Three people were found dead at a rural Sawyer County residence northeast of Birchwood, Washburn County, after deputies responded to a report of a shooting and a fire on Saturday, May 30.
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The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 11 a.m, Saturday, May 30, from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office reference a female who reported her son had shot her husband and has set their home on fire. Washburn County then lost contact with the female. The address of the call was 1742N Knutson Lake Road in the Town of Edgewater in Sawyer County.
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Sixty-two graduates walked across the stage on Saturday evening, May 23, and received their diplomas from the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Board of Education and school administrators. Highlights of the graduation ceremony included Cole LaLiberty leading a “roller coaster”—a crowd favorite at athletic events—HS/MS Principal Larry Zeman chronicling the students’ memories as “part of the journey” and a video call from Henrik Lehnert, a German exchange student during the class’ junior year. Above, graduates throw their caps into the air as Zeman presents the class of 2015.
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new DVD“Mammoths & Moraines: On the Trail of the Ice Age” is an educational film about a family following the Ice Age National Scenic Trail across Wisconsin. Along the way, they discover the state’s fascinating glacial history and the amazing effects of glaciers on Wisconsin. New fictionWhen an English and an Amish family become neighbors in Lancaster, Pa., their lives are linked in unexpected ways through conflict, then friendship, and finally, love in “Amish Promises,” by Leslie Gould.Scarred from his military days and PTSD, thoroughbred trainer and cowboy Jake Porter has given up on love until his childhood friend Lyndie returns to their Texas hometown and starts tearing down the walls he’s built in “A Love Like Ours,” by Becky Wade.In Amanda Cabot’s “In Firefly Valley,” Marisa St. George is devastated when she is a victim of downsizing and has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. The only silver lining is meeting Blake Kendall, but will her dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers who he really is?“Until the Harvest,” by Sarah Loudin Thomas. In 1970s West Virginia, a family tragedy derails Henry Phillips’ college studies, and he returns home to Appalachia feeling devastated and desperate. Can a sweet and unique young girl and her older sister help him find his way again?Even though her boyfriend has yet to propose, Katie sees no problem in entering a contest to win her dream dress, until she wins the contest and loses her boyfriend on the same day and can’t decide how to proceed without embarrassing herself in front of the hunky bridal shop owner in “Every Bride Needs a Groom,” by Janice Thompson.New nonfictionIn “Raw Energy in a Glass,” best-selling author Stephanie Tourles offers more than 120 delicious, super-nutritious recipes for smoothies, shakes, green drinks, power shots, mocktails, longevity elixirs and fermented beverages, all designed to boost your health and energy.“Guerilla Furniture Design: How to Build Lean, Modern Furniture with Salvaged Materials,” by Will Holman, features 35 simple, inexpensive projects that you can make from salvaged and upcycled materials—cardboard, metal, plastic and wood.“Where the Birds Are,” by Robert J. Dolezal, with the editors of Birds & Blooms, is a travel guide to more than 1,000 parks, preserves and sanctuaries.The widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle shares their private journey, a moving and universal chronicle of love and family, service and patriotism, grief and sacrifice, faith and purpose in “American Wife,” by Taya Kyle, with Jim DeFelice, co-author of “American Sniper.”“Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry.” Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life.Story TimeStory time is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Participants read books, followed by a craft or activity.Chetek Library hoursMonday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 1-6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Kurtis H. Berg, of Cumberland, died of injuries he sustained when a deer went through the windshield of the vehicle he was riding in Saturday morning, May 23. The vehicle that Berg was riding in, was driven by Robert F. Sadowski, of Rice Lake, and was traveling westbound on Hwy. 70 in Washburn County when a deer was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Michael F. Watkins, of Plymouth, Minn. The deer went airborne and over into the westbound land, struck the truck Berg was riding in and came through the window, inflicting severe head and chest injuries to him. Berg was taken by ambulance to the emergency room in Spooner and later pronounced deceased.
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As fact-finding tours and reports are completed on the long-term care facilities operated by Atrium Health and Grace Lutheran, the city’s planning commission is set to meet and make a recommendation on the future of the city-owned and -operated Knapp Haven Nursing Home.
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