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Falls students named National Merit semifinalists

Sept. 27, 2013 11:38 a.m. | Two Menomonee Falls High School seniors rank in the top 1 percent in Wisconsin in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Luke Troxel and Jordan Van Zummeren are among the 16,000 students, who earned the distinction of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. They represent the top 1 percent of each state's high school seniors.

Troxel and Van Zummeren stand out among 1.5 million entrants from 22,000 high schools who took the 2012 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Semifinalists are the only ones who continue in the competition, according to a press release from the Menomonee Falls School District.

Germantown Fire Chief Gary Pollpeter retiring after 42 years

Sept. 26, 2013 3:05 p.m. | After 42 years of service with the Germantown Fire Department, Fire Chief Gary Pollpeter is retiring.

Pollpeter started with the Germantown Volunteer Fire Company in 1971. He was named chief of the Germantown Fire Department when the village took it over on April 23, 1990 and has been the only chief the department has ever had.

Pollpeter's official date of retirement is Dec. 31, but because of accumulated vacation his last day of work will be Nov. 15. In a press release, the village thanked him for his service to the Fire Department.

Germantown police investigate early morning armed robbery

Sept. 26, 2013 8:53 a.m. | Kal Service Willow Creek BP on Appleton Avenue in Germantown was robbed at gunpoint in the early morning hours Thursday.

Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 6:14 a.m. at the gas station, W201 N10451 Appleton Ave. The suspect was armed with an AR-15 style long gun. He is described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ski goggles, black gloves and black pants, according to the Germantown Police Department. His race is unknown.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction. Police were not provided a vehicle description and were unable to obtain a video.

Anyone who was traveling in the area at the time and saw a vehicle or a subject walking near the gas station is encouraged to call the Police Department at (262) 253-7780.

Germantown residents pass slightly smaller district levy

Sept. 24, 2013 2:46 p.m. | Germantown — Germantown residents could see a slightly smaller school tax bill in coming months.

At the district's annual meeting Monday, about a dozen residents passed a $29.13 million tax levy to support the School District's $42 million 2013-14 general fund budget. This reflects a 1.14 percent decrease from last year's levy, or about $350,000 less than the 2012-13 school year levy. The decrease is in the district's debt service fund, with the general operations fund increasing by nearly $300,000.

The estimated tax levied on a home valued at $250,000 totals $2,368, which shows a decrease of 1.87 percent compared with the 2012-13 school year. The tax rate rate per $1,000 of equalized value is $10.19. Last year, it was $10.31. However, taxes are paid on the assessed value, not equalized value.

Residents on Monday also approved the capital projects and community service fund budgets for the current school year. The capital projects budget finances remodels, repairs and improvement projects at district buildings.

Germantown resident Jill North made a plea to residents and district administration to boost the capital projects fund.

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Benson to step down as Homestead boys track coach

Sept. 24, 2013 12:46 a.m. | After 26 years on the job, Homestead boys track head coach Dan Benson is not so much leaving his job but making a lateral move away from its day-to-day weight.

Come this spring, he will transition to becoming a jumps coach and turn over the head coaching duties to current Homestead assistant coach and former long-time rival at Germantown Todd Brawner.

Citing his wife, his two children, his responsibilities as department head and his coaching duties, Benson said there are just not enough hours in the day anymore.

"....doing a quality job at whatever is on my plate is tough," he said. "This decision will free up time related to the track and field coach 'big picture' stuff. This might not seem like a lot, but it really is. In fact, I'm sure that there are many aspects of our track program that will get much better."

In his time at Homestead, Benson led the Highlanders to 41 North Shore Conference indoor, relays or outdoor titles and a state title three years ago. Brawner comes in well-credentialed too, having won 24 league crowns while coaching at Germantown including his own state title.

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Read social media story of Menomonee Falls at Hamilton football game

Sept. 21, 2013 9:55 a.m. | A border battle erupted Sept. 20 as Menomonee Falls traveled to Sussex to take on the Chargers.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Chargers snap to it

Sept. 20, 2013 11:42 p.m. | Every year when they meet, it's something special. On Sept. 20 between the hedges at Stan Grove Field, it also marked the triumphant return of the Sussex Hamilton football team following a rough loss one week earlier.

