TPR – A review of the top news headlines for 2013 – 3rd Quarter

TPR – A review of the top news headlines for 2013 – 3rd Quarter


July 3

NEW ST. CROIX VALLEY VET CLINIC OWNER: The St. Croix County Valley Veterinarian Clinic recently changed ownership, with Dr. Armon Hetzel having sold it to Dr. Vicki Wilke. Dr. Wilke took over the business in June.

NEW GC ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL: The Glenwood City Elementary School will welcome Betsy Haltinner as the new principal starting this fall. Haltinner began at Glenwood in 2001 as the Teach and Program Coordinator for the Transitional Skills Center (TSC).

GC FFA MEMBERS COMPETE AT STATE: Wesley Franklin, Jim Buttles, Kaylin Spaeth, Kaitlin Konder, Jenna Magsam, and Abby Kahler attended the State FFA Convention in Madison on June 10-13th.

July 10

GLENWOOD CITY COUNCIL TO TOUR MENOMONIE SAND MINE: A tour of the Fairmount Minerals sand mine company in Menomonie has been tentatively scheduled for July 11. This will be open to the Glenwood City Council members, Glenwood City School board, non-metallic mining ordinance committee, and possibly Downing.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES CONDITIONAL USE: The Boyceville Village Board has approved a conditional use permit for the expansion of an assisted living facility (Safe Haven Adult Assisted Living LLC).

NEW BOYCEVILLE PLAYGROUND: The Boyceville Village Board has agreed to be a partner with the Boyceville Lions Club on grant applications for playground equipment in Pafko Park

July 17

PSC ORDERS WIND FARM APPLICATION TO BE REOPENED: The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has ordered that the Highland Wind Farm application for the Town of Forest be reopened and has scheduled a public hearing for August.

ASSAULT CASE ARGUMENTS SET FOR SEPTEMBER: The question of whether John Bruce of Wilson should go to trial a second time for the repeated sexual assault of a child that allegedly occurred 15 years ago will be argued on September 6.

FELONY DISMISSED IN LAND TRUST CASE: One felony count of theft and false representation in excess of $10,000 has been dismissed in Dunn County against Richard E. Gauger of Knapp, who was convicted of stealing from the West Wisconsin Land Trust.

July 24

LOCALS CONCERNED ABOUT SAND MINE: Several residents in the surrounding areas have expressed their concerns about Vista Sand and industrial sand mines in general.

MANEY RETURNS TO GLENWOOD SCHOOLS: The Glenwood City School Board welcomed Dana Maney back to the school district as the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. Maney replaces Tonia Kowieski, who resigned.

July 31

BARTZES TRAVEL TO SOUTH AMERICA: Dave and Joan Bartz recently spent just over a week’s time in Santa Fe, Argentina doing volunteer work as a part of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.

VOELTZ IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER ACCIDENT: Scott Voeltz of Emerald suffered serious and life-threatening injuries  Sunday evening July 28 when he struck a deer riding his motorcycle. As of now he is in critical but stable condition at Regions.

DUNN COUNTY APPROVES SAWMILL: The Dunn County Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a special exception for a sawmill and kiln drying operation in the Town of Hay River.


August 7

HIGHWAY 79 WORK PLANNED:  The section of Highway 79 between Boyceville and Connorsville will be worked on to replace some culvert pipes and paving. The construction is scheduled to start mid-August.

BALDWIN MAN JAILED AFTER OBAMA THREATS: Last month Nicholas J. Anderson of Baldwin was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of threatening the president and one count of threatening others through interstate commerce.

DRY CONDITIONS HAMPER CORN: The lack of rain this year has affected corn growth. A report from the Wisconsin Crop Weather says that 13 percent of the corn in the state was either in very poor or poor condition.

August 14

CHERNAKS NAMED CUCUMBER FEST GRAND MARSHALS:  Longtime Boyceville residents Lionel and Trudie Chernak were named the 2013 Grand Marshals of the annual Cucumber Festival, which will be August 16-18.

SCHOOL PROJECTS SIDETRACKED: The Glenwood City School Board learned Monday night that a portion of the new track was wrong.  Three solutions have been suggested but action has been tabled until the Board can hear the opinion from the company who has been doing the pavement.

PETITIONED FOR REFERENDUM: The Glenwood City council received a petition that asked that they approved allowing for a vote of the people of Glenwood City to allow the proposed sand mine acres to be annexed into the city.

August 21

GLENWOOD CITY AMBULANCE RECEIVES GRANT: The Glenwood City Ambulance Service announced that it received a $24,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The grant allowed the ambulance service to purchase a Lucas 2 CPR device and a Stryker Power Lift cot.

BOYCEVILLE FIRE DEPT. AWARDED GRANT: The Boyce-ville fire department has been awarded a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation in the amount of $44,620 for purchasing new extrication equipment.

NEW BOYCEVILLE AMBASSADORS SELECTED: Shayleigh Novotney and Jacob Erickson have been chosen as the 2013-14 Boyceville for the Village of Boyceville. They were selected during last weekend’s annual Cucumber Festival.

