Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2016: 3rd Quarter

Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2016: 3rd Quarter



July 6: NATIONAL RESOURCES BOARD APPROVES KEEPING CHIMNEY ROCK: The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved retaining the Chimney Rock State Wetlands Area north of Boyceville. The DNR recommended retaining the parcel because “sale of this property will potentially create a gap in the county (snowmobile) trail system. In addition, public use of the county owned parcel to the north will be cut off.” 

KARPENSKE INDUCTED TO HALL OF FAME: David Karpenske, a former Glenwood City educator and wrestling coach, was enshrined in the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association’s (WWCA) 38th Annual George Martin Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony held November 6 at the Hyatt Hotel in Green Bay.

SEVERSON FAMILY DONATES TO ARC: The Arc of Dunn County received a generous gift from the family of Ernest Severson who was a strong supporter of The Arc and its programs.  The gift will go toward The Arc’s Community Programs which provide support and social and learning opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 

July 13: PSC GIVES ANOTHER GREEN LIGHT TO HIGHLAND WIND FARM: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin commissioners voted last Thursday (July 7) to remove Highland Wind Farm’s voluntary lower noise limits for “sensitive” residents and to remove the requirement that the turbines be in compliance with PSC 128 for 95 percent of the time, according to news reports.

GUY RECEIVES FULL RIDGE SCHOLARSHIP: Emily Guy, a 2012 graduate of Boyceville High School, has accepted a full scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  Emily graduated with honors from University of Wisconsin in Madison this spring, earning a degree in microbiology.

GC BAND DIRECTOR ELECTED TO ASBDA: Matthew Lamb, band director at Glenwood Middle and High School, was recently elected to membership at the American School Band Directors’ Association, a national organization composed of professionally trained, experienced directors and teachers of school bands whose purpose is to advance and improve music education of those students engaged in the study of band instruments. There were 55 band directors selected for membership this year in the United States.

July 20: EMERALD TOWN BOARD VOTES AGAINST CAFO MORATORIUM: The Emerald Town Board has voted to not enact a moratorium and to not ask for an environmental impact study on Confined Animal Feeding Operations. At the town board’s July 13 meeting, town chair Henry Hurtgen and town supervisor Tom Wink voted to not approve a resolution for a moratorium and an environmental impact study pertaining to large animal operations. Town supervisor Fran Klatt abstained from voting on the motion.

ST. CROIX COUNTY JUDGE TO CHAIR COMMITTEE OF CHIEF JUDGES: Chief Judge Scott R. Needham, St. Croix County Circuit Court, has been selected by fellow chief judges from across the state to chair the Committee of Chief Judges, effective Aug. 1.

COUNCIL APPROVES STREET CLOSING FOR POST OFFICE REDEDICATION: 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 Ellen Ainsworth, a Glenwood City native who was killed in action in World War II. 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. 

July 27: HILLMAN TO PAY NEARLY $10,000 IN RESTITUTION: Cynthia L. Hillman a 27-year-old Emerald woman charged with four felony counts related to money taken from an elderly woman she was hired to care for, is expected to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution within 60 days. She appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court July 18 for a status conference before Judge Edward Vlack.

DANOVSKY DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH: Todd C. Danovsky, a 43-year-old Downing man, was pronounced dead Tuesday, July 19, after the motorcycle he was driving had crashed on county Highway Q north of Downing in the Town of Tiffany.

HAIL STRIKES NEW HAVEN: HIGH WINDS AND HAIL struck the Town of New Haven last Wednesday, July 20th, downing trees and destroying buildings and crops. 


August 3: FORMER BOYCEVILLE MAN DROWNS IN RED CEDAR: On Monday, July 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM the Dunn County Communications Center received a report of a male who had possibly drowned in the Red Cedar River at the Downsville Boat Landing in the Town of Dunn. The victim has been identified as Gene Wayne Palmer, age 74, from Grand Junction, Colorado. He was originally from rural Boyceville, WI. It was learned that Palmer had gone into the river at the landing with a tube to try to assist a group of tubers that had gone by the take out point at the landing.

TRIBUNE PRESS REPORTER WELCOMES NEW REPORTER: Cara Dempski, has been hired as the new sports reporter and photographer for the Tribune Press Reporter. She will also be covering the Glenwood City, Boyceville, and Elk Mound School Districts and Elk Mound Village Board. She is  a 1996 graduate of Elk Mound High School.

SEMPF ATTENDS WEST POINT SUMMER LEADERS SEMINAR: Erica Sempf, an outgoing junior at Boyceville High School, was selected to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) June 4-10th. More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE for 2 – 500 attendee sessions.

ORMSON, STRONG HELP IN WFCA GAME VICTORY: Glenwood City’s Shane Strong coached the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s 2016 North Small School All-Star Team to a 28-24 victory on July 16, 2016 at Titan Stadium at UW – Oshkosh. It was his first time as head coach of the North team. And helping the North team to victory was one of Strong’s former Hilltopper players Joel Ormson, who graduated this past May.

