WRJC Radio - Mauston, Juneau County, Wisconsin 2014-04-23T11:28:37Z http://www.wrjc.com/feed/atom/ WRJC News <![CDATA[Mauston School Board Swears in New Members, Approves Several Applications]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89246 2014-04-22T20:55:56Z 2014-04-23T11:28:37Z More >]]> Carrie Buss sworn in by RJ Rogers

Carrie Buss sworn in by RJ Rogers

Lynda Vinopal sworn in by RJ Rogers

Lynda Vinopal sworn in by RJ Rogers

Dan Berkos sworn in by RJ Rogers

Dan Berkos sworn in by RJ Rogers

Pam Holmes sworn in by RJ Rogers

Pam Holmes sworn in by RJ Rogers

The Mauston School Board had a busy night on Monday, hearing from the public and approving several items on its agenda. At its meeting, the board heard from Angela Locken, PTC President, and Lyndon Station Village President, Dave Klicko. Locken asked the board to reconsider some of the budget cuts the district was facing. “Don’t cut our core teachers during this crucial time of planting seeds of learning,” said Locken to the board. She said that Mauston School District couldn’t afford to let the elementary students to fall behind because there weren’t enough core teachers. Klicko talked about concerns about the possibility of the Lyndon Station Elementary School closing. He said if the school were to close, the village would be hurt because one of the key points for growth for the village is the school. The board thank both Locken and Klicko for their comments and proceeded on with items on their agenda, which also included the swearing in of the new board members. Carrie Buss, Lynda Vinopal, Dan Berkos and Pam Holmes were all sworn in.

Next on the agenda, the board accepted the resignation of Julie Goers, the district nurse, and wished her the best in her future and it approved the CESA 5 contract for the 2014-2015 school year. The board approved the 2014-15 budget Planning Worksheet, which totaled $313,000 in reductions. It also approved a base wage increase for the teaching staff at 2.07% for a total of $735 per person for the current school year. It was the CPI for the year and it was budgeted. The board also approved to support two different applications: an application to offer the Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate and WI Instrumentality Charter School Grant.

The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) is offered to “graduating high school students who have demonstrated a strong interest in global citizenship by successfully completing a global education curriculum and engaging in co-curricular activities
and experiences that foster the development of global competencies.” Mauston High School Principal Jim Dillin said, “Ms. Luke approached me about a new program the DPI rolled out late last year called the Global Education Achievement Certificate. We applied for, were approved, and now we are one of 13 schools to be certified by DPI for this program.” He said that the teachers used a combination of faculty meetings, PLC time and personal time to review all classes that would fit into the expectations of this program. “I have reached out to UW- Whitewater and UW- Milwaukee to start discussions about creating partnerships with our school in hopes of getting more opportunities for our students,” said Dillin. Dillin went on to say that the district doesn’t have to add anything to fulfill the requirements of the certificate and this is another opportunity to offer students at no cost to the district.

The WI Instrumentality Charter School Grant is a planning grant for a possible charter school at Lyndon Station. Business Manager Julie Lankey-Smallwood said that it would be for two classrooms: one for 4-6-year-olds and one for 6-9 year-olds, with the possibility of adding a third classroom, which would be for 9-12 year-olds. It is a different method of teaching, which would provide another option for parents and students in the district. The grant would provide $150,000 per year for three years.  Director of Teaching and Learning Lynda Olenick said that while it is a hands-on learning method and student directed, the school would still have to meet state standards. The state is only giving five of these grants away and the district would know if they received the grant around August. The board voted unanimously to support the grant application.

The board also accepted three donations: one was a donation of ten iPAD “Minis” from the West Side/Grayside PTC, to be used in the 4K program at West Side Elementary in the 4K classrooms. This will be part of a small group station work in “Learning Through Play.” The devices are valued at $2,790.00. The second donation was a two-ton electric hoist valued at $300 from Mr. Paul Rieder of Albany, WI to the Mauston High School Agriculture Department and the third donation was $312 toward the purchase of a security camera for the front entrance at Lyndon Station Elementary School from the Miller’s General Store, Martha’s Lyndo Inn Restaurant and Swagger Inn in Lyndon Station “Secure Our School” campaign, which will help provide a camera in the front doorway of the school building. All three businesses donated 10% of their sales during a week in February.

