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Medford Vandalism

Medford Vandalism  5/23/18


  Medford area residents were upset this week by a string of vandalism which occurred at the Veteran's Memorial Flag Field and the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library in Medford.  The damage occurred between 9:30 P.M. on Friday, May 18th and 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 19th.  Windows were broken at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library.  Several lights were broken at the Veteran's Memorial Flag Field.  Graffiti was located on several pieces of playground equipment in the Medford City Park.  Items were thrown into the Mill Pond and memorial benches were over turned as well.  A small trailer was stolen from the Water's Edge BP gas station parking lot.

  Medford Police Chief Brian Carey has informed K99 Radio that 2 male juveniles are being referred to officials for appropriate charges in the vandalism incidents.

  The small trailer with a Framer's Market sign is still missing.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the trailer is asked to contact Medford Police.


Stetsonville Water Rate Proposal Makes Waves

Stetsonville Water Rate Proposal Makes Waves    5/22/18


  The residents of Stetsonville will be taking part in a financial “catch up” with their water rates slated to increase over 50%.  A public hearing on the rate increase was held Tuesday, May 22nd, involving Michael Newmark, an official of the Public Service Commission and nearly 20 Stetsonville residents.  Village Clerk Shawn Sullivan told the group that the 7 year old water system has a debt of $2.19 million and has major concerns trying to make debt payments of $84,000 per year with revenues of just $150,000.          Since going online, the total water usage was considerably lower than originally projected.  At the hearing it was noted that the village has experienced just one increase in rates of 3% over the past 7 years.  Some neighboring communities have experienced increases of 3% annually, and one had an increase of 134%.  It was noted that the total cost of the Stetsonville water system was high is due to the fact that it was so new and not 80 years old.
  The hearing was conducted via a speaker phone.  Resident Josh Brandner told the PSC that it isn’t fair to get slammed with an increase of 56% raising his bill from $60 to $100 per month.  He expressed his concern for retired individuals living on fixed incomes.  He questioned how the initial usage rate was calculated.
  Trina Duellman testified that with the projected average monthly increase that no one’s going to want to live here.  She called the 56% rate hike “crazy”.
  Donna Dowden asked the PSC official to answer the questions which had been posted on the website by 12 residents.  She was told by the PSC, that’s not how we do it.  Ms. Dowden indicated that 7 years ago the village needed a water system because about half of the resident’s wells were contaminated with gas in the water.  She said that while she agreed on the need for a new system, she didn’t sign up for a 50% increase 7 years later.
  Larry Kloth testified that he is a former public works director and that if he had proposed a 56% rate increase they would have replaced him.  He asked for incremental increases and wondered why his water bill would be higher than the bill at his Arizona winter home.
  Shawn Sullivan told the group that the village had requested a 4% rate of return but was told that the states “floor” is a 4.9% return.
  Alan Whetstone testified that he may have the biggest family in town and indicated his concern with paying a monthly water bill in the $230 range.
  Nicole Buechel questioned the lack of public notice and said she feared that the magnitude of the rate increase will deter people from wanting to live here.
  Stetsonville’s water system has 234 users.  The extent of the rate increase is in the hands of the Public Service Commission.  Once they make a determination the village will have 90 days to implement the updated rate structure.  Several of the residents expressed concerns about the fact that the entire rate structure decision was in the hands of Madison bureaucrats. 

  The next meeting of the Stetsonville Village Board is set for June 11th at 5:30 in the library.


Pretrial Set For Jake Wendt

Pretrial Set For Jake Wendt   5/15/18


  The Medford man who held police at bay with a loaded handgun in January was in court on Tuesday May 15th.  31 year old Jake Wendt was in court with his attorney Wright Laufenberg.  According to court documents, Wendt fired eight shots from a pistol into the ceiling and walls in a home on Allman Street and held police at bay for five hours before surrendering peacefully as the result of phone negotiations with officers. 

