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Family home of Jayme Closs demolished

The bank that owns the house near Barron had it demolished Tuesday after consulting with relatives about the property.

Volunteers needed for cleanup  Leader-Telegram

Barron County authorities are seeking volunteers to help on Friday and Saturday to clean up debris from the severe weather that hit the county last week.

Whitmore, Ellefson named to Golden Bear Hall of Fame  News-shield

Publishers Note: This event, originally planned for Anderson Park, has been moved to Pioneer Village Museum, located between Barron and Cameron on ...

Man who abducted girl, shot her parents moved to New Mexico  La Crosse Tribune

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents in northern Wisconsin has been moved to a prison in New Mexico.

UPDATE: Elizabeth Smart event moved to Barron High School  WEAU

The community of Barron is looking to move forward following the Jayme Closs case with the help of survivor and child safety activist Elizabeth Smart.

Barron High School posts Honor Roll | Free News  News-shield

High Honor Roll. Grade 9. Anisa Adan, Samuel Baumgard, Dylan Bechard, Audrey Bigler, Mercedes Conyers, Allison Coss, Elyssa Daniels, Chance Dexter, ...

Missing Barron County girl found alive, suspect in custody, Sheriff's Department says

A Wisconsin teenager missing for nearly three months after her parents were killed in the family home was found alive barely an hour's drive away, by a woman ...

Barron Area School District faculty ecstatic for Jayme's safe return  WQOW TV News 18

Barron County (WQOW) – The Barron Area School District is focusing on recovery, just as 13-year-old Jayme Closs' family is. The school district has played a ...

As Barron catches its breath after Jayme Closs return, gratitude mixes with wariness  Green Bay Press Gazette

Despite the grim allegations against Jake Patterson, residents in all corners of Barron County celebrated Jayme's return.

Elizabeth Smart Speaking In Barron About Jayme Closs Abduction  Wisconsin Public Radio News

National child-victim advocate Elizabeth Smart will speak in Barron on Friday about how the community can support Jayme Closs after she escaped the man ...

Video: Watch Wisconsin Legislature honor kidnapping victim Jayme Closs

Wisconsin lawmakers presented Jayme Closs with the “Hometown Hero” award and gave her a standing ovation this week during one of the few public ...

Official: Jayme Closs' kidnapper not cooperating on sentence

BARRON — Authorities say a Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is refusing to cooperate in his ...

Celebration and benefit honoring Jayme Closs to be held in Barron  WEAU

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- A celebration with food and music commemorating the safe return of Barron teen, Jayme Closs will be held the first Saturday of May.

May 4 fundraiser for Jayme Closs; Home remodeling project  News-shield

Financing a remodeling project at the home of Jayme Closs' aunt and uncle is the main goal of a fundraiser and celebration planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, ...

Jayme Closs: Jake Patterson remains afterthought for Barron residents  Green Bay Press Gazette

Despite Jake Patterson's guilty plea to kidnapping Jayme and murdering her parents, he remains an afterthought to Barron residents.

Barron native, Wold, named to BHS Hall of Fame  News-shield

Elliot Wold, a 1948 graduate of Barron High School, will be enshrined in the Golden Bears Seeking Dreams Hall of Fame during a ceremony prior to the school's ...

Army of searchers assemble in Barron County in hunt for missing girl  Chippewa Herald

BARRON — An army of searchers heeded the call Tuesday for volunteers and helped law enforcement hunt for evidence that Wisconsin authorities hope leads ...

Alexandra Geeza | Obituaries  Leader-Telegram

Alexandra E. Geeza, a U.S Navy veteran and registered nurse, died Tuesday, July 23, at her home in Pleasant Prairie following a six-year struggle with ...

Elizabeth Smart event to move to bigger venue in Barron

BARRON, Wis. — She has personally walked the painful path a Wisconsin community is on, and now Elizabeth Smart is coming to Barron to lend insight and ...

