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Pirates fall in double OT

Nov. 29, 2011 11:23 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team lost to host Slinger in double overtime Tuesday night in a nonconference game, 93-89. It was the highest losing total of points ever scored by the Pirates.

Kray Bradley fired in a career-best 30 points for the Pirates before fouling out. He scored 23 points in the fourth period and the two overtimes.

Pewaukee (1-1) finished the game with out six of its top nine players. Jordy Edgerson and Cameron Hehn both suffered knee injuries in the first quarter and Bradley, Ben Steker, John Czerwinski and Austin Hansen all fouled out.

Czerwinski and Jordan Daul had 13 points each and Steker had 12.

Arrowhead boys team falls to Wisco

Nov. 29, 2011 10:59 p.m. | Arrowhead took a lead on a 3-pointer from Kenny Finco with just more than a minute to play, but state-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran answered and made its free throws down the stretch in a 74-68 win in boys basketball Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Finco finished with 29 points and hit a game-tying and go-ahead triple in the fourth quarter, but Chris Golden (25 points) answered the second trey with a go-ahead jumper that gave Wisco the lead for good. The Vikings are ranked ninth in the Division 2 state rankings.

AHS (0-2) meets Bradley Tech on Saturday.

AHS hockey team wins

Nov. 29, 2011 9:46 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team improved to 2-0 on the season Tuesday night by scoring a 2-1 victory over visiting Fond du Lac at the Mullett Center. It's the second time in five years and third time in nine seasons the Warhawks have started 2-0.

The game-winning goal came with just 4:48 remaining in the game. Garrett Opay scored that goal after picking up a perfect pass from Jared Johnson.

AHS led 1-0 after the first period when Johnson scored. Mike Adams had the assist on that goal.

The game was tied at 1-1 after two periiods.

Arrowhead goalie Tim Routes had a big game for the winners. He saved 22 of 23 shots for the night.

Dousman-Summit fire merger approved

Nov. 29, 2011 9:18 p.m. | VILLAGE OF DOUSMAN - The governing bodies of the communities of Dousman, Ottawa and Summit have unanimously agreed to merge the Dousman and Summit fire districts.

Effective in 2013, each community's share of the operating costs of the newly consolidated department will be determined by a formula based on the population of each community, the number of fire and ambulance calls in each community, and the value of each community's residential and commercial structures, excluding land.

The Village of Summit and the Town of Ottawa agreed to allow the formula to be phased in over a five year period because it will result in a $50,000 increase in fire and medical emergency response costs to the Village of Dousman.

Despite the intial cost increase, Dousman officials believe the consolidation will help the village reduce potential costs for fire and emergency medical services in the future.

The phase in period will end if, and when, Dousman Village trustees can impose a special service fee on not for profit institutions owning land  in the village. 

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Generac holds second job fair tomorrow in Whitewater

Nov. 29, 2011 4:00 p.m. | Following the company’s recent job fair at their Waukesha headquarters after they announced the addition of more than 400 new jobs, Generac Power Systems will hold another job fair Wednesday, November 30th at their manufacturing plant in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

In response to increased demand, as many as 300 assembly positions remain available. Many of these positions must be filled in the next 90 days. Generac is looking for qualified applicants and will hold the job fair at their Whitewater manufacturing facility located at 757 North Newcomb Street from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30th.

At the job fair, prospective employees will meet with hiring managers about Generac’s exciting career opportunities. The company is recruiting general assembly workers, production supervisors (2nd and 3rd shift), manufacturing engineers, industrial engineering technicians (3rd shift), and quality advisors (3rd shift). All positions include a comprehensive benefits program.

Attendees should bring an updated resume and are encouraged to apply online at Generac Power Systems is an equal opportunity employer.

Is misplaced light pole to blame for Town of Mukwonago power outage this morning?

Nov. 29, 2011 11:02 a.m. | WE Energies sent out phone calls to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) this morning to investigate if a light pole at the intersection of Highway 83 and Highway I was placed too close to a power line causing power outages to Town of Mukwonago residents during a gusty Tuesday morning.

Construction just wrapped up last week Wednesday on the Highway 83 reconstruction between Highway NN in Mukwonago and Highway 59 in Genesee, and WE Energies wonders if the pole was misplaced during construction. 

Town of Mukwonago Police report that high winds caused several wires to sway and make contact with the metal pole blowing out the power at the intersection. 

WE Energies reports that around 2,000 customers saw a split second power outage just after 6 a.m. Tuesday but that around 2,000 customers were without power for around 50 minutes, and just over 50 customers were in the dark for around 70 minutes as power was restored. 

Town of Mukwonago Police had the intersection closed for around an hour to allow WE Energies to restore power. 

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Still time to file KMSD Hall of Fame nominations

Nov. 29, 2011 9:19 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District will accept nominations for the Trailblazers’ Hall of Fame through December 1.

KMSD proudly honors the accomplishments and humanitarian efforts of former graduates in the Laser Trailblazers’ Hall of Fame. The criteria for nomination are that the candidate (living or deceased) must be a Kettle Moraine graduate of 10 years or more and has made or is making a significant contribution to society and their community.

The nomination form is available online at If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Debbie Carrasco-Zanini by phone at (262) 968-6300, ext. 5305 or via e-mail

Help stock Mukwonago food pantries

Nov. 28, 2011 4:03 p.m. |  There are still a few days left to help Mukwonago area food pantries and save $1 at Mukwonago Culvers.

Customers who bring in one non-perishable food pantry item will get $1 off any value basket through Dec. 3. All items will be donated to local food pantries, including the Mukwonago Food Pantry and the Kitchen Kupboard Food Pantry.

Dignitaries take part in Highway 83 ribbon cutting

Nov. 28, 2011 10:57 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago, state and county officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome back Highway 83 on Nov. 23. Take a look at the event under Recent Lake Country Videos at Living Lake Country.

Job hunting is like a treasure hunt

Nov. 28, 2011 7:59 a.m. | If a job is at the top of your Christmas wish list, you'll want to check out our story on how social networking can help make your dream come true. Read it in the Tuesday Lake Country Reporter and Oconomowoc Focus.

OHS wins opener in Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout

Nov. 26, 2011 3:33 p.m. | The Oconomowoc varsity girls basketball team opened its season with a 46-41 victory at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout.

Mandy Prom and Carly Hall made several free throws in the fourth quarter, allowing the Raccoons to hold off Oshkosh West.

"A lot of kids stepped up in this game," OHS head girls basketball coach Bob Shea said. "Jorie Perrine had a big block  for us and a steal, and Erin Vande Zande got some huge rebounds for us. This was a good start," he said.

Pewaukee boys whip Kettle Moraine

Nov. 25, 2011 9:16 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team laid some big-time pressure defense on visiting Kettle Moraine Friday night and rolled to a 71-53 nonconference win over the Lasers in the first game of the season for both teams.

The Pirates forced KM into 17 first-half turnovers as they led 38-24 at halftime. Kettle Moraine finished with 30 turnovers. Pewaukee had 19 for the night.

Senior Jordy Edgerson led the Pirates with 16 points. Austin Hansen added 10 points for the winners and Ben Steker grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds.

KM was led by sophomore guard Paul Miller. In his first varsity game, Miller fired in 20 points. He missed just two shots from the field.

Grass fire in Vernon

Nov. 25, 2011 3:49 p.m. | Vernon Fire Department was dispatched to a grass fire in the area of Henneberry Avenue and Big Bend Drive around 3:40 p.m.

No further information was available at the time of this posting.

Highway 83 is open, what are your thoughts?

Nov. 25, 2011 10:58 a.m. |  Thanksgiving day travelers were among the first to try out the newly reconstructed Highway 83 corridor between Highway NN in Mukwonago and Highway 59 in Genesee. 

We're curious what your thoughts on the new road are.

Is it easier to navigate?

Do you feel more at ease with the safety enhancements (flatter terrain, wider surfaces, etc)? 

What do you think the new road will mean for businesses?

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Get in the holiday spirit and see a movie

Nov. 25, 2011 8:03 a.m. | What better way to spend the holidays than a day or evening at the movie theater. There are plenty of great movies to choose from this holiday season. For a list of the best, check out Living Lake Country Sunday and Living Kettle Moraine Sunday.

