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Two Falls residents drown in Waushara County lake

Aug. 16, 2009 11:10 a.m. | Two Menomonee Falls residents died Saturday afternoon after attempting to rescue a young boy in a small lake near Wild Rose.

Tonya L. Lenz, 29, and Al A. Smith, 31, both entered Kusel Lake to help Smith's son, who had fallen from a raft. The Waushara County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call about 2 p.m. reporting a possible drowning.

Emergency personnel located Lenz after a short time, and later found Smith after searching the lake. Both were transported to Wild Rose Hospital where attempts to revive them were unsuccessful.

The boy was able to make it to shore before responders arrived, according to a statement.

Waushara County officials said the victims were visiting friends and relatives in the Wild Rose area.

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Menomonee Falls' boys track team wins WIAA sectional title

May 29, 2015 10:50 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls boys track team has always believed in the power of relay teams.

Senior 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay anchor runner Josh Lucas expressed that thought after the Indians won those two races en route to a surprisingly easy WIAA sectional championship at Oconomowoc Friday afternoon.

"I have real trust in this family, this team," he said. "I went to the fence (surrounding the track, after winning a race) and there were eight people there waiting to congratulate me. Track is not an individual sport, it's about relays, it's about family."

"It's a team sport."

The rest of the Indians would not argue, as they won the 14-team sectional with 107 points, well ahead of runner-up Arrowhead (72). More importantly, the Indians also advanced five individuals and those two relay teams to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse June 5 and 6.

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Germantown softball team edges Homestead, 1-0, for NSC crown

May 21, 2015 12:12 a.m. | One swing of the bat by shortstop Morgan Brantley on a rainy May 14 evening effectively gave Germantown its fifth straight North Shore Conference girls softball title over archrival Homestead.

Though the efforts of motivated Germantown pitcher Michelle Moore six days later on May 20 were enormously helpful in making that home run by Brantley stand up in a 1-0 decision.

Rain held up the game in the bottom of the third on May 14 with Germantown nursing the lead earned by Brantley's laser beam of a home run to left in the bottom of the second.

"We had been anxious all week to get to this game," said Brantley. "We had a lead but we felt we had more runs in us. The funny thing was (about the pitch she hit) was that it was very inside but I got the bat around on it."

The Warhawks didn't get any more runs thanks to the game effort of Homestead pitcher Samantha Schindler (11 strikeouts and three walks), but Moore and the Germantown defense made the lead stand up.

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Germantown's Showalter resigns to take college job

May 18, 2015 10:33 p.m. | Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter liked being a police officer for his hometown.

And he loved being its boys basketball coach through 15 marvelously successful seasons, including WIAA state championships in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

But now he is neither.

Around six months shy of being fully vested in his municipal pension earned as a police office and with a trio of great returnees coming back from the 2015 state runner-up basketball squad, Showalter, 49, has resigned from both the police department and his head coaching position to take a job as Lance Randall's assistant at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

He sent out this e-mail Monday night after meeting with the police chief, the village HR staff, Germantown athletic director Jack Klebesadel, principal Joel Farren and, of course, his team.

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Let us know about your Memorial Day event

May 13, 2015 1:29 p.m. | Are you or your organization planning an event commemorating Memorial Day? Send information to us at news@jrn.com so we can include it in a roundup of events. Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Brandtjen's May listening session to be held in the Falls on May 17

May 12, 2015 2:38 p.m. | Menomonee Falls— State Representative Janel Brandtjen (R) will be joining congressman James Sensenbrenner (R) for a May listening session in the 22nd Assembly District.

The session will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at Menomonee Falls Village Hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road.

For those who can't make the session, Brandtjen can be reached at her office in Madison by phone at (608) 267-2367 or (888) 534-0022, or by email at Rep.Brandtjen@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Germantown High School ranks fifth in state by U.S. News and World Report

May 12, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Germantown — Germantown High School has something to celebrate today, as principal Joel Farren was happy to share some exciting news.

A U.S. News and World Report study of just over 29,000 public high schools across the country ranked Germantown fifth in Wisconsin based on factors such as student/teacher ratio, college readiness and competence in math and reading.

"We are pleased with the ranking and believe it to be something to celebrate, though we have more work to do," said principal Joel Farren, of the results.

Pilgrim Road Bridge demolition to happen in next few days, freeway to close

May 12, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Things are changing at Pilgrim Road and Highway 41/45 again tonight, as the northbound on-ramp will be closed starting at 8 p.m.

Drivers will be detoured south on Pilgrim Road to WIS 74/Main St., then east to the Main St. on-ramp.

On Wednesday, May 13, during nighttime hours, southbound traffic on Pilgrim Road will be switched to a single lane on the northbound roadway while crews reconstruct the existing southbound lanes.

Additional activities scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. include demolition work of the Pilgrim Road bridge on Thursday, May 14, Friday, May 15, Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, resulting in a full closure of the highway underneath during those times.

There will be a signed detour for both the Pilgrim Road and full freeway closures.

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First Bank Financial Centre of Menomonee Falls gives back to community

May 12, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Paying it forward not just thought of in terms of balanced checkbooks and wealth management. It is a valued philosophy for the employees of First Bank Financial Centre, who throughout the month of April celebrated Community Banking Month by paying it forward to local citizens and organizations in the communities they serve.

