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Capt. Kehl named Delafield police chief

Jan. 06, 2014 12:15 a.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council is expected to establish the salary for newly appointed Police Chief Erik Kehl during a closed session Monday night.

The city's Police Commission appointed Kehl to replace retiring Chief Scott Taubel who will be stepping down in February after serving 34 years on the city police department, according Ald. Jeff Krickhahn.

Krickhahn is the Common Council representative on the police commission which by state law and city code is responsible for the hiring and discipline of the police chief. However, the Common Council has the final say over hiring the police chief by setting the salary for the position.

Krickhahn said Capt. Kehl was selected by the commission because Taubel was "very, very confident" in Kehl's abilities to be the city police chief. Krickhahn said Taubel has been preparing Kehl for the position. 

"He also more than meets all of the educational and professional requirements to qualify him for the position," Krickhahn said.

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Zietlow to run again in Delafield

Jan. 06, 2014 12:15 a.m. |  City of Delafield - Al Zietlow, former alderman and retired Arrowhead High School teacher and administrator, has announced he will seek both the mayor's office and the Sixth District aldermanic seat on the Common Council in the 2014 municipal elections.

Zietlow, so far, is the only candidate who has announced an interest in succeeding Ald. Lynn Morrison who has announced she will not seek reelection after serving the Sixth District for ten years. Individuals seeking municipal offices have until Tuesday, Jan. 7 to file candidacy documents in order to be placed on the ballot in the Feb. 18 primary and April 1 elections.

The Sixth District includes neighborhoods along the Nagawicka Lake shore east of Highway C from St. John's Bay north to the Nashotah  village border. The district also includes neighborhoods west of Highway C between Oakwood Road and Copperfield Drive.

Zietlow becomes the fourth candidate campaiging to replace seven - term incumbent Mayor Ed McAleer who is not seeking reelection. Two Common Council members - Alds. Michele DeYoe and Jeff Krickhahn- have announced along with Lake Welfare Committee Chairman Kent Attwell.

However, Zietlow probably is the best known of the candidates. He served for several decades as  an Arrowhead High School administrator, including occasionally serving as interim superintendent, as well as being elected to both the Arrowhead and Lake Country school district boards.

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Sub zero temps close libraries

Jan. 05, 2014 10:11 p.m. |  The Alice Baker Library in Eagle and the Mukwonago Community Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 6 due to dangerously cold weather.

Roundy's will close early Monday due to cold

Jan. 04, 2014 9:40 a.m. | Roundy's Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications James J. Hyland issues a new release Friday afternoon announcing all Pick 'n Save, Copps and Metro Market stores will close at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 "for the safety of our staff and customers," due to the extreme cold.

The stores will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

KM schools closed Monday

Jan. 03, 2014 5:12 p.m. |  The Kettle Moraine School District has announced that all district schools will be closed on Monday due to the forecasted cold weather.

No school Monday for Waukesha County K-12 schools

Jan. 03, 2014 5:02 p.m. |  Mukwonago Area School District Superintendent Shawn McNulty said Waukesha County superintendents have decided to close school on Monday, Jan. 6 due to expected bitterly cold wind chill.

After learning Milwaukee Public Schools closed and hearing that Gov. Scott Walker is considering cancelling school across the state, Waukesha County superintendents held a conference call at 4:10 p.m. today. With the forecast indicating minus 40 wind chill, McNulty said it is too dangerous to have school in session on Monday. All after school activities are also cancelled on Monday. 

According to the Kettle Moraine School District website, Kettle Moraine district administrative offfices will remain open on Monday.

Superintendents will hold a conference Monday at 11:30 a.m. to evaluate conditions for Tuesday, McNulty said.

Mukwonago families received a voicemail at 5 p.m. informing parents of the closing for Monday. The make-up day for Mukwonago has been set for Friday, March 28, according to McNulty.

OHS invited to perform at Fringe Festival

Jan. 03, 2014 2:05 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc High School Theater Department has been recognized as one of the tops in the nation and earned an invitation to perform at the prestigious Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the summer of 2015.

Over 2,200 high school theatre programs were nominated this year, representing all 50 states and nearly every province of Canada; 40 schools were selected to attend.  Only 10 Wisconsin schools  have performed at the Fringe Festival. OHS, which first performed there in 2009, now joins Shorewood High School, Kenosha Bradford High School, and Milwaukee High School of the Arts as the only two-time nominee schools in the state.