Suspect ordered to stand trial on charges of kidnapping, murder in Jayme Closs case

A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, telling his family, "I love you," ...

Wisconsin town holds vigil for Jayme Closs; search set for morning  Star Tribune

Sheriff has asked for 2000 volunteers to search the area Tuesday, and identified cars of interest in the investigation.

Authorities examine cellphone of man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs

Wisconsin authorities have examined call logs, photos and videos stored on the cellphone of the man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her ...

Tree of Hope event for Jayme Closs | Free News  News-shield

By Bob Zientara. More than eight weeks after the shooting deaths of her parents, missing Barron 13-year-old Jayme Closs will be remembered tonight at an ...

Jayme Closs: What to know about Elizabeth Smart before Barron event  Green Bay Press Gazette

Smart will hold a town hall at the Barron High School gym Friday, more than two months after Jayme Closs escaped her accused captor.

Timeline of events: The story of Jayme Closs' abduction and rescue

Here's a look back of the events that occurred during the entire case.

Barron County sheriff calls for 2000 volunteers to look for missing 13-year-old girl  Chippewa Herald

Authorities on Monday called for 2000 volunteers to help in a ground search for clues in the disappearance of a Wisconsin girl whose parents were gunned ...

After 88 days of horror, how Jayme Closs and her small town of Barron can heal  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After the murder of her parents, 88 days in captivity and an escape that drew the attention of the nation, how does a 13-year-old begin to heal? And how does a ...

Family of missing Barron County teen Jayme Closs: 'We will never stop looking for you'  Chippewa Herald

BARRON — The family of Jayme Closs broke its silence at a news conference Wednesday, looking into a sea of media cameras to tell the 13-year-old, “We will ...

Gathering offers hope for Barron teen missing since parents were killed

Hundreds of people attended a gathering Wednesday evening in Barron to light a "tree of hope" for Jayme Closs, who hasn't been seen since before her parents ...

Hundreds turn out to remember parents of missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs  Chippewa Herald

CAMERON — Heavy fog rolled into Barron County on Saturday, a fitting backdrop for the latest scene in a grim mystery.

Feb. 19 primary vote for at-large council position  News-shield

By Bob Zientara. Voters throughout the city of Barron will be eligible to cast ballots Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in what may be the most unusual (if not unique) ...

Jayme Closs, Wisconsin teen missing since October, found alive: A timeline of events  Fox News

The mysterious disappearance of Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs, who went missing after her parents were brutally murdered inside their Barron home, plagued ...

New Location: Elizabeth Smart set to speak in Wisconsin on Closs rescue  WQOW TV News 18

Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart is scheduled to speak in northwestern Wisconsin next week to help the region cope with a high-profile double ...

Communities of Barron, Ladysmith come together for special hoops game  WEAU

During prep sports, teams from Barron mostly wear maroon and teams from Ladysmith usually don purple. For a girls' basketball showdown Friday night ...

Ground search scaled back for missing Barron girl whose parents were slain

Wisconsin authorities are scaling back their ground search for a missing 13-year-old girl whose parents were shot dead, saying Wednesday that their ...

Introduce eight new school staff members; Barron Area School District  News-shield

The new school term begins in the Barron Area School District with eight new members of school staff and/or faculty.

After seven-month nightmare, Barron feels a sense of finality

The people of Barron can move forward after Jake Patterson was sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Kidnapping victim Jayme Closs thanks well-wishers for support

Jayme Closs was taken in October in an attack that included the shotgun slayings of her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home. A 21-year-old ...

Kidnap victim Jayme Closs honored by Wisconsin lawmakers

A teenager who was held prisoner in a Wisconsin cabin for three months before escaping her abductor is being honored by state lawmakers.

Former mayor to hit first drive at K9 Memorial Golf Tourney  News-shield

Retired Barron Area School District teacher (and former city Mayor) Dave Vruwink will hit the ceremonial first drive at the ninth annual Barron Police K9 Memorial ...

