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NEXT STEP, STATE â€” Germantown head coach Steve Showalter talks with his team during its last timeout of the game during the second half of the WIAA Sectional final game against De Pere at Manitowoc Lincoln High School on Saturday. Germantown won the game, 57-45. For more photos and stories, go to Sports starting on Page 13.
Bee queen "Languages are kind of a thing I've had an affinity for." Heloise Cheruvalath eighth-grader competing at the national spelling bee
Falls eighth-grader tops in state, heading to national spelling bee By DANIELLE SWITALSKI email@example.com Menomonee Falls â€” The road to
the state championship was a long one. If took four competitions, hours of practice and a strong will. After nearly five hours of facing 47 challengers, North Middle School eighth-grader Heloise Cheruvalath found herself victorious at the Badger State Spelling Bee in Madison on Saturday. The word that took her to the first-place finish was "mellifluous," which means sweet, musical or pleasant to hear. As the final seconds of the state
finals wound down, Heloise said she knew she would clinch the victory. Nerves, then confidence It wasn't until the last few rounds where she began to feel nervous. When there were only a handful of competitors left, the words became more and more difficult. However, those butterflies began to ease when she heard "mellifluous" used in a sentence that ended the state finals once and for all. "Right when I got the word "mellifluous" I was sure I knew it, so I knew I was going to win," she said Monday.
It would seem spelling comes naturally to the middle-schooler. The spelling bee competitions began in December at North Middle School. From there, the eighth-grader went to the district bee that included students from the surrounding private schools, where she took first place. Heloise then took first place at the regional competition before securing her seat at nationals with a first-place finish in state. "Thank you to all her Valley View and North educators for their help and Please see BEE, Page 10
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Two votes enough for a write-in victory By KEN LEIVISKA
Sustainable building floated City seeks proposals for studies on a Near East Side privately run facility to showcase green technology. By DEAN MOSIMAN
Madison will soon explore the feasibility of a 50,000 - to 75,000 square foot, privately run commercial building for the Near East Side that would be a showcase for green technology and industries. The city is seeking proposals from consultants to do a study on tenant demand, space and amenity needs, construction costs and initial building designs for the facility, called the Madison Sustainability Commerce Center. The building would be in the city's Capitol East District, the former industrial corridor along East Washington Avenue seen -
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The new owners of a large ethanol production plant outside Jefferson settled a statefiled complaint over alleged violation of air pollution laws, the state Department of Justice reported Friday. Valero Renewable Fuels Company, which bought the plant from its bankrupt owners in February 2010, will pay $17,000 in fines and surcharges in the settlement, approved this week by Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge William Hue. The Department of Natural Resources issued violation notices against the plant owners in February and November 2010. The DOJ noted in a statement that when Valero acquired it, "the plant already had significant compliance issues and was operating in violation of its permit!' The DNR citations, however, were for violations after Valero took ownership and included complaints about improper exhausts and particle -release treatment. A DOJ spokeswoman said Friday the plant is now in compliance. According to Valero, the Jefferson plant, located about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee off Interstate 94, started ethanol production in January 2008. It annually processes nearly 40 million bushels of corn into 110 million gallons of un- denatured ethanol and nearly 400,000 tons of high-value related products.
Bridget Maniaci, who represents part of the corridor. "I'm very optimistic. We just need a real project with real square footage and leasing rates to attract the folks we want!' The city, under the direction of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, got a $300,000 grant in October 2010 from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to be used for planning, design and pre-development activities for the project. The money is available through February 2014. The feasibility study is to determine if such a project is viable, including identifying potential tenants, defining the building, and determining what tenants might pay for. The study will also help determine the city's future involvement, Olver said.
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wo -year - old Mallory Allen of Dodgeville is drawn to the blooms of a magnolia tree Friday during a visit with her grandmother to the UW Arboretum. The high today in Madison is expected to be 62, and there's a chance of spring showers by midafternoon. The forecast for Easter Sunday calls for a breezy day with sunny skies and a high of 62.
Police presence quiets South Transfer Point But Metro wants to expand the program because incidents now are rising at the West Transfer Point.
Police calls to Metro Transit's four transfer points As the number of yearly calls for police service has gone down at Madison Metro Transit's South Transfer Point, calls to the West Transfer Point have increased.
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tions so they can time their appearances to when the crowds peak. Metro staff estimated the $20,000 would add 300 hours of police time at the West Transfer Point, where calls for service have nearly tripled, from 60 in 2008 to 175 in 2011. In the same period, because of the safety program, sponsors say, the calls for service to the South Transfer Point fell from 425 in 2008 to
174 in 2011. No action without a reaction might be High: 425 at South Transfer Point • the logic behind a Madison Police DeThe $20,000 request is a continuation 400 partment and Metro Transit request to of a recent focus on after- school city bus expand a bus transfer point safety proroutes as instigation centers for neighgram to the West Side, partly because borhood safety and crime concerns, es300 the trouble has been chased away from pecially on the city's Southwest Side. the South Side. A resolution requesting the $20,000 A sum of $20,000 is being sought to increase will be introduced at Tuesday's 200 175, West expand the Transfer Point Safety IniCity Council meeting. • 174, South tiative to the West Transfer Point in the Another recent initiative will put uni5600 block of Tokay Boulevard. formed officers on city buses, in addition 99, East 100 The original effort involved $50,000 to making an obvious presence at bus 98, North worth of police presence at the South transfer points. Additional funds will go Transfer Point on Badger Road, which to overtime for building inspectors and 0 landlord training. in 2008 had 425 calls for service to the '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 Madison Police Department. In addition to putting police on stuState Journal SOURCE: Madison Police Department With officers present on weekdays afdent filled buses, Metro's security efter school in warmer weather, the numforts include cameras at all transfer ber of incidents dropped dramatically, ac- signed to all four transfer points. "With the points and on all buses. cording to a budget request memo. initial police focus at the south, the number "Our camera system has been so effective "However, incidents at other transfer of incidents did decline there; however, we that police request video on a routine basis to points, notably the West Transfer Point, have started to see those numbers then start to help with investigations into incidents that increased;' the memo stated. shift to the other locations;' Rusch said. don't even occur on the bus;' Rusch said. Metro spokesman Mick Rusch, in a recent Officers are briefed by Metro supervisors — State Journal reporter Sandy Cullen interview, noted that police were already as- on bus schedules and transfer point operacontributed to this report. (Calls for police service)
PORTAGE When Carolyn Hamre went to cast her ballot on Tuesday, she encountered a blank slate for the 7th District seat on the Portage City Council. On a whim, she wrote in her name, then told her husband, who did the same. Now, she has to decide if she really wants the job. Of the 11 other write-in votes cast for that seat, no other name appeared twice, said Portage Clerk Marie Moe, adding results won't be official until the city holds its canvass Monday. "It was mostly a joke really;' Hamre said. "I just saw nobody was on the ballot and nobody was representing us, so I just thought I'd write my name in and told my husband to write my name in, too," Hamre said. Hamre said she hadn't told anybody else to vote for her and didn't expect support from anyone else. She said she plans to talk with others in town to help her decide whether to accept the position, or to see if one of the other write-ins was really serious about the job. "But if they were really serious about it, you would think they would at least get a friend to vote for them;' she said. Hamre said she's a graduate of Portage High School and UW- Madison. Hamre is not the first person to be elected to the Portage City Council with just a handful of write-in votes. Ken Ebneter has never declared his candidacy but has won three elections in a row — in 2008, 2010 and again this year — for the 1st District seat. Moe said there were eight write-in votes cast for the district, meaning six other people received one vote each. In the 5th District race, Richard Beebe, a one-term incumbent, was the only name on the ballot. But — thanks to the power of the write-in vote — Frank Miller will take over the post. Beebe received 48 votes and Miller notched 75.
as a coming home for new businesses and employment. The commerce center concept is coming from the private sector, but the city is helping organize initial efforts to bring the project to reality, Economic Development Director Aaron Olver said. "The vision is incredibly compelling, particularly with what we're trying to accomplish in the Capitol East District," Olver said. The facility, which could be part of one of several large redevelopment projects recently proposed for the corridor, would showcase the latest in green technology, provide common and shared space for tenants and support outreach to the community.
