the Chicago suburb of Illinois. Officials say they were shot Sunday night at a food area in the parking lot of Great Lakes Dragaway near Union Grove, at an event called Larry’s Fun Fest which attracted about five-thousand people. Sheriff David Beth says witnesses might not have wanted those involved to see them going to law enforcement at the track — and he hopes they’ll call his office now. The victims’ names were not immediately released.


In Rusk County News this past weekend, Friday morning a male subject reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office a possible break in. The complainant advised that one of his dead bolts was and this was a possible attempted break in at a location on County Highway O, Bruce.

Saturday morning at 12;25, a male subject at Hot Shots on Main Street, Bruce, reported to Rusk County authorities that a female subject came into the bar, had some words with a male subject and than hit a beer bottle over his side under his shoulder. According to the report, the male subject did not need medical attention. The female got kicked out of the bar. Rusk County deputies arrived on the scene and at about 1:20 AM, the female suspect was taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Rusk County jail.

At about 12:45 Saturday morning the Ladysmith Fire Department was called to a residence on Parkridge Drive, Ladysmith. According to the report, the caller returned home to find the house filled with smoke. The structure fire was contained mostly to the basement of the house and stairway to basement. Damage was extensive in that area. Rest of the house received smoke damage. The Bruce Fire Department also responded with manpower only and Ladymith Police and Ladysmith EMS. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Ladysmith firemen were at the scene until 4:55 AM.

A Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop at 2:35 AM Sunday morning on Bailey Road, Bruce. According to the report, a field sobriety was performed on the driver. After an investigation, a male subject was taken into custody for OWI and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Early Sunday afternoon, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that there was a White Mustang with Arkansas plates with a female subject inside parked in the middle of Berkeypile Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, they were unsure if there is a medical issue or mental health , but she was not answering their questions with normal responses. Rusk County deputies and Ladysmith ambulance responded to the scene. After an investigation, the female subject was taken into custody for OWI. She was transported to RCMH for a blood draw and medical clearance and then transported to the Rusk County jail.

Friday morning a theft was reported to the Ladysmith Police Department. A male subject reported the theft of a snowblower, ladder, and saw horses from the garage at a residence on East Miner Avenue. The case is under investigation.

A Ladysmith Officer and Rusk County deputies responded Saturday afternoon shortly after 4 PM to a residence on East 9th Street South Ladysmith, on a report that Gary Gleason was shooting a 22 off his front porch. Upon arrival officers observed Gleason and another male subject sitting on the porch. According to the report, Gleason reached down and grabbed the butt end of a pellet rifle off the porch. He was ordered to drop the pellet gun and Gleason dropped the Pellet rifle. Gleason admitted to shooting bottle rockets and admitted to letting the neighbor shoot the pellet rifle. Gleason was issued citations for Disorderly Conduct and the fireworks violation.

Late Saturday afternoon, Ladysmith Police responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun and subject needing help. City and County units responded to the 800 block of West 9th Street North. Rusk County dispatch informed all units that the call came from a male subjects cell phone. After numerous attempts, contact was made with this subject at his residence. According to the report, units took up positions around the house and had all individuals come outside the residence one at a time. Subjects that had been removed from the residence were than interviewed on scene and it was determined that Kevin D. Knight, 31, had used the subjects phone to place the call. Knight was arrested and taken to jail on a Probation Hold along with a new charge of Disorderly Conduct with a phone.

(Washington, DC)  —  U-S Senator Ron Johnson says his fellow Republicans might limit a veto power that let him block federal home state court nominees from Democrats when Johnson’s party was in the minority. Johnson used the power to prevent an Obama nominee from taking Wisconsin’s seat on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago — and the post has been vacant for seven years, the longest in the federal appellate judiciary. Now, President Donald Trump has named former Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Michael Brennan to the post — and minority Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin objects, saying the Republican Trump ignored recommendations from a state judicial selection panel appointed by both senators. A Trump official says the president team’s interviewed all the nominees for the Seventh Circuit vacancy before appointing Brennan.


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(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin Republicans will try again this month to settle their differences on a state budget that’s now six weeks overdue. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he hoped to restart the budget negotiations the week after next, and perhaps put more revenue aside to cover possible shortfalls. He says other state leaders in the Midwest have told him that the growth of their tax revenues are not as high as they projected. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke tells W-H-B-Y Radio in Appleton there’s optimism in his chamber as well — and a vote there could come in early September. State lawmakers disagreed on highway funding and the amount of school aids before they became consumed with developing a three-billion dollar incentive package for Foxconn to locate its L-C-D screen plant in the state. All states have two year budget periods that begin in July — and Connecticut is reportedly the only other state which does not have a budget yet.


