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St. John's to host former first lady impressionist

Feb. 21, 2014 4:00 p.m. | St. John’s Church of Mukwonago, 410 Highway NN West, will commemorate Presidents’ Week at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. An impersonator will be the speaker, portraying Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, and first lady of the United States from 1915-21.

Oconomowoc condo site sold in foreclosure

Feb. 21, 2014 10:16 a.m. | A portion of the Vespera at Porticello condominium development, in Oconomowoc, has been sold through the foreclosure process.

The two condo units and some undeveloped land, valued at $1.9 million, were conveyed at a recent sheriff's auction to Wauwatosa-based Waterstone Bank, according to state real estate records. The property transfer doucments, recorded Thursday, list Vespera LLC as the previous owner.

Vespera was an affiliate of Franklin-based Icon Development Corp., which are both now defunct. Icon Chief Executive Officer Jeffery Klement filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 after the firm ran into financial trouble.

City officials in 2006 approved the high-end Vespera development, which is on Valley Road near Silver Lake. But it had difficulty selling units when the housing bubble burst.

Since 2011, other developers have been involved in trying to revive the project.

Hazardous driving conditions on freeway system

Feb. 21, 2014 10:03 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists to reduce speeds as blowing and drifting snow, combined with high winds, are creating hazardous driving conditions on the freeway system. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports many motorists are driving too fast; on I-94 in Racine County alone, average speeds are well above what is reasonable and prudent for the conditions. Since 7 a.m., there have been multiple rollover incidents reported along most of the major corridors in Southeast Wisconsin, the DOT reports.

If people are in an accident, the DOT reminds motorists to stay in their vehicle, if appropriate, and alert law enforcement of the incident.

Drivers can check road conditions by calling 5-1-1 or on

Farrow congratulates Decker, US Women's Hockey

Feb. 21, 2014 9:48 a.m. |  Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) released the following statement congratulating Dousman native Brianna Decker and the rest of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team for their Silver Medal in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

“Congratulations to Brianna Decker and the rest of Team USA. We’re proud of all the talented and dedicated young ladies representing the United States of America and the state of Wisconsin," said Farrow. "While they may have come up just short, today’s hard fought overtime battle with Canada showcased their determination and resolve.”

Other players with Wisconsin ties include USA Goalie Jessie Vetter (University of Wisconsin) of Cottage Grove, USA Forward Meghan Duggan (University of Wisconsin) from Danvers, MA, USA Forward Hilary Knight (University of Wisconsin) from Sun Valley, ID, USA Forward Amanda Kessel (University of Minnesota) from Madison and team Canada Forward Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid (University of Wisconsin) from Regina, SK.

Let's skate through winter

Feb. 21, 2014 12:00 a.m. | With news of the Sochi Olympics all around us, folks are itching to get out on the ice.

The Mullett Ice Center, 700 W. North Shore Drive in Hartland, is offering special skating hours while the kids are off of school. The center will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and Monday, Feb. 21 and 24. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for junior/seniors and $2 for skate rental. Regular skate hours are 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 15. Call (262) 369-3600 for more information.

If you’re looking for some top-notch comedy this weekend, check out Club Indigo at Olympia, 1350 Royale Mile Road in Oconomowoc. The show starts at 9 p.m. and features international acts with DJ by Prestige Entertainment to follow. Cost is $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

There’s also a very funny show at Theatre on Main, 25 S. Main St. in Oconomowoc. “The Producers,” a musical based on Mel Brooks hilarious 1968 movie, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through March 2. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Visit for more information.

Speaking of “producers,” the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market includes lots of fresh food from local producers. The market is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc. The market includes seasonally grown produce, farm raised items such as brown eggs, grass-fed beef and meats such as elk, goat and lamb plus specialty local seafood products.

Cyber attack at Richmond School District

Feb. 20, 2014 3:30 p.m. | The Richmond School District was the victim of a ransomware attack yesterday, Feb. 19. A communication letter for families is being prepared at this time.

The increasingly popular malware program, Cryptolocker, hacked into the computers and encrypted or locked over 43,000 district files. A countdown clock appeared that explained the school would never be able to access those files unless a $400 ransom was paid.

“The weird thing is that it does not steal any information,” Superintendent Jeff Weiss explained.

This district says it has no reason to believe that any student, staff or financial data has been stolen.

