Category Archives: West Bend

A requiem for UWM-WC; a look forward

The last class of students has been taking its final exams at the West Bend campus of the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee at Washington County. The West Bend Theatre Company staged its last play at its Theatre on the … Read the rest

Update on The Bend: More Sell-out Crowds

It is so much fun to watch a new venture go well, and that has certainly been the case as the community has supported The Bend, a pure startup out of the ashes of the 1929 “movie palace.” My wife … Read the rest

Sen. Feyen: Issues to tackle

Welcome to West Bend, State Senator Dan Feyen (pictured below). And thanks to the opportunity to respond to your survey about the highest needs for public policy in Wisconsin. My response is below. You replaced Duey Strobel as the senator … Read the rest

West Bend school election looms large

It’s only two months until the April 2 elections for two positions on the West Bend School District Board, and it looks to be another pivotal contest. The contest pits two well-known candidates against two lesser-known candidates. In the experienced … Read the rest

50 years of projects transform downtown

Let no one say that leaders in West Bend aren’t bold and forward looking. The complete rebuild of Main Street, its sidewalks and the Riverwalk are the latest projects in a long series of projects that have put downtown West … Read the rest

The District reshapes West Bend skyline, history

All of a sudden, West Bend has a very visible skyline. Except for church steeples, the Old Courthouse, and the long-gone grain elevator, there have not been many structures with more than three stories. Now, we have “The District,” a … Read the rest

After 30 years, “City of Sculptures.”

Back when West Bend Friends of Sculpture (WBFS) started three decades ago, its goal was to add one, maybe two, pieces of three-dimensional art each year in our community. The concept of the group was to create a non-profit corporation … Read the rest

President Baerwald, Please think collaboratively on community college.

Bonnie Baerwald, president of Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC), dropped a surprise bombshell on the developing consensus among leaders in Washington County that a consolidation of the county’s two two-year colleges makes pragmatic sense. Baerwald (pictured left) listed “facts” about … Read the rest

The good life: trails network, wild flowers

It was a good week indeed when out on the trails of Washington County I could claim first sightings of 1. A patch of Trilliums, 2. A small swamp full of Marsh Marigolds, and 3. An early bloom of a … Read the rest

Check out spotty records in local races

How did we come up with some of these people as candidates for local offices in Washington County? There is a loose knit group of candidates with extreme views that fly under the radar of media attention. They come across … Read the rest