Fifth annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest is Sept. 12

oktoberfest-dog-logoThe fifth annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will take place Sept 12 at Old settlers Park in Paddock Lake form noon to 8 p.m.

This year’s event will feature German dances and music, a classic car show, the Dachshund Dash dog races, children’s activities, a raffle as well as beer, wine and food tents. Everything will wrap up with a fireworks finale at 8 p.m.

Returning this year will be the Little Miss Edelweiss Pageant. Details and an entry form is available here.

New this year will be the County Executive 5K, with registration at 8 a.m. and race start at 9 a.m. Awards will be given to overall winners, age group winners, best Oktoberfest Attire and other fun awards. More information and online registration is available here.

Proceeds of this year’s raffle will go toward funding the construction of a permanent bandshell for Old Settlers Park.

Admission to the event is free. Check out the event’s Facebook page for additional information.

Units responding for burning in Wilmot

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:20 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue are responding to the 30700 block of 111th St., Wilmot for burning.

Units responding for fire in Trevor

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:10 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a fire in a residence in the 10700 block of 256th Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: A caller reported a fire in a laundry room. Occupants are evacuating.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m. — Box alarm to the working still level activated. For change of quarters, the following depaetments are due to respond: Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue with an engine and a chief, Kansasville Fire Department with a tender (water tanker) and Antioch Fire Dartment with an ambulance. Bristol Fire and Rescue responding to the scene with an engine.

UPDATE 1:43 p.m. — Dispatch reports fire is under control. Firefighters making sure fire is thoroughly out.

UPDATE about 2:35 p.m. — Bristol FD unit released from the scene and returning to quarters.

Lilly Lake Beach upgraded to swimming advisory

lilly-lakeLilly Lake Beach has been upgraded to a swimming advisory after the latest test for E.coli there, said Wheatland town Clerk Sheila Siegler on Thursday.

Elevated E.coli levels had kept the beach closed since Aug. 25.

The latest reading at the beach from a test conducted Thursday was 461 E.coli/100mL. A result of 1,000 E.coli/100mL or higher prompts a beach closure. A reading of 300 to 999 E.coli/100mL prompts the posting of a swimming advisory.

The advisory will remain for the balance of the summer (through Labor Day) as Thursday’s test will the last for the 2015 season, Siegler said.

Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

Deaths Sept. 2, 2015: Remedios Herman Tesch

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Units responding to crash in Paris

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 6:10 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 14800 block of Highway 142 in Paris.

Per dispatch: Caller reported seeing a bicyclist being hit by a white pick-up truck.

UPDATE 6:26 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports the bicyclist is conscious.

UPDATE 6:29 p.m. — Paris FD ambulance heading to local hospital.

Sheriff’s Dept. reacts to continued search for killers of Fox Lake police officer

kcsd-doorExtra presence of uniformed of deputies at Western Kenosha County schools this morning was part of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s reaction to the continued search for the three men accused of killing Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz early Tuesday in Fox Lake, said Sgt. Dan Ruth, KCSD public information officer.

All local schools remained open Wednesday.

Other efforts in reaction to the continuing search included overnight extra patrol in Western Kenosha County by KCSD SWAT team members who,  along with regular patrol deputies, responded to several suspicious calls along the Illinois-Wisconsin/Lake County-Kenosha County border Tuesday night.

“Although no formal request was made to Sheriff (David) Beth for assistance in the search for the offenders, proactive measures were taken and continue to be in place in Kenosha County by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department,” Ruth said in a media release issued at 4 p.m.

Here is the whole media release:

Sheriff David Beth has conveyed his deep sadness and condolences on behalf of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department to the Fox Lake, IL Police Department regarding the death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. The community of Fox Lake, IL shares a border with Kenosha County, WI and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction.  Our thoughts are with our “neighbors” and the members of the Fox Lake Police Dept. and Community at this very difficult time.  Sheriff Beth reached out to the command center in Fox Lake, early on yesterday, sending a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Patrol Supervisor directly to the scene in Illinois to offer any assistance needed.  Although no formal request was made to Sheriff Beth for assistance in the search for the offenders, proactive measures were taken and continue to be in place in Kenosha County by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Tactical Response Team (SWAT) and specialized vehicles patrolled Western Kenosha County during the overnight hours in conjunction with normal uniformed patrol units and responded to several suspicious calls along the southern border of Kenosha County. Sheriff Beth has increased the number of uniformed patrol units and has been in contact with the schools on the west end of Kenosha County.   The Tactical Response Team (SWAT) has been placed on alert status should the need for assistance or response arise. Sheriff Beth would like to remind all Kenosha County Residents to immediately report any suspicious incidents to law enforcement and remain diligent as the search for the offenders continues.

