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BRANDON BERG, The Herald  

Chi-Hi’s Matt Pomietlo carries the ball in Hudson on Friday night. The Cardinals lost to the hosts 43-13 and will need to beat Menomonie this Friday to make the playoffs.

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Man involved in SWAT incident charged

The man who allegedly threatened a woman with a rifle in Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, Oct. 3 before a SWAT team was deployed to the residence has been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and threatening injury or harm via computer message.

Royce T. McKinney, 45, of St. Louis Park, Minn. will face Judge Steven Gibbs in an initial appearance in Chippewa County Court on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Further details of the incident, in which five people were arrested, were released in court records filed Monday.

According to a criminal complaint:

On Oct. 3, 2017, Officers Dan Downey and Lee Hakes responded to the 800 block of E. Grand Avenue in Chippewa Falls for report of a female who was crying and stated she had been threatened with a gun by a man named “Royce.”

The female was identified as Amanda Berman. Based on prior contacts with residence, officers believed Berman was referring to Royce McKinney.

Berman stated she had been on the porch and wanted to get her things and go back to Eau Claire. Berman stated McKinney was mad and would not let her in the residence and got a “gun.”

She stated McKinney pointed the gun at her two different times and did something like “cocking it” and described that “bullets came out.” Based on Berman’s description of the “gun”, officers determined what she was describing was some sort of rifle.

Berman stated Terrance Newcomb had to push McKinney away from her both times McKinney had pointed the gun at her. Berman advised that McKinney had a “strap” attached to the gun that carried additional bullets.

During the interview Berman received a Facebook message from McKinney that stated “Anybody come here with some **** getting blasted and that’s on the real”.

Berman received additional messages from McKinney asking Berman to return to the residence.

Newcomb was detained leaving the residence and confirmed McKinney had a firearm in the residence. Newcomb stated there was an argument between Berman and McKinney, and he had observed McKinney holding a black hunting rifle and eject ammunition multiple times.

Newcomb stated he heard McKinney threaten Berman multiple times. Newcomb advised he had talked McKinney into putting down the gun, and he and Berman were able to leave the residence.

McKinney was eventually arrested after the SWAT team was called in to assist.

In a post-Miranda interview, McKinney advised he had grabbed an air soft rifle, but denied he had pointed it at Berman.

As of Monday afternoon, no other charges had been filed for the four other arrests made that night: John P. Lovgren, 58, arrested for maintaining a drug trafficking place; Sheila M. Harel, 49, felony bail jumping; Terrance D. Newcomb, 47, misdemeanor and felony bail jumping and possession of methamphetamine; and Andrew R. Sovereign, 40, obstructing an officer and an Eau Claire County warrant over child support, according to a police log item.



The Chippewa Falls Senior High School Marching Cardinals perform “In the Wind,” a show inspired by a Bob Dylan song, on Saturday at Dorais Field.

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Country Fest 2018 will feature Aldean, Gilbert

Country Fest 2018 will feature country musicians Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert, public relations manager Abby Maliszewski announced Monday. The event will also transition from a four-day festival to three days in 2018.

Festival tickets will be temporarily available for a lower price beginning Friday.

The presale will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, with a “limited quantity of three-day general admission tickets on sale for $99.” The ticket price will be raised to $119 after the presale.

Country Fest 2018, held in Cadott on County Highway S, will run from June 21—23. The festival’s length was downsized after a fan survey revealed over 75% of attendees said they would prefer a three-day festival instead of four days as a tradeoff for lower ticket prices, Maliszewski said.

“Tickets at this low price are limited and expected to sell out quickly, since they’re the lowest of the season,” Maliszewski said.

A full lineup of 2018 performers will be released at a later date. Tickets can be purchased at


This file photo of Chippewa Falls Fire Station No. 1 is from Thursday, June 22, 2017. 

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Jake Leinenkugel joins Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame

On Thursday, Jake Leinenkugel will be inducted into the Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame on Thursday at a Milwaukee awards show.

Leinenkugel will be recognized for his work for the Chippewa Falls brewing company.

Leinenkugel retired as president of the company in 2014, and in Jan. 2017, was appointed as senior White House advisor to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C.

“Leinenkugel transformed beer advertising by using the art of storytelling before it became a mandatory part of branding. Leinenkugel tapped into his family recipes for beer – and a penchant for homespun humor and keeping it real – to create a beer brand that’s the stuff of legends,” a Monday press release said. “With his “Letters to Jake” radio campaign, the Northwoods of Wisconsin became about as cool a place as there was. And Jake became the guy you wanted to sit down and have a beer with. He was more than happy to oblige.”

The Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame, established in 2012, honors “the people and work that broke new ground and helped shape our reputation as a surprising hotbed for advertising talent (even though our average annual temperature is a chilly 56 degrees),” a press release said.

Two Milwaukee advertising agency founders, Michael Voss of BVK and Bob Meyer of Meyer-Wallis, will be honored alongside Leinenkugel Thursday. The award is part of the United Adworkers Milwaukee 99 Awards Show.