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Patriot Guard Rider Amy Duchac of Oak Creek says she attended the Milwaukee County Remembers 9-11 ceremony on Tuesday to "stand for those who stood for us." For more images from the ceremony, go to jsonline.com/photo. By DON WALKER firstname.lastname@example.org
"Remember and meditate." Three simple words. They were spoken Tuesday morning at the War Memorial Center by Gurmail Singh, the head priest of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. He spoke in his native tongue, but the words were then translated into English. They were part of a prayer Singh gave to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks who died 11 years ago in two World Trade Center towers, in a Pennsylvania farm field and in Virginia at the Pentagon. Singh asked those in attendance to take away the ignorance and hatred, the breeding grounds for violence. And he prayed that the world unite as a human family. On a bright and sunny September morning, a Tuesday just as it was 11 years ago, Singh and other members of the Sikh community gathered in solidarity with law enforcement, firefighters and military men and women as well as passers-by to remember the terror attacks. It was a poignant moment as Singh and other Please see MEMORIAL, 9A
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Dad tried to burn family to death, complaint says Man accused of shoving daughter back into flames in arson insurance plot By LARRY SANDLER Isandler©Journalsentinel.com
Intent on burning his entire family to death, a southwestern Wisconsin man tried to shove his 2-year-old daughter back into the flames after her pregnant mother had carried her to safety, state prosecutors alleged Tuesday. The criminal complaint depicts Armin Wand III as a man so desper-
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The cost of health benefits for employers and employees rose by 4 % for family coverage nationally this year, continuing a broad trend of relatively smaller increases in recent years, according to the most widely followed annual survey. Premiums for family covPremiums for erage averaged $15,745 this year, with workers paying an family health average of $4,316 of the cost, coverage according to the Kaiser Famiaveraged ly Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust 45,145 2012 Employer Health Benethis year, with fits Survey released Tuesday. workers paying Premiums for single coveran average of age increased by 3 °/0, to an average of $5,615, with the $4,316 worker paying $951 of the of the cost. cost. Although relatively modest, the rise in the cost of providing health benefits still outpaced the 2.3 % rate of inflation. Nor is the long-term trend heartening. Since 2002, the cost of health benefits has increased by 97 % , compared with a 28% increase in inflation.
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Candidates launch TV ad blitz After lull, Obama and Romney target Wisconsin By CRAIG GILBERT cgilbert©iournalsentinel.com
In the aftermath of the conventions, two trends are conspiring to raise the presidential stakes in Wisconsin: the polling bounce Mitt Romney got in this state after picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, and Romney's struggles elsewhere on the map, which make winning Wisconsin more important than ever to the GOP. And yes, things are heating up here: After a long spell when the state was largely bypassed in the ad wars, both campaigns are launching television ad campaigns Wednesday, marking the start of a much more concerted effort to capture Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes. The Romney campaign was the first to announce its advertising plans over the weekend. The Obama campaign announced Tuesday it is following suit. In addition, the pro-Obama PAC, Priorities USA, has begun airing ads in Wisconsin. And Ryan's congressional campaign is also airing its first TV spots, part of an ad
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Westfield Pioneers Overwhelm Blackhawks By Josh Kirkham The Westfield Pioneers took the long ride to Prairie du Chien Friday night to take on the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks were fresh off a victory against the Wisconsin Dells, while the Pioneers were regrouping after being stunned in week two by Richland Center. The Pioneers received the ball first and promptly charged down the field and punched it in the end zone by way of a Brad Floeter fullback run. The Pioneer special teams would give the offense a chance to score immediately after recovering the ensuing kickoff. The offense took the ball down the field and Floeter punched in his second score of the game. Pioneer kicker Johnny Weishaar kicked through the extra point, making the score 13-0 in favor of the Pioneers. The Blackhawks did not give up and posted two quick scores of their own, and with a chance to take the lead, the Pioneers' special teams came through, blocking the PAT, and keeping the score knotted at 13. The Pioneers stayed focused and punched in their third score of the game when quarterback Alex Slowey rolled to his right and found wide receiver Brett Mittelstedt in the end zone for the touchdown with Weishaar adding the PAT. The Mittelstedt touchdown and Weishaar PAT made the score 20-13. The Pioneer defense stepped up big the final three quarters, pitching a shutout the remainder of the contest, ensuring a Pioneer victory. Just in case, the Pioneer offense and special teams posted three more scores bringing the final score to 3913. Brad Floeter led all rushers with 190 yards and two touchdowns while Marcus Gonsalves posted two touchdowns of his own. Brett Mittelstedt and Tanner Akers also found the end zone once each. The Pioneers are on the road again this week as they kick off conference play at the Wisconsin Dells. The Dells are 1-2 so far this season after losing to Platteville in week three, 44-26.
United Soccer comes up empty-handed at Wayland Montello/Westfield United Soccer traveled to the Wayland Academy Tournament last Saturday, coming home without a win. In their first game, the team lost to A/I 1-0. The United dominated the game, getting15 shots on the goal in 2nd half, but just didn't score. In their second game, the United lost to Wayland Acadeny 11-3. Two goals were scored by Ross Dahlke and 1 by Spencer Cuff. Coach Mike Lardy reported, "Wayland had great combination play, very fast forwards, and skilled shooters. With both of our starting center mids out for this game, we tried a 4-2-3-1 formation to bolster our defense, but to no avail." He added, "This game was a learning experience for our young team. We are going to have to improve in a lot of areas to be competitive in our October rematch." Lardy complimented Keeper Noah Hanson, who made a number of great saves and played his position very well.
Correction... In Last week's United Soccer picture on Page 15, the caption incorrectly identified one of the players as Noah Bain, which it should have said Owen Bain. We apologize for the error.
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Two area legends enter Hall Rademaker, Guthman will be honored next month with WBCA enshrinement By Leader-Telegram staff Two area people who have been outstanding in girls basketball over the past three decades will be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 13 in Madison. They are Darlene "Dolly" Rademaker Thornton and Al Guthman.
Rademaker gained all-state honors as a high school player at Thorp. During her senior year, she scored 634 points at a 28.7 average and finished with 1,574 career points. She gained honors as AP Wisconsin player of the year and WBCA Miss Wisconsin Basketball. She also excelled in volleyball and softball in
high school. She attended the University of Wisconsin on a scholarship and continued her deadly shooting. She still holds the Badgers record for 3-point shooting percentage and is second in 3-point goals for a season. As a sophomore, she helped the Badgers to a third place finish in the Big Ten and a first-ever Badgers appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Al Guthman, coaching his Owen-Withee team in March 2010 in Altoona, will enter the WBCA Hall of Fame next month.
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Seniors, from left, Michael Derks, Riley Westaby, Adriac Bethel, Josh Nichols, David Kmieciak, Noah Alix, Danny Halterman and Jarod Ciokewicz have helped Stanley-Boyd to a 3-0 record.
Led by stingy defense, Stanley-Boyd off to 3-0 start this season By Jason Cox Leader-Telegram staff We just want our kids to play fast, STANLEY — Three games. Three shutouts. play aggressive. We'll fix mistakes That's how good Stanley-Boyd's defense has been this once they're playing downhill. season. No one has crossed the goal line when playing the Orioles. Against Neillsville last week, the Orioles — Stanley-Boyd coach Jeff Koenig gave up just 43 yards of total offense in a 36-0 blowout. Coming into this season, the defense was a bit of an "One thing I want our team to be known for is our unknown. The Orioles lost quite a bit of their starting defense from last season, including three all-conference defense, but I never expected that to happen," StanleyBoyd coach Jeff Koenig said. "The ball's bounced our players. Only one of their four linebackers had much way a few times, which has been really helpful. Someexperience. times it's better to be lucky than good." So for them to pitch three straight shutouts to start While they might have had some things go their way, the season was a bit of a surprise to say the least. Even it takes more than luck to shut one team out, let alone Stanley-Boyd's players and coaches didn't expect the three in a row. Defensive lineman David Kmieciak was defense to get off to this kind of a start.
quick to point out they're successful because they're fast. Koenig isn't even sure if that's the case. "Sometimes I wonder if we're as fast as we appear to be," Koenig said. "We just want our kids to play fast, play aggressive. We'll fix mistakes once they're playing downhill." Their speed and aggressiveness is important because the Orioles don't exactly have overwhelming size that strikes fear into their opponents. "We're small," senior defensive end Danny Halterman said. "They may be bigger than us, but we're willing to fight." The Orioles have eight seniors on their squad, and most play big roles on the defense. But it's the development of the younger players that has made all the difference. See ORIOLES, Page 3D
Bourget's big play sparks Regis' rout Ron Buckli
Football is a game of two lines battling for supremacy at the line of scrimmage to either open the door offensively or close the gate on defense. It can lead to control football when teams devour the yards and clock on a long drive.
At other times, it produces the quick-strike, big play that can turn a game around. Such was the case for many teams last weekend, and especially Eau Claire Regis in its critical encounter with small-school power Colby.
Just 46 seconds into the game, Victor Bourget stepped in front of a Colby pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. The fired-up Ramblers went on to a 15-0 halftime lead and eventually a convincing 29-14 win to stamp themselves a team to beware of in
WIAA Division 6 football. This big play came from short range but beat the clock and paid off huge. River Falls trailed Superior 28-27 when QB Alex Call headed for the goal line from 4 See BUCKSHOT, Page 3D
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Brewers back above .500 loss, the Braves continue to have a strong hold on the top wild card position. Brewers' ninth in a row Brewers starter Yovani at Miller Park and 18th in Gallardo also connected the past 23 games overfor a run-scoring douall. Milwaukee (72-71) ble in the game-turning climbed above .500 for the inning, during which the Brewers sent 13 batters to first time since it was 4-3 the plate while collecting on April 12. eight hits and two walks. The Brewers moved Milwaukee trailed 2-0 within three games of St. entering the frame. Louise for the second NL See BREWERS, Page 4D wild card. Despite the
Weeks' homer sparks victory By The Associated Press The Brewers'
Rickie Weeks hits a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Braves in Milwaukee. Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Rickie Weeks blasted a threerun home run and Travis Ishikawa hit a bases-clearing double in Milwaukee's eight-run fifth inning, and the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Wednesday night. The victory was the
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Hornets rally; Hassell's run sparks comeback win Jacob Killoy passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Richland Center Hornets outscored the Westfield Pioneers, 39-34, at Westfield Friday night. The win evened the nonconference record for coach Greg Schoepp's Hornets at 1-1 with their home opener coming Friday night against Mauston. John Hassell and Divontae Casto each scored two touchdowns. and Matt Nelson added another. Alex Mortimer caught a two-point conversion
pass, and Lance Cook kicked one. Brad Floeter and Tanner Akers each scored two touchdowns for Westfield, now 1-1. Coach Schoepp and his team found that it was much better to come back from a two-touchdown deficit to win rather than watch a two-TD lead evaporate and lose as happened in their season debut. "You don't give up almost 500 yards and win very often," said coach Schoepp. He said
he was apprehensive about the outcome when the Pioneers scored twice early, but said Hassell's long touchdown run turned the momentum. The momentum switched often as the lead changed hands four times. "We had a good team effort," Schoepp said. "We ran well, especially up the middle. The line was doing a good job and the backs ran hard." But the Hornets could secure the win until they stopped the Pioneers at the
one and embarked on a 99yard drive capped by Nelson's touchdown. Trailing 13-0, after Floeter scored on runs of seven and 15 yards, and backed up to their own seven-yard line, Hassell jumpstarted the Hornets with a 93-yard dash for a touchdown. Although the conversion kick failed, the Hornets drew within 13-6 after one quarter in what became a game full of offensive fireworks. Together the teams produced over 900 yards.
Emily Schauf, above, and Mikayla Laue, below, deliver spikes.
Hornet Mikayla Nigl blocks a spike attempt in the Hornets' tournament win.
Hornets romp to invitational title The Richland Center Hornets swept five foes to win the first Richland Center Invitational volleyball tournament here at the RCHS field house Saturday. The Hornets not only dominated on the court, but they also dominated the alltournament team. Four of the six players honored were Hornets. Brooklyn Ewing, Emily Martin, Kylea Schultz, and Mikayla Nigl were joined by Hillsboro's Ali Brey and Sam Levy. Hillsboro finished second in the tournament while the Richland Center varsity reserves placed third after dropping a three-set battle with Hillsboro. The champion Hornets blew away Kickapoo, 25-7 and 25-8. They handled Belmont,
25-13 and 25-8, They handled the RC varsity reserves, 25-16, 25-7. They had little trouble with Benton, 25-2 and 2510. And they completed the perfect day with a 25-8 and 25-5 win over Hillsboro. Hornet coach Laura Selgeby said her team played well as they improved to 10-0 for the young season. "We did some good things and we had the opportunity to get a lot of people experience," she said. Nigl had six aces and three kills against Kickapoo. Sierra Gaffney totaled five kills and nine digs. Emily Schauf had three kills. Schultz had four aces and Ewing 15 assists. Nigl had seven spike kills, two tips and a block against Belmont. Gaffney had four spikes, two tips and seven digs. Schultz logged four aces,
Roadrunner volleyball, soccer seasons start The University of Wisconsin-Richland Roadrunner volleyball and soccer teams are about to begin their 2012 season. The first games of the season for both fall sports are home games on Saturday, September 8. For the soccer team, action begins at 1pm against the team from UW-Marathon County. For the volleyball team, it's a triangular, also starting at 1pm, against UW-Marathon County and Fox Valley Technical College. Practices for volleyball and soccer began August 27. Director of athletics Tracy Krueger said that, through early September, there is still time for students to join the teams. Friends and family of players and community fans are encouraged to come to Roadrunner games and cheer for the teams. The Roadrunner soccer field is adjacent to the gym and volleyball games take place in the gym. UW-Richland is located at 1200 Highway
five spikes and two tips. Ewing was credited with 20 assists. Rebecca Luxton totaled seven kills against the varsity reserves, and Ewing had 14 assists and six digs. Nigl had five kills. Schultz tallied eight kills and Ewing 13 assists against Benton.
Nigl was credited with seven kills, and Gaffney six kills and seven digs against Hllsboro. Schultz also had six kills and Luxton five. The Hornets are slated to play at Lancaster Thursday, compete in the 12-team Holmen Invitational Saturday, and host River Valley Tuesday.
Soon thereafter, they took the lead for the first time when Casto raced through the Pioneers on a 60-yard punt return. However, the conversion failed again. Westfield regained the lead, 27-26, when Burk scored on a four-yard run, but the Pioneers failed to convert. Still in the third quarter, Killoy hooked up with Casto on a 63-yard scoring pass. The inability to add the conversion left the Hornets with a precarious 32-27 lead. The Hornets added some insurance in the fourth quarter when Nelson scored on an 11yard jaunt and Cook kicked the extra point. Westfield tightened the game when Akers scored on a four-yard run and Weishar kicked his second conversion. The Hornets are slated to play Mauston Friday night at 7 p.m. at Avitus Ripp Field. Mauston has an 0-2 mark having lost to Laconia and more recently to Platteville, 42-14.
Black 14th in race at Darlington The Darlington Redbirds captured both the boys and girls division titles in the annual Darlington Invitational cross country event Saturday while the young Richland Center-Ithaca boys were 11th and girls eighth. Darlington easily outran Boscobel and DodgevilleMineral Point in the boys battle and edged Dodgeville-Mineral Point to win the girls contest. In the boys division, the Redbirds' Miehe won in 16 minutes, 15 seconds. Darlington totaled 28 points while Boscobel was second with 55 and DodgevilleMineral Point third with 100. Albany (115), Monroe (150), Mount Horeb (154), Iowa-Grant/Highland (171), Lancaster (186), Belleville (203), Richland Center-Ithaca (256), North Crawford (318) and Southwestern-Cuba City (331). Darlington had five runners among the top 11 finishers. Clayton Prouty led the Richland Center-Ithaca contingent. He placed 31st in 19:16. Griffin Lovings was 47th in 20:09. Alec Adsit came in 52nd in 20:47 followed
David Johnson in 60th in 21:31 and Jordan Kaszubski in 66th in 22:40. Sophomore Angelica Black's 14th place finish highlight the RC-I girls performance. She finished in 17:16. The 4000 meter girls race was won by Hannah Owens of Dodgeville-Mineral Point in 15:29. Darlington again had five runners among the top 11 finishers to edge DodgevilleMineral Point, 34-42. Mount Horeb was next with 116 followed by Boscobel (119). Monroe (127), Lancaster (140), Madison Edgewood (166), RC-I (215), Belleville (236), Riverdale (267) and North Crawford (286). Morgan Schauer ran 39th for RC-I in 18:40. Lynette Fieldhouse was 44th in 19:01. Bethany Doudna was 57th in 20:47, and Heather Wilson was 61st in 22:10. The RC-I team will run in the River Valley Invitational on Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. On Tuesday, RC-I will again run at River Valley in a triangular with Dodge-Point and the host Blackhawks.