World's Greatest Cookie Sale today

Nov. 25, 2011 12:00 a.m. | Cookie making is as big a part of the holiday season as decorating the home, shopping and carols. Families gather in the kitchen with all their favorite recipes and the flour and sugar starts to fly.

While the results are wonderful, the process is time-consuming and messy. Wouldn’t it be great to have all those delicious cookies without the hassle?

This year, why not pay a visit to The World’s Greatest Cookie Sale from noon to 4 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel Grand Ballroom, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Not only will you be able to have a huge variety of festive confections at your holiday gatherings, but you’ll be helping nonprofit organizations as well. That’s because the cookies are made by 30 groups who benefit from the sales.

Besides choosing from thousands of cookies, the event includes holiday music performances, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a magic show, cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting and a holiday coloring contest.

So bring the kids to this fun, festive celebration of the cookie. And be sure to put a few aside for the ride home.

REMINDER: Thursday paper comes in mail Friday

Nov. 23, 2011 4:19 p.m. | The Lake Country Reporter, Oconomowoc Focus and Kettle Moraine Index will be home delivered on Friday, Nov. 25 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The papers will be available on news stands on Thursday, Nov. 24, as usual.

Oconomowoc Cousins owner earns franchisee award

Nov. 23, 2011 4:02 p.m. | Tracy Surma, owner of Cousins Subs in Pabst Farms, has been named the 2010 Franchisee of the Year according to a recent press release sent from Cousins.

The Franchisee of the Year Award is based on guest service, store operations, marketing, community involvement and financial success. Surma ranked high in all areas, according to Cousins Subs President and Chief Operating Officer Christine A. Specht.


“Tracy does outstanding work and has an incredible dedication to Cousins Subs, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations for this well-deserved award,” Specht said. “Tracy and Mark are tremendous representatives of our company, and we’re so proud to have them as part of the Cousins Subs family.”

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Mukwonago says welcome back Highway 83

Nov. 23, 2011 1:23 p.m. |

 Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas listens as Representative David Craig talks to the crowd gathered for the long-awaited reopening of Highway 83 today. 

Mike Scott with Barricade Flashers drags road barricades off the highway after the noon ribbon cutting ceremony. 

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Pewaukee Village tax hike not as big as first thought

Nov. 23, 2011 12:00 p.m. |

Village of Pewaukee – The tax increase for village services will be less than anticipated.

The village recently received its final assessment numbers from the state Department of Revenue and it came in higher than anticipated which in turn lowered the tax rate.

The 2012 tax rate for the village will be $4.85 per $1,000 assessed valuation, or 2 percent more than the previous rate of $4.75. During budget discussions, the tax rate was estimated to increase by 13 cents.

Free Thanksgiving meal today

Nov. 23, 2011 11:04 a.m. | A free Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 N. Genesee St., Delafield, in the church's Great Hall.

The meal is a collaborative ecumenical event with Christ the King Lutheran, St. Joan of Arc Catholic, Delafield Presbyterian, and St. John’s Chrysostom Episcopal churches with Nashotah House Theological Seminary and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.

All are welcome, with a special invitation to such groups as members of the military (past and present) and their families, elderly, homeless, disabled, men’s and women’s shelters, rehab facilities and those who find themselves alone at this time of the year.


Contributions are still sought to help the goal of feeding 300 to 400 people at this gathering.

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Dakota still loose

Nov. 23, 2011 9:44 a.m. | Officials from the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) on Tuesday said efforts to capture great horned owl, Dakota, that was taken from his cage about two weeks ago after a break-in at the center, so far have been unsuccessful.

However, WINC staff said that Dakota's healthy condition at the time of his capture is a great asset to his chances of survival in the wild since his escape from his captors the weekend of Nov. 12.

A post at said that Dakota is still in the area of Hunters Lake where staff has set up one feeding station in hopes of luring the owl down from the trees. WINC's Lisa Rowe said Dakota is likely very scared which is why he won't come down from the trees above. They also believe he may have moved to a nearby location that is better protected from wind and rain. The staff plans to set up another feeding station in that area in hopes of attracting the bird.

Watch for more on this story on under Kettle Moraine Index news.

Shop local, save money, support the Women's Center

Nov. 23, 2011 9:41 a.m. | On Black Friday, Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Wales is hosting a fundraising event to benefit The Women’s Center in Waukesha.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, stop by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Wales, 300 E. Summit Ave. and purchase a coupon bag for $10. All of the proceeds will go to The Women’s Center in Waukesha. There are 50 bags filled with discounted offers from 13 area businesses.

"We want to help people save money during this year’s holiday shopping and raise money for a great organization that helps to provide safety, shelter and support to women and their families," read a release from the dance studio.


For more information, contact Jennifer with Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Wales at (262)968-5000 or Garrison at (262) 352-5627.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Wales hosts Black Friday fundraiser

Nov. 23, 2011 9:14 a.m. | The Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 300 E. Summit Ave., Wales will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit The Women's Center of Waukesha from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 25. 

The studio will be selling coupon bags filled with discounted offers from 13 area businesses. Bags are $10 each, and proceeds will go to The Women's Center. 

For more information contact Jennifer at (262) 968-5000 or Garrison at (262) 352-5627. 

Cuts planned to Waukesha-Milwaukee bus routes

Nov. 22, 2011 8:23 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County plans to reduce commuter service between Waukesha and downtown Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beginning Jan. 2, but first officials will hear from the public at a hearing set for Dec. 1.

Two routes would be affected:

  • Route 901, which operates from downtown Waukesha to Milwaukee, including UWM, now offers 21 trips weekdays between 5:15 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Proposed cutbacks would reduce the service to peak travel hours and just eight total trips, running between 5:15 and 10:07 a.m. and 2:26 and 7:38 p.m. weekdays.
  • Route 905 operates from various park-and-ride lots along I-94 between Oconomowoc and Milwaukee. The service runs during morning and afternoon rush hours weekdays, and it will be cut from the current six trips to five trips during the morning rush hour. No cut is planned in the afternoon.

The hearing on the changes will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Waukesha County Courthouse County Board Room, 515 W. Moreland Blvd.

Transit staff will be on hand to hear from the public.

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Judge issues force-feed order for man convicted of slaying

Nov. 22, 2011 7:58 p.m. | Waukesha - A judge on Tuesday ordered that Darren Wold, convicted of homicide in the death of his ex-girlfriend, undergo an involuntary medical examination and be given food, drink and medication against his will if necessary.

Wold has been on a hunger strike since Nov. 3, the day after a jury found him guilty in the murder-for-hire slaying of Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc on Oct. 1, 2009, according to court records.

Deborah B. Price, principal assistant Waukesha County corporation counsel, filed petitions on behalf of the sheriff Monday afternoon that sought an order directing an involuntary medical evaluation and the "administration of care, nutrition, hydration, medication or treatment" to Wold.

In the petitions, Price states that intervention is needed to protect Wold and prevent serious harm or death.

Judge James R. Kieffer signed an emergency order Tuesday morning and authorized the "involuntary administration of artificial nutrition and hydration by means of an intravenous (IV) tube, gastric tubing, or nasal-gastric tubing under restraints, if necessary," according to the order.

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Highway 83 reopens tomorrow, ribbon cutting ceremonies being held

Nov. 22, 2011 4:00 p.m. |  Highway 83 will once again be open to through traffic after being closed since March for construction. 


The Highway 83 construction is scheduled to be completed at noon Nov. 23, weather permitting.

To celebrate the reopening, Mukwonago and Genesee businesses and communities will host ribbon-cutting events that day.

In Mukwonago, the ribbon-cutting will be at the entrance of Black Bear Boulevard near Waukesha State Bank at noon, followed by announcements from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and local officials at Culver's, 1090 N. Rochester St. Culver's will offer special promotions to celebrate the reopening.

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Hunter OK after being shot

Nov. 22, 2011 1:21 p.m. |

Town of Oconomowoc – A 61-year-old Town of Oconomowoc man who was accidentally shot by a member of his deer hunting party yesterday suffered only a minor wound.

