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October 3: NEW SIDEWALKS DEDICATED AT DOWNING UMC: Dedication services were held Sunday at the Downing United Methodist Church for the installation of new sidewalks from the street to the church.
BOYCEVILLE HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN CROWNED: The 2018 Boyceville Homecoming royalty were announced at the conclusion of the pep fest last Friday, September 28. Hunter Hitz anbd Tyler Peterson were chosen as this year’s queen and king.
GLENWOOD CITY HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN CROWNED: The Glenwood City High School homecoming king and queen were crowned Monday afternoon, October 1. Seniors Allexis Rassbach and Tanner Davis were chosen as the 2018 homecoming queen and king.
October 10: NEW BOYCEVILLE WATER METERS SAVE TIME: At the Boyceville Village Board regular monthly meeting Monday evening, October 8th, both Public Works Director Don Rose and Village Clerk/Treasurer Darlene Lee spoke about the new water meters that were recently installed in the village. Rose noted that the entire village meters were read in an hour and a half. He was questioned how much time that saved and he noted that it took about three days to read all the meters before.
GLENWOOD CITY NATIVE EARNS SCREEN ACTORS GUILD CARD: Glenwood City native James Severson earned his SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio) card. Severson is the son of the late Ernie and Pearl Severson, and his stage name, James Sjurson, comes from his great-grandfather’s spelling.
GC SCHOOL BOARD HEARS ABOUT ASSESSMENTS: The Glenwood City Board of Education was given updates from the 2017-18 state assessment during the October 8 meeting. The WI Forward exam, as it pertains to Glenwood City, shows that grades 3-8 are scoring at about half proficient higher in Language Arts and Mathematics.
October 17: TOWN OF SHERMAN RESIDENTS VOICE CONCERN AT BOYCEVILLE FIRE DISTRICT MEETING: About 20 residents from the Town of Sherman attended a meeting of the Boyceville Community Fire District Board to voice their concerns about the possibility of the entire Town of Sherman moving into the Menomonie rural fire district.
BOYCEVILLE SCHOOLS SEE LOWEST MILL RATE IN 28 YEARS: Residents in the Boyceville Community school district will be paying the lowest mill rate in 28 years. Superintendent Kevin Sipple explained during the Boyceville Board of Education’s budget hearing October 10 that with the recent increase in the equalized value of 7.1 percent, or $313,475,763, the mill rate has dropped to $8.88 per $1,000 of property value.
CITY WILL BACK COUNTY FAIR ON STORM SHELTER CONSTRUCTION: The Glenwood City Common Council approved a plan to aid the St. Croix County Fair in the construction of a storm shelter on the fairgrounds. The structure would accommodate 300 people, and include bathroom facilities, and could be open for other events, like holding a meeting. After some discussion, the council voted 6-0 to sponsor the grant application.
October 24: TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD TO ASK FOR REFERENDUM: The Springfield Town Board is asking township residents in a referendum question on the November 6 ballot for permission to exceed the state-imposed limit by adding $50,000 to the tax levy. Town chairman Dean Fayerweather explained the revenue increase of $50,000 will be added into the 2019 road construction budget for Springfield.
GC SCHOOL BOARD FINALIZES BUDGET: The Glenwood City Board of Education has finalized their budget for the 2018/19 school year. Superintendent Tim Johnson explained to the board that the Glenwood City school district will receive $5,409,712 in state aid which is $91,000 less than last year’s state aid.
MENOMONIE FIRE CHIEF ADVISES AGAINST MOVING ALL OF SHERMAN TO RURAL MENOMONIE FIRE DISTRICT: The Menomonie fire chief says he would recommend against moving all of the Town of Sherman into the Menomonie Rural Fire District. After conducting time studies, “it does not make sense” to place the entire Town of Sherman into the Menomonie rural district, said Jack Baus, Menomonie fire chief, at the annual meeting of the Menomonie Rural Fire District October 17. The Town of Sherman currently is divided about half and half, with the northern half being in the Boyceville Community Fire District and the southern half being in the Menomonie Rural Fire District.
October 31: GLEN PARK MANOR: The Glenwood City Fire Department was called out to a vehicle fire at Glen Park Manor, 745 First Street in Glenwood City, around 10:48 a.m. Friday, October 26. Apparently, two individuals were attempting to jump start a disabled car when the other vehicle caught fire.
