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Tribune Press Reporter- A review of the top news headlines for 2017 – 1st Quarter

Tribune Press Reporter- A review of the top news headlines for 2017 – 1st Quarter

JANUARY

January 4: GCHS SENIOR TO ATTEND INAUGURATION: Catherine Schurtz, a senior at Glenwood City High School and daughter of Carole and Eric Schurtz, will attend the first Citizen Washington Focus Presidential Inauguration Conference in Washington, D.C. January 17-21.

KLUND, MORGAN BOUND IN BOYCEVILLE COUNTERFEITING CASE: Lori N. Klund of Boyceville has been charged with forgery, possession of an illegally obtained prescription, and felony bail jumping. She is charged with three counts of uttering a forgery, seven counts of forgery, three counts of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, and bail jumping. A second person Zachary D. Morgan of Boyceville,  has also been charged in an alleged forgery and counterfeiting case in Boyceville, and was charged October 5 in Dunn County Circuit Court with one count of uttering a forgery after law enforcement found a suspicious check in the home he shares with Lori N. Klund.

GLENWOOD CITY WOMAN INJURED: Angela R. Bloss of Glenwood City was injured after her vehicle struck another on County Highway G in the Town of Glenwood. The accident occurred on 7:55 a.m. on December 21.

January 11: THIRD PERSON CHARGED IN BOYCEVILLE COUNTERFEITING CASE: Juan Antonio Campos, age 33 of Chandler, Arizona, was arrested by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office at a home in Independence in late December on suspicion of forgery-uttering. He was arrested in Trempealeau County last month in connection with counterfeit United States currency being produced in Boyceville and passed in three local communities. 

STAFSHOLT TAKES OATH OF OFFICE: State Representative Rob Stafsholt (R- New Richmond) took the oath of office yesterday, January 3rd to represent the 29th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Assembly. This is Representative Stafsholt’s first term in the Legislature.

GC FFA MEMBER RECEIVES SAE GRANT: Connor Cook, a Glenwood City junior and FFA Member, is one of a total of 37 Wisconsin FFA members from 27 different chapters that have been awarded $28,950 in Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grants from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. He was awarded a $700 start-up grant that he will use to begin his business within the llama industry.

January 18: BOYCEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT SELECTS ARCHITECT: The Boyceville Community Fire District Board has selected Five Bugles Design as the architects for the new fire station. The Boyceville fire board approved Five Bugles Design January 11 after holding meetings in closed sessions with the two finalists, Five Bugles Design and Cedar Corporation, in December and earlier in January.

BOYCEVILLE TEACHER RECEIVES AEM TEACHER AWARD: Senior Member (SM) Andrew Hamm of Boyceville received the 2016 AEM (Aero Education Member) Teacher of the year award from the Civil Air Patrol Eau Claire Composite Squadron. Hamm is the high school science and math teacher and Science Olympiad advisor at Boyceville High School.

OWEN RECEIVES THREE AWARDS: 1st Lt Casey Owen, a Boyceville High School student, received three awards at the Civil Air Patrol Eau Claire Composite Squadron annual awards banquet held on Thursday, January 12th in Eau Claire Wisconsin. Owen is the recipient of the 2016 Cadet of the year award from the Squadron. He also received the Air Force Association Outstanding Cadet Award and a High Academic Achievement award. 

January 25: VINTAGE STORE TO OPEN: “Sophisticated Lady,”, owned by Mary Berg and located at 132 Oak Street in Glenwood City, will hold its grand opening January 27 and 28. The store occupies the space that formerly housed All That and More/Enchanted Moments.

PRINSEN RECEIVES HEIFER: Mathew Prinsen of Glenwood City was awarded a shorthorn heifer during the 2016 Minnesota Beef Expo. He received a shorthorn heifer sponsored by Bollum Family Shorthorns of Goodhue, Minnesota, after completing an application to participate in the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program (MYBEP). He is part of a pool of 11 young people presented with a heifer. 

POSSIBLE SOLICITATION SCAM: A Glenwood City official is warning residents to be on the lookout for mailed information regarding insurance for household water lines. Sharon Rosenow, the city’s clerk/treasurer, said a city resident recently told her they had received information about insuring the person’s household water lines. Rosenow informed the resident the insurance information was not sponsored or recommended by Glenwood City.

FEBRUARY

February 1: ACCIDENT OCCURS IN THE TOWN OF FOREST: Jerry Kirk, 50, and his wife Cheryl Kirk, 58, both of Clayton, WI were injured when the vehicle they were in left the roadway and rolled. The single-vehicle accident Wednesday evening, January 25 on State Highway 64 in the Town of Forest near 2920 State Highway 64 around 9:40 p.m. In St. Croix County.

