The Webster School District annual meeting was brief and had very few surprises, except some very good news from school superintendent Jeff Fimreite, who revealed positive economic news for district residents while the annual budget, tax levy and future plans were approved at the meeting, he…

When the Wisconsin Senate resumes its session this month, it could take up a bill containing restrictions on teaching philosophies about race, but labor leaders in education say it falls short in being honest with students.

The release of draft redistricting maps last Thursday, Sept. 30 by the so-called People’s Maps Commission (PMC) appear to leave Burnett County generally unchanged, so far. The PMC is a nine-member nonpartisan redistricting commission selected by a three judge panel, who are charged with draw…

A 38-year-old Webster woman is facing two felony charges for allegedly stealing money from a dead man while she was doing a death investigation in her role as a Burnett County deputy medical examiner late last year, according to criminal charges filed in Burnett County Circuit Court.

The Grantsburg Municipal Airport was a hive of unusual activity on Wednesday, Sept. 22, as it was used as a fueling and loading station for a unique type of operation, where an airplane is used to apply seed for so-called ‘cover-crops’ over approximately 1,000 acres of the Lucky Oats Farms f…

Citing a need to follow the law as written, Burnett County Board chair Don Taylor said the board would not be able to vote on a proposed ordinance regarding zoning at last weeks’ county board meeting, held on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The Siren Board of Education entertained a presentation by half a dozen high school students who registered concerns over aspects of the district’s dress code, which they believed to be too restrictive and unnecessary at the boards’ regular monthly meeting, held on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

In last week’s Sentinel, we incorrectly identified Northern Manufacturing in Grantsburg, which is the likely new home to Fresh Industries. It should also be mentioned that the noted 50,000-square-foot facility was in use for wooden shutter manufacturing as recently as December 2016, after pr…

The Grantsburg Area Historical Society (GAHS) held the organization’s annual meeting for members and those interested in learning more about the group at the Crex Meadows Education and Visitors Center on Thursday, Sept. 16. 

There will be a new head coach for the Webster Tigers baseball team next spring, as celebrated former Major Leaguer Jarrod Washburn announced this week that he would not be returning next year.

While parts of the exterior look pretty sad at the moment, with weathered lettering and overgrown landscaping, the long-vacant Northland Furniture Factory in Grantsburg is soon to be a hub of manufacturing again, if a conditional use permit (CUP) is approved by the village board in the comin…

A deer-motorcycle collision has claimed the life of a local man, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and the Grantsburg Police Department. 

After a year off for the pandemic, the Central Burnett County Fair (CBCF) returns this Friday-through-Sunday, Sept. 24-26, at the Webster Fairgrounds.

After several possible proposals to cooperate on a new salt/sand shed for highway maintenance in southern Burnett County near Grantsburg, it appears that the county has broken off the talks, and has found an alternate plan, bypassing Grantsburg all together, and instead heading south on High…

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There was another drowning in Burnett County last week, and once again it occurred on Lower Clam Lake, east of Siren in the Town of Meenon. 

The St. Croix Chippewa Tribal Council met as a full council on Wednesday, Sept. 8, where they unanimously approved a resolution in opposition to a proposed Town of Trade Lake concentrated agricultural feeding operation (CAFO) that has been proposed in Burnett County.

ssues of supply and demand on liquor licenses continues to be a question for the Grantsburg Village Board, which met on Monday, Sept. 13, and heard both sides of the request from two parties wanting the same lone remaining “Class B” liquor license available in the village.

There will be a new Tax Increment Funding (TIF) district in Webster, although it takes in part of a past TIF district that didn’t do all that well, suffering dramatically during the housing crisis in 2008-09. 

A Webster-area youngster is being hailed as a hero for saving four siblings from a house fire last week - a fire that consumed the structure and left the family homeless.

Burnett County Sheriff’s officials have released details on a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a Minnesota woman over the weekend last Saturday on State Highway 35 in the Town of Oakland. 

Maintenance crews from the Burnett County Highway Department plan to replace a failing culvert on State Highway 70 about 1,000 feet east of County Road Y in the unincorporated community of Alpha, east of Grantsburg. Work is scheduled to begin next Monday, Sept. 20.

