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Welcome to Barron County, Wisconsin
The mission of Barron County government is "To enhance life by providing services in a fiscally progressive manner through leadership, collaboration and innovation, that is responsive to all Barron County citizens."  
Our Vision: "A sustainable, vibrant community."  
Our Values: • Sustainable economic growth and stability through cooperation and integration of services  • A safe place to live and work  • Positive quality of life through transparency between government and citizens  • Diverse recreational opportunities  • Protection of our environmental assets  • Efficient and effective government through a qualified and well trained staff  • Affordable, adequate and accessible health care system  • Collaboration and understanding between departments  • Access to quality educational opportunities that meet the needs of future generations  • Availability of adequate housing  • Dedicated service to the residents of Barron County  
On behalf of the Barron County Board of Supervisors and county staff we welcome you to the Barron County government website.  This website is intended to provide you with a fast, efficient means of accessing information and services provided to the public by Barron County government.  Whether you are visiting our website to find a specific piece of information, or just browsing to find out more about Barron County, I hope you find this website efficient and user-friendly.  

James "Jess" Miller, County Board Chair

What's New?
2018 Community Health Survey
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:40 AM
Use your voice!  Tell us how you feel about health in Barron County.  The results of this survey will be used by hospitals, clinics, public health and community partners to guide discussions and activities to improve health in Barron County.  The survey will close on April 30, 2018. Take the survey at:
Broadband Expansion in Barron County
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
A presentation by Mosaic Telecom CEO Scott Behn to the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the Monday, March 19, 2018 County Board meeting.
Barron County Highway Department Weight Limit Notice
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Effective Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. seasonal weight restrictions on Barron County Highways will be in effect and will remain in effect during the spring thaw.
Department Updates
Friday, March 2, 2018
The Barron County Department Update is now available online.  To view this monthly newsletter in which department heads highlight department accomplishments for the month, or provide information about special projects that are taking place within their departments, select the link below:
Barron County Restorative Justice Program 2017 Annual Report
Friday, March 2, 2018
The work of Barron County Restorative Justice Programs is to respond to conflicts and crimes in Barron County by building new connections between people so they can truly move forward into a better future.
Barron County Master Gardener 2018 Spring Garden Expo
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Barron County Master Gardener Spring Garden Expo will be held at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center in Rice Lake, WI on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Louie Okey and Jeff French Discuss Legislative Initiatives with State Senator Janet Bewley
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Barron County First Vice Chair, Louie Okey and County Administrator, Jeff French, met with State Senator Janet Bewley and Steve Schwerbel, a representative from State Representative Romaine Quinn's office, to discuss legislative initiatives of importance to Barron County.
Barron County Sheriff's Department Annual Report
Friday, January 19, 2018
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald is pleased to present the Barron County Sheriff's Department 2017 Annual Report.
Barron County Emergency Services Annual Report
Friday, January 19, 2018
An update from Barron County Emergency Services, which highlights the completed projects in 2017 and upcoming initiatives for 2018.
Highlights of the November 7, 2017 County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
County Administration Jeff French summarizes actions taken at the Monday, November 6, 2017 County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Scammers Using Barron County Department of Health & Human Services Phone Number
Friday, November 3, 2017
Barron County has become aware of a phone scam in which caller ID shows the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) main phone number, 715-537-5691.
Highlights of the October 16, 2017 County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
County Administrator Jeff French summarizes actions taken by the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the Monday, October 16, 2017 County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Highlights of the September 18, 2017 County Board of Supervisors Meeting.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
County Administrator Jeff French summarizes actions taken at the September 18, 2017 Barron County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Highway Department Fall Work Schedule
Monday, September 11, 2017
The Barron County Highway Department will be undertaking resurfacing projects on CTH SS, CTH D, and CTH TT beginning September 14, 2017.
