Kohl's expected to decide this fall on headquarters move

July 28, 2011 11:11 a.m. | Kohl's Corp. executives are expected to decide this fall whether to accept a proposal from Menomonee Falls officials to relocate the company's headquarters to Woodland Prime office park.

That's the word from Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald, who spoke at a Thursday meeting about the relocation plan, which would involve up to $41 million in public spending.

Also, Fitzgerald told me after the meeting that village officials have been discussing the plan with Kohl's since April 2010.

That's one month before Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mansell told reporters that Kohl’s was running out of space at its Menomonee Falls headquarters.

Mansell said then that he wouldn't rule out moving the headquarters out of Menomonee Falls. But he also said the company would likely look for additional space near the existing headquarters, at Silver Spring Corporate Park.

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Waukesha County to open some parkland to hunting

July 27, 2011 11:32 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board has given the go-ahead to opening some of Waukesha County's more remote undeveloped parkland to hunters.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, and without public comment either for or against, the board revised parks rules that will lift a nearly 60-year ban on hunting.

Dale Shaver, director of parks and land use, said staff will identify the areas that qualify and attempt to post them on the county's website by fall. One logical starting point, he said, would be greenways such as along the Fox River in the Town of Vernon.

Hunters would not have access to parks with active recreation like hiking and camping, such as in Naga-Waukee or Minooka, he said.

The county is dropping its long-held ban because of a change in state law that makes land purchase grants using state Stewardship Program funds contingent upon opening the land to hunters, fishermen and other recreational interests.

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Brookfield Central, East meet Saturday in sectional finals

July 22, 2011 7:29 p.m. | Brookfield Central beat Menomonee Falls, 10-6, and Brookfield East nipped Pewaukee, 6-5, today in the WIAA Sectional semi-finals at Germantown.

As a result, the teams will meet in a 5 p.m. sectional championship game at Germantown on Saturday, with the winner going to next week's WIAA state tournament on Wednesday and Thursday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.

Friday's title game had to be moved to Saturday because the first game of the day was an hour and a half late because of a rain delay.

The 4th-seeded Lancers (21-11) used a 6-run fifth inning to hold off the top-seeded Indians (20-11) and rolled to a 10-6 win in the first game at Germantown.

Central led 3-2 through four innings as both teams scored in the first inning and then Matt Haralson of Central and Troy Kenkel of Falls shut down the offenses until the fifth.

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Menomonee Falls pool, senior center hours extended due to heat

July 18, 2011 4:47 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - Two additional nights of open swim (Tuesday and Wednesday) were added due to the projected high heat indexes predicted for the week of July 18.

Extended open swim hours are as follows: open swim at North pool, W16750 Garfield Drive, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Costs: younger than 3, free; 3 to 17, $2; adults (18 and older), $3.

The Community Education and Recreation Department has also extended their hours at the Senior Center to help seniors stay cool a little longer.

Extended hours at the Senior Center (Room 106 of the Community Center, north of Riverside Park, Pilgrim Road and Menomonee River Parkway) are as follows: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday (July 18 to 22).

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Waukesha DA won't charge Falls after Belling complaint

July 12, 2011 5:36 p.m. | One of the loudest voices in opposition to new teacher contracts in Menomonee Falls was muffled, at least to some degree.

The Waukesha County District Attorney declined to press any charges in connection with allegations by radio talk show host Mark Belling and others that administrators with the Menomonee Falls School District officials failed to comply with open records requests.

Belling made his requests on air the night of the meeting in late May when the School Board ratified new teacher contracts ahead of the repair bill being made into state law. Dozens of attendees at the meeting also demanded to see the content of the contract before it was ratified, but were denied by the board.

Former Superintendent Keith Marty and School Board President Kathy Shurilla were named in the complaint, but the district as a whole was not named.

In a memo sent late last week, District Attorney Brad Schimel noted the difference between an oral request and a written request citing state statute which allows any oral request to be denied. A further request may be made within five days of the denial, however the contract in question was made public within the five day period making that part of the statute irrelevant.

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GT remains red-hot by stopping Homestead, 10-6

July 08, 2011 10:13 p.m. | Germantown leftfielder Dylan Krivoshein bided his time last year playing the role of reserve and good soldier on the senior-dominated WIAA state qualifying Warhawks, not complaining, just doing his job and trying to help out anyway he could.

A year later, playing for a new coach and with several top seniors gone, the four-sport athlete Krivoshein has earned himself a starter's role and added responsibilities, such as hitting in the lead-off spot in the order.

A red-hot order as it turns out, as behind Krivoshein's four hits, the Warhawks won their fourth game in as many days and their eighth in their last nine tries as they overpowered border rival Homestead, 10-6, Friday night.

"I think we're just really coming together as a team," said Krivoshein, "and the offense is just doing really well right now. We've all had a lot of repetitions lately so we're seeing the ball a lot better."

Indeed, as it was the third straight game for Germantown scoring in double digits and its fifth in this current streak. The Warhawks improved to 10-6 in the North Shore and 16-8 overall, good for third in the North Shore, while Homestead fell to 8-9 and 15-11, respectively.

