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Tribune Press Reporter – A review of the top news headlines for 2014 – April, May, June

Tribune Press Reporter – A review of the top news headlines for 2014 – April, May, June

 APRIL

April 2: On Thursday, March 27, Glenwood City senior Bailey Britton attended the first annual “Qubies Gayla” at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she was recognized with the Outstanding Community Ally Award.

CITY CEMETERY RECEIVES SETTLEMENT: The City Cemetery at Glenwood City has received a cash settlement with DuPont over the spraying of the cemetery lawn with a DuPont chemical called Imprelis. The total amount of the settlement is $298,597.45.

LAPEAN ORDERED TO JAIL: A Dunn County judge has lifted the stay on jail time and has ordered Greg LaPean, the former owner of LaPean Implement in Menomonie, to report to jail by 5 p.m. April 27. LaPean was convicted in 2011 of defrauding a New Auburn bank out of several hundred thousand dollars in a case involving 18 pieces of missing farm equipment that served as collateral for a loan.

April 9: WRITE-IN CHALLENGES FAIL: In last Tuesday’s election, City of Glenwood City incumbents Mayor John Larson and Council Members Nancy Hover and Dave Graese were returned to their positions. Ken Peterson was also elected to serve on the council.

BOYCEVILLE COULD LOSE ROUTE TO SCHOOL GRANT: Through no fault of anyone associated with Boyceville, the village could lose its $252,300 Safe Routes to School grant. The state legislature’s deadline has been shortened from 10 years to four years, which will hurt a number of smaller municipalities, like Boyceville, that received a grant but have not yet completed advertising for bids and signing a contract with a contractor, said Kevin Meyer of Corre Inc.

STEVE’S STORY: A four-part story about Steve Bird’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease will be republished in this paper. The story was written by Kaye Bird who writes for the Gateway News, and also Steve Bird’s aunt. The editor has been graciously allowed the story to be printed in the Tribune Press Reporter.

April 16: NEW GC PRINCIPAL: At Monday night’s meeting, the Glenwood City Board of Education unanimously approved Patrick Gretzlock as the new High School/Middle School Principal.

CITY APPROVES SAND MINE AGREEMENT, WAITS FOR SCHOOL: Near the end of a three-hour meeting the City Council voted to accept the Non Metallic Mining agreement with Vista Sand, but will wait for thirty days to allow the school district and Vista Sand to come to an agreement over a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

SMALL STEP FORWARD WITH BOYCEVILLE ROUTE TO SCHOOL GRANT: Gilbert Krueger, Boyceville village president, reported at the April 14 meeting that during a telephone conference with Kevin Meyer of Corre Inc. he had learned that Meyer was intending to submit the final plat to the railroad either April 14 or April 15. Once railroad officials receive the map, they can do the work necessary to help move the process along, Krueger said.

April 23: KRUEGER ELECTED AS FIRE AND AMBULANCE DISTRICT CHAIR: Gilbert Krueger has once again been elected as chair of both the Boyceville Fire District and the Boyceville Ambulance District.

BOYCEVILLE NEEDS BUS DRIVERS: The Boyceville School District is in desperate need of bus drivers. The school district [has] only one substitute driver left, said Kevin Sipple, district administrator at the monthly meeting held Monday night.

DUNN COUNTY DONATES TO YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION: The Dunn County Board has approved a request from the Menomonie Youth Hockey Association for $100,000 toward improvements at the ice arena in the Dunn County Rec Park.

April 30: REMODELING NO LONGER AN OPTION AT BOYCEVILLE: Remodeling the Boyceville fire station is no longer an option. The Village of Boyceville has chosen not to vacate the fire station, and Brian Marlette, Boyceville fire chief, has checked out available buildings in Boyceville and none of them are suitable for a fire station, said Rich Monn, chair of the Boyceville Fire District’s five-year planning committee at a meeting held April 22.

BOYCEVILLE PROM KING AND QUEENS ANNOUNCED: Kamden Casey was chosen as Prom king at this year’s Boyceville Junior Prom held Saturday, April 26. He reigned alongside a pair of young ladies – McKenzie Schultz and Kendall Wold, who were both crowned queens of the 2014 formal after they had finished in a tie for the honor.

GC FFA TO STAY: A group of roughly 20 agriculture and FFA supporters filled the room at the School Board meeting on Monday night after they heard word that the program might be cut. Once the comments were through, President Charles Rasmussen thanked everyone in attendance for showing their support. Rasmussen reassured each of them that there has been no discussion about cutting the program, but that in fact, the Board just decided to post for a full-time agriculture teacher position.

MAY

May 7:  BHS STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL MERIT AWARD: Boyceville High School senior, Peter Duerst, has earned the National Merit Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence.  He is the recipient of the National Merit Corporate Scholarship from the Mead Witter Foundation

GC PROM KING AND QUEEN ANNOUNCED: Glenwood City celebrated its 2014 Junior Prom Saturday, May 3. Tyler Woodruff and Nikki Gabbert were chosen as this year’s king and queen.

SMITH SALES MERGER: Rollie Smith of Croix Sales in Elmwood and Spencer Smith of Spencer’s Sales in Downing have joined together to form a new auction company, now called Spencer Sales.

May 14: GC CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ANNEXATION:  The City Council approved the annexation of three parcels of land from the Town of Glenwood. This is a major step forward to allow for the development of a frac sand mine. About 70 people filled the Community Center for the regular monthly council meeting to participate in the discussion.

GC STUDENT WINS ART AWARD: Garrett Gross, a kindergartener in the Glenwood City Elementary, recently was awarded a Sargent Art Award at the Wisconsin State Art Competition that was held on April 4, 2014.  The Sargent Art Company awards one student per state in grades K-5 with an award for best in show. Garrett’s drawing won the elementary category for all of Wisconsin.

