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Rail Trail Ready for a Face Lift

Rail Trail Ready For Facelift  2/22/17


  The Price-Taylor County Pine Line Commission recently asked Russ Aszmann , the Taylor County Forestry and Recreation Director to apply for a grant with funding to be used for resurfacing the former railroad bed.       The grant has been approved, but local funding is also required.  The commission is hoping to raise $25,000 in addition to the $100,000 in grant funds which should be adequate to add a new surface to approximately 6 miles of the rail trail, or 1/3 of the distance to the Price County Line.  Individuals or civic organizations who wish to contribute to the surfacing project can contact the Forestry Department at the Taylor County Courthouse. 

  Commission members include:  Marv Kuenne, Patty Krug, Karla Klapatauskas, Chuck Zenner and Russ Aszmann.  If adequate funding is secured, work on the project will begin this spring.


K99's Brad Dahlvig w/Chuck Zenner & Russ Aszmann



Plea Entered in Texting Death

Plea Entered in Texting Death


(Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media,


WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A north-central Wisconsin woman has pleaded no contest in a crash that killed a bicyclist in 2015.

  Fifty-five-year-old Lorie Ann Miller of Rib Lake was found guilty of homicide by negligent driving after entering her plea Monday. Miller was accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist while texting and driving near Marshfield.

  As part of the plea agreement, Miller likely will serve nine months in jail and nine years on probation. Sentencing is set for May 16.

  USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Mayo said during the plea hearing that the family of the victim, 52-year-old Donna David of Marshfield, does not agree with the plea deal.

  David taught chemistry at Northcentral Technical College and was a researcher with the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.


Double Duty for Medford Fire Department Friday

Double Duty for Medford Area Fire Department Friday


  The Medford AreaFfire Department was called out Friday afternoon, February 17th, a little after 3 pm to a skidder on fire back in the woods on Martin Drive east of Medford.  An offroad firefighting vehicle was used along with a truck from the DNR. 

  Then while returning to the fire hall, Medford fire was paged out to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of County highway Q and State Highway 64.  No patients were transported, Medford fire provided traffic control while the scene was cleaned up and returned to the Medford Area Fire Hall Friday evening around 5:30 P.M.


Super Dairy Putting Down Roots in Town of Little Black

Super Dairy Putting Down Roots In Town of Little Black  2/14/17


  The 4,000 cow super dairy farm is knocking on the Town of Little Black’s door again.  On Friday, North Breeze Dairy submitted a revised application to the DNR for a manure storage permit.  A permit was also filed with the Taylor County Land Conservation Committee. 

  At a Tuesday morning meeting, which was attended by just over 20 people, the committee grappled with how to handle the revised application.  North Breeze has purchased 100 acres southwest of Stetsonville.  The revised plans reduced the number of buildings from 6 to 3 barns.  The manure storage pit would be constructed of solid concrete with a capacity of 59 million gallons of manure.  The facility’s target is to be a 4000 cow dairy facility with a nutrient management plan that would require 5400 acres to spread manure.
  Kim Lewandowski told the committee that she lives near the proposed dairy site.  She asked why the committee wasn’t addressing the issue of how the dairy’s high capacity well would affect neighboring water wells.  County Zoning Administrator Kyle Noonan replied that Taylor County has no regulations regarding neighboring wells.  It was further noted that the Attorney General has given the opinion that the DNR has no jurisdiction regarding neighboring drinking water except for how it affects municipalities such as Stetsonville. 
  Steve Suchomel told the committee that on Monday night the Town of Little Black held a public hearing regarding zoning ordinances for the township.  He said that a special meeting of the Town Board will be Wednesday, February 15th a 4:00 P.M. in the Little Black Town Hall with the intent of adopting zoning.  Under the proposed zoning rules any new dairy farm in the Town of Little Black with over 500 animal units would need to be located in a corridor adjacent to a major county highway.   
  It was indicated that a building permit which was requested by North Breeze was rejected by the town clerk because of a moratorium on heavy construction.  The Land Conservation Committee is required by County Code to render a decision within 30 working days.  The DNR has up to 180 days to render a decision.  The Committee voted to postpone a decision until sufficient information is received from the DNR. 


Medford Drug Busts...Officer Injured By Dog



  Beginning on the evening of January 31st through the evening of Feb 1st 2017, following five separate investigations into illegal drug activity, the Medford Police Department, with the assistance of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, arrested six individuals on drug related charges.

  These individuals made their appearances in Taylor County Court where a cash bond was set for each of them and they are being referred to the Taylor County District Attorney’s office for charges. 

  On the evening of February 1st 2017, during one of the mentioned investigations a Medford Police Officer was injured by a dog at a residence in the City of Medford.   The Officer was transported by ambulance to Aspirus Medford Hospital.  He was treated, released, and is recovering.

  The department continues to follow up on information developed from these investigations and arrests.




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