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After a year of closures and $3.8 million spent on a new Main Street Bridge in Rice Lake, the new structure doesn’t appear all that it was cracked up to be. 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Veterans advocates urged a legislative committee Tuesday to sign off on a bill that would allow University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers to request hundreds of thousands of dollars to identify and recover missing Wisconsin soldiers' remains.

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 October is Firewood Awareness Month, making fall the perfect time to learn about keeping Wisconsin's trees safe from invasive pests that threaten our forests, parks and backyards. During Firewood Awareness Month, the Department of Natural Resources reminds residents and visitors to think ab…

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Geri Hoople doesn’t mind talking about the 600 pound eagle in the room—or yard.

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A garage fire broke out just yards from the Rice Lake Fire Department on Water Street Friday afternoon. Flames and heavy smoke were visible as crews arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. They quickly put the fire under control. Scanner reports indicated that there was a wood stove and stockpile of…

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The number of working-age individuals living in Wisconsin has declined for several straight years, as has the state’s youth population. Meanwhile, the aging baby-boom generation is greatly expanding the population of retirees. These shifts signal challenges ahead for the state’s workforce an…

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A 44-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a van versus semi-tractor trailer crash near Poskin around 4:52 a.m. Thursday morning. On Friday, the Barron County Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Brian Morris, of Turtle Lake. 

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The Rice Lake Board of Education hiked back into discussion of a proposed school forest at its Oct. 14  meeting.

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BARRON — In recent months, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has seen Jayme Closs around town, out in the community, trying to reclaim a normal life. Fitzgerald has seen her at the Barron County Fair and at school functions.

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Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse, the restaurant concept in Hayward created by Famous Dave’s founder Dave Anderson, has announced the closing of the Hayward restaurant on Highway 63, the first in the restaurant chain that now numbers five. The last day of business was Sunday, Oct. 6.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic president of the Wausau School Board announced Monday that she is running for Congress in her heavily Republican northern Wisconsin district, in a race that could provide an early signal of voter moods ahead of next fall's presidential election.

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Henry Repeating Arms and their Big Boy All-Weather lever action rifle won the 'Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin' competition organized by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) from a contestant pool of over 150 different products and companies. The Big Boy All-Weather, which is man…

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Three Rice Lake residents face felony charges after allegedly dining and dashing at Nancy’s Northside Restaurant during the Oct. 2 lunch rush. 

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The American Red Cross awarded Mosaic Telecom a Sound the Alarm award for the company’s successful installation of more than 400 smoke alarms in the past year. Mosaic credited the success to its entire staff, from the sales people that offered the free smoke detectors to the technicians that…

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A fleeing suspect led police on a northbound car chase last weekend that stretched for 9 miles on Hwy. 53 and reached upwards of 100 mph.

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The Rice Lake Rotary Club recently gave dictionaries to all the third grade classes in the Rice Lake and Cameron School Districts, including Mrs. Kinnick’s class at St. Joseph School in Rice Lake who are pictured above with Rotarians Sonja and Dave Wilson. 

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The Rice Lake Public Library at 2 E. Marshall St. reopened its doors Monday morning to approximately 10 eager patrons waiting to enter at both the new Main Street entrance and the Marshall Street entrance. Visitor numbers multiplied quickly in the next several minutes as books were returned …