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UPDATE: Lincoln County Sheriff releases names of people shot in Pine River homeSubmitted: 02/18/2019
UPDATE: Lincoln County Sheriff releases names of people shot in Pine River home
Story By Lane Kimble

MERRILL - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office released the names of the people involved in a homicide investigation from the Town of Pine River.

Barbara Renken, 77, was found dead from a gunshot wound in a home on Range Line Road around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.  Her husband John Renken, 78, was also found in the same home critically injured with a gunshot wound.  

According to the updated news release on Monday, John Renken is still in the hospital.


There were no charges filed with the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office in the case as of Monday at 4 p.m.

The LCSO said it will update the media with more information as it becomes available.

According to Renken's obituary online, she and John married in 1959. The Renkens were dairy farmers in Pine River and Barbara also worked in housekeeping at Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill. The Renkens have four daughters and a son.

The obituary notes Barbara Renken's funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Merrill.


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