If the project moves forward, the facility would likely secure U.S. Building Council Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) certification and could feature sustainable practices such as reusing gray water and geothermal and solar energy, Olver said. The building also could have exhibition space, public meeting space, workforce training facilities and a restaurant/cafe. Advocates point to a model in one of Madison's sister cities, Freiburg, Germany, where the 150,000 - square - foot Solar Information Center houses dozens of green businesses and is powered entirely by solar energy. Mayor Paul Soglin and former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz have been supportive of the local initiative, Olver said. "I think it's fantastic;' said Ald.
Catholic baseball fans wonder: What would Jesus eat? By DINESH RAMDE
Associated Press MILWAUKEE — A Good Fri-
day home opener posed a spiritual dilemma for some Catholic baseball fans in Milwaukee, who had to decide whether to abstain from eating meat, as their religion dictates, or to indulge in one of Brewers' fans cherished traditions.
Brats and burgers are tailgate staples at many stadiums. But people take their meat seriously at Miller Park, where the Racing Sausages people who race in the middle of the sixth inning while dressed as bratwurst, chorizo, hot dog, Italian sausage and Polish sausage — are one of the most popular attractions. "It's Miller Park, Opening Day —
- I think Jesus would turn the other cheek on this one;' joked Joey Curtin, a Catholic and a student at UW-La Crosse, who grilled up a stack of brats and hot dogs with friends. When St. Patrick's Day fell on a Friday during Lent in 2006, dozens of bishops nationwide granted a one day dispensation so Catholics could enjoy corned -
beef with a clear conscience. Not this time. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki released a statement reminding Catholics of the solemnity of Good Friday. "As much as we love the Brewers, unlike Jesus, they didn't die for your sins;' he said. "With regard to beer and brats on Good Friday, let's just say that's why God created the three-game series?'
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More charges possible in gambling ring Individuals who testified in case are not immune By Katjusa Cisar kcisar@ themonroetimes.com MONROE - A years-long state investigation into a local gambling operation involves admissions of illegal betting by more than a dozen area men, but it's not yet clear how deep the state will go in prosecuting the case. The men made statements against their own interest that they bet on college basketball, college football and the NFL in 2006 and 2007, according to criminal complaints filed in Green County Circuit Court. The documents are available for the public to view at the Justice Center or online at doj.state.wi.us . Their statements to investigators led to the arrests of two Monroe men, Werner J. Rast, 50, and Jeffrey J. Conway, 52, the alleged bookies of the operation. Rast was arrested in
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Walker OKs abortion, sex ed bills By Todd Richmond Associated Press MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a set of contentious GOP bills barring abortion coverage through health insurance exchanges, requiring doctors to consult privately with women seeking abortions and mandating sex education teachers stress abstinence. Walker, a Republican, signed the bills
Thursday but didn't announce the move until midday Friday, when his office released a list of more than 50 bills he signed Thursday and Friday. Walker's spokesman, Cullen Werwie, said it was simpler to lump all the bills signed over the two days into one announcement. Democrats have ripped the measures as an all-out attack on women. They heaped criticism on the governor Friday, calling the delay in announcing the signings cow-
ardly and the bills bizarre social policy. "Perhaps he thought that in doing this behind closed doors, with no public notice, before a holiday weekend for many families, his actions would go unnoticed. He was wrong. We will not be silent these issues are too important to ignore," Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison, said in a statement. See WALKER, Page A6
December and faces 10 felony gambling charges. Conway was arrested this week on eight felony gambling charges. The criminal complaints against Rast and Conway present evidence of a gambling ring that dated back to at least 2000, took in thousands of dollars weekly from betters with nicknames like "Thunder" and "Yogi" and used Conway's southside bar, Old Smokey's, as the exchange location for money won or owed. Gamblers paid a 10 percent fee on lost bets, according to testimony in court. Rast pleaded not guilty to all felony charges and has a jury trial scheduled for August. The Department of Justice won't confirm if more charges are forthcoming. "At this point, we can't really predict what may or may not happen," said Dana Brueck, communications officer with the DOJ. Whenever people make statements "against interest," as all the men in the gambling See GAMBLING, Page A6
Need for free, reduced-price school meals still on rise Big percentage increases in small districts can be misleading By Tere Dunlap firstname.lastname@example.org MONROE - For the eighth consecutive year, student eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals increased in Wisconsin, according the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. State-wide, the percentage rose 1.1 point from last year. A DPI report released last month shows 42.5 percent of Wisconsin students qualify based on family income for the current school year, up from 41.4 percent in 2010. This represents an increase of 7,155 students over last school year. Individually, Wisconsin school percentage point changes range from a decrease of 12.4 percent in Winter to an increase of 14.4 percent in Northern Ozaukee. Percentage point changes of schools in Green County and western Lafayette County ranged from a decease of 4.3 percent in Belleville to an increase of 10.4 percent in Argyle. While more than 100 districts in the state
including four of the state's five largest districts: Milwaukee Public, Racine, Green Bay Area and Madison Metropolitan - have 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, none of the schools in the local area reach those heights. Albany, Argyle, Juda, Black Hawk and Shullsburg are between 40 and 45 percent. Juda rose into that bracket this year, moving from 37.7 to 41.3 percent. "I don't consider us higher than any other district," said Pam Green, bookkeeper for Juda School District. Green pointed out that in schools with small student bodies, small changes in total student population or in the number of students receiving free or reduced meals can appear as large percentage swings. "Our student count went up about 20 students, and if those people are eligible for free or reduced lunches, that would affect the percentage," she said. See MEALS, Page A6
WHAT'S NEXT Fairest of the Fair competition returns to Green County Fair.
Monroe, Darlington track and field teams compete at TFA Championships.
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Pastor: Easter's about heaven on Earth LINDSAY FIORI email@example.com
RACINE Many view Easter as a reminder of heaven but the holiday is about much more than that, the Rev. Bill Grimbol told his congregation during a sunrise service Sunday. It's fine to think of heaven on Easter — the day does recognize Jesus ascending into heaven after dying for man's sins so that we might end up at the pearly gates too. But if you stop your Easter lesson thinking about heaven, you're missing the message, Grimbol told parishioners at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. Sixth St. Grimbol is Holy Communion's pastor. "People hear about Easter, think about it, feel it, as if it only points beyond life," Grimbol said. But "Easter says don't worry about heaven. (God) will take care of heaven. All (God) needs you to do is worry about heaven on Earth!' From his pulpit, Grimbol told the about 50 churchgoers seated before him that Easter is really a call to action. He encouraged them to "build heaven on Earth" by helping the poor, inviting outcasts to their tables and forgiving others. —
Today's Glad You Asked logo was drawn by Brandon Nielsen, a fourthgrader at Jefferson Lighthouse School. Thanks, Brandon! What process needs to be followed to get the length of time for green lights at an intersection increased? Making a request is easy, but getting the green light is a different matter. The reader specifically was interested in longer green lights at Liberty Street and Mound Avenue. Residents with concerns about how signals are operating can call the city's engineering department, (262) 636 -9191, said John Rooney, assistant commissioner of public works and engineering. "We'll have one of the engineers check out exactly what their issue is at that location and we may or may not have a solution for them;' he said. The reason it's not a simple matter of presto-chango is that the timing on a traffic light affects a whole lot more than that light. There's the other lights in the corridor, timing during peak hours and drivers' actions, to name just a few. So although residents may want longer lights, that doesn't mean they'll automatically get them. The communication system for the traffic signals will be getting an upgrade this summer, to improve the signals' infrastructure and communication methods, Rooney said. The city received a grant from the Department of Transportation for the $1 million project to replace or put in new communication lines between traffic signals. What's happening with the Living Light Community Center? The former YWCA at 740 College Ave. has been turned into a church, community center and fitness facility. Living Light Christian Church bought the building after the Kurt Sports Complex had closed there. They are now open, and plan a grand opening for May 5, said John Lalgee, church elder and minister. The church has had their first meeting there, and the fitness center has 150 members, he said. You don't have to be a church member to use the facility. "We're starting to build up a lot of activity there," Lalgee said. "It's quite foundational to our vision to be able to reach the community!' Future plans include a café and day care center, Lalgee said. The reader seeking information on the center also wanted to know whether the church's tax-exempt status would be changed. The church will still be tax-exempt, Lalgee said, but certain other business-related areas, such as the café, will not be, and the IRS and the city will be keeping an eye on that. More information is available at the center, or by calling (262) 634-7990. What happened to the outdoor patio at the Honey B's II diner, and when will it reopen? A tree happened. During the last big winter storm, a "humongous" tree fell down on the patio and three vehicles, said Effie Holub, manager of the diner at 4713 Douglas Ave. The whole patio needed to be redone, as the tree even cracked the concrete on the patio, which had opened in July. Holub said they've been getting a lot of questions about the patio, and said it should be open within the next two weeks. New concrete has been poured, and they're waiting for the fence. "It's really pretty in the summer!' Holub said. "People have made comments that it feels like they're on a veranda in South Carolina?'
