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Sheriffs in Barron and Dunn counties issued statements Wednesday, March 25, 2020, urging citizens and business owners to cooperate voluntarily with Gov. Tony Evers’ order for citizens to remain at home and for non-essential businesses to close their doors during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Residents of the News-Shield circulation area are doing their best to cope with increasing restrictions imposed by state government to head off the spread of coronavirus and the disease it causes in humans known as COVID-19.

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A logging accident in a storm-damaged area west of Barron cost the life of a Stone Lake, Wis., resident on Monday afternoon, March 23, 2020, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

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The Barron Police Department is still investigating an arson fire that broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the former Family Dollar store at the corner of Fifth Street and La Salle Avenue in downtown Barron.

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The Blue Hills Genealogical Society is closing its Resource Library as of Monday, March 16. The Resource Library is located at 410 E. La Salle Ave. Ste. C, Barron, and is usually open Mondays from 2-5 p.m. “We are closing due to the coronavirus epidemic,” announced president Gloria Dobberfuh…

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A major Barron municipal improvement took a big step toward completion over the weekend of March 20-22, 2020, as a gigantic crane lifted portions of the city’s new, $2-plus-million water tower into place.

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The Barron Family History Center located at 644 South 6th Street, Barron, will be temporarily closed in accordance with the closing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meetinghouse to help keep from spreading the coronavirus. When the Center can reopen, notice will be given in…

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Cameron High School released its second trimester honor roll/honorable mention for the 2019-2020 school year. The following Comets were recognized for their efforts:

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In response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin is implementing a no visitor policy at all inpatient and outpatient facilities, according to a news release from Mayo.

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Two people were hospitalized for what was reportedly described as minor smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the basement of an apartment building shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, at 736 E La Salle Avenue.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic Health System Northland is offering a drive-thru testing location in Cameron, Wisconsin, beginning Monday, March 23. This location is for current Mayo Clinic Health System patients who meet criteria for COVID-19and are referred for testing. T…

An announcement Monday, March 16, from the City of Barron, said that because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, it was planning to close facilities and/or limit public access as of today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Barron County Administrator Jeff French issued a directive Tuesday, March 17, 2020, requiring any county employees who have traveled out-of-state to go home and self-quarantine for 14 days in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Barron Spotlighters production of “Little Women” has been put on indefinite hold. The production was scheduled to begin March 20 at the Barron Area Community Center. For up-to-date information contact the Spotlighters at 715-537-9212 or online at www.barronspotlighters.com.

Unlike adjoining states like Illinois and Minnesota, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers had resisted closing bars and restaurants – until Tuesday afternoon, March 17. The order also limited public gatherings to no more than 10 people.