Power outage results in tie A power outage curtailed the volleyball match between Ithaca and New Lisbon Tuesday night at Ithaca. The outage caused by a thunderstorm was deadlocked, 1-1. New Lisbon took the
opener, but Ithaca prevailed, 30-28, in the second set of the non-conference battle. Ithaca is scheduled to play at DeSoto Thursday and host La Farge Tuesday as Ridge and Valley Conference play begins.
Volleyball schedule change made Sydney Meeker provides a kill that helped the RC varsity reserves finish third in the RC Invitational
14 West in Richland Center. For more information about Roadrunner athletics, contact Krueger by calling the campus at (608) 647-6186, Extension 206. Roadrunner soccer schedule 9-8 UW-Marathon; 9-17 at UW-Baraboo: 9-21 at UWFond du Lac; 9-24 at UWWashington; 9-29 at UW-Fox Valley; 10-3 UW-Baraboo; 10-6 at UW-Marathon; 10-8 UW-Rock Roadrunner volleyball schedule 9-8 UW-Marathon, Fox Valley Tech at UW-Richland; 9-12 UW-Marshfield: 9-17 at UW-Baraboo: 9-19 at Triangular (Riverland, WTC), 9-21 at UW-Fond du Lac; 9-24 at Triangular (UWWashington, Fox Valley Tech); 9-26 at Viterbo JVs; 9-29 at UW-Fox Valley; 10-1 at UWBarron; 10-3 UW-Baraboo, WTC at UW-Richland; 10-6 at UW-Marathon; 10-13&14 WCC State Tournament at Wisconsin Dells
Westfield had 26 first downs while the Hornets had 20. The Hornets ran 41 times for 337 yards and passed for 104. Westfield amassed 407 rushing yards on 56 attempts and threw for 85 yards. Killoy was five of 10 passing with one picked off. Nelson carried 15 times for 157 yards and Hassell had 12 carries for 155. Westfield's Floeter had 29 carries for 229 yards while Spencer Burk gained 74 and Akers 73. Alex Slowey completed four of 13 passes. Westfield extended its lead to 21-6 in the second quarter on a 14 yard run by Akers, who also ran for the conversion. But the Hornets answered when Killoy plunged two yards. Killoy then threw to Mortimer for the conversion which trimmed Westfield's lead to 21-14 at halftime. The Hornets surged ahead in the third quarter with three touchdowns. Killoy flipped a 15-yard scoring pass to Hassell, but the kick failed.
Ithaca's Jessica Laue, above, and Stetson Clary, right, are pictured as they competed in the high school rodeo at Holmen recently. Clary is a bullrider, and Laue competes in poles, barrels, goat tying and cutting. (Lisa Clary photos)
The Richland CenterPrairie du Chien volleyball match, which was scheduled on Sept. 20, has been changed.
The Hornets will travel to Prairie du Chien for their return match with the Blackhawks on Monday, Oct. 8.
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New Berlin budget could be a bit more taxing Chiovatero. Mainly responsible for the proposed levy hike is a $644,895 increase in debt service, he told aldermen, meeting By JANE FORD-STEWART as a committee of the whole jford@cn i now.conn last week. Most of that debt is New Berlin — A zero infor road work, Chiovatero said. The Common Council will crease operating budget that nevertheless requires a 2.69 review the executive budget percent increase in the property proposal starting Sept. 25, but, tax levy for city services has already, Alderman Ron Seidl been proposed by Mayor Jack said he couldn't support the
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proposed budget as it stands. The proposed nearly $34.7 million total budget for 2013 is $419,966, or 1.23 percent higher than the 2012 spending plan. The proposed levy is more than $24.6 million, compared with $24 million for 2012. Property values' impact Although the proposed levy is 2.69 percent higher, property taxes on an average home are
expected to go up only 1.21 percent, or $15.18, said Ralph Chipman, city treasurer. That's because the average value of residential properties fell more than the average values of other types of taxable property, meaning that homes will shoulder a smaller portion of the total property tax burden. The estimated tax rate for the proposed 2013 budget is $5.61 per $1,000 of assessed
value, which is 11.94 percent higher than the previous year's $5.01 per $1,000. The reason the rate shot up is that the city's tax base shrunk nearly 7 percent after the citywide revaluation this year. So, there are fewer dollars to tax. Although the proposed rate is way up, the average homeowner might not pay that Please see TAXING, Page 7
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New Berlin — The average New Berlin residence lost roughly $24,100 of value since 2009, based on the revaluation the city performed this year. In the regular three-year reassessment of all taxable property, residential properties — homes and condominiums — fell an average of 9 percent. In 2009, the year of the last citywide revaluation, the average home/condo value was $251,400, said Paul Koller, city assessor. This year, the average
KICKING OFF THEIR SOCCER CAREERS — Three-year-olds race to a line of balls and kick one into a goal during a Mikro Soccer program offered by the Muskego Recreation Department at Moorland Park on Sept. 11.
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Unified electors OK budget tax levy BY TERRY FLORES
ing to Tina Schmitz, Unified's chief financial officer. The levy would decrease to $89.6 million next year compared with $93.7 million. The levy will support a proposed operating budget of $248.7 million, a decrease of $11.9 million. The total budget for next year, including all funds, is $279.9 million, a decrease of $17.2 million.
firstname.lastname@example.org Kenosha Unified School District residents will pay slightly more in taxes in the coming budget year than they were assessed for the school system this year. Electors approved an overall tax levy for next year that is expected to decrease by 4.38 percent. At the same time, the tax rate is expected to increase, according to the budget proposal presented at Wednesday's budget hearing and annual meeting at Indian Trail High School and Academy. The tax rate for next year would increase to $11.10 per $1,000 of property valuation, up slightly from this year's $11.02. The owner of a home valued at $200,000, for example, would pay $2,230 to the district, compared with $2,204 this year, accord-
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Cuts made Earlier this year, the School Board approved a preliminary budget that included $25 million in cuts, resulting in more than 250 reductions to the teaching staff, or $15 million. Another $10 million in cuts included suspending major maintenance projects and closing McKinley Middle School.
Mary Snyder and attorney Gilbert Berthelsen preside over Wednesday night's KUSD public hearing and annual meeting at Indian Trail High School.
In her budget presentation, Schmitz pointed to encouraging signs that the district was beginning to shore up its finances.
After decreasing its fund balance by more than $8.2 million last year to make up for a deficit, Unified was given a negative outlook by Moody's Investors rating service. However, Schmitz said the district will not need all of that $8.2 million. "In the beginning of the year, we had determined we could target at least $3.4 million and save the district those dollars," she said. "We've saved the district $7 million this year.... The district did a phenomenal job at making this happen." The difference in the fund balance now stands at $1.1 million, she said. "Keep in mind it's still going to be more expenses than revenue, but not as detrimental as we had thought. This was a planned expense. It's not like we had dollars tucked away somewhere," Schmitz said. Moody's has since re-evaluated
and upgraded Unified to A-1 rating with a stable outlook.
More money from the state Last year, the district lost nearly $13 million in revenue due to state cuts in per pupil revenue — a loss of $554 per full-time equivalent student. This year, the state budget includes an increase of $50 per full-time student equivalent, which translates to about $1.2 million more for Unified. Unified's enrollment last year was 22,978. This year, enrollment is projected to decrease by about 100 students. This year's annual meeting was attended by more than 80 people. Four people spoke. Electors also approved the annual salary of School Board members, which will remain at $4,500.
Sheriff waits for state lab results in Mezera death BY JOHN KREROWICZ email@example.com
Authorities are waiting for state crime lab results before possibly filing charges in the death of a Kenosha woman whose body was found in a cemetery last month. Kenosha Sheriffs representatives said some lab results have been returned in the case, for which there is a "person of interest" in custody on a probation violation. That person was taken into custody the day after Lisa Marie Mezera's body was found on Aug. 19 at the BnaiZedek Cemetery, Lisa Marie 1760 Sheridan Road, Mezera Somers. Mezera, 26, had been beaten and strangled.
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A sunset backdrop The sun sets In a colorful display while silhouettes of residents are lined up. Members of the public were waiting for agendas for Wednesday night's Kenosha Unified School District budget public hearing and
Sgt. Bill Beth said the crime lab has cooperated by expediting handling of some of the evidence but has not yet completed everything. "Because we do have a person of interest in custody, the detective bureau and the District Attorney want to wait for all the information and sum it all up at one time," he said. "There's no urgency to proceed until the case is complete." Lisa's family has set up the Lisa M. Mezera Memorial Fund through Associated Bank, to which anyone can donate at any Associated branch. Benefit gatherings for Mezera are to be held at Stoneface, 4701 Eighth Ave., from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and at Cheers, 4619 Eighth Ave., on Sept. 22.
annual meeting at Indian Trail High School. See coverage elsewhere on this page and at www.kenoshanews.com .
Was attack in Libya coordinated to mark 9/11? WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, roiled by the first killing of a U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, is investigating whether the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a planned terrorist strike to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and not a spontaneous mob enraged over an anti-Islam YouTube video.
President Barack Obama declared in a White House appearance that the U.S. would "work with the Libyan government to bring to justice" those who killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The attack on the Benghazi consulate was "a planned, coordinated, well-executed military style event," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike
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Rogers said. In a show of force, the Pentagon moved two warships to the Libyan coast. White House press secretary Jay Carney said it was too early to judge whether the Benghazi attack was planned. "I know that this is being investigated, and we're working with the Libyan government to investigate
the incident. I would not want to speculate on that at this time," he said. Several Libyan security guards also were killed. Rogers, R-Mich., said U.S. intelligence had not yet determined who was responsible, but added, "Our list is narrowing." "When you see (such an attack), it wasn't some folks who had some guns in their
DEATHS Richard G. Johnson, 76, of Kenosha, died Tuesday at his residence. Betty Joy Chess, 81, of Kensoha, died Monday. Eugene "Gene" Gruenwald, 82, of Des Moines, Iowa, formerly of Wisconsin, died Monday at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines.
Michael A. Staszewskl, 66, of Racine, died Sunday at Aurora Medical Center. Gertrude "Trudy" Greno, 88, of Vista, Calif., formerly of Kenosha, died Saturday at her daughter's home in Vista. Diana Chapman, 59, of Kenosha, died Sept. 3 at Aurora Medical Center. Page A4,5
garage and said let's shoot up the consulate," Rogers said in an interview Wednesday. The attack in Libya, which came hours after a mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and tore down the U.S. flag, was presumed to have been triggered by a movie, whose trailer has gone viral on YouTube, depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad in disrespectful ways.
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Mills cites Wal-Mart controversy for victory LUKE FEUERHERM
ELMWOOD PARK — Challenger Tom Mills said he was the choice Tuesday for voters in the Village of Elmwood Park's recall election to replace President Audrey Viau because of the way she handled a proposed Walmart store. According to unofficial results from Mills, a former village trustee, he received nearly two-thirds of the 213 votes cast at the Village Hall at 3131 Taylor Ave. for the election, 134 votes to 79. Official results from the village were unavailable Tuesday. The recall was brought on by issues residents had with Viau's handling of a proposal by Walmart Viau to build a store on the former Kohl's Food Store property, 3915 Durand Ave., and an adjacent piece of residential land. A group of residents called the Friends of Elmwood Park began collecting signatures for a recall election earlier this year as a result of the controversy. The company announced in late August that it was dropping plans to open a new store in the village. "I hope everything in the village resolves itself," Mills said Tuesday night. "I hope I can allow the village to work as a family and remain open?'
Unofficial results from Tuesday's recall election, according to Mills: Audrey Viau: 79 votes
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City employees will pay higher health premiums Council moves ahead with plan despite court ruling STEPHANIE JONES
gaining law is unconstitutional, but during Tuesday's City Council meeting, Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney said most reports about the judge's rulings have been "wildly exaggerated." He told aldermen the court's decision does not significantly change Act 10 and following his comments the council voted to increase premiums. With the council's actions, monthly premiums for general employees are set to in-
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RACINE — Despite a recent Dane County Circuit Court decision that parts of Act 10 are unconstitutional, the City Council moved forward Tuesday with plans to increase premiums and other health care contributions for employees, many of whom belong to unions. The Dane County judge ruled Friday that parts of the state's new collective bar-
services, although the cost for 2014 and 2015 has not yet been determined. The shelter is likely set to be run at 2706 Chicory Road, where Countryside Humane Society is now located, said City Administrator Tom Friedel, although he said he believed final terms still needed to be worked out. The city currently contracts with Countryside Humane
RACINE — The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize city officials to enter into a contract with the Wisconsin Humane Society to provide sheltering services for the city's stray animals starting Jan. 1. The contract is for three years and the city will pay the agency $278,372 for 2013
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sary for police and firefighters because the city cannot make them contribute more towards their state pensions like they can for other public employees. During the meeting, Alderman Keith Fair recommended the City Council defer action on the changes, saying, "everything is up in the air." He continued, "It seems to me what we do sometimes is
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crease 2.5 percent starting Jan. 1 and premiums for police and firefighters are set to increase 12.5 percent, nearly tripling what they pay now. That is estimated to save the city approximately $844,000 next year. In addition, the council approved changes to employees' health care deductibles and made changes to its flex spending program. City officials have said the higher premiums are neces-
Society, but at the end of 2010 the shelter announced it would be ending its animal control services for Racine area municipalities, leaving the city initially scrambling. In addition to the $278,372 contract with the Wisconsin Humane Socieity, the city will also have to pay about $150,000 a year for two animal control officers and equipment expenses.
But that is far cheaper than other alternatives that had been suggested. The city had faced the possibility of building and running its own animal shelter. Constructing could have cost $2 million to $4 million, and running it would have cost another $554,000, officials said.
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Police: Bolder burglars knocking on doors LUKE FEUERHERM
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RACINE — Rather than investing time staking out homes incognito, burglars in Racine have instead allegedly taken to simply knocking on doors and looting those homes where no one answers, according to police. And if someone is home, the burglars allegedly make up a name of a fictitious resident and ask to speak with them. After the homeowner informs them no one by that name lives at the house, the burglars excuse themselves
and work their way further down the block, according to Sgt. Martin Pavilonis. This new tactic is part of a larger increase in the number of burglaries throughout the city over the past couple years, something the Racine Police Department is attempting to combat with a number of new initiatives and the help of homeowners. Police learned about the door-to-door technique from suspects who allegedly admitted to having tried it before, Pavilonis said. There has also been an influx
in the number of calls from suspicious homeowners who have complained of someone coming to their door, asking for a person who has never lived in the house. According to Pavilonis, it is common for burglars to target homes during the day when residents are more likely to be working, and they have had complaints of both men and women canvassing neighborhoods. "If it looks suspicious and doesn't look right, it probably isn't," Pavilonis said. He encourages homeowners
who suspect a burglar is using this strategy in their neighborhood to contact dispatch at (262) 886 -
"The only way we're going to make any inroads is if we've got people actively reporting things they find suspicious," Pavilonis said.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Berlin talks budget
Opening statements issued at Winkel trial By Tony Daley Day two of the Max Winkel trial in Waushara County Circuit Court included District Attorney Scott Blader and Defense Counsel William Lennon's opening statements, followed by witnesses called on behalf of the state. Judge Guy Dutcher admonished the fourteen hearing jury members to regard counsels' statements not as evidence but as outlines giving a blueprint of what evidence will be introduced to and admitted by the court. The opening statements convey both attorneys' perception and particular views of what said evidence will likely be. Judge Dutcher touched on three necessary components of evidence requiring jurors' attention, being testimony under oath, exhibits, and facts to which parties have stipulated or that the Court has given directions to find. In his opening statements, Attorney Blader underscored the purpose of the trial for proving that Max Winkel drove the red Dodge pickup truck that allegedly rear-ended.a blue Renault at SEE
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By Tony Daley City Administrator Jodie 01 son's preliminary discussion points before Berlin's alderpersons provided items for consideration and optional plans for action steps. "Department heads are currently working on their budgets," said Olson, not talking about figures yet, but to provide a preamble -
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(L-R) MAYOR RICHARD SCHRAMER and City Administrator Jodie Olson begin preliminary budget discussions giving Berlin alderpersons items to consider for 2013.
