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Get your German flair on at West Bend’s Germanfest

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Get your dance card ready this Sunday, August 28 as there’s plenty of music on tap at Germanfest in West Bend. Pommersche Tanzdeel Friestadt 11-12 River City Blaskapelle 12-1 Box-On 1-2 River City Blaskapelle 2-3 Box-On 3-5 Julida Boys 5-7 During the 10th anniversary of Germanfest Lisa Neumann, then

Grand opening set for September 16-17

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A new locally-owned store has opened in the former Tennies Buick building, 545 N. Main Street.   Badger Masonry & Fireplace Supply specializes in brick and stone materials, as well as fireplace units and supplies.   Stop in the store and check out the 12 fireplace displays, 4 free-standing

Welcome Badger Masonry & Fireplace Supply to WB

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A new locally-owned store has opened in the former Tennies Buick building, 545 N. Main Street.   Badger Masonry & Fireplace Supply specializes in brick and stone materials, as well as fireplace units and supplies.   Stop in the store and check out the 12 fireplace displays, 4 free-standing

Polka is a kick-up-your-heels tradition at Germanfest

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The AlteKamaraden band from Freistadt was the first group to play at Germanfest in 1986. Their stage was the street corner in front of Fields Furniture and Mike & Pat’s Bar. There was a small, rented yellow and white tent; the VFW Club and Jaycees sold food and beer

A bit of history on how Germanfest got its start in WB

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The city of West Bend has always held fast to a strong German tradition and 31 years ago neighbors turned out to raise a toast to Gemütlichkeit. On Aug. 30, 1986 local businessman Herb Tennies, his family and a handful of neighboring shop owners cordoned off a portion of

West Bend West wins two in Oshkosh Tournament

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West Bend West returned to action on Tuesday.  MaKayla Schlass played a tremendous first match and got West’s lone point against the Oshkosh West Wildcats.  Emily Breckenridge also put forth a tremendous effort, gutting through an injured shoulder. The second match of the day saw West play Fond du

Letter to the Editor: Future of Wash. County history is at risk by John Spartz

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The Washington County Historical Society has been a part of the community for over 130 years.  Today, the organization operates The Old Courthouse and Jail Museum in addition to the Research Center. Recently the Society changed its name to the History Center of Washington County.  Its mission has always

Final election results for Washington County Clerk

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There was only one local race in Washington County in this Partisan Primary Election as Ashley Reichert, Braedy Helmbrecht and Aggie Pruner vyed to be the next county clerk. With 100 percent of precincts reporting Reichert has secured the post. Final results are posted below. Reichert formally declared her

Obit: Mary Jane McCrackin, 80, Tn. of Erin

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Mary Jane McCrackin (nee Tennies), 80, of the Town of Erin passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Majestic Heights in Hartford on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. She was born November 18, 1935 in the Hartford to Joseph and Alice (nee Katzfey) Tennies. Mary was united in

Obit: Mary Jane McCrackin, 80 Town of Erin

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Mary Jane McCrackin (nee Tennies), 80, of the Town of Erin passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Majestic Heights in Hartford on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. She was born November 18, 1935 in the Hartford to Joseph and Alice (nee Katzfey) Tennies. Mary was united in

What used to be in the Westfair Mall…

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There’s an interesting thread that’s growing from of the story about the former Walgreens building on Main and Decorah in West Bend. The building is now for sale or lease – however the comments are about “Love to see a return of the Cookie Cone Cafe. Best taco salad

Around the Bend: Updates & Tidbits by Judy Steffes

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-Café Soeurette is bringing a new event DISH Downtown to West Bend’s historic Main Street on Sunday, July 31. The 3-course menu features assorted in-house butters and jams and meats from the local Farmers’ Market. The second course will feature a chilled zucchini cucumber soup with a corn relish.

