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Tribune Press Reporter – A review of the top news headlines for 2014 – 4th quarter

Tribune Press Reporter – A review of the top news headlines for 2014 – 4th quarter

OCTOBER

October 1: 

V-H CONSULTING COMES TO GLENWOOD: Just over a year ago, Rick Vanden-Heuvel purchased the old Harmony Hills building in order to expand his agricultural consulting and soil testing business, VH Consulting, Inc.  Rick is from the Hudson area and that is where he ran his consulting business for over ten years before he incorporated this new building for a lab.

HORSIN’ AROUND DAYS COMING TO EMERALD: This coming weekend, Shotgun Suzie’s in Emerald is hosting its annual Horsin’ Around Days starting Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5.

TERROR IN THE GLEN TO BE HELD OCTOBER 18: The second annual “Terror In The Glen” Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run throughout the Glen Hills County Park is scheduled for Saturday, October 18.

October 8: EM MAN CHARGED WITH GIRLFRIEND’S DEATH, KADINGER’S BURGARY: Gunnar D. Zurek, a 19-year-old Elk Mound man, has appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court in connection with a variety of charges, including burglaries at Kadinger’s Auto Salvage (Kadinger’s Inc.) and for causing the death of his girlfriend Vanessa M. Marsh in a traffic accident in the Town of Tainter.

AUTHOR VISITS GC ELEMENTARY: Katie McKy, the author of Pumpkin Town, It All Began with a Bean, and Wolf Camp, came to visit the Glenwood City Elementary School on Tuesday, September 30. Katie brought the story, Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, to life with props, costumes, and our own students and staff members as actors. She also had the opportunity to do writing workshops with the elementary and middle school students.

DUNN CO. APPROVES HIRE OF WATER CONSERVATIONIST: The Dunn County Board’s executive committee has approved hiring a water conservationist to be added to the county’s environmental services staff. The executive committee approved the new position at the October 1 meeting with the provision that the cost for the water conservationist for 2015 will be paid out of the county’s general fund for up to $90,000.

October 15: ST. CROIX COUNTY APPROVES $15 MILLION CARE FACILITY REFERENDUM: Last Tuesday, the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution that will authorize the County Administrator to enter into contract negotiations and finalize a contract with “Horty Elving” for Architectural and Engineering services.  This will be to design a Skilled Nursing Facility, a Dementia/Mental Health Crisis Unit and to remodel the existing Skilled Nursing Facility into a Community Based Residential Facility with a maximum project budget of $15 million.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND NEAR BALDWIN: On Thursday, October 9 at 5:46 p.m. the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that a hunter had located a human skull in the woods near the 2200 block of 70th Ave in the Baldwin Township. Upon arrival the deputies were shown to a wooded area and they located a skull and human remains, just south of the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

LADY BUGS TO HELP VETERANS: Maurice Nolden and his wife Jackie have been taking old drinking cups out of livestock barns and turning them into Lady Bugs with rebar painted legs and antennas.  The bugs are all specially welded together by Maurice and hand painted by Jackie.  The proceeds go towards helping Veterans in Wisconsin.

October 22: EVERWOOD FARMSTEAD: The Everwood Farmstead, which was the farm previously owned by the Adams family on County Road X is now home to Chris Everett and Bill Underwood. They decided to create the Everwood Artist Series and call artists, poets, musicians, theater groups, etc. to their stage inside the barn, and the Artist Series has raised almost $6,000 for local school programs.

BOYCEVILLE FIRE STATION COULD COST $2 MILLION: The Five-Year Planning Committee for the Boyceville area fire department was presented with proposed plans and figures for a new fire station last week. The cost of the new station could be $2 million.

NODOLF APPOINTED AS DUNN COUNTY JUDGE: On October 17 Governor Scott Walker appointed Andrea Nodolf as Dunn County District Attorney, replacing outgoing District Attorney James Peterson, who was recently elected Circuit Court Judge. Nodolf currently serves as Rusk County District Attorney.

OHMANS TO BE INDUCTED INTO STOUT HALL OF FAME: Nick Ohman, a four-sport letterwinner who graduated from Glenwood City High School in 2001, became one of UW-Stouts football program’s most accomplished quarterbacks over the next four years. Those achievements have earned Nick Ohman long-standing recognition and induction into the 2014 UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame. His wife, Sara will also be inducted, making Nick and Sara Ohman the first married couple to enter the UW-Stout Hall of Fame at the same time.

