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Webster woman faces embezzlement charges
Reminders for extremely cold weather
Gov. Walker considers closing schools Monday
Puppy killing raises questions
ICCPA holds annual stockholders meeting
Navigating through the Affordable Care Act Dec. 5/2014
A family and community grieves
Dec. 18 /2013
Necropsy reports in horse ranch case released
Man dies after truck plunges through ice
Services for young cousins announced Dec. 17 /2013 STORY
Wide difference in police costs
Animal neglect charges filed against ranch owner
Surprising turnout, initial harvest low
Former Grantsburg teacher charged with having sex with two students
Local firefighters busy on Saturday
Names in fatal accident released
Where were you on Nov. 22, 1963? What did you feel? Share your stories with us for publication
Nov. 15/2013 STORY
Animal neglect investigation under way in Polk County
Victim in 1993 cold case identified
Nov. 7/2013 | Gary King
County seeks to move complaint against sheriff into federal court
Nov 7/2013 | Jean Koelz
Down to one
UPDATED: Missing teen safe
Assault under investigation
13-year-old girl dies after snowmobile crash during safety course; funeral service Saturday
DNR investigating snowmobile fatality
Woman struck by vehicle on Hwy. 35 near Centuria
Centuria man loses life in two-vehicle collision; funeral Thursday for Lane Burke
Nov. 12/2013 | Gary King
Information on Affordable Care Act
Thursday, Sept. 5, 3:45 p.m.
AMERY – On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “Obamacare.” The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that roll out over a period of four years. Open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace begins Oct. 1, meaning that individuals and small businesses can buy affordable and qualified health benefit plans in a new transparent and competitive insurance marketplace. STORY
One-vehicle accident claims life of Grantsburg man
Monday, August 26, 2:15 p.m.
BURNETT COUNTY - A one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning, Aug. 25, in northern Burnett County claimed the life of a 37-year-old Grantsburg man.
The body of Michael L. Dahlberg was discovered at the crash scene, more than 200 yards north of STH 77, approximately five miles west of Danbury, in a heavily wooded area.
A preliminary report from the Wisconsin State Patrol indicates that the vehicle Dahlberg was driving went off the right side of the road, then re-entered 77, rolling over multiple times. The vehicle landed on its wheels, then continued to the north side of 77 and into the woods. After coming to a rest, the vehicle started on fire and completely burned. Dahlberg’s body was found a short distance from the vehicle.
Investigators noted the accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. The Wisconsin State Patrol was notified at 8:25 a.m. They searched the area, noting the vehicle was difficult to locate due to the dense woods.
Assisting agencies included Burnett County Sheriff’s Department, the DNR and Danbury EMS and Fire. - Gary King, with information from Wisconsin State Patrol
Person of interest in possible arson fire
Friday, August 23, 2:05 p.m.
BURNETT COUNTY - The investigation into the cause of a fire at a rural Grantsburg home last Friday evening, Aug. 16, is ongoing and one “person of interest” has been identified, according to Dana Brueck, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office.
That person was not named but Brueck noted it is not the homeowner.
The fire gutted the Paul Stavne family home on Spaulding Road north of Grantsburg. The family was out of town when the fire occurred.
State fire marshals are consulting with the district attorney’s office but no arson charges have been filed and no one is being held at this time on arson charges, Bruek noted.
Firefighters responded to the Stavne home earlier this summer, also.
An explosion and fire July 4 at a cabin on the Stavne property resulted in Stavne, 57, being airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital.
The Leader will post updates to this story online and in its weekly print edition, due out Wednesday. - Gary King
County home care to close
by Mary Stirrat
Leader staff writer
BALSAM LAKE — The Polk County Boardroom was packed to overflowing Tuesday night, Aug. 20, when the county board of supervisors voted 13 to 10 to end the county’s home health care program.
Most of those in the audience were opposed to eliminating the program, having been well-served by the county and feeling skeptical that private agencies will offer the same level of services, particularly to those who cannot afford to pay.
But the program has been running at a deficit that has cost county taxpayers $1.1 million over the past decade, not including its budget allotment, and there are four private agencies to fill the hole left by the closure of Polk County home health. The county is not mandated to provide the services, and those in favor of ending the program commented that the county should not be in competition with private business.
The resolution approved by the board calls for the phase out of the county’s program in a way that no current client will be without services, but those opposed to the closure felt there should be a more definite plan in place to see that no one “falls through the cracks.” See full story in this week's Leader.
