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Tribune Press Reporter – A review of the top news headlines for 2014 – 3rd Quarter

Tribune Press Reporter – A review of the top news headlines for 2014 – 3rd Quarter


July 2

GLENWOOD ALUMNI AUTHOR TO VISIT LIBRARY: Beverly Finn, a Glenwood City alumni and current Illinois resident, will be visiting the Glenwood City High School Library on July 9 to talk about her recently published book titled “You Won’t Be Coming Back”.

GRACE BAPTIST WELCOMES NEW PASTOR: Christopher Ames will now be leading the services at Grace Baptist Church in Boyceville as he officially became the new Pastor on June 22 when he gave his first service. Chris comes to Boyceville from Minneapolis where he and his wife Amanda and nine-month-old daughter, Annika lived for the past six years.

BANK DONATES $5,000 TO GLENHAVEN: Hiawatha National Bank of Glenwood City made a $5,000 donation to Glenhaven’s Fire Recovery Fund last Thursday, June 26. Glenhaven is rebuilding its new facility following the January 14, 2014 fire that destroyed the building that was under construction.

July 9

OWNER OF CAPSIZED BOAT FOUND ALIVE: According to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Jacob Wyss of Boyceville is the owner of the capsized boat on Tainter Lake. The search started after a 911 call came in late Thursday, July 3 to the Dunn County Communications Center that a boat was overturned on Tainter Lake, north of county Highway D in the Town of Tainter.

TORNADO IN COLFAX CAUSES $1 MILLION IN DAMAGE: Damage from the June 27 tornado “is in the $1 million range and could be more,” said Bill Yingst, district administrator of the School District of Colfax at a special emergency meeting July 1.

HEROIN A GROWING EPIDEMIC AMONG WISCONSIN YOUTH: Heroin, at one time known as the “one and done” drug, is circulating heavily in the area once again with seven deaths in the Hudson area alone in 2013 and a total of 35 cases in St. Croix County.

July 17

CITY ISSUES RAZE ORDER: The City Council voted four to two to order a three-unit apartment at 107 Maple Street razed. The order comes after some discussion by the council and input from Police Chief Bob Darwin and a letter from the city’s building inspector.

BOYCEVILLE UMC TO HAVE NEW LOCATION: The United Methodist Church congregation in Boyceville officially purchased a “new” building this past Monday, July 14. Upon hearing that the building that once was home to St. John’s Lutheran Church was up for sale, members of the Methodist church took a vote on whether or not to make the purchase, which went over almost unanimously.

GC SCHOOLS WELCOME ADMINISTRATIVE SHIFT: As of July 1, 2014, new administrative roles in the Glenwood City School District have been made official.  Now, Tim Johnson is the Superintendent and Patrick Gretzlock is the new High School/Middle School Principal and Athletic Director.

July 24

LOVGRENS OPEN CORBIN’S CLOSET: The Jay and Lisa Lovgren family opened Corbin’s Closet this Wednesday, July 23 at their home inside a barn on their property Corbin’s Closet is a place where gently used clothing and household items are made available for those who are in need.

DEMOLITION UNDERWAY FOR NEW BOYCEVILLE AMBULANCE: As of the July 16 Boyceville Ambulance District meeting, demolition of the old car dealership building on Race Street had started at the site where the new ambulance station is going to be built.

MEYER’S WIFE NAMED SPOUSE OF THE YEAR: Tammy Meyer, wife of Cmdr. James G. Meyer, was recognized as the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Navy Spouse of the Year at a ceremony at Fort Myer.  The commander is a 1989 graduate of Glenwood City High School, Glenwood City, Wis.

July 30

BOYCEVILLE: The Boyceville Lions Club’s 18-month project to fundraise and build a new playground at Andy Pafko Park along State Road 170 in the village will culminate this Saturday, August 2 with a Noon dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event officially gets underway at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m.

RASMUSSEN FAMILY DONATES BENCH: At Monday night’s meeting, the Glenwood City Board of Education accepted the donation of a black granite memorial bench on behalf of the Charles Rasmussen Family. The bench will be placed on the school grounds near the athletic fields where the memorial pavers are currently placed.

GLENWOOD TEAM RECEIVES TROPHY: A group of community members, family and dear friends from around Glenwood City and Boyceville walked alongside Elliott Weeks and Caitlin Williams in memory of their son Ruxin Weeks at the Halos of the St. Croix Valley’s 5K Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 26 in Hudson. 59 walkers registered prior to the event and more participated that day, which put team “Runnin’ for Ruxey” in first place amongst the others and they received the Most Participants Trophy.


August 6

UMC WELCOMES NEW PASTOR: The Willow River Parish is excited to welcome John Hazen to the Parish. He will be the minister for a three part charge in the United Methodist Church of Forest, Deer Park and Clear Lake.

DUNN COUNTY’S BUDGET HAS GOOD AND BAD NEWS: There’s good news and bad news concerning the 2015 budget for Dunn County. The good news, is that the beginning shortfall is smaller than in years past (around $450,000, instead of the usual $3 million and $4 million). However, a total of $714,508 from the budget’s levy can be applied to the general fund shortfall, leaving $443,967 that must be accounted for.

ZWALDS TO HOST FARM-CITY DAY: The Zwald family would like to welcome you to St. Croix County’s Farm City Day on August 9, 2014. Bomaz Farms is located at 1603 County Road Z, Hammond, WI 54015.

August 13

LAGERSTROMS TO BE PICKLE FEST GRAND MARSHALS: Len and Mary Lagerstrom will be this year’s Grand Marshals for the annual Cucumber Festival in Boyceville. They were both raised in the Boyceville community and graduated from the high school in the 1960s.

