The Siren School board is still working on their plan for how to re-open schools. They held a meeting for families and staff at Crooked Lake Park to discuss the proposed plan.

“Right now the state has these powers, what this resolution is doing is asking Madison to make a law to change that so we, at the county level can make those decisions,” County Chairman Don Taylor said when attempting to explain a resolution.

34 percent of Wisconsin’s 2.4 million households are struggling to afford basic necessities like housing, child care, food, transportation, and internet access. The statistic was revealed in the state’s third ALICE report, released today by United Way of Wisconsin in partnership with United …

Since Saturday everyone in the state is required to wear a mask whenever indoors and not in their home. Following Governor Tony Evers executive order sheriff’s across the state including Burnett County gave a statement regarding enforcement of the mask mandate.

Regardless the outcome of this fall’s election, the Wisconsin state Senate will look quite different as seven of the state’s 33 senators have either recently stepped down or announced they will not seek re-election. Among three August 11 primary races in west-central Wisconsin is the 10th Se…

Burnett County schools are eligible to receive over $350,000 to counter the effects of COVID-19.

On August 1st Webster Seniors will finally walk across the graduation stage on the Webster Football Field.

There won't be a 23rd Annual Gandy Dancer Days in Webster this year. "Masks, social distancing, sanitizing to the max -- those just aren't elements compatible with Gandy Dancer Days' fun, entertainment and activities, " said Bill Summer, Webster Area Chamber of Commerce. "It just isn't worth…

Burnett County Public Health along with the county’s COVID-19 Response Team is encouraging everyone who is able to wear a mask to wear one when in a public setting.


When Burnett Dairy Cooperative employees reported a potential structure fire in the Wood River Creamery building it could have been an unmitigated disaster. However, Burnett County First Responders and fire crews from the surrounding area jumped into action.


Readers of the Burnett County Sentinel are being asked to help recognize the best of everything from food to shopping to best local sports team.

The Grantsburg graduates are set to have their graduation ceremony on Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the R.W. Olson Community Field. The gates will open at 6 p.m.

The Webster Village Board recently released a statement recommending people wear a mask when “visiting local establishments” especially when social distancing is not possible.

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A fire at the Burnett Dairy Cooperative erupted on Monday night when eight crews were called to maintain the fire. The first calls for the fire began around 10:30 p.m.

Camp Burnett will not be hosting the 4-H campers this year due to COVID-19. However, UW-Extension recently announced they will not be headed back to Camp Burnett for 2021.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be placing a pair of monuments in Northern Burnett County to commemorate two large wildland fires.

You may have recently noticed a couple of businesses asking for customers to use exact change or electronic payment because of a coin shortage. This is a little misleading as there is not a shortage of coins but a lack of circulation with those coins.

Burnett County dispatch have been receiving more and more emergency calls with the amount of calls for firetrucks and emergency response almost doubling since February.

The Danbury Lions Club have canceled their 2020 Oktoberfest due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. It was set to be the 20th Annual Danbury Oktoberfest but that celebration will be in 2021.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced they are asking for public comments on two separate bridge projects in Burnett County. One is on State Road 70 and the other is State Road 77.


Jerry Fiedler owned and operated Fiedler Ford for 40 years and now the iconic building in Downtown Grantsburg has officially been sold and the keys have been passed to the new owner.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 2, the Polk County Sheriff’s Dispatch began receiving calls regarding a two-vehicle collision on Highway 35 just north of 90th Avenue in the Town of Osceola.

Burnett County Public Health received notification of our fourth and fifth confirmed cases of COVID-19. The fourth case was reported over the weekend. The fifth case was confirmed Monday morning.

Along with the many other cancellations and changes this year, we are sorry to advise you that it was necessary to cancel all planning and preparation for the Gandy Dancer Drive-In/Fly-In Airshow. As you may know, planning begins early each year, sometimes as early as February. So, when the …

Arts in Hand Gallery in downtown Spooner reopened on June 5 after nearly three months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "With all the art shows canceled this summer, reopening galleries like Arts in Hand is important not only to our non-profit arts advocacy organization, but also…


Residential fishing licenses across Wisconsin are at a five-year high but non-residential license are at a five-year low, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These trends are similar to those at the national level.

WEBSTER—The Village Players Community Theater (VPCT) has announced they will be canceling this summer’s presentations of The Odd Couple. Originally scheduled for late July/early August of 2020, performances of The Odd Couple will be featured in the summer of 2021.

Burnett County now has a third case of COVID-19, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

An announcement Monday night said what most people have been expecting, the annual Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair held annually in Grantsburg has been cancelled.

A study looking at the economic activity during the pandemic shows that Burnett County was one of 14 counties that saw taxable sales go up during the state’s Safer at Home order. The study also states that rural counties saw less of a drop in sales than urban counties across Wisconsin.


A protest has been organized and will continue in Hertel over the acceptance of descendants of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. They are calling for the end of blood quantum to be able to accept more descendants of tribal members.


Puffy thunderheads and threatening black clouds scudded across the sky, but Webster was spared raindrops as the first (hopefully annual) Make Music Day celebration got underway. An assembly of some of the best area musicians filled the air with their renditions of classic pop, country, rock …


Each year the Grantsburg Rotary Club recognizes one of the excellent teachers from the Grantsburg School District. Barb Anderson was nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award by Grantsburg Elementary Principal, Ibby Olson. Barb brings so many gifts and talents to the Grantsburg School Dist…

The Village of Webster is now an official snowmobile friendly community following a short presentation by local representatives.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice and Father’s Day with live music performances this Sunday, June 21st, Make Music Day 2020, in Burnett and Polk Counties. Come and listen to your favorite local musicians. All performances are outdoors, live, free and open to the public.

A search warrant by Siren Police for drugs led to two people being arrested and charged with a total of six felony drug-related charges, including maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

The upcoming partisan primaries will be another chance for voters to express their opinions. Municipalities are expecting a large number of ballots to arrive through the mail and not in-person on election day.

A registered sex offender has served his time in prison and is being released into Burnett County, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Burnett County will be filled with the sound of music on the Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21, when musicians from the local area perform as part of Make Music Day Burnett/Polk, joining 13 other Wisconsin sites that are participating in this annual nation- and world-wide celebration of makin…