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2nd Quarter: A review of the top news headlines for 2018

APRIL

April 4: SPRING SNOWFALL: A Spring snowfall last Friday evening and Saturday morning dropped around five inches of snow on the local area.

WALLY LINDHOLM PASSES AWAY: Former Glenwood City School Superintendent and Glenwood City Mayor, Wallace Lindholm passed away at his home in Glenwood City on Monday, April 2nd. Lindholm served as the school Superintendent, for 24 years, leaving the post in March of 1990 to take the position of Small School Administration Consultant with the State Department of Public Instruction. He was elected Mayor of Glenwood City in 2000 and served two terms as head of the city.

April 11: GLENWOOD TEACHER CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES: Bail has been set at $100,000 cash in St. Croix County Circuit Court for a Glenwood City High School teacher charged with five felonies related to sex crimes involving a teenaged girl. Peter L.O. Gaustad, who also is a member of the Glenwood City Common Council, appeared before Judge Edward Vlack April 6 on two felony counts of child sexual exploitation as well as felony counts of exposing a child to harmful material, causing a child between the ages of 13 and 18 to view sexual activity and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. Gaustad allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images and messages with a 15-year-old high school sophomore in Missouri.

GLENWOOD CITY HAS NEW LIBRARIAN: New library director Amanda Brandt is not new to Glenwood. She lives in and grew up here and is a 1997 graduate of Glenwood City High School.

SCORE WINS DISTRICT 4 ELECTION: Ronald P. Score of Boyceville has won the April 3 election for the District 4 position on the Dunn County Board. Steve Rasmussen of Boyceville, who served as the supervisor for District 4 for 28 years — 12 of them as chair of the Dunn County Board — decided not to run for re-election.

April 18: BOYCEVILLE SCHOOLS ACCEPT GRANT FOR 3D PRINTER: The Community Foundation of Dunn County is granting an amount of $6,128 for purchase of a 3D Printer for the Boyceville Science Olympiad.  The engineering class will use the new printer as well.

BOYCEVILLE FIRE BOARD SENDS PLANS FOR REVIEW: Members of the Boyceville Community Fire District Board have approved sending architectural plans for a new fire station to the state of Wisconsin for review. It will work in the Boyceville fire district’s favor because additional energy efficiency requirements will go into effect May 1.

MORE SNOW: A storm dumped about a foot of new snow last weekend.

April 25: SNOWMOBILE RACING WINNERS HAVE LOCAL TIES: Local kings of ProVintage Snowmobile Racing are Keith BaDour of Glenwood City, Casey Swenby of Colfax, Darren Swenby of Downing and Ethan Weeks of Glenwood City. The “Godfather” of ProVintage Racing, Keith BaDour, is from Glenwood City, with his own pond to have his racers practice, and a complete snowmobile mechanic shop hidden in his private woods just out of town. But the new big news is that one of his protégés, 30-year-old Casey Swenby, took the 1st Place Cup against a final heat of 19 others in the Super Stock 340 Free Air class in Dorchester on February 17, 2018.

GAUSTAD BOUND FOR TRIAL: A St. Croix County judge has found probable cause and has bound over for trial a Glenwood City High School teacher charged with five felonies related to sex crimes involving a teenaged girl in Missouri.

BARTLETT ELECTED DUNN COUNTY CHAIR: David Bartlett of Boyceville has been elected as chair of the Dunn County Board. Bartlett, the supervisor for District 2, was nominated for the position along with Gary Stene of Colfax, supervisor for District 5, at the Dunn County Board’s April 17 meeting.

GC SCHOOLS CONSIDER DAYCARE EXPANSION: Full day childcare for up to a possible 25 children is being explored by the Glenwood City School District it was learned during the April 23 meeting of the school board.

MAY

May 2:  ERICKSON IS WEAC SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: Tammy Hess Erickson, a special education paraprofessional in the Glenwood City school district, has been named the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) Education Support Professional of the Year.

LOCAL BOWLERS GO TO NEW YORK: Local bowlers participated in the men’s National Bowling event in Syracuse, New York last month with one of the bowlers being honored for attending his 40th year at the national event. Roger Ludtke received a plaque in recognition of his 40 years of bowling in the Nationals with Pete Peterson having bowled 25 years while Dan DeLong has attended the event 24 years.  The bowlers who went were Dan Klatt, Mike Zacher, Roger Ludtke, Dan DeLong and Pete Peterson, Mike Wink, John Hager, Jessica Hager, Ben Krosnoski and Robert Godfrey.

SCHOOLS CROWN PROM ROYALTY: Both Boyceville and Glenwood City held their junior Proms on Saturday, April 28. Boyceville’s crowned King Jaden Reismer and Queen Alyx Bloom. In Glenwood, Tressa Peskar was crowned Queen and Bryce Fayerweather was crowned King.

