Year in Review: October, November and December 2013

Compiled by LeAnn R. Ralph

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

October 2, 2013

• Jesse D. Thoms, 22, and Richard J. Lipina, 24, were arrested about 11:15 p.m. September 18, after Colfax police officer Michael Madrid observed them loading property into their vehicle that belonged to Canadian National Railroad.

• William J. Lambie II was arrested on University Avenue in Colfax September 23 after leading sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase west and north of Colfax.

• The Colfax Village Board approved a five-year capital improvement plan for street repair at a total estimated cost of $1.29 million September 23.

• A photo that recently surfaced of downtown Colfax labeled 1898 shows circus posters on the side of a building — the same circus posters are now on display in the Colfax Municipal Building, thanks to Colfax historian Troy Knutson.

• The Colfax Village Board approved spending $3,000 on new banners for Main Street September 23. The Colfax Woman’s Club will donate $500 toward the banners, which will be purchased in time for the Colfax Sesquicentennial Celebration July 17-20, 2014.

October 9, 2013

• The Elk Mound Board of Education approved hiring another teacher September 30 to accommodate increased enrollment at Mound View Elementary.

• The American Legion Post 131 made several donations to local groups for their help at the beer tent at the Colfax Free Fair in June: $1,000 to the Colfax firefighters; $500 to the Colfax Snowdrifters snowmobile club; $500 to the Colfax FFA Alumni.

• State Representative Tom Larson and state Senator Terry Moulton got an earful about sand mines and school vouchers October 2 at the New Auburn village hall.

• Preliminary results are in that the use of alum has cut the phosphorus discharge in half from the Colfax wastewater treatment facility.

October 16, 2013

• Juan Colohua-Cervantes, 29, and Gervasio Cervantes Sanchez, 30, were killed when their car struck a semi-truck while crossing state Highway 29 at 970th Street in the Town of Elk Mound at 1:30 a.m. October 9. One person in the vehicle also was injured, but no additional information was available from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.

• Jessica Moonen and Rhett Kragness were crowned Colfax High School homecoming king and queen October 11 at the coronation dance.

• Bess and Merlin Jackson of Colfax celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary October 6.

• A $10,000 reward by an anonymous person has been offered for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fatal injuries in July to Leo, an Appaloosa colt owned by Tammy Dahlby of Elk Mound.

• The tax levy for people living in the Colfax fire district — The Towns of Colfax, Grant and Otter Creek and the village of Colfax — will remain at $94,700 for 2014.

October 23, 2013

• The Colfax Village Board voted 4 “no” to 3 “yes” October 14 to not fine business owners who leave their doors unlocked at night or on weekends. Colfax Police Chief Pete Gehring reported that the Colfax Police Department has found unlocked doors at businesses nearly 100 times in the past year.

• The Dunn County Board reviewed a 2014 budget of $71.9 million October 16.

• Three men in a 1999 Mercury passenger car were injured when they collided with a semi-tractor trailer while going the wrong way on I-94 near Elk Mound October 15. Those injured were Jesse Ramirez (25), Isidro S. Sierra (35), and Miguel A. Azua (32).

• After working in Colfax for 13 years, Colfax Police Chief Pete Gehring is planning to retire in April. The Colfax Village Board accepted his letter of retirement October 14.

• Sheila Kolstad DeSchaaf, a 1994 Colfax High School graduate, won $67,789 on a recent Wheel of Fortune episode.

• The Colfax Vikings football team won over Boyceville 18-14 and will move into the playoffs with a game against Edgar.

• The Elk Mound football team ended their season October 18 with a loss to the St. Croix Central Panthers, 41-6.

• The Colfax girls’ volleyball team won the conference title over Spring Valley, their third conference title in five seasons.

• The Colfax boys’ cross country team won another conference title, their fourth straight Dunn-St. Croix conference championship.

• The Colfax girls’ cross country team won their sixth Dunn-St. Croix conference championship in seven years.

October 30, 2013

• Jake Schindler of Colfax creates abstract pieces of art and donated some of his art work recently to the Mayo Clinic Health System emergency/urgent car expansion.

• Jacob Foslid, 22, of Colfax, was sentenced to nine months in jail and two years of probation October 17 in Dunn County Circuit Court for battery to an unborn child, felony bail jumping, fleeing an officer and possession of methamphetamine.

• The Elk Mound Board of Education approved a $2.8 million tax levy October 21.

• A Dunn County judge has extended the probation for one year for Trenton Hollister, who pleaded guilty to shooting three horses in Dunn County and five cows in Barron County in November of 2009. Hollister was 17 at the time.

• The Colfax girls’ volleyball team lost to Grantsburg October 22 to end their season.

• The Elk Mound girls’ volleyball team lost the regional championship to Arcadia October 26.

