Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2017

Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2017

APRIL

April 5: TOWN OF NEW HAVEN TREASURER ACCUSED OF ETHICS VIOLATIONS: Laura L. Ulrich, the treasurer for the Town of New Haven, has been named as the defendant in a civil suit filed by the Dunn County District Attorney’s office alleging an ethics violation. She allegedly used her public position as treasurer to send out campaign advertising with the tax receipts to promote herself in the April 4 election.

BRUSH FIRE THREATENS GC: The Glenwood City Fire Department was called to the Town of Glenwood after a passerby notified St. Croix County dispatch of a brush fire west of State Highway 128 and south of 160th Street. The initial call came in at 2:38 p.m. March 31.

WISCONSIN FARMERS UNION HOLDS MEETING AT EMERALD: Groundwater and the environment were the focus of the Wisconsin Farmers Union spring meeting at the Emerald Town Hall. Allen Croes, a senior at Glenwood City High School, presented his Contemporary Social Issues project on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), and Kim Dupre, a Town of Emerald resident, reported on a Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network charter bus trip to Madison to speak with state legislators about groundwater at the meeting held March 19 in Emerald.

April 12: PRINSENS RETIRING FROM EMERALD: This month, Don Prinsen will retire from his elected position as treasurer in the Town of Emerald after 50 years of service. Barb Prinsen, who has been the clerk for the past 16 years in the Town of Emerald, also is retiring this month.

GLENWOOD CITY’S MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION: The School District of Glenwood City has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Glenwood City is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.

EXTRA POLICE OFFICER PAYING OFF IN BOYCEVILLE: Police Chief Greg Lamkin informed the village board that with a second police vehicle and the additional officer time, that his department has almost doubled the number of calls for service.

April 19: DNR INVESTIGATING MANURE SPILL: The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating a large manure spill at Emerald Sky Dairy.  “The spill occurred in late 2016 but was not reported until March 29,” Andrew Savagian, Section Chief with the DNR’s Office of Communication said in an e-mailed statement. 

BOYCEVILLE REVIEWS FIRE STATION SCHEMATICS: The Boyceville Community Fire District Board has taken another small step closer to building a new fire station. Fire board members reviewed schematic drawings for the proposed new fire station with an estimated  cost of $2.3 million and $3.08 million presented by Five Bugles Design, a division of Architectural Design Group, at the board’s regular monthly meeting April 12.

BOYCEVILLE BUYS NEW AMBULANCE: The Boyceville Community Ambulance District Board has approved purchasing a new ambulance for $216,875 at the board’s regular monthly meeting April 12.

April 26: DRAXLER CELEBRATES PDPW 25th ANNIVERSARY: In 1992, a group of eight Wisconsin dairy farmers threw some money into a pot to start an organization to provide education and promotion for the state dairy industry. Glenwood City farmer Joe Draxler said it was a gamble, but he is glad it paid off. The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017, and the group who once thought it would be lucky to have 500 members now numbers over 3,000 farmers across the state.

GRUTT LEAVES $29,000 TO BOYCEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT:  Ron Grutt, a Boyceville native who passed away April 6 at the age of 85,  had left nearly $29,000 to the fire department. Grutt and fire board members learned of the gift at their regular monthly meeting April 12.

GC SCHOOL BOARD ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT: At the April 24 regular board meeting, Dr. Charles Rasmussen stepped down from several years’ service as the board president and became a regular member after Dr. Lisa Kaiser was unanimously approved to assume the president’s duties. Vice president Judy Achterhof will remain in her position, while Lori Klinger will continue as clerk and John Logghe will remain treasurer.

MAY

May 3:  GC NATIVE TO HEAD TO MEXICO FOR TREATMENTS: Somerset resident and Glenwood City native Barb “Bean” Rivard, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990, will fly to Puebla, Mexico, on August 12, 2017, to participate in a stem cell treatment process that has been in use by some Mexican hospitals for approximately 15 years. She currently is in her fourth year of a relapse that left her unable to walk without a cane or walker. 