Curtis Weide was hunting in the area of Pennsylvania Street and Highway CW late Monday morning and during a deer drive with about five other hunters Weide was hit by a 12 gauge slug shot by another member of the hunting party.

Kyle Drake of the state Department of Natural Resources said as the men moved through a marsh area a couple of deer were stirred and one of the hunters shot at a running deer. The slug apparently ricocheted off something and hit Weide in the left chest area. Drake said he believes the slug ricocheted off something because it only penetrated the hunter’s skin by about a half inch.

"He pulled the slug out himself," Drake said.

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No train for Santa

Nov. 22, 2011 8:03 a.m. | The annual Santa train in East Troy has been cancelled this year. But not to worry. The jolly old elf will still make his way to the village green in time for the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. See more in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Mukwonago Library getting ready to move back home

Nov. 21, 2011 4:31 p.m. |

Get a sneak peek at the expanded Mukwonago Public Library in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief. 

The library will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony after the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce Midnight Magic parade on Dec. 3 with the building open for viewing until 7 p.m.

The library will be closed from Dec. 10 through 13 during the move back to the building and will reopen on Dec. 14.

Medical issues cited in new sentencing bid

Nov. 21, 2011 4:16 p.m. | Waukesha - Prosecutors sought to move up the sentencing date of Darren Wold, convicted of homicide in the murder-for-hire slaying of his ex-girlfriend, after becoming concerned over his well-being after a jury found him guilty, according to a newly released record.

At one point, Wold had to be removed from the Waukesha County Jail, where he is being held, "as a result of medical concerns due to his refusal to eat or drink" since the Nov. 2 verdict, Waukesha District Attorney Brad Schimel states in a letter to Judge James R. Kieffer.

In the letter, Schimel asks the judge to change Wold's sentencing date to Dec. 2 from Dec. 20, stating that the state Department of Corrections "is better equipped to handle the particular problems that are being posed by Wold's behaviors."

The sentencing remains scheduled for Dec. 20 after Wold's attorneys told the court they are unable to change the date.

"I have been informed that after he returned to the jail from court after the guilty verdict, he laid down in his bunk and has not gotten up since, other than to make a few phone calls with his parents," Schimel wrote.

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Hunter shot in Oconomowoc

Nov. 21, 2011 12:51 p.m. |
Town of Oconomowoc – A hunter was apparently shot late Monday morning while he was hunting and was taken to the hospital by Flight for Life helicopter.
The Town of Oconomowoc Police Department could be not be reached for more information.
Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Steve Pederson said the hunter was shot in the area of Pennsylvania Street and Mapleton Avenue.
The hunter was reportedly shot in the chest. Further details were not available before press time. Watch for updates and the Thursday paper for more on this story.

Oconomowoc Library offers babysitting for Black Friday shoppers

Nov. 21, 2011 9:37 a.m. | If you're interested in joining in the Black Friday  experience, but don't want to add your children to the frenzy of holilday shopping, the Oconomowoc Public Library has a alternative for you.

On Friday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m.-noon, parents can shop for the holidays while the children’s librarian and local teens provide games, snacks, and fun for the kids!

Pre-registration is required. Email or call     (262) 569-2193, ext. 210. Please provide   your name, children’s names and ages,  and your phone number.    All children who attend must be  potty-trained. There is a suggested donation of $5 per hour, per  child, payable at the event. All proceeds   support the renovation of the  Oconomowoc Public Library’s Teen  Section.

Highway P/I-94 construction wrapping up

Nov. 21, 2011 7:41 a.m. | Motorists can be thankful that construction at Highway P and I-94 is drawing to an end, with the opening of the interchange slated for this week. Read more in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter and Oconomowoc Focus.

Sussex named best place to raise kids

Nov. 18, 2011 6:35 p.m. | Village of Sussex - Sussex has been named "The Best Place in Wisconsin to Raise Your  Kids"  in 2012 by Bloomberg

The Bloomberg website reviewed 4,169 communities with a population between 1,000 and 50,000, a crime index less than 10 percent above the national average, and median family incomes within  20 percent of the state median in which the community was located.

Excellent schools, combined with affordable costs of living, low crime rates, and  plentiful amenities were the factors considered in choosing the best place to raise kids in each of the 50 states. An emphasis was placed on school performances, expenditures, and family incomes, according to the website.

According to Bloomberg, the average math score in the Hamilton School District is more than 14 points above the state average and the average reading score is ten points above the state average.

The median income in the village is $77,114.

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Wrong-way driver was four times legal limit

Nov. 18, 2011 3:28 p.m. | PEWAUKEE - The driver in a double fatal wrong-way crash in Waukesha County was reportedly far over the legal limit.

Dawn Ewing crashed head-on into a car after driving about 8 miles the wrong way in the eastbound lanes on I-94 earlier this month. 

Ewing was killed as was the driver of the second vehicle Brian St. Germaine. 

The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office is now reporting Ewing had a blood alcohol level of .35, nearly five times the legal limit. 

Ewing had a prior drunk driving arrest and was set to appear in court last week.

Sugar plums dance sweetly in 'The Nutcracker' at Arrowhead

Nov. 18, 2011 12:00 a.m. | There are a few classic stories that are unmistakably connected with Christmas.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” leaps to mind as does Clement Moore’s beloved poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Right up there is “The Nutcracker,” based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman.  It is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

Anyone who has seen “The Nutcracker Ballet” will never forget the wonderfully festive party scene, the fast, ferocious fight scene, the enchanting journey through the Land of Snow, and all the charming dances, The Arabian Dance, The Russian Dance, The Chinese Dance and The Waltz of Flowers.

Why not start your holiday season with Lake Country Dance Theatre’s version of “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, at Arrowhead High School. 

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Wild Life in Need hopes for Dakota the owl's return before hunting season

Nov. 17, 2011 3:02 p.m. | Dakota, the owl who has suffered from much trauma since being taken from his cage at the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) this past weekend, is taking his time coming down from a tree around Hunters Lake.

Staff at the center are trying to lure him down before hunting season starts next week. Lisa Rowe with WINC said that it is not safe for handlers to be walking around during hunting season, and that the center doesn't want to infringe on hunters' rights. 

However, everyone involved is hoping Dakota works up the courage to fly down to his familiar handlers who have been able to get his attention off and on by calling his name. He is checked on several times a day, but so far seems too afraid to move. Pre-killed mice are being used as bait to help coerce him down. 

“This all has been very scary for him,” Rowe said. 

If WINC is able to see that Dakota is indeed flying around, they may decide to use a live trap to capture him. 

Town of Mukwonago waits one more month to decide fate of flooding grant

Nov. 16, 2011 8:52 p.m. |  During a Town of Mukwonago board meeting this evening, board members approved allowing supervisor Tom Stefanowski to talk with the county to learn more about one more solution to the flooding problems in Country Bliss. While details of that potential plan were not presented during the meeting, Stefanowski stated it had to do with the use of trees in the area. 

Town chairman Dave Dubey expressed his concern that the county is anxious to hear the town's decision for the money as they have other areas of the county that could use the state grant money to address flooding issues. 

The town board made a motion to table the agenda item to decide what should be done with the grant money until the December plan commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. 

Check next week's Mukwonago Chief for more information. 

Missing owl spotted in Hunters Lake area

Nov. 16, 2011 2:15 p.m. | Lisa Rowe with the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) said Wednesday morning they have located great horned owl Dakota that was stolen from his cage this weekend.

Matthew R. Kuhlemeyer, 18, and Dilan S. White, 17, of Dousman were charged Tuesday with felony burglary and criminal damage to property. They were released on $5,000 bonds and have a Dec. 5 preliminary hearing.

They took the owl to a nearby residence,took photos of it, but Dakota got away and flew out over a lake before disappearing. However, one of the photos appeared on a Facebook page and an anonymous tip to the Sheriff's Department about the post led to the arrests.

Rowe said they are sure they have located Dakota in the area of Hunters Lake because they have called to the owl and he has responded. The owner of the property he has been frequenting is allowing WINC officials access. They plan to set up a feeding station and hopefully attract Dakota and soon return him to safety.

More on this story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.