October 29: GC GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CAPTURES FIRST SECTIONAL TITLE: The Glenwood City girls’ cross country team captured its first-ever sectional championship Saturday, October 25 when it won the girls’ WIAA Division 3 Boyceville sectional meet. This means that for the first time in school history, the Glenwood City School District will be sending a girls’ cross country team to State.

ST. CROIX COUNTY JUDGE LISTENS TO TOWN OF FOREST ARGUMENTS: St. Croix County circuit court Judge Edward Vlack St. Croix County spent four hours asking questions and listening to answers in the case of the Town of Forest vs. the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin October 21. The Forest Town Board asked for a judicial review of the PSC’s decision last year to grant approval Highland Wind Farm to construct up to 44 wind turbines in the Town of Forest. Judge Vlack ended the four hours of oral arguments by saying that he would be willing to set up a conference call with the attorneys for clarification on various issues.

FORMER WHEELER MAN SENTENCED IN ASSAULT CASE: A former Wheeler man Terry L. Gums, has been sentenced to seven years of initial confinement in a state prison and eight years of extended supervision for the second degree sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl. Judge Michael J. Bitney sentenced Gums in Dunn County Circuit Court on October 20.

NOVEMBER

November 5: BOYCEVILLE RESCUE HORSE WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: McKayla Hohmann, 13, of Colfax, and Humble Hazel, a champagne-colored mare owned by Karen Lee of Boyceville, were part of a three-horse first-place team at the U.S. Pony Club national competition in training-level dressage at Lexington, Kentucky, in July.

BOYCEVILLE TEAM WINS SOIL JUDGING CONTEST: The 2014 Land Judging Contest was held on Thursday, October 9th at the Weiss Family Farms in Pepin County. Approximately 112 students representing 5 schools (Boyceville, Colfax, Durand, Elmwood and Menomonie) participated in the event. The top team in the event was the Boyceville Team led by Agriscience Instructor Glenn Knudtson. Boyceville’s FFA soil judging team comprised of Jake Lake, Brock Swenson, Hunter Anderson, and Kevin Clark.

ANONYMOUS DONOR TO MATCH FUNDS FOR GLENHAVEN: A group of local people has been formed to assist Glenhaven in raising some $700,000 to complete the new facility. Glenhaven has already raised nearly $100,000 and it has been promised a matching fund gift from an anonymous donor of up to $100,000, if the group can match that before December 25.

November 12: FOURTH GENERATION OF FARMERS: The dairy farm that is now owned by Steve and Angie Olson is fourth generation dairy farm.  After taking over the dairy farm in 2008 from his parents, Pork and Carol, Steve and his wife Angie decided to name their place Maple Hills Dairy. Prior to the change in ownership, Steve was in a partnership with his parents for 13 years. The dairy farm began with Steve’s great-grandparents, Karl and Clara. From there, it was Clyde and Muriel and then Pork and Carol.

TCE AMONG SCHOOLS OF RECOGNITION: State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Tiffany Creek Elementary for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES WAGE SCHEDULE, LEARNS POLICE CHIEF IS RETIRING: The village board approved a new wage schedule for village employees during its regular meeting Monday evening, November 10th. They also discussed village-owned land that is being considered for the site of a new fire station. And, they were informed that the police chief Dan Wellumson is retiring.

November 19: BOYCEVILLE POLICE CHIEF TO RETIRE: Chief Daniel Wellumson announced his retirement from the Boyceville Police Department earlier this month. Dan has decided to retire from the police force so he and his wife Karen can care for his mother in their home as she is in the advanced stages of Alzheimers. He still plans to fill in and be a presence in the community he has called home for 13 years.

BOYCEVILLE WOMAN SHOT IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING: A domestic dispute call in the Village of Boyceville last Friday night, November 14 turned tragic when Shonda E. Mikelson, 33, of Boyceville was shot and killed by a Boyceville Police officer after she refused to put down a rifle that she was holding and then pulled a hand gun from behind her back and pointed it at the officer.

OVER 70 YEARS OF FARMING ON THE WINK FARM: For over 70 years, the Wink family has been milking cows and running crop land with the start of the three generation farmstead in Emerald Township, whch began in 1942 with Bud and Lucille.

OLSON INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME: Boyceville educator and coach Jamie Olson was honored at the first Cumberland High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony held September 12.

November 26: KUEHL’S BAR AND GRILL OPENS: Jeff and Jennifer Kuehl are the proud owners of Kuehl’s Bar and Grill, which opened for business on Main Street in Glenwood City just two short weeks ago.

