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Taylor County Board of Supervisors Adopt New Codes

  At a recent meeting of the Taylor County Board of Supervisors, the board adopted a sub-division control in addition to the Taylor County code and also adopted a sanitary code to the Taylor County code.  Taylor County Administrator, Kyle Noonan, stopped by the K99 Radio Studios in Medford and explained the changes and the reasons why the codes were adopted with K99's Brad Dahlvig.  For your convenience the interviews have been split into two sections based on topic......


Kyle Noonan w/K99's Brad Dahlvig

Subvision Control



Kyle Noonan w/K99's Brad Dahlvig

Sanitary Code




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Local Artist Wins Sargent Award

  Medford Area Senior High School art student Gabby Staples has won the overall Sargent Award.  Over 2.5 million pieces of art were submitted from school age artists around the state.  Over 300 entries were displayed during an art show in the state capital.  As winner of the overall Sargent Award, Gabby, her Medford Area Senior High School art instructor Sharon Hause and her mother will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City this summer.  Gabby's winning entry is an acrylic painting entitled "Beyond".  Recently Gabby Staples and Sharon Hause visited with K99's Patrick Porten.....



Gabby Staples & Sharon Hause w/K99's Patrick Porten




"BEYOND" by Gabby Staples...overall Sargent Award winner

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Angels at the Broadway Theatre

  One of the advantages of being a locally owned movie theatre, like the Broadway Theatre in Medford, is the opportunity to screen smaller films that may not be seen in a larger venue.   The film, "Soul Survivors: Angels in Training" will be shown at the Broadway Theatre beginning Friday, April 4th.  The movie includes an appearance by Medford's Bailey Brandner.  For show times, visit medford  Recently the films writer/director, Debbie Johnson, took some time to visit with K99's Patrick Porten....


Debbie Johnson w/K99's Patrick Porten


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Bees Buzz Big Dog

  We all know the saying, "busy as a bee".  But there's more truth to that statement than you might at first believe.  Honeybees not only produce honey...commercial honeybees pollinate about $15 billion worth of agricultural products each year.  But the bees have been in decline for more than a decade due to habitat loss and pesticide use.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to help honeybees by giving $3 million to farmers and ranchers in the Upper Midwest to improve pastures.  The USDA hopes to help the bees by encouraging farmers in those states to plant alfalfa, clover and other plants that feed both bees and livestock.  Local beekeeper Steve Suchomel recently paid a visit on K99's Russ Gowey..............


K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel Part 1



K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel Part 2



K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel  Part 3



K99's Russ Gowey w/Steve Suchomel  Part 4


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Mighty Molly Meets the Big Dog

  Local author, Shirley M. Gebert, is celebrating the nationwide release of her new interactive children's book, "Mighty Molly".  "Mighty Molly" is author Shirley Gebert's third book in The World of Sounds series, which utilizes auditory bombardment to assist in speech development.  Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide or from the publisher at   Recently, author Shirley M. Gebert visited with K99's Russ Gowey............................................


K99's Russ Goweyw/Shirley Gebert


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K99 Catches Up With the Stetsonville Fire Department

  Greg Brunner is the assistant fire chief with the Stetsonville Area Volunteer Fire Department.  He also serves as the president of the village of Stetsonville.  Recently, Greg Brunner stopped by the K99 Radio studios in Medford and gave K99's Russ Gowey an update on the Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Department including their state ISO rating and fund raising activities.  They also discussed future plans for the stretch of Highway 13 that runs through the village...................


K99's Russ Gowey w/Greg Brunner


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Medford Driver Upside Down

Medford Driver Upside Down


Tuesday morning (March 18) just before 11 o’clock,  a driver on Perkins Street in Medford told police that a silver car was coming at him head-on before the car hit the frozen snowbanks and flipped over, coming to rest on its roof.  Medford police, E.M.S., Medford Ambulance and the Medford Area Fire Department responded.  The accident report indicated that Leroy Brost was driving a silver Monte Carlo when it flipped onto its roof on Perkins Street near Tee Hi Place.  In the upside down car, Leroy Brost said he couldn’t breathe, so the seatbelt was cut and Mr. Brost was able to crawl out of the broken window.  No other vehicles were involved.  Leroy Brost was taken by ambulance.

