Welcome to Rusk County

Take a hike in the Blue Hills: you'll enjoy the Perch Lake Nature Trail, the Ice-Age Trail or the hardwood trails. A forested, glaciated area, waterfalls are hidden in the woods, and deer inhabit the area. Take a boat ride on any of our clean, clear lakes. Get the fishing tackle out: bass, panfish, walleye, musky, northern, or bullheads are waiting to bite. Good trout fishing is to be had in well-stocked streams. Picnic at Memorial Park or O.J. Falge Park in Ladysmith, or enjoy the county and city parks at Bruce, Hawkins, Sheldon, Perch Lake, Audie Lake or Josie Creek. Swimming, boat ramps, barbecue grills, tennis, volleyball, horseshoe, golf and baseball games are available. Whitewater canoeing is a great sport on the Flambeau River, while the Chippewa provides a quieter ride with beautiful scenery - again, the Rusk County fishing is great! Hundreds of miles of snowmobile and cross country ski trails criss-cross the county, and an excellent ski hill offers the highest vertical run in the north.


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County Computer Equipment Sale for Public

The Rusk County IT Department has added several USED Business class printers and multifunction copiers as well as cell phones to the IT Department sale. Here is a current list (as of 2014-10-21) of USED items available for sale:

We have the following printers:
HP Laserjet 4250 B&W Printer ($25 each)
HP Laserjet P4015n B&W Printer ($50 each)
HP Laserjet P4515 B&W Printer ($50 each)
Ricoh C420dn Color Printer ($50)  (SOLD)
Lanier LP226cn Color Printer ($50)
HP Laserjet 3035 B&W Multi-Function Copier ($50 each)
HP Laserjet 1200 Multi-Function Copier ($20)
Lexmark Optra E310 printer (for XP ONLY, untested with extra toner) ($20)
HP Desktop 5150 Inkjet Printer (untested) ($5)

HP Elite 7000 MT desktop computers with Windows 7 ($150 each)
HP DC5100 MT desktop computer ($20)
Lenovo 8811 desktop computer with no OS ($40 each)
15” LCD monitor ($10)
Samsung SCH-U640 Convoy Cell Phones ($10 each)
Samsung SCH-U365 Gusto cell phones ($10 each)
Blackberry 9650 Smart Cell Phone ($10)
Blackberry 8530 Smart Cell Phones ($10 each)
NovaTel 4510 and NovaTel 2200 MiFi’s ($10 each)
AT&T CL84109 Cordless Base Phone with extra handset ($10)

This will be on a first come, first serve basis. The on-going sale will be in the IT Department on the 3rd floor of the Government Center building (next to the small courtroom and Clerk of Courts). Sale hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Please bring a helper if you need assistance with moving the item(s).

Please bring exact cash or check to pay. If you have any questions, please ask PRIOR to the purchase. You can call 715-532-2286 or email

THESE ITEMS ARE BEING SOLD “AS IS” - no returns, technical assistance or guarantees on any product or component of a product, etc.

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Absentee Voting — Common Misconceptions

Absentee Voting -- Common Misconceptions

Before every gubernatorial or presidential election, the County Clerk’s Office fields numerous questions about “early voting” and absentee voting. This attempts to clear up some common misconceptions about voting by absentee ballot.

Absentee Voting vs. ‘Early Voting’

Absentee voting is the only way to “vote early” in Wisconsin. However, it is not true early voting. True early voting is much like voting on Election Day: No absentee application or envelope is necessary; you simply complete your ballot and place it in a ballot box.

Absentee voting by mail has been available since September 18, and in-person absentee voting began on Monday, October 20. While you can vote by absentee ballot for any reason, there is no benefit to it, other than voter convenience. Your ballot will not be counted until Election Day. Voting at the polls on Election Day is always the preferable, most cost-effective, and secure way to cast your ballot.

Absentee Voting Takes Place at the MUNICIPAL Level

In Wisconsin, voting takes place at the local – not county – level. When you vote at the polls on Election Day, you go to your town, village or city’s designated polling place. The same concept applies to absentee voting; you contact your town, village or city clerk to obtain an absentee ballot. You cannot get an absentee ballot from the County Clerk’s Office.

