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July 4: BOYCEVILLE SCHOOLS AWARDED $60,000 GRANT: The Boyceville Community School District has been awarded a $60,000 school safety grant through the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Wisconsin State Attorney General Brad Schimel signed the school safety grant at a June 20 ceremony. “This grant will improve the security by almost doubling the number of surveillance cameras around the campuses,” noted Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin. “The added cameras and other technology involved will aid our responses to any incidents at the schools.
PRELIMINARY HEARING SCHEDULED FOR TOWN OF NEW HAVEN ARSON SUSPECTS: A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for two suspects charged in connection with an arson in the Town of New Haven in August of 2014. Jonathan Hopkins, 34, and Jamie Schewe, 33, made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court June 26 before Judge Rod Smeltzer on one felony count each of arson of a building with intent to defraud as a party to a crime.
PROBABLE CAUSE IN TOWN OF TAINTER SHOOTING: A Dunn County judge has found probable cause and has bound two suspects over for arraignment who are accused in the shooting of a Town of Tainter man May 27. Shawn H. Goplen, 34, and Kari L. Blank, 36, appeared before Judge Rod Smeltzer in Dunn County Circuit Court June 28 for a preliminary hearing.
July 11: FIRE DESTROYS DAHL WELL DRILLING BUILDING: Fire struck the office and storage facility of Dahl Well Drilling Company Monday afternoon and completely destroyed the structure. The business owner, Andy Dahl stated that no one was in the facility at the time of the fire and that his daughter called him to report that the building was on fire.
BOYCEVILLE HEARS COMPLAINTS ON COMMUNITY GARDEN: It seems that the ongoing community garden project located at the corner of Tiffany and East Streets in Boyceville has drawn the ire of the tenants in the rental property adjacent to the Village-owned lot. The volunteers for the garden were unaware of the three-foot setback for the fence that was recently constructed between the two properties or the need to have the decorative or finished side of the fencing face outward. Also, some rather large holes were left in the ground and never filled when the chain-link fence was taken down. It was asked that the property to be remeasured so that the fencing could be moved to properly adhere to the ordinance.
ST. CROIX COUNTY FAIR BOARD TO “BURN THE BANK NOTE” FOR HORSE BARN: Please join the St. Croix County Fair Board, the St. Croix County 4-H Horse Committee and Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 21st, 4:30 p.m. at the Horse Barn as we “burn the bank note” and express our appreciation to all who have made this possible.
July 18: BOYCEVILLE’S FIRE HALL AT A STANDSTILL DUE TO LACK OF ENGINEER: Although the state of Wisconsin has approved the plans for a new fire hall in Boyceville, the project is now at a standstill because of the lack of a civil engineer for site preparations. The project is ready to be put out for bids, but the Boyceville fire board must first take action on hiring a civil engineer. Only one bid was received, and several fire board members said they would like more than one bid so they could make a comparison on the price.
SANDOW APPOINTED TO CITY COUNCIL: It took the City Council three rounds of voting to chose a new Council member to serve out the unexpired term of Nancy Hover. Austin Sandow, age 27, was confirmed as the new member of the City Council and will serve in that seat until next April.
GLENWOOD CITY COLLECTOR NOT WORKING: The City Council took action on several matters at their regular monthly meeting of July 16th. They heard that the device called a collector, which reads water meters was not working. They approved purchasing a used rescue vehicle for the fire department, accepted bids on two city-owned pieces of property and made the final payment on the new city well.
ST. CROIX COUNTY FAIR UNDERWAY: Under the theme of “There’s No Place Like the Fair,” the St. Croix County Fair begins today (July 18) with opening ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. and will continue through Sunday, July 22.
July 25: WHEELER MAN CHARGED WITH BATTERY: Daniel D. Schick of Wheeler, who is charged with felony aggravated battery to an elderly person for allegedly breaking into a Boyceville woman’s home and hitting her in the head with her cane, has pleaded not guilty and has asked for a speedy trial. He appeared with his attorney, Jonathan Lundeen, in Dunn County Circuit Court before Judge Rod Smeltzer July 16 to enter the not guilty plea on charges filed in association with an incident that happened in the summer of 2017.
DUNN COUNTY FAIR STARTS TODAY: Under the theme of “Red, White and Blue. This Fair is for you,” the Dunn County Fair starts today (July 25) and runs through Sunday, through July 29.
GC SCHOOLS RECEIVES GRANT: The Glenwood City school district has been awarded a school safety grant of $78,820 through the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Glenwood City was one of 52 schools awarded grants July 9.
DOWNING MAN SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON: A 30-year-old Downing man has been sentenced to six years of initial confinement and six years of extended supervision for the second degree sexual assault of a child. Brian T. Kerns appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing with his attorney Scott Schlough before Judge Rod W. Smeltzer July 17.
GC RESIDENT WINS JUNIOR FAIREST OF THE FAIR: Lydia Bennett of Glenwood City was crowned the new Junior Fairest of the Fair for St. Croix County during a ceremony held Thursday evening, July 19 at the Fairgrounds.
