The Burnett County Public Safety Committee met on Thursday, June 3, where among the updates they received was the latest on their quest for new public safety facility, as a team of county representatives from various departments embarks on a tour of possible jail plans, citing examples, good…

It was May 1971 when the name ‘Crexway Court’ was finalized; the new moniker on a unique, low income public housing establishment in Grantsburg that was meant to provide safe, secure and affordable housing to people who might otherwise have a hard time finding such a home, such as the elderl…

The familiar Holstein cow signs are back in their places dotting the highways and country roads of Burnett County.  After a year off, we are happy to announce this fun, family tradition is taking place. The Siren Community Ag Association would like to invite everyone to our 36th Annual Dairy…

Details are still being clarified on a busy Memorial Day weekend for the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office, as multiple, unrelated incidents seemed to pile up for deputies, dispatchers, emergency responders and others, especially on Saturday, May 29, when law enforcement was taxed and pulled s…

The effort to make it safer for everyone to fish and enjoy the lake is moving forward with the construction of an all-accessible fishing pier at the narrows between Yellow Lake and Little Yellow Lake.

State numbers suggest the local economy continues to improve with reduced unemployment figures for the month of April, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

The Grantsburg Board of Education met on Monday, May 24 in regular session, and while they had few items to consider on their agenda, they did have a number of resignations and new hires to approve as well as policies to review for future consideration.

POLK/BURNETT COUNTY--Recognizing the WIDNR sponsored Free Fun Weekend and National Trails Day, State Trail Passes for bike riders will not be required on the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trails, June 5 & 6. 

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GRANTSBURG–– Shotgun Johnson and the Mississippi Seven with Kaptain Karl will perform at the first Music in the Park event of the summer at Memory Lake Park in Grantsburg, Saturday, June 12. 

The future is looking a little brighter in the Grantsburg area, or at least better lit, as several Pirate students, past and present, have started in a unique registered apprenticeship program through WITC in a new program meant to cultivate local electricians, especially at a time when ther…

A plea deal has been reached to avoid a trial for a Webster man accused of multiple felony counts, starting with a 2019 incident where he threatened several police officers at different  agencies with violence, and then refused to be taken into custody when he was confronted by police.

The Webster Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, May 17, where they were treated to a bevy of opinions on their face covering policy, in spite of there being just over a week of school left for students and staff.

The Burnett County Development Association (BCDA) is shepherding the creation of a statue to commemorate the famous ‘Jordan Buck,’ named after James Jordan, who shot the world record whitetail in Burnett County back in November 1914. 

In the midst of the 2020 pandemic summer and what seemed like never-ending lock-downs,  a few creative Siren folks got together to brainstorm –  “What can we do that’s outdoors, conforms to CDC Coronavirus safety guidelines, is fun for adults and kids and will attract customers to our downtown?”

The Grantsburg Village Board approved going ahead with an experimental system to try a new way to deal with their wastewater, in a pilot program that hopefully will allow them to stop using the Wood River for their treated effluent disposal. 

The Grantsburg Village Board once again has a full complement of trustees, as well as a new village president, after the board approved the appointment of Hank Java to fill the vacancy created in April when village president Terry Kucera was elected both to the board of trustees and also as …

The Burnett County Natural Resources Committee met on Thursday, May 13, where they were given an update on the latest news involving a highly controversial Concentrated Agricultural Feeding Operation (CAFO) application from the Cumberland LLC group that is moving to build a 26,000-hog CAFO i…

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Local officials and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the possible cause of a residential home fire that occurred on May 6 in Grantsburg, displacing a woman who lived at the Blueberry Rental home on South Oak Street.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that children 12-15 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinations can begin starting, as of Thursday, May 13. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full protection and is the first a…

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This week the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) notified that they will be changing their name later this summer, becoming Northwood Technical College (Northwood Tech, for short) effective August 2, 2021.  

The final donation numbers for last weeks’ giveBIG fundraising event for local and regional non-profits turned out to be a big success, breaking previous records with nearly $440,000  raised from a combination of almost 2,000 unique individual or corporate donors.

CENTURIA–– Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative awarded $67,500 to the sons and daughters of co-op members in the Class of 2021 through its Community Service Scholarship program. Fifty-four scholarship recipients will each receive $1,250 to continue their education after high school.

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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to stay vigilant and avoid burning because of very high fire danger across Wisconsin, particularly in the northern two-thirds of the state.The increased fire danger is due to the low relative humidities expected across the state,…

The Burnett County Land Use and Information Committee (LUI) denied a conditional use permit (CUP) for a 60-unit RV campground that local developer Daniel Chelmo had applied for in an area near Devil’s Lake, in the towns of Meenon and Oakland.

The Burnett County Public Safety met on Thursday, May 6, where among the issues they addressed was future equipment and staffing needs, accelerated recently with several high-level retirements in the recent months. 

In response to recent issues with manganese levels in their municipal water supply, the Village of Grantsburg has installed a fill station to provide filtered water for drinking and cooking for affected local residents. Additionally, the village office also had a new water softener system in…

The Siren Village Board met in regular session on Thursday, May 6, where among the business they considered was approval of beer and wine licenses for a new downtown business in the works, offering everything from cooking classes to gourmet cooking equipment, local beers, meats, cheeses, win…

A plea deal has been offered and accepted by all sides to avoid a trial  regarding a man accused of being under the influence of narcotics when he struck and killed a 79-year-old local man with his SUV in Siren in late 2019. 

Grantsburg freshmen Angel Anderson (left) and Madison Hanson stood beside the Carson Holmquist Memorial display on State Highway 87, outside of Grantsburg on Thursday, April 29. The two girls spent part of the day cleaning up and refreshing the memorial display as part of a cleanup day effor…

A Webster teen was bound over for trial on Thursday, April 29, by Judge Melissia Mogen on multiple felony charges, stemming from a violent incident three months ago, where he fought with several people in  a Town of LaFollette home, allegedly striking several people with a silver frying pan,…

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Last week Burnett County Highway officials held the second public involvement meeting on the planned replacement of the undersized Yellow Lake Road Bridge, which goes over the channel between Yellow Lake and Little Yellow Lake in the Town of Union. 

A 22-year-old Grantsburg man has been bound over for trial on six felony charges regarding allegations of child sexual assault, enticement and three felony bail jumping charges after he is alleged to have provided alcohol to several underage children at a Grantsburg location, and then later …

A Shell Lake man was bound over for trial last week in Burnett County Circuit Court on a felony charge for his 8th operating while intoxicated, which he earned under bizarre circumstances.  

Most local schools in the area have lifted their mask mandate for their staff and students, but the Webster School District has not made a move to lift their policy. Parents and teachers showed up at last Monday night’s board meeting to voice their concerns on the policy, even though it was …

The Siren Board of Education voted overwhelmingly to keep their face covering policy as is, in spite of pressure from some parents after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the statewide policy in recent weeks.