  As a result of the incident Jake Wendt faces 8 felony charges and a host of misdemeanor charges.    Wendt’s attorney told Judge Ann Knox Bauer that his client wished to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and proceed to trial.  Wendt entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. 

  District Attorney Kristi Tlusty requested June 6th as the date for a Pre-trial hearing.  Jake Wendt is being held in the Taylor County Jail on $30,000 cash bond.


Bond Set For Alleged Medford Stabber

Bond Set For Alleged Medford Stabber   5/11/18 


  On May 10, 2018 at  4:40 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls reporting a fight and stabbing in progress on County Highway Q south of State Highway 64 in the town of Medford. Taylor County Sheriff’s deputies and Medford ambulance service were dispatched.  A 24 year old male, Stormy R. Webber of Medford and 25 year old Derek J. Novak of Phillips were both transported from the scene to Aspirus Hospital of Medford with injuries.
  The investigation into the incident indicates the two men confronted each other on the side of the road over relationship and child care issues.  The confrontation turned physical and Derek Novak produced a military style knife, Webber was unarmed. During the fight Webber was stabbed several times resulting in serious injury that required he be  air lifted from Medford for medical treatment. Novak also received medical treatment for his injuries and was released from Aspirus Medford and is currently being held at the Taylor County jail.

Investigation into the stabbing is ongoing.

  The 25 year old man who is the alleged knife wielding stabber involved in a Thursday night, May 10th fight on Medford’s west side was in court Friday (this morning), May 11th. Derek Novak was led into the Taylor County courtroom wearing the jail issued orange jump suit as he appeared for a bond hearing.  Court Commissioner William Grunewald presided over the hearing.  Novak was represented by Hannah Hittle from the state public defenders’ office. 

  District Attorney Kristi Tlusty told the court that Derek Novak is facing some serious charges including possibly attempted murder.  D.A. Tlusty illustrated her further concerns as she told the court that Novak was charged in a violent incident on April 9th in Price County when he was alleged to have assaulted his wife.  Novak was out on bond with one of the conditions of bond that he not be involved in any criminal behavior when the alleged stabbing occurred.
  Stressing the need for protecting the public, D.A. Kristi Tlusty requested a cash bond of $200,000.
Public Defender Hittle requested a cash bond of $1,000 as she stated that Novak needed the ability to continue working and support two 3 year olds and a stay at home wife.
  District Attorney Tlusty told the court commissioner that the public needs to be protected and that Novak’s alleged April 9th assault of his wife occurred in the presence of the children.
  Commissioner Grunewald indicated that Derek Novak is facing an alleged serious offense.  He said that the need to protect the public outweighs the need to support a family.  Bond for Novak was set at $200,000 cash with conditions that Novak have no contact with Stormy Webber or Joanna Backstrom.
  District Attorney Kristi Tlusty said that the initial appearance for Derek Novak is set for June 19th in Taylor County Court.  Charges relating to the Thursday night stabbing incident are pending.



Adult Treatment Court Program in Taylor County

Adult Treatment Court Program in Taylor County


  There is an Adult Treatment Court Program in Taylor County.  The Adult Treatment Court provides individuals with an opportunity to live a lifestyle free from sustance abuse, increase earning potential to help financial circumstances, improve family relationships and help individuals stay out of trouble.

  You may contact the Treatment Center at Taylor County Human Services at 715-748-1943 for an application form, or discuss this opportunity with your attorney and/or District Attorney.  Your application will be reviewed and initial intake screening assessments completed.  The results of the screening will be presented to the Treatment Court Team and a final decision made on whether you will be accepted into the program.  If accepted and you remain eligible, you will begin the Treatment Court Program immediately following a final court hearing.

  Recently, Taylor County Judge Ann Knox Bauer and Treatment Coordinator Patty Baacke discussed the program with K99's Russ Gowey....