August 1: BOYCEVILLE, GLENWOOD TO HOLD “NATIONAL NIGHT OUT”: “National Night Out” will be held in both Boyceville and Glenwood City on Tuesday, August 7. Boyceville’s third annual National Night Out will be in Pafko Park. Glenwood City’s first annual National Night Out will be in Hinman Park.
WHEELER DAYS TO BE CELEBRATED: For many years, Wheeler held a July 4th celebration. Unfortunately that festivity ended several years back. But a small group of local residents got together last year and began a new event – Wheeler Days. The festival is set to return for a second year this weekend and promises to be bigger and better. The three-day long community celebration kicks off this Friday, August 3 and runs through Sunday, August 5.
DUNN COUNTY TO MOVE OFFICES FROM DOWNTOWN: County offices now located in the Dunn County Government Center on Wilson Avenue will be moving to the Community Services Building on state Highway 12/29. The Dunn County Board, on a vote of 27 in favor and one against, approved moving out of the Government Center at the July 25 meeting.
August 8: SWITCHED AT BIRTH: Switched at birth sounds like a premise for a movie of the week but for one Glenwood City resident, Maureen Konder this is reality. Maureen recently found out that her mother, Linda Jourdeans of Roberts, WI was switched at birth with Denice Juneski from Eagan, MN.
FIVE CANDIDATES FOR DC SHERIFF: The Dunn County Judicial Center was packed to standing room only with people eager to hear what the five candidates for Dunn County sheriff had to say about a variety of questions. The forum held on July 30 included candidates Jacob Ohman (Republican), Kevin Bygd (Republican), Adam Zukowski (Republican), Randy Knaack (Democrat) and Rod Dicus (Democrat). The primary on Tuesday, August 14, will narrow the field to one Republican and one Democrat for the November 6 election.
NEW REPORTER: Amber Hayden, a California native, moved to Wisconsin in February 2017. She will cover sports and local government for the Tribune Press Reporter and Colfax Messenger, in addition to writing occasional feature stories.
August 15: BIRDS SELECTED AS CUCUMBER FEST GRAND MARSHALS: This year’s Cucumber Festival Grand Marshals Bob and Lynda Bird both agree that it is an honor to represent the village of Boyceville.
B.E.S.T. FLOATING BULLDOG TO BE IN CUCUMBER FEST: While it may not quite measure up to the multi-story balloons you see each year in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but Boyceville Education Scholarship Trust’s (B.E.S.T.) floating Bulldog Behemoth will be hard to miss in the annual Cucumber Festival Parade this Sunday.
CUCUMBER FEST TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND: This year’s Cucumber Festival in Boyceville, which kicks off this Friday, August 17 and runs through Sunday, August 19, features a Wild West theme entitled “Corral the Cucumbers” and will be headlined by 2018 Grand Marshals Robert and Lynda Bird.
August 22: BOYCEVILLE WELCOMES NEW PRINCIPAL: The Boyceville Community School district has welcomed a new principal at the middle/high school. Tyler Moy accepted the position in early March. His duties as principal started July 1 with the start of the new year. “I’m very happy about getting the opportunity to take on this new role,” he commented.
KNUDSON WINS PRIMARY: St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson won the Republican primary election August 14 to be on the ballot in the November election. There were no Democratic candidates on the primary ballot for sheriff in St. Croix County.
DORMANEN PLEADS GUILTY TO HOMICIDE: Todd R. Dormanen of Boyceville has pleaded guilty to homicide by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with the death of 54-year-old Boyceville woman in February on state Highway 79. He pleaded guilty to each of one felony count of homicide by the intoxicated use a vehicle and Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) causing injury in Dunn County Circuit Court August 17 during a hearing before Judge Rod W. Smeltzer.
BYGD, DICUS WIN DUNN COUNTY SHERIFF PRIMARY: Kevin Bygd, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department Captain of Field Services, and Rod Dicus, an investigator with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, will face off in the election for Dunn County sheriff in November. Among a field of five candidates all together, Bygd won the Republican primary August 14, and Dicus won the Democratic primary.
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES SIREN REPLACEMENT: The City Council heard reports from city officials, discussed the replacement of one of the storm warning sirens that is presently not working and approved four resolutions.
August 29: FIVE CANDIDATES VIE FOR MISS GC TITLE: Five young ladies will be competing for the 2018-19 title of Miss Glenwood City. This year’s candidates are Bethany Ullom, Nyah Anderson, Kaitlin Lee, Makiah Schutz, and Alexa Holden.
LEVY APPROVED AT GC SCHOOLS ANNUAL MEETING: Electors in the Glenwood City school district approved a tax levy of $2,317,683 for the 2018-19 school year at the annual meeting August 20. The tax levy would support general operations, debt service and community education. The projected tax levy is expected to decrease by $148,810.
