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Colfax Year in Review: April, May, June 2013

Compiled by LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — From the Colfax Messenger archives covering the second quarter of 2013.

April 3, 2013

• Edward Ackerman of E.A. Ackerman Dairy Products out of Colfax presented a check for $3,000 to the Colfax EMS Association March 27. The money will be used to purchase two laptop computers, one for each of the Colfax Rescue Squad’s two ambulances. The computers will be used for EKG results, documentation and reports.

• The Dunn County Board’s Ad Hoc Space Needs committee reviewed preliminary plans for remodeling the Dunn County Health Care Center for offices at a cost of $11.5 million. The committee decided to ask the Dunn County Board for funding at the May meeting.

April 10, 2013

• Scott Gunnufson, village trustee, was elected as village president in the April 2 election. Gunnufson was appointed to the village board the previous fall following the resignation of Tina Bradford, who had been appointed after the resignation of Mike Laska.

• A fire in the early morning hours of April 5 destroyed the scragg mill at Big Timber Sawmill in Colfax. The Elk Mound Fire Department and the Menomonie Fire Department provided aid to the Colfax Fire Department.

• The family of Josie Gorell donated $2,000 toward the library and community center project in Elk Mound. Josie Gorell, age 11, died September 21, 2012, after battling a rare brain tumor for most of her life.

• The Colfax Village Board approved a new EMT pay scale at a special meeting April 1. Instead of $3.50 or $4.50 an hour, EMTs will be paid $20 or $30 per ambulance run.

April 17, 2013

• Bryan Yantes of Coit Cleaners in St. Paul re-installed stage curtains and the valance in the Colfax Municipal Building Auditorium April 4. The 80-year old curtains and the valance were cleaned by hand.

• Five people were arrested in Colfax drug raids April 5: Karen A. Herrera; Leo P. Herrera; Jami A. Golden; William J. Lambei; Michael A. Smith.

• The Colfax Village Board approved spending $11,000 for a Porta Tower that will be used when the Colfax water tower is offline for a month while being painted.

April 24, 2013

• The fourth attorney to represent former Colfax resident Michael Fodness, Shirlene Perrin, has asked to withdraw from the case. Perrin filed a motion to withdraw in Dunn County April 16. Fodness is charged with multiple sex crimes involving young girls.

• The Colfax Board of Education voted to increase lunch prices by ten cents to $1.45 for four-year-old students; K-5 to $2.20; grades 6-12 to $2.35 and staff and adults to $3.35.

• Two men who were arrested in a drug raid April 5 — Leo P. Herrera and Michael A. Smith — were arrested again after an altercation involving a pool stick and a knife.

May 1, 2013

• The Colfax Village Board approved annexing 1.6 acres from the Town of Colfax at the April 22 meeting for a proposed expansion by Timber Technologies.

• The Colfax public works director has recommended an overhaul of Railroad Avenue from West Street to Dunn Street.

• The Colfax Village Board considered refinancing $1.3 million in revenue bonds April 22 and adding $360,000 for financing sewer and water for the Park Drive extension by Colfax Health and Rehab’s new facility and for painting and repairing the water tower.

• The Colfax girls’ softball team played their first game of the season April 25 in a double header against Spring Valley at Pepin. The season has been delayed by snow.

May 8, 2013

• A “winter storm” that stretched from Texas to Lake Superior dumped up to 18 inches of wet, heavy snow in West Central Wisconsin May 2, prompting one gentleman to ride his snowmobile through Stewart Park the next day.

• The Dunn County Board held a special meeting May 1 to review plans for remodeling the old health care center for offices. Borrowing another $17 million for building projects was expected to add $11 to the property taxes per $100,000 of property value.

• A new attorney has been appointed to represent former Colfax resident Michael Fodness. Thomas A. Starr is the fifth attorney assigned to the case.

• The Colfax boys’ baseball team won their first game at Carson Park April 29 over Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran.

