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LETTER: It takes the right candidate to build the school district’s ‘brand’

                  After attending the candidate forum for the open seats on the Burlington Area School District Board of Education, I had a few thoughts.                    It seems that a lot of people want government, and public schools to operate like a business. OK, let’s go there.  What is the buzzword […]


LETTER: Current School Board members are part of the problem

                   Bill Gates of Microsoft recently concluded that America’s K-12 school system is failing if not broken. This is after donating millions of dollars to groups/schools with no appreciable improvement in student achievement.                   The most recent standardized international tests show shocking evidence that the average U.S. high school senior […]


LETTER: Those who create jobs, pay taxes should be thanked, not vilified

                  Once again, President Obama is targeting, demonizing, denigrating, demagoging, and trying to punish the 1 percent. He wants them to be ashamed that they are successful.  He wants to create the impression that there is something wrong with success, that they didn’t earn it, that they don’t deserve it. […]


BASD plans to refinance debt

Adviser touts historically low interest rates By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer With interest rates at an all-time low, Burlington Area School District officials listened to a pitch to refinance a portion of its debt Monday night – and made the decision to recommend that move to the full board. Lisa […]



Cecelia E. “Cele” Ketterhagen, 92, Burlington, died Feb. 12, 2012, at Personally Yours Elder Care in Waterford. She was born on the family farm in Brighton on Feb. 9, 1920, to the late Albert and Lucy (Warren) David. She grew up in Brighton and was a graduate of St. Charles […]



Evan M. Eidsvoog, 89, Waterford, died Feb. 10, 2012, at Waterford Senior Living. He was born in Williston, N.D., on Oct. 23, 1922, to the late John and Helga (Sorlie) Eidsvoog. He enlisted in the Air Force where he was an airplane mechanic and gunner, serving 50 missions during World […]


It’s an affair of the heart

Burlington native Andrew Wingreen speaks to fans at halftime of Burlington High School’s “Go Red” game to bring awareness to heart disease Feb. 3. Wingreen underwent open-heart surgery as a freshman in high school. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Local grad offers roadmap for beating cardiovascular disease By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer If Andrew Wingreen has a slightly different perspective on life, well, you’ll have to forgive the 23-year-old college graduate. Life has thrown him more than a few curve balls – or in the proper sports vernacular, bad […]



Nina Marie Matthias, 75, died peacefully Feb. 5, 2012, with her loved ones nearby. Nina, better known as “Ma,” was born in Chicago, on Sept. 24, 1936. She married Robert Edwards, having had three sons, Robert, Randy and Ronald, and a daughter, Renee. She later then married the love of […]


Gas prices still climbing

Average retail gasoline prices in Wisconsin have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.41 on Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas […]


Shop owner charged with growing more than his business

Shop owner charged with growing more than his business

By Patricia Bogumil Staff Writer A 50-year-old auto body shop owner faces more than 40 years in prison and up to $60,000 in fines for allegedly running a marijuana grow operation. John A. Olmstead, 2715 Robert St., Franksville, told police all the marijuana they found growing in his house, which […]


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