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Scotty McCreery is really just like us

Abby Schmalfeldt (center) lets her emotions flow while Morganne Longoria (right) snaps photos as American Idol winner Scotty McCreery takes the stage for a brief concert at Burlington High School Monday. The show was a reward for the school’s efforts in winning a toy drive sponsored by Milwaukee radio station FM 106.1. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

Students make a connection when teen ‘Idol’ comes to town By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief                   After winning American Idol with the support of millions of people across the country, Scotty McCreery had to know he’d become a pop culture fixture – however fleeting it may be.                   But […]


There’s no sub-stitute for his daily sandwich

Rochester resident John Ackley (left) meets Cousins Chief Operating Officer Christine Specht-Palmert at a surprise lunch in his honor last week. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Cousins honors local man for his culinary devotion   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer In a small town like Burlington, the old line from “Cheers” – “Where everybody knows your name” – seems to ring true most days. But for John Ackley, what started as a health-conscious habit change has […]


Co-op swimmers take 13th at state

By Jennifer Eisenbart Sports editor While Burlington co-op swim coach Ken France admittedly wanted more out of Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state swim meet at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison, even he had to admit it was a great day for his swimmers. Two Burlington swimmers earned three […]


Turnovers cost CCHS in Level Four loss

By Bud Milroy Sports correspondent For the first time in four years, Catholic Central will not be playing in the WIAA Division 7 title game in Madison come Thursday. The playoff road ended for the Hilltoppers Saturday in Middleton, as the Seneca Indians handed CCHS a 24-8 loss. “It’s the […]


Standouts for the week of Nov. 10, 2011

Male Athlete of the Week Rayce Wadsworth, Catholic Central High School football: In a game devoid of defense, Wadsworth made sure his offense was enough for CCHS to win its game against Lake Country Lutheran. Wadsworth rushed for 319 yards on 33 carries, and scored six touchdowns in the Hilltoppers’ […]


Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

With Kmart closed, Dunham’s moves closer to opening By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer While the Burlington Kmart store closed for good Sunday, the next generation of anchor store for the Fox River Plaza in Burlington was making strides forward. Kmart was for the most part empty last week during the […]



Bertha M. Gill, 91, Burlington, died Nov. 13, 2011, at her residence. She was born June 27, 1920, in Salem, to the late Walter Rendell and Mary (Truan) Peterson. She spent her early life and received her education in Salem. She married Donald A. Gill Nov. 6, 1940, in Kenosha. […]



Dean R. Aspinall, 81, Burlington, died Nov. 12, 2011, at Aurora Burlington Hospital. He was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Burlington, to the late Allen and Mildred (Fraser) Aspinall. He spent his early life in Honey Creek and graduated from Rochester Ag School. He then attended UW-Madison Short Course. On […]



Blanche Magdalene (Ohmer) Valley, 91, Burlington, died Nov. 12, 2011. She was born in McGregor, Iowa, on July 1, 1920, to the late Frank and Teresa (Grunenfelder) Ohmer. She spent her early life in McGregor and was a 1938 graduate of McGregor High School. After graduation she worked for the […]


Back to the drawing board for district

Muskego-Norway voters reject another referendum By Tracy Ouellette Staff writer It’s back to the drawing board for the Muskego-Norway School District as voters in last week’s special referendum election voted no on the $29.9 million building/consolidation plan. With 29 percent of the registered voters showing up to decide the issue, […]


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