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The Rev. Bill Grimbol leads an Easter sunrise service on Sunday at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. Sixth St.
Those things aren't always easy, especially since they require the "ultimate leap of faith:" Believing there is an afterlife with God in heaven, Grimbol said. "To try to explain that (belief) to somebody is almost impossible," he said, then stopped. "No, not almost. It is?' So Grimbol told his parishioners to look for God in their lives. He gave examples Sunday of times he'd seen God at work.
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Assistant minister Kate Potter-Barrow leads a prayer during an Easter sunrise service on Sunday at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. Sixth St. Potter-Barrow, also a choir member, was surrounded by choir members wearing new blue robes for the first time.
He spoke of a girl he'd known with "thread-thin" veins and a fatal prognosis. Grimbol remembers praying with the girl's mother, who asked God to let her daughter live to be a teenager. The girl made it to age 13. But on her birthday she was hospitalized because of blocked veins. Doctors monitored her and reported the blockages got better because a new vein formed. They didn't know
where it came from, Grimbol said, but the girl's mother knew it came from God. Things like that help people believe in God and make the ultimate leap of faith, Grimbol said: "It is my hope for all of us this day that you have come to know, to understand, to experience the joy of flying, flying into faith, the faith that will enable you to build the kingdom of God on this Earth!'
Unable to let her go, blind beagle's owners amazed by her independence
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RACINE He just couldn't do it. Dan Riegelman was going to bring his beagle to be put down. At 4 years old, Holly Belle had already lost an eye to glaucoma, and now, two years later, her other eye was going. She was in pain, and Dan and his wife Cindy thought they shouldn't put her through more misery. "It actually came to the day I was going to take her and I just couldn't. I just couldn't take her!' said Riegelman, 57, of Racine, who is retired. So the Riegelmans had her other eye removed. After about a day of recovery time, she came home. And amazed them. "She was very perky again, had her spirit back," he said. "She was never hesitant about walking or anything. She was in control yet and she would just march!' Holly Belle, now 10, had been in charge from the beginning, when the Riegelmans —
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got her as a Christmas present from their three children. The 6-pound puppy was soon bossing around their 65-pound yellow Labrador. Riegelman thinks that attitude helped her adapt to losing her eyesight. About the only thing she couldn't do anymore was tear around the house like she loved, playing a game of chase with their kids. Other than that, she's been living the canine life, barking at raccoons and possums, sniffing all over the yard, lounging on her spot on the couch. She's attuned to what's going on — if the Riegelmans are getting ready for church she keeps on sleeping, but as soon as they bring out their walking shoes her ears perk up. She gets
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Holly Belle, a beagle, lost both her eyes to glaucoma. Her owners Cindy and Dan Riegelman were amazed at how well she adjusted to life without sight.
around so well people have to look twice to notice what she's missing. "I don't think she really knows there's anything wrong with her," Riegelman said. "We really couldn't envision how a blind dog would be able to get around or enjoy life, but she
sure showed us that it can be done?' They're glad he couldn't take her to be put down that day, and it's easy to see why. "She's a good friend," he said, and paused, patting Holly Belle's side gently as she snoozed next to his chair.
ON THE HUNT Kasey Ovadal, 4, picks up an Easter egg during a hunt on Sunday at Raymond Christian Fellowship Church, 8638 W. Highway K, Raymond.
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`Angel' helps people even after death Caledonia woman killed in crash had spent her life nursing others LINDSAY FIORI firstname.lastname@example.org
CALEDONIA — Michelle Schluechtermann spent her life helping others — first her husband, who lost both legs because of a blood clotting disorder, and later the patients she served as a medical assistant. Now her organs and tissues will help 50 more people. "She was so willing to give of herself that even after her death she wants to help people (by donating her body)," said Troy Schluechtermann, her husband of nearly 23 years. The Caledonia woman was killed in a car crash Monday morning when another vehicle crossed the center line and hit her van head-on. She was
42. She leaves behind her husband, three daughters and three grandsons. Michelle grew up in Waldron, Mich., and met Troy in Michigan when he was visiting a friend. The two had an "instant" connection, married and settled in Wisconsin, Troy said. A year later, he got sick with a rare blood clotting disorder. Some young brides may have walked away, Troy said, but not Michelle. She cared for him when complications from the blood clotting disorder required that both his legs be amputated. She was there last summer when Troy spent nine weeks in the hospital with a tissue problem that resulted in multiple surgeries
Michelle Schluechtermann (right) poses with husband Troy.
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own bed," he said. "My wife has been my angel." Michelle has been there for others, too. She has always worked in health care, starting as a nursing home certified nursing assistant, Troy said. "On her days off she would take (our) children into the nursing home to visit some of her patients;' Troy said. "She just loved helping people." Michelle most recently was studying nursing at Gateway Technical College while also working at the Clement J. Za blocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee. She had just switched from working as a gastrointestinal technician to working in the equipment More on CRASH, Page 13A
Entertainer led a magical life A Caledonia man's dedication to magic and Boy Scouts will not soon be forgotten
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CALEDONIA — Clif Heister fished. He rode motorcycles. He sang. He golfed. He was even known to make greenhouses and sculptures out of PVC pipe. But if there's one thing the retired Racine County Highway Department employee will be remembered for, it's the talent he had for putting smiles on people's faces. That was the image friends and family members painted of the late magician on Monday. Heister, often called "Red," died March 26 in Florida of a heart attack. He was 62. Rick Rogers, who worked with Heister as part of the magic duo "Rick and Red;' recalls Heister as "always happy." The two performed together for over 30 years, delighting both children and adults with an act that paired playful magic tricks with a dash of comedy. "We wanted to convey a message of happiness and fun. We were always telling jokes;' said Rogers, 64. "We had good chemistry." Longtime friends, the two met when they were just kids.
Clifton "Clif" Heister (right) poses with
longtime magic partner and friend, Rick Rogers, in this publicity photo. For 30 years, he and Rogers worked as the magic duo Rick and Red. Heister died Monday from a heart attack. He was 62. "We started hanging around and playing pool," Rogers said. "He dabbled around in magic. Then he got more interested. Later he got me interested in it, too." After performing for a local Girl Scout troop, the pair had its first paying gig in 1980 for a group of retired Air Force More on MAGICIAN, Page 13A
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Jack Aleman, 2, gives his aunt, Taylor Dumont, 14, a ride in his wagon on Monday afternoon in the 2400 block of North Main Street in Racine.