Weiss explained that they have contacted the Wisconsin Department of Justice, as well as the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department to file a police report and notify them of this cyber crime.

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No power for some in Mukwonago, Waukesha areas

Feb. 20, 2014 5:47 a.m. |  Wisconsin Electric is reporting power outages in the North Prairie, Mukwonago, Big Bend and Waukesha areas, affecting more than 1,000 customers. The outages started between 5 and 5:35 a.m. this morning and are currently under investigation.

St. John, North Prairie to hold spaghetti dinner

Feb. 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Enjoy the 14th annual spaghetti dinner at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 312 N. Main St., North Prairie, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Advance tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and children ages 5 to 10, free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets at the door cost $1 more. 

Proceeds support St. John’s youth retreat and the Rev. Micah Wildauer, Robin Wildauer, their children and their future mission work.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call (262) 392-9334 or send email to

Swan, Myers head to general election for District 10 seat

Feb. 19, 2014 8:32 a.m. |

District 10 County Board Supervisor David Swan and Pastor Mark Myers will advance to the general election for the District 10 county board seat.

Swan, 73, captured a sizable margin of the votes, 53 percent of the 577 votes cast. Myers, 45, won 28 percent of the votes.

Swan said he would like to thank his social media people who helped get the vote out, despite the bad weather. Swan said he knocked on 800 doors in the lead up to Tuesday's primary.

“It was cold and windy,” he said. “I usually waited until the warmest part of the day, which was hardly above zero, but people wre still very receptive.”

Swan thanked public works employees in Waukesha County for their efforts in clearing the roads.

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Enjoy today; tomorrow will be another story

Feb. 19, 2014 7:22 a.m. | Today will almost give you hope that spring is on the horizon.

Tomorrow, not so much.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 3 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 20, for snow, freezing rain and sleet.

A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to arrive after 3 a.m. tonight and continue through midmorning Thursday, when it will change over to mainly rain.

Less than an inch of snow is expected, but there could be .10 to .20 of an inch of ice and sleet, making driving hazardous. Welcome back to winter.

Pewaukee wrestlers headed back to state

Feb. 18, 2014 11:19 p.m. | The Pewaukee wrestlers are headed back to team state after a three-year hiatus, and they left no doubt they belong there.

The Pirates did everything right in Tuesday night's Division 2 team sectional championship at PHS, taking 12 of 14 matches in the finals en route to a 56-9 blowout of East Troy .

"It's a great feeling," 138-pound senior Garrett Shibilski said. "Words can't explain it. Going out with a bang is something we set out to do this season and we're doing it. It's awesome."

Shibilski bumped up to 145 pounds in both the semi against Sheboygan Falls and the finals match and came away with two wins to move to 35-8. His final matchup with East Troy's Zack Lamb proved to be one of few tense moments for the Pirates.

Trailing 4-3 in the third period, Shibilski pushed the tempo and kept attacking Lamb, forcing two stalling calls in the final 30 seconds. The second stall forced overtime, where Shibilski appeared to score the winning takedown but couldn't gain control as time expired.

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Arquinego's thrilling pin leads Mukwonago to state wrestling

Feb. 18, 2014 11:11 p.m. | The Mukwonago gymnasium had erupted, Nate Arquinego was celebrating on the wrestling mat with a thrilling, match-clinching victory, and coach Jon Wierzbicki was nowhere to be found.

"I may have been halfway up the bleachers high-fiving parents," Wierzbicki admitted. "I lost it for a little bit there. There's all these hours put in as a program, to have it come down to something like that makes it worthwhile. This is a high-school memory that will last forever."

Arquinego recorded a pin with 5 seconds to go in his match at 138 pounds in what was essentially a winner-take-all bout with Mauricio Cardoso, recording six points in a match he had never led. It was the critical swing in the WIAA Division 1 team sectional Tuesday, and Mukwonago ultimately defeated West Allis Central, 35-31.

"They wrestled each other earlier, and the West Allis Central boy headlocked him (for a pin)," Wierzbicki said. "So it was ironic we went into the match saying, 'Hey, look out for his headlock,' and then we end up throwing a headlock out of desperation. It's the beauty of high school sport."

With the Indians nursing a four-point lead and Central state-ranked standout Mark Choinski waiting in the 145-pound match to close the meet, the penultimate match was essentially the clincher one way or the other. Cardoso led after two periods, 6-3, and he had an 8-5 lead in the final seconds when Arquinego tried one last move.

