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Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approves commercial bakery

Feb. 06, 2013 1:08 p.m. | A commercial bakery moved a step closer to construction on Tuesday after the Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approved a new facility proposed for the Westbrook Business Park.

The 22,047-square-foot building on the west side of Westbrook would serve as headquarters for the company. It would handle the administrative, baking, warehousing and distribution for the company that was not identified in village documents.

"They need a much larger space so it's a great opportunity to come to our community and a great opportunity for us to embrace a new business," said Village Trustee and member of the Plan Commission Mike McDonald. He did not know the name of the business.

He did say plans call for the bakery to have a small retail area in the front of the building, though much of the business will be for wholesale.

McDonald said the company has plans to grow rapidly within the next few years. According to village documents, there are currently 29 employees working on one shift; however, they plan to grow to accommodate 100 employees across multiple shifts within three years.

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Green Bay Packaging buys 2 cardboard, packaging firms

2:06 p.m. | Green Bay Packaging Inc., a major supplier of corrugated cardboard and packaging, on Friday announced the acquisition of two other Wisconsin-based cardboard and packaging companies.

In what privately held Green Bay called "an excellent fit," it acquired Great Lakes Packaging Corp., based in Germantown, and Midland Container Corp., Franksville, which have combined employment of 230.

The acquisition is effective Oct. 31 and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Green Bay, which is headquartered in the city of the same name, operates manufacturing facilities in 14 states.

"MidCon is a perfect fit geographically, strategically and most important from a leadership and cultural approach to their business," said Green Bay Packaging Chief Executive Will Kress.

Townsend keys Germantown win over Oconomowoc

Oct. 30, 2014 11:49 p.m. | Germantown girls volleyball coach Ted Gollakner doesn't believe multi-dimensional senior Carly Townsend gets enough attention for what she brings to the table. But on Oct. 30 in the WIAA sectional semifinal, the spotlight was certainly on full blast.

Townsend finished with 16 kills and 14 assists, and the setter/outside hitter played a big role in Germantown's huge second-set comeback as part of a 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 sweep of Oconomowoc at Watertown. The win moved the Warhawks into a sectional final meeting with Mukwonago at Waukesha West on Nov. 1.

"Our last match was a total team effort. Today, when she's hitting like this, (I'm telling my setter), 'Keep feeding her the ball,'" Gollakner said. "She's just a phenomenal player. I don't think she's received the recognition she deserves. Right now, she's hitting .507 for the year."

Without a doubt, the match's pivot point came in the second set, when Mukwonago had a 20-12 lead following three consecutive aces from Heather Moutvic and a kill by Hailey Leader. Chloe Bingenheimer registered two of her six kills in the enshing four points, and Townsend added five terminations – including the last one – in the run that turned the deficit into a 25-22 victory. Christina Nennig served nine points in a row to give Germantown a 23-21 edge.

"When we got momentum on our side, we were amazing," Townsend said. "I thought all of our hitters played such a great game today."

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Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one

Oct. 30, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Day one photos from Uihlein Park in Milwaukee, where St. Thomas More defeated Barron 3-0 to advance to the Division 4 final.

Check back Friday for photos and gameday coverage of the Division 2 semifinal between Brookfield East and Pulaski as well as the Division 1 semifinal between Menomonee Falls and Beloit Memorial.

Germantown schools finalize balanced budget

Oct. 30, 2014 1:19 p.m. | Germantown — Property taxpayers in the Germantown School District may pay less than anticipated for the 2014-15 budget than what was approved at the annual meeting in September. As a result of primarily a higher equalized value in the village and an increase of almost 16 percent in state aid over what the district anticipated, the final impact to taxpayers will not result in the 1.9 percent increase that was approved at the annual meeting in September.

Instead, the equalized tax rate will be $9.49 per $1,000 of equalized property value, a decrease of 3.55 percent from $9.84 in 2013-14. The levy itself is up three tenths of a percent, to about $28.28 million. About $603,000 in additional state aid than what was projected, as well as an increased equalized value up 4 percent over last year account for the change, Director of Business and Auxiliary Services Ric Ericksen explained.

However, due to the village-wide eassessment in 2014, Ericksen reminded the board that property taxes are calculated based on assessed rather than equalized value, which he said will utimately impact the final numbers for homeowners.