PROM ROYALTY ANNOUNCED: Both Glenwood City and Boyceville held their proms on April 29. Rylie Andrews was crowned as the new queen while Cooper Boesl received the king’s crown at Boyceville. At Glenwood, Mariah Voeltz and Ethan Kahler were chosen to reign as this year’s Prom royalty. 

TWO GLENWOOD CITY DI TEAMS QUALIFY FOR GLOBALS: On April 18, six teams of Glenwood City students competed at UW-Stevens Point in the Wisconsin State Destination Imagination Tournament. Two of those Destination Imagination teams have advanced on to DI’s Global Finals: the middle school team named the Wikkee Wikkee DeeeeeJaaaaaaysah and the elementary team Miner Survivors

May 10: ENGEL AWARDED HERB KOHL SCHOLARSHIP: Maxwell Engel, Boyceville High School’s Class of 2017 valedictorian, was named as one of nine students in CESA 11 to earn a Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship for 2017. He was recognized in a ceremony held April 30 at Eau Claire North High School, and will receive $10,000 toward his college education at the College of Wooster in Ohio in the fall.  

BOYCEVILLE PD RECEIVES GRANTS: Police Chief Greg Lamkin reported to the village board Monday night that the department has received two grants. One is for the purchase of a body camera and the other is for reimbursement of the cost of a new computer. The body camera was a $400 grant from Dunn Energy Co-op.

GC SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES IMPROVEMENTS: The Glenwood City Board of Education approved spending approximately $115,000 before the end of the academic year for district improvements. The money was approved at the May 8 regular board meeting, and will be used to replace pavement in parking lots not covered under the 2016 construction, some equipment/instrument purchases for band and choir, a dump truck with a plow, and some overhead garage doors.

FORMER DOWNING RESIDENT CELEBRATES 105TH BIRTHDAY: On May 1 Genevieve Nelson celebrated her 105th birthday with many family and friends. She was born in Elk Mound and formerly lived in Downing.

May 17: HINMAN PARK IMPROVEMENTS NEARING COMPLETION: The Glenwood City Common Council learned that the improvements of the two softball fields at Hinman Park are nearing completion. A couple of small items that are yet to be completed.

GC STUDENTS ATTEND INTERNATIONAL DECA COMPETITION: Glenwood City DECA chapter members Tiana Carlson and Kaylie Scalze earned the organization’s highest honors by competing at  DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California April 26th-29th 2017.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES $1 MILLION BUDGET FOR NEW FIRE STATION: Members of the Boyceville Community Fire District Board have a set budget of $1 million for the new fire station. A motion to send a $1 million budget to Five Bugles “to see what they say” was approved on a vote of five “yes” to one “no.” At the April fire board meeting, representatives for Five Bugles Design presented schematic designs for the new fire hall at a cost of $2.3 million and $3.08 million.

May 24: SEMPF TO ATTEND U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT: Erica Sempf, daughter of Timothy and Mary Sempf, accepted U.S. Representative Ron Kind’s nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point in West Point, New York, and will report there July 3 to begin her journey with the U.S. Army. 

BOYCEVILLE TRUCK THIEF BOUND FOR TRIAL: Cody A. Metzger (formerly Wheeler man and now living in Knapp), who is charged with stealing a pickup truck in Boyceville and eluding capture for several days, is headed for trial in Dunn County Circuit Court. Metzger is charged with one felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent and two felony counts of bail jumping.

GC SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION COST MAY INCREASE: During his report to the School Board Monday evening, Glenwood City School District Administrator Tim Johnson informed the board that a private school is in the planning stages to be located within the Clear Lake School District.  But because the location of this private school will be closer than five miles to the Glenwood City School District boundaries, the district may have to provide transportation for students living within the Glenwood City District to that private school.

May 31: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ACCIDENT INVOLVES LOCALS: A head-on collision involving a truck and a car along Highway 64 in the Town of Forest late Saturday morning claimed the life of Ellen L. Gordon of Hayward, and injured seven others including four from the Glenwood City: Darren L. Smith, JoAnn M. Smith, Judith M. Coyer, and Denise L. Smith.