With small-town Wisconsin charm, and talent, Chris Kroeze is a rising star on 'The Voice'  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The 27-year-old country artist, a star on Blake Shelton's team on the NBC show, has made it to the final 13.

Sheriff to provide update next week on case of missing girl whose parents were slain

BARRON — Authorities in Barron in northwestern Wisconsin are planning to provide an update next week on their investigation into the apparent abduction of a ...

Gifts, support pour in for Jayme Closs after teen's escape from Jake Thomas Patterson home  Green Bay Press Gazette

Support for the 13-year-old has exploded since she fled a Douglas County home where she had been held for 88 days.

'This is for Barron': Chris Kroeze dedicates song to Jayme Closs on NBC show  Chippewa Herald

For those who watched NBC's "The Voice" on Monday night, chances are they didn't get through Chris Kroeze's performance of "Let It Be" with dry eyes.

Life changes brings new owners to eatery; Seasons Cafe now open for business  News-shield

By Bob Zientara. Dana Trott had “no past restaurant experience (and had) never waitressed a day in my life” when she began to think about buying Susie's Café ...

FBI examining more video in search for Wisconsin girl missing since parents were killed

The FBI is examining additional surveillance video taken from an expanded area around the Wisconsin home where a couple was shot and killed and their ...

UPDATE: Total in for Jayme Closs fundraiser  WEAU

The Community of Barron celebrates Jayme Closs' return, while also raising funds for her new guardians.

Mentors sought for school program | Free News  News-shield

A program that pairs Barron Area School District students with adult mentors is publishing an advertisement in this week's News-Shield, inviting area residents to ...

Review: Television show about the Jayme Closs case tells a powerful story  Ashland Daily Press

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is awed and impressed with Jayme Closs and her courageous escape from captivity after 88 days of being held hostage in ...

Lifetime show about Jayme Closs case, featuring Elizabeth Smart, tells powerful story  La Crosse Tribune

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is awed and impressed with Jayme Closs and her courageous escape from captivity after 88 days of being held hostage in ...

Want to donate to Jayme Closs? There are legitimate ways, but be wary  Appleton Post Crescent

Calling Sterling Bank and referencing the Closs Family Benefit Fund is one option.

Closs coming home celebration May 4  News-shield

By Bob Zientara. When friends of Bob and Jennifer Smith host an event at Barron High School Saturday, May 4, 2019, it won't be just a fundraiser. In fact ...

Missing Wisconsin girl's family faces painful holiday season

Detectives have pursued more than 2300 leads, watched dozens of surveillance videos and spent countless hours searching for Jayme Closs, trying to figure ...

Sentencing brings end to Barron's tragedy | Top Stories  Chetekalert

Heightened security is expected and another media blitz is in store for the community of Barron as a court hearing is set for Friday afternoon, May 24, ...

Jayme Closs documentary to feature Elizabeth Smart  WKOW

BARRON COUNTY (WQOW) – The story of Jayme Closs' abduction and escape will be featured on national television and include new, exclusive interviews.

Lifetime promises 'new details' in documentary on Jayme Closs abduction  Chippewa Herald

A new television documentary about Jayme Closs' abduction and escape promises to reveal “new details” and include “exclusive interviews” with key players.

Jayme Closs: The night of the killings, from the dispatch log  East Bay Times

The night Jayme Closs disappeared and her parents were killed is detailed in a dispatch log released by the sheriff's office in Barron County, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin community supports local singer ahead of "The Voice" audition  WMTV

The City of Barron is decked with signs that read one name, Chris Kroeze. The support comes ahead of the local singer's national television debut on NBC's ...

Barron District welcomes new teachers | Free News  News-shield

A dozen people will be in new faculty positions for the Barron Area School District when the academic year begins next week.

Barron musician Kroeze entertains at Jayme Closs' middle school  News-shield

Barron celebrity musician Chris Kroeze's appearance at two school concerts was planned long before a double murder and abduction completely changed the ...