Josh Schoemann: Breaking through Bureaucracy

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It seems that for as long as there has been a Washington County, Wisconsin, with an eastern boarder not along Lake Michigan (circa 1853), there has been a sibling like rivalry between Hartford and West Bend.  Additionally, on several occasions over the past few years I have heard citizens

Wash Cty Admin Delivers State of County Address

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2016 State of the County Address Promises made, promises kept Washington County Administrator Joshua Schoemann delivered his annual State of the County address at the recent County Board meeting.  In his address, Schoemann reviewed the County’s accomplishments from 2015-2016 and forecasted year 2016 and beyond. According to Schoemann, the

COLUMNS recognizes 200 students with scholarships

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Nearly 200 students received more than $650,000 in scholarships Wednesday night as part of the West Bend High Schools graduation.   The real news is 17 unique students from the 2012 graduating class at Holy Angels received scholarships and several received multiple scholarships.   That class was about 30-plus

Music lineup announced for Germanfest

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Here’s a nice injection of summer as West Bend Germanfest has locked in a majority of its musical lineup for 2016. While much of the entertainment follows the strong tradition of Germanfest the headliner on Saturday will be Up All Night! It’s a “young and talented group playing the

If there is a better farmers’ market than the one in downtown West Bend, we don’t know where it is.

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Situated in the heart of Main St. near Old Settler’s Park, the market attracts residents and tourists alike. Farmers, business owners and organic shoppers are eagerly awaiting the May 21 start of another season filled with locally-grown fruits and flowers, vegetables, bakery, frozen meats, eggs, cheese curds, and more.

New amphitheater stage at Fair Park taking shape

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  The Washington County Fair doesn’t kick off until July 26 but progress is being made on the new Silver Lining amphitheater.   The new 50 x 100-foot stage, financed in partnership with West Bend Mutual Insurance, is part of a plan to upgrade the facilities at Washington County

Music lineup announced for Germanfest

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Here’s a nice injection of summer as West Bend Germanfest has locked in a majority of its musical lineup for 2016. While much of the entertainment follows the strong tradition of Germanfest the headliner on Saturday will be Up All Night! It’s a “young and talented group playing the

Ashley Reichert announces candidacy for Washington County Clerk

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“Reichert Seeks to Build on Positive County Reforms”   West Bend, Wisconsin: Surrounded by family, friends and several community supporters, on May 3, 2016, lifelong Washington County resident and Town of Wayne native Ashley Reichert formally declared her candidacy for Washington County Clerk on the steps of the Herb

Hartford Weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: If anyone is asked, the Park/public bathrooms have always been opened for the season the first weekend in May. That will be this weekend. The major reason for this is due to shallow utility pipes freezing and bursting when those late cold snaps happen. If someone asks

Obit: Harlon “Harley” Ekvall, 89, West Bend

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Harlon “Harley” Ekvall, 89, of West Bend, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. He was born on January 25, 1927, at home on the family farm, to the late Willis and Myrtle (nee Markee) Ekvall in Marshfield WI. Harley took over the

Weekly Washington Co. updates by Joshua Schoemann

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General Updates Final Management Team Meeting – On Monday morning Former Chairman Tennies, Attorney Nass, HR Director Scott and I had our final “Management Team” meeting with breakfast at Grasshopper in downtown West Bend.  We were please to find out that this meeting brought things to an end right

Memorial service Monday for Randy Miller

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There will be a memorial service Monday, April 25 for Randy Miller   According to an article from the Desert Trail, TWENTYNINE PALMS — A Twentynine Palms man is facing changes of felony driving under the influence and felony hit and run after reportedly admitting to being the driver

UPDATE: Former Wash. Co. Park Supervisor killed in accident

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Washington County employees are recovering from a one-two punch after learning today that one of their former co-workers was killed in a motor vehicle accident in California.   Randy Miller, who retired from the county in August 2014 after a 39-year career, was killed in an accident in California.

Rick Gundrum is heavy favorite as new Washington Co. Board Chair

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A changing of the guard of sorts today on the Washington County Board as long-time County Board Chairman Herb Tennies turns over his gavel to his successor.   District16 Supervisor Rick Gundrum is expected to be nominated as well as Dist. 14 Supervisor Joe Gonnering for the position of

Earth Week begins at American Metal & Paper

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Turn in your aluminum for some great prices and receive prizes.  Enter raffle drawings for $25 gift cards to Toucan’s, Sandy’s Barton Cafe, Copper Penny, Waldens, Piggly Wiggly, Tennies Ace Hardware, and East Side Mobil.   Also enter to win a pair of tickets to see Lee Brice in

In honor of Jerome “Chappie” Chapman

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This story ran in August 2014 as the Badger Derby motorcycle ride passed through West Bend. One of the people in attendance was Jerry “Chappie” Chapman.  He was one of the first motorcycle policemen in West Bend. The photo is courtesy Suzanne Tennies. Her father, George “Smokey” Weinert is
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