For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Superintendents plan Sunday conference regarding school closings

Jan. 03, 2014 2:02 p.m. | Waukesha County superintendents are watching the arctic blast expected to move in over the weekend. Mukwonago Area School District Superintendent Shawn McNulty said Waukesha County superintendents would hold a conference call on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. to determine if schools should close on Monday. 

McNulty said county superintendents agree that a sustained wind chill of minus 30 warrants closing schools. With a large majority of students bussed to schools, wind chills that low are too dangerously cold for students to stand outside for busses, McNutly explained. 

McNulty said some superintendents have already sent an email out to parents explaining the situation regarding weather on Monday. He plans to send an email to Mukwonago parents later today. 

Naylor's Bear Trap closes down

Jan. 03, 2014 9:49 a.m. | Naylor's Bear Trap in downtown North Lake, one of the most legendary taverns in Waukesha County history, closed its doors for good on Jan. 1. The tavern was open for the last night on Dec. 31.

Operated by Pat Naylor for years, the tavern served some of the best sandwiches and homemade soups in the county. The entire Naylor family worked at the tavern over the years.

Monday's bitter cold temps could close Arrowhead School

Jan. 03, 2014 9:27 a.m. |  Arrowhead High School Superintendent Craig Jefson said that he expects the school to make a decision Sunday night on whether to cancel classes for Monday because of bitter cold temperatures.

According to the National Weather Service, Waukesha is expecting a high temperature of -13 degrees on Jan. 6, with wind gusts as high as 25 miles per hour.

The weather service states in its hazardous weather outlook that the coldest air of the winter season is expected Sunday night, with wind chill values of -35 to -50 degrees expected from Sunday night until Tuesday morning.

Jefson said that wind chill values of -30 to -35 degrees is typically enough to justify closing the school or delaying its starting time. 

The art of art collection

Jan. 03, 2014 9:01 a.m. | Hear from local art dealers on how to collect art and still stick to your budget and style. Check out this week's Living Lake Country Sunday for ideas and tips.

Ways to stay active in the New Year

Jan. 03, 2014 12:00 a.m. | If your New Year’s resolution is to be more active this year there are lots of ways in Lake Country to do that.

Perhaps you’d like to learn some new dancing for the New Year. Then why not try out contra dancing? Lessons are from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. A dance with caller and band will be 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $8, $5 for students. For more information call (262) 490-0769 or visit

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to square dance. If you’d like to try it out plan to attend  square dancing hosted by the Spring City Squares from  7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1052 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha.  Square dancing “angels” will guide newcomers through the steps. Wally Smulson will be calling the steps. For more information call (262) 594-3398.

This time of year we’re thinking about winter sports but the extreme cold sometimes keeps us tucked inside. At the Mullett Ice Center you can enjoy the best of both worlds – a fun winter sport in a climate controlled environment. Public skating hours are 1:30 to-3 p.m.  Saturdays and Sundays through March 30.  The Howard G. Mullett Ice Center is located at 700 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland. Cost is $5 adult, $4 junior/senior, $2 skate rental. Call (262) 369-3600 for more information.

With the Winter Olympic Game right around the corner, Naga-Waukee Ice Arena in Delafield is offering free ice skating from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. Skating lessons will be offered starting Jan. 13. Call (414) 232-2269 for more information or visit

Arrowhead bathroom graffiti investigated as bomb threat

Jan. 02, 2014 2:42 p.m. |  Arrowhead High School Superintendent Craig Jefson said in a letter to parents Thursday morning that law enforcement is investigating a potential bomb threat at the high school.

According to the letter, a Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy was informed that the message “Bomb January 3, 2014” was found scribbled on a bathroom stall door at Arrowhead’s south campus.

The sheriff’s department has investigated the matter and there is no indication that there is a credible threat to the school, the letter states, but concerned parents have the right to excuse their child on Friday.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Jennifer Wallschlaeger said that officers will be monitoring the school throughout the night Thursday and will will have an increased presence on Friday. 

The letter points out that this is not the first time such an incident has occurred at the school.

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Pewaukee soldiers return home

Jan. 02, 2014 12:06 p.m. | More than 100 soldiers with the 372nd Engineer Company of the Army Reserve returned home in time for the holidays.

See video of their homecoming at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Dec. 24 here.