Thursday afternoon the Price County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Ladysmith Police Department in regards to Vanessa F. Godfrey, 32, who was said to be living in Ladysmith. According to the report, Price County advised that they had probable cause that Godfrey burglarized a residence and stole a handgun in their county. Price County also advised that Godfrey had an active Probation and Parole warrant. City Police responded to a residence on West Pederson Avenue and were able to make contact with Godfrey at the residence. The Felony Probation and Parole warrant was confirmed through Rusk County dispatch. Godfrey was arrested and arrangements were made for Godfrey to be transported directly to Price County. A Rusk County deputy transported Godfrey to the Price County line and she was reportedly being mildly uncooperative. City Police then conducted a consent search and did not locate the firearm.

It’s day two of the Rusk County Junior Fair at the Rusk County Fairgrounds in Ladysmith. High lightes for day two include the Rusk County Historical Museum open until 6 PM. There will be a free Corn Boil this afternoon from 2-4 PM. At 4 PM will be the Youth Pedal Tractor Pull. The Bull Riding Event will start at 7:30 PM. Music by the band, Home Grown Tomatoes will close out day two performing from 9 PM to Midnight. Many events and activities will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Rusk County Junior Fair.

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – The City of Chippewa Falls is home to a brewery older than the city itself.

“We always talk about taking a lot of pride in the local name,” said fifth generation Leinenkugel, John Leinenkugel. “150 year history and legacy, being apart of the Chippewa Falls community, the oldest industry or business right here in the Chippewa Valley is the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.”

Leinenkugel’s is celebrating 150 years on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. Few things stay constant in that amount of time, and Leinie’s is no exception.

“This was not the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company,” John said. “Back in 1867, when our great-great-grandfather Jacob Leinenkugel founded the brewery, it was known as the Spring Brewery. Jacob and John Spring Brewery established 1867.”

As we know, Spring Brewery would eventually become the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Change is something the brand has always dealt with because keeping a brewery going for 150 years is no walk in the hops.

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The proposed Foxconn L-C-D screen plant is raising questions from organized labor. Scott Paul of the labor/management Alliance for American Manufacturing tells the Journal Sentinel there are “lots of reasons to be skeptical about what Foxconn says it will do.” He says the celebration should not come until it starts paying what he calls “family supporting paychecks,” which Foxconn has said would average 54-thousand dollars per year plus benefits. Stephanie Bloomingdale of the state A-F-L C-I-O says any government subsidy deal must have “ironclad protections” that allow a union to organize — and she said labor unions should have a seat at the bargaining table in future talks between the state and Foxconn. And Bloomingdale said Foxconn needs “to play by our rules if they are coming to our state and our country.”

(Madison, WI)  —  The next Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election is only six months away, and a legal group is holding the first forum for candidates this (Friday) afternoon. The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is holding the event in Madison. Madison lawyer Tim Burns, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, and Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock are all running for the seat held by conservative Michael Gableman, who’s stepping down next year after completing his only ten year term.

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(Undated)  —  Heavy thunderstorms flattened part of a cornfield in northern Wisconsin early today (Thursday). The National Weather Service says an eight-foot-tall stretch of corn got blown to the ground about 2:30 a-m near Gilman in Taylor County. The Wisconsin Public Service utility reported almost 14 hundred outages as of 5:15, but by ten o’clock the number was down to 230. More thunderstorms are moving through Wisconsin today (Thursday) on an isolated basis. There were no warnings out as of 10:15 — but forecasters say there’s at least a chance of severe weather late today (Thursday) and during the evening in northern and eastern areas.

The Rusk County Junior Fair is under way located at the Rusk County Fairgrounds in Ladysmith. Today the Rusk County Historical Museum is open until 6 PM. Rabbits, Sheep and Beef judging will take place this afternoon. The Milwaukee Bucks Street Team will perform at 6 PM. The Rusk County Junior Fair will run thru Sunday with many events each day.

Just after 4 PM Wednesday, the Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a subject advising that his dad just pushed and choked him. According to the report, the caller advised of his location and then started arguing with his father again. Then the phone was disconnected. Rusk County deputies responded to the scene and the Ladysmith ambulance was requested on stand by as there was a report of violence and dispatch could not regain contact with the caller. After a few minutes Rusk County regained contact with the caller and he was not injured. A subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer just after 6 PM, responded to Gordy’s County Market parking lot for a hit and run complaint. The Officer met with the female subject who stated that a Black in color truck with a Grey tool box in the back had struck her vehicle and drove away. A Rusk County deputy and City Officer found the vehicle at the Walmart parking lot. After an investigation, the suspect was issued a citation for Operating after Suspension.

Governor Scott Walker announced that he is seeking applicants for appointment as sheriff in Sawyer County. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sheriff Mark Kelsey. The new sheriff will begin serving September 3rd and will complete a term ending January 7, 2019. An applicant is not required to reside in Sawyer County at the time the appointment becomes effective. If you are interested in applying for the position, please submit the following, applicants should outline in their cover letters what professional and academic experiences qualify them to be sheriff and describe their civic activities and community involvement. Application materials must be received no later that Friday, August 18. Potential applicants with questions about the appointment process may contact Dan Sievert at 608-266-1212. E-Mail is

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Wisconsin based Kohl’s Department Stores reports lower sales but higher profits for its most recent quarter. The chain based in Menomonee Falls reports an earnings hike for investors of one-dollar and 24-cents a share for the three months ending July 29th, and that’s two cents more than the same quarter last year. Total revenues dropped by almost one-percent, and same store revenues fell by almost one-half-percent — the sixth consecutive quarter that same store sales dropped, but by the smallest percentage since the quarter ending in January. Kohl’s C-E-O Kevin Mansell tells investors that store traffic rose, which he called the company’s biggest priority amid a national drop is folks buying from brick and mortar shops.