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Recommendation for new fire station roof goes to council cil recommendation a go-ahead on the replacement option. Alderpersons agreed on the cost-savings for taking action sooner on the roof project. Resolution #12-2012, if passed by the aldermanic as-
By Tony Daley The cost of roof repairs, compared to those incurred for replacement, led the City of Berlin Committee of the Whole to approve sending on to Coun-
sembly, would approve use of public moneys within City coffers in order to replace the roof over the office at the fire station. The price supposedly should not exceed $14,200, according
to a public works staff memo of August 30, 2012 sent to Mayor Dick Schramer and Council members. Brian Freimark, Public Works, discussed ongoing leakage problems beginning this
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Municipal Court turns two in Berlin
Baby boom in Berlin! Samantha Hess of Berlin organized group photos September 9 for all the bouncing babies born in Berlin, 2012. This year, fourteen babies cooed, cried and gurgled for a phalanx of fun-seeking photographers seeking to immortalize another Berlin banner year for beautiful babies. This year's troupe of tots include, as of this writing: Trinity Quinn, 4 months Audra Kramer, 7 months Lane Williams, 3 months Harrison Johnson, 3 months Madelynn Garza, 2 months Mary-Lynn Kraft, 2 months Harper Hilgart, 2 months Hailey Boeck., 2 weeks Kobe Jorgensen, 2 months Chloe Zietlow, 5 months Alyssa Thoma, 1 month Kaitlynn Retzlaff, 5 months Brady Sonnentag, 2 months Liam Hess, 7 months
spring. "We have had a roofing company [at the station] to patch the roof twice since then for a cost of $800," Freimark told the
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PROUD PARENTS SHOW OFF a bumper crop of beautiful Berlin babies born in 2012, fourteen in all
Berlin's Police Chief Dennis Plantz gave a two-year review of the Lakeside Municipal Court (LMC), which the City of Berlin joined two years ago. A Lakeside Municipal Court Executive Review Committee meets semi-annually to discuss concerns and updates, these meetings typically attended by Plantz and Alderman Ed Marks. The municipality's enforcement chief indicated "no complaints" relating to the LMC, with .operations continuing as "smooth." At the one-year review mark, Berlin's Common Council asked staff to convey an annual SEE
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1969 — The New York Mets sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates in a twin bill when Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both go the distance in 1-0 victories. Both starters drive in the only run scored in each game.
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What a game; local softball team advances to world tournament The following is another "Have Fun or Get Out of the Way" column by award- Have Fun or winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their Get Out of alter egos, Lance Boyle and the Way Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The SupeBy Don Leighton rior Telegram. and Mike Granlund
What I witnessed Friday night at Ole Haugsrud Field was pretty incredible. River Falls and the Superior High School Spartans battled back and forth for that night's supremacy on the football field. What a game it was. With the Spartans leading 28-27 after trailing 27-14 late in the fourth quarter, River Falls scored the winning touchdown with five seconds left in the game. Final score: 34-28. It was one of the best football games I have witnessed in many years. How, you might ask, can a loss be one of the best games I remember? If you follow "Have Fun or get out of the Way" on a regular basis, you are aware of
my take on the value of being involved in athletics. What I saw on Friday could be the primer on why team sports are important. Both teams were filled with outstanding athletes. Both teams had outstanding coaching staffs. The stands were filled with loyal and devoted fans. Both squads never gave up; they worked together toward a common goal; each kid gave 100 percent without ever giving up. One team was victorious and one was not. There was definitely a "we not me" attitude. Lessons should be taken from this game. Turn to HAVE FUN, B5
Superior High School's Anthony Valentine (34) dives over a River Falls defender in the second quarter of Friday's game at Ole Haugsrud Field. River Falls defeated Superior 34-28. More photos may be found at www.superiortelegram.com . (Jed Carlsonfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Wildcats win wild one over Spartans By Ken Olson kolsongsuperiortelegram.com
Alex Call's 4-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds remaining gave the River Falls Wildcats a 34-28 victory over the Superior High School football team Friday night before more than 1,000 fans at Ole Haugsrud Field. Call's scramble around the right end put the finishing touches on a wild game that saw 35 points scored in the fourth quarter. "It was a wild game," River Fall coach Jason Wolf said. "Superior is such a physical team and the way they battled back in the second half is just
University of Wisconsin-Superior's Nikki Gosson (20) tips the ball over the Lakehead University block Tuesday afternoon. UWS defeated Lakehead 3-1. (Jed Carlsonemail@example.com)
Yellowjacket spikers finish 2nd in Mankato Superior Telegram The University of Wisconsin-Superior men's and women's soccer teams, as well as the volleyball team, were in action last weekend. The volleyball team also hosted a triangular Tuesday night that included Lakeland and Northland College. Women's soccer UM-Morris defeated the Lady Yellowjackets 1-0 in overtime Saturday at the Superior High School soccer fields. The Yellowjackets and
Cougars were as even as could be with each team attempting 13 shots during regulation play. Overtime was a bit different as Morris outshot UWS 3-0 with Justine Wolf scoring the game-winning goal with an assist from Rachel Berns. Alexandra Paige finished with eight saves for UWS while Morris keeper Rikki Beaver had six. The Yellowjackets (1-2) returns to action 3 p.m. today against Finlandia in Hancock, Mich. Turn to 'JACKETS, B3
crazy. They got some bounces and at the end we got a bounce. You never know in the game of football what's going to happen; that was just phenomenal." Trailing 20-7, Superior quarterback Spencer Urban found Kyle Turkowski alone down the right sideline for a 29-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the fourth quarter. McKenzie Schwarz's extrapoint kick got the Spartans within 20-14. River Falls got that touchdown back 1:24 later when Aaron Rodewald ran untouched up the middle from 24 yards out. Call's kick gave the Wildcats a 27-14 lead.
After both teams failed to pick up first downs on their next drives. A 20-yard punt by River Falls gave the Spartans the ball at the 25-yard line. The Spartans moved the ball to the 8, but Jon Helegson picked off an Urban pass in the end zone with 5:06 remaining and fans started heading for the exits. Just when the air seemed to be let out of Superior's balloon, Jaylon Brown recovered a River Falls fumble at the 23yard line, and five players later Urban threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jack Kline. Schwarz's kick got the Spartans within 27-21 with 3:47 left.
On River Falls' second play on its next drive the Spartans took a 28-27 lead when Anthony Valentine intercepted a Call pass at the 16-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. "Our kids and coaches never thought the game was done," DeMeyer said. "They've showed heart all three games, and they played their tails off all game long. We made mistakes, yes, but we didn't quit." Superior's Jake Libal recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Spartans the ball at the 28 with 3:10 reTurn to SPARTANS, B4
Pooler, Northwestern roll over Lumberjacks By Mike Granlund For The Telegram
LADYSMITH — The Northwestern High School football team stayed unbeaten as it defeated the Ladysmith Lumberjacks 42-14 Friday night behind a three-touchdown performance by senior fullback Mark Pooler. The Tigers struck early as they took the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards on eight plays capped off by a Pooler 5-yard touchdown run. The two-point attempt failed. After the defense stopped Ladysmith on a three plays, the Tigers went 50 yards in five plays for another score as Nick Murray scampered in from 20 yards for the TD and Jordan Orme booted the PAT. Following another threeand-out for Ladysmith, the Tigers appeared to be driving for another score when they fumbled at the Lumberjacks 5yard line. Ladysmith then returned the favor with a fumble that Duncan Magerl recovered,
Northwestern Tigers' Mark Pooler looks for running room earlier in the season against the Spooner Rails. (Jed Carlsonfirstname.lastname@example.org)
and the Tigers' Pooler made them pay, scoring his second touchdown on a 3-yard run with 11:11 to go in the second quarter and making it 20-0 for
the Tigers. After again stopping the Lumberjacks, Northwestern took over on their own 27. On the third play of the series,
Pooler put on a dazzling display of talent as he accelerated quickly through a hole in the line, faked out a linebacker, plowed right through the safety, and then outran three 'Jacks to the end zone for a memorable 65-yard touchdown. Orme's extra point made it 27-0 and that was all the first half scoring. Pooler ended up with 122 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the first half. After halftime, Nathan Sikorski ran 13 yards for another Tiger score and also ran in the PAT to put the game into running time at 35-0. With the Tiger reserves turning the ball over on a fumble, Ladysmith quarterback Markus Armstrong hit Matt 011inger on a 16-yard pass to get Ladysmith on the scoreboard with 10:58 to play. Ladysmith's Armstrong ran 3 yards for another score a couple minutes later and also booted the PAT making it 3514 in favor of the Tigers. Turn to TIGERS, B4
Sports Trivia 1. Vinny Testaverde threw five TD passes vs. Miami in which year? 2. Which Raven was MVP of Super Bowl XXXV? 3. Which White Sox player was rookie of the year in 1963? NOTE: Answers may be found on Page B2.
Anchor Bar I wins Big Ball playoff title Superior Telegram Anchor Bar I put the finishing touches on a perfect season in the Thursday Night Big Ball League by defeating Jimmy's Saloon 7-0 in the playoff championship game Aug. 30 at Wade Bowl. Anchor Bar I, 10-0 during the regular season, defeated Dodgie's East End Tavern 12-0 and Anchor Bar II 63 for a spot in the title game. Jimmy's (9-3), which tied for sec-
and in the regular season, advanced to the championship game with wins over the Dugout Loung, 6-2; and Nelly's/Schultz's, 3-2. Thursday Night Big Ball League Final Standings
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Eagle spikers fall to Sign-ups for youth hoops is Sept. 18-19 Castle Guards, 3-0 Superior Telegram
Superior youth basketball sign-ups will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 18-19 at the Superior Middle School cafetroium. Registration fee is $50. Cash will not be accepted, checks or money orders only. All applicants must be received by Sept. 19 to avoid a $10 late fee. Financial aid is available.
Washburn defeated the Solon Springs volleyball team 3-0 Thursday night. The Castle Guards won the Indianhead Conference contest by scores of 25-10, 25-12 and 25-21. Solon Springs falls to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Eagles' JV won 3-0. Solon Springs hosts Drummond at 7 p.m. Thursday.
INSIDE McKenzie leaves legacy Bill McKenzie, former owner of Bill's Service in North Prairie, has died.
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LET'S GO! Pumpkin pickin' Picking just the right pumpkin from the patch is just one of the many activities at the Autumn Harvest Festival, weekends through October at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago. There will also be hayrides, pony rides, train rides, apple-themed food, pulled pork sandwiches and more.
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Students at Prairie View Elementary School say the Pledge of Allegiance after a moment of silence in honor of Patriots' Day on Tuesday. The flag contained the names of all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
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board has received bids to pulverize and repave the roads for $528,000; however, Town of Mukwonago - the town collected only The roads in the Stone Brook $310,000 on the letter of credit Hollow subdivision have not for the subdivision. been completed, and the He added that the board town and residents are now had contemplated how to wrestling with how to pay proceed in covering the diffor the project. ference, but "we decided we It seems there are four op- wanted to collect the subditions, including a special as- vision's input on it." If the sessment. extra cost were divided Town Chairman Dave Du- among the 98 properties bey explained at an informa- tion meeting Sept. 5 that the Turn to PAGE 7 By ANDREA BUDDE
Mukwonago says hello to Lynch auto group By ANDREA BUDDE email@example.com
Another chapter is being written in the story of Horter Chevrolet as a new owner is taking over the iconic Mukwonago business. On Sept. 1, Horter Chevrolet officially became Lynch's Horter Chevrolet after Lynch Auto Group, a longtime investor in the dealership, bought out Tom Horter's half of the business. For the past 12 years, David Lynch and Tom Horter worked as partners in Horter
Chevrolet, Lynch as an investor and Horter as head of operations. Throughout those 12 years, Lynch and Horter worked under the agreement that if either of the men wished to retire or buy out the other's half, they would be able to do so. With his 71st birthday approaching and a push from GM to update the building, "I thought this might be a good time to break away a little bit," said Horter. He will still be a familiar face around the dealership Turn to PAGE 18
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Crotteau wins recall in Sumner
Proposed cuts would eliminate 8 city positions A proposal to reimplement the city's storm water utility fee and cut eight people from the city staff was introduced Tuesday by Councilman Justin Wosepka. The plan is an effort to cut city spending to deal with a projected $1.1 million structural deficit in 2013 and near insolvency in 2014. The plan also includes ending the agreement with the Rice Lake School District for use of the swimming pool. That could result in closing the city-owned pool. It also states that even a significant increase in the city's property tax base would not remedy the projected shortfall. The council took no action on the plan. Wosepka suggested the proposed cuts be in conjunction with those suggested by the department heads as they prepare their 2013 budgets. The department heads were asked to bring in budgets that were 10% lower than the previous year. "I'd like to mix and match this with what the department heads come back with," said Wosepka. "This is going to be hard. I believe Rice Lake's best days are ahead of it, but before we can get there we need to cut back a little bit and there's going to be some pain," said Wosepka. "Nobody likes to see people lose
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Town of Sumner Board Supervisor Jim Crotteau survived a recall election Tuesday night, receiving 180 votes to 150 for challenger Ed Werts. Crotteau was petitioned for recall by the Citizens for Responsible Land Use, an anti-frac sand mining group. The group asserted that Crotteau's support for frac sand mining in the township went against the wishes of a majority of the town's residents. Tuesday's margin was not as close as it was in a primary last month that saw Crotteau get 135 votes to 131 for Werts , with Alvin Bartsch receiving four. Had one of the candidates received greater than 50% of the votes cast in the primary, he would have won the race without the second vote.
their jobs or city services impacted but unfortunately that reality may be easier to swallow than the issues that arise from failing to solve the budget deficit problem in the near future," said Wosepka. About 40 people turned out for the meeting. Many of them were full-time firefighters and paid-oncall firefighters. The proposed reductions would result in a $287,000 savings in 2013, a $686,300 savings by 2014, and $814,300 savings in 2016 if the city terminates its swimming pool contract with the school district. Under the plan, eight positions would be eliminated. They include three positions eliminated by merging the Parks and Recreation department with another department; a deputy clerk in the City Clerk's office; a policeman; all paid-on-call firefighters and a fire department administrative assistant; a street department employee; an administrative assistant in the Community Development department, and one position in the library. The plan also calls for negotiating the amount paid into the Wisconsin Retirement System with the police and fire unions, and restructuring the city's health insurance program.
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tion of a potential deployment to the U.S . Central Command area of responsibility. That area includes
Frac sand was on the agenda and there was standing room only at the Cameron Village Board meeting Monday evening. The board listened for about 45 minutes as the public voiced concerns in opposition to the proposed frac sand facility operating within 1,500 feet of the Cameron School. Speakers from the village and surrounding area represented parents and grandparents of schoolchildren, business people, those with illnesses and others. They
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Olivia Hile leads off the Chicken Club in the annual Brill Harvest grand parade in Brill last Sunday. The group meets yearly when ordering chickens.
Natl. Guard may deploy Rice Lake's National Guard unit has been notified it may be deployed next fall. The unit is part of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which received a notifica-
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Bail jumping cases triple in 10 years by Eileen Nimm, Chronotype staff
The number of bail jumping charges filed in Barron County Circuit Court have more than tripled in the past 10 years. Another trend is that more cash bails than signature bonds are being set and for higher amounts. Jail overcrowding was a factor in the greater use of signature bonds rather than cash bails back in 2000, said Judge James Babbitt. Then an assistant district attorney, Babbitt said he recommended fewer cash bails because of jail overcrowding before the new jail opened in 2004. Today it's not uncommon to see a defendant with multiple bail jumping charges. In 2001, 101 bail jumping cases were filed. That number nearly doubled in 2003 with 191 bail jumping cases filed. That figure nearly doubled again in 2011 to 342 cases filed. District Attorney Angela Beranek said she thinks more cash ..moor bails are being filed and for higher amounts to try to deter undesirable behavior. She said she doesn't think defendants take signature bonds seriously. "I don't think they mean anything to the defendant because nothing happens to them," said Beranek. Historically, Barron County judges have not ordered money collected on signature bonds. WHAT IS BAIL FOR?
