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A review of the top news headlines for 2012 – 3rd Quarter

A review of the top news headlines for 2012 – 3rd Quarter


July 4

160 ATTEND SAND MINE FORUM AT GCHS: A public forum was held on Tuesday, June 26 in the Glenwood City High School gym to inform citizens about the concerns of frac sand mines. The meeting that brought in over 160 people.

AUSTIN MOE WINS THREE STATE WRESTLING TITLES: Glenwood City’s Austin Moe captured both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman state wrestling titles at 145 pounds at the 2012 Wisconsin Wrestling Federation’s State Tournaments held in the 90,000 square-foot Wisconsin Dells Center at the Chula Vista Resort on May 5 and 6.

ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN TO CELEBRATE 125 YEARS: St. John’s Lutheran Church has been in Boyceville since 1887. On Sunday, July 15 the congregation and the community are invited to celebrate the 125-year anniversary.

July 11

TOWN OF GLENWOOD MAKES DECISION: On the evening of Monday, July 9 the Town of Glenwood held their monthly meeting at St. John’s Catholic Church where a motion was made by chairman Joe Draxler and seconded by Rick Obermueller to send an approval of the sand mine to the St. Croix County Board of Adjustments. Earlier this week a second public forum about sand mines was held on the evening of Monday, July 2 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

WESTCAP PANTRY MOVES TO BOYCEVILLE: The West CAP Food Pantry has outgrown the space available at the Glenwood City office and will be moving to a newly renovated building on Main Street in Boyceville towards the end of August.

July 18

NEW ADDITION TO MAYO CLINIC IN MENOMONIE: Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar invites the community to a groundbreaking celebration on Tuesday, July 24 at 2:15 p.m. for a new 6,500-square-foot addition.

NEW FACE AT GCPD: Adam Malean is the new part-time police officer for the Glenwood City Police Department. Malean currently resides outside of Wilson with his wife Heather, daughter Taylor and two stepchildren, Kara and Blaine.

THE FAIR IS COMING: The smell of mini donuts, cheese curds, and barn animals is in the air and that means another year has passed and it’s time yet again for the St. Croix County Fair. The fair this year runs from Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22.

July 25

SEX OFFENDER MEETING: The Glenwood City Police Department will be holding a public meeting on Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center to inform the community about Joseph A. Johnson, a level three registered sex offender. Johnson will be released on Tuesday, August 21 and will be living on West Walnut Street in Glenwood City.

DUNN COUNTY FAIR STARTS WEDNESDAY: The theme for this year’s Dunn County Fair running from Wednesday through Sunday, July 25 through July 29, is “Out of This World.”

WINK EARNS GOLD MEDAL: Mackenzie Wink, Glenwood City High School Class of 2013, attended and competed at the National Leadership Conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held July 8-12 in Orlando, FL. While at the conference, Mackenzie once again earned a gold medal with her Career Investigation project.


August 1

90 YEAR OLD TAKES ONE LAST SKY DIVE: Claude Williams of Emerald, Wisconsin hasn’t jumped from a plane in 68 years. His last jump was on July 28, 1944 during WWII when he was co-pilot for an Army Air Corp plane that was shot down (this was before the Army and Air Force separated). On Saturday, July 28, Williams jumped again for the first time since that day 68 years ago.

WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING GRILL COMING TO GLENWOOD: America’s No. 1 sausage brand, Johnsonville Sausage, is bringing big taste to Glenwood City. Sponsored by the Hiawatha National Bank, the “Big Taste Grill” will be rolling into town on Friday, September 7 for the annual Kickoff Dinner of the Rustic Lore Celebration.

SERVPRO CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY:  Andrea and Ricky Hanestad celebrated owning their own independent SERVPRO for one year with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 26.

TWO CANDIDATES VIE FOR DUNN COUNTY TREASURER: Cindy Kopp of Elk Mound and Megan Mittlestadt of Boyceville have declared their candidacy for the Dunn County treasurer position. They will face off in an August 14 primary election.

August 8

WEST CAP MOVES TO BOYCEVILLE: The West CAP Food Pantry in Glenwood City has officially outgrown the space provided and will be moving to a bigger location in Boyceville. The food pantry will serve low-income residents of both Glenwood City and Boyceville school districts.

NEW PASTOR AT HOLY CROSS: Diane House has taken her letter of call to be the new pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. House and her husband, George, officially moved into the community the last weekend in July after she accepted the position as pastor in June. House will be installed in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Sunday, August 12.

LOCALS PLAY FOR THUNDERHAWKS: There are five local players from Boyceville that play for the Menomonie Thunderhawks; Shawn Goodell, David Knowles, Chris Steinbach, Chad McIntyre, and Dylan Olson. Randy Peterson who lives in Downing also plays and coaches for the Thunderhawks. The Menomonie Thunderhawks are a semi-pro football team that competes in the Northern Elite Football League (NEFL).

August 15

SCHMIDTS NAMED 2012 CUCUMBER FEST GRAND MARSHALS: Lyndon and Melody Schmidt of Boyceville have been selected as the 2012 Cucumber Fest Marshals. Both Lyndon and Melody grew up outside of Boyceville on their family farms. Lyndon graduated from Boyceville High School in 1975 and Melody in 1976.

NEW EMERALD TIRE OWNER: After taking over the Emerald Station from Flemings in 1997, Rollie Keeley has officially sold Emerald Tire and Auto to Trent Wittmer. Keeley has since taken a position at River Valley Ford in Baldwin.

