Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2016: 4th Quarter

Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2016: 4th Quarter



October 5: BOYCEVILLE GRADUATE AND CHEMIST PASSES AWAY: Dr. Ernest Walter Johnson died August 17 at the age of 81 after a long career as a physical chemist working for Monsanto, where he served as a consultant for NASA and the EPA. Johnson graduated from Boyceville High School in 1953 and eventually earned a Master of Science degree in physical chemistry and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he obtained his PhD in physical chemistry. Dr. Johnson collaborated with Dr. Gary Bennett collaborated on a team that solved technical issues on the Light-weight Radioisotope Heater Units that were flown on the Galileo and Cassini spacecraft and also worked on the generator units that powered the two Voyager spacecrafts.

EGGERT SENTENCED FOR LETTING 9-YEAR-OLD DRIVE:  Amanda R. Eggert, age 32 of Glenwood City who has charged in connection with allowing her nine-year-old child to drive while she and her boyfriend were both highly intoxicated, has been sentenced to probation and community service in Polk County.

CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS PRESENTATION TO BE HELD IN GC: Michigan-based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Glenwood City Community Center on Sunday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. A CCC style lunch of Chicken and biscuits will be served for a $5 donation following the program.

October 12: GC GRADUATE TO APPEAR ON THE FOOD NETWORK: Abbey Larson, a 1998 graduate of Glenwood City High School, will be seen in an episode of the Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m. Larson is the daughter of John and Faye Steffen of Glenwood City.

BOYCEVILLE AGREES TO BUILD COVER FOR CHURN AND MILLSTONE: The Boyceville Village Board agreed to protect the antique butter churn and millstone on display near the airport. It was noted that the churn had been recently painted and the board learned that a price to construct a 22 by 28 foot pavilion type structure over the two items was estimated at $9,950. The board agreed to put that amount into next year’s budget allowing the project to move forward.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES SCHOOL BUDGET: The Boyceville school board and residents in attendance at the district’s October 10 annual meeting approved a proposed budget of $8,754,076 for the 2016-17 school year. This budget includes a proposed tax levy of $3,005,454.

October 19: HINMAN BALL PARK RENOVATIONS NEARING COMPLETIONS: The City council learned Monday night at their regular meeting that the work of improving the two ball fields at Hinman Park is basically done. Brent Standaert, who has been the lead volunteer for the City for improvements, informed the council about the work at the ball fields.

GLENWOOD GIRLS CAPTURE SECOND CROSS COUNTRY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: The Lady Hilltoppers captured their second Dunn-St. Croix Conference cross country championship in three seasons when they edged defending champion Colfax during the 2016 conference meet held October 13 at the Valley Golf Course in Mondovi. Glenwood City tallied 55 points to knock off the Vikings by a mere eight points.

BOYCEVILLE FIRE AND AMBULANCE BUDGETS APPROVED:  The Boyceville Community Fire District Board has approved a budget of $130,875 for 2017, representing a $5,500 increase over the 2016 budget of $125,375. The Boyceville Community Ambulance District Board has approved a budget of $437,044 for 2017.

October 26: LARSON WINS ON FOOD NETWORK SHOW:  Abbey Larson, a 1998 graduate of Glenwood City High School, won $18,000 after participating in the Food Network television show, “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

GC TAKES FINAL STEP TOWARD APPROVING SCHOOL BUDGET: The Glenwood school board took the final step toward approving the 2016-17 budget by voting to approve the $2,392,917 budget proposed during the district’s September budget hearing and annual meeting.

GC GIRLS WIN CROSS COUNTRY SECTIONAL: For the second time in three years, coach Matt Schutz’s Hilltopper girls cross country team brought home the sectional championship plaque. The Lady Hilltoppers scored 57 points to top second-place Elk Mound, who finished with 79 points, for the team championship at the WIAA Division 3 Cross Country Sectional held on Durand’s Rolling Greens Golf Course this past Saturday, October 22.

GC LIBRARY BOARD HAS NEW PRESIDENT: The Glenwood City Library Board has a new President. At their September 12th meeting the board voted to elected Julie Anderson as the new President to replace former President Jan Scepurek, who resigned from the board.

REMAINS FOUND IN DUNN CO. COULD BE FROM MAN REPORTED MISSING 10 YEARS AGO: Human remains found by hunters in northern Dunn County could be the remains of Douglas L. Poach, who was last seen on January 3, 2006.


