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Three people were seriously injured when a pickup crashed into a large tree at 9-1/2 Avenue and 21st Street in Prairie Lake Township around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Two helicopters were called in to airlift two injured occupants.

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Laura and Carter Fornell welcomed the first baby born in 2021 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron. Cleo Mae Fornell was born on Jan. 6, weighing 7 lb.12 oz. Welcome, Cleo. Photo contributed

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Three months after a September 2020 decision by the Barron County Board to cut $25,000 in funding for Embrace, which serves domestic abuse victims in four area counties, the concerns of both sides appear to remain unresolved as a new year begins.

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Recent wire service reports and a cover story in the latest issue of Time magazine address how quickly the world’s scientists and drug manufacturers have been able to produce effective vaccines in the fight against COVID-19.

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Subway restaurant guests will notice something different about their favorite sandwich shop in Barron. In December, the Barron Subway location closed for a full remodel featuring a bright color palette, inspired by freshly-prepped vegetables and bread baked daily, according to the company. I…

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Dollar General announced last week that it is offering four hours of pay and other accommodations to employees who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine. With this announcement, Dollar General is one of the first national retailers to incentivize the vaccine to workers.

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Amid the pandemic, the Almena Sportsmen’s Club saw one of it’s best years ever for last weekend’s Upper Turtle Lake Ice Fishing Contests held Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Hundreds of people flocked to the lake during a nearly perfect day for ice fishing.

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WITC’s generous donors continue to provide important financial assistance to the students WITC serves. The WITC Foundation awarded 191 scholarships for a total of $87,810 toward spring semester scholarships.

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Hundreds of ice anglers were scattered around the Chetek Chain of Lakes for the Chetek Fire Department’s 27th annual Adult and Kids Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 16. Weather conditions were relatively mild, which led to a strong turnout at the annual event.

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A new medical campus is proposed in Rice Lake, with the potential to be the cornerstone of new development on 80 acres on the south side of the city. 

State Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason), announced that she has hired Leslie Westmont to be the Senate Democratic Caucus Communications Director.  Westmont was the Chief of Public Affairs for the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing, Madison, WI, for the past three y…