T.C. Treatment Court Program Part 1



T.C. Treatment Court Part 2



T.C. Treatment Court Part 3



T.C. Treatment Court Part 4



T.C. Treatment Court Part 5





Mountain Biking In Taylor County

Mountain Biking In Taylor County  5/7/18


  The Taylor County Rail Trail is undergoing a face lift.  Last summer, a number of trees which were encroaching on the trail were logged off.  A fundraising effort was undertaken to supplement grant funds for resurfacing a portion of the trail.  Taylor County Forester Jake Walsisak has indicated that there should be enough funding to resurface the entire 16.4 miles of trail in Taylor County and also perform the necessary repairs to the bridges on the trail.  The Price County Forestry Department recently talked about logging along the 9.2 miles of trail in Price County.  Reports indicate that an adjacent landowner objected to the logging and the committee dropped the discussion.  Looking ahead at future maintenance of the Pine Line Trail it was noted that the Pine Line Commission which is made up of representatives from Price and Taylor County actually owns and manages the entire stretch of the trail in both counties cooperatively.   
  You don’t need mountains to enjoy the thrills of mountain biking.  At a recent meeting of the Taylor County Forestry Committee, Scott Broman spoke on behalf of establishing a local group which could begin the process of establishing mountain bike trails in Taylor County.  Mr. Broman told the group that grant funds of up to $5,000 are available from the International Mountain Bike Association to aid in researching and establishing a designated mountain bike trail system within the county.  He indicated that a minimal amount of work is required to establish terrain which would be suitable for mountain biking enthusiasts.  The committee encouraged Scott Broman to continue his efforts of organizing a group to pursue the possibility of an organized mountain bike trail system in Taylor County.
  It’s almost time to think about next winter.  Maintaining snowmobile trails takes time, effort and money.  One section of snowmobile trail in Medford is lacking the support of money and may face closure.  Forester Jake Walsisak has indicated that the trail between Allman Street and Broadway includes a bridge that is in need of maintenance but currently this portion of trail is lacking any type of funding.  The grooming association stops grooming at Allman.  Without proper funding and the required bridge maintenance the portion of snowmobile trail between Allman Street and Broadway in Medford may be closed next winter. 



Ruffed Grouse Management Area Coming To Taylor County

Ruffed Grouse Management Area Coming To Taylor County  5/4/18


  The Taylor County Forestry Committee met on Friday, May 4th.  After calling the meeting to order, Chairman Chuck Zenner asked for a moment of silence in observance of the many years of service received from Mike Roiger.  Then Mr. Zenner expressed his gratitude for Mike Roiger's wisdom and sound advice which he provided the group.  The committee had been comprised of 4 members including Mr. Roiger who had been added to the committee due to his experience with the forestry industry and affiliation with the WI Counties Association.  After the passing of Mr. Roiger, the remaining 3 committee members voted unanimously to decrease the number of forestry committee members from 4 down to 3.
  Looking ahead to road maintenance in the county forest the committee approved letting out bids on 4 types of road material.  The 2018 summer maintenance road projects call for about 2,600 yards of road material with an estimated value of $28,000.  Bids will be opened on June 1st and the material will be placed on the roads in the town of Rib Lake county forest at 4 locations.
  With spring in full swing, the sights and sounds of drumming ruffed grouse may be heard in the area.  County forester Jake Walsisak told the committee that a portion of Taylor County forest is ideal to be designated as a Ruffed Grouse Management area.  This portion of the forest is predominately Aspen trees.  The plan would be to stagger logging contracts in smaller tracts to provide a more steady young growth of Aspen which is ideal for grouse.  Also, a monitored program of mowed tag alder sections will provide additional habitat.  The committee voted to establish a Ruffed Grouse Management Area on a tract of 1,285 acres which involves about 7% of Taylor County owned forest.  The bulk of the trails would be open to foot traffic only but the trails in the designated area would be open to ATV’s only from November 10th through November 30th to allow access for deer hunters.  Mr. Walsisak indicated that by providing a designated grouse habitat location hunters from outside the area would venture to Taylor County and add to the area’s tourism income. 
  That was some of the business from the recent meeting of the Taylor County Forestry Committee.





