Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2017 – 4th Quarter

Tribune Press Reporter: A review of the top news headlines for 2017 – 4th Quarter

OCTOBER

October 4: BOYCEVILLE WINS FOOD FIGHT CHALLENGE: Boyceville reclaimed the title of Food Fight Challenge winner for 2017. A total of 3,627 pounds of food was collected and $3,091.22 was collected overall.

INVESTIGATING DEATH IN WHEELER: The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man found unconscious in a Wheeler home last week. According to a press release received from the office September 28, the Dunn County 911 Communications Center received a report of an unidentified male subject found on the bathroom floor of a house on Hillside Drive in Wheeler at 2:41 p.m. September 27.

October 11: GC GRADUATE MEETS GOVERNOR: For Jarett Cassellius, it was a high honor. A farm boy from Downing who graduated from Glenwood City High School in 1986 and then from Chippewa Valley Technical College who is now the Senior Manager North Division for Walmart Logistics got to meet the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, at CVTC’s Manufacturing Day October 6. More than 200 students from over a dozen area high schools attended Manufacturing Day at CVTC’s Manufacturing Education Center on Alpine Road in Eau Claire.

BOYCEVILLE HOMECOMING ROYALTY CROWNED: Noah Novotney and Ali Fenton were crowned Boyceville High School’s 2017 Homecoming king and queen on October 6.

BOYCEVILLE TO REBID SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL PROJECT: The Boyceville Village Board voted Monday evening to rebid the Safe Route To School Project. This action comes after the village board learned last month that bids for the project came in at twenty-five percent above the estimate.

October 18: FIRE DISTRICT SETTLES ON SIZE OF FIRE STATION:  The Boyceville Community Fire District has settled on 11,390 square feet for a new fire station. The total square footage initially proposed by Five Bugles Design was 14,400.

KOOL KIDS BAKING COOKIES FOR HURRICANE RELIEF: The Kids of Our Lord (KOOL) youth group that meets at Glenwood City United Methodist Church every Wednesday afternoon is working diligently to mix cookies and freeze the dough until orders are received and the eight different varieties can be baked and picked up either October 25 or November 1. The cookies are being baked for a fundraiser that is for hurricane relief. 

WILSON’S WATER TO REMAIN ON: Representative Rob Stafsholt attended the Village of Wilson meeting on Sunday, October 8th to discuss the progress he had made to ensure the Village of Wilson’s water supply would not be turned off by the DNR.  Due to a staffing transition and requirement, a Notice of Non-Compliance was sent to the Village of Wilson, and DNR staff told the Village that they may turn off the water supply to the residents and businesses of Wilson. After being contacted by Village President Dennis Cowan, Rep. Stafsholt met with the Deputy Secretary of the DNR and resulted in an email stating stating in one section, in bold print, “Bottom line – There is no threat that we will “shut off their water”. And we will continue to work with them to get the necessary certifications and approvals.

October 25: BOYCEVILLE’S NEW AMBULANCE HAS ARRIVED: Boyceville’s brand new ambulance has arrived, and the EMTs are “ecstatic” with it says Matt Feeney, director of the ambulance service at the Boyceville Community Ambulance District’s October 11 meeting.

BIKERS SUPPORT BULLIED KID: On October 23, Bikers representing the Minnesota Harley Riders, Syd’s Angels: Bikers Against Bullies, Gilbert’s Street Department, and the Gold Star Ride Foundation showed up at Glenwood City Elementary the morning of October 23 in support of five-year-old Peyton Miller, who was injured October 16 while waiting at a school bus stop to travel to school. 

GLENWOOD CITY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY WINS SECTIONALS: Glenwood City girls’ cross country team won their second consecutive title and third in four years in Boyceville last Saturday. The squad will be making its fourth straight appearance at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids this Saturday, October 28.

BF FEEDS OPEN IN GLENWOOD CITY: BF Feeds has been open since September, Bazille and his wife Holly will be holding a grand opening celebration October 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The opening will give people a chance to talk to the owners, take a look around the store, and enjoy a free lunch of pork sandwiches. John Bazille is the owner of BF Feeds, an the business is located at the former Rassbach’s location in Glenwood City.

NOVEMBER

November 1: SCHMIDT SHARES STORIES AT GLENHAVEN: Vickie Schmidt of Glenwood City has put her love of stories and natural abilities to work every other Saturday morning by telling stories to residents of the Havenwood assisted living facility. Sometimes Schmidt reads to the residents from popular books or articles, other times she brings stories she has written and reads those.

