It looks like the City of Cuba City will
be getting a new retail business.
Cuba City Economic Development Director
Taylor Gronau told the Common Council
last night (Wednesday night) that a new
business will be moving into the Schroeder
Building at 100 North Main Street.
The business has purchased the 6,000 square
foot building, and will be opening in early
February. Gronau says the owners didn’t
want to say what business it is, until
it gets closer to the day that they open.
The building had been a dental office over
A construction manager has been selected
for the Cuba City Community Center project.
The Cuba City Common Council has approved
Epic Construction of Kieler. According to
City Clerk Kathy Schultz, Epic will be doing
the work at no cost to the city, until the
project is approved and ready to build.
Construction management services would
cost $125,000, with $25,000 of that to
be donated by Epic toward the Community
As you know, the Cuba City Community
Center Committee has proposed building
a community center on property between
the Cuba City High School and Elementary
School. It would cost around $2.5-million.
The committee has raised just over
$500,000 for the project.
At the same meeting the Cuba City Common
Council hired a construction manager for
the community center project, it also approved
a city budget that calls for closing the Cuba City
Municipal Gymnasium on South Jackson
Street. As of January 1st, the Municipal
Gym will be officially closed. That’ll save the
city around $10,000. Built in 1938, the
building has ventilation problems that
the city has been dealing with consistently.
City Clerk Kathy Schultz says there’s
the possibility the building could be
kept open for the first three-months of
the year. But that would come from the
Cuba City School District to use it as
another practice gym.
In Platteville, you can Choose-A-Scrooge
this holiday season for a great cause,
Project Pulse. Doug Wagen talks with
Platteville E M S Administrator Brian Allen
and Platteville Recreation Director
Luke Peters about Choose-A-Scrooge on
today’s (Thursday’s) Guest Spotlight Show.
A man from Dodgeville is facing
several charges including strangulation
after a domestic incident late last
night (Tuesday night) in Iowa County.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home
on County Highway-Y outside of
Dodgeville, after getting a call that
someone was being choked.
When officers got to the home,
they talked with 30-year-old William Ray.
After investigation, Ray was arrested
and taken to the County Jail at Dodgeville.
The Sheriff’s Department anticipates
filing charges against Ray including
domestic battery, felony strangulation,
intimidation of a victim, and criminal
damage to property. Ray is also being
held on an arrest warrant out of
The City of Fennimore has hired a
new, wastewater treatment plant
operator. The Fennimore Common
Council has approved hiring Brian Niemann
of Rewey for the job. Niemann has a degree
in environmental services from the
UW-Platteville. He’ll be paid $17.29 per
hour. He was one of eight applicants
for the job.
The Fennimore Common Council
has also okayed several Police Committee
recommendations, which included updates
to Police Department policy.
Among the updates are the definition of a
contract and a casual police officer,
and training policies. One of the
policies adopted is that all Fennimore
police officers wear a seat belt while
operating a city police vehicle.
The Fennimore Common Council has
approved a pay increase for non-union,
city employees for next year.
On a vote of 5-to-3, the council has
approved a 44-cent an hour increase
for all non-union city employees,
except for employees in the wastewater
department. In addition to the pay
increase, the Fennimore Common
Council has voted to discontinue
longevity pay for city employees.
Longevity pay goes to employees who’ve
worked for a specific number of years
for the city, with the increase based
on the the length of service to the City
This year, the City of Fennimore paid
out $16,000 in longevity pay to city
The Fennimore Common Council has
approved the Fennimore city budget for
Expenses are up, to just under $2.8-million,
compared to a little less than $2.3-million
this year. City Clerk Margaret Sprague says
it’s because of a street project that requires
matching funds from the city.
The City of Fennimore will be receiving
a $200,000 Community Development
Block Grant for street, water main, and storm
sewer work on the Jackson and 16th
Despite the increase in expenses, property
taxes will be down in Fennimore next year.
The net mill rate for 2014 is $20.22 per
$1,000 of assessed valuation. The net mill
rate this year was $20.34. As you know, the
net mill rate includes the city, the county, the
Fennimore School District and Southwest
Tech as well as the State of Wisconsin.
Sprague says the city portion of that net
mill rate is $6.98 per $1,000 of assessed
valuation. This year, the city portion was
just over $7.00.
Two people have been treated for
injuries at Southwest Health Center
in Platteville after a car hit a Lafayette
County snowplow on Sunday afternoon.
Lafayette County authorities say
24-year-old Harrison T. Hansen and
74-year-old Paula M. Hobbins…both of
Fitchburg…were taken to the hospital
by the Belmont E M S. Hansen was
reportedly driving south on Highway-151
in the Town of Belmont, when he hit the
snowplow from behind. The snowplow
was being driven by 64-year-old
David Bockhop of Belmont. Authorities
say Bockhop had all emergency lights
activated on the truck, at the time of
the crash. Bockhop wasn’t injured.
Hansen’s car has extensive damage
and had to be towed from the scene.
The snowplow has moderate damage.
Hansen has been cited for driving too
fast for conditions.
Belmont Firefighters helped at the
A man from Dickeyville is facing his
fourth charge of drunk driving after a
one-vehicle crash late Saturday night
on Highway-151 in southern Grant County.
Authorities say 38-year-old Shelby Blindert
was taken to UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital
in Dubuque for treatment of severe, but
non-life threatening injuries.
Blindert was reportedly driving north on
Highway-151 when his vehicle went off the
road. It hit a metal guardrail, bounced-off
it and then went airborne across the two
south lanes of the highway, coming to a
stop after hitting a concrete barrier.
While investigating the crash, a deputy
discovered Blindert was drunk. He’s also
been cited for not wearing a seat belt and
for driving without insurance. He was
released to a responsible party due to the
severity of his injuries.
Helping at the scene of the crash were
police from Dubuque, Dickeyville Fire and
Dickeyville E M S along with Donnie’s Tire
and Tow of Dickeyville.
Premier Cooperative had another record
year in 2013. According to the December
Premier Cooperative newsletter, sales in
fiscal 2013 were just over $200-million.
That compares to just over $170-million
in fiscal 2012. Premier is also reporting
an after tax savings of $10.2-million,
compared to $8.4-million last year.
General Manager Andy Fiene says the
increases are due in part to Premier’s
merger with Heartland Country Cooperative
in March. Other factors include strong
volume growth in the area of feed, energy,
and agronomy sales. But Fiene also reports
the drought of 2012, had a negative
impact on the earnings and sales in
Premier’s grain division.
Because of the record year, Premier’s
Board of Directors has authorized the
largest cash patronage distribution in
the history of the cooperative. That’ll
be next Spring, when Premier will return
just over $2.3-million to its’ customers.
That compares to last years’ patronage of
just over $1.3-million.
The Premier Cooperative 121st Annual
Meeting is scheduled for January at the
Quality Inn at Mineral Point.