BURNETT COUNTY––The tired old trail kiosks were not a welcoming invitation to the towns along the Gandy Dancer State Trail. This became obvious to the Lake Country Pedalers (LCP), a bicycling group in Burnett County that frequently hosts casual rides annually May-October.

Burnett County continues to break daily records of new COVID-19 cases. Recently, the county reached a new record of 48 new cases in a single day.

Burnett County voted overwhelmingly for President Donald J. Trump to win re-election. As the votes continued to be counted over the weekend it was announced by several media outlets that Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral college mark.

Runway 5/23 in Meenon used to be one of the worst airport runways in the state. Now, after a full reconstruction the runway at the Burnett County Airport, should last 20 years.

Jim Jaskolka has worked for Siren in the public works department for 35 years. The village board and president recently honored him for his time working for Siren.

Grantsburg, Siren and Webster schools will all be closed until Nov. 20 after a significant increase of COVID-19 in the student, staff and residential population.

The unofficial results show that 87% of registered voters cast a ballot in this election. This is higher than the record-breaking turnout Wisconsin had.

Hunters in Burnett County can thank the great red oak acorn crop that fell last fall for the excellent shape of deer headed into this season.


Grantsburg Folk Hero Big Gust has not been in his glass case for a few weeks now. He has not left the case since first installation in 1980.

Diego Garza has been in custody at the Burnett County Jail since January 2018. He has had multiple trials set up and has had six attorneys represent him in his case including four felony charges and three misdemeanors.

In January 2021 the gray wolf will no longer be protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently made the announcement about the wolves how had been on the list for over 45 years.

Wisconsin relies on diverse outdoor recreation activities which bring in billions of dollars throughout all four seasons.

Falsehoods flew in all directions on Nov. 4 as the results of the presidential election hung on a razor’s edge. After former Vice President Joe Biden took an early morning lead over President Donald Trump, speculation about Wisconsin’s vote-counting process ran wild on social media.

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On Wednesday afternoon the Associated Press announced Joe Biden as the projected winner of Wisconsin. Biden is slated to receive the state's ten electoral college votes.

A number of events were cancelled this summer due to COVID-19. Both county fairs were cancelled, Memorial Day celebrations and Fourth of July celebrations were cancelled in 2020. There is a plan in place to help these events in 2021.

November 11 is a date set aside to commemorate those who have served our country. For one day, we stand united in respect to our veterans.

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A 29-year-old Danbury woman was found dead in Meenon after being ejected from her vehicle, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.


This year the Fat Fish fat-bike race has been delayed but will be held on Oct. 31 starting in Webster. This is the third annual race, it was moved back from it’s May opening and now has a brand new course for sand country-loving riders.

Voters will head to the polls on November 3 or will be mailing their absentee ballot in the near future. Sentinel Publications has collaborated to put together a comprehensive voting guide for the general election of state and local races.

Attorney General Josh Kaul recently announced the membership of Wisconsin’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, charged with helping to fight the abduction, homicide, violence and trafficking of Indigenous women in Wisconsin.

Gov. Tony Evers recently directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order #3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy.


“…it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks.” –the Blues Brothers. With a bicycle trail and a bicycle safety event centered in Webster, it was only a matter of time before the Webster Police Department went on two wheels.

In 1914 James Jordan shot the world record typical white-tailed deer outside of Danbury. Next spring, the town of Swiss, members of County government and Whitetails Unlimited hope there will be a replica statue in Danbury to commemorate the Jordan Buck.

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We are now firmly in the mid-migration season comprised largely of short-distance migrants that overwinter north of the tropics. However, making headlines this week are some feeder visitors we often associate with winter. Pine siskins have surged into the state and descended onto bird feeder…


The St. Croix Tribal Police Department announced over the weekend that retired K-9 Auggie unexpectedly died on Sunday.

Last week the Sentinel reported Burnett County was up to 100 cases of COVID-19. This week that number has doubled.

Grantsburg is not just teaching students writing, reading and arithmetic. They are also teaching every day skills and preparing students for their careers after high school.

The Burnett County Board of Supervisors voted to open sections, previously closed, to ATV/UTV traffic. These sections are gravel road and board members discussed deterioration of the road with added ATV traffic.


If you're a fan of American Pickers, the TV show about a couple of Midwestern guys who travel across America in search of rare artifacts and national treasures that they can buy from the collectors they visit and then sell in their antique shops, then you'll love Webster's newest business, L…

A 32 year old Glenwood City man is in custody charged with attempted homicide following a Sept. 25 incident in rural Clear Lake.

2020 has been a year full of surprises. One of those surprises is many people for the first time will be voting by absentee ballot instead of going to the polls to cast their ballot on election day.

Grantsburg and Siren school districts are now handling COVID-19 cases inside the school. Burnett County Public Health has informed both districts of presumed positive cases of the coronavirus linked to individuals at the school.

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Burnett County Public Health confirmed this week the number of positive cases of the coronavirus has passed 100. On Wednesday, the department reported 167 positive cases among Burnett County residents.

If you live in the Village of Grantsburg, you’re going to want to check your next water bill. Village officials decided to put information regarding the airport referendum in residents’ water bill instead of an informational meeting.


With school back in full swing, the Sentinel would like to invite the students of Burnett County to continue to participate in our monthly writing opportunities for a chance to be featured in the paper.

Over the last 30 days the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Burnett County has tripled, going from 30 cases in mid-August to over 90 cases today.


“For those of you who still hold it’s a man’s world or believe Women’s Lib is something new on the scene, take a gander at the above 1950 photograph. Pictured there is none other than the Seattle Post Office’s own Meta Shepherd, Personnel Clerk (Relief), Lander Street Annex, who, believe it …


Siren Nationals will be back at the Burnett County Municipal Airport on Saturday. The event includes a car show, 1/8 mile radar run, swap meet and local vendors selling concessions.

Two motorists were cited for 5th or 6th OWI in Burnett County in August. One was found drink-ing a beer behind the wheel and another drove into a mailbox and ended up in a ditch.


GRANTSBURG–– Ask any DNR conservation warden lucky enough to work in Burnett County and you’ll hear about this northwestern county’s abundant natural resources, great neighbors and incredible outdoor recreation opportunities.

On August 26 surrounded by loving family and friends, Glen Patrick Taylor was honored for his service in the United States Army in the Ordinance Core from May 31, 1960 to June 10, 1963. Ella Parker, from the Burnett County Veteran’s Services Offices, gave a short speech and presented Mr. Tay…

“Amazing program. I’m glad BCTC decided to hold this event...I hope participation triples next year!” That was the feedback from one of 16 participants at the end of last year’s Burnett County Tourism Coalition-sponsored first Poker Paddle on the Yellows.