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One killed in Cumberland crash

A 21-year-old Kewaskum man died early Thanksgiving morning after his pickup truck rolled over on Hwy. 8 east of Cumberland.

Cole R. Schiebel was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Cumberland Hospital where life saving measures were unsuccsessful, according to a Barron County Sheriff's Department press release.

The crash was reported at 12:14 a.m., and the press release stated that road conditions and alcohol were contributing factors. The Barron County Sheriff's Department, Cumberland Police Depart Cumberland Fire Department, Cumberland Ambulance and North Memorial Helicopter responded to the scene, according to the release.

The weekend after Thanksgiving produced numerous traffic accidents as more than a foot of snow fell in the area.

Barron County dispatch records show that at least 40 crashes occurred between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, with most slideins and crashes happening Saturday, Nov. 30. Many roads were impassable at times, including 10 1/2 Avenue near Barron, where a semi got stuck after being unable to crest a hill.

Holiday Parade Thursday

Rice Lake Main Street Association's 28th annual Holiday Parade will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 with the theme "Gingerbread Land."

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., Main Street from Allen Street to Knapp Street will be closed to traffic. Wisconsin Avenue is the alternate route. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. visitors are encouraged to view the decorated trees at City Hall, then visit Santa Claus at Kitchen & Floor Decor from 5-6:15 p.m.

After the parade, see Northwinds British Brass Band at Bethany Lutheran Church beginning at 7:30 p.m.

There is also a reception at the Rice Lake Senior Center, located at 12 W. Humbird St., before, during and after the parade from 4-8 p.m. The public is invited to warm up, use restrooms and purchase hot and cold beverages, Christmas cookies, chili or soup, popcorn, hot dogs and chips. Proceeds go toward center needs with NAMI and Community Connections to Prosperity helping to put it on. The United Presbyterian Church at 20 W. Messenger St. will also be open to the public during the parade to warm up and purchase hot chocolate, coffee and deep fried Oreos.


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Kids and cops partner for shopping sprees

Surrounded by evergreen Christmas trees in Walmart's Lawn and Garden Center, kids and cops chewed on sugar cookies before pushing shopping carts through the store's aisles on Monday night.

This year's Shop with a Cop was a huge success and a lot of fun, said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

The Barron County Law Enforcement Foundation program partners in-need kids with law enforcement officers and then lets them loose with a $150 budget.

More than 78 kids and nearly 50 cops joined forces for this year's event.

Rice Lake Police Department Captain Tracy Hom said that the kids there definitely deserved to shop with a cop.

The girl he partnered with ended up trading up from her size 5 boots to a size 10.

She also got hats and gloves, jewelry for her mom, a scary movie for her dad and a stuffed animal for her younger brother.

She finished the spree with a Christmas sweater for herself.

After the shopping, kids and cops ventured to the AmeriVu Inn and Suites to eat at a taco bar sponsored by Adventures Restaurant & Pub.

At the end of the night, each child was sent home with a Christmas dinner in a bag, containing turkey, fruits and canned goods.

Wounded hunter will recover

A hunter who was shot in the chest by another hunter in the town of Minong on Nov. 24 during the opening weekend of deer season is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR is declining to name either of the hunters involved as the investigation into the case continues and potential criminal charges are considered.

It appears that two of the core gun safety rules —keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and being sure of the target and what is around it— were not followed, said DNR recreation warden Mark Little.

On Nov. 24, the gunshot victim called the Washburn County Sheriff's Department and reported that he thought he was shot by "two hunters" who then left the area and he believed the bullet went through his left chest and out his back. He was transported to the hospital via helicopter.

Little confirmed that the man had been struck once and his injury was life-threatening.

The DNR had asked the public for any details that could help identify the hunter who shot the man. Little said the person was identified through the reinterview of a witness, who knew the person who had fired the shot.

The DNR is investigating the shooting, and information gathered in the case will be forwarded to the Washburn County district attorney, who will determine whether any criminal charges are filed, Little said. He noted it could be weeks or months before the process is complete and a charging decision is made.

When someone is shot, Little said, it could qualify as a criminal act whether it was intentional or not.

Little said the victim was from Minnesota, and the person who fired the shot is from central Wisconsin.

The warden reiterated that if hunters follow the gun safety rules, these kinds of incidents can be avoided.

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