WI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SECRETARY VISITS GCHS: Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler stopped at the Glenwood City High School the morning of October 25 to speak to DECA members in Business and Marketing teacher Carrie Hentz’s classroom. Chandler was on hand early in the morning to tell students a little bit about how he got to where he is, some of the challenges he has faced in his position, and to look through the school store. According to a press release sent October 24, the visit was part of the governor’s Northern Economic and Community Development Summit held October 25 and 26 at the Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat in Trego.

BOYCEVILLE FIRE PLANNING COMMITTEE REVIEWS NEW FIRE ENGINE PROPOSALS: The Boyceville Community Fire District Board’s five-year-planning committee has reviewed three proposals for a new fire engine that would cost approximately $500,000. The five-year planning committee met at the fire station October 26 to review the proposals.

November 8: GLOCKE TO RETIRE AT THE END OF SCHOOL YEAR: The Boyceville Board of Education and administrative team learned Monday evening they will need to start searching for a new middle and high school principal. The board unanimously approved the retirement of current 7-12 administrator Steve Glocke at the November 6 regular meeting. His retirement will be effective June 30, 2018.

PUMP HOUSE RAISES OVER $2,000 FOR ST. JUDE’S HOSPITAL: The staff at the Pump House Bar and Grill in Downing asked customers for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals, and in return, the customers could write their names on paper pumpkins to decorate the bar. By the time the October money-raising effort finished, the staff and customers at the Pump House had raised a total of $2,102 for the cause.

GC WOMAN BRINGS AWARENESS TO POTENTIAL SCAM: Bobbie Berends of Glenwood City would like the public to be aware of a potential computer scam after receiving a suspicious phone call last week from a caller who would “blow up” her IP address and take a cyber action against her if she did not do as requested. St. Croix County Sheriff Captain Jeff Klatt indicated the incident sounds like a variation of other computer scams in circulation.

November 15: HARSDORF IS NEW DATCP SECRETARY, SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD: Governor Scott Walker announced on November 10 the appointment of State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R – River Falls) to serve as secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Senator Harsdorf will become the first woman in the agency’s 88-year history to serve as its secretary. A special election for the 10th Senate District following the appointment is to be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

CITY OF GLENWOOD HEARS NEW SIREN PROPOSAL: Replacing and upgrading the city’s aging outdoor warning sirens was among the items the Glenwood City common council pondered at its regular monthly meeting held November 13. With one of its two warning sirens currently inoperable, the City council entertained a proposal from Federal Signal Corporation. The cost for two new sirens as stated previously would cost approximately $20,600 and would not include the installation which could run about $5,200 per siren. No action was taken on the sirens.

BOYCEVILLE VILLAGE BOARD BUYS NEW METERS: The Boyceville Village Board approved buying new water meters for the Village’s water utility to be installed in users’ residences next year. They also approved a set back request, talked about the possibility of moving the village offices and approved the 2018 salary schedule. Bids for the project totaled $125,000 for the new meters, installation and inspection of plumbing within the village.

November 22: RAIL COALITION GETTING CLOSER TO LAUNCHING PASSENGER RAIL FROM EAU CLAIRE TO ST. PAUL: The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition is working on a final report about self-supporting private rail for profit in West Central Wisconsin,  a passenger rail were available between Eau Claire and St. Paul. The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition is estimating the train could potentially have a million rides per year. 

BUSY WEEK FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS: Four fires this past week have kept firefighters from both Boyceville and Glenwood City busy.  The Glenwood City department answered two calls plus assisted the Boyceville Department at another.

GC FIRE, AMBULANCE BUDGETS SET: Julie Lee presented the proposed 2018 budget for the ambulance service, which showed an increase of $4,007 over the current budget of $179,902.  Greg Holden presented the proposed budget for the fire department of $101,909, which is an increase of $9,000 over the present year budget.

November 29: NEW HAVEN TREASURER FOUND GUILTY IN ETHICS VIOLATION: Judge Rod Smeltzer found Laura Ulrich guilty following a court trial November 20 and assessed a fine of $150. The treasurer for the Town of New Haven was found guilty of an ethics violation connected to sending out campaign literature with tax receipts being issued to township residents.

