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Lloyd S. Nyre Jr.

Lloyd S. Nyre Jr., 78, of Chippewa Falls died suddenly Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at his residence.

Lloyd was born Sept. 18, 1939, in Bennett Valley, the son of Lloyd S. and Tracy (Sather) Nyre, Sr. He had worked at the Northern Center for the Developmentally Disabled for 40+ years.

During high school, he participated in the ROTC for the Navy and served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 14, 1958 to Aug. 17, 1960.

Lloyd married Betty Borseth in 1965 and they later divorced, he then married Lois (Kurtz) Johnson May 5, 1984 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls.

He was a member of Notre Dame Church.

Lloyd took pride in his grandchildren, and enjoyed working in his yard and flowers, was an avid Packers fan and enjoyed motorcycle riding.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Lois; one son, Jeffrey (Lona) Nyre of Thief River, Minn.; one daughter, Julie (fiancé, Tony Sbaraggia) Martinez of Eleva; two stepsons, Richard (Sharmin) Johnson and Willy (Kris) Johnson both of Chippewa Falls; one stepdaughter, Jodi (Josh) Fasbender of Cornell; three sisters, Julie (George) Benning of Mondovi, Dorothy “Che Che” Eberhardt of Eau Claire and Diane Wathke of Hudson, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and his dog, Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, John Eberhardt and Charli Wathke; and one great-grandson, Peyton Rivers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Notre Dame Church in Chippewa Falls. The Rev. Jesse Burish will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. There will be a Christian vigil service at 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Family and friends may express condolences online at

Raymond Miller

BLOOMER — Raymond Miller, of Bloomer died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2017. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Bloomer. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Olson Funeral Home, Bloomer.

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Open bottles seal fate of one driver in Chippewa Falls

On the passenger side of the vehicle Angelo J. Nye was driving, a Chippewa Falls Police officer saw an open bottle of an alcoholic malt beverage and another open bottle of a whiskey.

“I’m sorry. I’m drunk,” Nye told an officer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Chippewa County Court on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Then in the middle of testing, Nye allegedly said: “Arrest me. I’m drunk.”

Nye, 44, of Chippewa Falls is charged with intoxicated driving fifth offense in Chippewa Falls on Oct. 5. He had been convicted of intoxicated driving in Hawaii in 1998, 1999, 2011 and 2013, according to court records.

Nye’s latest case will be heard by Judge Steve Gibbs. Nye is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.

According to the criminal complaint:

A vehicle driven by Nye left a parking lot and went on West River Street. The vehicle pulled completely off the road to a south side road shoulder, re-entered the road and crossed the center line. The vehicle later traveled on the eastbound fog line while the rest of the vehicle traveled in a ditch.

Nye’s preliminary breath test registered at 0.30 percent, more than three times the 0.08 percent standard has for first time intoxicated drivers.

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Railroad agency looks at safety crossings in Chippewa Falls, Lake Hallie

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Railroads is investigating whether Union Pacific railroad crossings in Lake Hallie, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire are adequate for safety.

The agency is looking at grade crossings on Main Street and Pumphouse Road in Chippewa Falls, along with 40th Avenue (Pederson Road) in Lake Hallie. Other Union Pacific crossings being examined are on Starr Avenue, Eddy Lane, Melby Stret and Hogarth Street in the city of Eau Claire.

Documents about the investigation are available at:" target="_blank"> Enter the code: 9040-RX-1341 in a box that’s labeled “Quick Single Docket Search.”

Anyone wishing to become a party to the investigation, called an intervenion, can file a request through the website and clicking on ERF Upload Documents link on the left side of the page. Then on the next page, log on if you are a registered Electronic Records user. If you need help, call (608) 261-8521 or visit:

Or mail a request to intervene to: Docket 9040-RX-1341 Intervention Request, Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, PO Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-07854.

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Two former Cornell workers face felony misconduct charges

Two former City of Cornell workers each face four felony counts of misconduct in office and four misdemeanor charges of theft of movable property in Chippewa County Court.

John E. Westaby, 56, of Cornell is scheduled to appear before Judge Steve Gibbs at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Brandon J. Larson, 35, of Holcombe is scheduled to go before Judge Steven Cray at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office: Cornell city Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer David DeJongh contacted the sheriff’s office on Sept. 26 about a theft of city-owned property, possibly by two city employees. City-owned property was recovered during the investigation.

The city of Cornell issued this statement: “We suspected thievery in the Public Works Department, so we contacted an outside agency, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office. Their investigation confirmed our suspicions. John Westaby admitted to stealing from the city. He has been terminated. Another employee, Brandon Larson, assisted John. He also has been terminated.”

Defendant makes sure he tells deputies he's been a soldier

At first, Andrew B. Ferris was kind after the vehicle he was driving was pulled over by a Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the town of Wheaton on Oct. 10.

A criminal complaint said Ferris, 33, of Chippewa Falls admitted being drunk. “Just arrest me and do what you need to do,” Ferris told the deputy, the complaint said.

But after Ferris’ preliminary alcohol breath test registered at 0.16 percent, twice the legal level for first-time intoxicated driving in Wisconsin, things didn’t go as smoothly.