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Draeger out of race for County Supervisor 24 seat

Feb. 18, 2014 9:35 p.m. |  Waukesha County Supervisor District 24 incumbent Daniel Draeger has been ousted by primary winners Steven Whittow and Larry Bangs in today's election, according to unofficial results posted by the Waukesha County Clerk, Kathleen Novak. 

Whittow received 497 votes and Bangs received 185 votes to Draeger's 120 votes and 75 votes cast for Benjamin Langer.

Ashippun votes on new posts

Feb. 18, 2014 9:17 p.m. |  In the primary race for Town Board in Ashippun, unconfirmed reports are that in the race for Supervisor 1,  Syl Hoeth and Norman Greeb will advance to the general election. Hoeth received 96 votes, Greeb got 87,  and  David Adkins trailed with 67.

 In the contest for Town Supervisor 3, Ryan Jacobs  got 110 votes,  Austin Borchardt garnered 73 and David Guckenberger earned 68 votes. 

Residents at the town's 2013 annual meeting voted to expand the current Town Board from three to five members, creating the two new positions.

Fire Station approved in Delafield town

Feb. 18, 2014 8:57 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Voters tonight approved a $3.9 million referendum for the construction of a new fire station and town hall to built at the Sports Commons park by a vote of 725 yes and 688 no.

Attwell, De Yoe win in Delafield

Feb. 18, 2014 8:18 p.m. | City of Delafield - The mayoral primary election results are as follows:

Kent Attwell 396

Ald. Michele De Yoe 288

Ald. Jeff Krickhahn 191

Al Zietlow 173

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Indiana University Health to oversee ProHealth Care heart surgery program

Feb. 18, 2014 2:22 p.m. | ProHealth Care has reached an agreement to contract with Indiana University Health to oversee its heart surgery program.

IU Health performs more than 1,900 cardiothoracic surgeries a year and has one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, ProHealth said. Waukesha Memorial Hospital, part of ProHealth, does more than 400 cardiothoracic surgeries a year.

Last March, ProHealth and Columbia St. Mary's announced plans to develop a joint cardiothoracic surgery program that would be staffed and overseen by a medical center with a national reputation in the specialty.

The two health systems have strong competition from Aurora Health Care and Froedtert Health in heart surgery, historically one of the most profitable services offered by hospitals.

The competition intensified in recent years after Aurora opened hospitals near ProHealth's Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and Columbia St. Mary's Hospital-Ozaukee in Mequon.

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Volunteers needed in Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit

Feb. 18, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Prospective volunteers in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest are invited to a Saturday meeting at the Forest Headquarters, S91 W39091 State Hwy 59, Eagle. The meeting will start at 9 a.m.

The meeting will provide information about specific volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can work at scheduled workdays throughout the year or on self-directed individual projects. Workday activities include removing invasive plant species, collecting native prairie seeds, building nest boxes and improving trails.

Self-directed opportunities include adopt a trail, historical cabin caretaker, assisting with marketing for interpretive programs and monitoring nest boxes. The positions are very flexible, according to park officials.

Anyone who has ideas and an interest in the outdoors should attend the meeting and help brainstorm for new projects to work on, said Amanda Prange, visitor service associate and volunteer coordinator.

“If you think you have skills that could help us manage and preserve the beauty of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, please join us on February 22 and see what the Southern Unit has to offer you,” Prange said.

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Morning voting trends in Delafield

Feb. 18, 2014 12:39 p.m. |  Election morning voting trends are indicating there may be more voters than expected casting ballots in the Town of Delafield fire station referendum while in the City of Delafield there may be fewer voters than expected casting ballots in a four candidate mayoral primary election.

Town Clerk Mary Elsner had predicted a turn out between 20 and 30 percent. However, about 15 percent of the town's nearly 6,000 voters had cast ballots before 11 a.m.,  indicating the possibility the turn out might exceed 30 percent by the time polls close at 8 p.m.

During the first four hours of voting about 8 percent of the city's aproximately 4,800 voters had a cast ballots. At that pace, City Clerk Gina Gresch acknowledged, the voter turn would not reach the 40 percent turn out that she had predicted.