BOYCEVILLE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY:  Hayley Chovan of Boyceville was one of six suspects in the theft named in a criminal complaint filed by the Dunn County District Attorney’s office earlier this year. Chovan woman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor bail jumping last month in regards to the 2016 theft of electronic items belonging the Boyceville Area Fire Department.

DUNN COUNTY APPROVES LEVY: The Dunn County Board has approved a $79.9 million expense budget for 2018 and a property tax levy of $21.6 million. The resolutions adopting the 2018 budget and the tax levy were approved at the Dunn County Board’s November 14 meeting. The levy of $21.62 million compares to a levy on the 2017 budget of $21.59 million.

DECEMBER

December 6: FAKE CURRENCY CIRCULATING IN THE AREA: The Glenwood City police department is warning the public and businesses about counterfeit United States currency passed in the city over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. On November 28, Glenwood police chief Robert Darwin posted several photos of a counterfeit $20 bill on the social media website Facebook, along with a written message indicating the bill had been passed at a local business the weekend prior.

CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR SENATE DISTRICT 10: Six candidates have filed paperwork to run in a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by newly appointed Agriculture Secretary Sheila Harsdorf: Republicans Shannon Zimmerman and Adam Jarchow; and Democrats Reuben Herfindahl, John Calabrese, and Patty Schachtner, and Libertarian Brian Corriea.

BOYCEVILLE TO HOLD “SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS” DECEMBER 9:The 17th Annual Spirit of Christmas celebration will be held December 9 in the village of Boyceville. The holiday event offers something for everyone in the family.

December 13: VILLAGE OF BOYCEVILLE OFFICES TO MOVE: The Village Board approved moving the village offices from the current space in the basement of the library to the Community Center on Charlotte Street. The first office to be moved will be the Clerk’s Office and then they will progress with other village offices.

GC LIBRARIAN AND TWO BOARD MEMBERS RESIGN, LIMITED OPERATING HOURS AT LIBRARY: Librarian Marilyn Blumer has submitted a letter of resignation, with her last day being Tuesday, December 12. Two members of the library board, Barb Standaert and Heidi Wagner, had also resigned.  Due to the resignation of the director, the Glenwood City Public Library will be operating on limited hours.

NEW GC NUTRITION SITE DIRECTOR: Barb Brunkhorst is the new Nutrition Site Manager at the Glenwood City Senior Center. She started this position on November 25, 2017. 

December 20: BOYCEVILLE POLICE PARTICIPATE IN “SHOP WITH A COP”: Shop With a Cop took place on Saturday, December 9, and involved less-fortunate children from around Dunn County along with a number of law enforcement agencies including the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, the UW-Stout Police Department, the Menomonie Police Department, the Colfax Police Department and the Boyceville Police Department.

RURAL BROADBAND ANALYSIS FORWARDED TO DUNN COUNTY BOARD:   The Dunn County Board’s Community Resources and Tourism Committee has reviewed the Rural Broadband Gap Analysis Report and has forwarded it to the county board. Committee members reviewed the draft report December 12, and the county board is expected to take action on accepting the report at the January meeting.

WILSON MAN PLEADS TO FELONIES: Zachary D. Morgan of Wilson (formerly of Boyceville) pleaded guilty to one count of burglary of a building or dwelling and one county of theft of movable property valued between $2,500 and $5,000 last Friday. The guilty pleas are in relation to an October 2015 burglary of a home in the Town of Tiffany and the November 2016 theft of items from a trailer in the Town of Stanton.

December 27: THREE CANDIDATES ON BALLOT FOR SENATE DISTRICT 10: Three candidates will be on the ballot for the January 16 special election for state Senate District 10. Patty Schachtner will be the Democratic candidate, while Adam Jarchow will be the Republican candidate, and Brian Corriea is running as a Libertarian candidate.

THREE MINNESOTA MEN INJURED IN DUNN COUNTY ACCIDENT: A trio of Minnesota men were hurt in a two-vehicle accident near the Dunn/St. Croix County line Friday evening. The accident occurred I-94 shortly after 7 p.m. December 22 near mile-marker 34 in Dunn County.

CANDIDATE FORUM TO BE HELD: The League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley invites the public to hear the candidates running for State Senate District 10 at a forum on Thursday, January 4, at the Unity High School Performing Arts Center. Candidates will participate in a forum session responding to written questions from the audience.