May 15, 2013

• Three traffic accidents occurred in the Colfax area from May 4 through May 7. Tristan Wolff, 25, rolled his vehicle on state Highway 170 on May 7. On May 6, Marisa Prince, 16, lost control of her vehicle on county Highway M. On May 4, Karen Herrera, 51, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto state Highway 29 and turned into a vehicle driven by Debra Pickerign of Brandywine, Maryland.

• Mark David Monson, 37, Eau Claire, and Misty D. Cox, 39, Ridgeland, were found guilty of burglary and criminal damage to property at a Sand Creek residence last June.

• The Colfax Commercial Club was revived at a meeting May 7 at Lynn’s Brewed Awakenings Coffee Shop to promote the Colfax area and to plan the Colfax Sesquicentennial in July of 2014.

• Graduation ceremonies were held May 17 at Colfax High School and Elk Mound High School.

May 22, 2013

• The Dunn County Board at the May meeting approved borrowing $17 to remodel the old health care center, to remodel the Government Center and to purchase a new accounting system.

• An economic study completed by Dr. Thomas Michael Power, a University of Montana economist who has studied the mining industry for 45 years, concluded that the benefit of frac sand mining will be minimal — if any — to the local economy. The study was released at a news conference May 15 at the Auburn Town Hall on state Highway 64.

• A total of 24 Colfax graduates collected over $240,000 in scholarships this year.

May 29, 2013

• Denmark Dairy, south of Colfax on county Highway B, will be the host this year for the Dunn County Dairy Breakfast. Denmark Dairy is owned an operated by Mary and Dennis Kragness and Mandy, Karl and Olivia Kragness.

• Jacob H. Foslid, 21, of Colfax, faces a variety of drug-related charges along with battery to an unborn child, domestic abuse, bail jumping and disorderly conduct.

• The Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Dunn County to purchase rehabilitation equipment.

• The Elk Mound school district will save $130,000 by changing vendors for the HVAC contract from Trane to the J.F. Ahern Company.

• Elk Mound will send four team members to the state track and field meet.

• The Colfax track and field teams will be represented by three sectional winners and seven individuals at the state meet in LaCrosse.

June 5, 2013

• The Colfax Board of Education is contemplating borrowing up to $2 million for an energy efficiency project.

• Colfax authorized the sale of $1.16 million in water and sewer revenue bonds to refinance existing debt and new money for water and sewer improvements for the Park Drive extension and for repairing and painting the water tower.

• The Colfax Village Board has approved patching Railroad Avenue, Cedar Street and Roosevelt Street at a cost of about $25,000.

• A fifth jury trial has been scheduled for former Colfax resident Michael Fodness in Rusk County in September.

• The Elk Mound baseball team won another regional championship against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser May 30. It was the fourth regional title in five years for the Mounders.

• The Elk Mound softball team lost the sectional final May 30 against the Grantsburg Pirates at Fall Creek May 30.

June 12, 2013

• The Colfax Board of Education held a special meeting June 4 to vote on borrowing up to $2 million for the energy efficiency project and to discuss the scope of the project. School board members could not reach an agreement and were expected to consider the question again at the June 17 meeting.

• The Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center’s capital campaign has raised $135,000 as of June 3.

• The 94th Colfax Free Fair is scheduled to begin June 13.

• The Elk Mound baseball team lost to Osseo-Fairchild 3-0 in the sectional game June 4.

June 19, 2013

• Dunn County Clerk Marilyn Hoyt passed away June 4.

• A total of 31 animals were sold at the FFA Alumni Auction June 16. Prices for hogs ranged from $1.85 to $3.10 per pound, while prices for sheep ranged from $2.60 to $4 per pound. The beef steer sold for $2.10 per pound.

• The Colfax Village Board approved a site plan contract with Cedar Corporation for Timber Tech and Anderson Bridges June 10.

June 26, 2013

• An incident with a knife in the Cedar Country Cooperative parking lot ended with two arrests: Michael A.T. Smith and Joshua Gibson.

• The Colfax Sesquicentennial is scheduled for June 17 through June 20, 2014.

• The Colfax Board of Education approved a $1.9 million energy efficiency project.

• The Dunn County Board has appointed Vickie Wente as the acting county clerk until a permanent county clerk can be appointed.