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Areas of black ice causing problems on freeway system

Jan. 06, 2014 5:03 p.m. | Blowing and drifting snow combined with the sub-zero air temperatures are creating areas of black ice on portions of the freeway system. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is advising motorists to reduce speeds. There have been multiple accidents reported last night, according to a DOT press release.

Bridges, overpasses and ramps are all susceptible to the formation of black ice in addition to areas of the system that experience blowing and drifting of snow onto the roadway. Salting operations are less effective with the sub-zero air temperatures. It is possible that treated areas could still see the reformation of black ice.

The DOT reminds motorist to stay in their vehicle if they are in an accident and alert law enforcement of the incident.

Nature's Classroom project moves out of holding pattern

Oct. 01, 2014 10:05 p.m. | After months of public hearings, the town of Mukwonago took a step forward on Oct. 1 regarding the conditional use request from Nature's Classroom for building a school with dormitories and staff housing on property along Highway E.

While environmental concerns with water usage and the septic system affecting surrounding properties and the environmentally sensitive wetlands of Jericho Creek and nearby ponds, some saw the school as a better alternative than a 16-home subdivision.

Plan Commissioner Kay Clabault was the lone member not willing to move forward with terms for the conditional use.

After giving Town Planner Tim Schwecke guidance on the terms of the conditional use, the plan commission will review the final draft next month for possible approval.

Oconomowoc man allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend while drunk

Oct. 01, 2014 4:02 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The girlfriend of a 37-year-old Oconomowoc man accused of domestic abuse allegedly consented to have sex with the man in order to deescalate a potentially violent confrontation.

She reportedly told police a week after the incident occurred that she hoped her boyfriend would seek out help for his bipolar disorder — which she believes is responsible for the outburst — but he did not.

Joshua T Wegner, 909 Silver Lake Street, was charged Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct and two counts of criminal damage to property, all felonies and repeat offenses.

He faces up to nearly five years in prison and $21,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the couple argued inside an apartment after a night of heavy drinking on Sept. 21 in Milwaukee when Wenger accused the victim of infidelity.

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PSD school board discusses traffic concerns

Sept. 30, 2014 6:01 p.m. |  On Monday, Sept. 29, the Pewaukee School District Board of Education discussed the traffic issues on campus before and after school.

The village of Pewaukee has considered several proposals to alleviate concern over traffic issues, but has not voted.

On Oct. 21, there will be a town hall meeting to further discuss solutions.

Read about proposed options and insight from school board members and administrators in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of YMCA properties

Sept. 30, 2014 5:51 p.m. | U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Tuesday approved the sale of four suburban YMCA properties for a total of $9 million, marking an important step in the efforts to downsize and restructure the organization that has been mired in debt.

"This was a huge hurdle today for the mission of the Y, which will be stronger in the region," Julie Tolan, the president and CEO of the Milwaukee Y, said after the hearing. It will also allow the Milwaukee Y to begin to move forward to focus on its future as a smaller, urban YMCA, she said.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy protection in June, faced with $29 million in debt that threatened to sink the organization.

Under the court-approved sale, the YMCA of Central Waukesha County will purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, the Tri-County Y in Menomonee Falls and the West Suburban Y in Wauwatosa for $7 million in cash, with a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

The Kettle Moraine YMCA will buy the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA for $2 million in cash at closing. The closings are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15.

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Walker at Sussex grand opening

Sept. 30, 2014 5:42 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Governor Scott Walker tried to draw a parallel this afternoon between the rapid growth of a Sussex based electronics company and his administration's efforts to create new jobs in the state during his four years in office.

The governor noted that the company has nearly tripled its busness  in the last four years which is one of the reasons it has moved into a new and expanded production facility. At the same time, he suggested, there have been more than 100,000 new jobs created in the state.

Walker asserted that before he took over as governor, the state had lost more than 133,000 jobs.

Walker's critics have chided him for failing to keep a 2010 campaign promise of creating 250,000 new jobs during his first term.