JOE JILEK RECEIVES AWARD: On November 9, Joe Jilek was recognized by the Wisconsin Conference Commissioners Association as “Official of the Year.” Joe came to the Glenwood City School District in 1980 and took a position as Administrator and Athletic Director.  About five years into it, the administrator position was dropped and he was just A.D as well as a junior high math teacher.

FOUR BOYCEVILLE GRADUATES RECEIVED AP  SCHOLAR AWARDS: Four graduates of the Boyceville High School Class of 2014 have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. Receiving recognition are Peter Duerst, Dylan Windsor, Tanner Johnson-Hetchler and Clayton Windsor.

DECEMBER

December 3: RASMUSSEN RECOGNIZED FOR TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE: Superintendent Tim Johnson gave recognition to the Board members during Monday night’s meeting, which included a certificate and pin for 20 years of service to Dr. Charles Rasmussen. Rasmussen is the current Board President, which is a title he has held for ten years. Prior to that he served as a board member for eight years and the treasurer for two years.

SCOTT HIRED AS INTERIM POLICE CHIEF: The Village Board hired Brandon Scott of Menomonie to be Interim Police Chief for the village. This action came Monday evening following a closed session meeting of the village board.

WOMAN SHOT IN BOYCEVILLE WAS SUSPECT OF THEFT AND FRAUD: On November 14, Shonda E. Mikelson was shot and killed in her Boyceville home after pulling out a replica gun against a Boyceville Police Officer.  Public records filed by the Menomonie Police Department over the past four months reveal that Mikelson had been terminated from her job as Office Manager at DKS Construction, Inc. due to being suspected of theft and fraud.

December 10: BOYCEVILLE FIRE BOARD TO SEEK MORE INFO ON LOT BEHIND BP: The Boyceville fire district discussed several possible sites for a new fire station at a special meeting December 4. The potential village-owned site by the BP station is located within the height restrictions for the Boyceville Municipal Airport. Members of the Boyceville Community Fire District have approved obtaining more information about site.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES CONDITIONAL ADULT FAMILY HOME: The Boyceville Village Board has approved a conditional use permit for an adult family home at 1001 First Street. Wilma Mast, who applied for the conditional use permit, said she is planning to have three or four adults with cognitive or physical disabilities live in her home.

ERNIE SEVERSON CELEBATRES 99TH BIRTHDAY: Ernie Severson turned 99 years old this past Sunday, December 7. His birthday was celebrated at Glenhaven along side his family and friends.

December 17:  BOYCEVILLE AMBULANCE RECEIVES $60,000 GRANT: The Boyceville Community Ambulance Service has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to purchase two brand new heart monitors.

BOYCEVILLE EMTS EXPECTED TO MOVE IN BY JANUARY 1: EMTs in Boyceville are expecting to move into their new ambulance station by January 1. Matt Feeney, director of the Boyceville ambulance service, reported on the status of construction on the new station at the Boyceville Community Ambulance District’s December 10 meeting.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW LOADER PURCHASE: After months of deliberation and discussions, Glenwood City’s Common Council approved the purchase a new John Deere Model 544 Loader from Nortrax of Chippewa Falls during its regular monthly meeting held Monday, December 8. The council voted to purchase the new loader for a final cost of $129,670 and have it financed through Hiawatha National Bank at 3.70 percent over the next five years.

December 24: KNAPP DRIVER RECOGNIZED: The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (represents over 4,600 trucking companies in the U.S. and Canada that employ over 65,000 drivers collectively. Each year the association sponsors a driver of the year program to recognize the very best drivers within their group. Among the drivers selected to this year’s team of “Drivers of the Year” was Mary Peterson Norton, of Knapp, WI.

WOMAN SHOT IN COLFAX: Beth Mittelstadt woman was shot by a policer officer in an apartment above 601-603 Main Street in Colfax during the execution of an arrest warrant for arson at around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, December 18, according to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department dated December 19.

December 31: BOYCEVILLE HORSE TRAINER RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP: Karen Lee, owner of Hay River Equestrian in Boyceville, has been awarded a $2,000 Dressage Foundation scholarship to study for a month with a dressage trainer in southeastern Wisconsin. The Dressage Foundation announced December 16 that a total of $10,000 had been awarded to dressage instructors in the United States.

PEOPLES STATE BANK DONATES TO GLENHAVEN: Glenhaven, Inc. recently received a $5,000 donation from Peoples State Bank in Boyceville for the new nursing facility that is nearing completion.

ST. CROIX COUNTY DISPATCHER WITHOUT A JOB AFTER JOYRIDING: Casey J. Swetlik of New Richmond, a 23-year St. Croix County employee, is no longer employed by the county after being charged with joyriding while at a conference in Wisconsin Dells in October.