The size of the voter turnout is considered a critical factor in the four candidate mayoral race that includes Alderwoman Michele De Yoe, Alderman Jeff Krickhahn, former Alderman Al Zeitlow and Lake Welfare Committee Chairman Kent Attwell.

Attwell and Zeitlow were the candidates most mentioned by about a dozen voters interviewed by Lake Country Publications at the Christ the King Church, the city's polling place.

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Hartland gets 6 inches of snow

Feb. 17, 2014 5:20 p.m. | The Village of Hartland was hit with 6 inches of snow between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m,, making travel conditions slippery on all roads.

Streets in Hartland were snow-covered and had not been plowed since 2 p.m.

Traffic on Highway 16 between Hartland and Pewaukee was going very slow, topping 25 miles per hour at best. Traffic also slow on Highway 83 between Highway 16 and I-94.

The mercury was forecast to reach 38 degrees on Tuesday and 36 degrees on Wednesday with bright sunshine.

Winter delivers another blow

Feb. 17, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Area school districts including Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago cancelled after school activities tonight due to heavy snowfall. 

Snowfall during the day has resulted in several inches of accumulation leaving roads snow covered and slippery as plows work to keep up with the latest winter blast delivered to the area. 

KM middle school, high school dismissed early

Feb. 17, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Middle School and High School students were released 15 minutes early MOnday to allow buses additional time to complete their routes. This allowed buses additional time to complete their routes before having to begin their elementary school routes.

After-school activities were canceled at KM schools.

The weather also caused the Kettle Moraine Music Parents Association meeting to reschedule its meeting to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

LC School Board meeting rescheduled

Feb. 17, 2014 4:43 p.m. | The Lake Country School Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Lake Country School.

Man charged with stealing local Boy Scout troop's trailer

Feb. 17, 2014 3:05 p.m. |  A 26-year-old Waukesha landscaper was charged last week with stealing a trailer that belonged to a local Boy Scout troop.

Michael McMullen, 22225 W. Hillcrest Rd., was charged on Friday, Feb. 7 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft, for which he could face 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the trailer theft last September when it went missing from the parking lot at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in the Town of Genesee.

The trailer was about 15-feet long and had on both sides a picture of a boy climbing with the words “Troop 135 Wales/Genesee WI” written above it.

Officers quickly located the partially covered trailer parked outside McMullen’s residence. A man was sanding and repainting the trailer when police arrived and told officers McMullen was inside the residence.

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OHS and Intermediate schools dismiss early

Feb. 17, 2014 2:29 p.m. | Oconomowoc High School and both intermediate schools will dismiss students 15 minutes early today due to weather concerns.


Sheriffs Department identifies suspect in Sussex bank robbery

Feb. 17, 2014 12:54 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department has identified a suspect believed to be involved in the Dec. 10 robbery of Associated Bank in Sussex.

The department executed a warrant on Friday, Feb. 7, to search a 30-year-old man’s phone records. According to the warrant affidavit, the man was found walking with a friend less than a block from the bank shortly after the robbery occurred. He also made suspicious statements to police during an investigation into his mother’s death.

The Sussex Sun does not typically name suspects unless charges are filed.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a holdup alarm at Associated Bank, N64 W23710 Main St., at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. By the time officers arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene in a brown SUV with over $3,000 in cash.

According to the affidavit, an officer doing field interviews near Elmwood Avenue and Main Street made contact with two men about two hours after the robbery. The officer said in the affidavit that the men seemed “very nervous” and claimed they were in the area because they had heard about the robbery and wanted to “check it out.”

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Warning to motorist

Feb. 17, 2014 9:41 a.m. |  Lake Country motorists planning to run errands today might want to get them done early.

Higth winds are beginning to blow snow onto secondary roads located in undeveloped areas and near farm fields, particularly north of Highway 16.

Waukesha County and municipal roads crews are out working and most the primary roads in the area such as Silver Spring, Jungbluth, North Shore, Lisbon and Lake Five roads remain clear although there are some snow covered patches.

With heavy snow and high winds in the forecast, some of the streets and roads may become slippery later today.

Snow ready to move in

Feb. 17, 2014 7:06 a.m. | Snow should move into the area just in time for the end of the morning commute, and should stick around all day, making for a messy commute this evening, as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The heaviest snow is expected from late morning to late afternoon, with 6 to 7 inches of snow accumulating. Higher amounts could occur in some areas.

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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.

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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.






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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  

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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