RACINE — Following up on a letter from last week, the state Attorney General's Office is now asking for a formal order to prevent Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz from issuing pretrial orders in the Curt Johnson sexual assault case. Without the order, called a writ of prohibition, the state will suffer irreparable harm, wrote Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Rapp St. John in her petition to the Court of Appeals in Waukesha. That court is in the midst of hearing an appeal on part of Johnson's case. At issue
is whether the alleged victim may be allowed to testify even though she has refused to release medical records which defense attorneys want to see. This sort of appeal, called an interlocutory appeal, is very rare because it occurs before a jury has rendered a verdict. On Feb. 17, and in a reaffirming ruling on March 14, Gasiorkiewicz said the state could not add new criminal charges against Johnson, 56-year-old billionaire and son of the late industrialist Sam Johnson. Last spring, Johnson was charged More on JOHNSON, Page 13A
Results of county union elections unclear after federal decision RACINE COUNTY — Following a federal court ruling on Friday, the status of several of Racine County's unions is unclear. Under recent collective bargaining changes, non-law enforcement public union members needed to vote on whether they wanted to be part of a union in order to recerify, giving the unions the right to negotiate for wages. Last month, many unions voted during a 20 -day election period. According to results the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission released last Wednesday, three Racine County unions voted to recertify, while two voted
But on Friday, this point what meaning, if any, a federal judge AFSCME REACTION ruled that, while it has." most collecScott said his Marty Bell, the executive director for AFSCME tive bargaining understanding is Council 24, the largest state employee union, changes were lethat if the court's delivered a letter to the governor's office on Monday gal, this recertidecision is conthat requested a meeting to negotiate base wages for contracts despite the fact that union hadn't fication process sidered retrosought recertification in the recent election process, was not legal. active, then the according to Robert Allen, spokesperson for AFSCME Based on that elections would Wisconsin. ruling, James be void and the The letter said, As a result (of the court decision), Scott, chairman unions would our certification as the exclusive bargaining agent of the Employcontinue to be for the members of the bargaining units that we ment Relations the certified reprepresent remains fully effective." Commission, resentative of the which oversaw employees. and conducted the u nion recertification That would mean even though two elections, said, "We are not certain at county unions voted against recertifying,
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The process applied to public unions, although it excluded City of Racine unions, which have current contracts that started before collective bargaining laws went into effect in 2011. The Racine County Federation of Nurses, the Racine County Attorney's Association and the county's Department of Public Works union voted to recertify. The county's courthouse and More on UNIONS, Page 13A
Other candidates have publicly expressed some of their views and the ramifications are scary.
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they may still be certified unions. However, Scott said if the decision is not considered retroactive then the unions that voted not to recertify would be decertified because the federal court's ruling took place after the votes.
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NEWS Safe Routes to School application cycle opens The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced the 2013-'14 application cycle for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects is now open. The deadline for submissions is May 4, 2012. SRTS programs encourage children in kindergarten through eighth grade to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes. The SRTS programs aim to improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age and decrease auto-related emissions near schools. Local governments, state
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State Patrol honors dispatch operators WINTERED WELL — Department of Natural Resources officials shape and are able to take advantage of the early spring as green say the state deer herd came through the mild winter in good grasses are emerging. —Staff Photo By KURT KRUEGER
Hunters on both sides of controversial bills BY BILL LUEDERS WISCONSIN CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
In the just-concluded 2011'12 legislative session, the Associated Press included hunters among its list of "winners," noting the passage of bills to end the state's earn-abuck deer program and allow wolf hunting. But the list of "losers" could have included hunters as well. What the session really showed was the success of pro-hunting groups in advancing their agenda, over others who also support hunting. Take the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF), which represents more than 170 hunting, fishing, trapping and forestry-related groups. The WWF is ardently prohunting, and even registered at a public hearing in favor of the wolf hunting bill, which Gov. Scott Walker has just signed. But it opposed ending earn-a-buck, which requires hunters to first bag a doe, to keep deer populations in check. And it fought another successful bill to relax the rules for bear hunting. "Bear hunting is a sport we
support," explains George Meyer, executive director of the WWF, "but it is also very controversial." Meyer, the former head of the state Department of Natural Resources, notes that some people would like to see bear hunting outlawed, and have tried to do so. That's why some WWF members opposed changing the bear-hunt law to allow broader use of dog training and end the requirement that bear hunters display a back tag on their outermost garment. "They didn't want to remove something that protects the sport," says Meyer, who predicts that the changes pushed through by bear hunters over his group's objections will increase conflicts and fuel anti-bear-hunt sentiment. The WWF also joined more than a dozen state groups, from the Wisconsin Farmers Union to the Nature Conservancy, in opposing a permanent axing of earn-a-buck. The WWF has called the program "the most effective method to reduce deer populations to the level tolerable to landowners." But the bill passed, with some bipartisan support, and was signed into law by Gov. Walk-
the WWF, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, and Wisconsin Trout Unlimited. Meyer says some hunters groups are serving "to give cover to legislators who are pushing through bills harmful to the environment." But Scott Meyer of United Sportsmen of Wisconsin said the state's wetlands rules remain stringent and the bill's remediation provisions mean more wetlands will be created than lost. And he believes the mining bill would have benefited hunters and anglers, because lands used for mining could be remediated in ways that improve habitat — and ensure public access. "People have to look at the big picture on this," Scott Meyer says. "Good conservation comes from a good economy. When you don't have goodpaying jobs, there's a huge downturn in the money you're able to raise in the conservation community." That's probably something both sides can agree on. Bill Lueders is the Money and Politics Project director at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
Powers FROM PAGE 15A `few and defined,' while those of the states are 'numerous and indefinite." In her dissenting opinion, Justice O'Connor wrote, "We enforce the 'outer limits' of Congress' Commerce Clause authority, not for their own sake, but to protect historic spheres of state sovereignty from excessive federal encroachment and thereby to maintain the distribution of
police communications operator and supervisor positions stationed at regional communications centers in DeForest, Tomah, Waukesha, Fond du Lac, Wausau, Eau Claire and Spooner. "Our police communications operators are highly trained professionals who use sophisticated communications technology to exchange information with our officers on patrol," said State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgeraldemergency responses. "In life or death situations, like traffic crashes, police communications operators use their knowledge and experience to make quick decisions under stressful conditions," he said. power fundamental to our federalist system of government. One of federalism's chief virtues, of course, is that it promotes innovation by allowing for the possibility that 'a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country' " Unfortunately, Thomas and O'Connor were in the minority in this case. But their words are more true today than they were when written in 2005. Kerry Thomas Sayner
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er. Meyer fears that without this mechanism of herd control, the deer population will spike, causing problems for which hunters will be blamed, not unfairly. Among those lobbying to end earn-a-buck were various members of the Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition, an umbrella group formed in 2005. The coalition includes the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, the state chapters of Safari Club International, and Wisconsin FORCE (Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs & Educators.) These and other hunting groups, Meyer says, have "become very actively involved in Republican politics," sometimes to the detriment of wildlife habitat. For instance, Safari Club International and United Sportsmen of Wisconsin, a lobby group formed last year, backed the state Assembly's unsuccessful bill to revamp the state's mining rules, while the Safari Club, Wisconsin Bear Hunters and United Sportsmen supported bills to relax state rules for developing on or near wetlands. These bills were opposed by other conservation groups, including
