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Donkey basketball returns to Badger

February 17, 2011
After a couple years away, the donkeys will return to Lake Geneva to put on another basketball show with the help of local teachers, students and emergency personnel. On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. at Badger High School, Eastview teachers, Badger FFA members and personnel from the Lake Geneva fire and police departments will take to the court on donkeys in the return of Donkey Basketball. According to a flier promoting the show, it is "wilder than a rodeo and funnier than a circus."

City will borrow to fund projects

February 17, 2011
The city of Lake Geneva likely will borrow at least $1.9 million to pay for capital projects including road repairs and equipment over the next three years. However, at least for now, the borrowing won't include a new $800,000 Lake Geneva Fire Department ladder truck. After contemplating during the last several weeks a total borrowing of more than $3.2 million, which included a new ladder truck, City Council members voted 7-1 Monday night to borrow for only the top priorities on the list. That list totals more than $1.93 million. An effort to borrow the full $3.2 million amount including the fire truck and middle level priorities failed on a 3-5 vote. Aldermen Todd Krause, Bill Mott and Ellyn Kehoe were in favor of the full expenditure, while Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier voted against all motions related to the borrowing.
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Newspaper receives five statewide awards

February 17, 2011
Appleton — The Lake Geneva Regional News and Resorter hauled in some hardware Friday night at the 157th annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention. The Regional News received four awards, including two firsts, in the 2010 Better Newspaper contest, while the Resorter received one award in the better advertising contest. Editor Lisa Seiser attended the awards ceremony to accept all five the honors for the newspaper company.

Purchase could expand trail

January 20, 2011
Lake Geneva city officials are a few steps closer to purchasing about 60 acres of environmentally sensitive land which weaves along the White River through the former Hillmoor property. While the long-term future of the Hillmoor land remains unknown, the city apparently is moving toward buying part of the property with help from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Rivers Grant. City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the 50-50 grant is expected to be about $90,000. He said the city will have to chip in the same amount as the state.

Historians want to save theater

January 20, 2011
Since the summer of 1928, the Geneva Theater has been a fixture in downtown Lake Geneva. For a long time, it was the only theater in the area. But, things have changed. The property has been on the market for $949,000. Now, with a possible purchase of the property in the works, some local historians are hoping a piece of the building's history can be saved. Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee Chairman Ken Etten said a number of interested community members have met to discuss the future of the building. He also has discussed the possibilities with local leaders and groups.

Recent Lake Geneva News
Breaking: Dees guilty of killing 9-year-old Carter Dorwin
February 10, 2011
Elkhorn — The man who killed 9-year-old Carter Dorwin sobbed silently in a Walworth County court room while the District Attorney described the crash that took the boy’s life.Jeremy C. Dees, 33, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. When he is sentenced April 7, he will face up to 10 years in the Department of Corrections — up to five years incarceration and five years of extended supervision — and $25,000 in fines.Dees also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges of reckless driving causing injury. Each of those charges carry a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and $2,000 in fines.
Wisconsin team wins U.S. snow sculpting competition
February 10, 2011
There is no way Winterfest and the U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition can be snowed out.Dave Berg, president of Winterfun Inc., the Shorewood company that runs the competition, assured a Winterfest visitor that there is no blizzard big enough to stop the annual celebration of all things winter.Last week, from Wednesday to noon Saturday, 15 champion snowsculpting teams from 10 states grabbed their chisels, brushes, saw blades, shovels and improvised sculpting tools to 15 three-ton cylindrical blocks of snow, each about 10-feet tall.
Student admits to sending bomb scare
February 10, 2011
A 15-year-old Badger student has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 31 e-mail bomb threat.According to the Lake Geneva Police Department, the e-mail was traced back to a school computer. The investigation, which also included the FBI and the Lake Geneva School District, then led police to the teenager who admitted to sending the bomb threat. Through cooperation with the family, the student admitted to police that he acted alone in sending the e-mail out from a school computer on Monday morning. The police report stated the boy said “he never thought this incident would cause such a commotion and for school to be evacuated and bomb dogs called in.”
Navigating around Winterfest
February 03, 2011
This year’s Winterfest will be a little different.But, the difference has nothing to do with the snow sculpting competition, activities at the Riviera or when the event is being held.Instead, it’s all about locals and visitors navigating their way around activities during the construction of the Wrigley Drive bridge, which is located near the Riviera and Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce facility on the lakefront.
Bomb scare investigation continues
February 03, 2011
The unexpected occurred Monday morning.School administrators, staff and law enforcement organized the evacuation of students from Badger High, Lake Geneva Middle and Eastview, Central-Denison and Star Center schools.As of Tuesday, Lake Geneva police were continuing the investigation of the bomb threat with help from the FBI.
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