Bail is a constitutional right. That said, it doesn't mean defendants necessarily call the
shots. But the law states that bail can't be used as punishment either. More than anything bail is insurance that a defendant will appear for future court dates. Another purpose of bail is to ensure compliance with conditions of release, said Babbitt. According to the law, conditions of release may be imposed for the purpose of protecting members of the community from harm or
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preventing intimidation of witnesses. A common condition of bail is an order not to consume alcohol while out on bail. If there's alcohol consumption, the defendant is more likely to commit a crime, Babbitt said, adding that not drinking is a relatively easy condition to comply with. But there are a lot of defendants who violate
that particular condition of bail. Then Babbitt has the option of setting a cash bail because he can't trust a defendant's signature. In that case, a defendant unwilling or unable to pay a cash bail may end up sitting in jail until his or her case is completed. FACE THE MUSIC
Babbitt said that according to state statutes, he can't set excessive bail but there are factors that he considers. He doesn't refer to a schedule but rather listens to the prosecution and defense and then makes a decision as to the type and amount of bail. If a defendant doesn't have work or family in the area, bail is generally set higher to ensure the person will return to court. "If it's a serious offense, they may not want to stick around and face the music," said Babbitt. "If a defendant lives out of state, bail is more likely to be cash." He said he also considers whether the defendant has a history of bail jumping or failing to appear in court. At times, bail jumping charges are used as leverage in negotiation of a plea agreement to get a conviction on the initial charge. For example, if a person who is initially charged with drunken driving posts bail with the condition that he or she not drink alcohol and then violates that condition, a bail jumping charge may be filed against the defendant. That bail jumping charge can then be offered for dismissal during plea negotiations with a See BAIL, Page 2
BAIL is cash, a bond or property set by a judge to ensure a defendant's appearance at court hearings. A CASH BAIL is money posted by the criminal defendant or a family member or friend. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the signer ofthe bail pays the courtthe designated amount. A SIGNATURE BOND allows someone to get out of jail with just their signature if they promise to show up fortheir court date. It is set for a certain amount of money but does not require a deposit of any cash or property with the court. A signature bond is often allowed for defendants with no or minor criminal history and who are not a risk of flight or danger to the community. Historically, Barron County judges have not ordered money collected on a signature bond, but they do have the authority to do so. Wisconsin does not allow bail/bond companies that put up cash for a defendant for a price.
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Melissa Hanson of La Crosse photographs some of the 1,500 American flags that make up the Field of Honor flag memorial Saturday at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 615 W. Clairemont Ave. The display opened Saturday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 16. For video of Saturday's ceremony, go to Leader Telegram.com/ video.
Former train route makes for bucolic bicycle ride WILTON — Before departing to watch my son play in a recent high school soccer tournament in Tomah, I had the bright — if I do say so myself — idea of bringing bicycles and checking out the famed ElroySparta State Trail. Eric With a two-hour Lindquist break scheduled between games and the trail just a 20-minute drive away, I figured my wife and I could get our kicks by enjoying a nice hourlong ride without even missing any of the kids' kicks. In glancing at a map, it looked like the tiny town of Wilton was the nearest trail head, so that's where we headed. The only choice, after we got the bikes unloaded, our helmets strapped on and our trail fees paid, was whether to go east or west. I selected west because a trail map indicated that was the direction of the nearest of three rock tunnels on the 32-mile crushedgravel trail on a former mainline of the Chicago and North Western Railway, and from what I'd heard the tunnels are a signature feature of the first "rail-to-trail" path of its kind to ■ To learn be designatmore about ed a National the ElroyRecreation Sparta Trail, Trail. go to www. It wasn't LeaderTelegram. long — though com/links. all slightly uphill — before we arrived at the entrance to what is cleverly referred to on the Elroy-Sparta trail website as Tunnel No. 2. We were surprised to see that trail rules call for riders to walk their bikes through the damp tunnel, so being the good rule-followers we are, we complied. We started walking ... and walking ... and walking. Along the way, we dodged a few kids riding in the darkened tunnel and passed a lot of obviously more experienced — and surely much more ambitious — spelunker-cyclists with flashlights and headlamps. Did I mention there are no lights? Anyway, after several minutes of walking, we noticed the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel was still extremely small, especially compared with the light at the end where we entered the tunnel. That's when my wife wisely suggested we turn around so we could actually ride our bikes for a reasonable portion of our bike ride. Being a devoted husband and a better bike pedaler than pusher, I happily agreed. (Note to self: Next time we'd better allot more time or, better yet, try one of the two quarter-mile-long tunnels.) When we finally re-emerged into the bright sunny day, I read a plaque indicating the tunnel is nearly a mile long. Tunnel No. 2 was undoubtedly an interesting sight and a remarkable engineering feat in the late 19th century. It just wasn't what we had in mind for a quick jaunt on our bikes. The experience gave me new appreciation for the splendid river views — and constant natural light, if not always sunshine — of our local Chippewa River and Red Cedar state trails. Luckily, we still had time on the Elroy-Sparta trail for a half hour or so of pedaling past dairy cows, along a babbling brook and through a stretch of picturesque rolling hills that is exactly what comes to mind when I envision classic Wisconsin farm country. Then it was time to head back to Tomah for the opening kickoff and a chance to feign superiority over our fellow fans who used the break to partake in beer and burgers, another fine Wisconsin tradition. Lindquist can be reached at 715833-9209, 800-236-7077 or eric. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stars and stripes aplenty Field of Honor flies in Eau Claire By Eric Lindquist
Leader-Telegram staff A grassy field on the south side of Eau Claire filled with 1,500 American flags, all spaced exactly six feet apart and lined up in perfectly straight rows, was a bittersweet sight Saturday for Rhonda Garbisch. Though the Thorp woman was thrilled to see more than 300 area residents show up to honor military veterans at the Field of Honor flag memorial presented by The Exchange Clubs of Eau Claire, the tribute also brought back painful
memories of a niece who made the ultimate sacrifice for her country. Garbisch's niece, 2nd Lt. Tracy Alger, was killed Nov. 1, 2007, when a roadside bomb exploded near her vehicle while serving in Iraq. Alger, 30, a graduate of Chetek High School and UW-River Falls, was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. "It's sad because she didn't get to live her full life," Garbisch said. "But she wouldn't have had it any other way. She died doing what she believed in."
Garbisch brought her children to Saturday's opening ceremony of the free, nine-day memorial so they could learn more about the important role of the nation's veterans. The Field of Honor will be on display through next Sunday next to the Chippewa Valley Technical College parking lot at 615 W. Clairemont Ave. The memorial, on the south side of Clairemont, is comprised of 1,500 3- by 5-foot American flags flown to honor veterans who have served or are serving the nation at home or abroad. The flags are available for individual sponsorship at $30 apiece, with proceeds going to
the VFW Foundation's Unmet Needs Program. "It's beautiful, absolutely breathtaking," said George Wheeler, a 93-year-old World War II veteran from Eau Claire, admiring the field of red, white and blue flags flapping in the wind. Wheeler, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later with the U.S. Army, said he decided to stop by Saturday morning after reading about the event in the newspaper and seeing the flags as he drove by. "I looked around and decided I wouldn't miss this for anySee FLAGS, Page 3C
Council appointing member Tuesday Ten candidates vying for spot By Andrew Dowd
Leader-Telegram staff Ranging from businessmen to retirees to others who've already become engaged in local politics, 10 people will vie this week for the open seat on Eau Claire's City Council. All candidates submitted applications, but council President Kerry Kincaid said their five-minute speeches and fielding questions from council members at Monday night's meeting holds more weight. "To see how someone interacts in the public setting and conducts themselves is extremely important," she said. Kincaid The City Council will interview applicants Monday and appoint one of them during Tuesday's legislative meeting. The candidates are: ■ John Bast IV, 1245 Blueberry Drive, is a coowner of EverGreen Services, an Eau Clairebased landscaping business established in 1984. In his letter, Bast stated that his business experience would help with budgeting and working within fiscal constraints. ■ Catherine Emmanuelle, 130 Hudson St., is a single mother and community activist focused on minority, poverty and women's issues. She ran in April 2010 for City Council, but came in sixth in the race for five atlarge seats. ■ Charles Gable, 1132 Pershing St., is a landowner who previously worked as a financial expert in both the public and private sectors.
■ The Eau Claire City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at City Hall, 203 S. Farwell St.
In the past few years, he agreed to sell land to Eau Claire County for employee parking and another parcel to the city for its West Bank Redevelopment District. ■ Eric Getten, 2214 Deblene Lane, a 25-year employee with Walgreens, currently manages the pharmacy chain's Hastings Way store and supervises five other western Wisconsin locations. His father and grandfather both worked as Eau Claire firemen and his uncle served on the police force. ■ Jason Illg, 4525 Havenwood Lane, said his work as a senior analyst and programmer at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire gives him analytical skills that would be valuable for working on problems the city faces. Being a father of four, including an autistic son, gives him empathy for addressing public concerns, he stated in his application. ■ Dennis Mattson, 2910 Quail Ridge Road, retired in February after almost 39 years in the railroad industry, most of it as a locomotive engineer on what's now the Union Pacific Railroad. He credits that background, including positions involving management and union representation, for developing his leadership skills, according to his letter. ■ Timothy Santine, 823 Main St., works for the Social Security Administration as a social insurance specialist. That job has required him to build partnerships with county government and other organizations to get benefits for disabled people. See COUNCIL, Page 3C
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LeAnn Rimes performed Friday night at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.
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concert on Friday, giving fans a Chippewa Falls News Bureau view into new material that put her moods and personal turLeAnn Rimes said she moil into her lyrics. couldn't ignore "the elephant Despite her publicized rehab in the room," and she wantvisit, Rimes appeared to be in ed all her fans to know that good spirits, dancing along to she's doing well after checking much of the music. She took herself into a treatment centhe stage wearing a sharp black ter Aug. 29 to deal with stress vest that came off almost imissues. mediately, leaving her with a "I'm totally cool and so happy, I think I'm about to cry," small white-striped shirt and pants with torn knees. She Rimes told the crowd Friday night at the Eau Claire Regional smiled often and her voice was strong. But she also brought an Arts Center. "Thanks for being edginess that wasn't present in awesome fans, patient and her earlier music. understanding." "I'm pissed off at a lot of Rimes, 30, performed an impressive 14-song, 70-minute See RIMES, Page 3C
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Records Marriage licenses Eau Claire County Travis W. Austad, 31, Leah M. Bormann, 26, both of Eau Claire. Brandon J. Baker, 26, Katherine L. Johnson, 24, both of Altoona. Timothy A. Kaiser, 23, Ariana S. Long, 22, both of Eau Claire. Derek M. Spanel, 25, Emily R. Timme, 20, both of Altoona. John F. Tellis Jr., 38, Tina L. Ross, 37, both of the town of Bridge Creek. Matthew A. Wiebenga, 29, Britany R. Baures, 26, both of Eau Claire.
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Eau Claire, Jennifer L. O'Malley, 23, Altoona. Ricky B. Olson, 46, Jill A. Olson, 49, both of Eau Claire. Macaulay Onuigbo, 54, Noney, Onuigbo, 45, both of Eau Claire. Chad E. Paulson, 40, Jenny R. Paulson, 32, both of Eau Claire. Jacob C. Raney, 27, Amanda J. Brixen, 25, both of Eau Claire. Ryan M. Rider, 32, Eau Claire, Justine M. Rider, 40, Menomonie. James S. Schuppel, 47, Gwen M. Southard-Schuppel, 46, both of Eau Claire. Anthony J. Shepler, 43, Lori K. Mirmesdagh, 43, both of Eau Claire. Kyle K. Wang, 35, Strum, Jessica K. Wang, 36, Eau Claire. Michael J. Welke, 43, Leda R. Welke, 46, both of Eau Claire. Ying Yang, 43, Stony Point, N.C., Chou Moua, 43, Eau Claire.
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UW-Stout this fall. Michels, who is transferring from Chippewa Valley Technical College, will major in psychology. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at their previous college and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25. CI 0 LIONS PRESIDENT: Mike Berg has been installed as the Eau Claire Seymour Lions Club president for 2012-13. Berg has been an active member of the club for the past 10 years. Stuart Lorentz and Jim Murray continue as the club's treasurer and secBerg retary, respectively. The Eau Claire Seymour Lions Club has 48 members and meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Connells II at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. For information about joining the club, visit jointhelions.org .
BRIDGE CONTEST: Chris Facklam of Chippewa Falls was a member of a UW-Madison team that took sixth place at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Clemson University in South Carolina. More than 500 students from 47 universities participated in the event. Construction teams were comprised of students from schools in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China. The teams' bridges had to be strong enough to hold 2,500 pounds, span an imaginary river and be designed to minimize the amount of steel and construction time. 000 SCHOLARSHIPS: Two area UW-Eau Claire students, Abby Rand of Melrose and Jacob Wrasse of Durand, received Grace M. Walsh Forensics Scholarships for the fall semester. The awards, funded through the UWEau Claire Foundation, recognize outstanding forensics students among both returning students and incoming freshmen.
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Talks continue in toddler's death case Defense attorney for Cheyenna White, 23, is still trying to reach plea deal KRISTEN ZAMBO
RACINE — The defense attorney for a Racine mother whose 2-year-old daughter died last fall after reportedly being body-slammed said Friday he's continuing to try to reach a plea deal. Cheyenna M. White, 23, is accused of failing to im-
mediately take her youngest child, Donnasia Jackson, to the hospital last October after noticing something was wrong with the toddler. The youngest of White's three children, Donnasia died Oct. 20 after allegedly being body- slammed to the ground while White's boyfriend was watching the little girl,
Unified investigating alleged inappropriate contact at day care
according to investigators. During a hearing Friday, White's defense attorney, Michael Barth, said he's negotiating with prosecutors, but no plea agreement has been reached. He asked for another month to continue those talks, and to speak with White about the case. "We are talking philoso-
phy instead of hard-core resolution!' Barth said after the hearing when asked if an agreement could be reached within the next month. White is charged with felony child neglect and possession of marijuana. White pleaded not guilty to the charges in February.
Her boyfriend, Andre 0. Knighton, 22, pleaded no contest in July to first-degree reckless homicide in Donnasia's death. He is accused of hitting the toddler's buttocks with his flip-flop and bodyslamming her to the ground at least a dozen times on More on TODDLER, Page 11A
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RACINE — Racine Unified is currently investigating the circumstances that led to alleged inappropriate contact between a food service employee and two day care students. Leroy A. Williams, 24, was charged Thursday with allegedly making inappropriate contact with two 12-year-old girls enrolled at TLC Childcare, which operates out of Gifford Elementary School. Williams is an employee for Chartwells, a food service company contracted by the school district. According to the criminal complaint, he had been working Aug. 31 from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. but had no reason to be at the school when the alleged incidents occurred. "All that we can say at this point is that we are investigating," Unified spokeswoman Stacy Tapp said Friday. "Our policy is that we check the backgrounds of every employee we hire and we require background checks of any contractor!' The criminal complaint alleges that Williams was touching the girls on the buttocks while pushing them on the swing, graphically discussed sex with them and told one of the girls he wanted to have sex with her. He is also being charged with
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A person's umbrella is reflected in the water on the street in the 1500 block of Grove Avenue Friday afternoon.