August 10: KLUND ARRESTED IN SUSPICION WITH FORGERY: Lori N. Klund of Boyceville was arrested and jailed on August 4, 2016 on suspicion of nine felony counts of forgery. She appeared at a bond hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court on August 5, 2016. Judge James Peterson set a $500 cash bond for Klund. 

BOYCEVILLE HOSTS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Citizens of Boyceville were able to meet and interact with members of the Boyceville Police and Fire Departments as part of the village’s first National Night Out celebration. The celebration was held the evening of August 2, 2016 in Pafko Park. Representatives of the Boyceville Community Ambulance Service and Community Action Club were also at the event.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES TWO ORDINANCES: The Boyceville Village Board approved two new ordinances at their regular monthly meeting, Monday, August 8th. The two new rules will affect sewer utility rates regarding the dumping of waste from tankers into the village’s treatment facility. The other ordinance will place a charge on false alarms received by the fire or police departments.

August 17: HELLMANNS TO BE 2016 CUCUMBER FEST GRAND MARSHALS: Barb and Joe Hellmann have been named the Grand Marshals for the 2016 Boyceville Cucumber Festival and will be the honorees at this weekend’s festivities. 

JOHNSON AND DUFFY TO ATTEND POST OFFICE RENAMING: U.S. Representative Sean Duffy and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson will both be at the August 31 renaming ceremony for the post office in Glenwood City. The post office will be renamed to honor Ellen Ainsworth.

GC NAPA STORE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP: Roger Bonte owned the Napa store in Glenwood City for 20 years. Now he has passed on ownership to a person who has worked with him for 19 of those 20 years. Eric DeSmith took over ownership of the store on August 1, 2016.

WHEELDON EARNS WRIGHT BROTHERS’ AWARD: Noelle Wheeldon has earned the Wright Brothers Award. Wheeldon is a resident of Boyceville, Wisconsin, and will be a Freshman at Boyceville High School this fall.  The Wright Brothers Award is earned after completing Phase I, “The Learning Phase,” consist of the first three achievements of the cadet program, and accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant. 

WHEELER MAN DIES IN OTTER CREEK MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT: Samuel Hayes, age 25 of Wheeler and a 2010 graduate of Boyceville High School died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a car on county Highway S in the Town of Otter Creek.

GLENWOOD CITY GETS GRANT FOR NEW WELL: Members of the City Council learned Monday evening that the City will be getting a Community Development Block Grant to help finance a new well and pump house for the City’s Water Utility. The new well will be located near the water tower on the city’s north side along Third Street.

August 24: WWII VETERAN TO SOON BE MEMORIALIZED WITH POST OFFICE: The Glenwood City post office will soon be renamed the “Second Lt. Ellen Ainsworth Memorial Post Office” to honor Second Lt. Ainsworth’s service as a combat nurse. The post office will be renamed in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on August 31. 

PSC ISSUES FINAL DECISION ON WIND FARM: The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has issued the final decision on a St. Croix County judge’s remand for a permit allowing Highland Wind Farm to build wind turbines in the Town of Forest. The 57-page written decision, dated August 11, clears the way for Highland Wind Farm to construct a 102.5 megawatt wind electric generation facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon.

CAVE CHARGED WITH FELONY: Louis Allen Cave, age 50 of Boyceville, who had been charged with one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm for having a black powder pistol has been found guilty. Cave appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court August 8 before Judge James Peterson and pleaded no contest to the felony charge.

August 31: GC PUBLIC LIBRARY WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR: The Glenwood City Public Library welcomed a new director during an August 25 open house held at the library. The library’s board of trustees hired Marilyn Blumer after their July 12 meeting. The board voted that night to offer her the position.

EIGHT CANDIDATES VIE FOR MISS GC TITLE:  GLENWOOD CITY —  Eight young ladies will be vying for the title of Miss Glenwood City during next week’s Rustic Lore celebration: Andi Jo Britton, Anna Brigham, Emily Hill, Jenesa Klinger, Biridiana Leandro-Mendez, Emma Scholler, Melina Schultz, and Elizabeth Wink.

SIGNS ENCOURAGING VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE APPEAR IN GC: Shortly after being interviewed by the local police department, a Glenwood City woman posted signs including profanity and stating “Die Cops” in the front windows  of her East Elm Street home. Mami Amirah stated she was approached by Glenwood City Police Chief Robert Darwin on August 17 as she and several family members were looking at a home for sale on Third Street in Glenwood City.


September 7: STANDAERTS TO BE 2016 RUSTIC LORE GRAND MARSHALS: If you live in Glenwood City and like to bowl, there is a good chance you have met Larry ‘Leaker’ Standaert or his wife Cheryl. The couple, owners of “Leaker’s Place” on Main Street, have been selected as the 2016 Rustic Lore grand marshals.