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(Sullivan, WI)  —  This should be no surprise, considering all the floods we’ve had — but Wisconsin has just had its wettest January through July on record. The National Weather Service says the state’s average liquid precipitation was 25 and one quarter inches in the first seven months of this year. That’s seven-point-one inches more than the normal, and it’s the most since the weather agency started keeping records 123 years ago. Meteorologist J-J Wood says the heavy floods from southeast and south central Wisconsin last month most likely set the new record. Up to eight inches of rain fell at Burlington, driving the Fox River to its worst flooding on record.

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker downplays a report that Wisconsin taxpayers will have to wait 25 years to get back everything they would give to Foxconn to locate a plant in the state. The Republican Walker told Green Bay conservative radio host Jerry Bader his administration knew all along it would be “a big deal” — and he compared it to Reggie White joining the Green Bay Packers to help win the Super Bowl for the Pack in the 1996 season. Walker also said the Assembly would vote as early as Monday on a three-billion dollar package of incentives for Foxconn to locate its L-C-D screen plant in either Racine or Kenosha counties. On Tuesday, the non partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says taxpayers would not recoup their investment in Foxconn until 2043 — and that’s only if the plant gets all the business and the jobs the company expects. Walker also said the G-O-P is working with Democrats from the area of the plant on amendments to the package, but he didn’t say what they were.


At about 11:30 PM Tuesday night, a Ladysmith Officer responded to Highway 27 South of Doughty Road to do a welfare check on an individual that was reportedly stumbling on the side of the road. According to the report, the Officer located the individual in front of an address on Highway 27 laying on the ground. City Officers made contact with the individual who was unconscious. The Officer woke the individual up and spoke with him on what had happened. The male was identified as Todd Leighton, 54. When the Officer spoke with Leighton, his speech was slurred and had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath. Leighton was on Probation and a PBT showed a .248. Probation placed a hold on Leighton and he was transported to the Rusk County jail.

This (Wednesday) morning at about 4:30, a passerby reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that some hay bales along the side of the road on County Highway P near Hanson Road had visable flames.

The Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. According to the report, Rusk County received a second call that hay bales were smoking in the field at the same location.

On Monday, August 7th, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at 906 21st Street, Chetek, and four subjects were taken into custody on various drug charges. Timothy Morgan, 38 of Chetek, on four counts of Delivery of Meth and four counts of Felony Bail Jumping (Morgan has eight previous bail jumping charges). Shawn Biggart, 56 of Chetek, on charges of Possession of Meth. Ricky Moen, 61 of Cameron, on charges of Possession of Meth. Wendy Raasch, 47 of Chetek, on charges of Possession of Meth. During the search warrant, about four grams of meth were located and all four subjects are currently being held in the Barron County Jail. Morgan has been a target of the Sheriff’s Department for being a person supplying meth to the area. His last arrest was February, 2, 2017, for meth related charges.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says it’s waiting for autopsy results in hopes of determining the cause of death of a Chetek man. Deputies say they received a call Sunday morning that Mark Johnson, 56 was passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle on 25th Street, North of Chetek. When crews arrived, they found Johnson in the vehicle and say he appeared to have been placed on the floor of the passenger side of the car. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says he had no obvious injuries to his body. He says investigators have two people of interest in the case, but they are not considered suspects and are not in custody. The sheriff says autopsy results are expected by the end of this week and arrests could come once the results are back.

A former Barron County minister was sentenced to Probation after breaking into parishioners homes to steal prescription drugs. Jon Paquette, the former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood, admitted to breaking into Parishioners homes. The only items missing were oxycodone. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced him to three years probation for each of his five counts of theft to run concurrent to one another. Paquette must also pay more than $1,300 in restitution and cannot have contact with his former church or any of the victims. The judge ordered he must maintain absolute sobriety as well.

(Undated)  —  A profit making college shut down by the Obama White House is back, thanks to a ruling from the Trump administration. Globe University shut down its Wisconsin campuses last year in Madison, Wausau, Appleton, Eau Claire and La Crosse — and Inside Higher Ed says all but the La Crosse campus will reopen this fall with the new name Broadview once they’re accredited. Broadview recently bought the other Wisconsin Globe sites with approvals from the U-S Education Department. Globe and the Minnesota School of Business were both owned by Terry Myhre’s family — and those schools closed after a court found that the Minnesota school misrepresented job opportunities for criminal justice. Broadview said the Wisconsin campuses should not be treated the same as the Minnesota school just because they had the same owner.

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