Competency hearing set for Racine man No changes to bond for Racine charged with retired teacher's slaying man accused in shaking death KRISTEN ZAMBO
agreed to delay Thomas' competency hearing, reRACINE — At least three scheduling it for Oct. 22 from Oct. 4 so that psychologists may all three psycholobe called to testify gists are available to about whether a Ratestify. But first he cine man is compeadvised lawyers on tent to go on trial in both sides that they the 2010 slaying of a cannot simply reretired Lake Geneva schedule hearings teacher, lawyers told without asking him, a judge on Friday. and properly docuAnd in order to Tho mas menting such moves. align everyone's A status conference schedules, the cornhad been set for Fripetency hearing day to discuss the schedulfor Wilbert L. Thomas was ing matter, but Boyle said it pushed back on Friday by then was removed from his 18 days. Thomas, 67, is ac- calendar. cused of beating and stranSo he put it back on, he gling retired teacher Sandra recounted, because he leTeichow, also 67, on Oct. 14, gally is required to hold such 2010, in Racine County. He public hearings to properly has been in and out of state document those steps in the mental hospitals through- case. out much of the almost "I want to make sure there 2-year-old case. are no hiccups in the case!" Racine County Circuit Boyle said. Judge Tim Boyle on Friday If any further scheduling email@example.com
changes are necessary, he told the attorneys, "address them to me!' A psychologist who evaluated Thomas recently said that he is mentally fit to stand trial. But Thomas disputed that doctor's opinion, saying he isn't competent. State law requires that defendants be mentally competent in order for their criminal cases to proceed through the court system. So another competency hearing now is required. Thomas is charged with first - degree intentional ho micide , theft from a person or corpse and two counts of bail jumping — all of which are felonies. He was charged after Teichow's body was discovered in a wooded area near Sixth Street and North Memorial Drive. Thomas remains in Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.
RACINE — A Racine man accused in the more than decade-old shaking death of his infant daughter, along with allegedly abusing other children and harassing the infant's mother, won't be released from jail on a tracking device, a judge ruled Friday. Instead of paying thousands of dollars Westman to be released from the Racine County Jail, Michael E. Westman Jr., 38, asked Friday to have his bond modified so he could get out of jail on an electronic tracking device. He was charged in 2009 in the death of his 4-month-old daughter, as well as in 2009 and earlier this year for allegedly abusing other children and stalking the infant's mother and her boyfriend, according to court records in those cases. Westman's defense attorney, John
Campion, said while the request is unusual based on the charges Westman faces, Westman's mother is sick and he would like to get out of jail to be with her. Calling the allegations "extremely serious, if not abhorrent!' Racine County Circuit Judge Tim Boyle denied the motion to change Westman's bond. "I certainly appreciate Mr. Westman's concerns about his mother. (But) I have to look at protection of the public!" Boyle said. In the ongoing three cases, Westman faces what amounts to a total cash bond of $40,000. After the hearing, Campion declined to disclose the medical condition affecting Westman's mother. "That's a private matter," Campion said. "She's quite ill. Gravely ill." Westman remains jailed. He was charged Feb. 26, 2009, with first-degree reckless homicide and abuse of a child — stemming from the 1999 death of the infant girl. On More on BOND, Page 11A
M&I Bank on Durand Avenue robbed, two Racine men arrested Man approached teller, demanded money and fled the scene in a dark blue SUV CARA SPOTO
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The M&I Bank at 4100 Durand Ave was robbed Friday morning, according to the Racine Police Department. A press release issued by the department said that officers were dispatched to the bank, which is now part of BMO Harris Bank, just after 9 a.m. after a man approached a teller and demanded money.
RACINE — The M&I Bank at 4100 Durand Ave. was robbed Friday morning. According to a press release issued by the Racine Police Department, officers were dispatched to the bank, which is now owned and operated by BMO Harris Bank, at 9:05 a.m. after a man approached a teller and demanded money. The teller provided an undetermined amount of money to the suspect and he left the bank, the release said. Witnesses then observed the
suspect enter a dark blue sport utility vehicle a short distance from the bank and drive away. Minutes later, officers located an SUV matching the vehicle's description traveling northbound on Lathrop Avenue. They followed the SUV to the 1400 block of West Lawn Avenue. The vehicle then parked and several people exited and entered a home in that same block. Officers quickly established a perimeter around the home, the release said, and several men were apprehended. No injuries were reported. Demarcus Moore, 21, and
Perione Robbins, 23, both of Racine, were later arrested. Moore was arrested for robbery of a financial institution and a probation violation. Robbins was arrested for robbery of a financial institution—party to the crime. Anyone with additional information about the crime is urged to call the Racine Police Department at (262) 635-7700 and ask for the Investigations Unit, or Crimestoppers at (262) 636 9330. They can also contact police by texting "RACS" plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417.
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10 MPS schools get GE funding By ERIN RICHARDS email@example.com
Ten Milwaukee elementary schools will get extra funding to support more coaching for teachers and collaborative planning time over the next four years thanks to a retooled $20.4 million grant from the GE Foundation that aims to increase student achievement in MilwauRecipients will kee Public Schools. The 10 schools are: get literacy, School, Clemmath coaches Browning ens School, Curtin School, 53rd St. School, Fratney School, Kagel School, Milwaukee Sign Language School, 95th Street School, Pierce Street School and Victory School for the Gifted and Talented. The 10 were chosen from 42 schools invited to apply to become a GE Foundation Demonstration School, MPS officials announced Monday at Fratney School in Riverwest. At least 75 % of the teaching staff at the demonstration schools had to support developing innovative ways of putting a new set of national curriculum standards into daily practice. The Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association union has partnered with the district and GE on the demonstration school plan. The effort to pump up the programs at 10 schools to serve as a model for others represents a shift in focus for the GE Foundation grant to MPS. The award from the national philanthropPlease see SCHOOLS, 5B
Poll shows bipartisan Asian carp concerns Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. A recent poll of Wisconsin voters showed support for protecting the Great Lakes from the invasive species by building a physical barrier in Chicago's canal system.
State voters worry about invasive species' environmental impact By DAN EGAN firstname.lastname@example.org
With a little more than a month left before election day, a new poll reveals that there is one controversial topic upon which most Wisconsin Democrats, Republicans and independents appear to agree — Asian carp are bad, at least for the health of the Great Lakes. The poll, done for a coalition of environmental groups by an Ohio firm, reveals that 80 % of Wisconsin voters surveyed are familiar with the jumbo fish and most support erecting some type of barrier on the Chicago canal system to block them from invading Lake Michigan. The report also indicates
that 75 % of state voters — including 63 % of Republicans and 84% of Democrats — support continuing the federal government's ongoing Great Lakes restoration plan. A $20 billion restoration program
was conceived under former President George W. Bush, but the plan itself was never funded. President Barack Obama unveiled the more modest, 10year, $5 billion Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to do
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things such as clean up the lakes' toxic hot spots, preserve and protect sensitive shoreline areas, and block invasive species. Annual funding has Please see ASIAN CARP, 5B
Walker may be called to tes Governor on witness list in Russell case By STEVE SCHULTZE email@example.com
The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP released a statement Monday calling for the city's Fire and Police Commission to be revamped and for the creation of active human rights commissions at the city, county and state levels. The statement echoes remarks made by Milwaukee NAACP President James Hall last week at a community meeting to address the death of Derek Williams, 22, in police custody. Williams died in July 2011. Recently released squad video shows him suffocating and begging for help in the back seat of a squad car as officers ignore his pleas for nearly eight minutes. Officials at the Police Department, district attorney's office and Fire and Police Commission all viewed the video months ago and concluded the officers involved did nothing wrong. All reopened their investigations after a Journal Sentinel investigation prompted the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office to change its ruling
Prosecutors may call Gov. Scott Walker as a witness in an embezzlement case involving Timothy D. Russell, a former top aide while Walker was Milwaukee County executive. Walker shows up on prosecutors' list of 42 prospective witnesses at Russell's trial on three counts of theft, including embezzling $21,042 from a fund intended to help veterans and their families Russell and stealing smaller sums from two candidates for the Milwaukee County Board whose campaigns Russell helped. His trial is scheduled to start Dec. 3 before Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher. It's the second criminal case in which Walker has been listed as a possible witness that grew from a secret John Doe probe that is focused on Walker aides and associates. Prosecutors previously named Walker to a witness list in the Oct. 15 felony misconduct trial of Kelly M. Rindfleisch. She is accused of doing campaign work while at her taxpayer-paid county job in Walker's county executive office. Russell worked as Walker's deputy chief of staff and housing director; Rindfleisch succeeded Russell as deputy chief of staff. Michael Steinle, a lawyer hired by Walker in connection with the John Doe, did not immediately return a call for comment. Walker has said he is not a target of the investigation. Other prosecution witnesses listed for Russell's trial include Rindfleisch, Darlene Wink and James Tietjen. All three former county employees were listed by Russell as officers of the Heritage Guard Preservation Society, a nonprofit used for deposits of donations raised for the annual Operation Freedom veterans picnic that Walker hosted as county executive.
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John Fallon of Bay View walks among the fall-colored trees Monday along the Oak Leaf Trail near S. Lake Drive in St. Francis.
Abele reform would limit backdrop Workers who waive lump sums would pay less toward pensions By STEVE SCHULTZE firstname.lastname@example.org
Milwaukee County employees who waive their right to a so-called backdrop lump sum would contribute less toward their pensions than other workers, under a proposal by County Executive Chris Abele. It's the second reform related to the controversial backdrop advocated by Abele this year. He's also backing a measure that would cause backdrop amounts to dwindle. Both are aimed at curbing what belatedly came to be recognized as a major expense to the county, with lump sums totaling more than $200 million paid out since the benefit was approved a decade ago, including a few as high as $1 million. The latest move is included as part ofAbele's 2013 budget plan. Here's how it would work: Backdrop-eligible employees would pay
4.9% of their salaries toward their pension. That's aimed at having the sum cover 50 % of a portion of the county's annual pension cost, estimated at $15 million for 2013. However, workers who give up their right to a backdrop Abele: would pay at a lower rate of 3.2 % The backdrop of their annual pay. For an embeneficiaries ployee who makes $52,000 a year, are going to be keeping the backdrop benefit oppaying a little tion would cost an average of more. Its not about $880 more in contribua huge savings tions next year than those who thing, it's an give it up. equity thing." "The backdrop beneficiaries are going to be paying a little more," Abele said. "It's not a huge savings thing, it's an equity thing." The justification for the move was that employees who take backdrops wind up getting more money. The change was vetted by county lawyers and an actuarial consultant. The employee contributions were required as a result of Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 reforms last year that required most public workers to pay half the costs of their pensions. Abele's new budget lists no separate figure for how much the change might save the county. The county also would have a third contribution rate for deputies, who agreed to pay 6.6% of their pay toward their pensions as part of a Please see PENSION, 5B
NAACP seeks police reforms Branch calls for new human rights commissions in light of Williams case By GINA BARTON email@example.com
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Volume XLIV, Issue 21
Leaves begin to turn as autumn sets in at Madison. State Street will host Freakfest again this month, and students across campus likely are beginning to plan for the Oct. 27 event. Andy Fate The Badger Herald
Committee denies group's eligibility In 3-9 vote, SSFC votes down funds for Wisconsin Student Lobby Julia Skulstad Campus Life Editor In a student government meeting Monday night, a committee both denied a student organization's eligibility and approved
another group's eligibility. After debate, Student Services Finance Committee denied funding to Wisconsin Student Lobby in a vote of 3-9 based on concerns raised by many committee members who did not believe the organization could prove they use funding in a fiscally responsible manner. SSFC Chair Ellie Bruecker said at the end of the fiscal year 2010-2011, WSL returned 64 percent of its budget and they returned 54
percent of their budget at the end of fiscal year 2011-2012. Bruecker said the organization made a reduction of close to 40 percent in the proposed budget this year but were still asking for $6,000 more than they spent last year. "SSFC has to examine whether a group is fiscally responsible or not and the majority of the SSFC believed that because they had returned so much of their money and that they
requested more than they needed, that they were not fiscally responsible," she said. Money not used by organizations at the end of a given fiscal year is rolled over to the segregated fees reserves that Associated Students of Madison has little control over, Bruecker said. Bruecker said this played into the decision regarding the eligibility of Wisconsin Student Lobby because if a group returns money and it goes into reserves, it does
not get returned to students who paid for the budget with segregated fees. SSFC Secretary Jonathan Harris said when groups present their budgets, SSFC has to trust that the money they are asking for is what they really need. "It does not matter that the money not used by the organization is going into the reserve but it does matter that it is not going back into students' pockets," Harris said. SSFC Vice-Chair Joe
Vanden Avond said eligibility is a two-year process and though the group adjusted their budget, they still asked for double the amount that they needed. "Doubling their budget is not fiscally responsible," he said. SSFC Rep. Sarah Neibart said the burden of funding rests on SSFC, and that she was in favor of the group's eligibility. She
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Senate race focuses on healthcare issues Meghan Zernick State Politics Editor After Friday night's election debate, healthcare has come into focus as a critical issue in the race for Wisconsin's open Senate seat. The debate between Republican and former Gov. Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin Friday mainly focused on the two candidates' views on healthcare. John Kraus, spokesperson for Baldwin's campaign, said the choice is clear between Baldwin and Thompson when it comes to healthcare. Baldwin, Kraus said, is interested in moving the Affordable Care Act forward. However, Thompson's plan would be to get rid of the Affordable Care Act and start all over while putting insurance companies in charge, Kraus said. Baldwin was behind the amendment to provide
healthcare to young adults on their parents' healthcare plans up until they turn 26, Kraus said. "Six million young people that would not normally have healthcare now have coverage due to the Affordable Care Act," Kraus said. Kraus said there is no truth in the Thompson campaign's claim that Baldwin is too much of a "big spender" for Wisconsin. He said Thompson worked for an administration that was $11 million in debt. Kraus said the Bush administration was more careless in spending, naming two wars and two tax cuts for the wealthy as two causes of Bush's deficit. Kraus also referred to Thompson's Medicare drug benefit as "a sweetheart deal with the drug companies" that cost taxpayers $156 billion. "Tammy Baldwin was against all of these actions, as they only added to the deficit," Kraus said. "Thompson has spent the
last seven years cashing in with drug companies that break the rules:' Jeff Snow, Chairman of the University of Wisconsin College Republicans, said he supports Thompson's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act because he feels it is a burden on small businesses and is bad for Medicare. "Tommy Thompson is in favor of a marketbased health care solution, opening up the health care market to be a free enterprise without government control," Snow said. Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, said Baldwin is strongly in favor of a single-payer program for healthcare. He said she supports Obama's plan, although it is not as extensive. Heck said Thompson spoke favorably of the Affordable Care Act just two years ago.
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Harvard professor and founding member of Partners in Health Paul Farmer addresses his crowd at Union South Monday. He spoke on health care accessibility.
Harvard professor speaks on public health problems Dana Bossen Reporter A Harvard professor and non-profit organization founder spoke at Union South Monday night as a part of the University of Wisconsin's Distinguished Lecture Series to address the importance of public health. Paul Farmer, the University Professor and Chair of the Department
of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University, is also one of the founding directors of Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization that provides health care and advocates better care for those who are sick and living in poverty. Throughout the lecture, Farmer stressed the importance of public health as well as the obstacles faced
Wisconsin Medicaid debt lower than expected Meghan Zernick State Politics Editor Medicaid's debt has decreased by millions, according to officials at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. A letter describing the shrink in the shortfall was sent from Dennis Smith, secretary of the Department of Health Services, to Representative Robin Vos, R-Burlington, and Senator Lena Taylor, D -Milwaukee, who are both members of the Legislative Joint Committee on Finance. According to the letter, one year ago Medicaid was predicted to have a
$554.36 million deficit for 2011-2013. However, Medicaid is now predicted to have a $35.49 million deficit for this period. Some causes for this significant reduction of the deficit include $27 million in federal aid given in response to claims the DHS resubmitted in order to match the dollar amount they needed. According to the letter, the other causes are a decrease in the Family Care enrollment cap and various changes in the BadgerCare program for non-pregnant and nondisabled adults that have incomes 133 percent above the poverty level. The changes to the
BadgerCare program raised the premiums, restricted re-enrollment if premiums were not paid and ended retroactive eligibility. Retroactive eligibility allowed payment to individuals who did not request financial assistance until after they received care. Claire Smith, spokesperson for the DHS, said all of these changes have created a surplus and they will continue to work toward their goal of eliminating the deficit entirely. "We are all about having a healthy Medicaid program in order to help the residents of Wisconsin. To do so, we must work
within our means and stay on budget," Smith said. John Peacock, research director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, said the reduction of the deficit is a welcome development. "It is really not all that surprising." Peacock said. Peacock added part of the savings came from disqualifying lower income families from BadgerCare. According to Peacock, 21,000 families have lost coverage from BadgerCare. There has also been less participation in the Family Care program due to the enrollment cap, Peacock said. Peacock said they support some of
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these cost savings, but are not in support of families losing out on BadgerCare. "The Medicaid Budget will almost be in balance by the end of the year," Peacock said. "The Department of Health Services] has done more than it needed to dof Peacock said proposals to further narrow the services that BadgerCare provides to Wisconsinites have been brought forward but have not been approved. He said the council believes Medicaid has had enough savings and no further measures need to be taken.