Economic development has been a big issue in the gubenatorial campaign between Republican Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke, former state commerce director and one time executive with Trek Bicycle.

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Prairie View Elementary in Mukwonago School District joins ranks of National Blue Ribbon schools

Sept. 30, 2014 1:36 p.m. | Prairie View Elementary, in the Mukwonago Area School District, was one of 337 schools recognized today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014, based on its overall academic excellence.

"We were extremely pleased to learn that Prairie View Elementary School has been designated as a Blue Ribbon School, an honor bestowed upon only 1 percent of the schools in the entire nation. Prairie View exemplifies our District's mission, 'Students, Staff and Community – Building Better Schools Together.'" said MASD Superintendent Shawn McNulty. "Principal Tracy Stockwell has a great recipe for success with a dedicated staff, hardworking students, and actively involved parents. The results have been outstanding and we want to thank the entire Prairie View Elementary School community for their efforts."

All of the Blue Ribbon schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. Prairie View joins Section Elementary in achieving this great honor.

The Department will honor 287 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. Prairie View Principal Tracy Stockwell and first grade teacher Rita Keber will be on hand to formally accept the award.

Winter Farmers' Market dates announced

Sept. 30, 2014 8:34 a.m. |  Planning has been underway for several months now as the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of  Commerce and Greener Oconomowoc are gearing up for the fifth season of the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market. This season will continue a tradition of excellence, with many of the previous years vendors returning as well as some new additons. 

The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market will now be helded weekly during our fifth season, the market will run every Sunday from Nov. 2 to March 29, 2015 (except for Sunday Nov. 30 and Dec. 28). Oconomowoc and Waukesha County residents will now have access to fresh, locally grown food weekly throughout the winter season. Greener Oconomowoc and the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to be able to provide five months (or 20 markets) for local farmers and producers to be able to sell their produce/products at during this coming winter season. 

New to this years market will be the inclusion of a limited number of handmade artisan producers (meaning individuals that create their own products/items using natural materials, such as a soap or furniture maker) at each weekly market.

This indoor winter farmers’ market is free and open to the public; the hours for the 2014-2015 season are 9:30am to 1 pm. The market will be located inside of the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center greenhouses (N68 W37850 County Trunk K, Oconomowoc.) 

Waukesha County jailer charged, suspended in child porn investigation

Sept. 29, 2014 4:47 p.m. | A jailer with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department was suspended without pay after he was arrested during a child pornography investigation.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant Friday at a residence in Lisbon and arrested 46-year-old Keith Knutsen, according to a news release from the department.

Knutsen was charged Monday with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of exploitation of a child.

Knutsen has worked for Waukesha County as a correctional officer for six years. The case remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

PHS homecoming court photo

Sept. 29, 2014 3:14 p.m. |  Last week, Pewaukee High School held its homecoming activities, including a win for the varsity football team over New Berlin West.

Check out the 35 person homecoming court in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Waukesha County correctional officer arrested for possession of child pornography

Sept. 29, 2014 1:41 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department recently arrested a Waukesha County correctional officer for alleged child porn possession.

The man, 46-year-old Keith Knutsen, of Lisbon, has worked for the county for the past six years, and was suspended without pay following the incident, according to a news release.

Knutsen was arrested Friday, Sept. 26, at his home in Lisbon after Waukesha County deputies executed a serach warrant on the residence.

He was charged with three felony counts of possession of child pornography and exploitation of a child.

Each possession charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

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Consider the Conversation 2 at OAC Oct. 4

Sept. 29, 2014 12:25 p.m. |  Because of its recent Emmy nomination, a huge walk up crowd is expected for the Saturday, Oct. 4 premiere of the Director's cut of "Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort" at the Oconomowoc Arts Center at Oconomowoc High School. 

To avoid long lines at the Box Office, it is highly recommended that people planning to attend buy their tickets in advance.