DONATION TO LIBRARY: Kasasa Kash Grab sponsored by Peoples State Bank of Boyceville during this year’s Cucumber Festival helped to raise $1,670 for the Boyceville Public Library’s remodeling project.

August 28

SIX VYING FOR MISS GC TITLE: This year’s candidates for the 2013-2014 Miss Glenwood City title are Erin Drinkman, Isabella Nadeau, Gabrielle Porter, Kayla Hanson, Kaitlin Konder, Natasha Rassbach. The queen’s coronation will be held Sat., Sept. 7 during Rustic Lore.

GLENWOOD SCHOOL BOARD DISSATISFIED WITH PROJECT STATUS: As the President of the Board of Education, Charles Rasmussen had no problem expressing his displeasure over the mishaps that have occurred with the projects.

COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCE: There was only one purpose for the special council meeting at the Community Center Monday night, and that was about discussing and approving a new non-metallic mine operator’s license ordinance and repealing the existing ordinance.

WOMEN INVOLVED IN BOYCEVILLE HOSTAGE HOAX FINED: Michelle Renee Lien, 27, from Minnesota, and Holly Berg, 44, of Boyceville, were arrested in connection with a hostage hoax that brought approximately 30 law enforcement officers to Boyceville have been ordered to pay $3,000 in fines, court costs and restitution.

HANESTAD RETIRES: After dedicating 36 years of his life to the Boyceville School district, Larry Hanestad officially hung up his hat as the head maintenance man this spring.


September 4

2013 RUSTIC LORE GRAND MARSHALS: Longtime residents of Glenwood City, Ron and Donna Brettingen, officially joined a special group of individuals who carry the title of Rustic Lore Grand Marshals. The Brettingens helped with and owned several businesses in the area, including the Indianhead truck stop/gas station.

GLENWOOD SCHOOLS WELCOME NEW STAFF: There are six new additions to the Glenwood City School District this year with one new intern in the middle school, two new staff members in the high school and four in the elementary. They are Jared Ley, David Popko, Randy Ketola, Stephanie Briggs, Paige Borgerson, Laura Sperl and Sara L’ Allier.

TEMPERATURE SWING: After posting many days of 90 plus during the heat wave, the early morning temperature was in the low 40s on Tuesday morning, September 3rd.

September 11

NEW ROYALTY: Glenwood City crowned its new royalty on Saturday, September 7 during the annual Rustic Lore Days Celebration. The new royalty are: Miss Glenwood City Isabella Nadeau, 1st Princess Kaitlin Konder, and 2nd Princess, Natasha Rassbach.

GC TABLES ANNEXATION REFERENDUM: The City Council tabled more discussion on the matter of holding a referendum on the possible annexation of property from the Town of Glenwood, which is the proposed site of a sand mine.

BOYCEVILLE TABLES CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: The Boyceville Village Board postponed making a decision on a conditional use permit Monday night requested by Amy Fern for an adult family home at 454 Main Street.

September 18

PHARMACY TO OPEN IN ORMSON’S: Brian Ormson is proud to announce that he will be expanding this fall as Dave and Susie Willink, owners of Village Pharmacy in Baldwin, will be opening up a pharmacy inside the grocery store.

NEW FACES AT GLENHAVEN: Fran Heinbuch and Rachel Heinbuch would like to introduce themselves as they are the latest addition to the staff at Glenhaven Nursing Home. Fran is the new Housing Manager and Rachel is the new Director of Finance.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES PERMIT: The Boyceville Village Board held a special meeting last Wednesday, September 11, where they approved the conditional use permit requested by Amy Fern for the adult family home at the existing structure of 454 Main Street.

BHS WELCOMES NEW FACES: The Boyceville High School recently welcomed Kaitlyn Peot to their staff as she is the newest 7-12th grade English Teacher. Shannon Bignell is the new face in third grade at Tiffany Creek Elementary this year. However, she isn’t quite “new” as she has actually taught for over ten years in the elementary.

September 25

WATHKE NEW DUNN COUNTY CLERK: The Dunn County Board of Supervisors has appointed Julie Wathke as county clerk to fill out the remainder of the term left by the death earlier this year of Marilyn Hoyt.

HOMECOMING COURTS CROWNED: Seniors April Lake and Wyatt Hansen were crowned the 2013 Boyceville High School Homecoming Queen and King last Friday, September 2. Seniors Kayla Bloss and Jacob Carlson  were crowned the Glenwood City Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Monday morning, September 23.

GC RECALL ELECTION: The mayor and two members of the city council are the target of a recall petition. An organization called The Glenwood City Citizens for Legal and Ethical Representation filed against Mayor John Larson and council persons David Graese and Nancy Hover.

‘THE NEIGHBORS OF DUNN COUNTY’ OPENS: The ribbon cutting ceremony at The Neighbors of Dunn County on September 18 marked the official opening of the new senior care facility.