Bridge Replacement on CTH A
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Replacement of the CTH A bridge over Sioux Creek, in the Town of Sioux Creek, will begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Highlights of the August 21st County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Jeff French, County Administrator, summarizes actions taken by the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the Monday, August 21, 2017 County Board meeting.
WIS 25 Work in Barron County
Monday, August 21, 2017
On Monday, August 21, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to begin an improvement project on WIS 25 between Barron and Ridgeland in Barron County.
West Nile Virus Detected in Barron County Bird
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Barron County Public Health reports a dead crow found in Barron County has tested positive for West Nile virus.  This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Barron County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

Grant Funds Available to Storm Damaged Residential Properties
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources, has released and awarded $1.4 Million in funds to assist eligible owner occupied households to make necessary home repairs or assist in replacing homes destroyed from the May 16-17, 2017 storms.
Work on STH 48 - Update
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Work will continue on STH 48 from STH 25 west to Cumberland on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The work will involve placing a fog seal over the chip seal that was placed on Monday, July 24, 2017.
Barron County Recycling Program
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
An updated map of Barron County Recycling Drop Box Locations is now available.
Updated Storm Recovery Information
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM
Updated list of storm resources including NEW DONATION CENTER ADDRESS and HOURS  (see the Barron County Severe Weather Event Relief Guidance), debris disposal, tips on how to hire good contractors, and DNR resources for landowners with storm damaged woodlands.
Proposed Court Commission Courtroom
Thursday, June 1, 2017
The Justice Center was designed for 2 Circuit Court Judges and one part-time Court Commissioner. In 2008 the Wisconsin Legislature added a 3rd Circuit Court Judge to handle the high caseload in Barron County. With 3 Circuit Court Judges and a Court Commissioner, the current number of courtrooms is unable to accommodate the types of cases being held.
Preserving Pathways: A Neighborhood Conversation Series
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
UW Colleges/UW-Extension are partnering with Northern Wisconsin communities, organizations and government agencies to host a series of three community roundtables—held May 30, May 31 and June 1—that will focus on the topics of education, healthcare and the economy.  County Administrator Jeff French is a panelist at the education roundtable scheduled for May 30.
Public Meeting for US 8 Turtle Lake on May 31
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region will hold a public meeting on the roundabout project in Turtle Lake. This meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Turtle Lake Village Hall, 114 Martin Ave, Turtle Lake, WI 54889.
Storm Transition Information
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:35 PM
Highlights of the May 15, 2017 County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
County Administrator Jeff French summarizes actions taken by the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the Monday, May 15, 2017 County Board meeting.
Waste-to-Energy Plant Management Presentation & Questions - ZAC, Inc.
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:55 AM
At the Monday, May 15th Barron County Board of Supervisors meeting, ZAC, Inc. will present it's responses to the thirty-five questions developed by the County Board regarding management of the Waste-to-Energy Plant.
Pokegama Boat Landing to be Closed for Repairs
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The Pokegama boat landing in the City of Chetek will be closed on Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16 for repairs.
Trends in the Sand Industry
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Representatives of Superior Silica Sands gave a presentation on trends in the sand industry to the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the February 20, 2017 County Board meeting.
Work Zone Awareness
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Barron County Officials Remind Drivers to Drive Safely in Work Zones this Construction Season.
Highlights of the March 20, 2017 County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
County Administrator Jeff French summarizes actions taken by the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the Monday, March 20, 2017 County Board meeting.
Transforming Communities Through Collaboration
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Barron County Restorative Justice Programs 18th Annual Celebration
NEW: Changes in Zoning Permit Process in Shoreland Areas
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Highlights of the February 20, 2017 County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Jeff French, County Administrator, summarizes actions taken at the Monday, February 20, 2017 County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Strong Towns
Friday, February 3, 2017
West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to host Strong Towns events on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
A Short Primer on Barron County "Garbology"
A blog about the Barron County Waste-to-Energy facility by Chetek Mayor, Jeff Martin.