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Manure Pit Permit

  If you’re going to close a manure pit, you need a permit.  That was the theme of a meeting of the Taylor County Land Conservation committee today (Monday).  The owner of a mink ranch in the town of Goodrich was called to task for attempting to close a dairy manure pit without obtaining the proper permits.  County conservationist Ashly Steinke received a complaint on Thursday March 13th.    When Steinke visited the site he instructed the contractor to remove the manure laden snow from the field and put it back into the pit and repair the berm of the pit.  Approximately 50 of the pit was restored and a new berm was built with soil.  The field runs off into Mink Creek which is a tributary of the Rib River.  It was estimated that between 50 and 100,000 gallons of manure had been released from the pit. 

  Scott Mildebrand asked if any of the material had made it to the creek and Steinke indicated he didn’t know.  A spill specialist from the Rhinelander DNR is expected to visit the site this week. 

  The new owner of the farm, Jorn Mogenson told the committee that he knew that permits were needed to build a new pit.  But he thought the pit had been emptied and was not aware a permit was needed to close a manure pit.  Steve Weise, the operator of the backhoe told the committee that the water in the pit didn’t come over the top of his bucket.  He said “I thought it was empty”. 

  A neighbor who’s a town supervisor, indicated the previous owner was poor at agitating the pit; that it hadn’t been pumped, and that Mogenson was lying.
  Committee chair Dave Krug stopped the confrontation.  Joanne Smith indicated that whether you’re digging up a septic or a manure pit, regulations state you need a permit.
  The committee voted to issue a citation to Jorn Mogenson for failing to obtain a permit prior to closing a manure pit.  He must pay $100 per day until a site closing plan is accepted by county conservationist Ashly Steinke.   It was noted that the department is in the process of rewriting the language of manure pit management.  Ray Soper felt it may be appropriate to include penalties for deliberate acts.  While the county has levied a daily fine until the remediation plan is approved, the DNR’s investigation into the matter will continue until the snow thaws, or as one supervisor indicated maybe until July!

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Local Maple Syrup Producers Hope For Sticky Sweet Success

  According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wisconsin's 2013 maple syrup production set a new record high of 265,00 gallons.  This was the highest amount since NASS began keeping track in 1992.   Local maple syrup producers are hoping the 2014 season will be as successful as 2013.  In the summer, it's Nelson's Berry Farm.  But in the spring, it's High Stump Sugarbush of Westboro.   Owners Ryan Nelson and Duane Sherfield recently stopped by the K99 Studios in Medford and discussed all things maple syrup with K99's Russ Gowey.....


K99's Russ Gowey w/Ryan Nelson & Duane Sherfield




K99's Russ Gowey w/Ryan Nelson & Duane Sherfield




K99's Russ Gowey w/Ryan Nelson & Duane Sherfield



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Snowmobile Accident leaves one injured

Injured Snowmobiler Rescued

The near record-deep snow which is creating perfect snowmobiling conditions made a treacherous environment Wednesday night as rescue squads attempted to locate and transport an injured snowmobiler.  Just after 9 PM the Taylor County sheriff’s department was notified that a snowmobiler had a seriously injured leg in the town of Grover northwest of Medford.  The Taylor County ambulance and Medford area fire department responded.  The intersection of County M and Richter Lake road was closed to allow the Spirit Helicopter to land.  For a period of time the helicopter attempted to locate the injured man using its spotlight.  But the flying ambulance had to land to insure there was enough fuel for the return trip.  Ultimately the injured snowmobiler was located deep in the woods and transferred to the waiting helicopter.  The rescue team from the Taylor County Sheriff’s department, the Medford Area Fire Department and Taylor County Ambulance returned to town at about 1:30 A.M. Thursday.   

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Williams Will NOT Seek Re-Election

  Wisconsin State Representative Mary Williams of the 87th District has announced that after 12 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly she will not seek re-election this fall.   State Representative Mary Williams recently sat down with K99's Brad Dahlvig and discussed her political career, shared some of her experiences in Madison and her opinions on what it takes to be an effective and successful State Representative.......................


Mary Williams w/K99's Brad Dahlvig

Part 1



Mary Williams w/K99's Brad Dahlvig

Part 2


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Man With a Gun Makes Initial Court Appearance

  Timothy R. Phillips, the 42 year old Medford man who was arrested on Tuesday, January 28th after a stand off with local law enforcement, was in court on Friday, January 31st for his initial appearance.

  Mr. Phillips received a 10,000 dollar cash bond.  Further conditions of the bond include no consumption or possession of alcohol and no possession of firearms.

  The Taylor County Sheriff's Office has requested the following charges against Mr. Phillips to the Taylor County District Attorney's Office...