The month of May looks to be a busy month for the school board. It meets with Bray Associates to talk about the facilities study on May 5. It might have a special school board meeting on May 12 to conduct board business, and it has its regular meeting on May 19.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Michalek, Elizabeth Ann, age 89, of New Lisbon]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89263 2014-04-22T21:53:04Z 2014-04-22T21:53:04Z Elizabeth Ann Michalek, age 89, of New Lisbon, Wisconsin died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Crest View Nursing Home in New Lisbon, Wisconsin. Graveside services will be 11:00a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Necedah, Wisconsin. Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Wisconsin DNR to hand out turkey certificates]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89261 2014-04-22T21:42:24Z 2014-04-22T21:42:24Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials say they’re going to hand out personalized certificates to successful first-time turkey hunters this year. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters can fill out information about when and where they killed the bird as well as information on its weight and spur length on the agency’s website. Hunters also can submit a photo of themselves with their turkeys. The agency will send the certificates out electronically within a few weeks of receiving the information. The certificate program will run during both the spring and fall hunts.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Stroebel: Campaign will focus on Congress’ issues]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89259 2014-04-22T21:41:54Z 2014-04-22T21:41:54Z More >]]> CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) – State Rep. Duey Stroebel says he respects both of the other Republican candidates in Wisconsin’s 6th District congressional race and he expects the primary to focus on the problems in Congress, not opposition between them. Stroebel issued a statement Tuesday as state Sen. Joe Leibham joined the race to replace longtime Rep. Tom Petri. Petri announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election. State Sen. Glenn Grothman also has declared his candidacy in the race. Stroebel says Leibham and Grothman are both good people, but they’ve spent years in government and he doesn’t think voters should trade one longtime politician for another. Stroebel has been in the Wisconsin Assembly only since 2011. Stroebel also says his private business experience also will help in tackling federal budget problems.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Authorities seek different SUV in fatal crash]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89257 2014-04-22T21:41:19Z 2014-04-22T21:41:19Z More >]]> JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Investigators are now looking for a different sport utility vehicle suspected in the crash that killed two Janesville motorcyclists last weekend. The Rock County sheriff’s office originally had said the vehicle suspected of hitting the motorcycles on Highway 14 Sunday night was a Nissan. Later, authorities connected a fog lamp assembly recovered at the scene to an Infiniti QX4. The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/1idj8A3) reports investigators now believe the vehicle is a larger Infiniti, the QX56. Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Christiansen says another piece of debris was found to have a number on it. The dealership traced that piece, finding that it was specific to the larger Infiniti, model years 2004-07. Killed in the crash were 24-year-old Mitchell Vance and 18-year-old Devin Julius. Three other motorcyclists and another vehicle avoided the crash.

Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.com

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Underground fire evacuates public market]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89255 2014-04-22T21:40:26Z 2014-04-22T21:40:26Z More >]]> MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Public Market downtown has been evacuated after road construction crews reported hearing an underground explosion. Police at the scene say there was likely no explosion, but a small fire apparently is burning deep underground. Road crews working on a reconstruction of nearby Interstate 794 have been pounding pilings into the road. It wasn’t yet clear whether workers hit a gas line. Milwaukee police have the area in the city’s Third Ward cordoned off.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Mauston Summer Food Service Program]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89244 2014-04-22T18:13:01Z 2014-04-22T18:12:23Z More >]]> The Mauston School District will be having the Summer Food Service Program again this summer. The program, which the district took over in 2008 from a local church group, is from June 16th-August 15th, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mauston Schools Food Service Director Katina Ziebell says that meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under and also available to persons who are the age of 18 years of age who are determined by the state or local public agencies to be mentally or physically disabled and there is no charge for the meals. Business Manager Julie Lankey-Smallwood says that the program has grown since 2008. “Back in 2008, when we took over the program, we served over 4,000 meals. This past summer, we served over 10,000 meals and we have grown out of the Grayside kitchen, so that’s why we moved over to the high school kitchen. It has gotten so large.” Lankey-Smallwood said the growth was gradual and that the district is doing this for the students, and making sure students are getting food during the summer. Volunteers will take these meals which have been made at the Mauston High School and distribute those at the parks in both Mauston and Lyndon Station. If you would like to join the team and volunteer with delivering lunches to the parks, please contact Ziebell at 847-4410 ext. 4431.

The following locations that will be served are:
Marachowsky Park: 11:30-12:00
Lions Park: 12:00-12:30
Jones Park: 11:30-11:50
Riverside Park: 12:10-12:30
Travis Fitzgerald Memorial Park (Lyndon Station): 11:30-11:50

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WRJC News <![CDATA[2 on motorcycle killed in collision with minivan]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89240 2014-04-22T16:55:57Z 2014-04-22T16:55:57Z More >]]> TOWN OF LINWOOD, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say two University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students have died in a collision between a motorcycle and a minivan in Portage County. WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1ly1SO2 ) reports 21-year-old Alexander Reeder, of Wisconsin Rapids, and 20-year-old Katherine Axlen, of Mukwonago, were on the motorcycle that crashed in the Town of Linwood late Monday. They were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Both were seniors at the university. Deputies say both were wearing helmets. Authorities say a 41-year-old woman driving the minivan was turning into a driveway and pulled into the path of the motorcycle. The van driver and her 11-year-old son were not hurt.

Information from: WAOW-TV, http://www.waow.com

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Wisconsin home sales slide; weather blamed]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89238 2014-04-22T16:55:02Z 2014-04-22T16:55:02Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s existing home sales fell 11 percent in March compared to the same period a year ago. A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/1f0yPQa ) says the chillier winter is a possible factor. The Wisconsin Realtors Association says the spring selling season got off to a slow start, but things might improve along with the weather. The association says median sales prices rose 2 percent to $136,500. The first three months of the year are traditionally slow for home sales, with about 18 percent of annual sales in the first quarter. Sales in the second quarter generally comprise 31 percent of the yearly total. Real estate agents say better weather helps home sales not only because more buyers come out but because the landscaping is fuller and greener, making the entire home more appealing.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Wisconsin court reduces $1 million damages award]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=89236 2014-04-22T16:54:13Z 2014-04-22T16:54:13Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reduced a $1 million damage award against a title insurance company in a Door County property dispute. The case stems from a dispute over whether Robert and Judith Kimble had an easement granting them a route from their lakefront property to a highway. They failed to sell the land in 2008 because they couldn’t resolve the dispute. They sued their title insurance company, First American, in 2009 alleging the company failed to defend the title. They ultimately sold their interest in the title to adjoining property owners John and Jane Stevenson, who won a $1.03 million award against the company. The Supreme Court ruled 4-2 on Tuesday that the award was excessive and reduced it to $239,738. The Stevensons’ attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

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