After an outpouring of resident concerns, an improved measure for pedestrian safety is in now in the Itasca neighborhood in Superior. The newly installed RRFB or flashing pedestrian crossing is located at 52nd Ave. East in Itasca.
A federal judge has struck down early-voting restrictions enacted by Wisconsin Republicans in a lame-duck legislative session last year. The judge ruled that the restrictions violate injunctions he issued in 2016 invalidating similar early-voting limits.
A fatal house fire in Price County in Wisconsin resulted in the death of a 4-year-old child Saturday. Emergency responders were unable to get access to the inside of the home because it was fully engulfed when they arrived on scene. The fire is under investigation.
21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents, is due to make his first court appearance. Investigators believe Patterson broke into James and Denise Closs' home near Barron in October, gunned the couple down and abducted Closs.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a press conference Friday that Jayme “is as well as circumstances allow." Closs was medically cleared from a Duluth hospital Friday. She is expected to reunite with family soon.