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Boyceville break-ins part of bigger problem

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — Break-ins at storage units in Boyceville are part of a problem that extends to Dunn County and beyond.

Boyceville Police Chief Dan Wellumson reported on the burglaries at the Boyceville Village Board’s Monday night meeting.

Seven storage units have been broken into at the storage facility on state Highway 79, Police Chief Wellumson said.

Similar types of burglaries are occurring around Dunn County and in surrounding counties, he said.

In each of the Boyceville break-ins, the perpetrators cut the locks and then removed them from the storage units and took the locks with them when they left, he said.

Unfortunately, heavy rain has obliterated any footprints or tire tracks, Police Chief Wellumson said.

In one storage unit, nothing appeared to have been disturbed and nothing was missing, while in another storage unit, several rifles and shotguns were stolen, he said.

Boyceville Village President Gilbert Krueger wondered why anyone would keep weapons in a storage unit.

One audience member commented that a storage unit did not seem like a very safe place to store weapons.

Police Chief Wellumson said he is working with Dunn County investigators, and that leads have been developed and potential suspects identified.

Cucumber Festival

During the Boyceville Cucumber Festival in August, no citations were issued and no arrests were made, Police Chief Wellumson told the village board.

“That’s never happened before,” he said.

Police officers broke up a few fights, but each of the incidents was resolved without making any arrests, he said.

The Radar Run, which was held for the second year during Pickle Fest, featured twice as many cars over the number that participated during the first year, Police Chief Wellumson reported.

During the festival, three campers approached the police chief to comment on the cost of camping, he said.

The people were not angry or belligerent, but they commented that the camping fee of $25 per night was much higher than fees charged by other municipalities for similar accommodations, Police Chief Wellumson said.

The campers reported that in other communities, a fee of $25 per night would include a sewer hookup, electrical hookup and water at the the site, he said.

Other business

In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:

• Learned that the police department had an unexpected expense of $1,500 because the department’s computer had crashed and a new computer was purchased.

• Approved a building permit application for ABHR Restoration and Cleaning at 1245 Nelson Drive for an addition. The approval is contingent upon state-approval of the building plans.

• Approved a temporary Class “B” license to sell fermented malt beverages requested by the Boyceville Firefighters’ Association for the Lion’s Club fall banquet at the fire station September 20 and for the Thunder in the Pines tractor pull September 13.

• Approved an application for a bartender operator’s license for Emily Shafer for the period ending June 30, 2015.

• Approved advertising for a public works employee to replace Doug Hellendrung, who recently retired.

• Decided to take no action on increasing municipal court fees. The state has approved increasing the maximum allowable court fee from $28 to $38.

The state would still receive $5 from each fee, but Boyceville would collect $10 more from each court case if the fee increase were approved.

• Approved transferring Boyceville’s 2012 airport entitlement to Reedsburg in exchange for Reedsburg’s 2019 airport entitlement. Several village board members noted that there are no current improvement projects at the airport and that Boyceville still has entitlement funds remaining from other years.