• The Colfax boys’ football team lost their playoff game to Edgar October 25, 31-6.

• The Colfax girls returned to the state cross country meet, finishing as the sectional runner-up in a field of 14 teams at Boyceville October 26.

November 6, 2013

• The Colfax Board of Education approved an electronic device policy October 28 that prohibits the use of electronic devices in classrooms, media centers and testing centers during the school day unless the student has the prior approval of a teacher or principal.

• An appeal filed by Greg LaPean, 52, the former owner of LaPean Implement, on a conviction of defrauding a New Auburn bank out of more than $100,000 has been denied by the District III Court of Appeals.

• The Colfax Board of Education approved a $2.65 million school tax levy October 28. The school board also learned that the energy efficiency project is expected to save $109,000 this year.

• Dale A. Schneider, 53, of Colfax, was killed November 3 when the 1934 Chevy Coupe he was driving struck a tree in the Town of Tilden. Kari A. Schneider, 25, Schneider’s daughter, was a passenger in the vehicle and was severely injured.

• The Colfax girls’ cross country team placed fourth out of 16 teams in the state cross country meet November 2 in Wisconsin Rapids.

November 13, 2013

• The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators recently named Dr. Ron Walsh, superintendent in Elk Mound, as the School District Administrator of the Year.

• Greg LaPean, former owner of LaPean Implement in Menomonie, has asked the state Supreme Court to review his conviction for defrauding a New Auburn bank out of more than several hundred thousand dollars in a case involving 18 pieces of missing farm equipment that served as collateral for a loan.

• Michael Fodness, 46, formerly of Colfax, was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ten years of extended supervision on charges of child enticement.

November 20, 2013

• The Dunn County Board went on record November 12 as being opposed to proposed legislation that would limit the ability of town boards and county boards to control nonmetallic mining. Senate bill 349 and Assembly bill 476 have been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature and would prohibit local governments from enacting mine licensing ordinances to regulate nonmetallic mining operations.

• Club 40 has reopened with new owners: Joel and Lorie Hilson and Trisha Holmberg.

• The Colfax Village Board on November 12 approved changing the street name by the Cedar Country Cooperative car wash from Park Drive to Short Street and changing the Park Drive by the fairgrounds to Fairview Drive.

• The Dunn County Board approved a $72.2 million budget and a $20.4 million tax levy November 12. The county board also approved a 1.5 percent bonus for administrators.

November 27, 2013

• At a visioning session November 19, Colfax Public Library patrons said they appreciate the library’s staff and services but that the building needs more space.

• Both drivers were injured when a garbage truck ran into a semi-truck on state Highway 29 near Elk Mound November 21. The garbage truck was driven by David Hunt, 32, of Eau Claire, and the semi was driven by Ty Linden, 47, of Deer Park.

• A restitution hearing scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court November 21 for Greg LaPean has been postponed until a remittitur has been received from the Court of Appeals.

• Colfax freshman Abby Suvada represented Wisconsin at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show Cutting Competition in Oklahoma City in August.

December 4, 2013

• Brian Kohnke, 52, Menomonie, was shot in the abdomen during a deer drive between Boyceville and Wheeler on Thanksgiving Day.

• Bob Smail, a groundwater specialist with the DNR, reported at a groundwater forum November 19 at the Dunn County Judicial Center that the number of high capacity wells in Wisconsin continues to increase. The high cap wells pumped 300 billion gallons of water last year.

• Amber C. Goodell, 31, of Boyceville, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court November 26 for allegedly stealing $48,000 from Bremer Bank in Elk Mound.

December 11, 2013

• The Colfax Village Board approved a general fund budget of $1.18 million December 2, along with a rescue squad budget of $435,504, a sewer budget of $179,300, and a water budget of $289,998.

• The Colfax EMS Association has been awarded a $62,000 Otto Bremer Foundation grant to purchase two new Zoll cardiac monitors and defibrillators.

December 18, 2013

• After 37 years, Donna Johnson will be retiring from Bremer Bank December 31.

• Three people were injured and two were killed in two separate head-on collisions in Dunn County on Friday, December 13. The injury accident occurred on state Highway 25 south of Menomonie. The fatalities occurred on state Highway 85 east of Rock Falls: Kimberly Kresen, 19, Eau Claire, and Joyce Dawson, 62, Rock Falls.

December 25, 2013

• Renee Scheidecker Wininger of Eau Claire, formerly of Colfax, donated a kidney through the National Kidney Registry a few weeks ago to a complete stranger.

• Preferred Sands has been ordered to pay $200,000 in a Trempealeau County stormwater violation. Part of the sand that caused the problem with run-off came from the Preferred Sands mine in Cooks Valley.

• Dunn County has hired an application counselor, Kyra Pickett of Colfax, to help county residents with the Affordable Care Act marketplace for purchasing insurance.