Video: Daykin discusses Menomonee Falls Radisson

Feb. 08, 2013 10:21 a.m. | In this week's Land and Space video, reporter Tom Daykin discusses how the village of Menomonee Falls, which financed the Radisson Hotel development, has gained more control over the hotel, setting the stage for its possible future sale.


Powerhouse Germantown boys stampede Wisco to remain unbeaten

Feb. 06, 2013 4:28 p.m. | A fast, strong Wisconsin Lutheran boys basketball team suffered an 84-51 defeat at the hands of the visiting Germantown Warhawks on Tuesday night.

The Vikings (14-4, 11-0 in the Wisconsin Little Ten) joined an ever-expanding list of teams on the wrong end of the Warhawks’ stampede back to Madison.

So it was business as usual on Tuesday as the Warhawks stormed ahead early and methodically built a comfortable lead behind the steady leadership of 7-foot standout senior center Luke Fischer and speedy junior guard LaMonte Bearden.

Bearden led the Warhawks with a game-high 27 points, while Fischer chipped in with 19 and was a constant rebounding and shot-blocking presence.

“I thought we put such a great effort in early defensively that we tired ourselves out,” Wisconsin Lutheran head coach Ryan Walz said. “You have to work so hard to stop them, I think we just ran out of gas. We have not played a team with that kind of length.

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Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approves commercial bakery

Feb. 06, 2013 1:08 p.m. | A commercial bakery moved a step closer to construction on Tuesday after the Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approved a new facility proposed for the Westbrook Business Park.

The 22,047-square-foot building on the west side of Westbrook would serve as headquarters for the company. It would handle the administrative, baking, warehousing and distribution for the company that was not identified in village documents.

"They need a much larger space so it's a great opportunity to come to our community and a great opportunity for us to embrace a new business," said Village Trustee and member of the Plan Commission Mike McDonald. He did not know the name of the business.

He did say plans call for the bakery to have a small retail area in the front of the building, though much of the business will be for wholesale.

McDonald said the company has plans to grow rapidly within the next few years. According to village documents, there are currently 29 employees working on one shift; however, they plan to grow to accommodate 100 employees across multiple shifts within three years.

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Hamilton girls basketball team holds off Falls, 48-37

Feb. 05, 2013 10:29 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton girls basketball coach Dan Carey admits that his team is still getting used to the fact that tough-as-nails forward Jenny Shernell is gone for the season due to a knee injury.

But Carey said the erratic nature of the offense for the Greater Metro Conference-leading Chargers' Tuesday night against archrival Menomonee Falls had more to do with the tenacity of their rival and basic inconsistency than any one player's absence.

Still, Hamilton took control midway through the first quarter and never let go, as the lead never fell below six points in the second half of a 48-37 decision.

"We needed to find a rhythm to our offense," said Carey, "but a lot of credit for that not happening tonight was Craig (Falls' coach Amundson) and his team. They took us out of a lot of the things we like to do and made it difficult."

But still, third-ranked in state Hamilton was able to secure a season sweep over the Indians as they improved to 11-0 in Greater Metro Conference play and 18-1 overall while Falls fell to 5-6 and 10-9, respectively.

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Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Ben Franklin Elementary School has new leader

Feb. 04, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Cassie Martin will soon bring her experience as a principal, assistant principal, department chair, alternative program administrator and teacher to Menomonee Falls' largest elementary school.

Martin is slated to step into her post as principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School Feb. 25.

She most recently worked as principal at Barton Elementary School in West Bend, where she has served since 2011. Before that, Martin served as the director of Washington County Head Start for three years. She served as assistant high school principal for two years, math department chair for one year and was a math teacher for five years.

Martin has facilitated Barton Elementary as a Response to Intervention demonstration site for the past two years and has implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at the school. Menomonee Falls uses both RtI and PBIS at its schools.

"Our leadership team is remarkably strong. Cassie Martin is another great addition to the team," said Superintendent Patricia Greco. "Cassie is passionate about making a difference in the lives of every child, and she is deeply talented in working with families and staff in leading a strong school culture. We are very fortunate to have Cassie joining us."

Commercial bakery proposed for Menomonee Falls

Feb. 04, 2013 9:00 a.m. | A commercial bakery would be part of a new building proposed for Westbrook Business Park in Menomonee Falls.

The 22,047-square-foot building would serve as headquarters and house all the administrative, baking, warehousing and distribution functions of the company, which wasn't named in the plans disclosed by the village.

The Plan Commission is to review the proposal at its Tuesday meeting.

The bakery will accommodate some walk-up traffic for retail purchases, but most of its business is as a wholesaler, the proposal says. The company has 29 employees, with plans to grow to 100 employees within three years.

The proposed 3.5-acre development site at Westbrook is about two blocks south of Main St., about halfway between Old Orchard Road and N. 124th St. The proposed building's developer is listed as JMJ RE Acquisition LLC.  

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