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Taylor County Trails Opening to Snowmobiles Friday January 13th, 2023

Taylor County Trails Opening to Snowmobiles Friday January 13th, 2023


Jake Walcisak, Taylor County Forestry & Recreation Administrator, in consultation with the Taylor County Snowmobile Council, has announced the opening of snowmobile trails in Taylor County effective Friday January 13th at 8:00 am with the following EXCEPTION. Trail 86, located in northeast Taylor County, will remain closed due to a recent land ownership change. Trails are open only to Snowmobiles at this time. Expect early season riding conditions which may include rough trails, low snow cover, ungroomed segments, and storm damage debris on the trail. 


For Taylor County trail conditions, please call the Taylor County Forestry & Recreation Dept. at 715-785-8339 or visit www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/snowmobile/

Maplehurst Camper Fire

Maplehurst Camper Fire  January 12, 2023


On January 11, 2023, at 12:11 a.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a structure fire with injures located at N44 Clark Dr in the Town of Maplehurst , Taylor County. Taylor County deputies along with fire and ambulance services were dispatched.  Upon deputies’ arrival they found a homemade structure built from an old camper frame on fire.


The owner of the structure 50-year-old Matthew J. Zarins was injured while escaping the structure and was burned along with other injuries. 51-year-old Jennifer K. Johnson of Stanley, Wi. also escaped the structure but was severely burned. Both parties were transported by ambulance for medical treatment. Jenifer K. Johnson succumbed to her injuries and died; Matthew J. Zarins is expected to recover.


This incident remains actively investigated by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.


Gilman Robbery Suspect ApprehendedĀ 

Gilman Robbery Suspect Apprehended  Dec 27


On December 24th, 2022, at 5:47 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery at the Cenex gas station located at 485 East Main Street in the Village of Gilman, Taylor County.


It was reported that a man entered the Cenex gas station in dark clothing wearing gloves and a mask to cover his face. The suspect was armed with a handgun that he pointed at the clerk while demanding money. The clerk indicated that the suspect exited the store with the money and was last seen leaving the scene on foot.


Taylor County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and were unable to locate the suspect. However, they were able to follow the suspects foot tracks in the snow which led to an area where it appeared the suspect entered a parked vehicle and drove away.  


Taylor County Detectives continued the investigation into the robbery and a suspect was developed. On December 25th, 2022, a search warrant was conducted on the suspects home which is also located in the village of Gilman. As a result, 36-year-old Tommy Lee Wilkes was arrested and taken into custody for the robbery.


Medford Woman Killed in SUV Crash Identified

MEDFORD, Wis. - Authorities have released the names of people involved in a fatal crash in Clark County that left one dead, and others hurt.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office, identified the person who died at the scene as 25-year-old Tracy Anderson of Medford, formerly of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The name of the driver is 32-year-old Patrick Davis and the other occupants were 25-year-old Susan Sherwood and 41-year-old Serapio V. Terrones III.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call for a crash at 3:13 p.m. Monday on Highway 13 near Water Road in the township of Mayville, northeast of Dorchester.

The initial investigation indicates an SUV was northbound on Highway 13 when the driver appears to have lost control while passing a tractor hauling a manure tanker. The SUV entered the west ditch, went over a driveway and struck tree, coming to rest on its side. 

Tracy Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.


Taylor County Man Killed in Car Crash

Taylor County Man Killed in Car Crash  11/7/22


On 11/06/2022 at 8:49 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle had struck a utility pole and the driver appeared to be deceased. The location was reported to be on County Road-C just North of Bonde Ave in the Town of Rib Lake, Taylor County.  Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Rib Lake Fire, Ambulance and MedVac were dispatched.


Upon arrival on scene deputies determined that the driver of the vehicle, 32 year old Daniel R. Resch of Ogema Wi. was deceased. The investigation into the cause of the vehicle crash indicated that Resch was traveling northbound on CTH- C at a high rate of speed. Resch lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn several times where it eventually came to rest after striking the utility pole. Alcohol and speed were both contributing factors in the crash.

Bratland Charged

Bratland Charged  9/22/22


MEDFORD, Wis. -A plea has been entered for a woman who is charged in the death of her two-year-old son in Taylor County.


31 year old Natasha Bratland was charged with three counts of neglecting a child last year.   Sept. 21, 2022 court records show Bratland of Lublin pleaded no contest and was found guilty of all three counts. She was ordered to serve two years on probation, and if she follows all the conditions of her sentence, after three years, the first count of felony neglect of a child causing death will be dismissed.


Bratland is charged with neglecting a child resulting in their death after her two-year-old son Colton was hit and killed by a train on June 29 while running unattended along railroad tracks in the Village of Lublin. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office said the boy’s parents were Kyle and Natasha Bratland.


Taylor County Sheriff Larry Woebbeking said at the time of the incident, the train was traveling south and blowing its horn numerous times as it approached the village. The train conductor noticed the boy before impact and attempted to stop the train but was unable to avoid striking the boy, who was running on the outer edge of the railroad ties. Woebbeking said the boy was alone leading up to the incident and not under any supervision and was seen alone walking down the street in only a diaper. According to the criminal complaint, area residents told a detective that the children were commonly seen in the village playing in the streets, on the railroad tracks, and even on rooftops.


Earlier this month that Natasha Bratland was charged in Chippewa County with shoplifting from the Lake Hallie Walmart. That case has not yet been settled.


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