"It remains to be seen a little bit what the final impact is on the average home," he explained. "I think in the end when folks get their December bills, for the average person it's going to be flat."

The board approved the final budget at its Oct. 27 meeting in a ??-1 vote, with board member Bruce Warnimont voting 'no.'

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Global Precision Industries moves to Menomonee Falls

Oct. 30, 2014 11:35 a.m. | Global Precision Industries Inc., a design and engineering firm, moved into new facilities to accommodate "several years of double-digit growth" but will keep its main operations in southeastern Wisconsin.

Global Precision said it took a classic Milwaukee trade — tool-and-die makers — and turned it into a sort of virtual company that handles engineering, testing and prototyping but then farms out production to contract manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad.

The privately held firm said it would relocate from cramped offices in Germantown to a new building in Menomonee Falls, which it is expanding with facilities for rapid prototyping, testing, warehousing and design.

Current staffing is seven, but the company plans to add engineers and production workers over the next few quarters. Global Precision sees growth potential in clean energy, medical and aerospace industries.

Chief executive Gale Pence founded the company in his house in 2003 after his former employer, a Milwaukee-based tool-and-die shop, went out of business.

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Former West Allis strip club owner sentenced to prison for perjury

Oct. 29, 2014 1:04 p.m. | A former owner of a West Allis strip club was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for lying under oath about drunken sexual debauchery he engaged in at the club, conduct later confirmed by a surveillance video that led to charges of sexual assault.

Dino LaLicata, 35, of Menomonee Falls was acquitted by a jury of the sexual assault charges but convicted of felony perjury. During a sworn deposition in a civil case before the discovery of the video, he had denied even being at Crazy Horse Gentleman's Club on the night in June 2010 that a young woman said he had assaulted her after plying her with drinks.

The prosecutor urged a maximum sentence of three years in prison, plus three years of extended supervision and a $10,000 fine, saying LaLicata had not only lied, but also got others to lie for him, including at a secret John Doe hearing.

"As perjury goes, I don't think the court will ever see anything bigger than this," Assistant Attorney General Miriam Falk said. She urged the judge to consider LaLicata's conduct at the club, and during the three years he tried to suppress the truth, even though he was acquitted of the assault charges.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Daniel Konkol began his remarks by saying LaLicata was not being sentenced for sexual assault, serving alcohol to minors or marital infidelity. But the judge stressed that perjury itself merited prison.

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Large beer garden planned for Germantown

Oct. 28, 2014 1:50 p.m. | The owner of Old Town Inn and Von Rothenburg Bier Stube on Main St. in Germantown is planning an elaborate beer garden behind the businesses that would include a clock tower, pavilion, children's play area and more.

Chaz Hastings, who also owns the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson dealership and other pubs including Tally Ho in Erin, envisions the million-dollar project on 5 acres as a destination for visitors.

"We hope to draw from all over," besides offering a gathering place for the community, he said. 

Germantown Village President Dean Wolter said the project could be the impetus for planning Main St.'s development and could lay the groundwork for Germantown's downtown as a summerlong destination, much like Cedarburg's. 

The project is inspired by Munich's Hofbräuhaus biergarten, Hastings said, and its primary beer would be Hofbräu, the German lager. Besides the pavilion and clock tower, the project calls for a tavern and a brat house where customers could buy drink and food to consume at picnic tables. 

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First Bank taking nominations for Holi-Days of Giving

Oct. 28, 2014 11:09 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — First Bank Financial Centres of Menomonee Falls and Germantown are spreading good cheer this year with its "Holi-Days of Giving" initiative. Throughout December, the banks will help wishes come true by delivering $500 checks to 12 nonprofits and gifts, valued up to $500, to 12 families or individuals.

Anyone can nominate a local charity or someone they feel deserves a little holiday magic.

Nominations can be made now through Friday, Nov. 14 by visiting any of the bank's 12 locations or online at

In December, each First Bank Financial Centre branch, including the Menomonee Falls and Germantown locations, will grant an individual wish and donate $500 to an area nonprofit.

Taxes to go down for Falls school district residents

Oct. 27, 2014 8:31 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Property taxpayers in the School District of Menomonee Falls will pay less money for more than what was anticipated out of the 2014-15 budget. As a result of primarily a higher equalized value in the village and an unanticipated increase of 12 percent in state aid, the final impact to taxpayers will not be flat as it was approved at the annual meeting in September.

