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Infamous murder site burns
by Greg Marsten
Leader staff writer
TOWN OF BONE LAKE – Firefighters from both the Luck and Milltown fire departments were called to a blaze on Monday, May 13, at the site of the gruesome 2009 murder of Stephen Dahlstrom in rural Luck. The home at 895 250th Ave. is believed to still be owned by convicted murderer Wayne Rouillard, 65, who is incarcerated at a maximum-security state mental facility for the 2009 murder of his "best friend," Stephen Dahlstrom, 61. FULL STORY
Obituary: Todd Fisher
Todd Allen Fisher, age 50, of Hudson WI, passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2013, at his home. Funeral Services for Todd will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, 504 Frontage Rd., Hudson, with a visitation starting at 4 p.m. at Church. After the funeral, there will be a light meal served at the Church followed by a Celebration of Life at the Hudson Country Club on Carmichael Road. Funeral services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. (715) 386-3725. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com
Obituary: Kathleen Ann Leonhardi, 58
Kathleen Ann Leonhardi, age 58, Danbury, died may 10, 2013 after a year-long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at a later date. See this week's Leader for full obituary.
Hearing for fired deputies postponed
by Gary King
BURNETT COUNTY - A hearing requested by two sheriff’s deputies who were terminated for allegedly covering up two instances of alleged domestic abuse by a fellow officer has been postponed.
The three-day closed hearing was originally set to begin Tuesday, May 7, at the Burnett County Government Center but was canceled when the selected arbitrator took a different job, according to Burnett County Administrator Candace Fitzgerald. A new arbitrator has been selected and a new hearing date is pending. Fitzgerald estimated a hearing could be reset for late June. FULL STORY
Wild Rivers Habitat Build-a-thon
Seventy-five AmeriCorps members came from all over the United States on Sunday, May 5 and gathered at Luther Point Bible Camp near Grantsburg. They are here for the week-long Habitat for Humanity/AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon being hosted by Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. See this week's issue of the Leader.
Harsdorf statement on budget surplus
NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) issued the following statement Thursday, May 9: “Today’s updated revenue estimates are encouraging and a positive development as we work on the state budget. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s memo showing $575 million in additional revenue over three years shows the value of the tough budget decisions we made last session to get our state’s fiscal house in order.”
“While this is good news for our state, it is important to make prudent decisions on spending as we work to protect taxpayers. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the budget-writing committee to pass a balanced budget that focuses on fiscal responsibility and putting people back to work.” - from the office of Sen. Harsdorf
Two new principals join Webster Schools
by Carl Heidel
Leader staff writer
WEBSTER - When the Webster schools resume classes in the Fall, two new principals will be on the staff. Josh Hetfeld will fill the high school principal position left open by the resignation of current principal Tim Widiker. Diana Lesneski will fill a newly-created position as middle school principal.
Hetfeld comes from the Luck school system where he is presently a math teacher. Lesneski is presently teaching in the Ashland school system.
Widiker resigned recently in order to take the superintendent's position in the St. Croix Central School District. He had been principal of a structure that combined grades 5 through 12 for the past few years.
But with Widiker leaving, the decision was made to return to the former structure of a high school for grades 9-12, and a middle school for grades 5-8. Widiker explained that this is a move that will create a more manageable situation for the principals, and it will provide more direct support for the teaching staff.
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