Tourist Rooming House
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tourist Rooming House’s What You Need to Know in Barron County. By Barron County Administrator, Jeff French.
Influenza Immunizations Offered in Barron County Schools
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 3:50 PM
Barron County DHHS- Public Health Programs will be offering free influenza vaccinations at all Barron County Schools this fall.  Parent(s) or Guardian(s) must sign a consent in order for the vaccine to be given.  
Proposed changes to the Barron County Land Use Ordinance, Exclusive Agricultural District (A-1)
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
In 2015-2016 Barron County completed revisions to the Farmland Preservation Plan. Certification of the current Land Use Ordinance as it pertains to the Farmland Preservation Program will expire at the end of 2016.
Aging 101 Learning Session
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Office on Aging vs ADRC.  What's the difference?  How did we get here?  How do we move forward?
No Lost Time Claims in 2015
Friday, July 22, 2016
Barron County is thrilled to announce that for the first time in 13 years, we had no lost time worker's compensation claims in 2015.
Barron County Mailbox Replacement Policy
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Mailboxes are allowed on county highway right-of-way as a matter of convenience to the landowners or occupants, and not as a matter of right.  Mailboxes accidentally damaged in the process of removing snow, mowing the right-of-way, graveling the shoulder, or any other act of maintaining the right-of-way, shall be the landowner’s or occupant’s obligation to repair or replace.
2015 Public Health Annual Report
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The 2015 Barron County Public Health Annual Report Released
Anatomy of Traffic Safety - Barron County
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Learn about Barron County's road network and view statistics for crashes taking place on Barron County roads in a report from the Bureau of Transportation Safety.
It's Time Wisconsin. Just Fix It.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Like other states, Wisconsin has been grappling for more than a decade with transportation revenue insufficient to meet state and local needs. The issue has been studied. Reports have been issued, and recommendations have been put forth. However, no progress has been made toward a long-term funding solution, while Wisconsin falls further behind.
The FAST Act
Update on Surface Transportation Legislation.   A presentation of the National Association of Counties (NACo).
UW-Barron County - Celebrating 50 Years 1966-2016
Friday, December 11, 2015
On Thursday, December 10th, Dr. Dean Yohnk, UW-Barron County Dean and Campus Executive Officer, made his final public presentation to the UW-BC campus and regional community as Dean/CEO.  Select the read more link below to view Dr. Yohnk's  presentation "Fifty Years and Forward: Building Upon UW-BC's Legacy of Success".
Wild Rivers Trail Bridge Formally Dedicated
Wild Rivers Trail bridge near downtown Rice Lake formally dedicated on September 25th.  Dan Thole of the Northern Region Trail Advisory Commission honored for his work on the Wild Rivers Trail bridge.
Thrive Barron County Shows Progress
Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 8:15 AM
Read about progress made on Thrive Barron County's Community Health Improvement Plan.  
State Government Update
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Jon Hochkammer, Outreach Manager - Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) presentation to the Barron County Board of Supervisors on the current make-up of the State Legislature, how a bill becomes law, and trends in County Government.
Kids and Cars
Friday, June 5, 2015
Love Them, Protect Them.  Keep your children safe in and around vehicles.  Safety tips from
State Patrol Laws of the Month
Friday, June 5, 2015
What safety devices are required when towing trailers?
Are traffic citation fines double in work zones?
Are drivers on highways required to make room for merging vehicles?
NR135 Nonmetallic Mining Update - 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
NR135 Nonmetallic Mining Update - 2015 presentation  to the Barron County Board of Supervisors. Presented by David Gifford, Barron County Land Services Director at the May 18, 2015 County Board meeting.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Old fuel from lawn mowers, outboard motors, chainsaws, etc. is collected for disposal at auto repair shops, marinas and through Clean Sweep events.
