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Craig receives commerce award

June 13, 2014 8:57 a.m. |  The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) presented Rep. David Craig (R-Vernon) with the “Champion of Commerce” award for the 2013-2014 legislative session.  

President of MMAC, Tim Sheehy issued the following statement. 

“Through the hard work of leaders like Representative Craig, we were able to achieve a number of significant public policy victories for the workers and employers of the Metropolitan Milwaukee region.  Representative Craig is working hard in Madison to keep Wisconsin’s economy competitive. We are grateful for his service and proud to salute him with our ‘Champion of Commerce’ award.”

The Champion of Commerce award is given to lawmakers who earn an 80-percent or greater ranking on MMAC’s biennial Legislative Scorecard.  Prior to the legislative session, MMAC lays out public policy priorities to lawmakers, the press, and the public in the ‘Blueprint for Economic Prosperity’.  The award recognizes legislative leaders who take note of economic priorities and work diligently to advance those ideas in Madison.

Craig represents the 83rd Assembly District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.

Freese named new principal at Zion Lutheran School

11:02 a.m. | John Freese is the new principal and seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Zion Lutheran School in Hartland, beginning July 1. He replaces Dave Neujahr who is retiring in June.

Freese holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota; a master's degree in social studies from California State University in Fullerton, California, and a master's and doctorate in educational administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

He has taught at four elementary schools, a high school, and was a professor of education at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee for 14 years. He is now serving at St. Philips Lutheran School in Milwaukee.

Zion Lutheran School, 1023 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland, serves children in 3K through eighth grade, offering academics, arts and athletics. In 2015, the school earned accreditation with an exemplary rating from WELSSA. In 2016-17, the school will expand to a five-day preschool and wraparound child care availability.

"To have such an experienced educator replace me will help Zion School to continue to strive for excellence," said Neujahr. "Other outstanding schools exist in our community, but no other school offers what Zion offers. Not only do our small class sizes and excellent facility set us apart, but also our faith-based instruction and application of God's Word to the children's lives."

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Pewaukee man winner of $2 million Powerball drawing

10:56 a.m. | A Pewaukee resident is the lucky winner who captured a $2 million prize in the Saturday, March 26, Powerball drawing, the Wisconsin Lottery announced this week.

Shawn Cushman of Pewaukee purchased the winning ticket at Cardinal Service, 805 Cardinal Lane, Hartland.

It's the second big-money lottery ticket the business has sold in the past year. On Aug. 4, 2015, Phillip Herrmann of Hartland snagged a $1 million prize from the Mega Millions drawing.

Retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2 percent of the winning ticket amount, up to $100,000.

The winning Powerball numbers from March 26 were 11, 23, 42, 52 and 68 with a Powerball of 6. The Power Play number was 3. The winning ticket matched the five regular numbers, but not the Powerball. Cushman also chose the Power Play option, which automatically increases the player's winnings to $2 million.

Lake Country police report: May 6, 2016

10:28 a.m. |

VILLAGE OF PEWAUKEE

Persistence doesn't pay

Tyler Dodge, 28, of Pewaukee was cited for harassment at about 4:47 p.m. April 28 after repeatedly calling a woman's phone despite being instructed not to by a police officer, who answered the phone. The woman reported the harassing calls to police outside Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main St., and an officer had briefly taken possession of the phone when Dodge called three consecutive times — despite being warned to stop after each of the first two calls — then six more times after he was told he would be cited for harassment.

Drug freight

The police department on April 30 turned over more than 500 pounds of various prescription medications collected in two drug drop boxes — one in the police department's lobby — over the course of about six months to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

OWI

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Beloit firm buys former Lang buildings

9:57 a.m. | The announcement that a Beloit commercial real estate firm has purchased from the Steinergroup of Cudahy the iconic downtown buildings built by developer Bob Lang during the 1990s and early 2000s caught city officials and local business owners by surprise.

Hendricks Commercial Properties announced the purchase late Thursday afternoon, May 5. The company manages and owns more than 12 million square feet of real estate property in 34 states.

The company was founded by the late Ken Hendricks and his widow, Diane, who also founded and owned the ABC Supply Co., the world's largest wholesale supplier of roofing sidings and windows, which maintains a branch office in Hartland.