  *Endanger safety by intoxicated use of a weapon

  *Second degree reckless endanger safety

  *Resisting arrest

  *Disorderly conduct

The Taylor County District Attorney will make the final charging decision.

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Firing of Taylor County officer was justified

The firing of Taylor County Sheriff Sgt. Dave Bender was justified according to a decision rendered by Judge Patrick Madden.  Bender was fired after he was accused of using “excessive force” during an arrest of Shawn Steen.  Four members of the Taylor County Personnel Committee considered 13 hours of testimony before voting to support Sheriff Bruce Daniels termination of Bender’s employment.

Following the committee’s decision, Bender appealed and Judge Madden was assigned to review the case.  Judge Madden issued his finding which read:  The facts present a question of both certiorari review and statutory review predicated upon the holding of Klinger versus Oneida County.  Specifically the Court finds:

1.    The committee had appropriate jurisdiction.

2.    The theory of law was correct.  The committee weighed the evidence and found just cause to terminate.

3.    The Board’s actions were reasonable and are not subject to the Court’s substituting its analysis for that of the board.

4.    The evidence was substantial and convincing.

A.   Bender violated the use of force policy.  Four officers reported Bender’s force was not warranted.  Chief Woebbeking yelled for Bender to stop.

B.   Bender violated truthful reporting policy.  Substantial evidence in the record supports the findings that Bender violated the policy regarding truthful and complete recording.  Bender’s report fails to include physical strikes.

In reliance on Klinger, which was a case decided by this court, the court concludes that the committee acted within its authority correctly, reasonably and made a proper determination by applying the facts to the law.  The committee properly relied on the majority of officers to reach its conclusion.

Therefore, the court affirms the Taylor County process and findings, that ruling was made by Judge Patrick Madden.

Dave Bender was the commander of the county’s S.W.A.T. Team when the incident occured.

After Sheriff Bruce Daniels took office in 2007 he instituted what he called “Golden Rules”; 20 standards which all of his officers agree to abide by.  The standards deal with integrity and use of force.  In addition,  Rule number 12 states:  “If you cheat or steal I will fire you.”

 The firing of Taylor County Sheriff Sgt. Dave Bender was justified according to a decision rendered by Judge Patrick Madden.  Bender was fired after he was accused of using “excessive force” during an arrest of Shawn Steen.  Four members of the Taylor County Personnel Committee considered 13 hours of testimony before voting to support Sheriff Bruce Daniels termination of Bender’s employment.



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Namibia Comes To Medford

  Beth Dixon Vanderberg of Medford was a teacher in the Peace Corp from November of 2005 to January of 2008.  She was sent to the southwestern African nation of Namibia where she met her future husband.  Recently, Beth and her father in law Johanne visited with K99's Russ Gowey.    Johanne shares with Russ some of Namibia's culture, people and history.  He also shares with Russ his impressions of Medford and Wisconsin's winter weather..................................


Russ Gowey w/Beth & Johanne Part 1



Russ Gowey w/Beth & Johanne Part 2



Russ Gowey w/Beth & Johanne Part 3









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Man With A Gun



On January 28th, 2014, at approximatley 12:45 P.M., the Taylor County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a report of a man with a gun.  The caller reported that she had confronted the man who was brandishing a long gun.  She attempted to persuade the individual to put the gun down but he refused.  She reported that he then entered the residence at W5336 Perkins Street, just east of Medford in the Township of Medford and a short time later discharged the firearm through a window.


Emergency responders from the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Wisconsin State Partol, Medford Ambulance Service and Medford Area Fire Department responded to the area.


An approximately one hour stand off ensued.  Telephone contact was initiated with the individual who reported he would commit "suicide by cop".  Negotiations continued and ultimately the individual agreed to leave the residence but refused to relinquish his firearm.  Officers on the scene repeatedly ordered the man to drop his weapon.  He eventually complied with the orders given and officers made contact with the individual.  After a brief physical confrontation, the individual was taken into custody.


Timothy R. Phillips, a 42 year old Medford area resident was taken into custody in relation to this incident.  A further investigation is pending at this time.


The Taylor County Sheriff's Office wants to assure residents in the area of this incident that this appears to be an isolated incident and that there should be no further safety concerns related to this matter.

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Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In

On Tuesday, January 28th, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office issued a press release asking for the public's help in identifying a burglary suspect.


As a result of this press release, the sheriff's department received several phone calls identifying the suspect as 33 year old Travis G. Hamm of Thorp.


