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Severson earns easy victory over challenger

Aug. 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Waukesha County GOP leaders were able to breathe a big sigh of relief when county sheriff's inspector Eric Severson eaily defeated challenger Tom Alioto, a former Lisbon police sergeant, in the Republican primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12.

These results will likely determine who will be sheriff for the next four years since there is no Democrat running in the heavily Republican county.

Severson earned 32,940 votes compared to Alioto's 5,485.

After the votes were counted, Severson said he was "happy" and "humbled" by the outcome.

"We stuck to our message that qualifications count and the voters sent us a strong message that they want someone who is qualified to serve them and that is what I will be honored to do," Severson added.

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Menomonee Falls man accused of hit-and-run while intoxicated, his 4th OWI in 5 Years

4:29 p.m. | Village of Lannon — Charles Mossman was charged with hitting Donna Reuter's car and causing injury to her while driving intoxicated, then proceeding to drive away from the scene on Friday, July 22 in Lannon, according to the criminal complaint.

This is Mossman's fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in five years.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Lannon Road and W. Good Hope Road at a four-way stop sign. The complaint stated Mossman did not stop at the sign, and so he struck Reuter's vehicle as she crossed the intersection.

A Lannon Police Officer found Reuter lying in grass adjacent to the road, complaining of head pain.

After leaving the scene, Mossman was later located by a Waukesha County Sheriff in the 20400 block of W. Main Street. He was brought back to the scene of the crime, where he failed a field sobriety test.

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Lake Country businesses team up to host Christmas in July

2:28 p.m. | It may seem too hot outside to think about cocoa and caroling, but two Lake Country businesses are working to spread the Christmas cheer during the next few weeks.

The Purple Giraffe, 183 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, and Silly Willyz, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, are teaming up for their first annual Christmas in July Toy Drive for children in Waukesha County's foster care program, according to a news release from the stores. It will run through Aug. 25.

Participants can drop off new toys in original packaging at either store, according to a news release.

"There is a need all year round," said Jackie Schoenhotz, owner of the Silly Willyz toy store. "We thought it was something we could really make an impact with."

The businesses will accept toys from any store, but the two locations are offering a 25 percent discount for donated items purchased at their locations. They anticipate the drive will provide toys for more than 120 children.

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Allen Road in Oconomowoc to close

12:35 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Beginning Aug. 1, Allen Road between Jonathan Drive and South Concord Road will close to through traffic for about eight weeks while crews work on road repairs.

Drivers will be required to follow detour signs through the Orchards of Oconomowoc subdivision to continue in either direction, according to a news release from director of Public Works Mark Frye.

City crews will realign the Concord Road/Allen Road intersection, replace worn asphalt surfaces and widen the street to 14-foot lanes with curbs and gutters on each side, the release said. Storm sewers will be added in two areas for improved drainage, and a multi-use path will be installed on the south side of the street between Jonathan Drive and Majestic View Lane.

Frye said he anticipates the cost of the half-mile construction to be about $841,000.

Other work in the area includes the installation of a multiuse path along Concord Road from Hickory Creek Drive to Aeppler Way, the release said. The path is being installed to make travel for pedestrians easier between subdivisions and to downtown.

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Memorial fund honors Oconomowoc grad Craig Ireland

12:25 p.m. | Craig Ireland had a passion for football, and not just playing it. He loved being around the game.

The 2013 Oconomowoc High School graduate played on the varsity level, but he also had a strong connection to the Oconomowoc Youth Football program. His father, Chris, a Waukesha County sheriff who's the vice president of the OYF, has long been involved in the Oconomowoc football community.

When Craig died in his sleep of an acute asthma attack on July 24, 2014 at the age of 19, those who knew him — and there were many — grieved after the shocking news. Four days later, OYF president Gary Wipperman announced the creation of the Craig Ireland Memorial Fund.

Two years after Craig's death, the fund has given back to youth football players in the community and also at the high school. Recently, Wipperman announced the fund would donate money to provide an Aurora athletic trainer, Tyler Syltie, at every home OYF game and practice.

Getting more help

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Lake Country golf courses bucking national trend, staying busy

9:35 a.m. | It happened in the bowling business beginning in the late 1990s. Over-saturation with too many bowling centers, increasing costs to participate and several other outside factors all but destroyed the sport in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

At one time, Pewaukee, Hartland, Okauchee and Oconomowoc had as many as eight bowling centers. Now just one center remains, Mapleway Bowl in Oconomowoc, with just eight lanes.

Many people thought the same thing would happen to the sport of golf, not only in the Lake Country but around the state and in many parts of the country. Over-saturation was considered to be the biggest problem, while rising costs also threatened to keep many regular players off the courses.

