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Fire danger remains very high and high across the state

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on May 2, 2021 that fire danger remains high and moderate across the state. Warm temperatures, low humidity, breezy southwest winds and dry vegetation make it easy for a fire to start and spread quickly. This a critical period for fire potential and DNR fire control officials…

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Colfax school district health insurance premiums to increase by 3 percent

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX — The Colfax Board of Education has approved Security Health Plan as the health insurance provider for the 2021-2022 school year with rates representing a 3 percent increase. Security Health Plan was the bid recommended by the Northwest Public Entities Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperative, said William C. Yingst Jr., district…

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Elk Mound area school district makes masks optional as of May 3

By Cara L. Dempski ELK MOUND – The Board of Education for Elk Mound approved making masks optional for students and staff during its April 26 meeting. Prior to the start of the regular meeting, the Board held a short reorganizational meeting. Tim Sivertsen was elected Board president, Kyle Jenson was reelected as Board VP,…

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Colfax approves ambulance response agreement with Boyceville district

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX — Because of the resignations of 15 Emergency Medical Technicians from the Boyceville ambulance service, the Colfax Village Board has approved an ambulance response agreement with Boyceville. With the loss of two-thirds of the EMTs at Boyceville, the State of Wisconsin EMS Board is requiring an ambulance response agreement so…

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Knutson plans to retire as head cook at Colfax school district

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX — After working for 36 years in food service at the Colfax school district, head cook Teri Knutson has decided to hang up her apron and call it a day. Knutson’s letter announcing her retirement, dated March 19, exemplified Knutson’s service to the Colfax school district — efficient and to…

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Dunn County Board adopts 5-year capital improvement plan

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE — The Dunn County Board has adopted a five-year capital improvement plan for the 2022 budget that uses up to $3 million in borrowing. The capital improvement plan will be adopted on an annual basis and will focus on capital projects for the next fiscal year, said Paul Miller, county…

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Wausau man sentenced to 30 months for tax evasion

Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Leonard Kersten, 55, Wausau, Wisconsin, was sentenced on April 9 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for tax evasion.  Kersten pleaded guilty to the charge on…

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