Barron community supports local singer ahead of "The Voice" audition  WEAU

The City of Barron is decked with signs that read one name, Chris Kroeze. The support comes ahead of the local singer's national television debut on NBC's ...

'Jayme is still Jayme': Abduction survivors offer advice as Wisconsin teen recovers  Green Bay Press Gazette

Alicia Kozakiewicz and Lily Rose Lee were held captive and tortured. They have thoughts about how Jayme Closs can heal.

BHS production: 'Little Shop of Horrors' | Free News  News-shield

Barron High School's Music Department will present a sci-fi, floral love story in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Lifetime network documentary on Jayme Closs promises 'new details'  Chippewa Herald

Lifetime will soon telecast a 90-minute documentary about Jayme Closs, with fellow abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart conducting “exclusive interviews with ...

'Our collective promise was fulfilled': Jayme Closs found alive; 21-year-old man arrested in disappearance  Chippewa Herald

BARRON — Kidnapped 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been reunited with an aunt and is working on recovering.

Elizabeth Smart: Let Jayme Closs find her own way  Ashland Daily Press

BARRON — The best advice Elizabeth Smart had for the Barron community is to leave Jayme Closs alone as she gets adjusted to being home again.“As Jayme ...

Chris Kroeze dedicates song to missing Jayme Closs on "The Voice"  WMTV

Barron-native Chris Kroeze dedicated his performance on 'The Voice' Monday night to 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Twelve FCCLA members qualify for state | Free News  News-shield

Members of the Barron High School and Riverview Middle School FCCLA (Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America) chapter went to the University of ...

Finish performers visit Barron, enjoy dinner at Somali restaurant  News-shield

The Barron Area School District music department had the honor of hosting “Kardemimmit,” a four-member group of professional musicians, for three ...

Strawberry Festival, Quilt Show at Museum | Free News  News-shield

The Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum is hosting its annual strawberry festival and quilt show on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, ...

Principal announces June 30 retirement | Free News  News-shield

Kirk Haugestuen, principal for the past 25 years at Barron High School, retired unexpectedly on May 25, 2017, according to information submitted to the Barron ...

Wendell Frisinger | Free News  News-shield

Wendell P. Frisinger, 56, of Barron, Wis., passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Wendell was born March 8, 1962, to Donald and Sandra (Wavada) Frisinger of ...

Lifetime plans documentary on Jayme Closs | Front Page  Leader-Telegram

A new television documentary about Jayme Closs' abduction and escape promises to reveal “new details” and include “exclusive interviews” with key players.

Barron Homecoming events start Sunday | Free News  News-shield

New kinds of class competitions, souvenir shirts and – for the first time in a long time – a dance held away from Barron High School, are blending together to.

Esther Skjerly | Obituaries  Leader-Telegram

On August 6, 1927, a feisty, stubborn Norwegian girl named Esther Rasmussen was born the 11th child to Erick and Anna Mathilda (Pederson) Rasmussen in ...

'Relay' honorary chair uses faith, fight, family, friends to battle cance  News-shield

By Bob Zientara. For 36 and one-half years -- 25 of them as a supervisor -- Barron native Vicki Cole worked at what's now known as the Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Recognize Students On A Roll at BHS | Free News  News-shield

Students on a Roll (SOAR) have been nominated by teachers at Barron High School for the months of October and November, according to Carrie Amundson, ...

'Kroeze' control just fine for 'Voice' star; 'I've done some song writing before, but this is going to give me more time to focus on it'  News-shield

By Bob Zientara. Chris Kroeze's public relations firm emailed a story to news outlets last week, announcing that the runner-up on NBC TV's “The Voice” would ...

Morgan Davis Hall of Fame Inductee | Free News  News-shield

Morgan Davis, a 1999 graduate of Barron High School, has been named a Barron Golden Bears Reaching Their Dreams Hall of Fame inductee.

