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Rickels will spend time in county jailJune 16, 2011Elkhorn — Freddie and Amy Rickel attend events at their children's school, sit on the sidelines during their son's football practice and by all accounts are loving parents.
However, they also orchestrated a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation in the town of Linn that yielded large amounts of the drug and cash.
On Jan. 8, 2010, the Walworth County Drug Unit raided the Rickels' home and found more than 150 marijuana plants, 150 grams of the drug and materials used for growing dope.
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Business plan includes boat storage, repairJune 16, 2011Linn — Will John Trossen's proposal to expand his operation at The Pier Country Store create an "in-out" facility not only violate the town's Master Plan but place lives at risk?
Will it subvert a policy governing the number of boats allowed to launch on Geneva Lake? Is it in fact a new business and not an expansion?
The Geneva Lake Conservancy thinks so.
January 20, 2011Geneva — Jordon Drohner said since he was 6, he wanted to become an Eagle Scout as soon as he could.
"It's the highest rank in the Boy Scouts," he said in December, shortly before the powers that be would decide if Jordon, now 14, would achieve his dream.
Last year, Jordon and his close friends, Jackson Seeberg and Logan Tenney, both also 14, began the arduous task of becoming Eagle Scouts.
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Recent Geneva, Linn Township
A new administratorJune 09, 2011Linn — Starting July 1, Reek School will have a new administrator.According to a press release issued last week, the Reek School Board hired Joseph E. Zirngibl as the new district administrator/principal. He will take over the job currently held by Lillian Henderson, who said during an interview in May she will become the new administrator at Sharon Elementary School.
Burglary investigation leads to arrest for different crimesSuspect allegedly behind thefts from vehiclesJune 02, 2011Geneva — Despite an arrest, town police continue to investigate three burglaries which occurred last month.In an e-mail statement Thursday, May 26, Town Police Chief Steve Hurley said a 21-year-old Geneva Township man recently was charged with three counts of theft and drug-related violations. But as for the burglaries which took place April 4, 17 and 20, the investigation continues.
Two out of three options not likely for ReekSchool officials continue mulling consolidation, referendum, nix new building ideaMay 26, 2011Linn — Reek School’s brick facade is falling apart. That’s why the School Board proposed a $3.9 million renovation project to district voters in April. It failed by 24 votes.It was a defeat Reek Administrator Lillian Henderson said left her and other school officials disappointed. But since then, the board and Henderson continue to weigh their options. Do they make another referendum attempt or do they try something else, like consolidate with another school district or build a new structure?During an interview Wednesday, May 18, Henderson said some people want to see Reek combine with another school district. Also, an area architect recently proposed building a new school — one that would be unique to the area — and demolish the current one.
Korona Park: A back-to-nature experienceMay 19, 2011Geneva — It was about a quarter-acre of sloping, densely wooded land in northeastern Lake Como subdivision, a thicket of green among well-cared-for houses not far from Highway H.John Packard, the town’s Park Commission chairman, said these eight lots at the corner of Queen Road and Park Drive were slated for residential development. The catch was Walworth County zoning officials wouldn’t let anyone build on it because of a stream which runs north-south along the property. “In the past five years, the town has looked at about a dozen of these types of properties owned by people who wanted to donate them,” Packard said.
Jumping into the waterHow blindness affects former town fire chief, familyMay 12, 2011Lake Geneva — We often take walking outside or going into a room lit by fluorescent lights for granted, but those two things are now painful for Pat Heindl.“It feels like needles jabbing into my eyes,” he said Wednesday, May 4, almost a month after something happened that changed the lives of him, his wife, Heidi, and their eighth-grade son, Cody.Pat, 47, the assistant fire chief of the Lake Geneva Fire Department and former fire chief of the town of Linn, basically went blind Saturday, April 9.
New chief focuses on strengthening community relationsMay 05, 2011Geneva — Steven Hurley greeted the woman with a hello and a hug after she walked into the Geneva Town Police Department office. He said he hasn’t seen her since they used to work together on a trip each year to Lake Beaulah with about 100 inner city children to teach them how to fish.Hurley escorted the woman into the meeting room of the Town Hall. She is helping organize another fishing trip with the Lake Como Yacht Club tentatively called Take A Kid Fishing.“It’s the first event we have coming up, and we’re able to partner with the Yacht Club on it,” Hurley said. “But certainly we’ll be involved with the FunFestival and the cardboard boat races.”
Trying to do big things4-H begins 100th anniversary planningApril 28, 2011Linn — Bonnie Cornue said the town’s 4-H Club wants 2014 to be a bang-up year.In three years, the club turns 100. A home environment leader for the Linn club and a home environment key leader for the Walworth County 4-H Club, Cornue said during an April 14 telephone interview, the town club is believed to be the first and oldest in the state.That’s why, at the April 12 annual town meeting, Cornue asked the Linn Town Board to set aside a total of up to $2,500 over the next two years for a 4-H celebration. Town Clerk-Treasurer Sue Polyock said Conrue’s motion to set money aside for the 4-H celebration in the budget years of 2012 and 2013 received a vote of 20-0.
Black Point Mansion set to open soonShaking off winter chills, preparing for springApril 21, 2011Town of Linn — The Painted Lady is awakening from her winter sleep and preparing to welcome the warm weather visitors who will soon flock to her parlor.In early 2006, the house’s exterior was repainted to capture its original look, that of a “painted lady,” which means it is multicolored. Research shows that the original main color of the house was a mustardy, sagey color now called “Black Point gold.” The window sashes are white and the exterior doors are detailed in a dark red.Starting April 30, Geneva Lake Cruise Lines will again bring tourists to the pier at Black Point, where they will ascend the stairs to the porch and front door of Conrad Seipp’s summer home, and for a while, step back in time to luxurious summer living, late 19th Century style.
State DOT won’t lower 55 mph limit on Highway 502013 road project to address safety issuesApril 14, 2011Elkhorn — Wisconsin Department of Transportation is not going to lower the top speed limit from 55 to 45 mph along Highway 50 just west of Lake Geneva.Instead, the DOT is planning to improve the highway to remove the safety concerns, said Eric Perea, the DOT’s representative on the Walworth County Traffic Safety CommissionThe commission met April 7.
School district heads back to the drawing boardWill Reek try another referendum in November?April 14, 2011Linn — Reek officials still may be wondering why their referendum for a proposed $3.9 million remodeling project failed by a vote of 163-187 in the April 5 election.“I knew it was going to be close, but I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go,” Administrator Lillian Henderson said during a telephone interview last week. “Obviously, we’re disappointed.”The driving factor behind the project was the crumbling brick façade of the school. Nevertheless, on Election Day, what it boiled down to was there were 24 more people who opposed the project, which called for fixing the brick and other structural problems such as deteriorating windows and roof repairs.