Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2016 – 2nd quarter

Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2016 – 2nd quarter


April 6: VETERANS MONUMENTS PLACED: Three new monuments were placed at the Glenwood City Veteran’s Memorial  on Tuesday, March 29. The memorial is located at the corner of east oak and second streets. The monuments are filled with names of area veterans.

JUDGE ORDERS NAMES TO BE REMOVED: Dunn County judge James Peterson has ordered that names and addresses be removed from police reports and witness statements before Christopher J. Novotney, a Boyceville man accused of sexually assaulting teenaged boys, can have copies of those documents.

THREE REPRESENT GC IN WWF KIDS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP — Ian Radintz, Wyatt Unser and Peyton Rassbach represented Glenwood City at the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation’s (WWF) Kids Folkstyle State Championships held in Madison March 25 and 26. Unser placed fifth at the state tournament in the 63-pound weight bracket for kids in the 2007-2008 birth year category.

April 13: HAYNES PLEADS GUILTY TO BOYCEVILLE STORAGE UNIT BURGLARIES: Patrick P. Haynes, age 35 of Chippewa Falls man who previously lived in Knapp has pleaded guilty in St. Croix County Circuit Court to three felony counts of burglary, including burglaries of storage units in Boyceville.

BOYCEVILLE LOOKING AT NEW ALARM FEES: The boyceville village board discussed increasing the fees for the police and fire departments responding to false alarms in the village. Board member Bud Gilbertson informed the board that his committee was not yet ready to bring this to the board Monday evening because of needed changes in the village’s code book.

WRITE-IN GAUSTAD WINS COUNCIL SEAT; HELLMANN ON VILLAGE BOARD: Pete Gaustad will take a seat on the Glenwood City Council following last Tuesday’s election. He was a write-in candidate for one of the three open seats. Ken Peterson and Steve Lee were also re-elected. For the Village of Boyceville John Hellmann won a seat on the Boyceville Village Board. He will replace retiring member, Herb Dow. Jonathan Farrell and Keith Sorensen were also returned to the Village Board.

April 20: CITY MOVES AHEAD WITH NEW WELL GRANT: The Glenwood City Common Council took steps to apply for a grant to help fund a new well and well house to replace well number two which is located near the Community Center on the City’s west side.

SPAETH SELECTED AS AFA CAMPUS AMBASSADOR: Kaylin Spaeth of Emerald, a junior at University of Wisconsin – River Falls, was selected as a Campus Ambassador for Agriculture Future of America.  Spaeth and the other 14 Campus Ambassadors were selected through a competitive application process to serve as AFA’s student voice and represent their peers on a national level.

NOVOTNEY PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Christopher J. Novotney of Boyceville has pleaded not guilty to ten felonies associated with the alleged sexual assault of teenaged boys.

April 27: HAYNES FOUND GUILTY ON THEFT: Billie Jo Haynes, age 41 of Chippewa Falls pleaded no contest and was found guilty in St. Croix County on three counts of theft related to items taken from storage units. According to the Dunn County criminal complaint, during an interview with a Glenwood City police officer, Billie Jo Haynes confessed to participating as a lookout while Patrick Haynes committed burglaries and specifically mentioned burglaries in Boyceville.

KOHL SCHOLARSHIP INCREASES TO $5,000: A $5000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2016 Initiative Scholarship was presented to Kathryn Vang of Glenwood City at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl.  Beginning   this year, scholarships were increased from the previous $3,000 per scholar to $5,000.  


May 4:  LEE APPOINTED AS NEW VILLAGE CLERK: Darlene Lee has been appointed as the new Village Clerk of Boyceville. Lee accepted the position at the end of March, taking the reigns from previous Village Clerk, Cindy Swanepoel, who passed away in February.

FOUR GCHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL DECA COMPETITION: This year, the DECA International Career Development Conference competition was held in Nashville, Tennessee April 23rd-26th.  Andrew Bauman, Tia Carlson, Makayla O’Brien and Nicholas Schone represented Glenwood City DECA. Nicholas Schone ranked “top 10” out of over 180 students in Personal Financial Literacy.

GCSD SENDS FIVE STUDENTS TO STATE COMPETITION: On Monday, April 18 five Glenwood City FCCLA members and their advisor traveled to Wisconsin Dells to participate in the FCCLA State Leadership Conference. Student participants were Alex Holldorf, Morgan Peterson, Emma Scholler, Catherine Schurtz and Kelsey Magsam.

May 11: KLATT WINS CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION: Rachel Klatt’s fabric batik was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Rachel will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. in June to see her artwork displayed and participate in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.  Her art piece will be on display there for one year. 

CARESS NEW GC PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: Local resident, Dave Caress, was hired this past December as the new city engineer for Glenwood City.

BOYCEVILLE VILLAGE BOARD DISCUSSES RATES AND ORDINANCES: The Village Board pondered a number of items at their regular monthly meeting Monday evening. Included in those discussions were items about changing the current zoning and building ordinances and setting new fees for allowing the dumping of wastewater into the Village’s treatment facility. The village board took no action but will continue to study the Cedar Corporation proposal that addresses these issues. 

May 18: HINMAN PARK IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED: The long awaited improvements at Hinman Park are one step closer to becoming a reality as the City Council accepted a bid from Albrightson Excavating out of Woodville in the amount of $132,495.00. The project involves relocating the two ball fields, installing new fences and backstops and other work.

BOOTH RESIGNS FROM GC COUNCIL: Crystal Booth tendered a resignation letter as a member of the Glenwood City council at the Council’s regular monthly meeting Monday evening, May 16, citing family reasons.

