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As frigid temperatures engulf the state, people find refuge in their homes, feeling the balmy blast of heat greet them when they walk through their doors. It’s easy to take for granted—having a home, heat, a job and a stocked fridge. However, many living in Barron County are homeless.

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A garage fire was reported on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at approximately 10:14 p.m. A family woke up to their garage engulfed in flames. Chetek Fire Department was on the scene with 12 of its personnel and five department vehicles. Chetek Fire Chief Ryan Olson said the Dallas Fire Department offer…

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Barron County’s struggle with controlled substances-especially fentanyl-laced methamphetamine-was at the top of the list in terms of investigations and arrests recorded by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department during the year 2022, according to an annual report issued Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023…

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In a Chetek cottage kitchen, a baker is working with multiple sourdough starters to fill a list of orders she recently received. She nurtures them, adding flour and water to the yeasty concoction. It’s a time-old tradition. A drawn-out process that takes several days, sourdough bread is an a…

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A man from Chetek is free on bond pending a Jan. 31, 2023 court appearance on charges he allegedly tried to steal two vehicles from a downtown Chetek gas station, and damaged the gas pumps while doing so, according to Barron County Circuit court records.

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Chetek’s first ice fishing contest of 2023 is the Chetek Fire Department’s 29th annual Adult and Kids Ice Fishing Tournament on the Chetek Chain of Lakes Saturday, Jan. 21. As usual, the contest will land on Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend for the winter, which will be Saturday and Sunday, …

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An update was given to the Chetek City Council about the Chetek Wastewater Treatment Plant during its Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting. Tia McCarthy, project engineer with CBS Squared, Inc., addressed the council by phone to discuss how the project is coming along. McCarthy said CBS Squared had rece…

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At the City of Chetek Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, a discussion was had between council members about a request from the Chetek Parks and Beach Committee to move forward with the design phase for the sports complex in Gotham Park.