Last year, the local Menomonee Falls branch focused efforts on individual families. This year, the scope was equally important though a lot larger.

Employees from FBFC's Menomonee Falls branch delivered breakfast to the local fire station and police department, handed out $10 Woodman's gift cards to the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry, provided coupons for bowling and shoe rental at Kruegers to some very appreciative families and presented a check for $100 to Building a Better Butler to help decorate their park, planters and medians.

They also delivered pet toys to Linden Grove for their dogs and cats that visit with their residents and headed over to the Hope Network for Single Mothers, where they donated 12 "first bath" kits.

The Blue Spring Farm was their next stop for a random act of kindness where they delivered bags of treats for the teaching horses and also several bags of treats for the horses that are boarded there. Lastly, employees handed out truffles from the The Chocolate Falls, a new business in the Menomonee Falls downtown area, at the first farmers market of the year.

Road construction season affects more than Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls

May 12, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Drivers have been facing headaches with traffic and construction near Pilgrim Road and Highway 41 for a while now, but soon there will be other areas in the village affected as construction season hits full swing.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation began work on a construction project on Pilgrim Road from Park Boulevard to Megal Drive on April 10, starting with the installation of temporary traffic signals at all the affected signalized intersections.

Since then, long-term ramp closures have been put in place for all northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps at the intersection of Pilgrim Road and Highway 41/45 as construction progresses from Park Boulevard to Megal Drive. The closures are expected to be in effect until the $12,598,000 project is completed in late fall.

Improvements to be completed include bridge replacement, safety enhancements, utility upgrades, improved pedestrian access, intersection improvements, increased capacity and street scaping.

The project aligns with work being completed by the village to incorporate additional turn lanes, new medians, a wider intersection and added lanes in some areas.

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Winter's not through with us yet

May 12, 2015 6:58 a.m. | The old rule of thumb about not planting before Memorial Day may be proven tonight, as the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from midnight tonight to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures could drop into the low 30s. If you have plants outside, you may want to consider covering them or moving them inside.

Developer proposing 225 apartments in Germantown

May 08, 2015 9:23 a.m. | A development firm is proposing to build an apartment community, with 225 units, in Germantown.

JBJ Development, represented by Scott Bence, is proposing the project for 23.7 acres at around  N116 W16200 Main St., east of Lake Park East Condominiums and west of Oakwood Village Condominiums, according to the Plan Commission agenda issued Friday.

JBJ is seeking a rezoning and site plan consultation for a 225-unit apartment development, the agenda said.

Neither Bence nor Germantown officials were immediately available to obtain more information about the proposal.

The Plan Commission is to review the item at its Monday night meeting.

Germantown girls soccer team edges rival Menomonee Falls, 1-0

May 07, 2015 10:17 p.m. | Caught in the throes of a heated North Shore Conference race, the third-ranked in state Germantown girls soccer team was not going to get caught looking past border rival and fellow state power Menomonee Falls on a beautiful 80-degree Thursday evening at home.

And the Warhawks weren't stopped, getting a pretty goal from MacKenzie Challoner off a fine centering pass from Izzie Thomsen in the 54th minute for a sprightly 1-0 victory.

But a snafu by the power company nearly did stop both the Warhawks and the Indians, as shortly before the game was about to start there was a brown-out in the area, including the soccer field lights.

Officials decided to kick-start the game beginning it at about 6:45 p.m. in order to try and beat the approximately 8 p.m. sunset.

But right around the time things were getting underway, the lights flickered on and the game carried on as normal.

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Menomonee Falls sees first street racing incident in years

May 07, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Sometimes its fully souped-up cars with fancy paint jobs and expensive exhaust systems. Other times its just average cars.

Regardless, officers from both the Menomonee Falls and Germantown police departments agree the issue of street racing is nothing new in this area. Nor has it gotten any safer with time.

It has been at least five years since Menomonee Falls has seen an incident like what happened around 1:30 a.m. May 3 in the industrial park near Highway 41 and Main Street, according to Assistant Chief Mark Waters.

No one was hurt in the May 3 incident, but multiple citations were issued to multiple participants and spectators alike in a street race that was reported near Held Drive and Anthony Avenue, which is an area Waters said is highly susceptible to activity of this kind.

"Industrial parks are often a target for street racing because they think there is less traffic and they are less likely to get caught," he said.

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Menomonee Falls Troop 80 Scouts reflect on project, look to future

May 07, 2015 3:03 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The cause is a more than worthy one, but for Menomonee Falls High School seniors Nate Rismon and Jack Wheelock, what they selected for their Eagle Scout project has a larger scope than that.

The scouts will be celebrating their Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday, May 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, home to hundreds of Troop 80 meetings and now to their Eagle Scout project, the Marian Memorial Garden.

"We wanted to find a way to give back to the church that has so graciously hosted and sponsored us for so many years," explained Rismon. "This seemed like the perfect way to show our gratitude."

Rismon and Wheelock were approached by members of the church about the garden, which was a collaboration with the Elizabeth Ministries at St. Mary's. Planning began about a year ago for the garden, which is a reflection area for families of those who have suffered the loss of a child.

There were a lot of different perspectives on how the garden should come together when planning began, prompting Rismon and Wheelock to problem solve and do their best to piece everything together into what has become a cohesive design.

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