One alarm fire displaces 20 Oconomowoc residents for nearly an hour this morning

Nov. 16, 2011 12:32 p.m. |  Around 20 residents stood in the cold for almost an hour  this morning as the Oconomowoc Fire Department attendted to a one alarm fire in an eight family apartment building located at 1085 Lowell Dr. in Oconomowoc. 

Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Leidel explained that a light ballast in a basement hallway caught fire, causing a cloud of black smoke to fill a downstairs hallway. The fire was contained to the light fixture and the smoke to the hallway, and residents were removed as a precaution. The residents waited outside while the department put out the fire, reset the fire alarm, and ventalted the smoke from the building. 

A newborn baby and family waited inside a fire truck to escape the cold during the incident. 

No injuries occurred and residents were allowed to return inside.

Town of Mukwonago Police seek help after jogger vs. truck hit and run today

Nov. 15, 2011 8:16 p.m. | Police are looking for a man who hit a jogger, breaking her leg, today around 4:19 p.m. in the Town of Mukwonago. The woman was hit while running on Highway EE just south of Sugden Road. The truck, driven by a white man described in his 20's with dark, shorter hair, fled the scene. The woman was transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. 

Police are asking that anyone with information call the Town of Mukwonago Police Department at (262) 363-5188. 

Mukwonago to welcome new fire chief

Nov. 15, 2011 4:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Fire Department will have a new chief after nearly a year without one. Jeff Stien of Illinois will be sworn in as Chief on Monday, Nov. 28. 

He will replace Jeff Rolfe, who retired in January.

For more information on Stien, read tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief. 

Brown named to All-State team

Nov. 15, 2011 1:49 p.m. | Pewaukee senior Dan Brown, 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, was the only Lake Country area player named to the 2011 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's All-State first team. Brown was one of the top players in the Woodland Confernece this past season. The team was released on Monday.

Five other local players earned honorable mention. Making that list were Arrowhead senior Trevor Schell at offensive line, Arrowhead senior Ryan Saeger at quarterback, Pewaukee senior Jordan Edgerson at defensive end, Kettle Moraine senior Jake Rademacher at linebacker and Arrowhead junior Jackson Abresch at defensive back.

Zach Poker of Oconomowoc earned honorable mention at tight end.

Waukesha County Board adopts executive's budget

Nov. 15, 2011 11:16 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board adopted County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed 2012 budget intact Tuesday, overwhelmingly rejecting a supervisor's last-ditch effort to prevent closing the Juvenile Center girls' secure detention unit.

Supervisor Patricia Haukohl, chairman of the board's Finance Committee, said the budget represents a continuation of quality infrastructure and services that Waukesha County residents have come to expect. With Haukohl and committee chairs participating in development of the budget early on, she said, the process reflected cooperation and "a synergy so rare among other governments."

The budget calls for a general tax levy of $98 million, up 0.6%, the lowest increase in nearly 30 years.

The resulting tax rate is $2.01 per $1,000 fair market value, up 4 cents. A Waukesha County home of median value this year - $255,600 - would pay $514 in county taxes under the budget, about the same as last year when property values were higher, county officials estimate.

The county share of the tax bill is among the smaller portions, with municipal and school taxes making up a bigger share.

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Cooney robotics mentor a star through Time Warner

Nov. 15, 2011 8:37 a.m. | Oconomowoc High School robotics mentor Laurie Vertz is the finalist from Wisconsin for Time Warner's Super Connector Search contest according to information released from the company Tuesday.

Vertz will star in her own public service announcement for Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to inspire kids to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

TWC will also donate $5,000 to the Oconomowoc School District For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, (FIRST) programs, including high school Robotics teams, LEGO Robotics and Jr. LEGO League teams at both the intermediate and elementary schools.

In October, TWC launched its Super Connector Search contest, asking its customers to share how they’ve connected young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math.

“We’re very excited to name Laurie as the official Time Warner Cable Super Connector from Wisconsin,” said Tom Adams, Time Warner Cable regional vice-president operations, Wisconsin. “Customers like Laurie are introducing young people to STEM experiences that are inspiring them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. We are happy to recognize this commitment with a grant to the Oconomowoc School District Robotics programs, a valuable resource in our community.”

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Two arrested in missing owl case

Nov. 15, 2011 7:51 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies have arrested two juvenile suspects in connection with the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) break in that occurred over the weekend. However great horned owl Dakota that went missing after his cage was broken into has not been recovered.

"If you see or find a great horned owl with jesses (leather straps that would be dangling from his legs), or see an owl that is acting very friendly please contact the Wildlife in Need Center at (262) 965-3090, your local humane society, or the Waukesha County Sheriff’s department who is investigating this theft."Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning someone used a piece of cage equipment to climb a fence and gain access to the center. While there they broke into three animal cages one housed Dakota.

According to reports, a tip late Sunday led police to a Facebook page posting that resulted in the arrests. Lt. Bryan Ulm said it's likely at least one will be charged and police are still seeking another person possibly involved in taking Dakota from his cage.

The search continues for Dakota. It's unsure if the owl was kidnapped or flew the coop and is loose somewhere in the area. The 11-year-old great horned owl has lived in captivity for most of his life and does not know how to hunt for food.

The owl was stolen from his nest when he was a baby and later surrendered to WINC. He has lived there for the past decade serving as an animal ambassador through WINC education programs. Those who know Dakota have called the center to offer condolences, support and even reward money for the owl's safe return.

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Titanic passengers greet guests at St. John School

Nov. 14, 2011 4:29 p.m. |  Meet passengers on the Titanic at a Captain's Dinner held at St. John's Lutheran School, Mukwonago on Nov. 8 by visiting Staff Photo Galleries at Living Lake Country. Students portrayed actual passengers on the ill-fated ship during the culminating activity on a unit of study of study on the Titanic.

Killer Wapp found dead in prison cell

Nov. 14, 2011 12:08 p.m. | Waukesha - A 31-year-old man imprisoned last year for killing a Waukesha woman was found dead in his cell last week, the state Department of Corrections said.

David A. Wapp was sentenced in June 2010 to life in prison with no possibility for parole for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Peterson to death on Sept. 5, 2009.

Wapp was found unresponsive in his cell the morning of Nov. 8 at Waupun Correctional Institution, said Tim Le Monds, a Department of Corrections spokesman.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital later that afternoon, Le Monds said.

A preliminary assessment shows there was no foul play, Le Monds said. But an official cause of death is dependent on autopsy and toxicology test results, which are expected in a couple of weeks, he said.

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Truck in ditch holds up traffic on Highway 67 early this morning

Nov. 14, 2011 10:29 a.m. |  A 24 foot straight truck carrying a load of frozen chicken found its way into the ditch around 5:30 this morning on Highway 67 near Highway ZZ in the Town of Ottawa. 

North Prairie Fire Department responded to the scene, which is still under investigation. North Priaire Fire Chief Brian Taylor reports that the trucks two occupants were uninjured in the event. 

Highway 67 was closed from around 5:30 a.m. until around 8 a.m. 

Welch wants to warn youth away from crime

Nov. 14, 2011 7:53 a.m. | Shortly after his sentencing last week, convicted killer Justin Welch said he'd like to get involved with a "Scared Straight"-type program to help influence youth to avoid a life of crime.

In talking with reporter Donna Frake, Welch -- who was sentenced to life in prison for killing 39-year-old Kimberly Smith in 2009 -- expressed remorse for the crime, and frustration that Judge James Kieffer doubted his sincerity.




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Wildlife In Need owl missing

Nov. 13, 2011 9:19 p.m. | Ottawa – Thieves took Dakota, a great horned owl, housed at the Wildlife In Need Center Saturday night according to information on the center's Website,

The site has an alert listed after Dakota's cage and two others were broken into  on Nov. 12.

The 11-year-old owl has lived in captivity nearly all of his life after being kidnapped as an infant and then later surrendered to the center. "He is fully imprinted on humans and can not fend for himself or hunt for food on his own," reads the site.

After the Wildlife in Need Center took over care of Dakota more than a decade ago, he became one of the center's  most popular animal ambassadors educating more than 80,000 during center appearances.

