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Here she is: Racine County Fairest is Wisconsin’s pick

Here she is: Racine County Fairest is Wisconsin’s pick

The 2012 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs was recently selected during the 89th annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention held in Wisconsin Dells. Richelle Kastenson, 21, representing Racine County Fair, was crowned 2012 Fairest of the Fairs. She is the daughter of Rick and Julie Kastenson of Union Grove. Kastenson […]


The house may be gone, but what’s most important is safe and sound

A fire of undetermined origin swept through the Shawn and Kim Thomas family home at 28430 Joanie Lane, Tichigan, on Jan. 27. A dozen fire companies fought the blaze for about 1-1/2 hours before bringing it under control.

By Patricia Bogumil   Staff Writer The family displaced by a multi-alarm fire that ravaged their Tichigan home last week is doing well, given the circumstances. “We’re doing well and we appreciate what everyone’s done. People have been great,” said Shawn Thomas, who lived at 28430 Joanie Lane with his […]


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 […]


Haylofters to get Biblical

Potiphar (played by Bob Hartwick) sings about his many treasures during “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Theater troupe presents ‘Joseph’ at local church The story of a young man, an amazing dream coat and his family will hit the stage at the Haylofters winter home this next week. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the winter production for the theater troupe, with shows slated for […]



Rita M. Hausner-Bennett, 79, Minocqua, formerly Winter Haven, Fla., died Jan. 21, 2012. She was born Aug. 17, 1932, in Chicago, to the late Clarence and Alberta (Byden) Rabe. She had worked for Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, as the accountant for the Southeastern United States. She had resided in […]


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 […]


Waterford Graded School District briefs

District taking out RFP to examine financial status Waterford Graded school officials will be sending out a request for proposal (RFP) for financial services in the near future in an effort to gage the stability and solvency of the district. The issue was discussed at a School Board Personnel and […]



Mary Jane Erickson, 96, Burlington, died Jan. 31, 2012, at Kindred Nursing & Rehab in Burlington. She was born May 21, 1915, in Mooresburg, Tenn., to the late Adam and Charlia (Debord) Trent. She spent her early life and received her education in Mooresburg. On Oct. 3, 1936, in Kenosha, […]


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, […]


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