The Wisconsin State Patrol announced it will honor its police communications operators during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, which takes place April 8-14. The operators dispatch officers to where they are needed and coordinate actions with other first responders in emergency situations. Congress has designated the second week in April as a time to recognize men and women who are responsible for answering calls for police, fire and emergency medical assistance and dispatching such assistance to help save the lives and property of citizens. The State Patrol has 58
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Firefighter of the Year EMT of the Year Ethan King Cary Christianson Christianson finds satisfaction in providing cornfort and in being able to stabilize an emergency situation. "I've been on the other side, having been in a car accident, and knowing that there is a capable, strong and knowledgeable first responder on scene is very reassuring. Sometimes you cry, sometimes you laugh, sometimes you do both. But either way, the fellow crew members are feeling the same way and as an extended family you lean on each other for support," Christianson said. Christianson admits to having days where she questions why she does what she does, but then something happens when you truly make a difference and that thought goes away. "We have good days and bad, the good beat out the bad, but it is the bad days you never forget, but when a patient or family member says "thank you," and it makes my day," Christians said. She is honored to have been nominated as the Post 116 EMT of the Year and is grateful to be employed in a profession she loves. As an added note, Christianson advanced to the district competition, after winning at the county level. Firefighter of the Year Ethan King At the age of 19, Ethan King joined the Coon Valley Fire Department two years ago after a friend, Tom Raasch, asked him if he'd be interested. King wanted to give back to the community he grew up in and after speaking with Coon Valley Fire Chief Russ Cornford, the decision to join was simple, but what would follow was totally unexpected. King was taking his general classes at Western Technical College in La
Crosse and in search of a career path. After joining the fire department in Coon Valley and responding to a number of fire calls, King decided to make fire fighting a career path, not just a voluntary position. He is in his last semester of classes and will graduate in May with a Fire Science degree. "When I joined the Coon Valley Fire Department, I had no intentions of becoming a career firefighter. But after taking the classes, I needed to be on the fire department, and gaining experience through departmental training and on the job training, it turned out I enjoyed everything about firefighting," King said. Now 21 years old, King has already built up a number of memorable fire fighting memories. He'll always remember that his first fire rescue didn't involve an adult or child, but a pheasant. "When I arrived at the scene, our main concern was the exposures adjacent to the barn, which was on fire. Immediately, we went to extinguish the blaze, which had started in the chicken coop. After we had the fire out, we were looking for any fire extension or hot spots in the building when we found two pheasants in the rear of the building. That portion of the building had been untouched by the fire due to our quick response, so I'll always remember that the first thing I saved from a fire was a pheasant," King said. With a career in fire science, King isn't sure where his training will take him or where he'll find steady employment, but he'll forever be grateful to the Coon Valley Fire Department for allowing him the opportunity to learn as he gained his diploma. He currently
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received a second request for a cost reduction during its February monthly meeting. The latest request was received from Mike and Marla Fend. whose fourth quarter water/sewer bill was high due to an undetected leak in a basement water softener unit. After discussion on the subject, it was decided to follow the same procedure as they had in January and reduce the Fencls' excess sewer usage by half for the fourth quarter bill. The issue was once again turned over to the Water, Lights, Sewer and Disposal Plant Committee to review the current village policy and make a recommendation to the board on how to handle future requests, which leaves the village partially responsible; a past precedence they would like to see changed. In other business, the three village of Coon Valley union employees, who had been represented by the Teamsters Local 695, have dropped their union status and will work directly with the village personnel committee on future issues. The board agreed to allow Lynn Joholski, the village deputy clerk, to continue with additional cleaning duties at the village hall, provided she maintain her part-time status. Her total cleaning hours must not exceed five hours per week to keep her at or under 29.5 total hours for both jobs. The Hewitt Ramp in the Coon Creek, which was never repaired after the 2007-08 floods, will require the village to pay back FEMA $10,500.00, the amount awarded to the village for repair of the ramp. The second annual Trout Fest is scheduled for June 16, 2012. The event is sponsored by La Crosse Trout Association, in cooperation with the Coon Valley Business Association.
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Watertown Fire Department Emergency calls - Watertown firefighters responded Saturday at 4:37 a.m. to the 1500 block of Sandy Lane for a male; at 9:13 a.m. to the west 4200 block of Ebenezer Road for a male; at 8:47 p.m. to 1500 block of River Drive for a female; Sunday at 5:32 a.m. to the 1000 block of Hill Street for a female; at 1:06 p.m. to the 200 block of Market Street for a male; at 2:06 p.m. to the 400 block of Lincoln Street for a male; at 2:58 p.m. to the 700 block of North Church Street for a female; at 10:04 p.m. to the 100 block of Hospital Drive for a male; at 11:18 p.m. to the west 3200 block of East Gate Drive for a female; and today at 5:18 a.m. to the west 2800 block of County Highway CW for a male. All were treated and transported to Watertown Regional Medical Center. Broken sprinkler - Firefighters responded to a report of a broken sprinkler head on the 100 block of Hospital Drive. The break caused minor water damage to the property.
Dodge County Sheriff's Department House struck - Three people were injured Friday afternoon when two vehicles collided on County Highway P near state Highway 33 in the town of Herman. Robert J. Alberte, 45, of Oconomowoc, was operating a minivan on County Highway P when he failed to stop for a stop sign and went through the intersection. The van struck a vehicle operated by Lorraine D. Henninger of Mayville and traveled a short distance before striking a home causing minor structural damage. Three people received minor injuries and were transported to a Hartford hospital. The accident occurred at 4:02 p.m. Friday.
Watertown Regional Medical Center Admitted Geraldine Schultz, W7089 Clymet Road, Watertown. Meta Turke, N9684 Hustisford Road, Watertown. Rory Colvin, 105 Lynn St., Watertown. Norma Nelson, 422 Margarette St., Lake Mills. Norma Fredrick, 908 Church St., Clyman.
Discharged Shirley Bartel, 16 William St., Watertown. Trinae Williams and daughter, Christian Janelle, of Milwaukee. Rory Colvin, 105 Lynn St., Watertown. Walter Stark, 1515 Sandy Lane, Watertown.
Jefferson County Court Stephanie A. Morgan, 23, Jefferson, speeding, $175.30. Jacob Francis Moses, 21, 801 Richards Ave., Watertown, speeding, $250.90. Adam S. Muellemann, 28, Jefferson, theft, $200.50. Mallory Rae Multhauf, 20, Fort Atkinson, speeding, $250.90. Jessey Joe Nelson, 31, Waterloo, operating while intoxicated, first violation, $817.50, driver's license revoked for six months and alcohol assessment. Angela L. Nelson, 47, Palmyra, operating while intoxicated, third violation, $2,944, driver's license revoked for 30 months and ignition interlock. Jessey Joe Nelson, 31, Waterloo, operating while suspended, third violation, $200.50. Bonnie J. Neuman, 47, Fort Atkinson, failure to obey sign or signal, $175.30. James G. Page, 20, Palmyra, disorderly conduct, $232. Karamjit Kaur Pangli, 40, Fort Atkinson, speeding, $175.30. Jennifer L. Pauloski, 26, Sullivan, operating while suspended, third violation, $200.50. Michelle L. Pein, 32, 134 W. Leonard St., Watertown, operating while suspended, $200.50. Anne M. Peirick, 53, 204 Dayton St., Watertown, speeding, $175.30. Jennifer S. Pendur, 56, Jefferson, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Rachelle L. Pete, 30, Jefferson, operating while suspended, fourth or more violation, $175.30. Rachelle L. Pete, 30, Jefferson, operating while intoxicated, first violation, $741.50, driver's license revoked for six months, ignition interlock and alcohol assessment. Dean R. Peterson, 48, 306 N. Washington St., Watertown, speeding, $175.30. Byron J. Polinske, 47, Ixonia, speeding, $175.30. Jeremy R. Raether, 35, Fort Atkinson, operating while intoxicated, third violation, $2,944, local jail, driver's license revoked for 30 months, ignition interlock and alcohol assessment. Shaina R. Rihn-Zidar, 28, W2571 Rock River Paradise, Watertown, speeding, $175.30. Monica Louise Jewel Root, 17, Waterloo, operating while suspended, second violation, $200.50. Earl E. Rowley, 37, 908 S. Third St., Watertown, display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $238.30. Earl E. Rowley, 37, 908 S. Third St., Watertown, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Earl E. Rowley, 37, 908 S. Third St., Watertown, operating while suspended, fourth plus offense, $300.50. Fatmir Rushiti, 32, 602 Bernard St., No. 4, Watertown, speeding, $200.50. Fatmir Rushiti, 32, 602 Bernard St., No. 4, Watertown, operate without carrying license, $236. Carlos E. Salinas, 30, 308 N. Fourth St., Watertown, speeding, $175.30. Carlos E. Salinas, 30, 308 N. Fourth St., Watertown, operate without carrying license, $175.30. Carl L. Schemm, 19, Waterloo, speeding, $225.70. Eric J. Schindler, 57, Helenville, speeding, $175.30.
