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Haugen man enters plea after death of baby

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Haugen man entered a not guilty plea in Barron County Court for second degree reckless homicide. Curtis Strand, 31, is charged with killing his three-month-old child. In July, Strand told investigators the child fell off his knee. He says initially he didn't want to tell off

WEAU-TV 13 - 2018-03-21 23:34:00

Youth sex sting nets man from Cameron

A series of email and text messages earlier this month has resulted in felony child sex-related charges against a 65-year-old Cameron man, Barron County Circuit Court documents said. A complaint filed Wednesday, March 14, 2018, identifies the defendant as Gene Lundequam, 1971 16 1/2 Ave., Cameron. T

NEWS-SHIELD.COM - 2018-03-21 13:36:00

Father-son music duo always brings it on with heart

"Up North" is short for escape to nature, to lakes, to rivers and forests. But more and more, North is the direction of a vibrant art scene. In particular, live music is on a crescendo with bar stages-too numerous to name- featuring local acts, a plethora of one-day music festivals and larger venues

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-03-22 14:45:00

Main Street Market Food Co-op sets special member meeting

If you were looking for a delicious avocado smash wrap from the deli at Main Street Market Food Co-op this week, you may have been disappointed. Deli operations at the market at 1 N. Main St. were available in limited quantities, effective Monday. In a letter to its members sent last Friday, Main St

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-03-22 16:28:00

Barron Co. man charged after undercover child enticement investigation

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Barron County man is charged after trying to meet who he thought was a 15-year-old girl for sex. 35-year-old Jay Hoppe of Almena is facing three counts including, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. On March 13, an officer with the Rice Lake Police Depar


SASD Election: Two candidates' perspectives

SPOONER- Two candidates are running for the two open seats on the Spooner Area School District Board of Education in the April 3 election. To help get more information about the candidates out to the voters, the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) asked each candidate six questions, and their

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-03-22 11:00:00

Barron Electric's 82nd annual meeting set for Saturday, March 24

Barron Electric Cooperative's 82nd annual meeting invites members to join them Saturday, March 24, at the Barron High School. "This is your opportunity to have a voice in your cooperative decisions," said Barron Electric's General Manager Dallas Sloan. This year's meeting will focus on electric vehi

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-03-22 15:00:00

Three county board seats are contested

WASHBURN COUNTY- Four seats were contested in the Washburn County Board April 3 election. That is, until Monday, March 19. District 16 candidate James Anderson announced on Monday that he would not be running against incumbent Jim Dohm after all because of medical reasons. That leaves three competit

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-03-22 13:21:00

One airlifted in two-vehicle accident

LUCK- A 62-year-old Luck woman was airlifted for medical treatment after a two-vehicle accident that occurred Saturday, March 17. The accident occurred at about 2:55 p.m. when Jo Ann Thompson, 62, Luck, was driving a 2003 Tahoe west on 290th Avenue. At the same time, Michael Matkaiti, 26, Luck, was

LEADERNEWSROOM.COM - 2018-03-21 12:25:24

High school will change English curriculum; board member resigns because of it

SPOONER- On a 4-2 vote, the Spooner Area School District board adopted a restructuring of its high school English curriculum that increased the number of English credits for graduation, from one to four, and set standard English courses for each grade, eliminating a host of elective courses. Board m


McCumber, Berkesch named valedictorian and salutatorian at Spooner High

SPOONER- Danika McCumber was announced as Spooner High School's valedictorian and Joshua Berkesch as the salutatorian during the school board's meeting on Monday, March 19. Principal Sarah Johnson presented them with Awards of Excellence and read the following statements honoring the students: Danik


Man arrested after short Barron Co. high-speed chase

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- A man has been arrested after a high-speed chase in Barron County. It happened Sunday afternoon on Highway D, south of Barron. Deputies say they tried to pull over Nicholas Mosay, 31 of Balsam Lake, for a traffic violation. That's when they say he took off at a high-rate of sp


March for Our Lives to be held

SPOONER- A March for Our Lives will be held in Spooner on Saturday, March 24, to stand in solidarity with survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, shooting who want sensible gun laws enacted. The gathering will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in downtown Spooner at Centennial Pa

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-03-21 13:52:00

Spooner PTA Q & A question two

SPOONER- On April 3, voters in the Spooner school district will have to decide between three candidates for two positions on the Spooner school board. The Spooner PTA requested each of the candidates submit responses to six questions and to have a response to each question posted each day to the Was


Bischel wins trailer made by RLHS students

Bennis Bischel was the winner of a trailer made by Rice Lake High School students that was raffled off March 15. The We Shack was a project done in the RLHS Warrior Engineering and Technology Education Center. The project involved the welding, construction, home repair and graphics classes. Only 30

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-03-21 13:55:00

Apelqvist to teach writing workshop

SPOONER- Authors can take their non-fiction to a new level with a workshop offered at Spooner Memorial Library. The fun, three-hour nonfiction writing workshop taught by Eva Apelqvist will be held from 5 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. Space is limited, and preregistration is required at the lib


St. Patrick's Day in style

As it has done for more than a quarter of a century, Webb Lake put on a big St. Patrick's Day celebration last Saturday, staging a big, Irish parade -- and dressing in style for the occasion. Green, of course, was the color of the day, and shamrocks were in abundance. It was the 28th annual event, w


Rice Lake man arrested in Eau Claire for third OWI

A Rice Lake man was arrested for drunken driving early Saturday in Eau Claire. Troy Brower, 42, was arrested for OWI-third offense, driving the wrong way and fleeing an officer, stated a news release issued by the State Patrol, Eau Claire Post. The State Patrol reports that shortly after 2 a.m., a t


SASD Election: Three candidates' perspectives

SPOONER- Three candidates are running for the two open seats on the Spooner Area School District Board of Education in the April 3 election. To help get more information about the candidates out to the voters, the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) asked each candidate six questions, and thei


BL man leads authorities on high-speed chase

BARRON COUNTY - On Sunday, March 18, at 1:00 p.m., a Barron County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Hwy D south of Barron for a traffic violation and the vehicle failed to stop. A short chase (3.5 miles) took place with speeds reaching 100 mph before the driver came to a stop. The dri