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Menomonee Falls volleyball team wins state title in impressive fashion

Nov. 09, 2013 10:12 p.m. | It was early Saturday evening and J. C. Bruns was hugging the WIAA State Division I girls volleyball championship trophy like it was one of his own children.

When the nine-year Menomonee Falls coach was advised that he should take great care to get that valuable piece of hardware home in one piece during what was no doubt a raucous and happy bus ride home, he just hugged it tighter and said "Oh I will, I will."

And then he thought about the Indians' dominant 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 rout of long-time nemesis Westosha Central in the state championship match at the Resch Center in Green Bay that was concluded just moments before.

He smiled, shook his head and said:

"They never wavered, they never worried, God bless 'em."

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Read social media story of Division 1 Level 3 football playoffs games

Nov. 09, 2013 9:47 a.m. | Area teams Arrowhead, Germantown, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc and Franklin took on their next opponents  in Level 3 of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs Friday.

Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Germantown heads to state boys volleyball with sweep of Arrowhead

Nov. 07, 2013 9:13 p.m. | The coach and his three key senior leaders all agree, this is the year that the Germantown boys volleyball team can take the next step.

In short, top attackers Jake Showalter and John Averkamp, setter Jacob Reynolds and coach Brian Rushmer all think that at the WIAA state tournament next Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran College, the Warhawks should be a contender for a championship.

"We're confident, the field is wide open and we've completed two of our three goals," said Showalter. "Why not the third?"

Why not indeed, after Germantown advanced to the event with a 25-18, 26-24, 25-20 sectional final decision over Arrowhead at Nicolet Thursday night.

It's the third staright state tournament berth for the locals to go along with their third straight North Shore Conference championship.

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Germantown officials discuss buying golf course land

Nov. 05, 2013 11:45 a.m. | Germantown — Germantown officials on Monday directed their legal counsel to prepare an offer to purchase approximately 153-acres of Blackstone Creek Golf Course, though no sale has been finalized.

The Village Board in closed session on Monday negotiated the potential land acquisition of the golf course property east of River Lane at Mequon Road from owners Frank Romano and Troy Schmidt. The details of the purchase agreement were not discussed in open session, village officials said. The board has to formally approve the agreement in open session before any offer is finalized.

Schmidt said the Village Board was in favor of buying the land, but set a 45-day due diligence period to comb through the purchase agreement. Romano and Schmidt have offered to sell the land at $5,350 per acre.

The village would turn the land into a public park. If that occurs, Schmidt said the plan is to redevelop the remaining 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road and to the north of Mequon Road with a projected $30 million mixed-use development of retail spaces and single and multifamily housing.

Several developers have already expressed interest in the land, he said, including Neumann Cos., a developer that has successfully developed housing adjacent to the park, known as the Glen at Blackstone Creek.

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Falls police say mother, daughter lied about handicapped parking permit

Nov. 05, 2013 9:38 a.m. | An officer conducting parking enforcement in the parking lot at Target, N95 W17707 Shady Lane, Menomonee Falls, arrested and cited a Colgate woman and her 70-year-old mother for obstructing after they lied to police over a handicapped parking violation at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 25.

According to police, the suspect used her 70-year-old mother’s permit to park in a handicapped space, and when questioned about her mother’s whereabouts she lied and told police her mother was with her the entire time.

The woman then secretly called her mother to respond to the lot, and her mother also lied to police, causing a lengthy investigation.

A review of store surveillance footage confirmed the two were not together and they were both arrested and cited.

Fire consumes Germantown barn

Nov. 04, 2013 3:29 p.m. | Germantown — A Germantown barn was a total loss after a five-alarm fire consumed the entire structure Nov. 1 on Cedar Lane.

A fire broke out at 11:54 a.m. at a utility barn at N140 W19542 Cedar Lane. The fire caused $250,000 in damage, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.

The fire did not cause any injuries.

The source of the fire is believed to be an operating wood burning stove that was inside the structure, Hoell said. The cause has yet to be confirmed. Gas stored inside the barn gave fuel to the fire, adding to its intensity. The fire burned for approximately three hours, mostly because of the gas inside the structure, Hoell said.

The barn was used as a storage area that housed things such hunting supplies and furniture, all of which were destroyed.

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