Waukesha County Recorder of Deeds Jim Behrend, who is also a city alderman, said he has received no official notification of the transaction.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said she was unaware of the pending sale until she was told early Friday morning about the news release issued by Hendricks Commercial Properties.

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Pewaukee Kiwanis RiverRun ready to welcome paddlers

9:54 a.m. | Its future was in doubt a few years ago, but the annual Pewaukee Kiwanis RiverRun is ready for its 43rd edition.

Between 100 and 150 participants will be clambering into canoes and kayaks Saturday, May 14, for the 6-mile paddle down the Pewaukee River from Pewaukee to Waukesha.

The event, sponsored by the Pewaukee Kiwanis Club, nearly went by the wayside a few years back as club members' interest in it waned, but club President Wyatt Repavich said members realized it was too important to the community to deep-six.

"We revived it right away," Repavich said. "We didn't even skip a year."

Tarzan and the Easter Bunny will be happy.

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Realtor attacked while showing rental property was Delafield agent, group says

9:09 a.m. | A local Realtor association is emphasizing safety after one of its members, an agent with Century 21 Affiliated in Delafield, was attacked and injured May 5 while showing a rental property in Milwaukee.

The agent involved in the incident is Jim Olsen, who detailed the assault in a letter to his colleagues that was also shared with local media. According to Olsen's account, he was ambushed by two masked gunmen while showing an apartment to a woman, possibly the attackers' accomplice, on Milwaukee's northwest side.

One of the masked men struck Olsen in the back of the head with a gun and demanded money from him. Olsen survived the encounter, but his wallet, phone and wedding ring were stolen.

"We are extremely thankful that Jim is O.K.," said Roxanne Platz, 2016 Great Milwaukee Association of Realtors chairwoman, in a news release. "It appears he took precautions by not being at the property alone, and that one step could have prevented a much worse outcome."

Platz was referring to the fact that Olsen's wife was waiting outside the rental property in their car while the assault happened.

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Video Chief on the Street: Top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief

7:22 a.m. | This week we begin our new weekly video series, "The Chief on the Street," a highlight of the top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief. Look for reporters Carol Spaeth-Bauer and Andrea Tritschler as they travel around the Chief's coverage area, bringing readers the news from where it happened (or close nearby).

Read more about this week's top stories:

·A major drug bust in the village of Eagle.

·Town of Mukwonago begins massive construction project.

·A petition is going around asking for traffic controls at National Ave. and Edgewood Ave.

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Student in custody after making threat at Kettle Moraine High School

11:50 a.m. | A student is in police custody after writing a threat on a bathroom wall at Kettle Moraine High School, according to an alert sent to families of KM students.

The threat indicated that "students and staff would be harmed on a specific future date," according to the alert, signed by KM Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

"In addition to potential criminal charges, the student has been suspended and will go through established school disciplinary procedures," Deklotz wrote.

She added that the investigation, conducted through a joint investigation with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, concluded that although there is no threat to students, as a precautionary measure, the sheriff's department would conduct safety sweeps at the high school. That led to the cancellation of evening activities in the building Thursday night.

"The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority," Deklotz wrote. "All threats against schools are criminal offenses. This event offers an opportunity to talk with your children about their well-being and the implications of making threats to harm others."

Village of Pewaukee changes course, won't hire finance director

May 05, 2016 3:19 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected leaders in the village have done an about-face on the finance director position.

The village board on Tuesday, May 3, scrapped the idea of creating a finance director position and instead will pursue filling the position of deputy clerk-treasurer.

It's back to where the board was after former Village Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Zastrow resigned last July.

After Zastrow's departure, the board initially planned to fill the clerk-treasurer position. But in October, after Trustee Tom Calder proposed hiring a finance director to add more financial expertise at village hall, trustees voted to create the position of finance director-treasurer.

The village advertised for the position, received applications and held interviews earlier this year but never chose a candidate. The next course of action was going to be reposting the position, which the board approved April 7.

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History-making runner, Kathrine Switzer, to speak at Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee event

May 05, 2016 1:43 p.m. | Kathrine Switzer, a world-famous athlete, initially did not think she was making a statement or history when as a 20-year-old she decided to run in the 1967 Boston Marathon.

