Mukwonago residents James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz appealed a Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision to the Wisconsin Supreme Court today in a continuing effort to challenge the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law barring some Indians nicknames and logos.
The petition filed by Attorney Sam Hall, from Crivello Carlson, claims that the Court of Appeals decision violates the Supremacy Clause in the United States Constitution. The petition argues that the local taxpayers have standing to sue based on the United States Supreme Court ruling that have prohibited "state efforts to burden, frustrate or discriminate against federal claims" like the federal constitutional claims raised by the Schoolcraft and Vertz. The petition also maintains that the law and its application violate taxpayers' due process and equal protection rights.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. previously ruled that an official from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction had violated the constitutional rights of taxpayers in the Mukwonago Area School District to change its Indians nickname and logo, which have existed for nearly 100 years, according to a news release from Hall. The circuit ruling stated that the DPI official who held the hearing, Paul Sherman, testified that he understood that the DPI supported the elimination of all Indians nicknames, regardless of how they were used in individual schools, and that Sherman "could see" how people may have concerns with impropriety because he was responsible for issuing the decision.
On appeal, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals overturned the decision and instead ruled that the taxpayer did not have standing to bring the constitutional claims. The court held that Schoolcraft and Vertz should have attempted to become parties to the hearing by filing a request with Sherman or should have sought judicial review under state law rather than filing their federal civil rights lawsuit. Since the court ruled that Schoolcraft and Vertz did not have standing, the court did not consider whether the law violated the constitution.
Village of Big Bend Clerk Bobbi Woppert will retire later this year.
Woppert said she will retire on July 31.
A 6 p.m. finance meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at Village Hall, W230 S9185 Nevins St. A discussion of the clerk's position and advertising for a new clerk is on the meeting's agenda. The position is likely to be posted by mid-April, Woppert said.
Woppert has served as the village clerk since November 1993.
A potential dangerous situation involving a gun was avoided in downtown Hartland Monday morning when police stopped a man that allegedly had a gun on his possession. Two women, possibly a mother and daughter, went into the US Bank on Capitol Drive and locked themselves in the restroom. Minutes later police arrived on the scene and had bank officials lock the doors. The women were apparently trying to get away from the man, who might have been the daughter's husband. That man was then stopped a short distance behind the bank in his car and taken into custody. No shots were fired. Several police departments, including Hartland and Chenequa, were at the scene. Order was restored in the bank and the area shortly after the man was apprehended.
When is the last time you took a walk in one of your community's beautiful parks? In honor of National Take a Walk in a Park Day, the City of Oconomowoc is encouraging all to take a moment to experience nature and enjoy your local parks.
Atop a hill on River Road, east of Highway I in the town of Mukwonago smoke billowed into the air on March 28 as Mukwonago and Eagle fire departments used an old shed, horse barn and barn style house for training purposes.
Training was delayed due to numerous emergency calls, but by mid afternoon, the last building was fully engulfed in flames.
Emergency crews packed up around 7:30 p.m. on March 27 after finding a 2-year-old boy missing from his home on Morris Road in the town of Genesee for several hours.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department received the call for the missing boy at about 4:39 p.m. A firefighter found the boy .3 miles east of his home near a quarry area near his home at about 7:21 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Department.
According to the scanner, crews were getting ready to set up lights to assist in the search when the call came through that one of the emergency workers had found the boy. The boy was cold, but not injured and was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for medical assessment.
Sheriff's deputies along with emergency personnel from Wales/Genesee Fire Department, Town of Delafield Dive Team, Town of Waukesha Fire department, and Flight for Life assisted in the search.» Read Full Article
Wales Genesee emergency crews have found the missing 2-year-old boy at about 7:30 p.m.
More information will be posted when available.
Flight for Life assisting Wale-Genesee emergency crews in search for 2-year-old, according to scanner traffic. Search is taking place in area of Morris Road.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
It’s the last weekend for several plays in the area, all worthwhile viewing.
At Waukesha Civic Theatre, “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented several times this weekend. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The show is based on the diary of a teenager forced to hide from the Nazis in an attic with seven others for two years during World War II. A top-notch cast, including Madison Penzkover as Anne, gives this important story the attention it deserves.
Tickets are $20-23 and can be purchased by calling (262) 547-0708 or online at www.waukeshacivictheatre.org.
Waukesha Civic Theatre is located at 264 W. Main St., Waukesha» Read Full Article
Entries to Lake Country and Mukwonago Publications annual writing contest is 5 p.m. today, Friday, March 27. Students, imagine you're the last person on earth. Write a story about what it would be like and what you would do and feel. Drop off entries for the Lake Country area contest at our Waukesha office, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A. Entries for our Mukwonago area contest should be dropped off at our Mukwonago office, 111 Rochester St., Suite 3. Be sure to include your name, age, home address, phone number, grade and school. (Address and phone number will be used to notify winners and distribute prizes; they will not be published.) Email entries will not be accepted. Entries will be divided into two categories: grades three through five, and six through eight. Cash prizes will be awarded; winners will be published in Lake Country Sunday and Chief Sunday this spring. Good luck!
order forms are due by Sunday, March 29. The event takes place Friday, April 24.The 18th annual Arrowhead Lobster Boil
Proceeds benefit Cafe Arrowhead Special Education Program and the Arrowhead Special Olympics.
Waukesha County Technical College’s School of Business will be offering Grown-up Concerns: The Next Chapter on , as part of the Financial Milestone Series: Creating Focus One Phase at a Time.
Now in its second year, the Financial Milestone Series is dedicated to helping participants meet goals at life’s different stages.
Grown-up Concerns: The Next Chapter will focus on the new age of retirement, which has a much different look compared to previous generations. Participants will learn more about topics such as budgeting for retirement, the sandwich generation, retirement income and Social Security, wills/trusts and travel.» Read Full Article
Nature's Classroom Institute will hold an Earth Day Celebration at its new location at W335 S8301 Highway E, Mukwonago, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.
The event, held in collaboration with the Friends of the Mukwonago River, includes rain barrel painting and auction, tree planting, nature hikes, invasive species removal demo, a cookout lunch and children's activities.
Cost to attend the event is $5. All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase trees to be planted on the new property and help with other ecological restoration expenses.
More information and purchasing tickets is available online.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will offer a concealed carry weapon class in April.
The Firearms Training Unit will offer the class April 29 at 6 p.m. at the department, 515 W Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The course will be taught by Firearms Instructors and will last 4 1/2 hours. The class will follow the Wisconsin Department of Justice concealed carry weapon (CCW) curriculum.
Topics covered in the CCW course include firearms safety, safe carry considerations, legal implications of carrying a concealed firearm and CCW licensing in Wisconsin, according to a news release.
Attendees who successfully complete the class will meet the training requirement to apply for a Wisconsin CCW permit.
The course costs $50.» Read Full Article
The regular April Plan Commission meeting in the town of Ottawa has been canceled.
Dousman resident William Schultheis has withdrawn his request, according to a memo from the town of Ottawa. The plan commission discussed Schultheis' request of a proposed conveyance of land and necessary waivers at previous plan commission meetings this year.
The canceled meeting was scheduled for April 6.
For additional information, contact the Ottawa Town Hall at (262) 965-3228.
The Oconomowoc Public Library's 1950's Noir Movie series continues Friday, March 27 with the film Niagra.
Screening of the thriller, starring Marilyn Monroe, will be from 3 to 5 p.m.; the event is free and no registration is required.