GC POST OFFICE OFFICIALLY RENAMED: The Glenwood City post office has now been officially renamed the Second Lt. Ellen Ainsworth Memorial Post Office. The ceremony took place in a tent outside the post office at the corner of Second and Oak Street on August 31.

NOVOTNEY REACHES PLEA DEAL: Christopher J. Novotney, age 46 of Boyceville who had charged with 11 felonies and two misdemeanors related to the sexual assault of teenaged boys, has reached a plea deal in Dunn County. Judge Peterson accepted Novotney’s plea and found him guilty on two felony counts of the repeated sexual assault of the same child and one felony count of exposing a child to harmful material. Judge Peterson dismissed the remaining charges but ordered them entered into the record for sentencing.

LYNGHAUG’S PHOTOS IN TRAVELING PHOTO CATALOG: Richard Lynghaug,  a resident of rural Downing and a Vietnam veteran, has five photographs featured as part of a traveling exhibition of wartime photographs taken by veterans. The “My War” exhibition runs from August through October of this year at the Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville.

September 14: GC POLICEMAN HEATH RESIGNS: Glenwood City Police Officer Joe Heath, who was employed in Glenwood City since December of 2003, resigned August 3 during an investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department into conduct unbecoming to an officer and other policy violations. The nine-page report details 15 violations of standards of conduct covered by the Glenwood City Police Department policy manual.

HILL CHOSEN AS NEW MISS GC: Emily Hill was crowned Miss Glenwood City last Saturday during the queen’s pageant. First princess is Jenesa Klinger and second princesses are Elizabeth Wink and Birdiana Leandro-Mendez.

WHEELER MAN CHARGED WITH FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND STRANGULATION: Mykle McMahon, age 25 of Wheeler who was previously convicted of first degree child sexual assault has now been charged with felony false imprisonment, felony strangulation and misdemeanor battery.

September 21: HOMECOMING ROYALTIES CROWNED: Seniors Hunter Lipke and Cassie Malean were crowned Boyceville’s Homecoming King and Queen on September 16. On Monday morning, September 19, Queen Tia Carlson and King Jacob O’Meara were crowned as Glenwood City’s 2016 Homecoming royalty.

WAHL TO BE SHRINERS GRAND MARSHAL: Eight-year-old Nicholas Wahl of Boyceville has been selected by the St. Croix Valley Shriners Club to serve as the 2016 grand marshal for the Shrine’s annual “Little East-West” football game and parade in River Falls.

SWENBY NAMED “KING OF HOBBY STOCK” AND AWARDED TROPHY: Dan Swenby was awarded the “Dan Swenby Traveling Trophy” and named “King of Hobby Stock” during the Rustic Lore Tractor Pull on September 9th. 

KOSTMAN PLAYS IN BABE RUTH WORLD SERIES: In August, the 14-year-old from Eau Claire played as the starting catcher for the team representing Wisconsin in the 13U AAA Babe Ruth World Series. Bryce played for the Eau Claire Diamondbacks, the first 13-and-under team from the city to reach World Series play. Kostman is the grandson of Kendra and Duane Kostman of Boyceville, and the son of Todd and Missy Kostman. Todd and Missy are both graduates of Boyceville High School.

September 28: LINDHOLM HONORED FOR 66 YEARS OF SERVICE. GLENWOOD CITY’S Wallace “Wally” Lindholm was honored Saturday, September 24 during a special program at the Glenwood City Community Center that recognized his 66 years of commitment to the Free Mason and Eastern Star organizations. 

BOYCEVILLE NATIVE NAMED 2ND LIEUTENANT: Cadet 2d Lt. Casey Owen of the Wisconsin Wing’s Eau Claire Composite Squadron received the General Billy Mitchell Award on September 22. This award was presented by the Wisconsin Wing Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, Colonel Rose Hunt at the Wisconsin National Guard Armory in Eau Claire Wisconsin. 

FOREST FILES FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF WIND FARM: The Forest Town Board has filed another petition for judicial review in St. Croix County Circuit Court. The petition for judicial review, filed Sept. 9, involves the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s final decision on a St. Croix County judge’s remand for a permit allowing Highland Wind Farm to build wind turbines in the Town of Forest. 

DC DAIRY TEAM TAKES FIRST IN SCOTLAND: Two members of Dunn County’s dairy judging team took top honors at the international dairy judging competition in Scotland this past June. The dairy judging team, which includes Brooke Brantner (Little Elk Creek 4-H), Krista Styer (Willing Workers 4-H), Luke Powers (Little Elk Creek 4-H) and Ben Powers (Little Elk Creek 4-H), spoke at the Dunn County Board’s September 21 meeting about their experiences at the international dairy judging contest at the Royal Highlands Show in Scotland. Brooke Brantner took first place in the individual category for dairy judging. Ben Powers came in first for showmanship. [/emember_protected]