Missing man found; taken to hospital
12:45 p.m. Monday, Aug 19
BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Sheriff's Dept. issued the following news release Monday:
The search for 78-year old Ron Sicard was concluded when he was located in the Town of Jackson early this morning (Monday, Aug. 19). Mr. Sicard was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to an area hospital where he is listed in good condition. Search efforts began at about 08:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17 after Mr. Sicard was reported missing from Countryside Acres Assisted Living on County Road C in the Town of Jackson, located northeast of Webster.
The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the agencies that assisted in this incident:
Fire Departments and EMS:
Jackson, Webster, Scott, Webb Lake, Danbury, St Croix/Hertel, Frederic, Siren, Spooner, Chicog,
Grantsburg, Lorain, Shell Lake; North Memorial Ambulance.
Search and Rescue:
Sawyer County Search and Rescue; Northern Pines Mounted Search and Rescue; K-9 Emergency
Response Team (KERT); Burnett County Law Enforcement Citizen’s Auxiliary, Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources, and the Burnett County Emergency Management Office.
The Sheriff’s Office would also like to extend its appreciation to all of the area residents and volunteers that provided information and support to the search teams throughout the weekend.
Detectives are still interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen or had contact with Mr. Sicard this past weekend, and anyone having additional information should contact the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office at 715-349-2121.
As the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Sicard’s disappearance is ongoing, no further details will be released at this time.
78-year-old man goes missing
5:18 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17
BURNETT COUNTY - Authorities are searching for a 78-year-old man who went missing from a resident group home at 8 a.m. this morning.
Following is a press release issued by the Burnett County Sheriff's Dept. Sat. afternoon:
On August 17, 2013 at approximately 8:00 am, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a missing resident of a group home located in the Town of Jackson in Burnett County.
The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department along with Jackson, Webster, Scott, St Croix/Hertel, Danbury, and Webb Lake Fire Departments, and the Department of Natural Resources immediately commenced a search of the area which is continuing. Canine and mounted search teams are also assisting.
Ron (Ronnie) Sicard is a 78 year old man, approximately 6’2” tall and weighing 220 pounds. Mr. Sicard walks with a noticeable limp and has a cast or wrap on his right wrist.
Anyone traveling the area of Johnson Lake or Jackson or Oakland Townships that may have had contact with Mr. Sicard are asked to please call the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department at 715-349-2128.
Volunteers are not requested at this time.
Bound over for homicide
10:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14
by Greg Marsten
Leader staff writer
BALSAM LAKE — The Comstock man accused of being behind the wheel of the car that ran over and killed a 35-year-old rural Luck woman, Michelle S. Lowe, in a tavern parking lot in eastern Polk County on July 27 was bound over for trial at a preliminary hearing in Polk County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Benjamin Biron, 26, was the owner and driver of the car that ran over and killed Lowe, and is now facing a felony charge of hit-and-run - causing death, as well as a charge of felony homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, on top of two misdemeanor charges of being party to a crime for battery and disorderly conduct. See more
Charges filed against police lt.
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 14
BURNETT COUNTY - A Waupun police lieutenant remains in the Burnett County Jail this week and now faces charges stemming from his alleged burglarizing of grocery stores, breaking into an ATM machine at a restaurant, stealing two vehicles and leading authorities on a statewide manhunt. Six felony charges and one misdemeanor charge were filed Friday, Aug. 9, in Green Lake County against Bradley J. Young, 43, a 22-year veteran of the Waupun Police Department. Young was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 6, after peacefully surrendering at a cabin 10 miles west of Spooner. A trial date has yet to be set for Young’s initial appearance in Green County. If convicted he faces up to 51 years in prison and up to $115,000 in fines. Full story in this week's Inter-County Leader.
Charles E. Lewis Days - button winners
A list of button winners from Charles E. Lewis Days celebration, held Aug. 10 and 11 in Lewis. CLICK HERE
Details still in works on toddler tragedy
No timeline for final report
by Greg Marsten
Leader staff writer
BALSAM LAKE – The investigation behind the two-year-old rural Centuria child, Isaiah Theis, who perished in the trunk of a car at the family farm remains an open investigation, as Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson confirmed earlier this week.
Johnson said there isn't really a timeline for releasing any further information, as they remain in waiting on the full autopsy report, "which can take several weeks," Johnson said. Local investigators are also waiting on the final report from the crime lab.
"We won't release any of the details we are working on now, because without the above mentioned reports the information we have now is incomplete," Johnson said. "Everything has to be in context to everything else before we can close the investigation."
The child was first reported missing to authorities at just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. The family and neighbors had been searching the area around the family farm at 1554 180th Street in the Town of St. Croix Falls for an hour-and-a-half prior, when the toddler was last seen playing with his seven-year-old brother in the backyard.
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