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by those working in this field. "Even though we're coming from a nongovernmental organization, we (Partners in Health) are trying to make a choice to work with public authorities in public health and communication because if you believe that health should be a human right, you
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I\SI D n Youth no longer an excuse A year after finishing below .500 for the first time in years, Mike Eaves is embracing higher expectations.
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Council eyes policy changes By MIKE DESOTELL EagleHerald staff writer mdesotell@eagleherald. corn
night. The council discussed ways to help accomplish those goals but admitted that changes won't come overnight. MENOMINEE — Streamlining Mayor Jean Stegeman said she city government and making it and City Attorney Rob Jamo typimore open to taxpayers was the cally get together after a council gist of a special meeting of the meeting to review how the meeting Menominee City Council Monday went and to discuss ways to make
the next one better. The result of more inclusive with the public. those briefings led Jamo to come In November of 2009, then City up with a four-pronged plan. The Manager Richard Goode had creimmediate focus would be to iden- ated a policy which eliminated tify and define standing commit- standing committees and allowed tees, find ways to make public just one opportunity for public hearings more informative, estab- input at council meetings. The lish a better plan for filling council policy was amended three months vacancies and look for ways to be later after Good resigned. The
revised policy added a second opportunity for public input at meetings and a return to a committee form of government. Goode's policy also ruffled a few feathers by trying to establish a dress code for council members. "I find it interesting that he who See COUNCIL, A3
Huge federal tax rise looms
Baumgartner will be more than three times higher than the cruising altitude of jetliners when he hops, bunny-style, out of the capsule and into a near -vacuum where there is barely any oxygen and less than 1 percent of the air pressure on Earth. If all goes well, he will reach the speed of sound in about half a minute at an altitude of around 100,000 feet. Then he will start to slow as the atmosphere gets denser, and after five minutes of free fall, he will pull his main parachute. The entire descent should last 15 to 20 minutes. He will be rigged with cameras that will provide a live broadcast of the jump via the Internet, meaning countless viewers could end up witnessing a horrific accident. Baumgartner is insistent on going live with his flight.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 next year if lawmakers fail to renew a lengthy roster of tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, according to a new report Monday Taxpayers across the income spectrum would be hit with large tax hikes, the Tax Policy Center said in its study, with households in the top 1 percent income range seeing an average tax increase of more than $120,000, while a family making between $110,000 to $140,000 could see a tax hike in the $6,000 range. Taxpayers across the income spectrum will get slammed with increases totaling more than $500 billion — a more than 20 percent increase — with nine out of 10 households being affected by the expiration of tax cuts enacted under both President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush. The expiring provisions include Bush-era cuts on wage and investment income and cuts for married couples and families with children, among others. Also expiring is a 2 percentage point temporary payroll tax cut championed by Obama. The looming expiration of the large roster of tax cuts is one of the issues confronting voters in November, with the chief difference between Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney being the tax treatment of wealthier earners. Obama is calling for permitting rates on individual income exceeding $200,000 and family incoming over $250,000 to go back to Clinton-era rates of as much as 39.6 percent. Both candidates call for rewriting the tax code next year, but any such effort promises to be difficult and could take considerable time. Monday's study, by the independent Tax Policy Center, deals with the immediate increases set to slap taxpayers in January under the existing framework of the tax code. Few are talking of renewing Obama's payroll tax cut, even though that would mean a healthy tax increase for many working people. Working families with modest incomes would be hit hard as the child tax credit would shrink from a maximum of $1,000 per child to $500. As a result, a married couple earning $50,000 with three dependent children that currently receives an almost $1,500 income tax refund largely due to the child tax credit would see their fortunes reversed by
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Nose biting Brittany Terp's green parrot cheek conure Pippin bites Ellie Maye, a female Corgi puppy as Tammi Hartwig (left) introduces the two pets at the Mighty Pet Expo Saturday at the M&M Plaza in Menominee. See A3 for related photos. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com )
County to hold its first health fair By TIM GREENWOOD
"When I was looking at Marinette optometry, dentistry and public County to decide whether I was to health. tgreenwood@eagleherald. corn going to apply here (for the adminisIt also will feature food, fun and trator job), I saw the county had a prizes. Anyone can attend, but only MARINETTE — Health and well- very strong wellness committee," county employees are eligible to win ness can be enjoyable to achieve said Sorensen. "It's one of the rea- prizes and participate in some of the and maintain and need not be a sons Marinette County was of inter- activities, according to Sorensen. burden, stresses Marinette County est to me. "There will be about 30 vendors," Administrator Ellen Sorensen. "So one of the first things I did she said. "We limited the types of To help convey that message, the when I got here (a year ago) was to vendors because of limited space; inaugural Marinette County Health start talking with the wellness folks the response from the community Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 because I was very interested in has been overwhelming. p.m. Thursday at the UW-Marinette what they were doing. They had had "It's wonderful to see that they Field House. a desire to have a health fair, so we want to engage with people. You are The theme of the event, which just decided to do one." going to see a wide variety of things has been in the planning stages for The fair will provide access to going on at the fair." nearly a year by the county well- professionals in several health and She said the grand prize will be a ness committee, is "Mission Possi- wellness areas including: Sports Nintendo Wii game console donated ble: Achieving Good Health." and fitness, massage, chiropractic, by one of the vendors. EagleHerald staff writer
"Another vendor has donated a Wii Fit. There'll be a demonstration
on that and people can actually participate in that," Sorensen said. The county has more than 300 employees and she expects at least a 50-percent turnout. "Typically at a first wellness fair like this, 50 percent would be the goal," Sorensen said. "I'm optimistic that we're going to exceed that." She said the health and wellness the fair will promote is not only good for county government, but the entire area. "As an employer, it is in our best interests to have a healthy workSee FAIR, A3
Skydiver aims to break sound barrier CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — His blood could boil. His lungs could overinflate. The vessels in his brain could burst. His eyes could hemorrhage. And, yes, he could break his neck while jumping from a mind-boggling altitude of 23 miles. But the risk of a gruesome death has never stopped "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner in all his years of skydiving and skyscraper leaping, and it's not about to now. Next Monday over New Mexico, he will attempt the highest, fastest free fall in history and try to become The Associated Press the first skydiver to break In this 2010 photo provided by Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner makes a 25,000-foot the sound barrier. high test jump for Red Bull Stratos. On Monday, over New Mexico, Baumgartner will "So many unknowns," attempt to jump higher and faster in a free fall than anyone ever before and become the Baumgartner says, "but we first skydiver to break the sound barrier. have solutions to survive." He will have only a pres- go faster than the speed of believe they have done The 43-year-old former everything possible to bring military parachutist from surized suit and helmet for sound. Doctors, engineers and him back alive. He has testAustria is hoping to reach protection as he tries to go 690 mph, or Mach 1, after supersonic 65 years after others on Baumgartner's ed out his suit and capsule leaping from his balloon- Chuck Yeager, flying an Red Bull-sponsored team in two dress rehearsals, hoisted capsule over the experimental rocket plane, have spent as much as five jumping from 15 miles in became the first human to years studying the risks and March and 18 miles in July. desert near Roswell. Good morning, Linda Erickson! Thank you for subscribing to the EagleHerald
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City Council learns police car was damaged during arrest During his monthly report to the city council, Police Chief Robert Darwin informed them that one of the city police cars was damaged by a 17-year old male during an arrest on the morning of September 9. Darwin indicated that the estimate to repair the police car was $1,200, but his taser was also damaged during the incident. Darwin informed the council that his taser was replaced free of charge by the taser company. But, Darwin, questioned the council if he should wait for a judge to order the person responsible for the damage to the car to pay restitution, or turn it over to the insurance company. The city would be responsible for the $500 deductible. The council indicated to turn over the matter to the insurance company. In his report to the council, Public Works Director Doug Doornink asked about taking large load of items like old sheetrock at the dumpster. He noted that they recently accepted a large load of sheetrock which the person paid $35.00 to dump into the city's dumpster. But Doornink noted that it took an extra removal of the dumpster and cost the city an extra pull at $800. He also had questions about the burn site and that the city could only accept brush and tree branches at the site and not any wood that has been painted or treated can be burned. Mayor Larson asked Doornink what he would recommend to the council. He suggested that the home owner should get their own construction dumpster for building projects and the city limit items to less than 500 pounds or a half of a pickup load. The mayor
put in matter into committee for study, The mayor went over the city budget and proclaimed it is "doing very well." He noted that most items showed income above budget figures with expenditures below expectations. In other business the council passed a resolution requesting exemption from county library tax. The city has always been exempt from the county library tax, but now is required to file paper work indicating it. What is necessary is that the city spends more for library services than the county tax would be. Mayor Larson indicated that the county tax base on a graph that the county had send would be some $24,483 tax. But Larson noted that the city funded the local library at $48,000. He noted that the local library also receives funds from St. Croix County and Dunn County. Council member Nancy Hover presented the monthly library report which indicated that the library board had its annual meeting with the following members re-elected: Jan Scepurek, President; Lorie Jensen, Vice President; Barb Dillow, Treasurer; and Paula Brandt, Secretary. Her report indicated that checkouts in August totaled 2636, which prompted the mayor to question if there were that many people or people checking out more than one item. Hover felt that it could be like 200 checking out ten items each. But she would have that number defined.
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FIRE COMPLETELY DESTROYED a large steel shed on the Brad Bazille farm on 250th Street in the Town of Emerald. Fire started in the shed from a welding torch being used by Cory Bazille to weld on his mud buggie. All the contents of the 70 ft. by 80 ft. shed were lost in the flames. The Glenwood City Fire Department received the call shortly before eleven on the evening of Thursday, September 27 and when they arrived on the scene the entire building was in flames. Lost were 4 pickup trucks, a pontoon boat, a 32 foot fiberglass boat, a farm tractor, a four wheeler and many tools. Firefighters from United Fire assisted the Glenwood City Department. A large backhoe from Albrightson Excavating was called to the scene to remove the sheet metal that had fallen into the structure so firefighters could extinguish the burning items under the metal. Glenwood City Firefighters also were called to a small grass fire on the Denzil Dayton property on 135th Avenue in the Town of Glenwood on Saturday afternoon. Here a small area of tall grass was burned over. —photo by Shawn DeWitt
Touchdowns for Tyler a success By Kelsie Hoitomt BOYCEVILLE - This was an extra special homecoming football game for ten year old Tyler Schmidt of Boyceville. Schmidt, a fourth grader at Tiffany Creek Elementary, was diagnosed with a rare cancer after an MRI discovered tumors on his brain and spine. On Friday night during the game, Schmidt was named honorary water boy for the Bulldogs and he wore that title with pride and a smile as wide as it could be. "He was so overwhelmed and really just amazed to have the football team treat him like a buddy," said Jeremiah Schmidt. During the game, people could donate a flat rate of money or they could pledge a certain amount for every touchdown, hence the title "Touchdowns for
Tyler". As of Monday, the Tri-County Youth Football Tournament had donated $160.00, the homecoming game itself raised $979.85, there was $828.00 in donations before and after the game, $1,000.00 was pledged for touchdowns and $128.00 was pledged for the number of points in the game. All together there was $3,095.85 donated to Tyler and his family to help with the expenses. Head coach Brian Roemhild has extended the invite beyond Friday night's game and has told Tyler he is more than welcome to attend every Bulldog practice if he wishes. "It was just amazing to have the community come together when someone is going through a hard time. We didn't ask for any of this so it is just amazing," shared Jeremiah about the special night.
2012 BOYCEVILLE SENIOR HOMECOMING COURT — Will Kraft and Laramie Schutts were crowned as the 2012 Homecoming king and queen at Boyceville High School during the pep fest Friday, September 28. The Bulldogs meet the Spring Valley Cardinals on the gridiron later Friday evening. The entire court is shown above. From left to right are: Ashley McHenry, Patrick O'Connell, Kysa Franseen, Zach Klassen, 2012 Queen Laramie Schutts, 2012 King Will Kraft, Alex Wold, Dominic Olson, Katelyn Merten, and Matt Leach. —photo by Shawn DeWitt
City to participate in Downtown Loan Program GLENWOOD CITY — The city council is moving ahead to participate in a Regional Business Fund project called the "Downtown Façade Loan Program." The Downtown Façade Loan Program provides financial assistance to encourage property and business owners in core downtowns to revitalize downtown commercial buildings within the towns, cities and villages of West Central Wisconsin. Mayor John Larson spoke of the project at the City Council's monthly meeting on October 1st, informing the council about the
program. The mayor had received a letter from the Regional Business Fund recently, which informed the mayor about the program. The letter stated, "Glenwood City is eligible for this program because it is in St. Croix County." However, the city must take three steps to begin the application process. They include adopting a map that defines Glenwood City's core downtown area. A Loan Committee must be established that will review all Downtown Loan Program applications." The mayor suggested to the council that the City's Planning
Commission could serve as this committee. The final step is that the city must adopt design guidelines for all future projects. But Mayor Larson pointed out to the council that property owners in the area need not follow those guidelines for remodeling projects. The council agreed to move ahead with the program and hopefully a final draft of the guidelines will be ready for the November council meeting. The loan program provides interest free loans of up to $30,000 for downtown projects.
THE SENIORS GATHERED around ten year old Tyler Schmidt for a picture with a signed game ball that was awarded after the 32-8 homecoming victory over the Spring Valley Cardinals. (Front row L to R) Ryan Williams, Matthew Wathke, Will Kraft, Tyler Schmidt, Dominic Olson, Jared Smith, Josh Cormican. (Back row L to R) Matt Leach, Matthew Woodford, Zach Klassen. —photo by Carlton DeWitt
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Retired kindergarten teacher and avid Loyal athletic supporter Gwen Pigott (above) served as the grand marshal for the Sept. 28 homecoming parade through downtown Loyal. In photo above and right, Loyal seventh graders including (on right side) Zachary Nikolai, Blake Acker, Brody Scherer, (on left side) Tanner Troutt, Edrea Kubista, Ethan Schultze, Vanessa Hebert and Christina Miller tug their hardest during the Friday afternoon rope-pulling contest on the football field. At lower right, Amber Acker (with ball) and Megan Schuette battle during the Powder Puff football game between the girls in each of the high school classes. In photo below, homecoming court member Mitchell Pohlman loads popcorn into a plastic cup strapped to the shoe of his partner in a contest, who then has to walk without spilling the popcorn and dump it into a bowl.