Gliniewicz was investigating suspicious behavior in Fox Lake Tuesday morning when he gave chase on foot to three suspects, identified by him in his transmission to dispatch as two white males and one black male. A responding back-up officer found Gliniewicz down at the scene, where he died.

Lake County and federal law enforcement continued the search for the suspects Wednesday.

Lilly Lake Beach remains closed after latest test

lilly-lakeLilly lake Beach is still closed Wednesday after the latest water tests there still show elevated E.coli levels, Wheatland town Clerk Sheila Siegler reports.

A Sept. 1 test showed 1,553 E.coli/100mL. A result of 1,000 E.coli/100mL or higher prompts a beach closure. A reading of 300 to 999 E.coli/100mL prompts the posting of a swimming advisory.

Additional tests will continue to be taken until a result under 300 E.coli/100mL is achieved.

The Kenosha County Health Department conducts the water sampling and testing.

The beach was first closed for swimming on Aug. 25 , and has had elevated levels since then.

A word from our sponsors: New weekly ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry posted at westofthei.com

Note: Marv & Alison’s Sentry is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

This week’s ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry  in Paddock Lake is now available at westofthei.com. Click on the ad to see the full line-up of values for this coming week.

The sale prices in this ad (click here to see ad) are effective from Thursday, Sept. 3 through Wednesday, Sept. 9.

This week’s ad includes no clip coupons. Pick up a paper copy of the weekly ad at the service counter and then have the cashier scan the bar code to get all the big savings you have coming.

This week’s ad also includes a Perfect Partners sale.

Check out this week’s Marv & Alison’s Sentry ad for great values you can get right here in Western Kenosha County.

Silver Lake trustee removed from committee chairmanship by president

silver-lake-VHSilver Lake Trustee Roger Johnson has been removed as chairman of the General Welfare, Buildings, Public Works, Parks, Public Lands and Library Committee by President Bruce Nopenz.

Johnson said he was notified of the move in a letter from Nopenz dated Aug. 25.

In an email exchange with westofthei.com, Nopenz confirmed the action and said it was prompted by what he saw as “poor performance” by Johnson. He declined to elaborate on specific examples “at this time.”

Johnson supplied a copy of the letter to westofthei.com that he says he received from Nopenz. In that letter, Nopenz said the removal was for Johnson’s “involvement in the Village Hall build out that were not done in a proper manner or communicated openly or honestly. I had initially chosen you for your leadership in the past for the Village and I’m greatly disappointed in what was done.”

The redecorating of the Village Hall meeting room took place late October 2014. Then police Chief Andrew Trudeau told the board he coordinated the remodeling, tapping donated labor with a total cost of under $1,500, the village’s limit for spending without bids and board approval. But a recently completed audit of village funds showed costs related to the redecorating of $3,666, The Westosha Report reported.

Nopenz’ letter to Johnson goes on to say that Nopenz’ decision “is final and a new appointee will be named as the Committee Chairman.”

Tuesday, Johnson said he had no connection to planning, approval or execution of the meeting room rehabilitation. He said he did stop by briefly while the work was being done after hearing about it.

Nopenz appointed Trustee Doug Randolph  as the new chairman. Trustee Carolyn Dodge also serves on the committee.

A meeting of the General Welfare, Buildings, Public Works, Parks, Public Lands and Library Committee was scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. (Note: I was not aware of the meeting until 8 p.m. Tuesday — DH) The agenda included several items including discussion of the following topics: basketball court, ball diamond, ice skating rink, fireworks, shade trees on School Street and Christmas tree decorating.

Johnson said he was approached by Nopenz about holding a meeting on those topics, but Johnson felt it would be more appropriate closer to 2016 budget time.

Suspects sought in killing of Lake County police officer

A manhunt has been underway all day for three suspects accused of being involved with the fatal shooting of a Fox Lake Police officer.

Three men are being sought.

The slain police officer has been identified as Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a 32-year veteran of the FLPD.

Descriptions of the suspects have been vague. While chasing them on foot, Officer Gliniewicz identified the suspects to his dispatch as two white men and one black man.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the search perimeter was bonded by Highway 12, Highway 59, Rollins Road to the north and Sayton Road to the west.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth has offered aid to the Lake County officials as needed, but no formal searching for the suspects in Kenosha County has taken place so far, said Sgt. Dan Ruth, public information officer of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

UPDATE 3:38 p.m. — CNN reporting that one suspect has been captured.

UPDATE 4:23 p.m. — Town of Salem Fire/Rescue being requested to send an ambulance for a life safety box from Fox Lake.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m. — CNN now reporting that search is still for three suspects, stepping back from earlier report.

Fire departments at fire in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 1:54 p.m, Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are on the scene of a fire in the 6300 block of 218th Avenue in Salem.

I head a brief snippet of radio transmission indicating the fire was in a basement of a home. It’s likely that other nearby departments are on the scene due to automated response.