November 2: FORMER GLENWOOD GRADUATE BOWLS PERFECT GAME: Ben Krosnoski of Baldwin and former Glenwood City graduate has rolled two perfect games in his life. The first was in Marshfield in 2014, and the second was at Leaker’s Place on October 11.

GC MURAL IS COMPLETE: The Centennial Mural at the corner of Oak and First streets in Glenwood City is finally complete. Artist Charlene Weeks said she put approximately 560 hours into the painting between when she started in October 2015 and when she finished the weekend of October 29 and 30.

DUNN COUNTY STARTS FORMING CAFO GROUP: The Dunn County Board’s Planning, Resources & Development Committee has taken the first step toward forming the Livestock Operations Study Group. The Dunn County Board approved a six-month moratorium on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) at the October 19 meeting. 

November 9: NOVOTNEY SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON, 18 YEARS PROBATION:  Christopher J. Novotney, age 46 of Boyceville who was found guilty on three of 13 counts related to the sexual assault of teenage boys, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and 18 years of probation. Novotney appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court November 2 with his attorney, Matthew Krische, for a sentencing hearing before Judge James Peterson.

SCALZE NAMED WI DECA MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Wisconsin DECA is proud to announce that Kaylie Scalze is our November Member of the Month! She is a fourth year member serving as President of the Glenwood City DECA chapter.

GC PLANNING ALL-SCHOOL REUNION: A committee of former Glenwood City students and graduates is planning an all-school reunion to coincide with the city’s 2017 Rustic Lore celebration. Committee chairman Doug Hill said the reunion would likely include classes from the 1930s through the class of 2016. The reunion, scheduled for September 8 – 10, 2017, will be third one held.

November 16: GABBERT SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT FOR NORTHERN STATE: Natalie Gabbert, a  Hilltopper senior and varsity shortstop, inked commitment papers on November 9 to play softball for Division 2 Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Gabbert was awarded a partial athletic scholarship to play for the Wolves. She will join the team starting with the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

STONE ADDED TO MEMORIAL: The Veterans Memorial in Glenwood City gained another stone just in time for Veterans Day. The original four stones in the memorial were dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, of this year. A fifth stone was added on November 9.

TRUMP ELECTED PRESIDENT: Republican Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States over Hillary R. Clinton at the November 8th General Election. Although Clinton received about 700,000 more votes than Trump, she lost the electoral vote. 

November 23: Members of the Glen Hills Parish of the United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor on July 10, 2016. Pastor Jan Beutin took over as the minister of the Glenwood City, Emerald and Downing Methodist churches after previous pastor MaryBeth Scow moved on to a position with the Trempeleau United Methodist Church.

GC POLICE GAINS NEW OFFICER: The Glenwood City Police Department has a new full-time police officer. Vince Rudesill of Baldwin stepped into the vacant position on November 11. Rudesill is a 2011 graduate of Baldwin-Woodville high school and attended college at UW – Platteville.

HUMAN TRAFFIC PRESENTATION HELD AT HOLY CROSS: Jodi Emerson, Director of Public Policy and Community Relations for Eau Claire-based non-profit Fierce Freedom, presented some facts at a November 17 program about human trafficking held in Glenwood City, and sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the women of Glenwood United Methodist Church. The presentation was held at Holy Cross, and featured Emerson’s presentation on what many people now refer to as “modern slavery.”

BOYCEVILLE NARROWS ARCHITECT PROPOSALS: The Boyceville Community Fire District Board has agreed to invite two of the four architects who submitted proposals for designing a new fire station to make presentations to the full board.

SPRINGFIELD REJECTS PROPOSED LEVY TO FIX ROADS: Town of Springfield residents soundly rejected a proposed tax levy increase of $100,000 for 2016 with a 46-22 vote against the measure during a November 14 special town meeting. The meeting stemmed from an October 10 board resolution to exceed the state limit on allowable tax levy increases in order to pay for road construction.

November 30: BOSSHART INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME: Rob Bosshart, a 1982 Boyceville High School graduate, was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the annual banquet held at the Wilderness Lodge in Wisconsin Dells on September 24. Bosshart has occupied a seat on the Spring Valley coaches’ bench for 29 years, with 27 of those being as head coach. 

BOYCEVILLE TO HOST SCIENCE OLYMPIAD INVITE: Boyceville will host the 10th Annual Boyceville Science Olympiad Tournament in Boyceville on Saturday, December 3rd to open the 2016-2017 Science Olympiad season. 

