2013 Year in Review – First Quarter – Tribune
January 2: FIRE STRIKES BOYCEVILLE HOME – Early morning Dec. 30, flames of unknown origin destroyed a home on the corner of Main Street and Highway 79 in Boyceville.
FOUR LOCALS WIN INDIVIDUAL WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Josh Cormican, Austin Moe, Riley Knops, and Adam Holmquist each claimed individual wrestling championships at the 2012 Northern Badger Wrestling Classic Dec. 28 and 29.
ELECTION NOMINATION PAPERS DUE JANUARY 2: Several offices are up for nomination in area townships at the April 2, 2013 spring election, and the final day to file nomination papers is on Wednesday, January 2 and 5 p.m.
January 9: GC SCHOOL FOREST IMPROVEMENTS: A three-year management plan was made to make the stand of trees on the east edge of the school’s property a usable educational area. An improvement cut this fall was made to harvest the trees.
IS WIND TURBINE NOISE A THREAT? One study that was recently filed with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission suggests that low frequency noise from wind turbines may cause motion sickness-like symptoms in some people exposed to noise frequencies. However, another study found no link between wind farm sound and health impacts.
COUNCIL ASKED ABOUT COUNTY HEALTHCARE LAND – When asked about selling county owned land at the health care facility in New Richmond, Mayor John Larson was in favor of waiting and most agreed that renting the land out on a five-year contract was the best for the county.
January 16: WAYERSKI SENTENCED – Former Wheeler Police Chief Gary Wayerski has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and 16 years of probation for his conviction on 16 felonies related to sex crimes involving teenage boys.
VILLAGE MOVES AHEAD WITH REMODELING – The Boyceville Village Board moved ahead with plans to convert the former Chevrolet garage facility into a new home for the ambulance service.
ST. CROIX COUNTY APPROVES LAND SALE – The St. Croix County Board of Supervisors passed the resolution to sell the county land for a capital projects fund on Tuesday, Jan. 8 on a narrow 10-8 vote.
January 23: KRUEGER ELECTED CHAIR: The Boyce-ville Community Fire District Board and Ambulance District Board have both elected Boyceville Village President Gilbert Krueger as chair of the districts.
INCUMBENTS AREN’T RUNNING: Town of Tiffany chairman Tom Humpal, Town of Glenwood clerk Juanita James, and Downing village president Gilbert Mounce are not seeking another term this election.
TRIES TO KEEP AWAY EVICTION: A rural Glenwood Township resident attempted to keep St. Croix County Sheriff’s Deputies from evicting her from a farm home on 130th Avenue.
January 30: NEW FATHER AT ST. JOHN’S: St. John’s Catholic Church has welcomed father John Long into the parish as of November 28, 2012.
SAND MINE TOPIC AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: The Glenwood City Board of Education held their meeting Monday night where Scott Teigen along with community members Barry Peterson, Jerry and Katie Leonard and Chris and Deanna Schone spoke about the proposed sand mine on the properties of Teigen and Bob Crosby.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT DCEDC MEETING: Mark Tyler, founder and CEO of OEM Fabricators out of Woodville was the keynote speaker at the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting. on January 22.
February 6: COUNTY APPROVES MINING INTO GROUNDWATER AT WILSON QUARRY: The St. Croix County Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved an amendment to the Milestone Materials special exception permit to mine into the groundwater at the Wilson quarry in the Town of Springfield.
THREE CHAMPIONS: Josh Cormican, Riley Knops and Adam Holmquist won conference titles at the Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Wrestling Challenge at River Falls High School.
CITY APPROVES STREET VACATION: The Glenwood City Common Council held their monthly meeting on Monday evening, February 4, and approved the vacation of the portion of 6th Street lying north of Oak Street. This action was considered for the construction and expansion of Glenhaven.
February 13: FIRE DAMAGES TOWN OF STANTON HOME: On Thursday, Feb. 7 the Boyceville Fire Dept. was called to the home of Becky Reinhold, 81982 890th Ave in Boyceville around 12:40 p.m. for a fire. A wood stove in the basement is believed to be the cause.
VILLAGE BOARD TAKES LEAD ON LOAN: At their Feb. 11 meeting, the Boyceville Village Board has taken the lead on a $248,000 state trust fund loan to remodel the former Chevrolet building to house the ambulance service.
NEW SHOW COMBO FOR PICKLE FEST: A new combination classic car show, fly-in and aircraft show that includes a “radar run” could be a part of this year’s Cucumber Festival in Boyceville.