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AHS swimmers just miss state title

Nov. 12, 2011 7:37 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls swim team came up two points short of winning its fourth straight WIAA Division 1 state championship Saturday.

The three-time defending state champion Warhawks won five events and scored 291 points but lost to Classic 8 Conference rival Waukesha South/Mukwonago, who had 293 points.

Going into Saturday's meet at the UW Natatorium,  Arrowhead had won eight of the last nine state crowns.

The meet came down to the final race of the the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay. South/Mukwonago won that race with a time of 3:28.61 to earn 40 points. Muskego took second at 3:29.67  (34 points) and the Warhawks swam third (32 points) at 3:30.27.  Had AHS finished second, the two teams would have tied for the state championship.

Haley Pietila of the Warhawks won the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle and Mary Warren took first in the  50 freestyle.

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Church to honor school staff members

Nov. 11, 2011 1:48 p.m. | At its 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Nov. 13, the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will honor and give thanks for all people who work to educate and inspire area children through their work in schools. All members of the community are invited.

“Teachers and support staff are vital elements in the lives of our children,” said the Rev. Drew Bunting. “We want to take time to respect and dignify all the many things they do, whether it’s preparing hot meals, shoveling snow, or teaching in a classroom.”

“It has been said that education is the best preparation for life,” Bunting said. “We realize that and we want to thank those who are actively involved in the educational process. We invite all school staff members to attend this special service.”

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection is located at 216 Main St., Mukwonago. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:00 a.m. The Sunday worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour. For more information, call 262-363-9016 or visit the church’s website at

Rep. Craig introduces bill expanding disabled sportsmen options

Nov. 11, 2011 11:41 a.m. | Today Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) introduced legislation, co-authored by Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay), which would allow the taking of rough fish with a crossbow.  Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) is introducing a companion bill in the Senate.  Current law allows a person to take a rough fish with a bow and arrow and rod and reel but does not allow fishing with a crossbow.  Rep. Craig’s bill would allow all sportsmen, including disabled sportsmen—who are otherwise unable to utilize a bow and arrow—to fish for rough fish with a crossbow.

“This bill is a win-win-win bill for taxpayers, disabled sportsmen and women and Wisconsin’s environment,” said Representative Craig.

The bill also defines Asian Carp as rough fish.  Current law allows sportsmen to kill only one Asian Carp, which must be then taken to the DNR.  Defining Asian Carp as rough fish will generally allow the harvesting of Asian Carp by Wisconsin sportsmen in an unlimited number and by a variety of methods not currently allowed.  Rough fish harm local waterway ecosystems, disturb the native fish populations and, in the case of Asian Carp, can be dangerous to people who partake in recreational activities in infected waters.

“My bill expands fishing options for disabled sportsmen and women and others by allowing the harvesting of rough fish with crossbow,” said Representative Craig.  “By defining Asian Carp as rough fish, the bill also includes our sportsmen in the fight to rid our waters of Asian Carp.”

Honor veterans today

Nov. 11, 2011 7:19 a.m. | Today, on Veterans Day, take a minute to remember the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. And consider attending a local ceremony. Find a list of what's available here.

Saxe, longtime tennis pro, dies

Nov. 11, 2011 7:15 a.m. | Dave Saxe of Mukwonago, a longtime teaching tennis professional at Chenequa Country Club and the Lake Country Racquet and Athletic Club in Hartland,  passed away in his sleep early Thursday.

Saxe, 68, was the tennis pro at Chenequa for 39 years before retiring in 2009. He gave tennis lessons to thousands of kids from the Lake Country area in that span of years.

He taught tennis at the The Brook Club in Brookfield before taking on the job at the Lake Country Racquet Club.

Comfort food is on the menu

Nov. 11, 2011 12:00 a.m. | This time of year, when the weather turns cold and blustery, everyone craves comfort food – something warm, tasty and filling.

There is no shortage of good eating in Lake Country this week. There are three events that feature food will fill you up … and you’ll be contributing to worthwhile organizations.

All three are on Sunday, and it’s probably no coincidence that the Packers are not playing that day. They will meet the Viking at home on Monday night.

At St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 495 St. Augustine Road, Colgate, chili is on the menu. Besides homemade chili, the dinner includes homemade desserts, and beverages. Hearty ham buns are also available as well as a homemade candy sale.  Serving times are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Sunday.  Cost is $6.50 for adults and $4 for children. Call (262) 628-2319 for more information.

Wales is having its municipal chili cookoff from 2 to 4 p.m.  Sunday at Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. Bring two or more nonperishable food items and sample as many of the entries as you like. Call (262) 968-3968 for more information.

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Welch wants to pen book

Nov. 10, 2011 2:57 p.m. |

Oconomowoc Convicted murderer, Justin P. Welch, 28, said he plans to write a book about the case and donate the proceeds of it to the young son of his victim, Kimberly Smith.
Welch was sentenced this morning to life in prison with the possibility of parole at age 70, 10 years beyond what the state recommended. For more on this story, read the Tuesday Oconomowoc Focus.

Mukwonago Chamber invites businesses to decorate for the holidays

Nov. 10, 2011 12:00 p.m. | Mukwonago business owners are being encouraged to put their seasonal spirit on display for the Mukwonago Chamber’s first annual holiday storefront decorating competition in conjunction with Midnight Magic.

Bring out the Clark Griswold in Mukwonago by adorning the outside of your business with festive decorations.  A team of secret elves will be scoping the area on the evening of November 30th for the best-dressed storefront in the area. 

There is no registration form to fill out and no money to pay, but the chamber asks to be alerted of participation by contacting or calling at 363-7758.  

Prizes will be awarded to the winners. 

Welch sentenced to life in prison

Nov. 10, 2011 11:22 a.m. | A judge this morning sentenced Justin Welch, 28, who was hired to kill Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc, to life in prison, though he will be eligible for parole at age 70.
Welch killed Smith on Oct. 1, 2009. He was hired by Darren Wold, Smith's former boyfriend and the father of her child, to kill Smith. Wold's longtime friend Jack Johnson acted as a middle man. Wold and Johnson were found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide by a jury last week.
Welch entered a plea deal with prosecutors earlier this year. In exchange for providing authorities information and testifying against Wold and Johnson, prosecutors agreed to recommend Welch be eligible for parole at age 60.
But Judge James R. Kieffer said that because of the brutal nature of the murder he sentenced Welch to a longer term in prison. A parole board will ultimately decide whether Welch will be released.

KM, Arrowhead to host WIAA playoff games

Nov. 10, 2011 10:09 a.m. | Kettle Moraine and Arrowhead will host Level 4 WIAA high school football playoff games this Friday and Saturday.

KM will host one of the Division 3 semifinal games on Friday at 7 p.m. when Wisconsin Lutheran (10-2) meets Madison Edgewood (10-2). The winner will play in the finals the following week at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Arrowhead will host a Division 1 semifinal game on Saturday at 1 p.m. when two undefeated teams, Verona and Kenosha Bradford, both 12-0, clash in arguably the most interesting matchup in all of the state's divisions. That winner will also advance to the state finals on Friday, Nov. 18.

Quad/Graphics inks new deal with major publisher

Nov. 10, 2011 9:02 a.m. | Quad/Graphics, Pewaukee, has partnered with Penguin Group USA Inc. for short-run and print-on-demand production. Read more here from JSOnline.

There is still time to catch Titanic at Mukwonago High School

Nov. 10, 2011 9:01 a.m. | Mukwonago High School will present "Titanic: Tragedy and Trial by Pat Cook," based upon the known facts of the RMS Titanic on Nov. 11 and 12 at Mukwonago High School, 605 W School Rd.  

Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and are available at Mukwonago High School, Miller Pharmacy and Espresso Love, all in Mukwonago. Tickets purchased at the door are $8 and $6.

The characters who are identified in the show actually existed and, in some cases, tell their story in their own words. The MHS play has a large and talented cast and crew. Come to the show and revisit the history of the unsinkable ocean liner, Titanic.

For more information, contact Nancy Reese at .

Waukesha County budget advances with no levy changes

Nov. 09, 2011 1:22 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Finance Committee wrapped up its review of the 2012 county budget Wednesday, unanimously recommending a $98.5 million tax levy that is exactly as County Executive Dan Vrakas proposed six weeks ago.