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Local man new president of Civil War era band Donald Neverman was elected as president of the Heritage Military Music Foundation, Inc. at its annual organizational board meeting. The foundation is a parent organization of the 1st Brigade Band, located at 504 S. Fourth St. in Watertown. The foundation owns one of the largest collections of Civil War instruments in the country and owns the largest collection that is played on a regular basis. The 1st Brigade Band is also the nation's oldest Civil War reenactment band, operating since 1964. The instruments used by the band are all Civil War era instruments, some of which were heard by names like Grant, Sherman and Lincoln. Likewise all the music performed by the band was heard prior, during or within a year of the end of the war. Neverman is a graduate of Watertown High School and the University of WisconsinOshkosh. He has operated several businesses in Watertown since graduating college and currently is office manager for RE/MAX Realty Center. He is an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Rotary Club of Watertown and is a 35-year member of the Watertown
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"I am honored to be recognized by my fellow members for my enthusiasm for this group. I never pick up a horn without thinking about the loss of life and horrors that it and the man who bore it witnessed," Neverman said. "And the simple joy that the music the horn represents brought to these men." The Heritage Foundation purchased its home in Watertown in 1995 and holds rehearsals open to the public on most Friday evenings beginning at 8 o'clock. Tours of the museum will also be given during rehearsals or by appointment. The 1st Brigade Band is open to anyone interested in music and life during the Civil War era, people who do not play instruments are welcome to participate as vocalists, speakers or "dressed participants." The 1st Brigade Band appears annually in Watertown in the Fourth of July Parade and at the Octagon House Ice Cream Social, plus numerous concerts throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest.
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The American Association of University Women of Watertown sponsored a writing contest for all sixth-, seventh- and eighthgrade students in the Watertown Unified School District, which included both public and parochial schools. Students had to write about famous women who have made a difference, both past and present. More than 170 entries were received, of which a first and second place winner at each grade level were chosen. In addition to having their entries printed in the Daily Times, the winning entries will also receive a certificate of participation. By Sarah Kennedy Seventh grade Riverside Middle School Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to ever be appointed to the United States Supreme Court. She is important to today's world because women are still sometimes mistreated. We get paid less for doing the same job as a man and are disrespected by some males. O'Connor is important to today's society because women are not afraid to hold their own in the world. We can follow our dreams and be who we want to be. Just look at how many
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Ryan crafts budget for House Republicans WASHINGTON (AP) - The new debt-slashing budget plan pushed by House Republicans heated up as a presidential campaign issue Sunday as the proposal's architect, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, sparred with top Democrats over its political fallout and downplayed the possibility he could be tapped as a vice presidential candidate. Senior White House adviser David Plouffe dismissed the GOP plan Sunday as "a lot of candy, not a lot of vegetables," and charged that it would be "rubber-stamped" as law if leading Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is elected. "This is really the RomneyRyan plan," Plouffe said, adding that its mix of across-the-board tax cuts and stiff budget cuts "showers huge tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires paid for by senior and veterans." Ryan tried to tamp down speculation that he could be tapped for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket, although who will be the nominee is far from settled. "I would have to consider it, but it's not something I'm even thinking about right now because right - I think our job in Congress is pretty important," Ryan said. "And what we believe we owe the country is, if we don't like the direction the president is taking us, which we don't, we owe them a specific sharp contrast and a different path that they can select in November. And doing this in Congress is really important." The House GOP debt-reduc-
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Burlington School Board School Board challengers incumbents want to balance seek student opportunities budgets, prepare students LINDSAY FIORI
BURLINGTON — Burlington Area School District Board incumbents aren't worried about losing their seats in the election on April 3, even though their challengers got more votes in the primary. Both incumbents received about 1,200 votes. Instead the incumbents are ready for another board term so they can help the budget and get students ready for college or careers. "It was a primary," incumbent Sue Kessler said simply. "I think maybe it woke Anderson everybody up that was for us, letting them know they better get out there and help us some more." "Us" is Kessler and fellow incumbent John Anderson. The two are hoping to keep challengers Philip Ketterhagen and Roger Koldeway from winning their seats, two of the board's total seven. Elected board members serve three-year unpaid terms. Anderson said Ketterhagen and Koldeway were "more organized" in the primary. "I hadn't really put any signs out or hadn't done anything. I was on vacation during the primary debate and was not there," Anderson said, explaining his lack of exposure probably made a difference in the primary. "But we're still in
the final election." If Anderson, 67, is re-elected, he wants to help balance the district budget in the best ways possible, he said, giving an example from this school year's budget process. "We cut our insurance a million dollars and the teachers did not have to pay for their insurance;' he said. "Another school disKessler trict in our area cut insurance (costs) and teachers paid into the insurance plan. Their overall costs are the same as ours or very close to it for plans that are comparable." Anderson, a retired dentist, said you can't make everybody happy when budgeting, but he'd like to try. Kessler, 61, would like to try continuing the district's Roadmap to Excellence if she's re - elected, she said. The roadmap calls for each school to create an improvement plan and for teachers to analyze student data, all to make sure every student graduates ready for college or a career. "We're doing different testing along the way to find out if kids have deficit areas and then we remediate them right away;' said Kessler, a Chicago Public Schools teacher. "I really want to see us just follow that because the whole reason that we're here is for kids and their learning and their education."
BURLINGTON — Burlington Area School District Board incumbents got fewer primary votes than two of their challengers, and those challengers are ready for a repeat in the general election on April 3 so they can increase board accessibility and student opportunity. "The message (the primary) sends is that the current School Board is totally misreading the community," said challenger Philip Ketterhagen, 63. He got about 1,500 primary votes and fellow challenger Roger Koldeway got about 1,400; incumbents John Anderson and Susan Kessler each netted about 1,200 votes. All four will vie for two of the board's seven seats on April 3. Elected board members serve three-year unpaid terms. The gap between challengers' and incumbents' primary votes likely has to do with budgets, said Koldeway, who led Burlington residents this fall in opposing a property tax increase. Koldeway's efforts were unsuccessful — the board approved the increase anyway — but got a conversation started in Burlington. "I believe people have been more involved and are watching this (election) much closer due to the problems the community is having with the (district) budget and also with their own budgets — with the economy the way it is, people are very interested in the way their money is being spent," said Koldeway, 52. That's part of why if elected Ketterhagen will Koldeway strive for more board
accessibility, he said. "The current School Board process is set up where everything goes through the school administration before it goes to the School Board ... but the average citizen doesn't understand that at all and they get frustrated when they try to approach a School Board member and nothing gets done;' Ketterhagen said. He'd like to help people understand board processes while also serving as a go-between for administrators and the public. Ketterhagen "(Citizens can) call me and ask about the problem. Then I'd go start talking with the administrator who's supposed to handle it," said Ketterhagen, a Farmers Insurance agent. Meanwhile, Koldeway would like to make sure the board focuses on providing educational opportunities that produce employable young people, he said. "We need to work together to give our kids the best education, efficiently, and actually get our kids out in the marketplace and have a competitive advantage in the jobs available;' said Koldeway, a technical services packaging lead for Ocean Spray in Kenosha. Koldeway would specifically like to reinstate an eight class high school schedule — something slated to disappear next fall — to allow students to take more elective classes, he said. "Those that aren't going to college get their technical skills in those electives — the shop classes, the art classes;' he said. "That's where I gained a lot of my skills."
