With the change of leadership on the
Grant County Board of Supervisors,
there are minor changes in who will
serve on key, county government
Some of the changes are on the
New County Board Chair Bob Keeney
is now the chairperson of that
committee. Returning to the
Administrative Committee are
Supervisors John Patcle of Potosi,
Mark Stead of Platteville, Larry Wolf
of Lancaster, and Bob Scallon of
Boscobel. Newly elected to the
committee are Supervisors Dale Hood
of Platteville and Roger Guthrie
Elected by the county board to serve
on the County Social Services Board
are Supervisors Don Splinter of Hazel Green
and Dwight Nelson of Platteville.
Both were on the board to start the year.
Reelected to the Grant County Highway
Committee are Patcle, Splinter, and Stead
along with Supervisors Grant Loy of
Stitzer and Vern Lewison of Fennimore.
Reelected to the Ag, Extension Education
and Fair Committee are Patcle, Stead,
Gutherie and Loy, along with Supervisor
Pat Schroeder of rural Lancaster. Newly
elected to the Ag, Extension Education
and Fair Committee is first-time supervisor
A woman from Boscobel who was
accused of selling morphine pills
without a prescription, has been
sentenced in U-S District Court.
Mary Grant has been sentenced
by U-S District Judge Lynn Adelman
to six-months of home confinement,
two-years probation, and 20-hours
of community service. That’s despite
a recommended sentencing range
under Federal sentencing guidelines
on the morphine distribution
conviction, of 18-to-24-months
in prison. Grant had plead guilty
to the charge in January.
The Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug
Task Force did an investigation
into the sale of morphine in the
Boscobel area last March.
Authorities say three times
Grant sold nine morphine pills
to a confidential informant who
was working with the task force.
The task force also says Grant
had sold morphine to other
persons in the Boscobel area
between August 2011 and March
of last year.
The investigation was done by
the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug
Task Force, the Division of
Criminal Investigation, and
the Boscobel Police Department.
The Platteville School Board has
approved raises for contracted and
support staff in the district for
next school year.
Salaries for staff members under
contract will increase by at least
$1,100, to a maximum increase of
$2,850. The pay raise is about a
2% increase to the district’s base
salary, with starting wages at just
under $40,000 a year for contracted
staff. Non-contract support staff
in the Platteville School District will
get a 50-cent per hour pay increase.
That takes support staff pay to a
range of $14.43 to $18.34 per hour.
The Lancaster Common Council has
a new Council President. Alderperson
At-Large Dennis Morgan has been
elected to the post. Second District
Alderperson Bob Schmidt had been
Council President for the past
two years. He had also served as
council president from 2003 to
Elected as the common council
member on the Park and Recreation
Committee is Shayne LaBudda,
while Fourth District Alderperson
Dave Varnum has been elected
to be the council member on the
Plan Commission. Varnum’s name
was drawn from a hat after three
tie votes between he and LaBudda.
Also, First District Alderperson
Chad Olmstead has been elected
as the council rep on the Golf
Finally, the new city attorney
is David Helmke. Helmke works
for the law firm of McNamara,
Reinicke, Vogelsberg, and Helmke
in Lancaster. A contract for his
services will be discussed by the
common council at its’ meeting
The Grant County Supervisor who
was the only person to vote
against renovation work to the
county courthouse, feels the
county should have looked at
District-8 Supervisor Pat Schroeder
of rural Lancaster.
Schroeder said at Tuesday’s
county board meeting, that
the county should be able to
take the design proposals
from InSite Consulting
Architects to other architects.
The county could then see if
they agree or disagree with
the recommended plans for
repairing the courthouse.
The county board has approved
a $2-million project.
The historic Grant County Courthouse in
downtown Lancaster will be getting some
renovation work this year. The Grant
County Board of Supervisors has approved
three motions so the project can get started
this Spring. All three were approved on a
vote of 16-1, with District-8 Supervisor
Pat Schroeder of rural Lancaster being the
only “no” vote each time.