Encroachment on County Highway Right-Of-Way
Monday, March 23, 2015
Per the Wisconsin State Statutes: Chapter 83.0 “County Highways” and Chapter 86.0 “Miscellaneous Highway Provisions”, notice is hereby given by the Barron County Highway Department to adjacent landowners of the liability for damages related to County Highways and County Highway right-of-way.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Experience. Success.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) presentation to the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the March 16, 2015 County Board meeting. Presented by John Will, WITC College President.
Industrial Sand Mining
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Industrial Sand Mining presentation to the Barron County Board of Supervisors on February 16, 2015. Presented by John Gozdzialski, Secretary's Director of Northern Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Understanding Vaccines
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 9:05 AM
The recent increase in cases of Measles and other vaccine preventable diseases are a result of individuals and families not having good information on the safety of vaccines. Public has created an easy to understand guide on vaccine safety. This resource, which explains the safety and value of vaccines, includes a short video about their history and why they are so important to the health of our communities.
Property Fraud Notification Service
According to the FBI, Property Fraud is the fastest growing white-color crime.  It can be as simple as someone recording a fraudulent document making it look like they now own your home or property.
Presentations to Barron County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
At the Monday, May 19, 2014 County Board meeting the Barron County Board of Supervisors heard the following presentations:
  • Board and Management Roles in County Government
  • WCWRPC (West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) In Review 

Those presentations can be viewed here.

2014 County Health Rankings Released
Monday, April 21, 2014
Barron County is in the middle of the pack according to the annual County Health Rankings released in March by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Barron County Strategic Plan
Friday, April 4, 2014
The Barron County Strategic Planning Work Group has completed development of the 2014-2019 Barron County Strategic Plan.
Public Health Receives NACCHO Accreditation Support Initiative Award
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3:20 PM
 Barron County Public Health was one of 29 health departments accross the nation to receive a National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) grant to support work towards National Public Health Accreditation.
Community Health Assessment and Community Health Plan Released
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM
Thrive Barron County is excited to present Barron County's  Community Health Assessment and Plan.
West Central Wisconsin Economy Overview
Friday, February 15, 2013
West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (WCWRPC) releases 2011-2012 Economy Overview for West Central Wisconsin.
Drought in Barron County?
Friday, January 11, 2013
County Conservationist Tyler Gruetzmacher looked at rainfall data, for sites in and near Barron County, over the past 10 years to see how much of a drought we are in.  The results are rather startling and yet interesting.
Presentations from Industrial Sand and Railroad Companies
CN (Canadian National Railway), Great Northern Sands, Midwest Frac, and Superior Silica Sands presentations to the Barron County Board of Supervisors about industrial sand operations.
Barron County Housing Profile
Monday, June 4, 2012
Housing is one of the central aspects of our communities and households.  It is an essential sector of the U.S. economy and a primary land use in nearly every community.
National Mortgage Settlement
Friday, February 10, 2012
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Governor Scott Walker and Secretary Peter Bildsten announce historic $25 billion multistate mortgage settlement with an estimated $140 million in relief allocated to Wisconsin.
Barron County Population Trends
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
UW-Madison/Extension Department of Community and Environmental Sociology report on population trends for Barron County.
Permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Now available in Barron County
Monday, October 31, 2011
There is a new way to safely dispose of your unused, unwanted or expired medication anytime in Barron County.  The Barron County Sheriff’s department is proud to announce that a Med Return drop box has been installed at the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and is available for residents to drop off unused, expired, or unwanted medications twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
Want to start a new business or grow an existing business?
Monday, September 12, 2011
Barron county Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) provides free consulting services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business.  A new small business start up program has also been created in Barron County called BizStart Barron County. 
Frac Sand Mining and Processing Health Concerns
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Crispin Hayes Pierce, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire presentation to the Barron County Board of Supervisors at the Monday, July 18, 2011 County Board meeting.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
New Requirements Expand Coverage to Most Residential Buildings. One- and two-family dwellings need smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.