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Norwood Haven Destroyed by Fire in Overnight Hours

By Joe Morey News Editor

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The Norwood Haven residential facility, owned by the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe, located just off the Reservation boundary off County Hwy E on Grindstone Lake, burned to the ground in an overnight fire on Monday, Oct. 30.


The fire was reported just after 8:00 pm and wasn’t extinguished until around 11:30 pm. All residents were safely evacuated. The 5 cabins located at the former resort were unharmed, but the original bar/restaurant and motel units were completely destroyed.


The motel had 6 units all being occupied by residents placed there by the LCO Tribe. The TGB put those displaced residents at the Sevenwinds Casino Lodge for the time being.


The Tribe purchased the resort at the end of July with a long-range goal to convert the former resort, bar and grill into a sober living facility, but it was currently being used to address the extreme housing shortage.


According to facility manager, Jeff Crone, the property was not yet a transition facility because the Tribe was putting people there who need housing but are sober and living drug free.


Residents of the facility believed the fire may have started in the lodge area after the fireplace was being used despite warnings not to use it until the chimney had been cleaned.


Seven local fire departments responded to the scene with Town of Hayward being the first dispatched. They were assisted by City of Hayward, LCO, Stone Lake, Winter, Exeland and Bass Lake.


Photos by Anthony Price, LCO Safety Officer and volunteer firefighter

2 comentários


Allen Meyer
Allen Meyer
31 de out. de 2023

Here's what I have to say, I told them how bad the electricity was and how so many outlets were shot and were arcing and needed replacement. I worked there for a few months trying to help bring the place up to par, yet Jeff Crone wouldn't do what needed because he said there were other more important things needed to be done first.... as the maintenence guy, they should have listened to my advice and had electricians or anyone actually do the repairs, and this situation could have completely been avoided. I quit because they wouldn't do the necessary repairs to make sure this didn't happen. I quit because they refused to give me more hours and pay me…

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Stephanie Harbridge
Stephanie Harbridge
31 de out. de 2023

Yet the County Board Chairman Tweed isn't interested in hearing about refugees being placed within 100 miles of Eau Claire, meaning Sawyer County is in the mix too. Housing shortage is just the start of bringing refugees here. I have contacted the entire Sawyer County Board including the Sheriff and Clerk and not one response. Hospital, schools, housing, police & sheriff, EMS and our taxes and the shortage of community services already pushed to the breaking points will all be affected. Communities where these refugees have been relocated, have seen their property taxes DOUBLED to the point of loosing their homes. We need to say NO to refugee resettlement in Sawyer County!

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