Two significant U.S. economic recessions definitely hurt the sport in 2001 and again in 2007 through 2009. Popular courses suffered a decrease of business, estimated between 10 to 20 percent, and even more depending upon location.

Some golf websites have reported business down nationally about 10 to 15 percent since 2005. Hundreds of courses have closed, and there's no doubt business will never be anywhere like it was in the heyday of the 1980s and 1990s.

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Michna to perform at Center for Life Enrichment

8:25 a.m. | Jessica Michna will perform as Cordelia Harvey in “Angel in a Gray Bonnet” Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. 

Cordelia Perrine Harvey came to Wisconsin as a young school mistress. She soon met and married Louis Harvey, who became Governor of Wisconsin.   Cordelia’s life unraveled when she was widowed after less than three months in the Governor’s Mansion. She would set aside her grief to become the healing angel of a nation racked by the civil war. Some consider her to be the mother of the modern Veteran's Administration.

Lunch and performance cost $25. To register, send payment to Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.  Please include names of attendees and contact phone number.  Go to www.shorehavenliving.org to learn more.

 

12-year-old Pewaukee girl in car-bike accident dies

6:27 a.m. | The 12-year-old girl struck by a vehicle on Prospect Avenue in the City of Pewaukee on July 19, died last night, according to a release from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

The girl has been identified as Ashlyn Flegel from Pewaukee.  

Lake Country celebrates National Night Out

July 26, 2016 2:15 p.m. | Several Lake Country police departments are taking part in the National Night Out campaign that aims to improve community-police relationships through food and events.

See details on more events in the community columns.

Delafield

The Delafield police Department and Lake Country Fire and Rescue will partner with local and county organizations and businesses to provide food, games and activities.

When/where:6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Delafield municipal parking lot, Main and Dopkins streets

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Town of Lisbon to get mobile app, new website

July 26, 2016 1:18 p.m. | Town of Lisbon — The town plans to launch a mobile app along with a new website.

Through the app, residents can pay taxes and get access to town board and plan commission packets and agendas.

Currently, the town uses Point and Pay through Waukesha County for tax payments, but the app would allow the town to develop more online payments independent of the county. Town Treasurer Nicole Theys said that during tax season, residents can sometimes make more than five online bill payments per day.

"The app will link them to all the information on the site," explained Town Administrator/Clerk Matt Janecke. "One of the key features for me would be citizens can report problems."

The preliminary mockup of the website, which was shared at the July 25 town board meeting, features more color than the former site, and has far less text on the home page.

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Lisbon OKs purchase of Lied's property

July 26, 2016 12:54 p.m. | Town of Lisbon — The town board agreed on July 25 to purchase the former Lied's Nursery property, 3-1, but not without several concerns raised by board members.

As part of the agreement, the town will pay $1.7 million for the property near Town Linie Road and Highway 74 (Main Street). The town has not voted on what it will do with the land officially, but the board discussed selling the land to a developer, and potentially turning the area into a tax incremental financing district.

One concern was that the electorate at the annual meeting approved the purchase of 65 acres, not the full 71.6 acres that encompasses the site. Land owner Jim Forester wants to retain 6.5 acres. To resolve the problem, the town will purchase the entire site, then transfer 6.5 acres back to Forester.

"This was difficult," said Town Chairman Joe Osterman. "We went back and forth on this entire thing."

Town Administrator/Clerk Matt Janecke noted the potential for Menomonee Falls to purchase the property and annex it if a decision were not made immediately.

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Dousman Derby Days coming this weekend

July 25, 2016 4:50 p.m. | Prepare the frogs.

The 61st annual Dousman Derby Days kicks off this weekend.

The festival, known for the state's championship frog jump competition, starts Friday, July 29, and ends on Sunday, July 31, with a parade followed by live music by the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band.

The event draws hundreds to Dousman each year for the diverse schedule of events that include a softball tournament, carnival rides and live music by local artists.

Derby Days started years ago when the American Legion was trying to raise money for a music hall, which is now the community center, and has grown into one of the larger festivals in the area.

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Taste of Lake Country joined by Waterfront Art Fair this year

July 25, 2016 4:35 p.m. | Don't let the name fool you. You can get much more than a taste at the North Shore Bank Taste of Lake Country.

Feel free to eat the entire thing. And then go hunt down offerings from other area eateries.

Food from more than a dozen restaurants will be featured at the event on Wisconsin Avenue along Pewaukee's lakefront. The free, two-day Taste runs from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

It's Positively Pewaukee's largest fundraiser of the year, said Positively Pewaukee Executive Director Elaine Kroening.

"The goal is to bring people to Pewaukee to see and enjoy all the wonderful things we have here," Kroening said. "This event is what keeps the doors open at Positively Pewaukee, so it is the most important event of the year for us."

