Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department

Right now, more than 45-percent of Lincoln County’s population has gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fewer than 350 teens under the of 18 have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine in Lincoln County.

The County Health Department is hoping the Youth Night Vaccination Clinic Thursday night will help bring that number up.

It’s with the Pfizer Vaccine, which is the only one approved for 12- to 15-year-olds.

It means that teens can get their first shot now, their second shot in August, and have full immunity by the time school starts.

What started as an attempted traffic stop in Lincoln County led to three stolen cars and an arrest in Southwest Minnesota.

Officers attempted to pull over a man for an equipment violation last Wednesday, but he sped off.

Then the man crashed his vehicle and ran off.

He is suspected of stealing two vehicles, one of which was found in Adams County near where a third vehicle was stolen.

That vehicle, and the suspect, were then found hundreds of miles away near Worthington, Minnesota when Nobles County officers finally arrested him.


A manure spill on a farm in Lincoln County has led to a fish kill in Devil Creek.

Wednesday night, the DNR was notified of manure running off a field into Devil Creek southwest of Merrill.

The DNR is now assisting with the investigation.

The source of the spill was an open value on a manure pit at a medium-sized dairy operation.

The DNR still doesn’t know the full scope of the spill.

It’s working with the farm and other agencies to get answers.

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Update: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Amber Boyd in connection with the death of her child. 

Boyd's arrest is the second made in connection with the case.

Boyd was picked up Wednesday during a traffic stop in Merrill.


The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after a six-month investigation into the death of a child.  

Police arrested Cody Robertson, 25, Wednesday morning in Merrill. He’s facing a charge of child neglect, causing death.

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A woman was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the Wisconsin township of Schley. 


The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says the 69-year-old woman was operating an ATV near the Prairie River in northern Wisconsin on Friday.


She was attempting to maneuver the vehicle near an embankment, but drove the vehicle into the river.


The woman was found downstream a short distance from the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.


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After two Lincoln county deputies chased separate vehicles in Merrill early this morning, a man was arrested on charges of felony fleeing and felony bail jumping.

Two other suspects have yet to be found, and an investigation is ongoing.

The Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office said a pursuit began when a patrol deputy found three suspicious cars at a storage unit.

When the deputy approached, the cars fled, prompting the deputy to chase one vehicle and call for backup.

Another deputy found and chased one of the other cars.


The Lincoln County Health Department is reporting 100 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine have gone to waste.

It happened on Friday. The Health Department said a vial of the vaccine was not properly prepared, so they are not able to use it.

“We know how important each vaccine is to our community. It is just as important to our staff", said Shelley Hersil, Health Officer for Lincoln County. "Our staff is heartbroken over this error. We have worked very hard to not have any vaccine wasted and will continue to do so. We have taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again."

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Lincoln County Sheriff Ken Schneider is crediting the K9 Nina and her handler Deputy Sam Steckbauer for helping save the life of an Irma woman.

Police were called to a home in the Town of Skanawan Thursday afternoon for a report of a missing woman.

K9 Nina was called in and quickly tracked the woman through the woods near the home.

The Sheriff’s Office said the Irma woman had severe injuries.

She was transported by paramedics to a nearby landing zone where she was airlifted by Life Link III Helicopter to the trauma center.


Lincoln County will be opening some of its snowmobile trails this Friday, February 5.  

Most of Zone 1 trails will open at 8:00 in the morning. There are few exceptions.

Zone 1 Trails remaining closed are as follows: Portions of Trail 86 and Corridor 19 that are located south of Highway 86. Also, Corridor 17 south of the Park and Ride at intersection #30 remains closed. The Hiawatha Trail in Tomahawk from SARA Park north to the Lincoln/Oneida County line which is already open, will remain open.

Zone 1 is the northern half of Lincoln County.

Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest

The earth’s climate is changing. Since the 1880s, the global average surface temperature has increased by approximately two degrees Fahrenheit. Nineteen of the 20 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2001.

Wisconsin is seeing a direct impact of that, according to the Wisconsin Climate Change Task Force Report.

Lincoln County reported its first death from COVID-19 Monday afternoon.

The county health department said the person was in their 30s and had underlying health conditions.

As of Friday, Lincoln County reported 67 positive cases of COVID-19.

5/3/2020 UPDATE:

Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a seventh person in Oneida County has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection or (COVID-19). The individual is in their 80’s and has a history of travel outside of the community. The individual has been hospitalized. County health officials are working to determine how the individual may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the person has been in contact.


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Near the end of his 35-minute State of the State speech on Wednesday night, Gov. Tony Evers looked into the gallery and asked a Merrill-area man to stand.

“In 2017, Hans, who is a dairy farmer and Lincoln County board supervisor, introduced a resolution supporting nonpartisan redistricting, kicking off a trend across our state,” Evers said.

A moment later, Evers announced he would form a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw new legislative maps after this year’s census is complete.

A fire Thursday morning in the town of Harrison, Lincoln county destroyed a home. Traffic had to be detoured for seven hours.

The Lincoln County Sheriff reports a garage along State Highway 17 Rhinelander was on fire about 4:15 this morning. The attached home had caught fire when authorities arrived to put out the blaze. The family escaped the burning structure with no injuries. Fire units from the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican, Russell and the city of Rhinelander fought the blaze.

Highway 17 returned to normal traffic about noon.

Large Public Response To Lincoln Co. Puppy Mill

Dec 24, 2013

Lincoln County humane society officials are thanking the community for their support as they handle the puppy mill situation.

Fifty-six adult dogs and puppies were surrendered Saturday to the Lincoln County Humane Society and workers have been scrambling to find places to put them all. Board president Patrick Hoerstmann says the community response has been amazing. "Right now we just have an overwhelming outpouring of support from the public. It's finally slowing down a little bit. It's been a constant stream of people, I've never seen our parking lot so full."