SCHURTZ ATTENDS INAUGURATION: Glenwood City High School senior Catherine Schurtz spent January 17 through 21 in Washington, D.C., as part of a 4-H program called Citizenship Washington Focus – Presidential Inauguration (CWF-PI). Schurtz and 30 other Wisconsin 4-H participants aged 14 to 18 traveled to our nation’s capital with approximately 500 other 4-H members from around the country who were selected for the experience.

HITZ HEARING RESCHEDULED: Roberta Hitz of Boyceville,  who is a lifetime registered sex offender charged with two felony counts of a child sex offender working with children and strangulation, failed to show up for a preliminary hearing January 23.

February 8: GC WOMAN INJURED IN AUTO ACCIDENT:  Dana Jo (Hansen) DeSmith of Glenwood City woman is battling serious injuries in a Twin Cities area hospital following a two-vehicle accident that happened late Tuesday afternoon, January 31 on US Highway 63/State Highway 64 in the Town of Cylon.

FORMER BOYCEVILLE MAN FACING ADDITIONAL PENALTIES: Ted Lopez, a former Boyceville resident facing eight felony charges related to the sexual assault of two young boys, is facing two additional felonies related to the sexual exploitation of a young girl. An arrest warrant was issued for Ted Lopez on the newly filed charges January 24. 

MORGAN CHARGED WITH SECOND COUNT OF FORGERY: Zachary D. Morgan of Boyceville man has been charged with a second count of forgery-uttering after a check he allegedly used to open an account at a local bank was determined a forgery. The charge is in addition to an October forgery charge.

February 15: WHEELER MAN DIES IN TRUCK-TRAIN ACCIDENT: Andrew R. Lee, 27 of Wheeler, died in a pickup truck versus train crash at the railroad crossing on county Highway S early Monday morning.

BOYCEVILLE FIRE DEPT. HOLDS KICK-OFF MEETING FOR NEW STATION: The Boyceville Community Fire District Board has held a kick-off meeting February 8 with architects from Five Bugles Design for building a new fire station in Boyceville. The Boyceville fire district has not yet purchased any land for the new fire station, but board members have been investigating the possibility of building the fire hall on land owned by the village next to the airport.

WHEELER MAN SCHEDULED FOR TRIAL: Lonnie A. Eppers of Wheeler (formerly of Elk Mound) is scheduled for a jury trial in May on five drug-related felonies.

February 22: FIRE AT GLEN PARK MANOR APARTMENT: A fire at the Glen Park Manor Apartment building occurred at 745 First Street in Glenwood City early Sunday morning, February 19. Glenwood City Fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene around 12:49 a.m. but staged a few blocks to the south for nearly 20 minutes due to a possible armed and dangerous suspect in the vicinity. Fire and EMS were on scene for over two and a half hours and were assisted by Boyceville Fire. The fire was started by a homicide suspect who led police on a car chase before killing himself in Chisago County, Minnesota.

NEW BUILDING AT THE FAIRGROUNDS: A new pavilion is being constructed on the north end of the main horse arena of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds. The pavilion will be used during the St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo June 16 & 17 for concessions as well as for events during the St. Croix County Fair which is held annually in July.

KLUND PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Lori N. Klund of Boyceville has entered pleas of “not guilty” in three separate cases in Dunn County Circuit Court. Klund was arraigned February 13 on two counts of uttering a forgery, seven counts of forgery, one count of felony bail jumping, three counts of possessing an illegally obtained prescription, and one count of uttering a forgery as a party to a crime.

MARCH

March 1: BOYCEVILLE HAS TRIO OF WRESTLING CHAMPIONS: All three of the Boyceville state wrestling finalists claimed gold medals in the Division 3 competition Saturday night, February 25 in Madison’s Kohl Center. Brock Schlough captured the 160-pound title, James Palmer won the championship at 182-pounds and Garrett Joles grabbed the crown at 195-pounds.

GCHS ANNOUNCES VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN FOR 2017: On Monday evening the Glenwood City School Board learned who the top two students of the Class of 2017 are. The class of 2017 Valedictorian is Tia Carlson, daughter of Tom and Joan Carlson. The Salutatorian is Taylor Drinkman, daughter of Gary and Mary Jo Drinkman.

BOYCEVILLE TRUCK THIEF FOUND IN HAY BALES: It all started February 21 when the Dunn County sheriff’s department received a report of a pickup truck stolen from the Village of Boyceville. The incident ended several days later when the sheriff department’s K-9 officer located the suspect, Cody A. Metzger, hiding in a pile of round bales at a farm on county Highway F — and the truck’s owner and a passenger also were taken into custody for firing rounds from handguns at the owner’s own stolen truck. 