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Improving economy, shrinking labor pool leaves Lake Country restaurants scrambling for workers

July 25, 2016 4:30 p.m. | It's hard to find good help. Just ask restaurant owners in the Pewaukee area.

An improving economy, shrinking labor pool and workers just restless for new opportunities have left many restaurant operators scrambling to fill shifts.

That's the case for Jeanine Knutson at the 5 O'Clock Club.

Knutson, who owns and operates the eatery on Peterson Drive with her husband Richard Knutson and son Jason Knutson, said they've had five employees quit since June.

The employees left for various reasons, Jeanine said. Two were college graduates who left for jobs more advantageous to their careers. Another wanted to pursue a different career path.

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Shortage in volunteer firefighters and EMTs prompts legislative committee

July 25, 2016 2:57 p.m. | The last few years have been tough on area fire departments that depend on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMT's). Departments, statewide, have had a hard time keeping volunteers engaged, covering daytime shifts at the firehouse and paying them enough to spend time away from their families.

A bipartisan legislative committee, chaired by State Senator Steve Nash (R-Whitewater), begins meeting this month to address some of the issues these rural or small town departments are having and the shortage of volunteers.

The committee, which includes area fire chiefs from Palmyra and Watertown, as well as the president of the Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters Association and the director of the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health.

"We're trying to find ways to assist departments," Nass said.

Societal changes in the last 10 to 20 years have changed the way many departments operate.

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Community helps Big Bend teen get needed service dog

July 25, 2016 2:46 p.m. | Village of Big Bend — Sydney Rohmann is learning that dogs can be so much more than just a best friend.

Dutch arrived on the Rohmann's doorstep July 17. After months of searching and waiting, Sydney, 20, was finally able to snuggle with her service dog.

Sydney has a series of genetic disorders that often leave her tired and in pain. Due to her Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome she often uses a wheelchair to get around and has the tendency to faint because of her postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

When Dutch arrived, he came with months of training already under his doggy-belt. His trainer, Jessica Benz from Ultimate Canine, came with him from Indiana to Wisconsin to help Dutch transition from Benz to Sydney.

"He's learning still," Benz said. "He's working to get used to Sydney."

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» Menomonee Falls man accused of hit-and-run while intoxicated, his 4th OWI in 5 Years 7/27

» Lake Country businesses team up to host Christmas in July 7/27

» Allen Road in Oconomowoc to close 7/27

» Memorial fund honors Oconomowoc grad Craig Ireland Updated:  7/27

» Lake Country golf courses bucking national trend, staying busy Updated:  7/27

» Michna to perform at Center for Life Enrichment 7/27

» 12-year-old Pewaukee girl in car-bike accident dies 7/27

» Lake Country celebrates National Night Out 7/26

» Town of Lisbon to get mobile app, new website 7/26

» Lisbon OKs purchase of Lied's property 7/26

» Dousman Derby Days coming this weekend 7/25

» Taste of Lake Country joined by Waterfront Art Fair this year 7/25

» Improving economy, shrinking labor pool leaves Lake Country restaurants scrambling for workers Updated:  7/25

» Shortage in volunteer firefighters and EMTs prompts legislative committee 7/25

» Community helps Big Bend teen get needed service dog 7/25

» Get to know your county clerk candidates 7/25

» Oconomowoc family perseveres through their child's death to host Jackson's Jam at Okauchee Lions Park Updated:  7/25

» Lake Country police advise safety when playing Pokemon Go 7/25

» Woman moves into 'miracle home' in Mukwonago 7/25

» Hamilton High School 60s, 70s Reunion Picnic to be held 7/25

» Repairs force lane closure on westbound Capitol Drive near Springdale Road 7/25

» Hamilton School Board still accepting applications to fill vacant Lannon seat 7/25

» Two men assisting at Kettle Moraine kickers camp dead after one-car accident in Merton 7/25

» "Pathways to a Healthier You" event planned 7/25

» Two college football players killed in overnight Waukesha County crash Updated:  7/24

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Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Waukesha County Fair

 

The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.

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Weekend Happenings

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North Shore Bank-Taste of Lake Country: 5 p.m. July 29, 4 p.m. July 30, Pewaukee Beach Front, 120 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Headline Friday night is The Toys and Saturday night The Love Monkeys. Free.

Kids from Wisconsin: 7:30 p.m. July 29, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Celebrating its 48th show season with a talented group of 33 young performers representing 29 different hometowns across Wisconsin, this year’s tour theme is Sing! Free.

Wisconsin State Frog Jump Championship: 1 p.m. July 30-31, Cory Park, Downtown Dousman, Dousman. Visit www.facebook.com/WIStateFrogJump.  

Catelyn Picco: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W Main St., Wales. Free.

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