UPDATE 2:14 p.m. — Dispatch reports to 218th Avenue command that incident is 2 hours old.

UPDATE 2:22 p.m. — Salem F/R unit released from scene to return to quarters.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. — Another Salem F/R unit clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

UPDATE 2:27 p.m. — Bristol Fire and Rescue unit clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

Kenosha Area Fire Rescue Scanner Facebook page is reporting that a box alarm was activated at about 1:15 p.m., with Newport Fire Department and Union Grove Fire Department responding.

September is National Preparedness Month

The following message regarding September is National Preparedness Month is from Kenosha County Emergency Management:

Don’t Wait. Communicate. September is National Preparedness Month. Wisconsin Emergency Management’s ReadyWisconsin campaign says now is the perfect time to talk to everyone about getting ready for an emergency or disaster. “The most important step you can take today is to make a plan,” said Lt. Gil Benn, Kenosha County Emergency Management Director.  “As part of National Preparedness Month, we’re encouraging families to put together a plan that includes information on where to go during an emergency and how to communicate with loved ones if separated in a crisis.” This means having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available. Text messages are a great way to communicate. Phone voice service is easily overwhelmed and may be unavailable in an emergency Cell phone text messages can still get through because they take less band-width to deliver.   Also, calling long distance may be easier than making a local call. Ask a friend or family member to be your “out of town” contact. You can let that contact know you’re OK. That contact can then share that information with your loved ones. Getting information before, during, and after an emergency can be difficult. One of the best ways to get warnings of impending and current dangers is with a NOAA Weather Radio. These radios will alert you to storms headed your way. Other emergency information is also broadcast using this system.   Emergency messages are also delivered directly to your cell phone through Wireless Emergency Alerts. These alerts are free. Go to AlertSense.Com and sign up. Through these alerts you’ll receive a short text message about the pending danger. For more information go to Kenosha County Emergency Management , or the ReadyWisconsin website: readywisconsin.wi.gov.

Units responding to Central HS for medical call

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 6:49 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to Central High School in Paddock Lake for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is a female in her 50s with a history of heart trouble.

Twin Lakes Movies in the Park concludes 2015 season

The last Twin Lakes Movies in the Park of the season was shown at Lance Park Saturday night. “Planes:Fire and Rescue”, was preceded by some pre-screening activities. Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue were available for kids to climb in the rigs and ask questions. A planned seaplane landing on Lake Mary was cancelled due to fog.

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Deaths Aug. 31, 2015: Annie Mae Faught, Stephen J. Robers

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Units responding to transformer fire in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 7:32 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding to the 300 block of East Hunt Avenue in Twin Lakes for a report of a transformer fire.

UPDATE 7:34 p.m. — Police officer on the scene says fire is still burning and is closer to Burden than North Lake along Hunt Avenue. Also, fire does not appear to be in a transformer.

UPDATE 7:36 p.m. — Police officer on the scene reports that fire was likely caused by a squirrel.

UPDATE 7:44 p.m. — Dispatch reports that utility company responding to the scene.

Twin Lakes Business in the Park

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It was a wet start for the Business in the Park and 2nd Annual Car Show. It may have dampened attendance, but the food, prizes, and activities went on in Twin Lakes Central Park.

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The Chamber had a hot dogs and brats.

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Activities for kids included face painting.

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Booths had information, some tchotchkes, and some had games.

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The car show took place from 11-2 pm. Ken O’Reilly took “most unique” with his 2000 dragster.


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Car show winners and their categories:

40’s and older – Howard Skinner, 1931 Ford Model A Pickup

50’s and 60’s – Tom Andrekus, 1966 Chevy Corvette

70’s and newer – Jan Fisher, 1972 corvette coup

most unique – Ken O’Reilly, 2000 dragster

Best in Show – Howard Skinner, 1969 Dodge Charger

Kenosha County Housing Authority: $2,138,776 available for housing repairs

?Photo by Penny Mathews via freeimages.com

?Photo by Penny Mathews via freeimages.com

The Kenosha County Housing Authority has made the following announcement regarding the availability of housing repair low or 0% interest loans:

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Division of Housing awarded $2,138,776 in Phase 2 funds to the Southern Housing Region for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Program. The Southern Housing Region is represented by the counties of Columbia, Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Walworth and Washington. The following entitlement  communities are not eligible for the Southern Housing Region: Racine, Beloit, Janesville and Kenosha. These funds provide resources across Wisconsin to address affordable housing and community development. The funds are available for the following types of projects: — Owner occupied households. These funds will be lent to income eligible households for eligible home repairs. The loan is a 0% interest, deferred payment loan – you do not pay it back until you sell the house, no longer live there or 30 years from the date of the note. — Homebuyer assistance. These funds will be lent to income eligible tenants for down payment and closing cost assistance. There may also be funds available to make repairs to the home that is purchased. The loan is a 0% interest, deferred payment loan – you do not pay it back until you sell the house, no longer live there or 30 years from the date of the note. — Landlords. Installment loans are available for landlords who rent to tenants that are low- to moderate- income. The loan is a 0% interest loan. The funds can be used for handicap accessibility, windows, doors, siding, roofing, electrical, plumbing and heating. Funding for these competitive biannual awards is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Grants were awarded based upon the age of housing in the area, the low-to-moderate income population, unemployment rate and affordability. Additional information is available at each municipality within the county, at the Kenosha County Housing Authority, 262-857-1843, or by contacting MSA at 1-800-552-6330 and referencing the Southern Housing Region.