The first motion approves a bid of just over
$2-million for the project made by the firm
of Bulley and Andrews of Chicago. The work
involves repairing the brick exterior, tuck-
pointing the bricks, water proofing the lower
level of the building, removing the sidewalks,
and redoing the windows of the courthouse.
The goal is to stop deterioration that’s happening
on the inside of the building.
The second motion passed by the board,
allows the county to borrow up to $2-million
from a local bank at less than 1% interest.
The loan would be for up to three-years.
The county had first considered cashing in
certificates of deposit to pay for the project.
But a local bank has offered a loan for the
project at an interest rate lower than what
the county is getting on its’ certificates
The final motion approves paying for
construction oversight costs with money
from the outside maintenance fund for
the courthouse and administration
building. The account has a balance
of over $200,000 that was carried over
from last year. The motion calls for
just over $170,000 from the fund to be
used to pay Insite Consulting Architects.
The Grant County Courthouse was built
in 1902. It was added to National Register
of Historic Places in 1978.
The Grant County Board of Supervisors
has a new chairperson.
The county board has elected District-4
Supervisor Bob Keeney of Mount Hope
to the position, on a 10-7 vote over
District-9 Supervisor Larry Wolf of
Lancaster. Wolf had been serving as
the county board chair for the past
As County Board Chairman,
Keeney will be paid just over
$46,000 per year.
Elected vice-chair is District-6
Supervisor John Patcle of Potosi on
a vote of 9-8 over District-15 Supervisor
John Beinborn of Cuba City.
Also, District-10 Supervisor Mark Stead
of Platteville is reelected as the 2nd
vice-chair on a vote of 9-8, over
District-11 Supervisor Dale Hood of
A woman from Fennimore who’s been
convicted of having heroin while she
was being held in the Grant County
Jail could face two additional trials
on heroin charges. A status conference
has been scheduled for May 7th for
Tina Smith, on a charge of first-degree
reckless homicide. It’s in connection
with the heroin overdose death of
Bradley Millin last August. After a
status conference last week, Smith
is also scheduled for a pre-trial
conference on May 29th. It’s on
the charge of manufacture and
delivery of heroin. Possible jury
selection and jury trial are set
for the May 29th or 30th. In that
case, Smith is accused of providing
heroin to an inmate at the county
jail in an Icy Hot bottle.
Smith is currently serving an
18-month prison sentence at
the Taycheedah Correctional
Institution. It’s on the conviction
for possession of heroin.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Department
will again be participating in the National
Drug Take Back Day, later this month.
It’s scheduled for Saturday, April 26th.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Department
will have a deputy at six different communities.
That includes the Public Library in
Bloomington, and the Village Halls in
Montfort, Dickeyville, Hazel Green,
Cassville and Blue River. You can drop-off
your old prescription drugs from 10:00 am
until 2:00 pm. Get rid of your expired,
unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
No syringes will be accepted. The service
is free and anonymous, no questions
will be asked. Local law enforcement is
partnering with the Federal Drug
Enforcement Administration in holding
the prescription drug take back day
on April 26th.
The first Loras College poll of the
upcoming G O P Primary for U-S
Senate in Iowa shows a tight race
between the two front runners.
The poll shows 18.8% of those
polled would vote for former
Reliant Energy C E O Mark Jacobs,
while 18.1% say they would vote
for Joni Ernst, the former
Montgomery County Auditor.
Morningside College Professor
Sam Clovis was third, with 7.3%
of those responding say they
would vote for him.
Matt Whitaker has 4%, while
Scott Shaben was backed by
just 3.5%. Forty-six-and-a-half
percent of those polled were
undecided. The inaugural
Loras College Poll survey 600
likely Iowa G O P primary
voters. They have a 4% margin
The survey was conducted
April 7th through the 8th using
telephone interviews, including
landlines and cell phones.
Bruce Braley is the only Democrat
running the U-S Senate seat.
It’s being vacated through the
retirement of long-time
U-S Senator Tom Harkin.
The primary is June 3rd.