Representatives from the land services department gave suggestions to the Large Scale Livestock Study (LSLS) committee about how they could better prepare the county for decisions regarding concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs. These include which zoning districts should allow CAF…

Representatives from Cooper Engineering and Webster Public Works will be out checking to see how much sludge is in the Webster sewer ponds.

“As soon as it began to dry it started to bubble and once paint starts to bubble it starts to peel,” Highway Commissioner Mike Hoefs said of the highway storage building in Siren.


The choice for voters in May will be between Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Tricia Zunker (D-Wausau) as their representative in Congress.

A Vadnais Heights, Minn. man sat in court last week in an orange uniform with the “Burnett County Jail” printed on the back. He has been accused of burglarizing Tesora Restaurant in Siren back in December of 2018.


Members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming traffic safety meeting to voice their opinion regarding a proposed speed change in Alpha.

The Siren Area Economic Development Advisory Committee (SEDAC) has just completed phase two, the engagement phase, of their planning project with their consultant Civic 4 LLC of Madison. Appreciation is given to all who provided input during this part of the process which has resulted in dev…

“I still have hope. I just wish the driver would come forward. Maybe his life would change too. It is hard to forget when you can’t find who to forgive,” said Georgia Cobenais in a video released January 31 by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

Mitchell L. Butler, 40, Webster, was sitting in court when the judge sentenced him to 40 years of state prison followed by 20 years of extended supervision stemming from a sexual assault case involving children under the age of 12, according to online court records.

Two candidates from each party will face off later this month in primary battles for the 7th Congressional seat. The primary will be held on Feb. 18 with the general election on May 12.


High School students from the Santa Ana Technical High School in Costa Rica have been participating in an exchange program with the Grantsburg High School for four years now. Each year they select a certain number of students to come and spend a week with host families and experience life an…

A representative from Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) out of Bayfield came to the full county board of supervisors last week to give information on the group’s efforts to combat climate change.


The Great Wall of Rescue is an adaptable grain entrapment rescue system and Grantsburg Fire Department is one of the few departments in the area with this system.

The recovery of the bald eagle has been one of the greatest conservation success stories in American history, but these majestic raptors aren’t quite out of the woods for good. Recent declines in eagle populations have some scientists asking where the biggest threats to these birds lie, and …

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation was involved in the investigation that lead to a Grantsburg man being charged with eight felony counts surrounding an investigation in the production of child pornography.

Jim Erickson has worked at the Webster School District as the superintendent for 17 years. After a difficult decision, Erickson has decided that at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, he will be stepping down and retiring.


Boating is a big business in this region. Burnett County has over 500 lakes and Boone Docks Marine in Siren was recently named a top seller in lift and dock sales by Hewitt.

Election season continues in Burnett County. Two villages held their caucuses and both ballots will have four candidates vying for three seats for the spring election.

A soil scientist recently gave a presentation at the Government Center stating there are risks as well as benefits, it all depends on management.

WEBSTER––The Webster village board is looking at replacing street light poles on State Highway 35. However, it could be quite costly depending on the material they use. 

GRANTSBURG––The Grantsburg Public Library was full of constituents for a listening session held by State Senator Patty Schachtner. Over 50 attended the event which focused primarily on the proposed concentrated animal feeding operation or CAFO.

State Senator Tom Tiffany is making his way around the region as he continues his campaign to fill the seat of Sean Duffy in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Highway Commissioner Mike Hoefs gave an update to the Infrastructure committee after state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials came to Alpha with a preposition about the speed limit on State Highway 70.

The Grantsburg Public Library first set up a committee. Then they worked within the community and asked people what they were satisfied with and not satisfied with.

It may seem like an ordinary statement or possibly obvious, however, Sheriff Tracy Finch was very proud to report that her department is fully staffed.

A group of birdwatchers identified 35 different species of birds at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and a total of 1360 different birds were spotted even in the cold of December in Wisconsin.

The Foxhole Bar & Lounge is the fundraising arm of the American Legion Post 185 in Grantsburg. It was dubbed The Foxhole since its creation in 1919. The Grantsburg Historical Society building in Grantsburg used to be a church before it became the original location of the legion when it w…

Two people were pronounced dead after an accident in the Town of Grantsburg. Burnett County Dispatch received a call Dec. 28 for a semi versus automobile on State highway 70 at Williams Road in the town of Grantsburg, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.


Over the last ten years the Sentinel has put out hundreds of editions along with countless special sections. The Sentinel staff went through the archives to find the best stories from the last ten years.

Open cases have gone down in the county, but a large majority of them– possibly as much as 80% - are criminal cases that take up valuable time and resources for the court system.

The Webster school board recently voted to pass a referendum vote that will appear on the ballot April 7. The referendum is not to exceed $6.5 million.

SIREN—In a prepared statement read at Monday night’s Siren school board meeting, trustee Susie Imme said she and the board’s vice president were not confident in the board’s president.

Burnett County winter riding season kicked off Dec. 16 with a good layer of snow to start the season.

Over Thanksgiving weekend Burnett County and the whole state was hit with a massive snowstorm. Much of the North Midwest was hit by huge amounts of snow while surrounding areas were drowned by rain.


In November, a group of Webster High School students headed south to experience the culture and sights of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.

Earlier this year in April all law enforcement agencies in Burnett County signed on to work on a seat belt enforcement grant.

The Public Safety committee approved purchasing a second K-9 unit to help get drugs off the streets of Burnett County.

Burnett County is following a similar trend the whole state of Wisconsin is seeing – less deer are being harvested during the opening weekend, according to the preliminary data.