Recent Area News
UPDATE: 11:20am The BCA reports Robert Swanson has been found safe. Thank you to all who helped look for him.
Wisconsin law enforcement are seeking the public’s help locating a missing man who may be headed to Minnesota. Robert Swanson, a white male, age 79, 5’8″ and 190 lbs. It is unknown what he may be wearing. Swanson went missing from Wisconsin Dells earlier today.
He is driving a silver 2010 Mercury Milan with WI plates: 946-ZVF. He may be trying to get to Minnesota, specifically the Shorewood or East Bethel areas.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sauk County Sheriff’s Office at 608-355-4495.
By Teri Knight, News Director
The Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS) joint powers board has approved their operating budget for 2020 at $836,000; $300,000 of that will be going to the City of Northfield for rental fees for the newly expanded fire station. Along with the operating budget, they also approved a 10-year capital budget which allows them to get new equipment, including a new Class A Pumper truck. Fire Chief Gerry Franek explained that the truck will be used in the city and rural areas, and it has a large diameter hose on a big reel in the back of the truck making it easier to deploy and stow. It also has new (more…)
The Northfield City Council approved a bid for improvements to be made at the train depot and transit site. The project, to be completed by BCM Construction, came in at just under $413,000 dollars. Northfield’s engineer’s estimate was at $272,000. Ultimately there were two bids to be decided upon, both in the $400,000 range, so the city council took the lowest bid. Mayor Rhonda Pownell explains the project will entail upgrades to the existing depot site and the construction of a driveway to prepare for an eventual transit hub. With the public support of that site, especially with “Big Boy” making an appearance a few weeks ago to much fanfare, and the historical significance of the site to Northfield, the council has typically voted unanimously in favor of improving the site, as was the case with a 6-0 vote to accept the bid and move forward with construction. Work will begin between August and November of this year, with a final resolution to accept improvements and authorize final payment in June 2020.
Here is information from a press release from Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn:
Effective immediately, we are lifting the no wake restrictions on a majority of our lakes in Rice County. The No Wake Restrictions will remain on the following lakes: Cedar Lake, Shields Lake, Cannon Lake, Wells Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Sakatah Lake. We will continue to monitor the lake levels on these lakes this week in hopes that we can remove the restrictions in the near future.
On the remaining lakes in Rice County water levels have decreased to a level we are comfortable with for recreational watercraft. We thank everyone for their cooperation and patience. Please remember to wear your PFD’s when boating and be cautious to debris in and around our lakes, rivers and waterways. Stay safe!