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City Council approves closing street for post office renaming dedication

Post office will be named in honor of Glenwood City native killed in WWII

GLENWOOD CITY — The City Council approved closing of a half block of Second Street on Wednesday, August 31st to allow room for the dedication ceremony to renamed the local post office in honor of a Glenwood City native who was killed in action in World War Two.

Ellen Ainsworth was an army nurse who lost her life while on hospital duty with the United States Army in Italy. Ainsworth was the only Wisconsin woman to lose her life to hostile action during the Second World War. She is buried in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.

Congress, earlier this year approved renaming the Glenwood City Post Office at 220 East Oak Street as the Second Lieutenant Ellen G. Ainsworth Memorial Post Office. A video of the Congressman Sean Duffy introducing the bill to rename the post office can be viewed by going to and searching  “Sean Duffy Ellen Ainsworth”. Congressman Sean Duffy and United States Senator Ron Johnson are both expected to attend the dedication.

The dedication is planned for 2 p.m. on August 31st with a plaque unveiling. The City Council learned that the Second Street, north of Oak Street, would be needed for the erection of a tent to house the planned event on August 31st.

Council Approves Expenditures

During their regular meeting Monday evening, July18 the council approved paying a bill of $45,428,76 to Sam’s Well Drilling for some of the work done on test well number 4. The city is planning on drilling a new water well near the water tower along Third Street. This test well is the first work to be done on the project.

In another expense, the council approve spending $1,713 to provide repair to sidewalk and driveway on Third Street near the Vern Anderson home. According to Mayor John Larson, the city rebuilt Third Street north of Oak Street a couple of years ago. Since that time water on the street has been running across the sidewalk and into the basement of the Anderson home.

The fix will involve the relaying  of a small section of the sidewalk and raising Anderson’s driveway.

The council also heard from Public Works Director David Caress, who informed the council that the firm the city hired to televised the sewer mains in the community noted that a line in the Four Hundred Block of Pine Street had a broken pipe. Caress noted from pictures that the pipe has separated and only a small area is open to accept the wastewater flow. He will get estimates on repairing the pipe.

Caress also discussed the need to repair the retaining wall at the recycling center and gave the council an idea of what should be done.

The council heard from Doug Hill on the planned All School reunion, which is set for the 2017 Rustic Lore Weekend. He said they are planning for about 4,000 people to attend.

They also heard from Brent Standaert with an update on the Hinman Park ball field improvements. Standaert said that earth moving had started on Monday and by mid August, grass seed show be in place. He noted that they have raised over $95,000 for the project.