ST. CROIX COUNTY K9 OFFICER NATION’S “TOP DOG” FOR 2016: St. Croix County’s K9 officer Dex was named the United States Police Canine Association’s 2016 National Champion at the USPCA trials held in New Jersey last fall. Dex’s human handler is St. Croix County Deputy Josh Stenseth.

March 8: ST. JOHN’S TO CELEBRATE BUILDING’S CENTENNIAL: St. John the Baptist, Glenwood City’s Catholic parish, may have been around for the past 133 years, but the building it inhabits celebrates its centennial in 2017. The main celebration will be held in conjunction with the parish’s annual Fall Festival, scheduled for September 24, 2017, but the centennial committee has planned special events for each month leading to the autumn event.

BOYCEVILLE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD WINS 2ND PLACE IN REGIONALS: Boyceville’s High School Science Olympiad team finished as the Science Olympiad West Regional Runner-Up team on Saturday, earning medals in 19 events and scoring 64 points.

EIS NOT NEEDED FOR GAS LINE IN DUNN COUNTY: An environmental analyst with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has determined an Environmental Impact Statement is not needed for a proposed $15 million natural gas pipeline in northern Dunn County. Wisconsin Gas LLC, doing business as WE Energies, has applied to the PSC for approval to construct a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from Wheeler through the Towns Hay River, Otter Creek, Wilson and Sheridan and that would cost between $14.5 million and $15 million, depending upon the route chosen.

March 15: DOORNINK MOTORS AND FABRICATION OPENS IN GLENWOOD CITY: Doug Doornink and his son Tyler purchased the building at 133 West Oak Street, and are using it for Doornink Motors and Doornink Fabrications. Doug is overseeing the operations of the used car dealership (Doornink Motors), and Tyler is using the rear garage bay and shop area for the metal fabrication business he started after high school. The father-son duo moved into the building in late 2016. 

TOWN OF EMERALD APPROVES CONTINUED TESTING OF CONTAMINATED WELL: The Emerald Town Board has approved continued periodic testing for nitrate contamination of the town hall’s well. The first test of the Emerald town hall’s well came back with nitrates at 26.8 parts-per-million. A nitrate level of 3 ppm is believed to be a naturally-occurring level and safe to drink. 

BOYCEVILLE TO MEET WITH STATE OVER HIGHWAY 170 IMPROVEMENTS: The Village of Boyceville will meet with representatives of the state’s Department of Transportation in the near future over improvements to State Highway 170 that transverses the village. Village maintenance head Don Rose spoke to the village board about the request for a meeting from the Department of Transportation over the resurfacing project, which is scheduled for 2022.

March 22: GLENWOOD CITY MOVING AHEAD WITH NEW WELL:  The City Council accepted the low bid to drill the hole for the city’s new well along Third Street near the water tower at their meeting Monday evening, March 20th. The bid was for $153,343 from Mineral Service Plus out of Green Isle, Minnesota. The new well is to be drilled to 775 feet deep and the plan is for it to have a pumping capacity of 500 gallons per minute.

KNAPP MAN DIES IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT: Timothy Mittlestadt of Knapp was killed Wednesday afternoon, March 15 when the 2001 Chevrolet Express van failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck on the driver’s side by a 2011 Ford E450 Super Duty truck being driven by Richard Fisher of Hudson.

NO OBJECTIONS TO NEW FIRE STATION: A representative for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics says it would be acceptable to build a new fire station next to the Boyceville airport as long as the building meets height restrictions. The proposed site for a new fire station is located directly behind the former BP Convenience Store on state Highway 79.

March 29: I-94/WIS 128 IMPROVEMENTS TO START: Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) scheduled to begin an improvement project at the I-94/ WIS 128 interchange in St. Croix County on March 27, 2017. Proposed improvements include Removing and replacing the WIS 128 bridge over I-94 with a wider structure, reconstruction of WIS 128 from 50th Avenue to 56th Avenue, and reconstruction of the interchange ramps. Roundabouts will be constructed with the new interchange ramps.

GC SCHOOLS APPROVE NEW COMPENSATION PLAN: The Glenwood City Board of Education has approved a new compensation model for district staff. After several months of work, the school board approved the plan during its March 27 meeting. In addition to a new salary model separating teachers into experience and instructional skill levels, the board approved handbook changes surrounding extracurricular compensation and benefits.

GLENWOOD CITY OFFICIALS MEET WITH STATE REGARDING HIGHWAY 170: If all goes as planned, the state may be working on Highway 170 from Colfax to its western terminus in Glenwood City and the city may be asked to foot some of the cost. Tyler Rongstad, who works for the Northwest Region of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, met with several Glenwood City officials on March 24 to provide preliminary numbers and plans for the stretch of Highway 170 that passes through the city.