A man reported missing last week and presumed drowned has been found, several days after the initial report and search in Lower Clam Lake, east of Siren.

The Village of Webster has new welcome signs! The Webster Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded a $1,200 grant from Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up for the sign project. Pictured (L-R): Bill Summer, Webster Chamber president and village board member, accepted the grant from Joan O’Fallon, P…

Not all missing persons tales end with such a unique, and frankly funny twist as this.

“The Events of Nine-Eleven” have become new standard in the American lexicon in the two decades since America was formally attacked by terrorist organizations on Sept. 11, 2001.

Recent charges of sexual assault against former Grantsburg high school teacher Matthew Koenen were dismissed suddenly as the Washington County (Minn.) prosecutor was preparing to go to trial last week. 

Another local person with Burnett County Sentinel roots was honored recently by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA). Robert Lee Bradford II, a longtime newspaper publisher in Minnesota and Wisconsin, attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and in 1960, he graduated from the Univers…

A settlement has been reached to avoid a jury trial in the case of a Siren man’s sexual assault of a minor, in a plea deal that dismissed but reads-in for sentencing several charges, involving two different females in different cases, one of whom was just 13 years old at the time.

The Siren Board of Education met on Monday, Aug. 23, and while they had a light agenda, they none the less revealed that they have been the recipients of several lucrative state grants, affecting everything from homeless kids to mental health and substance abuse, totaling over $85,000 and al…

The state is pushing for a new salt storage facility for quicker snow clearing for State Highway 70 and 87 south, offering to pay for a new facility that would be shared by Burnett County and possibly Grantsburg, with discussions going back apparently quite a while between the village and th…

The multiple charges against a local woman accused of being under the influence when she caused a car crash that claimed a life in 2019 has pleaded guilty to a homicide charge, avoiding a jury trial, but almost assuring her of lengthy prison time.

People who live near Crex Meadows may have noticed some large smoke plumes from recent prescribed burns taking place at the wildlife area near Grantsburg.

ST. CROIX FALLS— Trash and the Namekagon River don’t mix. Because of its beauty and abundant recreational opportunities, higher river use means more garbage left behind. Join Wild Rivers Conservancy and friends for a river clean up on Saturday, Sept. 11, followed by a celebration for your ha…

There are so many ways to craft and DIY and it allows people of all ages to open their minds and use their brains creatively to create something by hand. We, at the Sentinel, would like to invite our readers to take part in a monthly themed crafting project that will be posted in the paper a…

At their Aug. 9 regular board meeting, the Town of Sand Lake board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that is meant to address the lack of zoning in the town – which is one of just a handful that doesn’t follow Burnett County’s comprehensive zoning rules and review process. 

The Grantsburg School District will be providing voluntary COVID-19 testing this year through the WI DHS COVID-19 Testing Program. It was approved at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 23, after Superintendent Joshua Watt and district nurse Kayla Bistram gave the board membe…

The Burnett County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to borrow up to $27-million for the construction of a new public safety facility, after a brief discussion and presentation by County Administrator Nate Ehalt at their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 19.

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a UTV crash on Tower Road in the Town of Swiss at 8:49 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. BCSO deputies, Danbury Fire Department, Wisconsin DNR, St. Croix Tribal Police, Webster Police and North Ambulance responded moments later to the scene, where …

The 144th annual Burnett County Agricultural Fair is taking place at the Grantsburg Fairgrounds this coming weekend, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 26-29. 

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved rate increases for many types of mail, including periodical mailings paid by newspapers and magazines.

The Grantsburg Watercross has some new management, as longtime coordinator Rick Quimby passed the torch to others at last weeks’ village board meeting, held on Monday, Aug. 9.

The man behind the wheel of an SUV that struck and killed Jerald Mechelke of Siren as he crossed the street to save a dog in 2019 has been ordered to serve at least five years in state prison, with another four years of extended supervision upon release.

The Siren Village Board expressed their total support of a proposed multi-unit, multi-building apartment complex being proposed by developers Angela and Ray Robbins of Grantsburg. Ray appeared before the board at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6, where he discussed the housin…