Burlington School Board candidate forum held Monday; three will attend Journal Times staff
BURLINGTON — A forum for Burlington Area School District Board candidates will be held on Monday. The Burlington Standard Press is hosting the forum, which begins at 7 p.m. at Veterans Terrace, 589 Milwaukee Ave. The forum will include questions from the audience and newspaper staff. Four candidates are vying for two seats on Burlington's seven-member School Board, and three are expected to attend the forum. The election is April 3. Board members serve three -year unpaid terms.
The candidates are: ■ John Anderson (i), 67, of 6554 Breyer Road in the Town of Burlington, retired dentist; ■ Susan Kessler (i), 61, of 8435 McHenry St. in the Town of Burlington, Chicago Public Schools teacher; ■ Philip Ketterhagen, 63, of 2000 Crossway Road in the Town of Burlington, Farmers Insurance agent; ■ Roger Koldeway, 52, of 372 Conkey St. in the City of Burlington, technical services packaging lead for Ocean Spray in Kenosha. Koldeway will not be able to attend the forum because of a family reunion vacation that has been planned since July, he said.
Local judges did not sign recall petitions Journal Times staff and Associated Press
RACINE COUNTY — Some judges statewide
have been criticized for signing recall petitions, but a Journal Times review has not found the names of Racine County Circuit Court judges on those lists. Among those signing was Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan, who temporarily barred enforcement of a new state provision requiring photo IDs to vote, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law. That action has
sparked several complaints against Flanagan. Some of the judges statewide have said they were supporting the right to have an election and were not endorsing any candidate or party. But Landmark Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group, rejected that in a letter to the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. A Journal Times review, however, has found no signatures from locally based Circuit Court judges or candidates on recall petitions.
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Gov. Scott Walker has been so all- consuming in Wisconsin that the upcoming presidential primary election here is attracting little interest among voters or political activists. Even the head of Mitt Romney's campaign in Wisconsin says that he knows voters are too distracted to pay much attention to the April 3 vote. "People are not focused on the presidential;' said Ted Kanavas, a former state senator and Romney's campaign co-chair. "They are totally focused on the recall because, truthfully, they should be." Thus, with the election only a little more than a week away, Wisconsin is a black hole in a race that has been fiercely contested coast to coast since January, a sharp contrast to the recent contests in other Midwestern states like Michigan and Ohio. Volunteers working on the national campaign are few and far between. About 30 times more Republican activists are tied up helping Walker win his recall race than helping GOP front-runner Romney win the nomination, Kanavas estimates. Romney's campaign has only one office in Wisconsin, compared to the 21 opened by Walker. Even Republican voters who are usually interested in politics say they don't care about the primary, in which Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will compete for the state's 42 delegates. "I don't think anybody looks forward to more politics;' said Travis Winder, 33, of Fitchburg. He added, "I'm looking forward to
the primary being over and the presidential race being over." The recall election is likely to be held in June. The campaign over Walker's fate has been going on for months, with television advertising, mailings and maneuvering over the mechanics of the recall process. Organized labor and Democratic critics targeted Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators after Walker won approval from the GOP-controlled Legislature for effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees. The fight over the legislation prompted demonstrations of up to 100,000 people at the state Capitol last winter, and made Wisconsin the focus of the national fight over labor rights. Walker has run television ads almost nonstop since mid-November when the recall petitions first hit the street. State Rep. Robin Vos , R-Rochester, said Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus asked him a few weeks ago about the chatter in the state about the upcoming presidential primary. "And I said, `Reince, I hate to burst your bubble, but nobody in Wisconsin is talking about the presidential primary; " Vos said. Other Wisconsin races have also been overshadowed, including the contest for an open U.S. Senate seat. "The upcoming recall election has taken everything else off the map," said Mike McCabe, director of the independent watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy campaign. Bob Anderson, 61, a welder from Coon Valley in western Wisconsin, said he plans to More on PRIMARY, Page 11A
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Catholics attending opening day at Miller Park on April 6 — Good Friday — must still fulfill their obligations on what the church considers one of the holiest days of the year, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki says. For Catholics, Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstaining from meat. That could put a damper on tailgating or eating during the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, Listecki said. "Listen, I enjoy a brat at the ballpark as much as anybody," he said in a posting on the archdiocese website. " . . . and since opening day is against the St. Louis Cardinals, one might think that the painful reminder of the Brewers loss to the Cards in last year's (National League Championship Series) is penance enough, but, unfortunately, that's not the way it works." Body in river was Hecht, authorities confirm
Authorities confirmed Friday that the body of a man pulled from the Milwaukee River was that of Tom Hecht, a 28-year-old who disappeared after a night out at downtown Milwaukee bars March 10, and determined that he died from drowning. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office performed an autopsy Friday and was able to confirm Hecht's identity from dental records, according to a news release. The examiners found no evidence of trauma and ruled the death as accidental. Results of toxicology tests will not be available for several weeks. Friends and family mem-
bers had mobilized to search for Hecht since his disappearance, posting fliers with his picture downtown and in nearby neighborhoods. The search ended Thursday morning after Milwaukee firefighters, police and the U.S. Coast Guard were called to the Milwaukee River near N. Water and E. Pleasant streets, an area between the bar where Hecht was last seen and his N. Commerce St. condo.
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Milwaukee's mayoral candidates will face off Saturday in their third and possibly last joint appearance before the April 3 election. Mayor Tom Barrett and his opponent, University of Wisconsin Extension faculty member Edward McDonald, plan to attend a forum sponsored by the Community Brainstorming Conference at its monthly meeting, from 9 to 11 a.m., after an 8 a.m. breakfast, at St. Matthew C.M.E. Church, 2944 N. 9th St. Candidates for Milwaukee County circuit judge, city treasurer, alderman and supervisor also are expected, according to the organization's website.