BOYCEVILLE FIRE DISTRICT APPROVES BORROWING MONEY: With $3,000 left in the general fund, the Boyceville Community Fire District board has approved borrowing money or opening a line of credit to cover operating expenses. The Boyceville fire district signed a contract with Five Bugles Design for $105,000 for services related to the design of the new fire station, said Corey Green, fire chief, at the Boyceville Community Fire District board meeting August 15. The remaining balance on the contract is $26,000, and the fire department now only has $3,000 left in the account, he said.
September 5: WINKS NAMED AS RUSTIC LORE GRAND MARSHALS: Tom and Judy Wink have been chosen as the 2018 Rustic Lore Grand Marshals. The well-known couple from rural Emerald said they were surprised but very honored to have been chosen to lead this year’s festivities.
NOLAN STODOLA EARNS EAGLE SCOUT AWARD: On August 5th, 2018 Nolan Stodola received his Eagle Scout award and badge during a ceremony held at the St. Croix Fairgrounds. A fitting place since this is where his project is located.
RUSTIC LORE CELEBRATION THIS WEEKEND: The Rustic Lore celebration brings family and friends back to Glenwood City every year, with this year’s event beginning on Friday, September 7, and running until Sunday, September 9.
JUDGE FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE WITH NEW HAVEN ARSON: A Dunn County judge has found probable cause and has set an arraignment hearing for two suspects accused of setting a double-wide trailer house on fire in the Town of New Haven. Jonathan G. Hopkins, 35, and Jamie M. Schewe, 34, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court before Judge Rod W. Smeltzer for a preliminary hearing August 24.
September 12: NEW GC ROYALTY CROWNED: The 2018-19 Miss Glenwood City court was crowned during a ceremony held at the Glenwood City High School on Saturday evening, September 8. Bethany Ullom was crowned Miss Glenwood City, Alexa Holden was crowned first princess, and Kaitlin Lee was crowned second princess.
BOYCEVILLE NEEDS TO ADDRESS AIRPORT NEEDS: Boyceville’s Airport Manager, Joel Timblin, appeared before the Village Board Monday evening to discuss the needs of the airport and permission to apply for a grant to fund resurfacing the runway. Timblin noted to the board that the runway is nearing the end of its life and that the village can apply for a grant to have it resurfaced along with the taxiways. Timblin also brought to the board’s attention about four items that the Bureau of Aeronautics discovered during their resent assessment of the airport that make the airport out of compliance with the Bureau. The four items include updating the agreement with the Boyceville Firefighters Association on the use of airport land for their tractor pull.
September 19: TOWN OF SHERMAN REPORTEDLY WANTS TO LEAVE BOYCEVILLE FIRE DISTRICT: The Town of Sherman reportedly wants to leave the Boyceville Community Fire District. Cory Green, Boyceville fire chief, said he had received a telephone call several days before the September 12 meeting of the Boyceville fire board from Jack Baus, Menomonie fire chief, saying that the Town of Sherman is considering moving the entire township into the Menomonie Rural Fire District. About half of the Town of Sherman is currently in the Boyceville fire district and half is in the Menomonie district.
NUTRITION BUSINESS OPENS IN BOYCEVILLE: To two Boyceville natives Mary Larson and her daughter Chelsea Reitz wanted to find ways of helping the community to feel happier and healthier through the way of nutrition. Main Street Nutrition, located at 917 Main Street, opened its doors on August 13 serving up 100 shakes in their first day in a small town of 1000, their first week they had three days where they served 100 or more shakes and teas with their record being 108.
CITY’S WASTEWATER TREATMENT IMPROVEMENTS AT $2 MILLION: At the City Council regular monthly meeting Monday evening, September 17th was discussion on how the City is going to finance the improvements to its wastewater treatment facility. The city has received a half million dollars from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). But the mayor questioned the other one and half million that city will have to borrow in order to complete the project next year. The principal forgiveness in a government-financing program that will allow for writing off 45 percent of the principal, which would leave the city with about $875,000 in costs for the project at the lagoon treatment plant that is located just south of the school.
September 26: WIFE DONATES KIDNEY TO HUSBAND OF 43 YEARS: When Ed Waters of Glenwood City needed to find a kidney donor, his wife Darlene turned out to be the perfect match. The couple is doing well after having transplant surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus.
BOYCEVILLE SUPERINTENDENT TO RETIRE: The Boyceville Board of Education has accepted Superintendent Kevin Sipple’s request for retirement. The school board recognized Superintendent Sipple for his 41 years spent as an educator at the September 19 meeting. Sipple has decided to retire at the end of the current school year.
NEIGHBORS OF DUNN COUNTY LOSES $500,000 – LEAST AMOUNT IN FOUR YEARS: While The Neighbors of Dunn County lost $500,000 in 2017, the deficit was the smallest in four years. The Neighbors’ current ratio calculation, which includes cash and investments, accounts receivable, current liabilities and “due to other funds” balances is .71; a current ratio of 1+ is the desired ratio.