  On Friday, April 27,2018 at 10:13 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a one vehicle accident on CTH-O east of Ruby Drive in the Township of Deer Creek. The caller further reported that the vehicle had struck a power pole and one person had been ejected from the vehicle. Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Stetsonville Fire Department and the Medford Ambulance Service were dispatched.

  The investigation into the accident finds the 1995 Ford F-250 pickup truck was driven by 24 year old Blake C. Wisniewski of Stetsonville Wi. Wisniewski was traveling eastbound on CTH-O at a high rate of speed  and lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a slight curve in the road. The Wisniewski vehicle traveled 352 feet through the ditch before striking a field access driveway which caused the vehicle to go airborne for another 153 feet. Once the vehicle landed it traveled another 113 feet striking a utility pole and over turning twice before finally coming to rest.

  The driver, Blake Wisniewski was the only occupant of the truck and had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Wisniewski was transported to Aspirus Hospital Medford where he was later pronounced dead due to the injuries he sustained from the accident.

  It is unknown if alcohol played a factor in the accident at this time. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the accident.


Sergeant charged with felony for releasing records

Sergeant charged with felony for releasing records


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice is prosecuting a Taylor County sheriff's detective for releasing records of two unsolved murders to producers of a national television show.

  Sgt. Steven Bowers is accused of felony misconduct in public office, a charge that could send him to prison for 1½ years upon conviction. Under the law, police records are public, but authorities often withhold them on grounds they could compromise an ongoing investigation.

  The State Journal reports the records were given to producers of the Oxygen network show "Cold Justice."

Bowers has admitted to releasing the records, but says he didn't intend to disregard department policies and, in hindsight, realized what he had done was wrong.

  DOJ handled the case for Taylor County prosecutors to avoid a conflict of interest.



FIRE CALL  Monday, April 16


    The Medford Area Fire Department was called out Monday afternoon, April 16th, after 4:00 to a multi-unit house fire at 209 South Park Avenue…on the corner of South Park and Cedar Avenue in the city of Medford.   A caller stated that she could see fire in the house.  Fire crews arrived and attempted several times to extinguish the fire which was burning in the attic of the two story home. It was determined to be unsafe situation and an excavator was brought in to help extinguish the fire.  Attempts included entry into the home to pull down the ceiling, and putting holes in the exterior gable ends to try and get water on the fire which was also burning between the shingle and steel layer of the roof.   Medford Fire was also assisted with manpower from the Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Company, The Taylor County Ambulance Service, Medford Police and the Wisconsin State Patrol.  Fire crews returned to their halls after 9:00 Monday night.


Authorities: Fatal fire was caused by smoking near oxygen

Authorities: Fatal fire was caused by smoking near oxygen


  TOWN OF WESTBORO, Wis. (AP) — Taylor County authorities say a fatal house fire in northern Wisconsin apparently started by accident while the victim was smoking a cigarette near her oxygen supply.

  Chief Deputy Larry Woebbeking said in a statement that the sheriff's office got a 911 call just before 3 p.m. Friday from a man who said his home in the Town of Westboro was on fire, and that he and his wife were still inside.

  When deputies arrived, they found 79-year-old Michael Rantanen outside. He told them his wife was still inside. The deputies were unable to enter the home due to the smoke and fire.

  Rib Lake firefighters arrived moments layer and entered the house. They found 71-year-old Susan Rantanen dead in the living room.