GC GETS MORE MONEY FOR WELL: At the Glenwood City Common Council meeting on Monday evening, November 28, Kevin Oium of Cedar Corporation informed the council that the city had received another grant in the amount of $275,000 for the construction of a new city well.


December 7: BOYCEVILLE APPROVES PURCHASE OF NEW BUS: The Boyceville school board approved spending $61,750 to purchase a 2017 Micro Bird bus with a lift and seating for 21 passengers using Fund 10 money at its December 5 meeting.

BOYCEVILLE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD DOES WELL AT INVITE: Boyceville’s Middle School Purple Team earned the 1st place trophy for the small school division at the Boyceville Science Olympiad tournament December 3. The Bulldogs’ high school team took the 1st place trophy for the small school division at this past Saturday’s Boyceville Science Olympiad Tournament. Both Boyceville teams placed 4th overall  in the tournament.

DUNN COUNTY CAFO HOLDS KICK-OFF MEETING: Dunn County’s Livestock Operations Study Group is off to a running start. The study group, which met for the first time November 30, is operating as part of a six-month moratorium in Dunn County on expanding or developing new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) that would have 1,000 or more animal units.

BOYCEVILLE “SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS” TO BE HELD DECEMBER 10: The Village of Boyceville will celebrate 16 years of the “Spirit of Christmas” on December 10 with a day of activities all over town, including three new events.

December 14: STEVENS APPOINTED TO BOYCEVILLE VILLAGE BOARD. Brad Stevens was appointed to the village board at their regular meeting Monday evening, December 12th.  Village President Gib Krueger made the appointment, which was confirmed by the other members of the board. Stevens will fill the seat left open by the resignation of Ted Erickson.

ST. CROIX COUNTY APPROVES STUDY GROUP FOR WATER RESOURCES IMPACT: The St. Croix County Board held a public hearing December 6 on a proposed ordinance for a six-month moratorium on new large livestock operations or the expansion of existing operations along with forming a study group to assess the effects on groundwater and surface water. Concerns about the effects of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations on groundwater and surface water intensified after a proposal by Emerald Sky Dairy to expand the facility.

BOYCEVILLE EMTS TO WORK AS INSTRUCTORS: Now that Boyceville emergency medical technicians are up to date on their certifications, they can begin work as Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructors. The EMTs planned to teach their first class in Eau Claire for the National Guard the following Saturday after the ambulance district meeting, and their next class is scheduled in January.

December 21: BOYCEVILLE PD SWEARS IN TWO POLICE OFFICERS: The Boyceville village board swore in two part-time police officers, Pete Rud and Chad Mousel, during its December 12 meeting. Both have previous law enforcement experience.

JOHN CASSELLIUS NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR: John Cassellius, a 1995 graduate of Glenwood City High School, was named Minnesota’s Big Southeast-Blue division coach of the year for a second year in a row. Cassellius is the head coach of the Winhawks High School football team in Winona, Minnesota.

ERICA SEMPF SELECTED TO BANDS OF AMERICA HONOR BAND: Erica Sempf, a senior at Boyceville High School, has been selected by Music for All to be a member of the Bands of America Honor Band in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade. The 128th Rose Parade themed “Echoes of Success” will take place on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CST and will be nationally televised. 

December 28:  GC EMS AND FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVE  DEMENTIA TRAINING: Nancy Abrahamson, a representative of the St. Croix County Aging and Disability Resource Center presented a dementia training session to the Glenwood City Fire Department and EMS services at the fire hall on December 13. The training was part of a state initiative to assist people with dementia diagnoses with remaining active in their communities. The event was also the brainchild of Glenwood City High School senior, Rebecca Moll, as part of her social issues senior project. 

ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED IN CRASH NEAR MENOMONIE: One person died and three people were injured Friday evening in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 near 429th Street in the Town of Menomonie. Ronnie Imboden, age 70, of Knapp, died from injuries sustained in the crash.Joseph Broker and Lori Broker, both of Colfax, were transported to Mayo-Menomonie by ambulance with unknown injuries. Jennifer Thatcher of Wilson was transported by private vehicle to Mayo-Menomonie.

I-94 CRASH CLOSES HIGHWAY, INJURES THREE: A multi-vehicle crash involving six people on eastbound interstate 94 in Dunn County sent three people to local hospitals with injuries. The crash closed the eastbound lanes of I-94 for approximately 90 minutes while authorities cleared the roadway. [/emember_protected]