GCHS ANNOUNCES 16 HONOR STUDENTS: The Glenwood City High School class of 2016 has 16 honor students. The three co-valedictorians are Maya Petersen, Gabby Peterson and Macie Rasmussen,  and salutatorian Morgan Kadinger.

BHS ANNOUNCES 12 HONOR STUDENTS: The Boyceville High School class of 2016 has 12 honor students. Valedictorian is  Madison Bygd and salutatorian is Peyton Hellmann.

May 25: TCE COLLECTS 1,000,000 TABS FOR THE THIRD TIME: On Friday, May 20, Tiffany Creek Elementary celebrated on its third donation of one million pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. During the celebration, Ronald McDonald made an appearance.

THREE GCSD STAFF MEMBERS RETIRE: Three staff members at Glenwood School District will be bidding farewell at the end of the 2015-2016 school year:  Cindy Krafve, Mary Logterman and Barb Rasmussen are among this year’s retirees.

GC SCHOOLS APPROVE LED PROJECT: The Glenwood City School Board has approved the district-wide LED lighting project and accepted a bid from B&B Lighting. The $128,537 project will replace all current light bulbs with LED tubes in all existing fixtures. The project is expected to see an energy saving of nearly $25,000 within two years of installation and save anywhere from $27,000 to $37,000 in lighting costs each school year.


June 1: PASTOR RICK MANNON CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MINISTRY: Pastor Rick & Debbie Mannon are celebrating 25 years of ministry at Calvary Assembly of God in Wilson. A special service to honor them will be held Sunday, June 5th at 10:45 a.m.

BOYCEVILLE STUDENT TO PERFORM IN EUROPE: Boyceville High School sophomore music student, Mariah Drury, will perform in Europe this summer as part of the 2016 Wisconsin’s Ambassadors of Music European Tour. Countries included in the tour are England, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Italy, Austria and Germany.

VETERAN’S MEMORIAL DEDICATED: The new Veterans Memorial in downtown Glenwood City was dedicated on Memorial Day with a large crowd attending the event. At present there are four Memorial Panel walls in the memorial with names of people that have served their country. A fifth panel is in the planning stages.

DRINKMAN SERVING IN JAPAN:  Petty Officer 3rd Class Dakota Drinkman is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard one of two forward deployed dock landing ships, the USS Germantown. Drinkman, an Eau Claire native and nephew of Joan and David Bartz of rural Downing, is an engineman aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan. 

June 8: JENSONS RECEIVE FOSTER CARE AWARD: Steve and Karla Jenson of Elk Mound received the Governor’s 8th Annual Foster Care Awards and traveled to the State Capitol on May 2, where they received their award from First Lady Tonette Walker and Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, Eloise Anderson. They became licensed foster care providers nearly 23 years ago and have provided care for over 100 children. 

WESTABY SENTENCED: Travis D. Westaby, age 23 of Colfax, has been sentenced to four years in prison and four years of extended supervision related to three different cases of felony burglary and misdemeanor theft. Westaby was charged in at least one case in connection with burglaries at Kadinger’s Inc. near Downing in 2014. 

PRCA RODEO COMING TO GLENWOOD: The St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo, named the 2015 Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo of the Year, brings top notch Ram Rodeo to St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City, June 17 & 18, with 7:30 p.m. performances. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the performances are rain or shine. 

June 15: EMERALD TO ASK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT: The Emerald Town Board has approved hiring an attorney, if necessary, to write a resolution asking for an environmental impact statement concerning the proposed expansion at Emerald Sky Dairy.  The proposed expansion would allow up to 6,289 dairy cows.

DROWNING VICTIM FOUND IN RED CEDAR: Four days after he went into the Red Cedar River in the Russian Slough area, the body of 21-year-old Juan Ramos-Malagon was recovered 500 feet downstream Saturday morning. He had fallen out of a boat at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7.

VILLAGE OF BOYCEVILLE GETS GOOD FINANCIAL REPORT: The Village Board listened to a report from a representative of Clifton Larson Allen about the Village’s financial statements. Jonathan Sherwood, a CPA told the board that the village’s finances were in “really good shape” and called last year an “uneventful year” for the financial doings.

June 22: HOVER BACK ON CITY COUNCIL: Nancy Hover will be back on the City Council again. Hover was appointed by Mayor John Larson Monday evening, June 20 to fill the open seat left vacant by the resignation of Crystal Booth.

HINMAN PARK IMPROVEMENTS TO START NEXT MONTH: The City Council heard an update on the planned improvements of the ball fields at Hinman Park. Brent Standaert appeared at the monthly meeting of the City Council Monday evening, June 20 and informed them that work on the fields is set to begin the week after the Fourth of July. 

TWO LONG-TIME MAINTENANCE MEN RETIRE FROM GCSD:  Thomas Ross and William Wold will be retiring this upcoming August. Thomas Ross has dedicated over 26 years of service to the school district, and William Wold served the school district for 36 years. 

June 29: EMERALD WOMAN ARRAIGNED ON THEFT: Cynthia L. Hillman, age 27 of Emerald woman, has been arraigned in St. Croix County Circuit Court on four felony charges related to $36,000 allegedly taken from an elderly woman she was hired to care for. According to the complaint, Hillman was hired to care for the 79-year-old woman in her home in 2014.

CONSTRUCTION AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AT GLENWOOD SCHOOLS: According to Superintendent Tim Johnson, construction is ahead of schedule on the improvements at the Glenwood City Schools. In progress are brick layers and finishing touches on the new office area, and workers are installing steel work for the new main entrance. 

JUDGE DISMISSES MITTELSTADT’S MOTION TO WITHDRAW: Dunn County judge has dismissed a handwritten motion filed by Beth M. Mittelstadt to withdraw her “no contest” plea in connection with a house fire and a machete attack against police officers.