DORMANEN SENTENCED 17 YEARS FOR DRUNK DRIVING: Todd R. Dormanen of Boyceville has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision for a drunk driving crash on state Highway 79 in February that resulted in the death of Jena Anderson, 54, of Boyceville. The Dunn County Circuit Court sentencing hearing was held October 22 before Judge Rod Smeltzer. Dormanen pleaded guilty to one felony count each of homicide by the intoxicated use a vehicle and Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) causing injury in Dunn County Circuit Court August 17.
BOYCEVILLE BOARD OF EDUCATION: The Boyceville Area Board of Education met last Wednesday evening, October 24, to vote and approve the 2018/19 school budget. Boyceville’s general fund budget is $9.1 million, the Special Education budget is $1.6 million, Non-Referendum debt is $46,477, Referendum approved debt is $991,500, food service $397,000 and the Community Service budget $86,000.
November 7: JEFF LAKE NOMINATED FOR LEOPOLD AWARD: On behalf of Lake Farms, April Lake nominated her dad, Jeff Lake, for the Leopold Conservation Award presented each year by the Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. The award recognizes agricultural landowners actively committed to a land ethic. The Sand County Foundation presents the honor, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal award that will be presented to one of the three nominees in December.
FOUR-YEAR-OLD RECEIVES NASCAR CHECKERED FLAG: For four-year-old Colfax resident Payton Brockmiller and his dad, Ricky, and his grandmother, Julie Bosshart-Stansbury, it was the chance of a lifetime to watch a live NASCAR race. What they were not counting on was that Payton would receive the checkered flag from the winning driver, Ryan Blaney.While Payton’s grandmother, Julie, was able to accompany them, his mother, Courtney was not able to get away. Julie is the deputy clerk-treasurer for the City of Glenwood City.
100TH ALUMNI MEETING OF DUNN COUNTY AGGIE HELD: One hundred people attended the 100th annual alumni meeting of the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy on Sunday, September 16th at the Moose Lodge. Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, was commonly called Dunn County Aggie. It was a high school in Menomonie and had all the same classes as the Menomonie High School, only the boys had to take agriculture classes and the girls had to take home economics
November 14: CONSTRUCTION AROUND TIFFANY CREEK TO START IN DECEMBER: Work on the Tiffany Creek project behind Boyceville High School/Middle School is expected to start in December. The discussion surrounding the abundance of flooding and foliage on that portion of Tiffany Creek has been taking place with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the last three years.
CITY LOSES NEWSPRINT RECYCLING TRAILER: David Caress the City’s Public Works Director reported to the City Council on Monday evening that the city has lost the trailer that was used to collect newsprint for recycling. Caress stated that he had received a call from the company that supplies the trailer that they were not getting a sufficient amount of newsprint to justify leaving the trailer in Glenwood City full time.
EVERS WINS GOVERNOR ELECTION: State schools Superintendent Tony Evers (D) denied Republican Gov. Scott Walker a third four-year term.
BYGD WINS DUNN COUNTY SHERIFF: Kevin Bygd, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department Captain of Field Services, was elected as sheriff of Dunn County in the November 6 election. Bygd, a Boyceville resident, ran as a Republican and faced Democratic challenger Rod Dicus of Elk Mound, who serves as an investigator for the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.
50 YEAR QUEST FOR INFORMATOIN ON BROOKSIDE CEMETERY: Tim Wyss, formerly of Stanton Township has a passion about Brookside cemetery for nearly 50 years. Now basically abandoned, Brookside was first established in 1881. And while the story hasn’t come to an end, Wyss will certainly be happy when his 50 year old quest comes to a happy and just ending.
November 21: BOYCEVILLE SCHOOL BOARD HEARS ABOUT PROJECT SEARCH UPDATES: The Boyceville Board of Education held their monthly meeting last Wednesday evening, November 14, and were updated on how Project Search was doing in regards to the Special Education students involved. Project Search and the Boyceville School district work hand in hand out of CESA 10 and allows students with disabilities to learn how to get a job after high school, Bonnie Barker explained, the project is one-year in length and is for students during their last year of high school.
DUNN COUNTY BOARD APPROVES BUDGET: The Dunn County Board has approved an expense budget of $85.739 million for 2019. The resolution to adopt the budget was approved unanimously at the November 12 meeting of the Dunn County Board with no adjustments to the proposed budget. The 2019 budget includes revenues of $85.76 million.
