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Monday declared 'Chris Kroeze Day' to celebrate 'The Voice' finale
BARRON, Wis. - Monday has been declared “Chris Kroeze Day” in honor of the Wisconsinite competing in NBC’s "The Voice" finale, according to a release. Kroeze will be taking the stage Monday to compete for the winner of the show’s 15th season. Kroeze is among four artists who have survived multiple r
Gathering offers hope for teen missing since parents' deaths
BARRON (AP) — A Wisconsin girl who investigators believe was kidnapped after her parents were killed two months ago is being honored in her hometown with a Christmas tree adorned with messages of hope for her safe return.
'Full of light': Barron holds tree-lighting ceremony to honor Jayme Closs, teen's family
BARRON - The choir softly sang its refrain, "I Believe," as a Christmas tree glowed in the darkness. Such was the mood of a tree-lighting ceremony at Riverview Middle School in Barron Wednesday to honor 13-year-old Jayme Closs. The missing teen’s family and residents gathered together in the cold, b
Barron County receives tourism grants for $68K
Two organizations in Barron County are marketing brand-new events with help from Joint Effort Marketing grants from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The Barron County Cooperative Agricultural Society has been awarded $37,337 for the inaugural Blue Hills Bar-B-Q Fest, and Rice Lake Tourism & Reta
Family Dollar to close in Barron; Some stores close, others get a facelift
A downtown Barron retail presence for more than 20 years is closing its doors in about seven weeks, according to a spokesperson for the Family Dollar store, which operates out of a location at the corner of East La Salle Avenue and Fourth Street.
Community comes together for Jayme Closs, Sheriff provides updates on investigation
Barron County (WQOW) – The Barron community is trying to hold onto the light, during a dark time. On Wednesday night, a special tree was lit for Jayme Closs, as those from Barron hold onto the hope that she’ll come home safe.
Jury returns guilty verdict for man charged in ‘sex sting’
A 43-year-old Minnesota man was jailed in Barron on Thursday, Dec. 6, after a 12-member jury found him guilty of the felony charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
A defensive Scott Walker insists signing Wisconsin power grab wouldn't just be dirty partisanship
Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is laying the groundwork to sign the power grab bills denying his Democratic successor, Tony Evers, the same powers he has enjoyed so much. If he sounds a little defensive—as he should—that doesn’t mean that his argument doesn’t boil down to “I feel righteous abo
Finals of NBC's 'The Voice' to include Barron, Wis., singer
Chris Kroeze of Barron, Wis., will stay on the big stage of NBC's "The Voice" until the end. Kroeze, a rocker with more than a few country attributes, was one of three singers who made it to the finals based on their performances Monday night. Joining him were Kirk Jay and Chevel Shepherd.
'Leave it all out there on the table': Wisconsin's Chris Kroeze makes it to 'The Voice' finale
BARRON, Wis. - Wisconsin artist Chris Kroeze will be among the top four artists in "The Voice" finals next week. The singer, of Barron, sang "Can't See You" on Monday night's live episode in an effort to get enough votes to make it into the last round of the competition. His performance was the most
Barron ceremony offers hope for missing teenage girl
BARRON, Wis. - People turned out in the city of Barron to light up a "tree of hope" in honor not of Christmas but of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs. The local middle school student has been missing since her parents were slain Oct. 15. James and Denise Closs were fatally shot in their home, and inv
Barron’s Chris Kroeze advances to finals on The Voice
With Wisconsin and the upper Midwest rooting for him, Chris Kroeze has reached the finals of NBC’s The Voice. He will compete on Monday, Dec. 17 to be named The Voice winner the following night. The finale of The Voice is typically a star-studded affair with the four remaining contestants performing
Kroeze cruises to top four
In the words of his coach, country-western star Blake Shelton, “the beer drinking, back road driving” music fans of America still have someone to root for on the NBC TV series, “The Voice.”
Drunk hotel lobby sleeper wakes up in emergency room
Four law enforcement officers and an ambulance were called to the Cobblestone Inn & Suites shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, after an allegedly intoxicated man was found sleeping in the lobby.
Barron County talent advances to Voice finals
Barron Wisconsin's Chris Kroeze has advanced to Top 4 on 'The Voice.'. Kroeze has used the show to raise national awareness of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs. She has been missing since October after her parents were murdered in their home.
Post office blaze was arson says T.L. police chief; Juveniles arrested
An arson fire that gutted much of the interior of the Almena Post Office Saturday night, Dec. 8, 2018, remains under investigation by the Turtle Lake Police Department, and will be prosecuted by Barron County, according to the Turtle Lake Police Department.
Barron community lights tree to offer hope for missing teenage girl
UPDATE (WKOW) — A bright, blue tree is shining for Jayme Closs. The 13-year-old has been missing from Barron County for almost two months. Organizers are calling the tribute a “Tree of Hope”.
Barron community remembers Jayme Closs with tree-lighting ceremony
Barron, WI — Some holiday hope tonight that a missing northwest Wisconsin teen will someday be found. A huge gathering Wednesday night in the town of Barron, where the “Tree of Hope” was lit to remember Jayme Closs.
Tree of Hope event for Jayme Closs
More than eight weeks after the shooting deaths of her parents, missing Barron 13-year-old Jayme Closs will be remembered tonight at an event to be held just across the street from the school she attended.
Kroeze to appear on WPR program
Current contestant and singer Chris Kroeze from Barron will talk about his experience on “The Voice” on Spectrum West, which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Ideas Network, broadcast on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/River Falls. The program a