Just two amendments to accept grants totaling $170,000 were made to Vrakas' budget - one to provide cancer education and screening for low-income and uninsured individuals, the other to establish a drug court. Both grants were confirmed after Vrakas' budget was introduced. Neither change added to the tax levy.

The sole controversy that flared during the budget review was Vrakas' plan to close the girls secure detention unit of the Juvenile Center and contract with Washington County for the service. Supervisor Janel Brandtjen's attempt to restore the program failed both in the Health and Human Services and Finance Committees.

The final budget calls for spending $244.7 million on operations, down 1.4% from this year; a capital projects list costing $39.9 million, double last year's total but with cash on hand of $10.4 million applied to keep tax support even with last year's; nontax revenues of $163.2 million, up 6%; and a general tax levy of $98.0 million, up 0.6%.

Taxpayers in communities without libraries will pay $2.9 million, or 1% more, toward the federated library system.

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Amato Ford Bingo helps fill food pantry shelves

Nov. 09, 2011 12:56 p.m. |  Amato Ford held the first of several Community Bingo Nights to benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry on Nov. 4. With the next Bingo Night coming up on Friday, Nov. 18, take a look at the action under Recent Lake Country Videos.

This is just a test

Nov. 09, 2011 12:50 p.m. | The FEMA, EAS (Emergency Alert System), the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) will conduct the first ever National Test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System. This nationwide test begins at 1 p.m. (CST) and run concurrently across all time zones.

According to a press release, this system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level. There have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously.

The three-minute test will run simultaneously on all radio and TV band stations exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from 30-second to 1-minute message.

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East Troy mom charged in twin infants' deaths

Nov. 09, 2011 12:33 p.m. |  Melody Butt, the 26-year-old mother of 11-month-old twins who drowned in their East Troy home's bathtub on Sept. 22, has been charged with two felony counts of child neglect resulting in death and two misdemeanor counts of child neglect. 

She has been bound over for trial, and is free on $10,000 bond.

Killer of Beau Butschke gets life in prison

Nov. 09, 2011 11:51 a.m. | Jefferson – A judge this morning sentenced James T. Richardson to life in prison without the chance for parole for slaying Beau Butschke July 14.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Randy Koschnick said Richardson killed Butschke "in cold blood."

Richardson shot at Butschke about a dozen times and hitting Butschke three times, twice in the head.

"This was a methodical murder. A methodical crime," Koschnick said. "It was not a crime in the heat of the moment. It was well thought out."

Richardson and Butschke, who lived in side-by-side duplexes, had been arguing, frequently about lawn care, according to the criminal complaint.

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Celebrate National Adoption Month

Nov. 09, 2011 8:50 a.m. |  November is National Adoption Month, and Bethany Christian Services will be celebrating with a luncheon, fashion show, and silent auction from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha. 

Silent auction items include four round-trip tickets from Milwaukee to Chicago on Amtrak with a free weekend rental car.

To attend, contact Bethany Christian Services at (262) 547-6557.

Check your favorite Lake Country Publication this month for stories highlighting adoption. 

If you or someone you know has been touched by adoption and would like to share your story, please contact Andrea Budde at (262) 368-2973 or

Vet returns to Vietnam after years of emotion

Nov. 08, 2011 4:00 p.m. |  Veterans Day 2011 is this Friday, and the Mukwonago Chief is helping to honor America's veterans. 

Tomorrow's Chief features the story of a Vietnam veteran who, after years of dealing with the emotions of war, found forgiveness and peace after returning to the country. It is a heartwarming story that is sure to remind readers of the sacrifices our soldiers make, and encourage them to reach out and say "thank you" to a veteran this Friday. 

Waukesha County pursues 61 acres

Nov. 08, 2011 3:46 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County is seeking to buy a 61-acre parcel of woodlands and lowlands in the Town of Mukwonago - part of the planned eight-mile Mukwonago River Greenway and Trail - for $550,000.

The County Board is expected to act on the purchase this month. Its Land Use, Parks and Environment Committee endorsed the purchase on a 4-1 vote Tuesday.

The parcel is located south of Highway LO and is surrounded by the former Rainbow Springs resort property that was acquired by the state in 2008. Duane Grimm, county parks manager, said the purchase from AnchorBank excludes an 800-by-400-foot lot and vacant home in the center because the bank does not have clear title to it yet.

Grimm said the upper section is heavily covered in oak forest with deep kettles and high ridges. The lower section is mostly lowland but with a ridge around a small lake. The county's parks plan calls for developing the Mukwonago River Greenway for such things as bird watching, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, hunting, trapping and hiking.

The greenway eventually would stretch along the river from Eagle Spring Lake in the Town of Eagle to Lower Phantom Lake in the Town and Village of Mukwonago and ending at the Fox River in the Town of Vernon.

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Illustrators' Workshop planned at OPL

Nov. 08, 2011 9:30 a.m. |  The Oconomowoc Public Library is hosting a free Illustrators’ Workshop.   It will feature Oconomowoc illustrator Jeremy Provost who will share how he creates his children’s book illustrations.

 The event is for students in 4K- fourth grade, but open to anyone interested in how illustrators create their art.

The workshop will be held at 2:30 p.m. on  Saturday, Nov. 12,  at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St. in Oconomowoc. 

Registration is required. To register, visit or call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210.


The World's Largest Game of Bananagrams

Nov. 08, 2011 9:20 a.m. | Want to help fund cancer research while having some fun?

The World's Largest Game of Bananagrams will be held Nov. 12 at Arrowhead High School. Hosted by the I Back Jack Foundation, the game will help fund a new "Late Effects" trial at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in partnership with the MACC fund.

The winning team will earn a pizza party - and individuals who fundraise for the event are also eligible to win great prizes.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. with entertainment and food and beverages, followed by the family fair and KidZone with face-painting, Minute-to-Win-It games, hair feathers, stuffed animals and more at 9 a.m.

Setting the World Record is scheduled from 9:30 to 10 a.m., followed by more game play and ongoing entertainment from 10 a.m. until noon.

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Generac holds job fair tomorrow

Nov. 08, 2011 9:02 a.m. | In an effort to fill hundreds of jobs, Generac Power Systems will be holding a Job Fair tomorrow night from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the company's headquarters, S45 W29290 Highway 59 in Genesee. 

The company will be hiring qualified workers for a range of positions including technical and engineering jobs, as well as shop floor jobs, and more.

For more information on Generac, visit 

Husband of wrong-way driver speaks

Nov. 07, 2011 6:28 p.m. | PEWAUKEE - There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the crash that killed two people on I-94.

Both families want to know what could have led Dawn Ewing to drive at least 8 miles the wrong way early Saturday morning.

It's a decision that's left her family puzzled, and incomplete.

"She's going to be missed by a lot of people. She was funny."

Randy Ewing is coming to grips with a new reality.

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Family finds a miracle in difficult situations

Nov. 07, 2011 4:19 p.m. |  It took almost four years to find the answer to a question posed by the priest at their son's funeral. The answer came in a way the family never would have guessed, but as Mukwonago High School senior Caitlyn Persinger strolls through the MHS halls while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, the answer resonates with every step she takes.

Find the answer in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Generac to add hundreds of jobs

Nov. 07, 2011 1:26 p.m. |  Generac announced today that it will be creating between 300 and 400 jobs over the next year at their  Waukesha, Whitewater, and Eagle locations. 

Due to increased demand, Generac’s sales numbers continue to grow. In fact, third-quarter total net sales increased by 49% when compared to last year.

In response to increased demand, many of these jobs need to be filled in the next ninety days.

Generac is looking for qualified applicants and will hold an Engineering Job Fair on Wednesday, November 9 at its Waukesha headquarters, located at S45 W29290 Highway 59 in Genesee from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CST).

The job fair will be an opportunity for prospective employees to talk with engineers and hiring managers about Generac’s exciting career opportunities. Positions range from entry level to management and include engineers, designers, technicians and more. All positions include a comprehensive benefits program.

