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Elk Mound to consider third phase of phosphorus reduction

By Editor | January 25, 2022

By LeAnn R. Ralph ELK MOUND  — The Elk Mound Village Board is expected to consider whether the village should start the third phase of planning this year for the reduction of phosphorus discharge from the village’s wastewater treatment plant. The compliance schedule has four phases, and the first two phases have already been completed,…

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EM schools now able to use new gym, weight room and band room

By Editor | January 25, 2022

By LeAnn R. Ralph ELK MOUND  —  Students and staff in the Elk Mound school district are now able to use the new middle school gymnasium and the new high school weight room and band room. Construction on the referendum projects is now entering Phase 2, said Eric Wright, district administrator, during his report on…

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2021: A Year in Review: A Year in Review — 2021 top headlines from July, August, and September

By Editor | January 18, 2022

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX  — Another year has gone by, and we will soon be approaching the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colfax Messenger has been reporting on local news since April of 1897. Here is a look back at the top headlines from July, August and September of 2021. July 7,…

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Elk Mound village board authorizes purchase of laptop

By Editor | January 11, 2022

By LeAnn R. Ralph ELK MOUND  —  The Elk Mound Village Board has authorized the purchase of a laptop computer for the village clerk-treasurer’s office. The laptop will be used to work remotely at home or for training purposes and will be especially useful because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the village board learned at the…

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5 candidates for 3 positions on EM village board, 2 candidates for 2 positions on EM school board

By Editor | January 11, 2022

By LeAnn R. Ralph ELK MOUND  —  Five candidates have filed nomination papers for three positions on the Elk Mound Village Board in the April 5 election, and two candidates have filed nomination papers for two positions on the Elk Mound Board of Education. Incumbent village trustees Greg Kipp, Cynthia Abraham and Tim Benjamin filed…

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Colfax Messenger – 2021: A Year in Review: A Year in Review — 2021 top headlines from January, February and March

By Editor | January 4, 2022

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX  — Another year has gone by, and we will soon be approaching the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colfax Messenger has been reporting on local news since April of 1897. Here is a look back at the top headlines from January, February and March of 2021. January 6,…

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EM authorizes $400,000 promissory note and $895,000 revenue bond for TID incentive payments

By Editor | December 28, 2021

By LeAnn R. Ralph ELK MOUND  — The Elk Mound Village Board has approved the sale of a $400,000 general obligation promissory note and the sale of an $895,000 tax increment revenue bond anticipation note to pay incentives for the Settlers Ridge development. Sean Lentz of Ehlers Inc., the village’s financial consultant, told the village…

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Red Cross response in 2021: Families face emergency needs amid COVID-19, climate change and global conflict

By Editor | November 30, 2021

In 2021, people in Wisconsin and across the country faced great emergency needs as the ongoing pandemic exacerbated the challenges related to severe disasters, blood shortages and global conflict. “Our most vulnerable neighbors are facing unique and pressing struggles when crisis strikes on top of COVID-19,” said Mark Thomas, Regional CEO, American Red Cross of…

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EM school district waiting for start date to begin on-site COVID-19 testing

By Editor | November 19, 2021

By LeAnn R. Ralph ELK MOUND  —  Although the Elk Mound Board of Education approved contracting with the Accelerated Diagnostic Laboratory in October to conduct on-site COVID-19 testing, a start date has not yet been determined. An employee from the company will be on-site in the Elk Mound school district to conduct the COVID-19 testing,…

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Dunn County Highway Department looking at $1.4 million budget deficit

By Editor | November 16, 2021

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE  — Depending on how much snow falls between now and the end of the year, the Dunn County Highway Department could end up with a $1.4 million budget deficit for 2021. The deficit is because of an accounting error as the result of purchasing equipment with no revenue to match…

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