At approximately 8 pm Tuesday evening, Hamm turned himself in to the Taylor County Jail.  Hamm is currently being held in the Taylor County Jail on preliminary charges of Burglary and Theft.




Steven W Bowers

Detective Sergeant, Taylor County Sheriff's Office


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MASH Sophomore Tours China

Medford area residents Keith and Darla Wrage recently adopted an 8 year old son from China.  As a part of the adoption process, the Wrage's traveled and toured parts of China.  Included on this trip to China were the Wrage's high school age sons Tate and Ty.  Ty Wrage, a Medford Area Senior High School sophomore, stopped by the K99 Radio Studios in Medford and shared some of his experiences in China with K99's Patrick Porten....


Ty Wrage w/K99's Patrick Porten


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Local Singer Auditions for NBC's "The Voice"

   Medford Area Senior High School student, Sarah Lundy, a junior, recently traveled to Chicago to attend an audition for NBC's very popular singing competition program "The Voice".  Sarah is no stranger to being on stage.  She has performed in productions put on by the Medford Area Senior High School and Middle School Drama and Music Departments as well as with the Medford Area Community Theatre. But this, as Sarah discovered, is a totally different animal.  Sarah shares her experience with K99's Patrick Porten...................................


Sarah Lundy w/K99's Patrick Porten


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Taylor County Board Dwells on Health Care

1/22/14  Taylor County Board Dwells On Health Care


The Taylor County Board met Wednesday, January 22nd, with nearly an hour spent on one issue:  the amount of money spent annually on Taylor County employee health insurance.  Supervisor Raymond Soper presented the background on a resolution which he drafted.  Soper told the board that they have addressed wages but not benefits.  He indicated that the goal of the resolution was to set a goal of paying the same toward health insurance that other employers in the county pay.  Soper said that the county pays 70% more than area employers.  He indicated that the county pays $3.7 million yearly for benefits. 


Supervisor Lester Lewis rejected Sopers’ comments.  Lewis indicated that county employees will pay 5% of their health insurance in 2015 and an additional 5% annually until they reach a 20% threshold in 2018. Supervisor Zenner felt the board is already working on the issue.  Supervisor Mildebrand amended the motion to read 4 steps of 5% increases from 2015 through 2018.  The amended motion failed by a 9 to 6 vote.  Soper’s original resolution also failed by a 9 to 6 vote.  Supervisor Mildebrand told the board he felt it took 25 or 30 years for the health insurance issue to evolve and it wouldn’t be “fixed” in one year.


In other county business the board unanimously approved the powerline impact fees to help repair the Jump River community center, the Centennial Community Center and the Medford Swimming Pool renovation.


They authorized the purchase of 40 acres of land which will provide public access to over 700 acres of county owned land.  Money for the purchase comes from timber sales on county land.


The 2014 contracts with the county’s professional, non-professional and highway employees were approved.


The compensation plan for elected officials passed on an 11 yes and 4 no vote count.


The 2014 annual report from the Taylor County Health Department was approved.
The last order of business involved IT Committee chairman David Bizer asking the board their opinion of working with an electronic i-pad type device.  Bizer showed the group his child’s workpad which cost under $200 and featured many capabilities of a computer.  Bizer cautioned the device probably wouldn’t totally eliminate paper or cost less,but it could offer more immediate information.  After an informal vote the county board approved pursuing more information on the technology.

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Medford Woman Charged With Animal Neglect

Medford Woman Charged For Animal Neglect


A 29 year old Medford woman is facing a criminal complaint after she allegedly moved out of a house and left her pets behind.  The Taylor County Sheriff’s department was notified by a Medford neighbor that a dog was continually barking inside the house next door, but that no one appeared to be living there.  Officers responded and saw the dog peering out of a window.  While they were at the Maple Street house the renter, identified as Callie Neuman drove by.  Officers stopped Neuman and she ultimately gave permission to enter the home.  In the criminal complaint Officer Lisa Kauffman wrote that the whole floor was covered with excrement and the smell was overwhelming. 


The rental home is now due for a major cleanup as the Health Department declared the place as not habitable for human living and that measures need to be taken to make it fit for human living.


Neuman told officers that she had left food and water for her 2 cats and dog before she moved in with her boyfriend.  She said he is not allowed to have pets and she just didn’t have the time to take better care of her pets.


District Attorney Kristi Tlusty has charged Callie Neuman with 3 counts of “Fail to provide proper food and drink to confined animals” which are Class A Misdemeanors.  If found guilty, each count could entail a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 9 months or both.



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