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Packers fume over botched TD call By Rob Demovsky Gannett Wisconsin Media
GREEN BAY The Green Bay Packers and their fans got no apology from the NFL — and they certainly didn't get Monday night's controversial, lastsecond loss at Seattle overturned — so quarterback Aaron Rodgers offered something in the aftermath. Still stung by the replacement officials' ruling that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate — and not Packers safety M.D. Jennings — came down in the end zone with the 24-yard Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game, Rodgers did what he could to soothe fans. Rodgers showed up Thesday afternoon for his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee with something he wanted to get off his chest. "First of all, I have to do —
something that the NFL is not going to do, and I have to apologize to the fans," Rodgers said to start the show. "Our sport is generated, the multibillion dollar machine is generated by people coming to watch us play. And the product that is on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control." In saying he feels "bad for the fans," Rodgers said that while the league and its officials remained locked in a labor dispute, "the game is being tarnished by an NFL who obviously cares more about saving a little money than having the integrity of the game diminish a little bit." The only wrongdoing the NFL admitted to in a statement released Thesday morning was that Tate should have been called for an offensive pass in-
Green Bay Packer Tramon Williams stands in disbelief after the Packers lost to Seattle on a controversial final play during Monday night's game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. EVAN SIEGLE/GANNETTNMSCONSIN MEDIA
terference penalty, which would have ended the game and given the Packers a 12-7 victory. That part of the play, however, is not reviewable under the
league's replay system. Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday evening that he didn't have a chance to read the league's statement but said
"based on what I've been told about it, I'm sure I'm not in agreement with it." McCarthy said the first time he saw a replay of the final play was on the team plane on the way INSIDE home from SeatColumn: tle but even bePackers need fore that, he said to move on that people he Sports 11B trusted told him it was clearly an interception. And when he finally saw the play? "I agreed with the fact that I thought it was clearly an interception," McCarthy said. While McCarthy spent most of the day preparing for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, a game the Packers need to win to avoid a 1-3 start, team president Mark See PACKERS, Page 7A
School budget future murky Board rejects proposed reduction list By Logan T. Carlson Marshfield News-Herald
Eric Smith of Rudolph runs around the ring with a Dutch Friesian mare and young fillie during an inspection event held at the Marshfield Fairgrounds Park on Tuesday. The inspection included Friesian horses from throughout the Midwest with judges from Holland to determine the quality of the fillies. LAURA HILLER/MARSHFIELD NEWS-HERALD
Businesses protest road weight limits County changes signs after complaints By Liz Welter Marshfield News-Herald
Weight limit signs to regulate heavy loads on Wood County highways H and A were posted Monday when road use agreements between the county and local frac sand processing companies became effective. All trucks hauling 48,000 pounds or more needed to have a permit issued by the Wood County Highway Commission to travel either of the highways. That changed Tuesday afternoon after several Marshfield businesses located on Highway A complained to the commission. "We can get the permits we need for our trucks because we're in Marshfield, but what about the trucks coming into Marshfield to make shipments?" asked Chris Burt, a manager at Marshfield Scrap,
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2304 S. Galvin Ave., which also is Highway A. Legally, trucks can carry up to 80,000 pounds on the highways. Trucks carrying metal for salvage travel Highway A to enter Marshfield Scrap. "These haulers don't know they need permits, and this road runs right along the industrial park, so it's affecting a lot of companies," Burt said. The county changed the signs Tuesday afternoon on Highway A to Class B weight limits, which allows trucks of any weight to make deliveries and pickups at businesses along the road, said Roland Hawk, Wood County Highway Commission Engineer. The weight limits were posted on highways H and A because all of the companies processing frac sand in Wood County have signed the road use agreements, except CARBO Ceramics, 2301
E. Fourth St. Since the roads are posted, trucks hauling frac sand for processing at the CARBO plant can be fined. This "allows us to control the amount of hauling and traveling on these roadways," Hawk said. "If all (the frac sand companies) would sign (road use agreements), we wouldn't need to permit the roads." An agreement with CARBO, or the company's suppliers and/ or sand haulers, is in the process of development, Hawk said. 'Mucks hauling sand for CARBO can avoid fines by using Fourth Street and Veterans Parkway. Companies such as Marshfield Scrap and Innovative Machine Specialists must file paperwork to obtain permits for trucks that regularly use the road to haul their supplies. "It's just another level of paperwork," said Andy Martin, a
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The fate of Marshfield School District's budget is in limbo after the board rejected a proposed reduction list in the event the referendum fails to win support of voters in November. Administrators had recommended the board vote to make $2.7 million in budget reductions so the public knew what it will be voting on in November, but that failed to win the support of the board, with only Board President Tim Deets and member Frances Bohon supporting the measure. Most of the opposition came from members who were hesitant because there had been little discussion among the board about the proposed reducSee BUDGET, Page 8A
Hearing delayed in homicide case Fatal crash witness failed to appear in court By Shereen Skola For the Marshfield News-Herald
Prosecutors in the case of a La Crosse man accused of homicide in connection with the February crash in Marathon County that killed the man's former girlfriend will have up to 10 days to locate a missing witness in the case. Tyler Deal, 21, appeared in Marathon County CirTyler cuit Court on RiesDeal day for a preliminary hearing in the case. Police say Deal was driving Feb. 26 on
Highway V in the town of Spencer when he lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole. Paige Delo, 22, of Loyal, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene and Deal was taken to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash. According to a report from the state crime lab, Deal had a blood alcohol level of 0.09 percent and was under the influence of marijuana several hours after the crash. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Deal is charged with homicide by drunken driving, homicide by negligent driving and two drug-related charges. He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. Assistant District Attorney Kala Strawn asked for a continuSee HOMICIDE, Page 7A
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(left) and his son Brad stand next to triplet calves that were born Sept. 11 at the Sisbach Dairy Farm in Chase burg. "We've had lots of twins, but never triplets," Daniel Sisbach said. "It's really rare, and it's especially rare to have all three live."
State superintendent to deliver speech Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers is scheduled to deliver his annual "State of Education" address today at the state Capitol. The speech comes as Evers is pushing a plan in the Legislature to require every high school student in the state to take the ACT college entrance exam during their junior year. Evers unveiled that proposal earlier this month. A number of other new tests would also be given, replacing the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examination, designed to help prepare students for college or the workforce. Evers has also pushed a number of other Evers reforms in concert with Gov. Scott Walker. Last month Walker praised Evers' creation of a new license that will allow people with experience in the private sector to teach in public schools.
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$650 million more needed for state Medicaid State administrators are asking for an additional $650 million in the next budget to pay for the rising cost of health care programs for the poor and elderly in Wisconsin. The Department of Health Services has submitted the request to Gov. Scott Walker, as did other agencies, as he prepares for the next two-year budget cycle. Health officials say that in addition to rising health care costs, more people are joining the programs and using more services. The federal government has also cut its aid to states. The funding request is for Medicaid programs, which are paid for jointly by the state and federal governments. The Medicaid programs include Family Care for the elderly and disabled and BadgerCare Plus for low-income families. The proposal by department Secretary Dennis Smith doesn't include any changes in benefits. Associated Press
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MADISON — A rash of irony broke out Wednesday on Madison's North Side as Gov. Scott Walker taught the U.S. Constitution to a class of Lindbergh Elementary students while outside the only people carrying signs were a group of Walker supporters. Madison Teachers Inc., still buzzing from its victory last week when a Dane County judge declared Walker's collective bargaining law unconstitutional, chose to ignore the governor's first visit to a Madison school since massive protests over the law in early 2011. Asked to comment on having his signature law deemed unconstitutional in the midst of a four-stop tour to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Walker in good humor said it fit with what he had taught the 22
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MTI president Kerry Motoviloff said teachers celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 14, when Colas issued his decision and the teachers' "constitutional rights were fully re-established!' Protesting Walker's visit "would be giving the wrong message." Walker, accompanied by timetraveling Constitutional Convention delegate Robert Morris, played by Wisconsin Historical Society actor Robert Parker, led the 45-minute lesson, covering the three branches of government, the Boston Tea Party and the Bill of Rights, among other topics. Lindbergh Principal Elizabeth Fritz said teachers understood that respect should be shown to the governor. She was pleased the event went off as planned. "It wasn't designed to be political," she said. "It was a history lesson."
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MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has dropped plans to remove mandatory fire safety requirements from the state electrical code. The Wisconsin Builders Association had suggested the change. Current code requires builders to install arc-fault and
ground-fault circuit interrupter protection and tamper-resistant electrical outlets in new construction. The change would have made installation of those devices optional. Builders Association vice president Jerry Deschane says the devices had "reliability problems." Electrical inspectors and fire officials criticized Walker's decision to change the code and applauded when he decided not to change it. The State Journal reports Walker has directed the Department of Safety and Professional Services to forgo code changes.
Car ferry extends season MANITOWOC (AP) — The S.S. Badger is extending its season on Lake Michigan in order to transport equipment for the wind power industry. The Lake Michigan Car Ferry says it's reached an agreement with General Electric to operate the Badger until Nov. 2 to transport 60 wind towers. The ferry has carried more than 300 wind tower loads between Manitowoc and Ludington, Mich., this year. Its season was previously scheduled to end Oct.14. Ludington Mayor John Henderson says the wind tower traffic between Wisconsin and Michigan shows the ferry is not only important to the tourism industry, but to the industrial economy as well.
Wis. DNR to hold hearing today on Asian carp defenses LA CROSSE (AP) — The public will get a chance this week to learn about a federal project to test possible new Asian carp defenses in La Crosse. The state Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an informational meeting on the project for this evening at the U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center on French Island. The project would focus on using water guns or underwater speakers to generate pressure and sound waves that would force the fish to swim away. The work would take place at the Sciences Center. The USGS wants to move bighead and silver carp to the facility for the project. The agency has obtained a federal permit allowing transportation but still needs DNR approval.
THINGS TO DO Card social, buffet return to St. Florian West Milwaukee — St. Florian Parish's card social will return from 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 28 in the school gym, 1215 S. 45th St. In addition to card games, the event includes a buffet, featuring more than a dozen items, served at 7 p.m., and free beer, soda and snacks all night. Admission is $12, which includes the buffet. Raffle tickets for prizes will be sold. Car fair benefits Friends of Autism Greenfield — A NAPA Car Care Fair sponsored by Milwaukee Area NAPA Autocare Association will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at NAPA Greenfield, 4600 S. 108th St., to benefit the Friends of Autism. The fair will feature door prizes, goodie bags and free vehicle inspections to find ways to improve performance and gas mileage, increase safety and reduce emissions. Those coming also can get coupons to use at participating dealers. Harvest Fair features three days of activities West Allis — Harvest Fair, featuring live entertainment on three stages and activities for the entire family, will be held Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Admission is free, though most activities and items require the purchase of tickets at booths located throughout
Harvest Fair. Tickets cost $1 each. Among the new attractions this year are blacksmith demonstrations, lumberjack shows and a pumpkin derby. Kids will get to enjoy amusement rides, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, pony and camel rides, pumpkin bowling and a Harvest Fair favorite, scarecrow making. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 29; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30. More information is available at http://wistatefair.com/ harvest_fair/index.html. For information, call (414) 383-3565.
Falling for Felines kitty adoption day coming West Milwaukee — As the leaves begin to fall the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission will hold a "Falling for Felines" Purr-fect Paws Cat Adoption event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29. Special adoption fees for the event are $25 for adult cats, $75 for kittens or $125 for two kittens. All cats and kittens are vaccinated, de-wormed, micro-chipped (for identification), tested for the feline leukemia virus and spayed/ neutered. In addition, every cat or kitten adopted will go home with a free "goodie" bag full of gifts. MADACC rescues and provides temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for nearly 13,000 animals each year.
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AUTUMN LIGHT — Canada geese walk through ground fog in the day's first rays of sun near the Greenfield Park Lagoon in West Allis earlier this month.
NEWS & NOTES Health Department starts flu clinics for residents Greenfield — The Greenfield Health Department will offer influenza vaccination clinics for adult residents during October starting with a clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at its offices in City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave. No appointments are necessary, and the cost varies by Medicare eligibility and insurance status. Those with Medicare Part B coverage only will have the cost of the vaccination billed directly to Medicare and they should bring their Medicare cards to the clinic.
Medicare Advantage plans are not accepted, though a receipt can be issued that those plan holders can directly submit for reimbursement. The cost of flu vaccination will be $25 for adults not eligible for Medicare Part B. More information will be available at the department, (414) 329-5275.
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District levy passes in Germantown Some concerned that capital funding is too low By DAVE FIDLIN Correspondent Germantown — Nearly 100 residents within the Germantown School District's boundaries voted on a series of resolutions — one calling for a 0.98 percent decrease in the property tax levy — at the annual meeting Monday. Electors took up a number of issues at the annual meeting, including the 2012-13 budget, earmarking dollars toward facilities maintenance and setting School Board members' salaries. Ric Ericksen, director of business and auxiliary services, presented the public with a budget that has undergone reviews and tweaks throughout the budget-building process. Further modifications could be made through October as information — including the actual amount of state aid — becomes known. The tax levy, representing about half of the district's overall income, is set to decrease by nearly $300,000 this school year, based on a formula in the state-imposed levy caps. Last year, the district levied nearly $30.4 million; this year's figure is set at nearly $30.1 million. Despite the decrease, district officials sounded an optimistic tone at Monday's annual meeting. District Administrator Sue Borden said strides have been made in recent years to plan ahead and reduce debt. "We have maintained our focus, and our planning has positioned us to work well without significant changes to programming or class size," Borden said. Specific tallies were not taken at the annual meeting, but an overwhelming
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HONORING THOSE MISSING IN ACTION — Travis Langer represents the Marine Corps as he exchanges his hat for one representing the Marine MIA during the Table Set Before You ceremony Saturday in Menomonee Falls. Friday was National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Teachers unions may seek to restore benefits Hamilton School District awaits interpretation of court action By JOE TROVATO email@example.com In the wake of a ruling that struck down Act 10, local school districts plan to wait and see what the decision will mean for them. In the meantime, some teachers unions are gearing up to restart negotiations to reinstate benefits lost since the implementation of Act 10. The controversial measure was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators in 2011. On Friday, a Dane County Circuit Court judge deemed the law unconstitutional.
The surprising and unexpected court ruling drew quick condemnation from the governor's office. The decision could force local school districts — many of whom are finalizing their budgets for the year — to reopen contract negotiations with employees and rehash budgets. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Saturday he plans to seek court permission to keep enforcing Act 10, which stripped the state's public employees of their previously held collective-bargaining privileges. His office
also planned to appeal the ruling. The governor's office announced plans for its own appeal of Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas's decision. The final decision will likely end up before the conservative-leaning Wisconsin Supreme Court. In the ruling announced last week, Colas said the law violates both the state and federal constitutions, writing that sections of the bill "single out and encumber the rights of those employees Please see BENEFITS, Page 9
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012
VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS
NEWS V1LAS COUNTY EAGLE RIVER*
Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.
LAST SEVEN DAYS Hi Lo Prec.
Wed., Sept. 19 56 Thurs., Sept. 20 56 Fri., Sept. 21 56 Sat., Sept. 22 50 Sun., Sept. 23 51 Mon., Sept. 24 67 Tues., Sept. 25 65
30 38 38 38 36 37 36
.06R .26R .29R .08R .02R .03R None
ONE YEAR AGO Hi Lo Prec. Mon., Sept. 19 65 50 .46R Tues., Sept. 20 64 38 None Wed., Sept. 21 60 42 .02R Thurs., Sept. 22 47 38 .25R Fri., Sept. 23 58 39 .05R Sat., Sept. 24 59 45 .06R Sun., Sept. 25 61 44 .02R
The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 63, while the average overnight low was 39.There was rain on five days measuring .64 of an inch.
Days precipitation recorded since July 1, 2012, 34 days; 2011, 43 days. Average high of past 30 days, 2012, 69; 2011, 69. Average low of past 30 days, 2012, 45; 2011, 45.
Fall colors are coming on strong across the North Woods, as the forest is changing to shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Hunters are reporting a good acorn crop this fall, which should help archery deer hunters.
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Despite rain showers for six straight days last week, waterfowl hunters are reporting some very low river levels and dry potholes this fall.
Wednesday will have a lot of sunshine but will be seasonally cool, with a high of 53 and a low of 34.Thursday morning there is frost likely followed by sunny skies, with a high of 59 and a low of 30. Friday will be mostly sunny and turner warmer, with a high of 65 and a low of 35. Saturday will have a few more clouds and continue to be mild, with a high of 66 and a low of 41.
(PORTIONS OF THE WEATHER CORNER ARE THROUGH THE COURTESY OF KEVIN BREWSTER, EAGLE RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST.)
