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Spooner Health not among those threatened with what appears to be a national bomb threat
SPOONER– Spooner Health is not among the hospitals across the country that received a bomb threat as part of the nationwide bitcoin ransom threat on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13.
Railroad Park progresses, donations needed to continue park development
SPOONER – The Railroad Park Committee has some exciting news to share: Thanks to Chris Comstock at Big Woods Creative, the park now officially has a new logo. The park is underdevelopment and centers around the Roundhouse.
Sheriff Update: Bomb threat made to Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
At 12:43 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office was informed of a bomb threat that was sent via email to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital, according to a Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Arrested in Minneapolis, ex-priest to face trial for alleged 1980s abuse in Wisconsin
HAYWARD, Wis. — A former priest accused of sexually abusing at least three boys in Wisconsin decades ago has been bound over for trial. Seventy-one-year-old Thomas Ericksen was arrested Nov. 16 at his Minneapolis home. He faces child sexual assault charges for alleged abuse between June 1982 and Apr
Sawyer County search warrant turns up drugs in home
Sawyer County Sheriff's deputies assisted by the Sawyer County SWAT team, Washburn County SWAT team, Wisconsin DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation Agents, city of Hayward Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol, executed a search warrant on a home on Wis. 27 near Stone Lake at about 9 a.m on
Spooner Civic Center open under new owners, management
SPOONER— The Spooner Civic Center, located on Walnut Street in downtown Spooner, is open under new owners and new management. The Spooner Civic Center and Hank’s Up North Sports bar and grill are owned by the Hansen family and a family friend. The family includes Brad and Teresa Hansen, their son Jo
Deputy Knoop honored for life-saving actions
Washburn County Sheriff's Deputy Sheriff Drew Knoop has been awarded and honored with a Life Saving Award Certificate and Life Saving Ribbon for his uniform Sgt. Wayne Johnson presented the award to him.
One injured in explosion on Hwy. B near Hayward
One person was reported to have received severe burns in an explosion and structure fire at North Shore Auto Repair on Highway B four miles east of Hayward around noon Thursday, Dec. 13. The metal-sided building is next door to Complete Welding.
Construction worker is suspect in Best Western theft
SIREN––A man from Richfield, Minn., is suspected of stealing over $4,500 in hunting equipment. He alleges he found the items outside the Best Western Northwoods Lodge in Siren.
Resource Center hosts holiday family festivities
Lakeland Family Resource Center in Spooner spearheaded its annual holiday family festivities, joined by several area organizations and businesses, at the Spooner Business Center (the former Spooner Health) on Saturday, Dec. 8. Activities included crafts, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats, gam
Big projects could have minimal tax impact
SPOONER– The mill rate impact from multi-million-dollar projects in the Spooner Area School District could be zero. Or at least, minimal. That was the scenario presented by District Administrator Dave Aslyn to the school board during its Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.
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.
Hayward girls basketball team looks to spring back
Following wins over Spooner and Cumberland and a 50-40 loss to the Northwestern Tigers, the Hayward Hurricanes girls basketball team (2-1 conference, 2-3 overall) is looking to “improve every game” with two conference games remaining before the Christmas break, said Coach Joe Brennan.
Boys basketball: Evergreens beat Lakers
The Northwood Evergreens visited the Shell Lake Lakers for a Lakeland Central Conference doubleheader on Friday, Dec. 7. In the opening game, the boys battled to a 57-48 Northwood win. For details, see the December 13 edition of the Spooner Advocate. [Photos by Bill Thornley]
Taxes will go up slightly in city
SPOONER– Spooner property owners will see a slight increase in their property tax according to the city's 2019 budget which the Spooner City Council approved at its December 4 monthly meeting. The budget, which was published in November and also presented at the public budget hearing preceding the m
Thankful for officer's apology
It recently came to the attention of our organization that Capt. Tracy Hom of the Rice Lake Police Department posted a homophobic meme on his private Facebook page. Given the responses of Captain Hom, RLPD, and the Barron County community, we would like to offer a couple thoughts.
Doctor joins Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland at Chetek
Barbara Ankarlo, M.D., recently joined the Family Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Chetek. Previously, Dr. Ankarlo worked as a family physician at Cumberland Healthcare. Dr. Ankarlo completed medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth and Mi
Thursday Rice Lake factory fire remains under investigation
An early-morning fire Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the Rice Lake-based American Excelsior plant remains under investigation, according to the Rice Lake Fire Department. Nineteen firefighters spent about two hours at the plant, located at 831 Pioneer Ave., Rice Lake.
Giving Tree to assist local families
SPOONER– Alley Cats Coffee will host its first annual Giving Tree in partnership with Washburn County to identify local families in need this holiday season. “This year we will be supporting 16 families, 57 family members, and 125 needs,” said Alley Cats Coffee. “Come share in the love and joy of gi
Randy Sabien and the Subterraneans to perform Yule concert at the Park
Violin virtuoso Randy Sabien and his Subterraneans will perform their popular annual Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec 15, at the Park Center in Hayward. Sabien and his “merry band of elves” — consisting of Joe Lindzius, Andy Dee and Ed Willet — will combine to perform another edition of the