SCHLOUGH SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT: Boyceville senior wrestler and three-time state champion Brock Schlough signed his letter of intent to wrestle for NCAA Division 2 powerhouse St. Cloud State on November 14.
November 28: KNAPP MAN WINS $200,000 IN SCRATCH-OFF LOTTERY: A Knapp man and two other Wisconsin residents claimed top prizes in the state Lottery from the week of November 12 to 16. Brandt Wallace of Knapp took home the biggest prize of the period, winning the top $200,000 in the twenty dollar Cash Reserve game. According to Wisconsin Lottery news release, Wallace purchased his ticket at Bob & Steve’s BP in New Richmond.
NEXT TUESDAY IS THE FIRST DAY TO CIRCULATE NOMINATION PAPERS: The annual Spring Election process will begin on Tuesday, December 1 which is the first day that nomination papers can be circulate for positions on local boards including the City Council, Village Board and letters of intent for school board.
December 5: WILSON NITE CLUB OWNER CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD: A thirty-one-year-old Glenwood City woman has been accused of felony fraud against a financial institution in an amount exceeding $500 but less than $10,000. A criminal complaint filed in Dunn County November 19 names Amanda K. Hillstead, the owner of the Wilson Nite Club in Wilson, as the defendant.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: This coming Saturday, December 8, folks in and around the Boyceville area will have the opportunity to show off their Christmas spirit with the 18th annual Spirit of Christmas celebration.
TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR WILSON MAN ACCUSED OF DAMAGES TO EAGLE’S NEST: An April trial has been scheduled for Hunter T. Smith of Wilson, who has been charged in connection with criminal damage to the Eagle’s Nest Bar in Boyceville and with the sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.
December 12: BOCYEVILLE APPROVES: The Boyceville Village Board approved a couple of items in regards to the upcoming construction work on rebuilding the Main Street of the community. The board also set a date for the public to get information about the project and that will be held on January 9th. Plans were also presented with two drawings of the proposed Charlotte Street extension. This extension will allow access to the proposed new fire station which is being planned to be build just to the east of the Cenex Station.
TRIALS TO BE CONSOLIDATED IN NEW HAVEN ARSON CASE: Judge Rod Smeltzer ordered the trials to be consolidated during a hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court December 3 regarding charges filed against Jonathan G. Hopkins, 35, and Jamie M. Schewe, 34. Hopkins and Schewe are each charged with one Class C felony count of arson of a building with intent to defraud as a party to a crime. The two suspects are accused of setting a double-wide trailer house on fire in the Town of New Haven.
NEW LIBRARIAN ANNOUNCED: Glenwood City Councilperson Ken Peterson reported that they have hired Katie Schneider as the new Librarian.
December 19: GC POLICE CHIEF PUT ON LEAVE FOR WHAT ENDED UP BEING FALSE ACCUSATION: Glenwood City Police Chief Robert Darwin was placed on administrative leave Thursday on what turned out to be false accusations against him.
BIDS COULD GO OUT FOR NEW BOYCEVILLE FIRE HALL: In just a few short months, the Boyceville Community Fire District could be advertising for bids to build a new fire station. Dave Cihasky, an architect with Five Bugles Design, spoke to the Boyceville fire board at the December 11 meeting about the timeline for building a new fire station.
BOYCEVILLE POLICE PARTICIPATE IN “SHOP WITH A COP”: This year’s annual “Shop With a Cop” event took place on December 1 and saw 40 kids for the second year in a row and countless volunteers from several police departments including two officers from Boyceville, according to Brenna Jasper of the Menomonie Police Department. Officers Maxon and Jordan made their way throughout the Menomonie Walmart helping to pick out gifts for each of their partners for the day, with each of the kids getting $100 dollars to shop with.
December 26: EVANS DONATES STUFFED ANIMALS: Glenwood City local, Sara Evans, donated stuffed animals to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s department this year to help spread a positive influence.
FARMER-LED GROUP HOLDS FIRST FIELD DAY: More than 50 farmers, community members and agribusiness professionals came together recently in Baldwin to recap the harvest season and discuss conservation practices applicable to farms in Western Wisconsin.
TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF SOMERSET WOMAN: 21-year-old Stefanie Biedler of Somerset died when the Chevrolet Malibu she was driving collided head-on with a Ford Fusion driven by Christina M. Wiederin, also of Somerset, on State Highway 35/64 near the Village of Somerset shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday, December 21. The vehicle driven by Wiederin was westbound in the eastbound lanes of that highway.