Hamilton broke open a 14-14 tie with 13 seconds remaining before intermission in the annual border battle with Menomonee Falls. After the Indians were forced to punt on fourth down, but the snap sailed several feet over the Indians' punter, who was in full retreat and downed at the Menomonee Falls 4-yard line. On the next play, head coach John Damato called on his big time fullback, and senior Drew Patterson slammed in for the touchdown.

From there it was all Hamilton, which scored another 21 unanswered points in the second half, to ultimately cruise past its arch-rival, 42-14. It was a stunning score against a Falls team that came in with a 4-0 overall record, one week after Hamilton scuffled against Brookfield East.

The Chargers, Falls, and Brookfield Central now all hold 2-1 records in the Greater Metro Conference, with Marquette (3-0) leading the way.

Hamilton, which outgained the Indians in total offense, 444-292, got three touchdowns from junior wing back Isaiah Webb on runs of 57 yards, 61 yards and five yards. He ended up rushing 10 times for 188 yards in the game. Patterson, who also scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter with 1:01 showing on the clock, had 28 touches for 153 yards.

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Falls schools exceed expectations in state report cards

Sept. 19, 2013 10:12 a.m. | All Menomonee Falls schools "exceed expectations," according to school district report cards that were released on Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

All six district schools fell in the "exceeds expectations" category of DPI scoring. This is the second year the schools have fallen into this category. The Menomonee Falls School District scored 78.9 as a district on a scale of 0 to 100, 100 being the highest.

This is the second school year that the DPI has used a new rating system, which evaluates and issues report cards to Wisconsin public school districts. The scores are based on student performance on standardized tests, student growth over time on reading and math test scores, the ability of districts to close achievement gaps between lower and higher performing student groups, and student readiness for graduation and college. School and district report cards also factor in test participation rate, absenteeism and dropout rate.

Riverside Elementary scored the highest in the district with an 81. Riverside achieved a high rating in closing the gap when compared with other district elementary schools and the state average.

Ben Franklin scored the highest student achievement rating for the district's elementary schools. Shady Lane scored the highest level of student growth.

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Germantown's report card scores 14th in state

Sept. 18, 2013 1:39 p.m. | The Germantown School District recorded the 14th highest accountability score out of all Wisconsin public school districts in the 2012-13 school year, according to district report cards that were released on Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Overall, the Germantown School District averaged 81.1, falling into the "exceeds expectations" category of DPI scoring. The district was 1.9 points shy from meeting the "significantly exceeds expectations" category on a scale that allocates points between 0 to 100, 100 being the highest.

For the second year, Blue Ribbon School Rockfield Elementary falls into the "significantly exceeds expectations" category. Rockfield had a score of 85.4.

All other Germantown schools "exceed expectations."

This is the second school year that the DPI has used a new rating system, which evaluates and issues report cards to Wisconsin public school districts. The scores are based on student performance on standardized tests, student growth over time on reading and math test scores, the ability of districts to close achievement gaps between lower and higher performing student groups, and student readiness for graduation and college. School and district report cards also factor in test participation rate, absenteeism and dropout rate.

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West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. | Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.

You can join the Pigskin Picks contest and test your picking skills each week against a field of area football fans, NOW sportswriters and celebrity guests. Weekly winners receive two tickets to Marcus Theatres and overall winners will receive gift cards to Bartolotta Restaurants.

Featured games this week are Arrowhead at Mukwonago, Oak Creek at Franklin, Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Menomonee Falls at Hamilton and Milwaukee Lutheran at Germantown.

Join Pigskin Picks football contest.

Menomonee Falls man charged with animal mistreatment

Sept. 17, 2013 8:17 a.m. | A 21-year-old Menomonee Falls man was charged Wednesday with two counts of mistreating animals, allegedly causing the death by blunt trauma of a German shepherd puppy.

Nickolas T. Magaw, W152 N8358 Elm Lane, was charged Sept. 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of mistreating an animal, intentional or negligent.

According to the criminal complaint, Brookfield Police were first made aware of the alleged abuse on Nov. 12 by Lisa Schultz, a veterinarian at Burleigh Road Animal Hospital.