County Board Rolls Through Busy Agenda

County Board Rolls Through Busy Agenda    3/8/18


  The Taylor County Board of Supervisors met on Thursday.  To salute two individuals for receiving the highest award in 4-H Youth Development, the board passed a pair of resolutions recognizing Bailey and  Samuel Krause for achieving the Wisconsin Key Award. 
  A recently retired 23 year employee of the county, Betty Blumenstein was thanked and presented a plaque of appreciation by the board.
  The board took a moment to pass a resolution in memoriam of Allan Thielke who passed away recently.  Mr. Thielke served on the county board in District 2 from 1994 to 1997.
  A resolution commending Bill Brenneman for his service as Taylor County Emergency Management Director was passed.  Brenneman was credited with the completion of the county hazard mitigation plan, a mass casualty plan, the establishment of the Code Red Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System, and assistance in establishment of the MABAS mutual aid system.
  Terry Phillips of the Taylor County Tavern League thanked the board for their support of the 100 Safe Rides provided during the holiday season.
  The board approved funding of the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the ADRC of the Northwoods.  The ADRC assists older people and people with physical and developmental disabilities to secure needed services.  The resolution called for Taylor County to provide a one-time $90,000 no interest loan to the ADRC.
  In support of the many benefits which are derived from the services which are provided by volunteers, the board passed a resolution which proclaims April 15-21, 2018 as National Volunteer Week in Taylor County.  Hundreds of individuals are credited with being volunteers in Taylor County and the number of volunteers nationwide is estimated at more than 63 million.
  Due to the recent rapid rise in troubles among Taylor County citizens, residents and visitors in relation to problems arising out of the use, abuse and overuse of opioid medications, the county board passed a resolution in support of the opioid epidemic litigation.  Taylor County has engaged in discussions with law firms related to the potential for the county to pursue certain legal claims against certain opioid manufacturers.  The law firms would not be compensated unless Taylor County receives a financial benefit from the claims.  Taylor County would join with the Wisconsin Counties Association and a number of states and counties in the litigation against the named opioid manufacturers.
  By harvesting timber from the county forest, the Taylor County Forestry Department returns cash to the county annually while providing jobs to loggers and related industries.  The county board approved the annual work plan for 2018 which includes continuing timber harvest projects, forest protection, wildlife projects, reforestation, and recreation areas for public benefit.
  In an effort to assure timely completion of processing, recording and indexing of documents on the same day they are received at the Register of Deeds office, the county board passed an ordinance indicating that a document must be received by the Register of Deeds office no later than one hour prior to the end of the business day.
  The Board of Canvass received a pay increase.  An ordinance to increase half day pay from $40 to $50 with total compensation for a given day capped at $75 instead of $65 was approved.
  A clerical change regarding voting during meetings of the North Central Region comprehensive coordination committee was approved.
  The county board did NOT approve an ordinance which prohibits animals from “running at large” within the county.  The only exception would have been for hunting dogs, and in the case of hunting the controlling person needs to be in the immediate vicinity and have the landowner’s permission to be on the property with the animal.
  The pay scale for the next 5 years for the Clerk of Circuit Court and the Sheriff was set.  The Clerk of Court shall earn $57,573 in 2018 and increase to $59,114 in 2022.  The Sheriff will earn $85,149 in 2018 and increase to $87,298 in 2022.
  With the recent job shuffle involving Emergency Management, the board passed an ordinance which will create a full time position of Emergency Management.
  The county’s employment code was modified to include Finance Director and Emergency Management Director positions.

  The oversight and management of the Emergency Management Director position was shifted from a contract position to an employee position.   Benefits will cost the county an additional $19,000 to $20,000.  That committee will have the authority to appoint the Emergency Services Director.  The department is tasked with organizing a Taylor County Class B Hazardous Material Incident Response Team.  The ordinance indicates that the Hazmat Team shall be responsible for responding to all hazardous material incidents occurring in Taylor County that are within its capabilities to control or mitigate.
  Recently there have been meetings involving the Personnel and Finance Committees who have negotiated with representatives of the Sheriff’s Departments Sergeants Union.  The parties have agreed to terms of an agreement for 2018 and 2019.  The agreement clarifies the hours of work and overtime.  Also addressed is the uniform allowance, holidays, health insurance, the trial period and length of contract.  Pay rates shall increase 1% January 1st and July 1st 2018, and 1.5% January 1st 2019, then 1% July 1, 2019.
  A similar contract involving the Deputy Sheriffs Union was also accepted.  In addition to similar pay increases the agreement included clarification on Seniority.
  That was some of the business conducted at the March 8th meeting of the Taylor County Board of Supervisors.