May 9: DRIVER SURVIVES ELECTRICAL CHARGE: The driver of a feed truck is in a Twin Cities hospital suffering from burns he received when the feed truck he was driving struck a high voltage power line. The name of the driver has not been released as of press time on Tuesday. The crash occurred in the 29 hundred block of  150th Avenue in Glenwood Township.

BOYCEVILLE FRESHMAN HEADING TO MEXICO:  Kaylee Hessler, a freshman at Boyceville High School, is about the embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Kaylee has received a full scholarship from World Heritage Student Exchange and will be living in Mexico with a host family for the 2018-2019 school year.

DORMANEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Todd R. Dormanen of Boyceville has pleaded not guilty to five felonies, including homicide by the intoxicated use of a vehicle, in connection with a fatal car crash on state Highway 79 in February. Dormanen is charged with the death of Jena Anderson, 54, of Boyceville, following a head-on collision on Highway 79 south of Boyceville in the Town of Sherman on Monday, February 12.

May 16: FIRE DESTROYS RURAL HOME: Fire completely destroyed a home in Tiffany Township Friday afternoon, May 11. The home is located about three miles north of Downing on 1110th Avenue.

CHIEF PROPOSES MAKING GAS STATION POLICE HQ: Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin made his plea to the Village Board Monday evening, May 14 asking the board look into purchasing the former Cenex gas station at the corner of East Street and Highway 170 and remodel it into the Boyceville Police Station.

SCHOOL DISTRICT WON’T EXPAND DAYCARE OPTIONS: In a well-attended Board Meeting, Glenwood City Schools recommended not offering an expansion of daycare for younger kids at this time. School Board Member Chuck Draxler said, “We were looking at this as an option to keep kids in the district.” Parent Todd Johnson said to the board, “My opinion is that I never thought it is in the public interest to put another business out of business. I don’t think it’s fair.” He is referring to “Little Acorns”, the daycare center for infants to 4-year-olds two blocks from the school, inside the Glenhaven Inc. skilled care facility.

BOYCEVILLE APPLIES FOR MAIN STREET IMPROVEMENT GRANTS: The Village Board approved a number of Resolutions to allow the village to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help fund the planned improvements to the village’s Main Street. The plan is to rebuild Main Street from west of Ash Street east to Highway 79. Included in the project will be a new street, replacement of the water and sanitary sewer lines, new storm sewers and new utility laterals into the building a along the street and new fire hydrants.

May 23: UNRUH APPOINTED TO CITY COUNCIL:  The Glenwood City Common Council Monday night appointed Robert Unruh as a member of the city’s governing body. He will serve as an alderperson until the next general election in April of next year. Unruh is filling the seat left open by the resignation of Peter Gaustad.

BOYCEVILLE ANNOUNCES TOP STUDENTS: The Boyceville School Board opened their meeting with a hearty congratulations to two young women with straight A’s. Top of their class as Co-Valedictorians of 61 graduates are Kylie Krueger and Hayley Bird. Salutatorian is Alexis Meixner.

GAUSTAD PLEADS NOT GUILTY: A former Glenwood City High School teacher charged with seven felonies related to sex crimes involving a teenaged girl in Missouri has pleaded not guilty in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Peter L.O. Gaustad appeared with his attorney, Shirlene Perrin, before Judge Edward Vlack for an arraignment hearing May 14 and entered a plea of not guilty.

CITY COUNCIL ASKED TO OPEN ALL STREETS FOR ATV USE: The City Council heard a request from the Glenwood Forest Barnstomers ATV club to open all city streets to allow ATVs to use the streets to travel. The council discussed the matter for some time and the city’s attorney indicated that she could write an ordinance and the mayor noted that they would address the matter at the council’s June meeting

May 30: SWANEPOEL ACCEPTED TO STANFORD:  Boyceville High School senior Jason Swanepoel, the son of Scott and Dawn Swanepoel, has been accepted at Stanford University.

BOYCEVILLE BASEBALL EARNS SHARE OF D-SC CHAMPIONSHIP: The Boyceville Baseball team captured a share of the 2018 Dunn-St. Croix championship with a 11-5 win over Durand on May 17. The Bulldogs and the Panthers both finished the conference schedule with 7-1 records. This was Boyceville’s first conference baseball title since 2012.

SCHOOLS HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONIES THIS WEEKEND: Boyceville’s graduation commencement exercise was held Friday, May 25 and Glenwood City’s were held Saturday morning, May 26.

JUNE

June 6: AMERY ACCIDENT CLAIMS ONE: One person is dead and several others injured after a two vehicle accident just south of Amery on Sunday, May 27. Brenda Soderberg of Hammond was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities. Brenda Soderberg was familiar to many Glenwood City area residents having served as the office manager in NextGen Broadband’s Glenwood City office on Oak Street for the past several years.

ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED IN TOWN OF NEW HAVEN ARSON: Arrest warrants have been issued in Dunn County for two people suspected of setting a double-wide trailer house on fire in the Town of New Haven. Dunn County Circuit Court Judge Rod Smeltzer issued arrest warrants for Jonathan G. Hopkins and Jamie M. Schewe on May 25 for one Class C felony count of arson of a building with intent to defraud as a party to a crime.

RODEO COMING TO GLENWOOD: The St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo, named the 2015 Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo of the Year, brings top notch RAM Rodeo to St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City, June 15 & 16, with 7:30pm performances.  Gates open at 4:30pm and the performances are rain or shine.

June 13: ARREST MADE FOR TERROR THREATS AT GCHS ALL SCHOOL REUNION: Nicholas D. Osterkamp of Altoona, who is charged with one felony count of making terrorist threats concerning the Glenwood City All-School Reunion last September, has reached a plea deal. He appeared in Eau Claire County Circuit Court with his attorney, Nicholis J. Schroeder, June 6 for a plea hearing before Judge Shaughnessy P. Murphy. The plea agreement involved a Deferred Acceptance of a Guilty Plea (DAGP) that includes 40 hours of community service. Upon completion of the DAGP, the charge against Osterkamp will be amended to a misdemeanor of unlawful use of a computer.

GC SCHOOLS AWARDED AG IN THE CLASSROOM GRANT:  The Glenwood City Agriculture Department was recently awarded a $450 grant for a Healthy Learning Center. The Glenwood City agriculture department has developed a mobile hydroponic garden learning center related to growing plants, providing food and making healthy choices. The system will be shared between the high school and elementary school students.

MISSING WHEELER MAN FOUND DEAD: 30-year-old Joseph Tireman of Wheeler, who was reported missing last Wednesday, June 6, was found dead the following day after an apparent ATV accident. Tireman was found deceased around 10:43 a.m. on Thursday, June 7 by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Ace Helicopters just off 610th  Street in the Town of Otter Creek in Dunn County.

GC EXPELS TWO STUDENT: The Glenwood City Board of Education has expelled two students. The expulsion hearings were held by the school board May 31 in closed session. According to a statement from Tim Johnson, district administrator, the two students were expelled until the age of 21 as a result of violations of school rules.

JOLES CLAIMS STATE AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Trett Joles of Boyceville finished first in the 182-pound weight class in the freshman division at the 2018 NHSCA High School Nationals held in Virginia Beach, Virginia on March  23-25. His victory in the WWF State Freestyle championships, qualified Trett Joles for the Wisconsin Cadet Freestyle National team. As a result of that, Joles will be competing in this week’s  2018 National Cadet Duals which are being held, June 12-16, at Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington.

STANDAERT APPOINTED TO FILL SCHOOL BOARD SEAT: The Glenwood City School Board officially chose Sally Standaert to fill its vacant seat during Monday evening’s regular meeting session. Standaert, who is a deputy with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, was selected by current board members from a field of four candidates to take the open seat that was created by the resignation of Tryn Gross earlier this spring.

June 20: GC COUNCIL HAS ANOTHER OPEN SEAT: The Glenwood City Common Council has another open seat to be filled by appointment. It was just a couple of months ago that Peter Gaustad resigned his position on the Council and at the meeting Monday, June 18th. Mayor John Larson read a resignation letter from Council member Nancy Hover. Last month the council appointed Rob Unruh to fill the open seat.

CAR CATCHES SHED ON FIRE IN SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP: A car burned last Friday morning in the Town of Springfield and caused the shed it was parked beside to also catch fire. United Fire was dispatched to 698 State Road 128 shortly after 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 15 after a car and a shed the vehicle was parked next to caught fire.

BOYCEVILLE APPROVES PRELIMINARY SCHOOL BUDGET: The Boyceville board of education unanimously approved a preliminary budget for the forthcoming 2018-2019 year during Monday evening’s regular board meeting held in the IMC at Tiffany Creek Elementary. District administrator Kevin Sipple asked for and received approval for a 2018-2019 budget with total expenses of $9,027,818 during the June 18 regular board session.

June 27: RUBUSCH TURNS 100: Longtime Boyceville resident and business woman Hannah Rubusch celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday afternoon, June 24 at the Boyceville United Methodist Church.

GC SCHOOL BOARD FILLS VACANT CO-CURRICULAR POSITIONS: The Glenwood City board of education heard reports from its administrative team and approved several co-curricular and coaching hires for the upcoming academic year at its Monday, June 25 meeting.  During the consent agenda, the board official filled nearly a dozen vacant coaching and co-curricular positions within the district.

DUNN COUNTY CONSIDERS COURTHOUSE OPTIONS:  The Dunn County Board has a big decision to make: should Dunn County move all of the offices from the old courthouse building on Wilson Avenue to the Community Services Building on Highway 12/29 and sell the courthouse building? Or should Dunn County offices remain downtown? Either way will cost the county about $4 million, said Paul Miller, county manager, at the Dunn County Board’s June 20 meeting.

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