WATER TOWER OUTLIVES LIFE EXPECTANCY: Glenwood City’s water storage tank along Third Street has outlived its life expectancy, says the city’s public works director. The facility was constructed in 1983. A replacement could cost around a half a million dollars.

BOYCEVILLE GRAD A YOUTUBE SENSATOIN: After walking across the stage to receive her Boyceville high school diploma in 2011, Madilyn Wold aka Madilyn Bailey has become a bit of a YouTube sensation with over 1 million subscribers and more than 200 million video views.

August 20

DUNN COUNTY SHERIFF WINS PRIMARY: Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith won the August 12 Democratic primary for sheriff against challenger Chris Kruse with 56 percent of the vote. All together, the unofficial vote totals show that Sheriff Smith received 2,428 votes to 1,886 for Kruse.

GLENWOOD CITY GRADUATE MAKES IT ON THE BIG SCREEN: James Severson, who professionally goes by the screenname James Sjurson, went from being a small town Glenwood City graduate to hitting the big screen while living in Las Vegas. Severson met with a major casting director a couple weeks after the Las Vegas 48 Film Festival, and from that audition, he will appear in a roll in the movie “Mall Cop 2”. The movie is scheduled for release in 2015.

VISTA SAND CO-OWNER SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON: According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office in Waxahachie, Texas, a Roger Sikes, age 34, is listed as being incarcerated for 49 days now after being booked on June 30, 2014. The picture included on the inmate search is in fact the “RJ” Sikes that is a co-owner of Vista Sand that is located in Granbury, TX. Vista Sand is looking at the possibility of starting a frac sand mine near Glenwood City.

August 27

THREE VIE FOR MISS GC TITLE: Three young ladies will be competing for the 2014-15 title of Miss Glenwood City. This year’s candidates are Allison Curvello, Marne Lewis, and Ashley Holmquist.

1930s HAY HOIST FOUND IN LOCAL BARN: O.K. Hedlund drove past an old barn on Highway 170 for years and he always wondered if inside it was housed a piece of history.  So one day he decided to stop at the home of David and Erika Sudbrink to look inside their barn and sure enough, an old wooden hay hoist that is believed to have been built in the 1930s hung in the rafters.

LOCAL MAN SHARES GIFT OF PAINTING: Santiago Lopez has been living in Boyceville for a year now after moving to the state from San Diego, California. In a short amount of time, Santiago has made quite the name for himself around town after he befriended Gary and Joy Evenson and created a handful of portraits and a mural on their garage for them.


September 3

KNOXES TO BE GRAND MARSHALS:  This year your Rustic Lore Grand Marshals are Tom and Judy Knox, residents of Glenwood City since 1986. The Knoxes have been a fixture in the community for 30 years now as Tom was working as a substitute teacher in the high school since 1984.

BERENSCHOT RETIRES FROM COUNTY BOARD: After 17 years on the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board, Glenwood City’s own Leon Berenschot has retired.  Leon formally retired last week and he was recognized along with a few other county members on September 2.

GLENWOOD ORCHARD TO HOLD FIRST CRAFT FAIR: The Glenwood Orchard located south of town will be hosting its first annual craft sale on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. throughout the Rustic Lore weekend.

September 10

BOYCEVILLE SCHOOLS TO CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL: The big day of events for the Centennial Celebration is Saturday, September 13 with a Homecoming parade down Main Street, followed by a tailgate party at the football field. Several other Centennial and Homecoming events have been scheduled on the days of Sept 11, 12, and 13.

PROTESTERS GATHER AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Over forty people gathered at the Community Center late Monday afternoon to form a protest group in an attempt to have the city council reverse their decision over the proposed frac mining.

NEW MISS GLENWOOD CITY COURT ANNOUNCED:  Allison Curvello was named Miss Glenwood City for 2014-15.  Marne Lewis and Ashley Holmquist were named princesses.

September 17

BOYCEVILLE AND  GLENWOOD HOMECOMING ROYALTY ANNOUNCED: Seniors Kayla Rettner and Damion Bicknell were chosen as the Boyceville High School’s 2014 Homecoming Queen and King last Friday, September 12.  The Glenwood City High School Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Monday morning, September 15. Seniors Kristie Knops and Todd Petersen were selected as the 2014 Queen and King.

CHIPPEWA FALLS AUTHOR REMEMBERS ANDY PAFKO: Although Boyceville native and former professional baseball player Andy Pafko has been mentioned in several books, most often dealing with the Chicago Cubs, there has yet to be a book written completely on Pafko’s life from a small child until his death almost a year ago. That is until Joe Niese, a librarian/information services coordinator for the Chippewa Falls Public Library by day and a sports author by night decided to write one. The book is titled “Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story”and will be self published by Niese.

LOCALS WORKING TO SAVE MONARCHS: A few locals in the Boyceville area, including those at the Post Office are doing their best to keep the food source alive as this is a crucial nutrient of the Monarch larvae. Due to a severe decline in milkweed and formal habitat, National Geographic says that the Monarch is in grave danger.

September 24

GLENWOOD CITY UMC CELERATES 125 YEARS: The United Methodist Church in Glenwood City will celebrate its 125th anniversary by showing off its new and improved look.  Over the past year, the Church received a revamp to the kitchen and lower facilities, along with a new addition. The front entrance was completely redone and bathrooms were replaced with handicap accessible bathrooms upstairs and downstairs. An elevator that serves as a handicap lift was also installed.

VOTER ID IN PLACE: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld Wisconsin’s voter identification law on September 12 and ruled that the state “may, if it wishes … enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections.”

WHEELER KEEPS COLFAX AMBULANCE: The Wheeler Village Board has approved retaining ambulance service for the village with the Colfax Rescue Squad.

ST. CROIX COUNTY DEPT. RECEIVES ACCREDITATION: St. Croix County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – Public Health announced on September 18 that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).