Instead, the tax rate will be $11.53 per $1,000 of equalized property value, a decrease of 6.65% from last year's $12.35. The levy itself is also down 1.06 percent, to $38.65 million. Almost $1 million in additional state aid than what was projected, as well as an increased equalized property value up almost 6 percent over last year account for the change, Director of Business Services Jeff Gross explained.

The result could have been a levy decrease of 2.58 percent, to a levy of $38.06 million, but Gross suggested it could be in the best interest of the district to keep the levy amount closer to what was originally approved by the taxpayers, and use the difference to pay down debt from the 2007 referendum for the high school.

"Basically (the taxpayers) get a bonus for the same dollar amount," explained school board member Scott Ternes. "They get a bonus on the tax savings, like being able to pay down a mortgage faster than we would have at the annual meeting." About $115,000 in interest costs over the next decade or so will be avoided as a result of the board's Oct. 27 vote to approve the revised budget.

"Everyone always talks about managing the school district budget like you do your personal budget," said board member David Noshay. "Any financial person would tell you to pay yourself first; pay down your credit cards. That's what we are doing."

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Republican Party of Waukesha County calling for election observers

Oct. 27, 2014 1:56 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The Republican Party of Wisconsin is in need of election observers on Nov. 4.

Election observers use an application that can be downloaded to a smartphone or I-pad. The process is easy to understand and makes monitoring elections effective. To learn about becoming an election observer, contact Lane Ruhland at (608) 257-4765 or email her at

Volunteers can also learn more by visiting a local Republican Party of Wisconsin Field office. In Waukesha, the Field Office is located at 1701 Pearl Street, Unit 5; in Kenosha at 3203 Washington Rd.; in Madison at 5609 Medical Circle #101; in Racine at 6100 Washington Ave. #E2; in Jefferson County at 1724 S. Church; and in Greenfield at 4811 S. 76th St. #110. For a list of all field offices, visit

For more information on the Republican Women of Waukesha County please visit or on Facebook.

Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Menomonee Falls boys soccer team earns first state tourney berth

Oct. 25, 2014 11:20 p.m. | Breakthrough!

And the funny thing for the first-time WIAA State Tournament qualifying Menomonee Falls boys soccer team, it wasn't supposed to be this year.

It could have been any one of a half-dozen groups who over the last 10 years or so have turned the Indians from an also ran in state soccer circles into a major player.

But the glass ceiling of tough sectional opponents from Brookfield and Wauwatosa always got in the way, with Falls losing in the sectional finals three different times.

Falls head coach Scott Stein had been at the helm for all three of those frustrating games and his assistant A.D. Gonzales had played in two of them.

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Germantown football team advances with easy win over Brookfield Central

Oct. 24, 2014 11:44 p.m. | Welcome to the North Shore Conference Invitational.

That's what the WIAA D2 southeast area football playoff bracket has turned into, as Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg and Germantown all recorded easy wins in Level 1 action Friday night.

Germantown (9-1) did its part, overcoming a slow start to slowly overwhelm Brookfield Central at Datka Field, 37-18.

The Warhawks trailed 3-0 in the first quarter but then ran off 30 unanswered points in earning the victory. They will now host Cedarburg (8-2), which they defeated 48-31 earlier this season, next Friday, Oct. 31 in a level II contest.

The other semifinal in this bracket involves Bay (7-3) visiting Homestead. The winners will meet in Level 3.

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Menomonee Falls stunned by Milwaukee King

Oct. 24, 2014 11:24 p.m. | There aren't too many times when a team needs to make just two big plays to win a state playoff football game.

That was enough for Milwaukee King, however, on Oct. 24, as the Generals from the much-maligned City Conference stunned host Menomonee Falls in a WIAA Division 1 playoff game at Schumman Stadium, 14-0.

"They were very well coached," Menomonee Falls coach John Baker said of the Generals. "Congratulations to them."

Both of the big plays came from senior wide receiver/defensive back Keyonte Sherrod.

The fifth-seeded Generals (10-0), the champions of the City, advance to face their biggest test of the season, a Level 2 game against perennial state powerhouse Arrowhead. It was King's first playoff victory since 1996 after 13 consecutive losses; the Generals are now 2-16 all-time in the state playoffs.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

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