A Year in Review: A reflection on local news events in 2012 — fourth quarter

COLFAX — During 2012, a variety of news and events were covered in the pages of the Colfax Messenger. The newspaper’s first edition was published on Friday, April 30, 1897.

Here are some of the highlights from the fourth quarter of 2012:

October 3, 2012

• Scott Gunnufson of Colfax has been appointed to the Colfax Village Board to replace Tina Bradford.

• The Colfax Village Board approved an ordinance allowing bow hunting within the village limits that went into effect upon publication in the Colfax Messenger October 3.

• The undefeated Elk Mound football team won against Colfax September 26 42-6.

• The Colfax cross country team placed 13th in a field of 49 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational September 29 at the University of Minnesota campus.

• The Elk Mound volleyball team remained at the top of the conference after games against Glenwood City, Mondovi, Pepin and Plum City.

October 10, 2012

• The Elk Mound Village Board learned that the Lions Club Park had been vandalized the evening of September 29 or 30.

• The trial for former Wheeler Police Chief Gary Wayerski is scheduled in Dunn County for October 8 – 12. Wayerski has been charged with 16 felonies related to sex crimes involving teenaged boys. He worked in Colfax as a police officer in 2009.

• Deb Bieging, a pediatrician from Chippewa Falls, is running for the 67th Assembly seat currently held by Tom Larson of Colfax.

• The Colfax girls’ volleyball team remained second in the conference following a win over Plum City October 2.

• The Elk Mound football team remained at the top of the conference following a 21-14 victory over Mondovi October 5 to become the Dunn-St. Croix Conference champions.

• The Elk Mound cross country team brought home their first trophy in the team’s three-year history when they won the five-team meet at Eleva-Strum.

• The Elk Mound girls’ volleyball team, with a 6-0 conference record, won five-set wins over Pepin and Plum City to become the 2012 Dunn-St. Croix Conference champions.

October 24, 2012

• A Dunn County judge ruled that a car jacker’s statements are admissible in court. Jonlee Goers is accused of taking a car at knifepoint in the Town of Sherman April 27 and taking the car’s owner, Steffen Demeter, as a hostage.

• The Dunn County Board approved a first reading of the mining overlay district ordinance at the October 17 meeting.

• The mill rate for the Colfax school district is expected to decline from $8.99 per $1,000 of property value to $8.77.

• Tom Larson, incumbent representative for the 67th Assembly district, is running for a second term in the November election.

• The Elk Mound football team won the first round playoff game over the Grantsburg on October 19 42-6.

• The Colfax girls’ and boys’ cross country teams are both headed to the state track meet in Wisconsin Rapids after the 14-team sectional meet in Fall Creek October 20. The last time both Colfax teams were at state together was in 2001.

• Elk Mound junior Ben Holzwarth was the first-ever Elk Mound runner to qualify for the state cross country track meet at the Fall Creek sectional October 20.

• The Colfax football team ended the season by winning over McDonnell Central on October 19. The Vikings won their first game of the season and lost the next seven.

October 31, 2012

• An open house was held at the Colfax Community Fire Department’s new $750,000 fire station on county Highway M on October 27.

• The Elk Mound Board of Education approved a $2.9 million school tax levy.

• Jacob H. Foslid, 21, and Samantha R. Osterberg, 17, both formerly of Colfax, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court October 26 on felony drug charges.

• Two Colfax women, Stephanie Dusek and Stephanie Frogner, who live south of Colfax in the county Highway N area, believe their horses were recently attacked by a cougar.

• Dempsey Fogarty finished 11th at the state cross country meet October 27 in Wisconsin Rapids. Courtney Dressel finished 15th, and Lachlan Hinwood finished 38th.

• The Elk Mound football team lost the second-round play-off game October 27 to Prescott.

November 7, 2012

• Feron Marko, 29, of Wheeler, was involved in a one-vehicle roll-over accident in Colfax at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 4. Investigators observed a long set of skid marks on the state Highway 170 bridge over the Red Cedar River.

• Budget numbers for the Village of Colfax have not yet been finalized. The Colfax Village Board spent four hours October 29 on budget issues.

• Elk Mound and Colfax meet expectations on new “report cards” issued by the state Department of Public Instruction to rate Wisconsin schools as part of the waiver from the Federal No Child Left Behind law.

• Elk Mound football coach Dan Pedersen was named the Green Bay Packers’ High School Coach of the Week by the Wisconsin National Guard following a defeat of the previously undefeated Glenwood City team September 14.

• The following were named to the Dunn-St. Croix Volleyball All-Conference first team: Ryleigh Prochnow (Colfax); Kori Buchanan (Colfax); Becca Kopp (Elk Mound); Kaysi Meindel (Elk Mound). Second team: Alexis Rudi (C); Maddy Polden (EM). Honorable Mention: Amanda Ward (EM).