One, Derek Wensel, returned to discover his parents' Fond du Lac home had burned down that very day. Read his story here.

Bundle up!

Jan. 02, 2014 8:19 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 9 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday.

Wind chills are expected to fall to between 15 to 25 degrees below zero overnight.

Snowmobiling reminder for Mukwonago

Dec. 31, 2013 3:00 p.m. |

The Village of MukwonagoPolice Department would like to remind residents who snowmobile that they are required to ride on posted trails and that riding alongside streets within the Village, that are not marked trails, is prohibited by law. The trail head is located at the west lot of the Mukwonago  High School which has posted information and trail routes. Snowmobiling is strictly prohibited in the Village of Mukwonago from 10pm to 7am daily.

Further, the local Mukwonago snowmobile group, the Sno-Snoops, works very hard at marking and grooming trails. They have signs posted at several locations indicating whether a trail is open or not. If snowmobilers choose to ignore these signs and ride on the trail anyway, they jeopardize land owners giving the Sno-Snoops permission to run trails on their property for future seasons.

If you have any questions regarding snowmobile trails, there locations and whether they are open or not, contact the Sno-Snoops representative Ken Flanum at (262)363-3434 or the Police Department at (262)363-6434. You can also contact Flanum regarding becoming a member of the Sno-Snoops Snowmobile Club. The Club works very hard with landowners and the Town and Village of Mukwonago governments to insure snowmobile trails remain open and groomed.

AHS alumni perform Jan. 3

Dec. 31, 2013 7:52 a.m. | Good seats are still available in all price ranges for The Broadway Company’s Jan. 3 concert at Arrowhead High School. The concert features AHS alumni who are pursuing professional performing careers. Current seniors planning to major in performance will also perform. The Broadway Company will open and close the concert. Complimentary desserts and beverages are served at intermission.

The concert is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 in the Arrowhead theater. Proceeds from this event benefit the AHS Choir Department and vocal study scholarships.

Tickets may be ordered online at the Arrowhead High School website, Click on the One Night Only link under "News and Events".

Tickets may also be purchased in person at Arrowhead High School when school resumes on Jan. 2. Tickets are available for $10, $15, and $25.

Police remind residents - arrange for a safe ride home from New Year's parties

Dec. 30, 2013 4:26 p.m. | The Southeast Wisconsin Multi-Jurisdictional OWI Task Force be conducting a street roll call on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. at the municipal parking lot located at St. Paul Avenue and Madison Street in the City of Waukesha.  

Multiple law enforcement agencies from Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties will be in attendance at the roll call.  These agencies will then deploy resources not only on New Year's Eve, but throughout the holiday weekend with one mission - to apprehend drunken drivers.

Mukwonago police would like to remind all residents to think when they drink during the holiday season. Officers will be out in force once again during the New Year's season looking for impaired drivers.

Prior to engaging in drinking, make sure to arrange having a safe ride home and do not get behind the wheel. There are still way too many needless injuries and deaths caused by drunken drivers. The Village and  Town of Mukwonago Police Departments are both active members of the Southeast Wisconsin OWI Task Force and will have multiple high visibility deployments with one mission – to detect and arrest impaired drivers.

The Southeast Wisconsin OWI Task Force consists of state, county, and local agencies from both Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.  Currently, 25 law enforcement agencies from both counties belong and participate in various OWI task force deployments on specific dates.  

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Packers in Delafield tonight for autographs

Dec. 30, 2013 3:03 p.m. | Delafield - Legends of the Field, 2910 Golf Road, will host a public autograph signing with Green Bay Packers, Jamari Lattimore and Sean Richardson from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30.
Come meet Packers rising stars, Linebacker Jamari Lattimore and Safety Sean Richardson. Both players have made large contributions for the injury riddled 2013 NFC North Champions.
This autograph signing is open to the public with limited tickets available online at; you can stop in the day of the event.

Merchandise will be available before the signing or bring in your own item to be autographed.

Storytime planned at Oconomowoc Public Library

Dec. 30, 2013 9:17 a.m. | Not much beats cuddling up with good story, especially during the winter. Consider bringing your little ones to the Oconomowoc Public Library's Storytime; no registration is required. 

Baby Storytime (18 months and under): Tuesdays at 9:15 am

Lapsit Storytime (19-35 months): Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am; Preschool Storytime (36 months and up): Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:45 am

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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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