DOUG HELLENDRUNG RETIRES FROM BOYCEVILLE PUBLIC WORKS: The Village of Boyceville is saying goodbye to Doug Hellendrung as he is set to officially retire on May 20 after nearly 20 years of service.

May 21: TIFFANY NOW PART OF BOYCEVILLE AMBULANCE DISTRICT:  After much discussion at the annual meeting and discussion among the town board members, the Tiffany Town Board has approved putting 100 percent of the township into the Boyceville ambulance district.

GC CITY COUNCIL MEMBER DIES: David Graese, 63, passed away Friday, May 16th. He had been a member of the City Council for many years and a Glenwood City businessman, operating the GCMI Building Supply along with his brother Michael. He was active in community affairs having served on the Fire Department, the ambulance service, church council and other civic groups.

BOYCEVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH ELK MOUND THEFT: A 31-year-old Boyceville woman has pleaded no contest and has been found guilty of stealing $48,000 from Bremer Bank in Elk Mound. Amber C. Goodell was charged with one felony count of theft from a financial institution.

May 28: JOE GRANT RETIRES FORM GLEN HILLS COUNTY PARK: After coming to the Glen Hills County Park in September of 1976, Joe Grant has said goodbye to the career and hello to retirement after providing 38 years of service.

FLOWERS TAKEN FROM NEW HAVEN CEMETERY: Some 250 flowers and floral arrangements that had been placed on several graves in the Town of New Haven Cemetery earlier this month were quickly taken by an unknown and unidentified individual or individuals leaving town resident and cemetery sexton Jayme Beyrer deeply disgusted and saddened by the theft.

ST. CROIX COUNTY JUDGE TO ISSUE WRITTEN JUDGEMENT ON TURBINES: St. Croix County judge Judge Edward Vlack said he will issue a written decision concerning a request by the Forest Voice to add information to the record of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s approval of the Highland Wind Farm. He heard oral arguments in St. Croix County Circuit Court May 21 from attorneys representing Highland Wind Farm and an attorney representing the citizens’ group the Forest Voice.

JUNE

June 4: AMMONIA LEAK SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL: An ammonia leak at the Big River Resources ethanol plant located along State Road 170 just east of the Village of Boyceville sent one person to the hospital Thursday, May 29 and initiated protocol for a hazardous material incident.

GC GOLF TEAM WINS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN: The Glenwood City Golf Team scored a three-peat when it captured its third straight Dunn-St. Croix Conference championship last Thursday, May 22 following the conference tournament at Pheasant Hills near Hammond. 2014 varsity team members are Jordan Hill, Jake Hierlmeier, Nick Mrdutt, Nathan Mrdutt, and Garrett Schemionek.

BOYCEVILLE PROFESSOR RECEIVES AWARD: Physics Professor Earl Blodgett has been named the 2014 Distinguished Teacher at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. This award, the highest honor that a faculty member can receive from the university, recognizes excellence in both teaching and mentoring students. Blodgett lives on the same farm he grew up on east of Boyceville.

June 11: STEVE LEE APPOINTED TO CITY COUNCIL: Steve Lee has been appointed to the Glenwood City Council to fill the open seat created by the death of Dave Graese. Lee was appointed to the city council at Monday night’s meeting on a tie vote broken by Mayor John Larson.

EMHOLTZ RECOGNIZED FOR TEN YEARS OF SERVICE: To conclude the regular school board meeting, President Charles Rasmussen stood and gave praise to Tim Emholtz for his ten years of dedication and service to the Glenwood City School District.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES PARK IMPROVEMENTS: The local Lions Club fund-raiser to have new playground equipment at Pafko Park is coming to a conclusion. At Monday night’s village board meeting the board approved several items that will allow the installation of new equipment and a location for it at the park.

June 18: WILSON LUTHERAN CHURCH TO CELEBRATE 125TH ANNIVERSARY: Wilson Lutheran Church was founded on March 31, 1889 at the home of Louis Peterson in Wilson, WI. Wilson Lutheran Church is located 2 ½ miles south of Wilson at 401 310th St.

128TH INFANTRY MEMORIAL HIGHWAY PHASE ONE COMPLETE:  press release was given on June 10, 2013 by the American Veterans (AMVETS) that stated that Phase one of the 128th Infantry Memorial Highway in St. Croix County has been completed. To make Phase one final, the Department of Transportation will be placing the Memorial marker in Glenwood City sometime in early July.

BOYCEVILLE AMBULANCE SEEKS DEMOLITION EXPERTS: Now that the Boyceville Ambulance District is planning to tear down the former Chevrolet building on Race Street and constructing a new building to house the EMTs — they need a demolition expert.

June 25: DENNY GRAVERMOEN CELEBRATES 45TH YEAR AT KADINGER’S: Only one person has spent over 40 years at Kadinger’s Auto and Truck Parts Salvage and Recycling and that would be salesman, Denny Gravermoen. Denny started his career at Kadinger’s on June 1, 1969.

GLENWOOD CITY GETS NEW AMBULANCE: GLENWOOD CITY TOOK DELIVERY of a new ambulance June 19. The new unit is a custom-built Road Rescue model mounted on a 2014 Ford E-450 chassis. The vehicle cost approximately $175,000.

DUNN COUNTY APPROVES TWO REFERENDUM QUESTIONS: The Dunn County Board has approved putting two advisory referendum questions on the ballot for the November election. The first of the advisory questions will ask voters to give their opinion on whether the governor and the state legislature should accept federal funding to expand BadgerCare to cover people with an income of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The second question will ask voters to give their opinion on whether the United States Constitution should be amended to state that only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights and that money is not speech.