House Fire Avoided In Stetsonville

House Fire Avoided In Stetsonville    3/2/18


  The Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Department was called out Thursday night to the report of a chimney fire.    According to Fire Chief Greg Brunner the fire was just up the road from the firehall at 303 East County Trunk A in Stetsonville.  Chief Brunner indicated that due to the intensity of the fire in the chimney, the blaze  was just minutes from becoming a fully involved house fire.  Stetsonville firefighters worked to cut away some drywall and framing lumber which was charred at temperatures exceeding 200 degrees.              Fortunately the home was saved, with repairs to the chimney and surrounding structure needed.  12 Stetsonville Firefighters were on the scene from 11 PM to 1:45 AM Thursday night.  No injuries were reported.


New Chair Ski Lift Coming To Taylor County

New Chair Ski Lift Coming To Taylor County    2/27/18


  The highest point in Taylor County is going to be the site of a new chair ski lift.  Representatives of Forest Springs applied for a permit to replace two rope tows with the chair lift.  Because the base of the lift would be 15 feet instead of 75 feet as required from James Lake, Zoning Administrator Kyle Noonan referred the decision for a zoning variance to the Board of Adjustment.  The 3 person board consisting of Arlen Albrecht and substitute members Jim Metz and Patty Smith listened to details of the project from Eric Stolhammer, Mike Harenstein, and Del Kroeker.  Forest Springs has been in existence since 1958 working to improve services to an estimated 14,000 people annually.  The closest concrete anchor for the chair lift would be 15 feet from the high water mark which is farther away from the water than the existing rope tow.  Speaking as a citizen, county board member and Rib Lake School District resident, Rollie Thums spoke in favor of the project indicating there are some students who are unable to utilize the rope tow but would be able to enjoy the safety of the chair lift.
  Area landowner Fred Ebert indicated he also supported the concept and said that barring a rare 4 to 5 inch per hour rainfall, the proposed erosion double silt walls should help to minimize the effects of erosion. 
  Chairman Arlen Albrecht chuckled when he said pieces of his mittens were probably still on the rope tow.  Albrecht felt that safety would be greatly improved.  Jim Metz called the project a progressive move and also supported the increased safety features.  Patty Smith told the group she would rather take steps than a rope tow.  She appreciated the affordable nature of Forest Springs, but expressed her concerns with minimizing erosion during the project.
  Forest Springs officials indicated that the proposed chair lift will be a refurbished system from the eastern U.S.  To assure safety, all fix grips which attach the chair to the cable would be x-rayed to verify tightness after 1 year of use.  Following that, each year 20% of the fix grips would be x-rayed to insure tightness.  The chair lift will have a capacity of 1200 people per hour and will stretch 660 feet up the hill.
  Following discussion the 3 member Board Of Adjustment voted unanimously to grant the zoning variance and allow Forest Springs to install the new chairlift on Taylor County’s highest point near Westboro.


Medford Man Charged For Armed Standoff

Medford Man Charged For Armed Standoff      2/21/18


  The Medford man who was involved in an armed standoff with sheriff’s officers in January has been charged.  

  Taylor County District Attorney Kristi Tlusty has charged Jake M. Wendt with 2 counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm-domestic abuse or child abuse injunction, a count of burglary-arm self with dangerous weapon, a count of possession of THC 2nd offense, and 2 counts of battery or threat to judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer.  Those 8 charges are all felonies.  Other charges include:  Operate firearm while intoxicated, possess drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct which are misdemeanors. 