She told police that a Chihuahua named Bleu had been brought into the clinic for emergency treatment by Magaw and his girlfriend, Naomi Josi. The dog suffered from a bloody right nostril, swollen and protruding eyes and two fractured ribs.

Magaw told the veterinarian that the dog had fallen down the stairs, but Schultz did not think the injuries were accidental, according to the criminal complaint.

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Learn what area football coaches really think and more at Push for the Playoffs

Sept. 16, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Should high school football players wear their names on the back of their jerseys? What's the strangest complaint a coach has ever received from a parent? Do prep players use performance-enhancing drugs?

You can found out the answers anonymous area coaches gave to those questions and more on Coaches Confidential, part of MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country's Push for the Playoffs special section.

Push for the Playoffs also features the latest standings, playoff projection, a poll and more.

BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites

Sept. 16, 2013 12:47 p.m. | BloodCenter of Wisconsin is extending hours today through Wednesday at eight southeastern Wisconsin donor locations to offset an emergency-level shortage of all blood types.

According to a Blood Center news release, a lack of donors since Labor Day has caused the shortage and left the organization with a one-day supply of several blood types, including rare universal blood type O negative. The Blood Center is seeking an additional 1,000 donors over the three-day span to make up for the shortage.

Potential donors can arrange appointments by calling (877) 232-4376 or visiting www.bcw.edu/appt. Those over 16 are encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

Extended hours at area locations are as follows:

Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St. — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Read social media story of Germantown vs. Cedarburg football game

Sept. 14, 2013 8:21 a.m. | Last night was a spotlight night for Germantown as the team traveled to Cedarburg in the Time Warner Cable Sports featured game.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Test your high school football picking skills in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 13, 2013 2:09 p.m. | We are a few hours away from the kickoffs of tonight's high school football games, which means there is still time to prove you can out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin.

Visit mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Featured games this week are Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead, Pewaukee vs. Greendale, Brookfield Central vs. Menomonee Falls, New Berlin Eisenhower vs. New Berlin West and West Allis Hale at Marquette.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Occupied home burglarized in Brookfield; case fits Falls incident

Sept. 13, 2013 12:55 p.m. | City of Brookfield police officers are investigating a burglary at an occupied home.

The burglary occurred between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday when unknown suspects slipped into the house through unsecured rear patio door, police said Friday.

The burglars took a watch, wallet and electronics from the home, which is the area of Capitol Drive and Brookfield Road. The homeowner and a child were inside during the burglary, which is similar to a recent investigation in Menomonee Falls, Brookfield police said.

Hit-and-run driver injures biker in Menomonee Falls

Sept. 13, 2013 10:59 a.m. | A Menomonee Falls woman suffered minor injuries Thursday when a car struck the back tire of her bicycle on Main Street and Pilgrim Road, causing her to lose control of her bike.

Samantha Goetzke, 23, was crossing Main Street at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday when a car turned onto Pilgrim Road. Goetzke said her back tire was hit by the car and her front tire hit the curb, causing her shin to slam into the curb. The car, described by Menomonee Falls police as a gray hatchback, fled the scene. Police said the driver was a white female between the ages of 25 to 35.

"I saw her coming. I thought she would have stopped, but she didn't," Goetzke said.

She said the driver asked if she was OK. When Goetzke replied "no," the driver left the scene.

Goetzke, who bikes to work every day, said she has a large welt under her knee from where it struck the curb.

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Menomonee Falls volleyball team sweeps past rival DSHA

Sept. 10, 2013 9:42 p.m. | So now that the all-important date of Sept. 10 is past for the top-ranked in state Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team, what is Indian coach J.C. Bruns going to point to as the next important stop in the road for his talented, senior-laden team?

"I don't know yet," he said with a chuckle. "For now we'll just go back to cliches. 'One day at a time.'"

One can't blame Bruns for not having an answer just yet, as this important day was marked by a stunningly easy and impressive 25-20, 25-18, 25-22 victory by his squad over its third-ranked in state archrival DSHA.

How much emphasis did Bruns put on this match?

Just ask the Indians' All-American outside hitter Simone Lee what it's been like since the first day of practice.