February 20: EIGHT TO STATE: Four Glenwood City and four Boyceville wrestlers are heading to the Kohl Center in Madison for the wrestling championships. From Glenwood are Riley Knops, Adam Holmquist, Austin Moe, and Isaac Tuttle. From Boyceville are Dominic Olson, Josh Cormican, Austin Wolfe and Bryor Hellmann.
PSC ISSUES DECISION ON WIND FARM APPLICATION: On February 14 the members of the Public Service Commission decided on a 2-1 vote to deny an application of Highland Wind Farm LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Construct a 102.5 megawatt Wind electric Facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon.
GCPD GETS NEW SECURITY CAMERAS: The Glenwood City Police Department now has a new video camera system installed in both Glenwood City Police cars.
BOYCEVILLE TO CONSIDER SATURDAY GRADUATION: The Boyceville Board of Education is contemplating whether to change high school graduation from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.
February 27: GCHS VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN ANNOUNCED: Kaylin Spaeth has been named the Glenwood City High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian, and Ethan Brandt has been named Salutatorian.
SAND MINE MEETINGS: On Feb. 25 the Glenwood City city council heard about a request to annex some 400 acres of land in the Town of Glenwood into the city. The land is the site of a proposed frac sand mine on the property owned by Scott Teigen and Robert Crosby. Over 60 people attended the special meeting. An informational meeting about frac sand mining was also held at Holy Cross on Feb. 18.
SENIOR CENTER KING AND QUEEN: Gloria Mueller and Jack Kuehl were crowned as the Glenwood City Senior Center Royalty on Feb. 14.
SILVER AND BRONZE: Austin Moe, Riley Knops and Josh Cormican came home as State Silver Medalists from the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament held this past weekend in Madison, while Adam Holmquist secured his second straight bronze.
March 6: BISHOP VISITS AREA PARISHES: Area Methodist churches, including the Glen Hills Parish received a visit from the Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference of United Methodist Church Hee-Soo-Jung last week.
NEW AMBULANCE DIRECTORS: The Glenwood City Council learned that current ambulance director, Alisa Eggert, was resigning at the end of this month, and that Char Draxler and Julie Lee have agreed to shared the duties of director and the council agreed to that.
SHEILA VISITS GLENWOOD SCHOOLS: Wisconsin State Senator Sheila Harsdorf took time out of her busy schedule to visit the Glenwood City School district on Monday, March 4.
HIGHLAND EMERGENCY REQUEST TOO SOON: The Public Service Commission appears to have denied a request from Highland Wind Farm to reconsider denying the Town of Forest wind farm application because the request came too soon.
March 13: GCSD TO BUILD NEW TRACK, SCIENCE LABS: The Glenwood City Board of Education announced earlier this winter that they would be using a $1 million loan from Hiawatha National Bank for the construction of a new track that will be football ready, new science labs and a new road that will connect the elementary to the high school.
GLENHAVEN GROUNDBREAKING: Glenhaven will launched the construction of its new nursing home facility with a public ground braking ceremony on Thursday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m.
GCSD TEACHER AWARDED: Carrie Hentz, the Business and Marketing Teacher at Glenwood City, received a 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award from Governor Scott Walker last Friday, March 1.
March 20: PSC’s FINAL DECISION: The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has issued the final written decision denying the Highland Wind Farm application for the Towns of Forest and Cylon. The 32-page decisions is dated March 15.
WHEELER AGREES TO $100,000 INVESTMENT: The Wheeler Village Board has agreed to invest $100,000 from Wisconsin Industrial Sand in a Money Market account and a certificate of deposit.
BOYCEVILLE AMBULANCE PASSES ON DEAL: Board members for the Boyceville Ambulance District have reluctantly decided not to purchase a used ambulance for $35,000 described as the “Cadillac” of ambulances.
March 27: BOYCEVILLE PLAYGROUND: The Boyceville Lions Club has announced plans to expand the playground equipment at Pafko Park in Boyceville by adding an additional 2500 sq. ft. of playground area. The Boyceville Lions Club is leading the project
DAIRY BARN #2 GOES UP. The construction for the second dairy barn on the St. Croix County Fairgrounds is currently underway, and the barn will be completed for the 2013 County Fair.
WHEELER APPLIES FOR WATER RATE INCREASE: The Village of Wheeler has applied to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a water rate increase of 21%.
GOERS PLEADS GUILTY: Jonlee Goers of Minneapolis, who was accused of taking a hostage in the Town of Sherman and stealing his car at knifepoint of April 2012, has been found guilty in Dunn County Court.