MADISON–– On Thursday, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) voted unanimously to allow utilities to move forward with disconnection of service for nonpayment at the end of the annual winter moratorium on disconnections on April 15, 2021. The move comes following a moratorium prev…

With spring elections now less than a week away, it’s time to take a look at some of the county’s candidates running to take a seat in office. The Sentinel sent the Village’s and School Board’s candidates a questionnaire to provide the voters some valuable insight before heading to the polls…

Burnett County passed a resolution establishing a four-month moratorium on campgrounds on March 18. After hearing some comments from the public and some discussion amongst themselves, the board of supervisors believed it would be the best option for the county right now.

Evan McKee, Mason Getts and Caleb Smith, three students from the tech education department in Webster gave a presentation and a tour of the tech ed department to the school board members to give them deeper insight to the tech department and their different machines that they work with.

After needing to cancel the event last year, the students are happy to know that the outlook for prom is more positive this year. Even though it may look a little different than previous years, with needing to wear a mask, both staff and students are happy to announce that prom is moving forward.

MADISON–– The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that a white-tail deer herd at a Burnett County breeding farm that tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in 2020 was depopulated on March 3, 2021. None of the remaining 14 deer teste…

Burnett County has always worked diligently to educate, prevent and control aquatic invasive species (AIS) within the county. Some of the common AIS in Burnett County that the county is trying to control are Zebra Mussels, Purple Loosestrife and Yellow Iris.

A Grantsburg man was injured and hospitalized after a crash east of Rock Creek on Highway 70 on the morning of Thursday, March 18.

For many years the Burnett County Highway Department has had property on the end of Main Street in Grantsburg where they can store their plow truck that services state highways in Grantsburg. Michael Hoefs, the Burnett County Highway Commissioner, said this has allowed the department to be m…

The Land Use Committee members have been taping and live streaming their meetings on YouTube since January to allow the public to view the meetings live as well as have access to them in the future. There are some people in the public who initially were opposed to the idea, but Infrastructur…

After being cancelled last year due to COVID-19, it looks like residents of Burnett County are receiving a little better news this year- Gandy Dancer Days is being planned to take place this summer in 2021, hopefully the second Saturday in August. Webster Village Trustee, Bill Summer reporte…

If you like to roam antique stores, flea markets and collectible shows, you won’t want to miss the season opening of the Log Home Country Store on Saturday, March 20 at 9 a.m. Opened in June last year by Wisconsin native Stacie Getzie in a former log home just south of Webster on State Road …

Webster–– Applications for the 2021 Benson Ace Helpful Place Scholarships are due April 8. Benson Ace Hardware presents $500 scholarships to two seniors at both Webster High School and Frederic High School. Eligible students have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and will work as a skilled t…

Daniel Chelmo, who was denied a 120-unit campground conditional use permit (CUP) May 2019 to be placed on Devil’s Lake, has reapplied for two CUPs to build two campgrounds again on the north and south side of County Road A in Meenon. One campground will have 60 RV sites at Devil’s Lake while…

The contest was postponed twice due to extreme cold weather. The temperature difference was almost 80 degrees from the first date back in February. The Men’s club reported record turn out and thanked everyone who attended the contest and gave to the Webb Lake Men’s Club.

The ATV/UTV winter trails and the state funded snowmobile trails are closed due to the warm weather the region saw last week and over the weekend.

Douglas Nyren was sentenced to five years in state prison following a guilty plea to second degree sexual assault of a child in 2007. He had to register as a sex offender and is now facing child pornography allegations.

After taking 2020 off Burnett County is slated to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year. This Saturday Siren will be having their parade to celebrate the Irish-themed March holiday.

The Land Use and Information committee unanimously approved sending a moratorium on campgrounds to the full county board. The proposed moratorium will be on the Board of Supervisors agenda on March 18.

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State-funded trails have been going through a bit of a roller coaster this winter. The trails are open now, but forecasts show they might be closed by the weekend thanks to a steady stream of users and predicted temps reaching 50 degrees.

MADISON—Hunters and trappers blew past Wisconsin’s wolf kill target in less than 72 hours, forcing a premature end to a hunt that initially wasn’t supposed to happen for another nine months and raising the ire of animal rights activists.

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For over a year there have been plans to open a coffee shop on Madison Avenue in downtown Grantsburg. First a sign went up on the storefront, followed by a billboard on the highway.

The Siren School board president publicly asked one of the board members to admit they do not live in the Siren School District and has spoken to the state Attorney General’s office about the issue.

Burnett County officials have voted to not extend the county-wide moratorium for another six months, if extended the moratorium would have lasted over two years.

Grantsburg has set the date for one of their smallest graduating classes to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. There will only be 48 Grantsburg graduates in the year of 2021, and their ceremony is set to take place on Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Grantsburg school district shut their doors on Friday and closed their schools to in-person learning due to a staffing shortage due to COVID-19 exposure.

51 bears were trapped in Burnett County in 2020. A majority of them were trapped in corn fields after farmers reported crop damage.

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The ballot is set for the general election in April. Grantsburg voters will have a choice between Rod Kleiss and Terry Kucera for their next village president.

Yellow Lake Lutheran Church’s council voted to donate $9,300 to the Yellow Lake Food Distribution. The endowment committee voted to donate an additional $5,000 to the Yellow Lake Food Distribution.


Burnett County District Attorney (DA) James Rennicke is handling Burnett County while Dan Steffen is on administrative leave.

The Grantsburg School District is looking to bring a $17.9 million referendum to the election polls on April 6, which could potentially turn into a $22,135,000 referendum if both questions are to pass. The district’s goal now is to inform the community on the referendum, its goals, and why i…