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Falls breaks Oak Creek's 18-game winning streak, 8-5, in 10 innings

July 07, 2011 9:55 p.m. | The gloom of darkness was starting to fall after the three-hour and 11-minute struggle, but Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen could still clearly see the meaning of his team's hard-earned, 8-5, 10-inning win over Greater Metro Conference regular season champ Oak Creek Thursday night.

"We keep talking about it, that we're good enough to beat anyone out there," said Hansen, "but we fell short twice to Franklin and lost a tough one to New Berlin Eisenhower which is having a good season, so it's nice to say we can beat anyone we play, but it's much better that we actually do it."

The win improved Falls to 13-6 in the GMC and 17-8 overall while Oak Creek, which clinched the GMC regular season title earlier in the week when Franklin lost to Marquette, finished up the league campaign at 17-3 and 23-3 overall. The loss broke an 18-game winning streak for the Knights.

The Knights will be the top seed in the GMC Tournament that will be played Monday through Wednesday. Oak Creek coach Scott Holler was pleased with how his team battled back from an early 4-1 deficit but notes that the team will have to be sharper come tournament time.

"I was happy with the way we hit the ball," he said. "We hit some shots that were right at some people, but sometimes that's the way it goes. It was just a good ball game. We've been having some trouble lately stringing together hits and we're still trying to figure out the right mix in certain situations."

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Eaton may move division headquarters to Falls

July 06, 2011 8:09 p.m. | Eaton Corp.'s division headquarters are being proposed for Menomonee Falls after a plan to develop offices in Wauwatosa fell apart when the project couldn't obtain tax credits for investments in lower-income neighborhoods.

Developer Doug Weas has submitted plans for a building with just under 81,500 square feet, said Matt Carran, Menomonee Falls community development director.

Eaton's offices would be at Woodland Prime business park, on 10.4 acres north of Good Hope Road and east of Flint Drive, near the park's main entrance, Carran said Wednesday.

The plans call for a two-story office area with 31,350 square feet, and a one-story area with lab space and other functions totaling 50,123 square feet, Carran said. The Plan Commission is to review the proposal on Aug. 9, he said.

The building, valued at $15 million, would receive $3 million in public financing if the Village Board approves, said Mark Fitzgerald, village manager.

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High-speed motorcycle crash sends driver to hospital

July 06, 2011 12:42 a.m. | A motorcyclist driving faster than 125 mph fled from Menomonee Falls police and crashed after exiting Highway 45 at Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa on Friday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The motorcyclist, a 23-year-old Milwaukee man, struck the curb along the exit ramp, crossed over Capitol Drive and struck the median barrier at 1:36 a.m. Friday. He ran off toward Penzey's Spices but was quickly apprehended.

He was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

He was cited for not having insurance or registration, driving with a suspended license, causing property damage in a hit-and-run accident and failing to maintain control of his vehicle. He was wanted on a warrant in Wauwatosa for driving with a suspended license.

Hinz and BC stifle Falls' bats in 2-0 GMC decision

July 05, 2011 9:02 p.m. | The days of retired coach Mark Rohde and the mad-bombing, three-run home run hitting state champions of 2000 are long, long in the past for the Brookfield Central baseball team.

So current Lancer coach Jeff Bigler could only chuckle as he thought about the two bunts, the two sacrifice flies and the perfectly-executed hit-and-run in the fifth inning that accounted for all the runs in a tightly-played well-executed 2-0 win over host Menomonee Falls Tuesday night.

"We got those bunts down and we moved some runners around and we got the job done," said Bigler. "We needed to do that, because they didn't give us anything. That's a great ballclub (Falls), well-worthy of a number one seed (WIAA sectional seed)."

And thoughts of WIAA tournament play July 19 and 22 were well on the minds of both Bigler and Falls coach Pat Hansen as both are in the same sectional and the seeding meeting is Wednesday.

Falls is a candidate for a number one seed with a 12-6 GMC and 16-8 overall record while Central is fighting for a first-round home game at 8-9 and 13-9, respectively.

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July 4 photo galleries now online

July 05, 2011 1:56 p.m. | NOW photographers were out and about in the community this weekend and we've just published a number of photo galleries featuring all the red, white and blue fun from this year's Independence Day festivities in the suburbs.

Follow the links below to check out each community's July 4 celebrations:

Elm Grove Revolutionary War re-enactors

Menomonee Falls

New Berlin

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River Lane railroad crossing closing for repairs

July 01, 2011 2:14 p.m. | Germantown - The railroad crossing at River Lane in Germantown will be closed beginning 7 a.m. July 11 and will remain closed until approximately 6 p.m. July 22 due to crossing reconstruction. This portion of the roadway will be re-opened to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic after 6 p.m. July 22.

There will be no access to the River Lane crossing during construction and marked detours will be in place. Any unauthorized access or use of River Lane Crossing during construction could result in a citation.

The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. will be performing the work and is currently coordinating with local law enforcement and local public works departments on all detour and roadway rehabilitation work.

Any questions can be directed to Matt Meekma, Wisconsin & Southern Railroad at (920) 485-4783 Ext.203.

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