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Germantown police seek suspect in attempted sexual assault

Sept. 09, 2013 10:57 a.m. | The Germantown Police Department is seeking a suspect in an attempted sexual assault of a minor on Sunday in the area of Revere Lane and Nigbor Drive.

The Police Department took a report of a male suspect asking a 9-year-old girl if she wanted to touch his genitals at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

The girl successfully left the area and returned home with no further incident. The girl told police she heard the suspect say "just kidding" as she left the area of Revere Lane and Nigbor Drive, according to a crime alert issued by the Germantown Police Department.

The suspect is described as a white male with a light tan, approximately 5 foot 7 inches, rounder in shape, but not obese, with short brown hair that was combed over in the front and facial hair.

The suspect was walking a medium-sized white dog and was also wearing a small backpack that contained a visible bottle of red Gatorade.

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Homestead leads suburban football poll

Sept. 09, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Homestead retained its spot atop the Lake Country/MyCommunityNOW suburban football poll with a 44-21 victory over Port Washington in the North Shore Conference opener.

The Highlanders moved into the top spot last week after defeating defending Division 1 champion Arrowhead.

Arrowhead defeated Kettle Moraine, 21-3, and is second in the poll.

You can see the rest of the top five, test your knowledge of football rules, learn what area high school football coaches really think and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake County Push for the Playoffs page.

Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | How well do you know high school football? Can you out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin?

Find out by going to mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin return this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. Rech was the leading VIP picker in last season's regular-season contest. Radcliffe was first in the playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Read social media story of Germantown at Whitefish Bay football game

Sept. 07, 2013 9:58 a.m. | Last night was a rivalry night for the Germantown and Whitefish Bay football teams during Week 3 of the WIAA prep football season.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

 

You can also see photos of the Hamilton vs. Franklin football game in a photo gallery by NOW's Peter Zuzga.

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Falls snaps out of early funk to down Hale

Sept. 06, 2013 11:54 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls football team overcame a slow, skittish start Friday night to eventually trounce host West Allis Hale, 49-20, in the Greater Metro opener for both sides.

The Huskies looked sharp early, scoring on their second play just 29 seconds into the first quarter on junior quarterback Joe Jo Breznik's 54-yard keeper.

The Indians (3-0) responded with a 50-yard kickoff return from senior running back Christian Almonte, who also opened the drive from the 35-yard line with a 15-yard run.

"He's a special athlete," Menomonee Falls head coach John Baker said. "He's a dynamic kid who does a lot of things for us."

Hale blocked the extra point, the first of several miscues on special teams that marred the first half for Falls. On two occasions, the Indians forced punts only to have one of their own unknowingly touch the ball and surrender possession. The second was missed by the officials, but on the first, the Indians' defense forced a three-and-out. On a separate drive, the Indians forced another punt from deep inside Hale's territory, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the Huskies a fresh set of downs. Baker was blunt about the mistakes.

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Germantown football team outlasts Whitefish Bay, 23-15

Sept. 06, 2013 10:45 p.m. | Germantown junior fullback Kyle Theis wanted everyone to know that they could count on him at crunch time in the Warhawks' North Shore football opener at rival Whitefish Bay Friday night.

"I just told everyone, 'I'll get it, it's mine,'" said Theis of his second surge fourth down effort that got over the goal-line and gave the Warhawks a 10-7 lead with 1:48 left in the third quarter.

And Theis came through again on fourth down at the 7:58 mark of the fourth quarter, finishing off an 11-play drive with a surge up the middle that made it 16-7.

Those two scores were eventually enough of a cushion as the Warhawks gained a valuable leg up in the North Shore race with a 23-15 victory over the Blue Dukes.

Germantown coach Jake Davis was relieved that both rolls of the dice he called for turned out to be lucky sevens.

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State soccer champion Marquette too much for Menomonee Falls, 3-1

Sept. 04, 2013 10:49 p.m. | It's a simple equation in the Wisconsin prep boys' soccer world.

"You always want to be the one who beats Marquette," said Menomonee Falls coach Scott Stein, "...but if you want to do that, you have to finish your opportunities."

"Because they're just so efficient with theirs."

