WKEB Local News Archives for 2023-01

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.



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