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As the debate simmers over the City of Rice Lake’s personnel cuts in the Fire Department and Community Services, among other cost-cutting measures, there is a larger issue at play. The cuts in essence were the best way—as the City Council and staff saw fit—to make the most of constrained revenue sources. For years the state has set levy limits for cities at the same time as providing declining amounts of state funding. Cities like Rice Lake have not been able to reap revenue at the same rate as the City’s valuation.  Read more

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As the suntan lines fade, and the smell of the ocean gets more difficult to conjure, I feel prodded to record a recent trip to a warmer climate. Before the chill finds its home again in my bones and I lose all footing on the undulating waves of snow and ice.

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Every light casts a shadow. In the shade of celebration and praise for the homecoming of Jayme Closs lies comments filled with vitriol and damnation for the man who abducted her and cold-bloodedly killed her parents.

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At the press conference announcing the return of Jayme Closs and capture of her suspected abductor, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald held out a photo of the man suspected of killing two parents, imprisoning their 13-year-old daughter, and striking fear and sorrow in the community for 8…

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An informational source worth paying attention to this election season is Politifact.com/wisconsin. The site is a good antidote for the political attack ads plaguing the airwaves right now.

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If there ever was a trash to treasure story needing to be told, it is the tale of Barron County’s Waste to Energy and Recycling Facility south of Almena.

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Editor’s note: An effort initiated by The Boston Globe encouraged newspapers to respond to attacks on journalists as the “enemy of the American people.” It called for participating publications to write related editorials on or around today’s date. The following is the Leader-Telegram’s cont…

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Editor’s note: The Boston Globe is encouraging newspapers across the country to editorialize on the importance of journalism in democracy—and to the communities we all serve—in their editions on or around Aug. 16. The Chronotype is participating with the inclusion of this editorial, shared w…

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The Rice Lake City Council will be asked at an upcoming meeting to give at least $1,200 to a public education campaign regarding the so-called dark store loophole. The Wisconsin League of Municipalities is heading up the campaign, arguing that the loophole is unfairly shifting tax burdens on…

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Both Democrats and Republicans have important choices to make in a partisan primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Voters may only vote for candidates of one party in the partisan primary. Republicans have a choice between Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson and a few lesser-know candidates as th…

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As newsprint tariffs, which threaten the printed newspaper, are debated in Washington, a recent weekly newspaper’s willingness to let their community know that a local high school tried to censor free speech reminds us again about the importance of newspapers and the positive affect they hav…

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A new chapter of higher learning opened this month in Rice Lake with the joining of UW-Barron County with UW-Eau Claire.

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On a brief visit to Barron County on June 21 for a Barron County Economic Development Corporation event, State Transportation Secretary David Ross veered off his main message of how road improvements are tied to economic improvements for a moment to discuss work zone safety.

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This week’s story of a convicted sex offender who’d been living in Rice Lake since October, apparently unknown to Sex Offender Registry officials, is a good reminder to be vigilant.

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This newspaper you are reading costs about 30% more today than it did a year ago. The price for you, the reader, is the same, but it is costing our company more to print it because of tariffs on newsprint.

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If we’ve learned anything from the last presidential election, it’s that polls are a flawed means of gauging public perception. Such an example is a recent one conducted by Public Policy Polling and touted by candidate for governor Tony Evers. The poll results, released May 23, show Evers wi…

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A 6.3% increase in tourism spending in 2017, putting Barron County over $100 million in annual visitor spending is encouraging news for the local economy. This certainly reflects increased efforts by local governments and organizations to make our communities more appealing. In addition to n…

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The City of Rice Lake and the Rice Lake School District, with several community members, have been working diligently to begin planning a new aquatic center for Rice Lake.

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In an effort to be more than just the bearer of bad news, The Chronotype is adopting a policy when it comes to reporting when someone dies by suicide.

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Earth Day is Sunday, marking the 48th year of the celebration started by Clear Lake native Gaylord Nelson. So, what better time to consider how we can all do better by our Mother Earth? 

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No matter which side of the political fence you may sit, most people agree that money and people with deep pockets have too much influence in our political system. 

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Two of Wisconsin’s highest ranking lawmakers both said recently that bills addressing the “dark store tax loophole” won’t be considered in 2018. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos stand in opposition to a bipartisan group of more than 50 of their peers who…

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The old adage that “Nothing changes if nothing changes,” rings truer than ever in the face of last week’s mass shooting—yes, another one— in a Florida high school where 17 people lost their lives.