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Welch sentencing date moved up

Nov. 07, 2011 12:56 p.m. | Justin Patrick Welch, who confessed to stabbing 39-year-old Kimberly Smith to death in her Oconomowoc home in 2009 as part of a murder-for-hire scheme, has had his sentencing date moved  up to Thursday, Nov. 10.

In exchange for his testimony against Darren Wold, the father of Smith's child, and Jack Johnson, Wold's lifelong friend, the state agreed to recommend that Welch, 28, be eligible for parole at the age of 60. The Judge is not obligated to follow that recommendation.

Welch was originally set to be sentenced on Dec. 2.

Gov. Walker joins Generac in hiring announcement this morning

Nov. 07, 2011 9:33 a.m. |  Governor Walker will join Generac CEO Aaron Jagdfeld for a major job announcement this morning at 10 a.m. at Generac’s Whitewater facility.  

Generac owns several locations in the state, including a Genesee facility. The company manufactures power generators. 

No further details are available as of yet. 

Keep watching Living Lake Country for more information as it becomes available. 

Welch: Testifying in murder trial was "the right thing"

Nov. 07, 2011 7:57 a.m. | Self-confesssed killer Justin Welch said he did the right thing in testifying against Darren Wold and Jack Johnson in the Kimberly Smith murder trial. Welch pleaded guilty to killing the 39-year-old Oconomowoc woman.

Read more in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus and Lake Country Reporter.

Woman in deadly Pewaukee crash had previous DUI allegation

Nov. 06, 2011 4:39 p.m. | MILWAUKEE - We've learned more details about the woman who was involved in a deadly wrong-way crash on I-94 in Waukesha County.

Police say that Dawn Ewing was driving the wrong way on I-94 at a high rate of speed early Saturday morning in Pewaukee.

She slammed into another which Brian St. Germaine was driving.

Both drivers were killed.

According to court records, Ewing was due in court on Monday to face a previous drunk driving arrest.

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Woman who drove wrong way on I-94 identified

Nov. 06, 2011 4:00 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has released the name of the woman who drove eight miles on I-94 Saturday and killed herself and the driver of another car in a head-on collision early Saturday.

Dawn M. Ewing, 44, of Pewaukee drove west for eight miles in the eastbound lanes of the interstate from Pewaukee to the Town of Delafield at about 12:20 a.m., the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said. She crashed head-on into a car driven by Brian St. Germaine, 41, of Watertown, in front of a sheriff deputy's car. Both drivers suffered extensive injuries and died shortly after the crash. St. Germaine was driving to work at Malteurop North America.

The incident closed the highway for more than three hours.

Waukesha Sheriff's Department Capt. Frank McElderry said officials aren't sure why Ewing drove the wrong way. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing and toxicology results are pending.

"We'll probably have more Monday or Tuesday when all the toxicology tests come back and all the autopsies are done," he said.

Wrong-way driver kills self, man on way to work in head-on crash

Nov. 05, 2011 8:12 p.m. | A Pewaukee woman's wrong-way midnight trip on I-94 claimed her life early Saturday and that of a laborer heading to his third-shift job on Milwaukee's south side.

The head-on crash that killed Brian St. Germaine ended an 8-mile nightmare that sent eastbound motorists careening out of the way, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said. Some squad cars were in futile pursuit on the other side of the concrete freeway divider, with others coming from the west to head off the wrong-way driver.

St. Germaine, 41, lived in Watertown with his wife, Nicole, and three young daughters. He was driving his usual route to Malteurop North America on the south side, Nicole St. Germaine said.

Authorities were still trying to piece together why the 44-year-old Pewaukee woman was speeding west in the eastbound freeway lanes from Pewaukee to the Town of Delafield.

Authorities did not immediately release her name.

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Wisco rolls over Pewaukee

Nov. 04, 2011 9:40 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity football team had its impressive nine-game winning streak come to a shocking end Friday night as visiting Wisconsin Lutheran rolled over the Pirates in a Level 3 WIAA Division 3 playoff game, 36-0.

The loss ended the PHS season at 9-3.

The Vikings scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the night and led at halftime, 29-0. Wisconsin Lutheran improved to 10-2.

Pewaukee was outgained at halftime, 338 yards to 49 yards. PHS had just two first downs in the half, both of which came on their first five plays of the game.

Wisco junior running back Adihia Bell scored all five of his team's touchdowns. He scored on runs of 68, 4, 2, 9 and 25 yards.

No charges in Okauchee intruder shooting

Nov. 04, 2011 3:20 p.m. | An Okauchee man who shot and killed someone who entered his home in August will not face any criminal charges.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said Friday he made his decision after DNA test results from the state crime lab late Tuesday, but didn't announce it until he had a chance to meet with the family of victim James P. Babe IV on Friday.

Michael Fitzsimmons originally told a reporter the intruder to his home had threatened him with a gun and he shot Babe in self defense. Schimel later clarified that Babe did not have a weapon, but said he had to wait for crime lab analysis to be completed before deciding whether Fitzsimmons committed a crime or not.

Schimel said he would be issuing more detail on his decision later Friday. Check back to JSOnline for updates.

The announcement came the same day the state Legislature approved a law that would presume anyone using deadly force against an unlawful intruder to their home, business or car was acting reasonably and justifiably.

Walker appoints Gundrum to Court of Appeals

Nov. 04, 2011 9:36 a.m. | Less than two years after he was elected circuit judge, former legislator Mark Gundrum has been elevated to the state Court of Appeals.

Gov. Scott Walker appointed Gundrum, the longtime Republican state assemblyman from New Berlin, on Friday.

“Judge Gundrum will treat the citizens of Wisconsin with respect, act fairly and be a blind arbiter of justice,” said Governor Walker.  “The tremendous amount of support from the community coupled with his outstanding legal education and experience make Judge Gundrum a perfect match for the Court of Appeals.”

Gundrum was elected to the Waukesha County Circuit Court in April 2010, easily beating Ricard Congdon, who had been appointed to the bench the year before by then Gov. Jim Doyle.

Gundrum will serve on the appellate courts District 2, based in Waukesha, and face election in April 2013. He replaces Daniel P Anderson, who retired in June.

Titanic opens today in Mukwonago

Nov. 04, 2011 9:21 a.m. |  The Mukwonago High School Drama Department production of "Titanic" opens today at the MHS auditorium at 7 p.m. Get a sneak peek of the show at Living Lake Country Recent Lake Country Videos.

The historical dramatization will also be presented on Nov. 5, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Cost of tickets at the door is $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Advanced ticket prices are $7 and $5 respectively and can be purchased at Espresso Love Coffee and Miller Pharmacy in Mukwonago.

Court disbars lawyer who ran Oconomowoc B & B

Nov. 04, 2011 9:04 a.m. | The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday revoked the already-suspended law license of a woman who has faced a string of civil suits, enforcement actions and criminal charges related to operation of an Oconomowoc bed and breakfast and Watertown apartment building in 2006 and 2007.

Alexis L. Michael, 36, who presented no defense to several counts of professional misconduct, was best known for operating Lake Manor Bed and Breakfast.

The court's order revoking Michael's license highlights some of the more outrageous conduct, such as listing offensive aliases for tenants and others she tried to sue, using many alias herself , and stiffing minor employees for their wages.

Michael (University of Chicago, '04) was ordered to pay the $6,853.80 costs of the enforcment action against her, which started in 2008.

Food, glorious food!

Nov. 04, 2011 8:28 a.m. | With the holidays comes lots and lots of eating. Want to make a change this season and take better care of your health? Read how one Pewaukee couple lost weight and kept it off in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.

Lake Country Children's Theater opens with 'Funny Show'

Nov. 04, 2011 12:00 a.m. | Children’s imaginations are as elastic as rubber bands – nothing is really a stretch!

A monster that sings like Elvis and a dragon that sings opera, a superbear that flies to Venus and a princess with smelly feet. You just never know what silly stories kids will come up with. As Art Linkletter would tell you: Kids say the darndest things.

You’ll be able to enjoy some of these fantastic stories during “The Really Good and Funny Show,” presented by the Childs Play touring Theatre,  at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Arrowhead High School North Campus Theater, 700 North Ave.  