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from the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 201 N. Railroad St. in Eagle River. To learn more about scheduled tour times or to make a reservation, call the chamber at 1(800) 359-6315 or (715) 4796400. Volunteers needed As the communitywide event approaches, volunteers are requested by the chamber. Organizers are looking for assistance in all areas. Emerson said volunteers are needed to assist in setup Wednesday, Oct. 3, Thursday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 5. Areas in need are marking crafter booths and loading the truck transporting equipment to the fairgrounds. In addition, adult and child teams are needed to dress up as Cranberry Fest greeters, and to help in the many different areas during the event Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Amy Young, Cranberry Fest volunteer coordinator, at (715) 479-1794, ext. 2702 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Over 300 crafters Cranberry Fest features more than 300 arts and crafts vendors at the fairgrounds who will showcase a variety of home-created items made by the sellers themselves. "There is something for everyone," said Emerson. Other activities will include fresh cranberry sales, cranberry food items for sale, entertainment and Cranberry Fitness Weekend events. "Fresh premium, highquality, hand-sorted select cranberries will be available for you to purchase and take home to create your own wonderful cranberry-flavored foods," said Emerson. Cranberries will be on sale at the Vilas County Fairgrounds on Highway 70 West and in downtown Eagle River, next to the Holiday gas station at the corner of Railroad Street and Highway 70, at the visitors center and downtown Eagle River at the corner of Main and Wall streets. At the festival grounds, cranberries will be made into an array of food and drink items such as juice, soda, beer, meatballs, fritters, pies, breads, chutney and more. A pancake breakfast will be served on festival grounds in the large food tent from 7 to 10 a.m. both days. "People can start their day with a choice of regular or cranberry pancakes, pork sausage and a drink," said Emerson. Fest visitors also can sup-
port the Make-A-Wish Foundation by trying a slice of the World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake, more than 100 feet in length. "All proceeds will assist in granting wishes for children who have life-threatening illnesses in our area," said Emerson. The Ministry Health Care Cranberry Fitness Weekend will include a fitness walk and a fitness run. For more information on how to participate in the fitness weekend, call the Eagle River chamber of commerce for a registration form at 1-(800) 359-6315 or (715) 479-6400. Other fest venues After visiting the festivities on the festival grounds, Emerson said people can enjoy other activities located in downtown Eagle River and at the AMSOIL Derby Track. Activities downtown (Saturday only) include: a book fair at Olson Memorial Library, an antiques market, a farmers market, fresh cranberry sales, Lake Country Weaver and Fiber Artists show and sale, hot food and beverages, musical entertainment, and a luncheon at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Activities at the Derby Track include the Cranberry Fest Marketplace featuring craft items, flea market items and more. A free shuttle bus will be available Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take visitors throughout Eagle River to all the different activities. Shuttle buses will run approximately every 30 minutes. Free parking is available at the Derby Track on Highway 45 North. North Woods visitors and residents alike also are welcome to join First National Bank at its annual Cranberry Fest Dance Saturday evening. The popular 12-piece Old Lager Orchestra will perform big-band sounds, waltzes and polkas at Finnegan's Pub at Wild Eagle Lodge Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Sponsored by First National Bank of Eagle River, the free event will feature music and dancing. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. For a complete schedule of activities and for more information, contact the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 1(800) 359-6315 or (715) 4796400 and ask for the Cranberry Country Crier, marsh and winery tour information or the Ministry Health Care Cranberry Fitness Weekend brochure.
Stay FROM PAGE 1A ments," said Van Hollen. "It makes no sense to force a return to a broken system before the appellate process is completed." Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie said if a judge grants the stay, then the school district can continue with its newly developed employee hand- book. "From what I know, the attorney general's office will ask for a stay as long as the appeal is in the courts and we can continue with the current law," said Richie. "If the judge grants the stay, then we continue with the handbook. If not, things could get pretty interesting. I believe we would have to go back to the collective bargaining agreement." The decision comes after the Madison teachers union and a Milwaukee city employee union filed suit. Colas' decision comes after U.S. District Judge William Conley upheld parts of Act 10, but also declared portions of the law unconstitutional. After Colas' decision was announced, Walker issued a statement saying he is confident this latest set-back to collective bargaining will be overruled on appeal. "The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5," Walker wrote. "Now, they are ready to move on. Sadly a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backward and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the Legislature and the governor. We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process."
STORM CLOUD — As a weather front moved across the North Woods last Wednesday afternoon, Theresa Tomasoski took this photo of an
unusual storm cloud that developed over Silver Lake in the city of Eagle River. Strong winds developed as the storm moved through.
B uyout: citizens convince supervisors FROM PAGE 1A jobs. "This is terrible public policy," he declared. "These are significant jobs with decent pay and benefits. Who gets the $55,000? A person can work here five years and get $17,000 to leave? This is wrongheaded! Taxpayers aren't happy and these sums are outrageous. We need to send a message to taxpayers we are in their corner." Hjemvick reminded the supervisors they just approved creating a receptionist position in the district attorney's office when they couldn't find anyone in the courthouse to fill it. "People contacted me and people helped my common sense; I can't support it," Hjemvick said. But Finance Committee Chairman Christopher Mayer, taking the position of county board chairman with the absence of Favorite, gave a
strong endorsement of the proposal. "We had a Social Services head retire and he tells us he doesn't need to be replaced," Mayer said. "How long did that happen and why didn't we know about it sooner? We were told about a (lateral) transfer they didn't need to fill. "This is an opportunity. We can look at LTEs. The Highway (Department) came in with a request for four (employees) thinking the county board would approve a reduction to two; we didn't approve anybody," said Mayer. Behling, who said he believes county government should be run like a business, said the program would help the county manage themselves. "We identified many approaches at cost savings and every time we try we didn't get county board support," he said. "This is written much out of frustration and I'm in favor
because I have to be, not because I want to be." Behling ended up casting his vote in the "no" column. Supervisor Charles Rayala Jr. supported the RIF, saying he didn't feel there would be a "mass exodus" of employees. Citizen input
Mayer recognized the public filling up the limited chairs available in the room, saying he was not going to allow public comments. He said he knew there were former county employees sitting in the room, but he was going to keep the discussion at the supervisors table. But Bluthardt took exception to Mayer's position. "I've been here 13 years and we make attempts to attract the public and your decision to deny the public who is here is wrong," Bluthardt said. "They've taken the time to be here." Mayer then reversed himself and allowed one person
representing the Northwoods Patriots to speak. Shirley Kufeldt urged supervisors to consider other alternatives available to save costs, such as reducing the work week and through employee attrition. Roll call vote Hilger made one final argument prior to the roll call vote of the supervisors. "Department heads have not provided me with major cuts even though we begged for cuts for years. This is a softer approach," he concluded. Supervisors voting to implement the voluntary RIF were supervisors Thorpe, Rayala and Mayer. Supervisors voting against the proposal were Emil Bakka, Alden Bauman, Behling, Mary Kim Black, Bluthardt, Ron DeBruyne, Chuck Hayes, Hjemvick, Johnson, Nielsen, Gary Peske, Rogacki, Kathleen Rushlow, Sitzberger and Ery Teichmiller.
Watch for drug operations, warns DNR The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation recently reminded outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious if they come across illegal drug-growing operations in remote areas of Wisconsin. While several large grows have been found and removed recently, including one in late August in Oconto County, there still may be more marijuana-growing operations on remote public and private lands, with some growers potentially armed and ready to protect their product, according to the DNR. "Even though local, state and federal law enforcement authorities have successfully teamed up and addressed several large grows on public and private lands, it's important people continue to be vigilant," said Wisconsin Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark. The warden added there still could be illegal drug operations on the landscape that may pose a threat to safety. "These grows leave a costly mess to clean up, deprive the public of the intended use of their lands and potentially put the public in physical danger," he said. "With the large number of outdoor enthusiasts in the woods this time of year and the current harvesting of these grows taking place, the public needs to exercise some caution."
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen agreed, saying these kinds of grows present a significant public safety and environmental hazard. "Ultimately, we want to prevent these grows from ever taking hold and the drugs from winding up on the street, but we need the public's help in reporting what they see if
something strikes them as suspicious," he said. Officials say people should be aware of the following: — signs of activity or items that suggest someone is living in an area, including huts, tents, irrigation hoses, watering jugs and chemical containers; and — signs of disturbed vege-
tation, such as abnormal cuttings or the clearing of small areas. If suspicious activity is found, people should notify local law enforcement. The DNR also operates a confidential tip line staffed round the clock for reporting suspected or observed illegal activity at 1-(800) TIP-WDNR.
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I woke up chilly today. Overnight, fall had fallen. My bedroom window wasn't closed, and the winter blankets were still piled in the closet. Lacking the dog's fur coat, I found myself greeting the dawn with a cold nose and thoughts of far chillier mornings yet to come. It was no big deal, of course. I slammed the window, grumbled a bit, and after a hot shower, a warm towel and a steamy cup of coffee I was good to go. The sun was out, and besides, the furnace is new, the gas bill's paid and until we run out of frac sand to keep the gas flowing I've got nothing to worry about. I gave no more thought to it until I settled in to read the paper. I tried to skip right to the funny pages, but some of the cartoon characters escaped from the comics and tricked me into a piece on politics. Now it appears that, as if this country wasn't split enough ways already, the politicos have a whole new way to separate the civic sheep from the goats — we're either a maker or a taker, and I guess I don't have to tell you how this shakes out. If you're a good American, you'd ought not be rooting for the underdog in this particular fight. I read the whole thing. It wasn't a story to warm the heart on a chilly morning. The odd thing about it is that according to the folks doing this bit of social long division, it looks like I'm one of their good guys — a genuine maker with a history of maker-ism that goes back generations. I guess I should have read that going, "Yeah ... uh-huh shur'nuff." But it was cold outside. And my furnace hasn't always been new and the gas bill hasn't always been paid. I remember those days. I was probably working harder than I ever had before or since, but the end of the month came way, way after the end of the money and when the weather turned cold the house did, too. With a 2 -year-old and an infant, it was no time to be too proud to look for help. When I found it, I took it. If that makes me a taker, I can live with that. Live with it a lot easier than I could have lived without that tank of propane and a month or two of payments to Tri- County Electric. Yeah, there was a chill in the air this morning, and I fear it wasn't just the turning of the season ... I fear it is a turning of the heart. I listen to the campaigners. I have to. It's my job. And more and more I hear the bedrock message of "I've got mine, you've got yours and to hell with 'ern." When bills keep getting bigger and the paycheck isn't keeping pace ... when the guy two houses down got laid off and at work things starting to feel a little shaky ... when selling the house wouldn't cover the mortgage and the kid wants to go to college but the bill is darn near what you make in a year ... when you're scrambling to hang See JEROME, B4
MADISON — Wisconsin's attorney general on Tuesday appealed a court ruling repealing major parts of Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers. J.B. Van Hollen also asked a judge to place his ruling on hold while the appeal is pending. Van Hollen's request just four days after the ruling Friday comes as school districts and local governments attempt to understand the ramifications of the decision and whether it opens the door to new negotiations previously
"It makes no sense to force a return to a broken system before the appellate process is completed." J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin's attorney general
gaining has been in effect for more than a year. "It makes no sense to force a return to a broken system before the appellate process is completed," Van Hollen said in a statement. He filed the appeal with the state's 4th District Court of Appeals in Madison. Lester Pines, the attorney representing the Madison teachers union that brought the lawsuit,
barred with unions. Van Hollen, a Republican, asked that Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas act quickly on the request to halt his ruling, which overturned the law as it pertained to school and local government workers. Not taking swift action, Van Hollen argued, would lead to chaos and further confusion given that Walker's law effectively ending collective bar-
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promised to vigorously fight the request to put the ruling on hold. "It's not going to be chaotic;' Pines said. "We believe that these assertions of chaos are more propaganda than anything else." Pines sent a separate letter to Van Hollen on Tuesday asking him to clarify whether he accepts the authority of Colas to preside over the case given that Walker, a Republican, had called Colas a "liberal activist judge" who "overturned the will of the people and imposed his personal political beliefs on all of us." Pines, in a sternly worded letter, said it was unacceptable for See APPEAL, B4
Expansion of criminal DNA collection proposed By SANDY CULLEN Lee Newspapers
John Carroll with ISS Inc. out of Rochester, Minn., washes windows Tuesday on the north side of River Center East along Jay Street.
Nuclear fuel transfer to close Hwy. 35 this morning Tribune staff A portion of Hwy. 35 in Vernon County will be closed for about 45 minutes this morning as workers move a cask of radioactive waste to a storage pad at Dairyland Power's Genoa site. This will be the last of five casks to be moved this summer as the La Crosse-based utility completes a five-year project to remove nearly 120,000 pounds of waste from a fuel storage pool in the reactor building — where it has been stored for the past 25 years — into steel and concrete casks, where it can be held indefinitely at a much lower cost. Today's road closure is expected to last about 45 minutes and will likely happen between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. or between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to Dairyland. The highway will be closed in
COULEE CALENDAR The Bethel Foundations Quilt Show committee is seeking entries for the Eighth Annual Maplewood Quilt Show on Saturday, Oct. 13 inside Maplewood Terrace, 620 S. Garfield Ave., Viroqua. Quilts may be new, bought,
the area adjacent to the Genoa plant. Motorists can access Hwy. 56 in Genoa and Mundsack Road to the south. The boat landing south of the power plant will also be closed during the transfer. The first cask was put onto the pad July 12. The project is the culmination of more than five years of preparation to remove that fuel and one of the final steps in a project costing more than $40 million. Though the federal government has no immediate plans to take possession of the radioactive waste, the move should cut in half the annual cost to store it and speed up the decommissioning process, expected to take another seven years. Workers load the fuel assemblies — bundles of eight foot rods — under 15 feet of water into a stainless steel canister that was
recieved as a gift or an heirloom. Any size quilt is accepted. The show is not judged, but features a "viewer's choice" ward, which is given at the end of the show. Registration is due by Sept. 23. There is no charge to enter a quilt into the show. Admission to the show is $3 per person, which
then welded shut, filled with helium and loaded into a cask with steel-lined 2.5-foot concrete walls designed to absorb harmful radiation from the depleted uranium fuel. The La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor, or LACBWR, was a 50 megawatt demonstration plant that went online in 1969 — the first in Wisconsin. Dairyland closed the plant in 1987 and began dismantling some three million pounds of reinforced concrete, piping and equipment, including the 300 -ton reactor vessel.
includes a quilting basics workshop by the Vernon County Piecemaker's Quilt Guild at 11 a.m. and a string quilt workshop at 12:30 p.m. There will also be demonstrations given by the Coulee Region Woodturners. All proceeds go to the Maplewook Terrace Assisted Living Apartments for new dining chairs.
Want to know more Check out lacrossetribune.com for previous reports on the project to move nuclear waste.
MADISON — Anyone arrested for a felony offense and all adults convicted of misdemeanor crimes would be required to provide a DNA sample to law enforcement under a proposal from the state Department of Justice. Adults arrested for certain misdemeanor crimes — such as fourth-degree sexual assault and prostitution — also would have to provide DNA samples, which would be entered into a national database used to match DNA evidence collected at crime scenes to suspects. Currently, state law allows DNA to be collected only from adults and juveniles convicted of felonies, with about 12,000 samples obtained each year. Brian O'Keefe, administrator for the DOJ's Division of Law Enforcement Services, said the expected addition of about 68,000 DNA samples a year — at least initially — under the proposed expansion would help law enforcement solve more cases more quickly and get criminals off the street. The number of new samples would eventually drop, he said, because DNA profiles of those reoffending would not have to be added to the system. But Chris Ahmuty of the ACLU of Wisconsin, said, "It seems like they've gone for the nuclear option when it comes to DNA on arrest?'
Casting such a wide net raises concerns about cost, manage-
ment and privacy and "turns the presumption of innocence on its head," Ahmuty said. He added that the DOJ proposal is more
encompassing and costly than previous legislative proposals.
O'Keefe said the proposed expansion of DNA collection
would begin in October 2014 and cost about $7 million in its first two years. To cover those costs — See DNA, B4
Coulee Region records first fall frost Parts of the Coulee Region saw an early fall frost Tuesday morning, when temperatures dipped to 30 degrees in Sparta and Black River Falls. The National Weather Service says the season's first hard frost typically occurs between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1. More cold weather is in store. Lows in La Crosse could return to the mid-30s by the end of the week.
FROM TRIBUNE FILES: SEPT. 19, 1987 ■ The La Crosse Area Archaeology Society will sponsor a slide presentation on recent digs in La Crosse that uncovered a variety of artifacts at the stone-arched cellar in Nixon Forest and from Spence Park. ■ From the classifieds: Repossessed mobile homes for sale. No down payment with good credit. Kingsfield Mobile Home Park.