In the October 2, 2014 edition of the Ladysmith News, this office published an election notice that lists all the County's municipal clerks, their contact information, and the hours they may be available for in-person absentee voting. If you do not have access to that notice, please follow this link:

Special Considerations for Town Residents

As is the case in other rural areas of the state, most of our County’s towns only have part-time clerks, due to limited budgets. Some clerks even have full-time jobs elsewhere. Please keep this in mind when requesting an absentee ballot. Unless your town has regular office hours (you can determine this by following the link above), you must call ahead to make an appointment for in-person absentee voting. If your clerk is not available when you call, leave a voice message, and your call will be returned. You cannot just “show up” at your town hall, your clerk’s residence, or, if you clerk has another job, his/her other place of business, and expect to vote absentee on the spot. You must arrange a time and place that is mutually agreeable to you and your clerk.

Absentee Voting is a Privilege

Some County residents get upset that they cannot vote absentee in-person at any time. Please be patient with your busy municipal clerk, and keep this Wisconsin State Statute in mind: “… voting is a constitutional right …. In contrast, voting by absentee ballot is a privilege exercised wholly outside the traditional safeguards of the polling place …. the privilege of voting by absentee ballot must be carefully regulated to prevent the potential for fraud or abuse …” (Ch. 6.84(1), Wis. Stats.)

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day in each municipality, to offer times before and after most work shifts. If you work an extraordinarily long shift, there are also provisions in the statutes for employers to allow electors reasonable time off to vote.

If you still need to cast an absentee ballot, please remember that this method of voting is a privilege, and you must take personal responsibility for requesting your ballot in a timely manner and returning it just as timely. If you are already registered to vote in your municipality, you can request an absentee ballot by mail until Thursday, October 30 at 5 p.m. If you wish to vote absentee in-person with your municipal clerk, you must do so by Friday, October 31 at 5 p.m.

Make every effort to ensure that your municipal clerk receives your absentee ballot by Election Day, so that it can be counted with all other ballots. Though the law allows late absentee ballots to be counted (if the ballot is postmarked by Election Day and received by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election), this is not recommended. The practice has the potential to delay election results and also costs your municipality (and thus you, as a taxpayer) more money, since town officials must hold a special meeting to count these late ballots.

If you have further questions about absentee voting or elections, feel free to contact the County Clerk’s Office at 715-532-2100.

Denise Wetzel, Rusk County Clerk

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Job Openings

Here are the current Rusk County job openings (as of 10/15/2014):


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Rusk County Tax Deed Land Sale 2014

Visit the County Clerk's Tax Deed Land Sale page for complete information on available properties and bidding instructions.

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2015 Energy Assistance Information

Click the links below to download your checklist and application now.

2015 Energy Assistance Application and 2015 Energy Assistance Checklist

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Upcoming Road and Bridge Construction Projects

Please note that the following construction projects are scheduled to start in August.

Project 1580-12-72
Start Date: 8/4/2014

Limits: The project will be on STH 27 from Miner Ave to Flambeau Ave and USH 8 from W 10th Street to W 8th Street.

Summary: The curb and gutter at the 8/27 intersection will be moved back and replaced, other spot curb and gutter replacements, and milling and repaving to the limits.

Traffic Impacts: The road will be passable at all times with the paving work to be done under flagging. The intersection at USH 8 and STH 27 will be paved at night.

Project 8787-00-70
Start Date: 8/18/2014

Limits: Thornapple River Bridge on CTH A (Structure B-54-0114)

Summary: Structure B-54-0114 will be replaced with two-span flat slab concrete bridge.

Traffic Impacts: The road will be closed at the project limits. Signs will be posted at the intersection of STH 40 and STH 27 to notify the public of the closure.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Highway Dept office at 715-532-2633.

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NWRPC – Housing Funds Available

Clicks the links below for information about Housing Assistance Funds in Rusk County:

Information Sheet for Regional Housing.pdf

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Affordable Health Care Information

The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.

With a “no wrong door” approach, an individual or family can determine what type of insurance they can receive: •BadgerCare+ •Private plans with tax credits •Catastrophic plans

The Marketplace is a place people can go to compare insurance plans and determine what additional services beyond the essential health benefits they may want or need.

To learn more, please visit:

How Do I Get Health Insurance.pdf

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2013 Rusk County Plat Books

The new 2013 Rusk County Land Atlas and Plat Book is now available for purchase through the Rusk County Treasurer.

You may read the full press release here: 2013 Rusk County Plat Book Release.PDF 

Copies of the 2013 Rusk County Plat Book are available for purchase at 311 Miner Avenue, Suite C140, Ladysmith, WI. Please call 715-532-2105 or visit for pricing and more information.

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Pay your Property Taxes Online

 Just follow this link: Pay Property Taxes