WISCONSIN Coach accused of burning players Whitehall — A seventhgrade girls basketball coach is charged with a felony in Trempealeau County, accused of burning his players with dry ice. Brady Olson, 42, is also a high school chemistry teacher in the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District. According to a criminal complaint, a player told police Olson put dry ice on the girls' knees and thighs, leaving burn marks. The complaint said the coach
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BLOOMFIELD — Earlier this week, and he will go to jail," Cole said. police began notifying residents of a regisBut he also said there isn't much that tered sex offender who may soon move into can be done to prohibit Olson from living a Pell Lake neighborhood. on Chicago Drive. In fact, Cole said a female But some residents are concerned. One sex offender also lives on Juneau Road. reason is they claim this 59-year-old man Of the 22,195 registered sex offenders being released from prison for first-degree living in Wisconsin, 279 of them live in sexual assault of a child may live about 20 Walworth County — 17 in the village and feet away from two school bus stops. town of Bloomfield. Larry Olson was convicted in "Municipalities have tried 1989 for, according to a flier being enacting ordinances that (sex ofdistributed by police, performing fenders) cannot move into their oral sex upon a 7-year-old boy and community and as far as I can engaging in intercourse with a 10remember, these ordinances have year-old girl. He is expected to be failed," Cole said. "The best thing released from prison April 3 and we can do is take a proactive remove into the 1400 block of Chisponse to this by informing the cago Drive under extended superpublic and have extra patrol in vision. the area." On Tuesday, Bloomfield Police He said there will be more paChief Lloyd S. Cole said he contacttrol in that area "especially dur01 son ed the State Department of Correcing times when there will be a tions about concerns that Olson high density of children," includlives too close to the bus stops. ing bus drop-offs and pick-ups. He said Olson is under electronic moniCole said this week, his officers will be toring and what Cole called "some pretty going door-to-door in the area of Chicago heavy restrictions," one of which stipu- Drive to Thistle Road and Roman Lane lates that he must stay inside his home dur- to Wisteria Road. Fliers will be posted in ing school bus drop-off and pick-up times. town and village of Bloomfield businesses "When he walks outside the house dur- and are available upon request from the Poing these times, electronic monitoring per- lice Department. sonnel will be notified, we'll pick him up People can find registered sex offenders
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No tent will sprout up at the Golden Oaks Mansion, 421 Baker St., and summer stock theater will have to summer somewhere else. On Monday, Bethany Souza, a partner in the Geneva Bay Club LLC, withdrew the club's request for a conditional use permit for outdoor commercial entertainment to allow summer stock performances in an outdoor tent theater on the old mansion's grounds at the City Council meeting. However, Geneva Bay Club's request for a conditional use permit for group development was approved. "Group development" will allow two businesses, a catering business and restaurant, to occupy the property. Souza said she withdrew the outdoor entertainment request because it aroused a lot of anger from neighbors during the city's Plan Commission meeting on March 19. "We didn't understand how angry people would be" because of the request, Souza told the aldermen. Two of' those who opposed the tent proposal at the Plan Commission meeting also showed up at the council meeting to urge the aldermen to vote against the conditional use. Diane Muzzy of 420 Baker St., said no one from the Geneva Bay Club came to the neigh-
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DEATHS David W. Nimmer, 58, of Racine, died Monday at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care-All Saints Hospital, Racine. Michael C. Kreuser, 26, of Kenosha, died Sunday at St. Catherine's Medical Center. Robert Alan "Rob" Robbins, 42, of Manawa, died Sunday at Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa. Charlotte A. "Annie" Ruppert, 69, of Bristol, died Sunday at Select Specialty Hospital, West Allis. Selman "Sally" Olive Stern, 91, of Kenosha, died Sunday at Brookside Care Center. Raymond C. Williams Sr., 88, of Kenosha, died Sunday at Vitas Innovative Hospice, Wauwatosa.
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Health report a mixed grade County residents exercising more; binge drinking up BY JOE POTENTE
A new public health survey gives Kenosha County a mixed prognosis. Among the positives outlined in the Kenosha Community Health Survey, conducted recently by the Kenosha County Division of Health and three partner agencies: More people are engaging in
vigorous exercise and more smokers are trying to quit. On the downside, a higher percentage of respondents are uninsured, compared with previous years' surveys, and more say they are binge drinkers. "We still have a lot of work to do in Kenosha in regard to chronic health needs," Cynthia Johnson, the
Robert "Bob" J. Carr Jr., 69, of Burlington, died Friday at his son's home in Burlington.
county's director of heatlh, said Monday. "There are some positives that we've seen that have happened since the last survey in 2008, and yet we still have some areas where we had a decrease." Among the Cynthia areas where Johnson Johnson laments a decrease is personal health care coverage. The new survey found 15 percent of respondents said they do not have health care
coverage, compared with 12 percent in 2008, 6 percent in 2005 and 8 percent in 2003. "It could be the economy," Johnson said. "It could be the lack of jobs, (people) unable to get a job in order to have insurance." The rise of the uninsured comes as fewer survey respondents are describing themselves to be in "excellent" health and more are deeming their health "fair or poor." Just 14 percent of respondents called their condition "excellent" in this year's study, down from 19 percent in 2008, 20 percent in 2005
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Dance of the Aztecs Mazati Franco, of the Omeyocan Dance Company, Milwaukee, performs an Aztec dance Monday, one of the events that kicked off Worldfest 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The world celebration runs through Friday with nearly two dozen events on the campus at 900 Wood Road In Somers. The lineup Includes films, dance demonstrations, sports, lectures, intemational shopping, global
cuisine and much more. Today, visitors can stop by the Student Center's Walnut Room for lectures on weddings around the world at 2 p.m. and check out the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo at 4 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., visitors can take part in the couples' dance known as "Quebradita" with the Latinos Unidos student organization in the Pike River Suites conference room. For a complete listing of Worldfest events go to www.uwp.edu or call 595-2307.
Committee OKs pair of beer/liquor licenses BY MATTHEW OLSON
The city's lack of available liquor licenses led to three competing applications and an ordinance change meant to provide support for businesses seeking those licenses. The city had been at its quota of 153 Class B beer and liquor licenses for several months until Fierte, a closed downtown nightclub, surrendered its license to the city last week. The city's Licensing and Permit Committee then faced three applications for that license on Monday. The committee: ■ Deferred action on a beer and liquor license application from Gianni's Restaurant, 4814 Sheridan Road, until the next meeting of the committee. Gianni's previously held a liquor license, but its license lapsed last summer. The business — which has been closed for several months — has had an application for a new liquor license on file for months.
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at its quota of 153 Class B beer and liquor licenses for several months until Fierte, a closed downtown nightclub, surrendered its license to the city last week. Gianni's was the first application considered by the committee, but committee members voted 3-2 to defer action due to some missing pieces of information in the submitted application. Aldermen Ray Misner, Lawrence Green and Anthony Nudo voted for deferral, and aldermen Jesse Downing and Patrick Juliana voted against deferral. ■ Supported a beer and liquor license for Frankie D's Vino and Pizzeria, 6316 52nd St. The restaurant, formerly a carry-out only business on the city's south side,
was the second application in for a liquor license. The new site features a dining room, leading to this application. ■ Approved the application of Tuscany Bistro Bar and Grill, 7410 118th Ave., for a beer and liquor license. The new business was unanimously supported by the committee. The owners have told the city if all regular beer and liquor licenses are taken, they would pay for a reserve license, which has a ,$10,000 fee. If the other applications are not approved by the city, the business would receive a regular
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and 30 percent bi 2003. At the same time, 19 percent said their health was "fair or poor" this year, compared with 15 percent in 2005 and 2008 and 12 percent in 2003.
license, as reserve licenses are only available when a municipality's license quota is full. The two recommendations will require City Council approval on Monday. The committee also unanimously recommended creation of a grant program that would pay most of the reserve license fee for a business whose owners have put money into the establishment. Nudo suggested that the city could pay back up to $9,000 of the $10,000 fee if a business is shown to have put at least $30,000 into its establishment. "We need to do something so that we are not hindering business," Misner, the original sponsor of the ordinance, said. "These quotas are not our rules — they're the state's rules, but this is an opportunity to be creative. We still have to take the money, but that doesn't mean we can't give it back." The City Council could take up this proposal next month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign. On the first of three days of arguments — the longest in decades — none of the justices appeared to embrace the contention that it was too soon for a decision. Outside the packed courtroom, marching and singing demonstrators on both sides — including doctors in white coats, a Republican presidential candidate and even a brass quartet — voiced their eagerness for the court to either uphold or throw out the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net since Medicare was enacted in 1965. Tuesday's arguments will focus on the heart of the case, the provision that aims to extend medical insurance to 30 million more Americans by requiring everyone to carry insurance or pay a penalty. A decision is expected by late June as Obama fights for re-election. All of his Republican challengers oppose the law and promise its repeal if the high court hasn't struck it down in the meantime. On Monday, the justices took on the question of whether an obscure tax law could derail the case. The 19th century law bars tax disputes from being heard in the courts before the taxes have been paid. Under the new health care law, Americans who don't purchase health insurance would have to report that omission on their tax returns for 2014 and would pay a penalty along with federal income tax on returns due by April 2015. Among the issues facing the court is whether that penalty is a tax. ‘,4