DUNN COUNTY GAP ANALYSIS ALMOST READY: Do you live in a rural area and have a very slow Internet connection or maybe no Internet connection at all? You will soon have an opportunity to document that slow or nonexistent Internet connection in Dunn County by taking the “gap analysis” survey. The survey is intended to help UW-Extension and Dunn County officials to map available Internet service in the county as a way to a provide information that Internet Service Providers could use to apply for grants from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to improve rural broadband access.

AREA SCHOOL CELEBRATE GRADUATIONS: The Boyceville Class of 2017 commencement was held Friday, May 26 in the gymnatorium. The Glenwood City Class of 2017 commencement program was held Saturday morning, May 27.

JUNE

June 7: KNAPP COUPLE INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE VS. DEER ACCIDENT: Christopher Windsor and Valerie Windsor of Knapp were eastbound on State Highway 29 near 290th Street in the Town of Gilman shortly after 5 p.m. on June 1 when the Harley-Davidson motorcycle Christopher was driving was struck by a deer. Both were seriously injured. Christopher was transported to Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin via ambulance, while Valerie Windsor was transported by air to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

BOYCEVILLE GRADUATE NAME NOT READ: Jennifer Marlett’s two sons, Dante and Kyle, are Class of 2017 students who opted to join the National Guard right out of high school. Kyle’s basic training did not pose a problem with the school year and graduation ceremony, but Dante received notification in April of this year he was to report to Fort Benning, Georgia, May 24 to start basic training. His report date was two days prior to his high school graduation, meaning he would get his diploma early and would not be able to cross the stage at Boyceville High School with his brother and classmates.

GC TRACK TEAM WINS AT DIVISION 3 MEET: Winning the division 3 boys’ 4×100 meter relay state championship was the team from Glenwood City. The team consisted of Jacob Kopacz, Darian Multhauf, Jacob Nelson and Carson Strong.

June 14: HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH TO CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will be holding a 100th anniversary celebration with a special service, food, and activities on June 25. The church is about five miles north of Boyceville.

GC SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES TO INCREASE: Glenwood City students will be paying between 10 and 25 cents more for breakfast and lunch next year, as approval of new pricing was given at the June 12 school board meeting. The district superintendent, Tim Johnson indicated the food service prices are still approximately $2.50 below what Glenwood City receives for reimbursement, which will lead to consistent increases in each future school year.

ST. CROIX VALLEY PRCA RODEO RETURNS: The 2017 St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo is set for this Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17 at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City. Rodeo performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. each night.

June 21: ARVOLD CHIROPRACTIC UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP: Dr. Austin Erickson who lives in Eau Claire, has worked with Dr. Don Arvold the past three years, splitting his time between the New Richmond and Glenwood City offices. He is now taking over as the owner after nearly nine years experience in the field.

BOYCEVILLE FIRE DISTRICT BEGINS PRELIMINARY WORK: The newly-appointed Boyceville Community Fire District grant committee has begun collecting information on grants available for building a new fire station.

TOWN OF EMERALD HEARS FROM COUNTY PLANNER ON WATER TESTING: St. Croix County planner Tammy Wittmer attended the Town of Emerald’s most recent board meeting to discuss continuing concerns over well water safety in the area surrounding Emerald Sky Dairy. The St. Croix County planner spoke about the county’s karst landscape and how it impacts the speed and distance of underground water flow. 

June 28: GLENWOOD DENTAL CLINIC TO CHANGE HANDS: Dr. Charles “Skip” Rasmussen sent a letter to his patients early last month to inform them he was retiring at the end of May after 45 years of providing care. The letter also let patients know Dr. Rochelle Ashleson, formerly Rochelle Wink, would be taking over the practice. 

DUNN COUNTY TREASURER RESIGNS: Dunn County Treasurer Megan Mittelstadt has submitted her resignation. Mittelstadt’s resignation will be effective July 14, the Dunn County Board learned at the June 21 meeting. In her letter, Mittelstadt said she had been offered a great opportunity outside of the county.

GC WOMAN DIES IN ST. CROIX RIVER INCIDENT:  Ashley G. Speer of Glenwood City is dead in a probable carbon monoxide poisoning incident on the St. Croix River this past weekend. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office was asked to conduct a welfare check on the boat after receiving a call on June 25 that no one had been able to reach Speer, or the party she was with since the day before. Speer was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s Office.