Man faces fifth drunken driving charge

A Burlington man is facing a felony charge after being cited for his fifth drunken driving offense. Jeffrey M. Staudinger, 44, is facing a Class H felony charge of operating while intoxicated, fifth or sixth offense. He could face fines of more than $10,000, more than six years in jail […]


Bohners Lake beach closed due to bacteria

Local health officials closed the public beach on Bohners Lake in the Town of Burlington Wednesday due to unsafe levels of bacteria in the water. Officials with the Western Racine County Health Department said the closing serves notice that the water is not safe for swimming and other activities. The […]


Schedule shift at BHS questioned

Koldeway wants full board to vote on changes at BHS   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Opponents of a switch from an eight-period day to a seven-period daily schedule at Burlington High School are not going to go away quietly. At the Burlington Area School District Policy Committee meeting May […]


BASD to offer two-tier insurance

Staff has choice of high deductible or premium contribution   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer After battling for more than eight months trying to explain its position in not asking employees to pay a portion of their health insurance premiums, the writing may have been on the wall Monday night […]


Pausing to remember

City of Burlington Police Chief Peter Nimmer (left) and other members of the department stand at attention as the color guard passes at the start of last week’s Peace Officer Memorial Service at Veterans Terrace.  (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

Emotional memorial service honors city’s fallen officers   By Ed Nadolski Editor in chief Each May in recent years, Jean Taylor receives a letter from the parole board advising her the man convicted of killing her father will be considered for release from prison. As upsetting as that annual ritual […]


Town board approves asphalt plant

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer The Town of Burlington Board of Supervisors unanimously approved both a zoning changing and a conditional use application as approved by its planning and zoning committee to allow an asphalt plant on the former J.W. Peters property. Property owner Cretex Materials Inc. of Elk River, […]


Asphalt plant plan raises a stink with city residents

Asphalt plant plan raises a stink with city residents

But mayor says most of his concerns have been satisfied by owner   By Ed Nadolski Editor in chief A proposal for a new asphalt mixing plant on a portion of the former J.W. Peters property is shaping up as a classic NIMBY (not in my backyard) issue – except […]


Got Chocolate?

Got Chocolate?

Burlington sure does as it hosts annual festival If you crave chocolate and want a sweet, brief excursion from everyday life, Burlington ChocolateFest is just the ticket. This year’s theme is “Got Chocolate?” and the festival’s volunteer organizers are ready to answer with a resounding, “Yes, and a whole lot […]


BASD hires a business manager

  By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer The Burlington Area School District Board of Education approved the final piece of the district administrative puzzle Monday night, approving the hiring of Ruth Schenning as the new business manager. Peter Smet, the current business manager and assistant superintendent, said the job posting went […]


A grand time was had by all

A group of Burlington High School students look out over a dropoff into the Grand Canyon during their educational trip in April. This is the fourth year the school has sponsored the trip under the direction of Assistant Principal Jill Oelslager.

BHS students marvel, learn at the rim of the Grand Canyon   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer For Burlington High School Assistant Principal Jill Oelslager, the more times she visits the Grand Canyon, the better. After all, several family trips to that area helped cement her love for the region. […]


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