Units responding to crash in Trevor

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:37 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 26000 block of Highway C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved, a pick-up truck and a mini-van. Impact may have been head on. Some injuries being reported.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m. — Unit arriving on scene reports heavy front end damage to the mini-van.

UPDATE 2:44 p.m. — Second Salem Fire/Rescue ambulance being dispatched to the scene.

UPDATE 2:47 p.m. — Traffic on Highway C being shut down from the west.

UPDATE 2:51 p.m. — Silver Lake Rescue Squad being requested to respond as mutual aid with an ambulance.

UPDATE 2:58 p.m. — Deputy requests tows for both vehicles.

Deputy responding to crash in Paris

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:03 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy is responding to a report of a crash at Highway 45 and Highway N in Paris.

Local UW-Whitewater student athletes named to 2014-15 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Honor Roll

A total of 335 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student-athletes representing all 20 of the institution’s varsity sport programs were named to the 2014-15 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Honor Roll, which was announced Thursday, Aug. 13.

The Warhawks’ 11 women’s teams had 191 honorees, while 144 student-athletes from the nine men’s teams garnered Scholastic Honor Roll accolades. The Honor Roll is part of the “WIAC Scholar-Athlete Recognition Program”, a conference initiative sponsored by Badgerland Financial.

In addition to the 335 individual awards, UW-Whitewater was named an All-Academic institution as student-athletes earned a GPA equal to, or greater than, the collective GPA of the overall student body.

To be eligible for the list, student-athletes must have carried a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Nearly 50 percent of the WIAC’s 5,000 student-athletes achieved Honor Roll status.

The following loal student-athletes were named to the 2014-15 WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll:

  • Nate Hensel of Wilmot (Major: general management).
  • Dalton Heckel of Silver Lake (Major: criminology).
  • Christopher Nelson of Twin Lakes (Major: general management).
  • Jaymi Watson of Kenosha (Major: elementary education).
  • Caroline Holverson of Bristol (Major: psychology).

Dense fog this morning

fog 12-21-2011-1_optExpect dense fog this morning, says a special weather statement issued by the NAional Weather Service.

Visibility may be reduced to a quarter mile or less in spots.

The fog is expected to lift between 9 and 10 a.m.

Deaths Aug. 30, 2015: Lucinda P. Tackitt, Traci B. McCarthy

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

wilmot-auto-exterior-2011-webNote: Wilmot Auto Service is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

The test is free to you. Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years, 16 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 64 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

Warmer weather in forecast for next 7 days

hot-thermometer-istockThe weather looks to be warmer next week, says the local National Weather Service forecast.

Just in time for school to start? How’s that for timing.

Monday should start a streak of high temperatures in the mid and high 80s that should last through next Sunday.

The week also looks to be dry, so far. The only chance of rain is Thursday, Thursday night, Friday and again Sunday, with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Ashton Hartman graduates from Lake Forest College

Ashton Hartman of Trevor, graduated cum laude from Lake Forest College with a bachelor of arts degree in Communication, with a minor in Art History.

Hartman was among more than 350 students to graduate from Lake Forest College at Ravinia Festival Park on May 9, 2015. Hartman is a graduate of Lakes Community High School.

Lake Forest College is a national liberal arts institution located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. The College has 1,600 students representing 47 states and 81 countries. For more information visit www.lakeforest.edu.

A word from our sponsors: Aug. 30, 2015 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors.

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

27925 41st St, Brighton

11105 233rd Ave, Salem

31120 Burlington Rd, Brighton

7713 216th Ave, Bristol

208 S Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake

314 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake

9000 226th Ct 12A, Salem

 

Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:42 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to a carbon monoxide alarm at an apartment in the 100 block of Strickland Avenue in Twin Lakes.

UPDATE 8:48 p.m. — Per dispatch: When fire department units arrived on scene they smelled smoke. Randall Fire Department, Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Richmond Fire Department units now responding for mutual aid for a possible structure fire at this location. Twin Lakes Police officer also on scene. Occupants being evacuated.

UPDATE 8:58 p.m. — Per dispatch: Randall and Wheatland told to stand down from response. Units on scene starting to return to quarters.

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