Extent of tax hike surprises officials

Unanticipated value correction creates higher than expected city taxes By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief As City of Burlington officials wrapped up their budget process in late 2011, they were confident the average property owner would pay no more than an additional $10 for the city portion of their 2012 […]


He flew through life

Dick and Bobbie Wagner in a recent family photo. Dick Wagner died Sunday at his home in Lyons fol-lowing a heart attack.

Wagner leaves long legacy in aviation, philanthropy By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief If there was one thing Dick Wagner didn’t want, it was for people to make a fuss over him. To orphans in the Philippines, lepers in Bolivia and prisoners in Belize he was an angel and a […]


Primary set in race for School Board

Interest in seats is high after budget battle By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer As expected, there will be challengers for the two spots up for election on the Burlington Area School District Board of Education this spring. According to information provided by the school district, six people filed candidacy papers […]


Philanthropist Wagner left a legacy locally and around the globe

Philanthropist Wagner left a legacy locally and around the globe

Richard (Dick) Wagner, a local pilot, businessman and philanthropist whose humanitarian efforts left a lasting impact on the Burlington area and touched far corners of the globe, died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in Lyons. Wagner, 74, and his wife Roberta (Bobbie) are perhaps best known locally […]


Fire station theft baffles officials

Rescue squad equipment stolen By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer A thief broke into the City of Burlington fire station last weekend and stole a defibrillator, among other things, leaving at least one rescue squad member baffled. Jeff Koenen, captain of the Burlington Area Rescue Squad, said the investigation is ongoing […]


Town incumbents still without declared opposition

Filing deadline is Jan. 3 By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer With the deadline approaching for filing papers to run for Burlington Town Board positions, it appeared as of Wednesday that only the incumbents – Joan Boehm and Jeff Lang – were going to run. Boehm was the only person to […]


City puts streets on low-sodium diet

City puts streets on low-sodium diet

DPW tests brine as alternative rock salt on roads By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer If you’ve been around the City of Burlington any time in the last month, you’ve probably been wondering why a tanker truck has been spraying what appears to be water on the streets when it’s likely […]


A look back at 2011

Members of the Burlington High School girls volleyball team celebrate their WIAA Division 1 state championship in early November. Catholic Central High School’s team captured the Division 4 title to make Burlington the only city to simultaneously hold two state volleyball titles.

Burlington’s top 20 news stories ranked by newspaper staff Time magazine selected the protester as its person of the year for 2011. And while the protester as depicted by Time may be too strong a term for the type of political activists that stepped to the forefront of Burlington area’s […]


Lack of interest could prompt city to consider shrinking council

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff Writer While Mayor Bob Miller doesn’t think the decision by two city aldermen not to seek office again will significantly affect the City Council, change may soon be coming anyhow. Aldermen Jeff Fischer and Jim Prailes formally declared last week that they would not seek re-election, […]


Lessons for the classroom of life

Burlington High School special education teachers Jared Boyd (left) and Amy Anhold are part of a program that helps teach students job skills. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

BHS program helps prepare special education students for world of work By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer If you come down the main hallway at Burlington High School between the hours of 7:10 and 11 a.m. any morning of the week, you can find the B-Town Cafe. If you like coffee, […]


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