And that was the case Wednesday night on the Indians' pitch, as the three-time defending WIAA state champion Hilltoppers converted on just enough of their chances to overpower the Indians in a Greater Metro Conference match-up, 3-1.

"We felt good about competing and our attitude is still good," added Stein, "but if we had been able to convert our chances a little bit the outcome could have been different."

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Falls broadens liquor license ordinance

Sept. 04, 2013 2:27 p.m. | Liquor licenses are not limited to bars in Menomonee Falls, but are now available to local establishments offering some sort of recreation, village officials decided Tuesday.

The Village Board on Sept. 3 approved an ordinance amending parts of the municipal code that dictate alcohol licensing regulations to give any "recreational premise" the opportunity to apply for a Class B liquor license. The discussion was presented after Just Kiln' Time, a business in downtown Falls, approached the village about hosting events where they offer some sort of alcoholic beverage to patrons.

The previous code allowed liquor licenses to be issued to bowling alleys or recreational premises, but did not actually define what that would be. On Tuesday, village officials adopted an ordinance that defines recreational premises as a "premises in which an organized and regularly conducted activity takes place." It also says those premises can obtain a Class B liquor license.

"We are taking a fairly common definition of recreational premise and putting it into this ordinance which would allow, in this case, the pottery store — where you can actually go in and paint your own pottery — they could qualify for a Class B license and liquor sales could be a part of the established businesses plan,"Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said.

Similar ordinances have been adopted in surrounding municipalities that allow art studios to host events where alcoholic beverages are allowed, Village Trustee Steve Raymonds said.

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Officials make way for new subdivision in village's west side

Sept. 04, 2013 10:27 a.m. | In order to accommodate a subdivision planned at the Lied's Nursery site in Menomonee Falls, village officials on Tuesday moved to include the land in the Menomonee Falls sanitary sewer service area.

Lied's Nursery Co. is looking to sell its 100-plus acre plot of land located east of Town Line Road, south of the Union Pacific Railroad to Developer Jim Forester and Point Real Estate for a future subdivision.

Before the sale goes through, Lied's requested that the Menomonee Falls sanitary sewer service area plan be amended to include their property — a necessary step for a subdivision development. The Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the amendment after a public hearing where no one spoke for or against the proposal.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, which governs metropolitan infrastructure including sanitary sewer planning, and the Department of Natural Resources have to also approve the inclusion of new land into the sewer service area before it becomes official. The Regional Planning Commission plans to move the amendment forward at a September meeting and then forward the changes to the DNR, which is the regulatory agency for sewerage systems, for final approval.

The Sussex wastewater treatment plant would serve that area of the village. The development would increase the planned sewer service area by 3 percent, according to village documents. This is an allowable increase, said village Director of Engineering Services Tom Hoffman.

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Community Watch

» Falls students named National Merit semifinalists 9/27

» Germantown Fire Chief Gary Pollpeter retiring after 42 years 9/26

» Germantown police investigate early morning armed robbery 9/26

» Germantown residents pass slightly smaller district levy 9/24

» Benson to step down as Homestead boys track coach 9/24

» Read social media story of Menomonee Falls at Hamilton football game 9/21

» Chargers snap to it 9/20

» Falls schools exceed expectations in state report cards 9/19

» Germantown's report card scores 14th in state 9/18

» West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks 9/17

» Menomonee Falls man charged with animal mistreatment 9/17

» Learn what area football coaches really think and more at Push for the Playoffs 9/16

» BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites 9/16

» Read social media story of Germantown vs. Cedarburg football game 9/14

» Test your high school football picking skills in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest 9/13

» Occupied home burglarized in Brookfield; case fits Falls incident 9/13

» Hit-and-run driver injures biker in Menomonee Falls 9/13

» Menomonee Falls volleyball team sweeps past rival DSHA 9/10

» Germantown police seek suspect in attempted sexual assault 9/9

» Homestead leads suburban football poll 9/9

» Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest 9/9

» Read social media story of Germantown at Whitefish Bay football game 9/7

» Falls snaps out of early funk to down Hale 9/6

» Germantown football team outlasts Whitefish Bay, 23-15 9/6

» State soccer champion Marquette too much for Menomonee Falls, 3-1 9/4

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