It wasn't until an official attacked and tried to remove her from the race that she decided she was going to finish the marathon and speak out on behalf of all women.

That was 50 years ago, and Switzer, now 69, is still running marathons. She's also a renowned speaker, author and television personality, and she's coming to Marquette University soon to deliver the keynote speech for a fundraising event called "Limitless Potential," for Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee, a local nonprofit organization.

The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 18 at the Monaghan Ballroom inside the Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., in Milwaukee.

Switzer's speech, according to a news release, will address topics of innovation, change, empowerment and breakthroughs for women.

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Overnight freeway, ramp closures on Highway 67 in Oconomowoc set for Thursday night

May 05, 2016 11:15 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — More overnight freeway and ramp closures are coming soon as part of the ongoing construction work on Highway 67/Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc.

According to a state Department of Transportation news release, both directions of I-94 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, May 5 beneath Highway 67. The southbound Highway 67 entrance ramp to I-94 east is also scheduled to close overnight Thursday.

The cause of the closures is the ongoing construction of the new northbound Highway 67 bridge deck, the release said.

The DOT completed work on the southbound Highway 67 bridge and lanes last year and are reconstructing the northbound bridge and lanes this year. The second half of the project, which began a few months ago, is expected to be completed by fall.

Detours

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Town of Merton looking for a new town clerk

May 05, 2016 10:01 a.m. | Town of Merton — The town needs a new clerk.

Former Town Clerk Nathan Bright is no longer with the town, said Town Chairman Richard Nawrocki.

Bright's last day was Friday, April 29.

Nawrocki declined to talk about the reasons for Bright's departure other than to say the two talked, and Bright left the premises.

"Mr. Bright has left the employment of the town, and we're now looking for a replacement for him," Nawrocki said. "We're going to pursue avenues looking to see what we can do and where we can find someone — and someone who's competent, of course."

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"Rallying the Troops" for Cancer

May 04, 2016 5:10 p.m. | Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection will be holding its 4th annual “Rallying the Troops” fundraising event on Saturday, June 4, at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Attendees will participate in a fun team photo expedition throughout the Zoo grounds with an after-party, dinner and program following at the Peck Welcome Center. In addition to live and silent auctions, raffle tickets are also available to win a trip for two to a beautiful jungle resort in  Costa Rica.

All proceeds from this event will enable Tricia’s Troops to provide financial assistance and other free support services to help families endure the practical concerns, out of pocket costs and daily living challenges that arise during cancer treatment. Life with cancer can be a zoo, but help us show local patients they’re not alone in fighting this beast.

Tickets are $75 or $550 for a table of eight. To register, visit the events page at www.triciastroops.org or call (262) 569-7800.

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Comfort Zone to host Lauri Badura as speaker

May 04, 2016 4:42 p.m. | Comfort Zone will hold its monthly meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9 in the Gifford Conference Room at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

The organization provides support, answers, validation and comfort to parents struggling with a child with substance abuse problems.

Regardless of the stage in the journey, Comfort Zone will provide a listening ear, a compass, a source of strength of just a soft place to land for parents in discovery, in recovery or even in grief.

Guest speaker at the May 9 meeting is Lauri Badura, a local mother who lost her son to heroin and  has been dedicated to raising awareness ever since. She will explain the recent HOPE bills that were signed by Gov Walker and also has a list of resources to share from the Waukesha County Advisory board. She will be happy to answer questions and will also talk about SOFA (Saving Others For Archie), a group she formed after losing her son.

Capitol Drive bridge repairs to cause lane closures in Pewaukee

May 04, 2016 2:55 p.m. | Bridge repairs — and accompanying lane closures — are expected to begin Thursday, May 5, on westbound Highway 190 (Capitol Drive) over Highway F (Redford Boulevard).

The project will repair several girders damaged during a traffic incident in February. The damage occurred when a truck hauling heavy equipment struck the bottom of the bridge.

The freight company's insurance will cover the cost of the $102,000 repairs.

Lane closures will be necessary to facilitate the work. The schedule is subject to change:

· Northbound Highway F will be down to one lane, beginning May 5.

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