GLENWOOD CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TO SPEND YEAR IN THAILAND: Glenwood City High School student Becca Jensen will be spending her Junior year as an exchange student in Thailand.

BHS PASS RECORD AP EXAMS: Ten Boyceville High School students completed a record 24 Advanced Placement (AP) exams this past May, and it was recently learned that 18 of these exams resulted in passing scores of a 3 or higher. This pass rate of 75% is the highest in BHS history. In addition, three recent graduates of BHS were named AP Scholars, becoming the first students to earn such an honor in school history. These AP Scholars are Kyle Franseen, Brady Lee, and Emily Guy.

August 22

DEADLY CRASH: A one-vehicle crash on County Road G in the Town of Glenwood Monday afternoon, August 20 has claimed the life of a Glenwood City native. Steven J. Berends, 29, now of Prairie Farm died when the truck he was driving left County Road G, rolled on its side and struck a tree. The accident occurred around 3:26 p.m. about one-quarter mile east of 290th Street.

DUNN COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS TO RETIRE: After 26 years, Dunn County Register of Deeds Jim Mrdutt is retiring in January. Dunn County Deputy Register of Deeds Heather Kuhn is running for Register of Deeds in the November election.

LOCAL GROWER SELL VEGETABLES FOR CHURCH: Greg Boehmer and his wife live south of Emerald on County Road D where they have been growing vegetables since 2007. Boehmer didn’t initially start selling his vegetables for profit until recently, but he gives all of the profits made to the United Methodist Church in Emerald.

August 29

FIVE VIE FOR MISS GC TITLE: There are five young ladies competing for the title of 2012-2013 Miss Glenwood City. This year’s candidates are Kelly Perkins, Bailey Britton, Katie Nagy, Katelyn Meyers and Kayla Bloss.

ST. JOHN’S WELCOMES NEW PRIEST: On July 3 of this year, St. John’s Catholic Church welcomed Reverend Dr. Louis Reddy. Reddy came to the United States from South India three  years ago. In India, Reddy was a reverend in several parishes in schools and colleges.

BREMER BANK IN KNAPP TO CLOSE: The small Bremer Bank branch in Knapp will be closing on August 31, 2012. The branch in Deer Park will be closing as well and the Menomonie East Branch will consolidate into its two nearby, full-service locations.

McNAMARA COMPETES IN INTERNATIONAL PULL: Trenton McNamara, the son of Brandon and Trista Engle, traveled to Fairfield, Iowa to compete in the International Pedal Tractor Pull on August 12. McNamara competed against other kids from across the United States and Canada and took first place after pulling a full pull of 40 feet with 280 pounds of weight.

RURAL GLENWOOD MAN DIES AS RESULT OF FARMING ACCIDENT: A rural Glenwood City man died as the results of being entangled in a “round baler”. The victim was identified as Walter Juneau, age 47, of Glenwood City.


September 5

DON AND JULIE FRIEBURG NAMED AS GRAND MARSHALS: Don and Julie Frieburg have been named as the 2012 Rustic Lore Grand Marshals. Julie was born and raised in Glenwood, and Don was raised in Knapp.

TESTIMONY NOT IN FAVOR FOR VISTA SAND: Of the 20 people who testified before the Dunn County Planning, Resources and Development Committee on the proposed rezone to industrial for Vista Sand, 19 were opposed and only one was in favor.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS WELCOME NEW TEACHERS. There are three new teachers in the Boyceville School District and five new teachers in the Glenwood City School District. The new teachers at Boyceville are Diana Robinson, Corrie Roemhild, and Ben Simmerman. The new teachers at Glenwood City are Matthew Davis, Brandon Kieper, Beth Lewis, Rebecca Lamb and Dan Hagstrom.

September 12

NEW GC COURT: A new Miss Glenwood City and her court were chosen during the annual Rustic Lore celebration this past weekend. Katelyn Meyers was crowned Miss Glenwood City, Bailey Britton was named first princess, and Kelly Perkins was named second princess.

DC PR&D APPROVES ORDINANCE DRAFT: After months of hard work, the Dunn County Planning, Resources and Development committee has approved a draft of an ordinance for a nonmetallic mining overlay district.

TWO FIRES THIS WEEK:  The Glenwood City Fire Department was called out twice last week for two separate fires. The first was for hay bales on fire and the second was for a burning car.

September 19

GC HOMECOMING COURT CROWNED: The 2012 GCHS Homecoming king and queen were crowned Monday morning, September 17. Chosen to reign over this year’s homecoming festivities were King Tyler Johnson and Queen Ashley Burns.

DC PR&D RECOMMENDS NO REZONE FOR VISTA SAND: The PR&D committee made their unanimous decision to recommend that the Dunn County Board deny a request for a rezone near Knapp at a meeting held September 11.

POWELL PLEADS GUILTY: A 34-year-old Baldwin Man, Michael Powell, has plead guilty to one count of causing mental harm to a child in a sexual assault case involving and eight-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy in Boyceville.

September 26

VISTA SAND WITHDRAWS DUNN COUNTY APPLICATION: Only a few hours before the Dunn County Board was scheduled to vote, Vista Sand withdrew the application for a rezone to industrial for building a rail spur near Knapp.

GC GRADUATE PUBLISHES BOOK: Sharlene Prinsen, a Glenwood City graduate of 1990, wrote her first book. It is entitled “Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction”, and shares the details of what it is like living with a  person in the military who has post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions.

TOPPERS WIN HOMECOMING GAME: The Glenwood City Hilltoppers won their homecoming game against the Colfax Vikings on September 21 with a score of 32-21.