“The Really Good and Funny Show” features favorite songs, plays and dances gleaned from the many stories and poems written by children over the past 20 years. The audience participation show will fly by.

The show marks the opening of the 29th season of Lake Country Children’s Theater. Season tickets are $12 for this show and two other shows, Jan. 7 and Feb. 25. Tickets at the door are $6.

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Holiday Train makes the season bright

Nov. 04, 2011 12:00 a.m. | It seems that everyone planning holiday events wants to sneak theirs in as soon as the calendar reads “December.”  What that means is that the first weekend is loaded with an avalanche of holiday events – craft fairs, cookie walks, concerts, city and village tree lightings and breakfasts with Santa fill church halls and community centers with festive sounds and sights.

If you only have time for one event, you might want to make it Hartland’s Holiday Lights from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday with its sackful of fun and festive activities for the whole family.

The evening starts at 4:30 p.m. with caroling and tree lighting at the Village Center at North Avenue and East Capitol Drive plus the Festival of Trees Raffle.

Throughout the evening downtown Hartland shops will be offering pictures with Santa, Secret Santa shopping for kids, ornament making, cookie decorating and caroling. Visitors will also be able to make greeting cards for charity and hop on the free trolley rides throughout downtown. Barbecued food, hot dogs, baked goods and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

But Hartland Lights saves the best for last. At around 9:30 p.m., the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, a holiday spectacle with its hundreds of twinkling lights, chugs into Hartland at the tracks at 301 Pawling Ave. (Cottonwood and Pawling). The train is making only 130 stops through the United States so this is truly a special event. A half-hour of musical entertainment will be presented from the box car. If you bring a food donation for the food pantry you’ll get free popcorn. Don’t forget your food and/or monetary donation as the goal is to collect $12,000 and thousands of pounds of food.

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Northwestern Mutual executive charged in gun incident

Nov. 03, 2011 5:34 p.m. | Port Washington - A Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance executive has been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor after a gun was fired during an argument he had with a woman in Port Washington.

Darryll L. Fortune, 49, of Hartland, is charged with second degree reckless endangerment, and discharging a firearm with 100 yards of a building. He had been held at the Ozaukee County Jail since his arrest Monday until a judge set bail of $2,500 at a hearing Wednesday and he posted it Thursday, according to records.

Fortune is listed as the director of media relations for the Milwaukee-based insurance giant.

According to the criminal complaint, Fortune told Port Washington police he was taking his loaded handgun from his car trunk outside the woman's apartment Monday afternoon when it fired by accident. He went directly to the sheriff's office to report the incident.

The woman, 30, told police she had been seeing Fortune since June, and had walked off on him Friday night after an argument. She said she next saw him outside her apartment Monday afternoon. He asked about a Rolex watch he accused her or a friend of taking from his car. She said she told Fortune never to come to her residence again. She said he grabbed her, she saw a gun and heard it go off. She was not injured.

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Former Chevy dealer celebrates century of birthdays

Nov. 03, 2011 4:55 p.m. |

Harold Koeffler (center), former owner of Koeffler Chevrolet in Mukwonago, receives birthday greetings from Clown Alley Vice President Cookie Martinson (left) and President Dan "JD Hug" Ransom during a 100th birthday celebration at Horter Chevrolet. Well-wishers packed Horter's showroom to wish Koeffler happy birthday today. Koeffler spent many years clowning as part of Clown Alley in Delevan.

Give a little hope this weekend in Mukwonago

Nov. 03, 2011 12:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago High School Key Club, along with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society and the Mukwonago Rotary Club, have been working with Simple Hope, a nonprofit organization, to hold a community packathon from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5, at Mukwonago High School.

Simple Hope sponsors a leper colony, orphanage and nomadic tribe in Tanzania, which, along with other east African countries, is suffering from the worst famine in decades.

Packathon participants will mix food and seal the food into plastic bags that will be sent to Tanzania.

Participants will then walk through the "village experience" by seeing the size of Tanzanian homes, carrying buckets on their heads and experiencing other aspects of Tanzanian life.

Each participant must raise $25 to pay for the food and its transportation. Volunteer time is estimated at about one hour.

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Gun club hearing postponed again

Nov. 03, 2011 10:30 a.m. | City of Delafield - For the second time in two months, a lawyer for the Hartland Sportsman Club has failed to meet a city deadline and a public hearing on whether the city should allow the gun club to re-open will be postponed until next year.

Brian Randall told city officials, in a letter to City Clerk Gina Greasch, "We still intend to file the supplemental information as a complete package so that all materials can be considered together and we continue to need additional time."

Documents necessary for the public hearing were supposed to have been filed by close of business on Wednesday, November 2, in order to be considered for a hearing scheduled by the Plan Commission on November 30.

The November 30 hearing was tentatively scheduled after the gun club missed a similar deadline for filing documents for a hearing that had been scheduled for September.

No Plan Commission meeting is scheduled for December.

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Town of Mukwonago clerk announces run for 2012 County Clerk position

Nov. 03, 2011 8:18 a.m. | Town of Mukwonago clerk Kathleen Karalewitz has announced she will be running for Waukesha County Clerk in 2012. Karalewitz, republican, has over 30 years of experience in county and municipal government.  She was appointed Deputy County Clerk by former Waukesha County Clerk Patricia E. Madden in 1990. In 1998, Karalewitz was hired as Director of Clerk Services for the Village of Menomonee Falls. She was appointed in December, 2010 as Deputy Treasurer for the Town of Mukwonago, and Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer in April, 2011. She is currently a Certified Municipal Clerk and a member of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association.

“I am running for this position to restore the trust and integrity of the election process in Waukesha

County," Karalewitz said. "With over 21 years of clerk experience, I understand the broad range of duties required as County Clerk such as, Clerk for the County Board, statutory record keeping, marriage license laws, passport and dog licensing and elections."

Guilty verdict for both in murder-for-hire case

Nov. 02, 2011 8:03 p.m. |  

After just three hours of deliberation, the jury in the murder-for-hire case returned guilty verdicts against Darren Wold and Jack E. Johnson on Wednesday evening in Judge James R. Kieffer's Waukesha County courtroom.

The two were accused of arranging for Justin Welch to murder Kimberly Smith  at her Oconomowoc home. On Oct. 1, 2009, Welch, while Smith's 4-year-old son was upstairs, stabbed Smith to death in what testimony said was Wold's attempt to resolve a custody battle for the boy. Welch, who pleaded guilty to charges that he murdered Smith, testified that Wold worked through Johnson to arrange the murder. Wold had agreed to pay $7,000 for the murder, though Welch never got all the money. 

Gun club hopes to meet city deadline

Nov. 02, 2011 1:32 p.m. | City of Delafield - A spokeswoman for an attorney for the Hartland Sportsman Club  said she is "hopeful but not sure" documents can be filed on behalf of the gun club in time for a public hearing to be held later this month on whether the city should allow the gun club to reopen.

The documents must be filed with the City Clerk by the end of business today in order for a hearing to be scheduled at the next Plan Commission meeting which is November 30. The deadline is necessary in order to give the clerk adequate time to review and distribute the documents to city officials and post required legal notices prior to the hearing, according to City Clerk Gina Gresch.

An assistant to Milwaukee attorney Brian Randall said he was working on the documents but she was not sure if he could complete the work by the deadline. She said he intended to talk with city officials later today.

Gresch said  this afternoon she had not been contacted by Randall although she sent him emails on Monday and Tuesday reminding him of the deadline.

If the documents are not filed on time, another hearing could not be schedule until January because there is no Plan Commission meeting scheduled for December.

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Books and Bears collection taking place in Mukwonago

Nov. 02, 2011 12:07 p.m. | What is better than a good book and a soft stuffed animal to share it with? Mukwonago High School students Kirsti Martinez and Brooke Malsch are holding a "Books and Bears" collection through Nov. 16.

People can drop off a new book and stuffed animal at the Mukwonago Community Library, Citizens Bank of Mukwonago, or the Hidden Cafe. Sets of a book and stuffed animal will then be wrapped and distributed at the Mukwonago Food Pantry with Thanksgiving packages to share the love of reading with those who are less fortunate.

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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  

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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