Incumbent opts out of School Board forum

Kessler decries partisan nature of sponsor By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff Writer A planned candidate forum featuring the six people running for two available Burlington Area School Board positions will be short at least two people – the incumbents – next week. The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in […]


BHS to add three more to Wall of Fame

BHS to add three more to Wall of Fame

Cates, Price, Uhlenhake noted for athletic contributions The Burlington High School Athletic Department will induct two former student athletes and one coach to the Wall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Class of 2011 inductees are longtime coach Dennis “Tony” Price, multisport athlete Kerry Steffens, and basketball standout Ed […]


Tough decisions ahead

Tough decisions ahead

School officials will have to balance programs vs. taxes By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer As expected, the Burlington Area School District is facing a cut in state aid as it begins its budget process. While the cut isn’t a surprise, there is a great deal of uncertainty as to how […]


Aiming to convert boxes into ‘homes’

TLC Director Cristen Chaffee (left) and Erin Anderson, marketing director for Fox River State Bank pause Monday while putting together a base of cardboard boxes that will be used as part of a fundraising campaign for the transitional housing agency. As do-nations are made, a roof, doors, windows and other features will be added to convert the boxes into a miniature house. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

Bank partners with TLC for unique fundraiser By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief Erin Anderson realizes Burlington’s Transitional Living Center doesn’t build homes in a traditional brick and mortar manner. But in a figurative sense, she said, the local non-profit agency helps build the home environments that sustain families. “They […]


Trading his practice for a mission

Trading his practice for a mission

Local doctor retires from clinic, heads to Rwanda By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer For some people, their career is a calling. Such is the case for long-time area physician Richard Ellingstad. Only in his case, Ellingstad’s calling turned into his career – and now as he retires, will he actually […]


Photos bring a breath of fresh air to hospital hallway

Burlington artist/photographer Cheryl Coleman with one of her 12 photos that hang in hallways at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. Many of the scenes are familiar to local residents. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

Volunteers donate 12 pictures by local photographer Visitors walking from the main lobby at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington toward the cafeteria just may get the feeling they are in a Southeastern Wisconsin photo gallery thanks to a recent donation by the hospital’s volunteer organization. Twelve photographs of area lakes, […]


BASD to require employees to report abuse

Policy will dovetail with state law By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer All Burlington Area School District employees will soon be required to report any suspected physical or sexual abuse of students. That requirement – which is now mandated by state law – is among several policy changes recommended by the […]


Alcohol sales: How early is too early?

Partners2 group opposes earlier sale hours at local stores By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer When Wisconsin passed a law in late December giving communities the option of allowing stores to begin selling alcohol earlier in the day, there seemed to be little controversy. Class A retailers – which include grocery […]


Stuck in neutral

BASD waits for guidance from state on teacher evaluation process By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer With state law unclear and the Burlington Area School District still awaiting direction from the state on a teacher evaluation process, it could be a while before there is any clear indication on how Burlington […]


Manger mystery

St. John’s Lutheran Church pastor, the Rev. Kirk Lahmann, poses Tuesday with some of the figures from the church’s Nativity scene. The manger is empty because the Baby Jesus figure was stolen earlier this month. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

Theft of Baby Jesus figure has touch of irony for local church By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief During his Christmas Day service at St. John’s Lutheran Church last month, the Rev. Kirk Lahmann spoke of another church that had the Baby Jesus stolen from its Nativity scene. He preached […]


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