'Somali 101' event well attended | Free News  News-shield

By Bob Zientara. The word on the projection screen was “Fican.” The phonetic pronunciation next to it was “FEE-yan.” And yet, when Isaak Mohamed actually ...

Talent show was a huge success | Free News  News-shield

Nineteen acts from six regional school districts, combined with a total attendance in excess of 350 people, combined to make a success of a talent show hosted ...

Community invited to Somali cultural event | Free News  News-shield

There's a white board in Kim Frandsen's classroom at Barron High School that has a pretty nice offer written on it.

Barron graduate new owner of Poskin tavern | Free News  News-shield

Almena accountant Pam Dowd kept the books for Doug Peterson, former owner of Coach Bar & Grill, Poskin, for 20 years.

New book recounts history of 'The Park Falls Line'  Ashland Daily Press

Arlyn Colby's interest in western Wisconsin railroad history has resulted in “The Park Falls Line,” his fifth book in a series about local abandoned branch line ...

Barron High School wins Schools Rule! contest  WEAU

A love of reading is something many develop while in school, and one local teacher wants more books to help that love grow within his students.

Lifetime to show documentary this month about Jayme Closs  La Crosse Tribune

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A new television documentary about Jayme Closs' abduction and escape promises to reveal “new details” and include “exclusive ...

Coach with big heart honored Monday | Free News  News-shield

Former Barron High School wrestling coach and community volunteer Jim Richie, a recent Wall of Fame inductee at Barron High School, was the center of ...

Multi-purpose event barn seats 270  News-shield

When Barron High School students held their annual Homecoming Dance Saturday night, Oct. 7, the event was held at The Church Barn in the town of Barron ...

Barron's Josh Balts returns to serve community  WEAU

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- A former Barron High School three-sport athlete and Wisconsin Badgers football player is back in northwest Wisconsin giving back ...

Eugene Bilse | Obituaries  Leader-Telegram

Eugene “Gene” Bilse, age 69 of Ridgeland, WI passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at MCHS-Barron surrounded by his loving family.

Fundraiser for Jayme Closs family surpasses goal  FOX 25/48 -

A community fundraiser and celebration of the safe return of Jayme Closs surpassed expectations over the weekend.

Video features Barron Somali students | Free News  News-shield

A University of Wisconsin-Stout professor, who spent six weeks in Barron last spring, has produced a 14-minute video about the district's population of Somali ...

Terrified for your kids after Jayme Closs kidnapping? Here's how to react  Chippewa Herald

When Sarah Stech-Carlson learned the details of Jayme Closs' abduction and escape from her captor, the Plymouth, Minn., mother immediately told her ...

Almena man charged after terrorizing woman in bed  News-shield

A woman asleep in bed on the night of Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, claimed a man came into her home, held her by the throat threatened to kill her and.

Communities plan Memorial Day observances | Free News  News-shield

Four communities in the News-Shield circulation area will observe Memorial Day next Monday, May 29, 2017, with a variety of ceremonies, speeches, musical ...

New machine will groom cross-country ski trails in Barron County  Leader-Telegram

RICE LAKE — Though it's a silent sport, cross-country skiing needs the whirring of whining of engines to keep skiers in stride.

Military police officer applies for duty in Africa  News-shield

While flags are raised and rifles are fired in salute across Barron County next Tuesday, Nov. 11, to honor yet another Veterans Day, a “veteran of the future” will ...

The Church Barn is 'something old, something new' | Front Page  Leader-Telegram

BARRON — Jeff Church's 55th birthday a few years ago caused him and his wife, Billie, to pause and take a closer look at what they might do after retirement.

Eatery marks its 30th anniversary; Maxine's Restaurant | Free News  News-shield

In December 1987, Maxine Smith took over a restaurant that had gone out of business, on South Main Street, in Rice Lake.

Madison police identify man pulled from Lake Mendota  WKOW

The Madison Police Department released photos of the man officers and firefighters pulled from Lake Mendota early Friday morning. The Madison Police ...

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