The complaint filed Thursday in Chippewa County Court said when he was arrested, Ferris questioned how two sheriff’s deputies at the scene felt about arresting a veteran who fought for the U.S. overseas. He also questioned how the deputies could live with themselves or sleep.

Instead of napping, the deputies checked records and found Ferris had been convicted of intoxicated driving in 2006 and twice in 2008.

In the latest incident, Ferris is charged with intoxicated driving fourth offense. He signed a $2,500 signature bond. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Steven Gibbs at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.

According to the complaint:

A deputy followed the vehicle Ferris was driving on County F. The Ferris vehicle traveled at speeds up to 74 mph, then 70 and later slowed to 50 mph. The deputy said the Ferris vehicle crossed the center line of the road, came back into the lane, crossed the fog line and returned to the lane.

Ferris said he had “two beers.” Ferris was restricted to having a blood alcohol content of no more than 0.02 percent.

Police-Sheriff calls: Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10

Law enforcement and emergency response agencies in Chippewa County responded to the following calls:

Thursday, Nov. 9

3:39 am. Burglary, 1100 block of Priddy St., Bloomer.

11:03 a.m. Structure fire on roof, 475 Chippewa Mall Drive, Chippewa Falls. Small fire was extinguished by 11:09 a.m.

1:15 p.m. Fraud, 4000 block of County K, Chippewa Falls.

4:08 p.m. Lake Hallie Police were informed that Eau Claire Police recovered a stolen vehicle. Reported from 700 block of 2nd Ave., Eau Claire.

4:19 p.m. Retail theft, Gordy’s Market, 212 Bay St., Chippewa Falls.

6:10 p.m. Vehicle break-in when vehicle broke down, Highway 29 westbound/west of 90th St., Chippewa Falls.

11:41 p.m. Intoxicated driving, West River St., Chippewa Falls. Derek S. Decker, 24, was cited for intoxicated driving first offense.

Friday, Nov. 10

12:47 a.m. Fight between two men, 1700 block of County OO, Lake Hallie.

8:43 a.m. Gas drive off, $99.90, River Country Co-op, 11403 County M, New Auburn. The vehicle described as an older black extended cab pickup with a back window broken out and no rear license plate.

10:16 a.m. Insulation truck on fire, 832 S. Main St., Chippewa Falls. Fire extinguished at 10:31 a.m.

3:55 p.m. Theft, 7700 block of 178th St., Chippewa Falls.

4:17 p.m. Damage to residence, 1500 block of Martin Road, Bloomer.

4:47 p.m. Retail theft, Gordy’s Market, 212 Bay St., Chippewa Falls.

5:30 p.m. Domestic, 13000 block of 89th Ave., Chippewa Falls. Lori A. Peterson, 49, arrested. No charge specified.

Mary E. Sharp

Mary E. Sharp, 76, of the town of Lafayette, Chippewa Falls, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at the Chippewa Manor surrounded by family and under the care of Mayo Clinic Home Health and Hospice.

She was born Jan. 16, 1941, in Eau Claire to Axel and Alice (Phillips) Hanson. She grew up in Lake Hallie and graduated from Chippewa Falls High School.

Mary married Elmer W. Sharp in 1964 at Hallie United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and took care of their children until they started school. She then worked part time at various businesses including Kmart and Prange Way.

Mary loved spending time with her family and was very active in her church. She taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, and helped prepare funeral lunches for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Elmer; daughter, Susan (Neal) Ziller of New Richmond, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Rachael, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Joshua, Elizabeth, Joseph, Clare, and Caleb Ziller all of New Richmond; two great-grandchildren, Lincoln Hall and Alayah Hartman; sisters, Bernadine Gilles of Peyson, Ariz. and Francis Arnold of Eau Claire; brother, Wayne (Nona) Hanson of Eau Claire; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jason; brother, Bill (Helen) Hanson; and brother-in-law, Bernard Gilles.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Hallie United Methodist Church, 12146 22nd Ave., Chippewa Falls with the Rev. Don Drollinger officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment will be at Prairie View Cemetery, Lake Hallie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Visit to express online condolences.

Ethel Eleanor (Boyea) Martinson

FALL CREEK, Wis. — Ethel Eleanor (Boyea) Martinson, 85, of Fall Creek died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott, with visitation 11 a.m. to time of services. Interment in Bateman Cemetery, town of Lafayette following services.

Bicycle, pedestrian path plan to be discussed Dec. 6

Chippewa County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will be discussed during an open house from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Chippewa County Highway Shop, 801 E. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls.

There will be a short presentation at 4:30 p.m. Members of the county’s advisory team along with staff from the West Central Regional Planning Commission will be at the session to answer questions.

Maps of paths will be reviewed at the session. The public’s thoughts about the county’s bicycle and pedestrian needs are being sought by officials.

The bike and pedestrian plan will be done in the fall of 2018. Another open house is planned for the summer of 2018.

More more on the planning process, visit: To take an online survey, visit: andped.

To see online mapping activity, visit: At the last address, the public and show their favorite routes and destinations, and point out barriers to bicycling.