  The charges against Jake Wendt stem from an incident on January 17, 2018.  It is alleged that Wendt armed himself with a hand gun, and as officers approached the home on Allman Avenue, several shots were fired.  After a lengthy phone negotiation between the suspect and Taylor County Officers the suspect came out of the residence unarmed and was taken into custody without any injuries occurring.  Bail for Wendt was set at $30,000 cash.  Initial appearance for Jake Wendt is set for March 6th in Taylor County Court.


Judge Rules In Favor Of Little Black "Super Dairy"

Judge Rules In Favor Of Little Black “Super Dairy”    2/16/18


  Judge Ann Knox-Bauer has made a judgement in a case involving the Town of Little Black and Breeze Dairy Group, LLC.  Breeze Dairy is proposing the construction of a 4,000 cow dairy facility.  Little Black and Stetsonville residents have expressed concern about their drinking water wells as the dairy would require a high capacity well system providing in excess of 100,000 gallons of water per day.  Studies have indicated that Taylor County’s aquifer provides among the fewest gallons per minute compared to other counties in the state.
  In the judge’s decision, she noted that Breeze Dairy applied for the farming operation on February 10, 2017, which was 5 days before Little Black passed a zoning ordinance for agricultural land.  On the day Breeze Dairy applied for permits, the township had no zoning on agricultural land.  Judge Knox-Bauer ruled that the Town may not deny the plaintiffs’ application on the basis of the zoning ordinance enacted February 15, 2017.
  On the issue of the high capacity well system the Judge wrote: "The plaintiffs’ argue that the Town’s ordinance as set forth is preempted by state law and therefore is an invalid attempt to regulate groundwater".  The judge wrote: “The legislature has adopted a complex and comprehensive statutory structure for permitting, installation and use of high capacity wells”.  “The end effect is that the Town could deny the high-capacity well permit, and shut down the use of the well, in violation of an express DNR approval.”   “The ordinance runs contrary to the structure and spirit of the legislature’s grant of this authority to the DNR under WI Stat. section 281.11, and therefore, under the Anchor test, is preempted by state law and therefore is unenforceable against the plaintiffs.”
  Judge Ann Knox-Bauer made the judgement in a 21 page document which was filed February 15, 2018 with the Taylor County Clerk of Courts.




Rib Lake Women Charged With C-Store Theft

Rib Lake Women Charged With C-Store Theft  2/13/18


  Taylor County District Attorney Kristi Tlusty has charged two Rib Lake women for allegedly stealing from the Medford Cooperative Cenex C-store in Rib Lake.  According to the criminal complaint, 66 year old Susan Gutowski admitted to Rib Lake Police Chief Gary Krueger that she needed money and had skimmed money from the cash drawer by voiding transactions.  The complaint indicates that managers of the Medford Cooperative believe that Gutowski stole $5,937.00 in voided transactions according to their review of records.  Susan Gutowski is charged with Theft-Business Setting from $5000-$10,000, a Class H Felony, upon conviction may be fined not more than $10,000, or imprisoned not more than 6 years, or both.

  Also facing a theft charge is 43 year old Kimberly Kettleson of Rib Lake.  Kettleson told investigators that while working at the Cenex Station she stole money by voiding transactions and skimmed cash off the cash register.  Her statement indicated she was sorry she took the money and didn’t know what else to do to support her family.  The criminal complaint indicates that Medford Cooperative documentation indicates that Kettleson had stolen over $24,000.  District Attorney Kristi Tlusty has charged Kimberly Kettleson with Teft-Business Setting over $10,000 which is a Class G Felony, upon conviction may be fined not more than $25,000 or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both. 
  The initial appearance for Gutowski and Kettleson is set for March 20th in Taylor County Court.  



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