• The following were named to the Dunn-St. Croix All-Conference defensive first football team: Will Miller (EM); Nate Mack (EM). Second team: Jordan Klemp (EM); Josie Bauer (EM); Ryan Bridges (EM). Honorable Mention: Dakota Tarnow (EM); Adam Gottschalk (EM); Trevor Secraw (C); Travis Nelson (EM). Offensive first team: Dakota Tarnow (EM); Ryan Bridges (EM); Ryan Mueller (EM). Second team: Nick Heit (EM); Jordan Klemp (EM); Nate Mack (EM); Jon Adank (EM). Honorable Mention: Noah Pretasky (C); Eithin Kiekhafer (C).

November 14, 2012

• Tom Larson of Colfax won a second term as representative for the state’s 67th Assembly District in the November 6 election.

• Jacob H. Foslid, 21, of Colfax, has been charged with additional felony counts of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine, bail jumping and a misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

• Just like Colfax, the Village of Elk Mound could be facing phosphorus discharge problems the village learned at the November 7 meeting.

• Russ Knutson, who played high school football for the Colfax Vikings in the 1950s, was inducted into UW-Eau Claire’s athletic Hall of Fame for 2012 at the UW-EC football game October 13.

November 21, 2012

• Harold Halfin of Menomonie, a World War II veteran, did a presentation at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center November 12 about the Freedom Honor Flight he took to Washington D.C. in September.

• The Dunn County Board approved the mining overlay district ordinance at the November 13 meeting on a vote of 21 in favor and eight opposed.

• The Dunn County Board approved a $69 million budget and a $21 million tax levy at the November 13 meeting. The budget represents a .04 percent increase over last year.

• Dunn County Highway Commissioner M.O. (Mully) Brendan is retiring, and Jesse Rintala, the county’s highway engineer, has been appointed to serve as an interim highway commissioner, Gene Smith, county manager, announced at the November 13 county board meeting.

• A 21-year-old Eau Claire man, Jordan R. Dickinsen, pleaded guilty in Dunn County Circuit Court November 12 to the armed robbery of the I-94 Mart in Elk Mound in November of last year.

• The Colfax Vikings basketball team won their season opener over Plum City on a score of 79 to 37 November 15.

November 28, 2012

• The Elk Mound school district will offer four additional sections of biology and general science and four sections of algebra and geometry.

• Representatives for the state Department of Natural Resources say Colfax must have pollutant trading agreements in place by spring planting for 2013.

• A sign for the Juel Olson Maytag business that was displayed at The Farmhouse Cafe in Colfax has been taken to Sheboygan by relatives to be presented to Olson’s daughter, Janice Hill.

• The Lady Vikings won their season opener basketball game over Plum City 60-27 on November 20.

December 5, 2012

• Former Colfax district administrator Dennis Geissler died November 28 at his home in Chetek at the age of 58.

• The new county Highway G bridge by Jake’s Supper Club is now open after being closed since early July. The bridge that was removed was built in 1934.

• The Elk Mound Village Board is considering options for their police department now that Elk Mound Police Chief Randy Bartelt has retired.

• The Colfax Village Board approved a $1.1 million budget for 2013 at a special meeting on November 15.

• Brandon L. Hurlburt, 18, Cadott, pleaded guilty in Dunn County Circuit Court on November 26 to a charge of armed robbery in connection with an incident at the I-94 Mart in November of 2011.

• The undefeated Elk Mound boys’ basketball team won over Elmwood 55 to 49 on November 27 and over St. Croix Central 54 to 18 two days later.

December 12, 2012

• The first snow day of the year for the Colfax school district occurred December 10 following more than a foot of snow on December 9.

• Elk Mound is one of the few municipalities in the state with an emergency operations plan, according to Bruce Brantner, Dunn County emergency management coordinator, at the Elk Mound Village Board’s December 5 meeting.

• Dave Lew, a teacher in the Elk Mound school district for 11 years who has been active in coordinating the youth sports program, has been named the new head football coach for next fall. Lew worked as an assistant coach under Dan Pedersen, who began working in the Elk Mound district in 1974.

• The Colfax Vikings suffered their first loss of the season December 8 to the Regis Ramblers on a score of 44 to 41.

December 19, 2012

• The Colfax Village Board approved borrowing $1.3 million at the December 10 meeting to refinance existing debit and for other projects.

• Colfax Elementary students and staff members enjoyed a visit from Ronald McDonald on December 12.

• The Colfax Vikings suffered their first conference loss to Elmwood December 11 on a score of 79 to 74.

• The Elk Mound boys’ basketball team brought their conference record to 5-0 with a win December 11 over Spring Valley on a score of 65 to 41.

December 26, 2012

• Results from a survey distributed by the Elk Mound Plan Commission revealed that community members want a community center, a library, and an assisted living facility.

• The cash flow and fund balance for the Elk Mound school district has been steadily improving since 2009, Elk Mound Board of Education members learned December 17.