The Director's Cut contains footage that aired during the film's May 27th PBS premiere on Wisconsin Public Television plus  38- minutes of additional material including a powerful piece inspired by Dr. Ken Murray's 2011 Zocalo article entitled  "How Doctors Die: It's Not Like the Rest of Us, But It Should Be."

Immediately after the screening, Michael Bernhagen will moderate a panel discussion including George Poirier, Mariah Singer, Toby Campbell, MD, and James Cleary, MD (all featured in the film) as well as co-producer Terry Kaldhusdal and Kelly Cooke, DO, a palliative care physician with ProHealth Care, the event sponsor.

For more information, visit www.theoac.net

Benefit on Sunday in East Troy will help 2-year-old cancer patient

Sept. 29, 2014 11:08 a.m. | Owen Jones, 2, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in June.

ALL is a cancer of the blood that will require Owen to go through expensive treatments for the next four years.

To help the family, a fundraiser will be held at Lindey's on Beulah, W1340 Beach Road, East Troy, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 and will include food, dancing, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

Cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. Children 10 years old and younger get in free.

Donations can also be made at www.gofundme.com/TeamOwenJones.

Arrowhead can't engineer more last-second magic

Sept. 26, 2014 11:20 p.m. | This time there was no storybook finish and no victory for the Arrowhead football team.

After winning its first two Classic 8 Conference games of the season with last-minute drives to emerge with a pair of come-from-behind wins, AHS had an opportunity to win again in the final seconds last Friday night, but an Arrowhead 24-yard field goal missed to the left with 13 seconds to play, and Waukesha West scored a 24-21 win in a back-and-forth Classic 8 battle at West on Friday.

The loss was the second straight in league play for the two-year reigning WIAA Division 1 state champion. The Warhawks also fell to 2-2 in conference play and 3-3 overall.

It marked the first time Arrowhead has lost back-to-back league games since 2004. That year, they fell to Mukwonago (13-10) on Sept. 17 and then lost to Waukesha West (31-24) on Sept. 24. It's also the first time they've been 2-2 in conference play since 2004.

Arrowhead led twice in the game, at 14-10 in the second quarter and at 21-17 in the third period.

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Teen collects gifts for troops instead of birthday presents

Sept. 26, 2014 4:50 p.m. | Oconomowoc — Ben Sampson's wish list for his 15th birthday was a bit unusual.

Sampson didn't want any video games, sports equipment or clothes, not even a new fishing pole. Instead he asked for beef jerky, sunflower seeds, playing cards and laundry detergent.

The Oconomowoc High School sophomore asked his friends to give him items to send to his former neighbor who is deployed to the Middle East with the Wisconsin National Guard.

Impressed by the teenager's kindness and generosity, the Wisconsin National Guard soldiers in his neighbor's unit sent him commemorative coins and unit patches, which Sampson framed to hang on his bedroom wall.

Sampson's birthday gifts are brightening the lives of many soldiers he'll likely never meet but who appreciated the teenager's unexpected and touching gesture.

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Have a few laughs this weekend

Sept. 26, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Are yu looking for a few laughs this weekend?

There will be more than a few when John McGivern takes the stage for “The Wonder Bread Year,” a celebration of the baby boomer generation with fast paced comedy. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. For information, visit www.theoac.net.

There’s even more laughs at the Comedy Show at Club Indigo at Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc. The show, which starts at 9 p.m. Saturday,  features the talents of nationally-known comedians. Cost is $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Call (262) 369-3999 for more information.

As the weather gets cooler we want to get out in the fresh air for some fun. Homestead Animal Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm on Highway 83 in Hartland has so many ways to have fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through October and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23-24. Activities for the whole family include a corn maze, hayrides, barnyard animals, baby chicks and pumpkins. Cost is $6 for the corn maze, $2 each for the hayride and barnyard animals and $9 for all three. Kids 2 and younger are free. Call (262) 966-3840 or visit www.homesteadanimalfarm.com for more information.

Enjoy a cup of coffee and the sounds of the Peruvian Guitar Players from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W. Main St. Suite 102, Wales. Visit www.mamadscoffee.com for information.

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