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Pasch running for re-election in new Assembly District

April 16, 2012 10:20 a.m. | Whitefish Bay - Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch announced today that she will run for re-election in Wisconsin's new 10th Assembly District. Pasch represented the 22nd Assembly District until redistricting earlier this year placed her in a new area.

 "While Republicans have made it impossible for me to serve the 22nd Assembly District, I am excited for the opportunity to continue representing Milwaukee communities in the new 10th Assembly District," Pasch said.

Pasch noted that the new 10th Assembly District includes Milwaukee and Shorewood - both communities that she has represented her past two terms. She looks forward to continue representing and fighting for their values and priorities as the sole incumbent currently announced running for re-election in the 10th Assembly District.

Pasch is a Milwaukee native, graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, and resident of the area since 1986. She has been a practicing nurse since 1976 and has served for 15 years as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia College of Nursing, instructing students in the fields of community health and mental health.

She serves as the Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader and chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Caucus. During her two terms as a State Representative, she has focused on strengthening education, improving health care, and creating family-sustaining jobs.

Celebrate Memorial Day in the North Shore region

May 25, 2016 12:14 p.m. | North Shore communities will honor the sacrifices made by our military veterans this Memorial Day weekend.

Here's how each community is celebrating.

Fox Point

The North Shore Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop 391 are organizing a Memorial Day ceremony in Fox Point. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on the southeast corner of Port Washington and Bradley Road, heading east on Bradley Road until reaching a small triangular park space at the southwest corner of Lake Drive and Bradley Road. A ceremony will be held in the park at 10:30 a.m., and will include an invocation, pledge of allegiance, "The National Anthem," a keynote speaker, a flag ceremony, "Taps," the placement of a wreath and a closing prayer. The ceremony is expected to last 45 minutes.

Shorewood

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Missing Mequon woman Jacquelyn Ranallo found dead in Milwaukee River

May 25, 2016 8:54 a.m. | River Hills — A decomposed body found in the Milwaukee River near Range Line Road Tuesday, May 24, has been identified as 53-year-old Mequon resident Jacquelyn Ranallo, who has been missing since November.

Ranallo's body was discovered by two bicyclists looking over the Range Line Bridge at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to River Hills police. The bicyclists flagged down a passing River Hills police sergeant.

The North Shore Fire Department retrieved the decomposed human remains, which were then turned over to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. On Wednesday, May 25, the medical examiner's office used dental records to identify the body as Ranallo.

The autopsy did not reveal any sign of trauma to her body or head. The case has been labeled an undetermined death, but it remains under investigation. Toxicology reports will be available in six to eight weeks.

Ranallo was reported missing on Nov. 21 after she did not show up for a dinner appointment. She was last heard from on Wednesday, Nov. 18. In February, Ranallo's family offered a $15,000 reward for any information that might lead to her whereabouts.

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North Shore sports shorts: May 26, 2016

May 25, 2016 8:14 a.m. |

NICOLET BOYS TRACK

David Dunlapset a record in the 100-meter dash and also won the 200 dash and anchored the winning 4x200 relay team as the Knights finished a strong third in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet they hosted on May 17.

They scored 851/2 points for their spot, as Whitefish Bay won with 148.

Dunlap took down the 17-year old 100 record of Knights' legend BJ Tucker (10.71 seconds) with a record time of 10.64.

Dunlap was astounded by his effort

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Whitefish Bay boys track team makes history with first North Shore Conference title

May 25, 2016 7:52 a.m. | Everyone who knows even a little about Wisconsin preps track knows the story of the Whitefish Bay boys and legendary Hall of Fame coach Chet Wangerin, who led the Blue Dukes to 16 state titles in a row between 1937 and 1952.

The Blue Dukes lead the entire state in terms of state titles with 18.

And Bay has remained good since that early run, full of high-level, state-championship talent ever since. But what it's been missing for a long time is the classically deep, well-balanced team that could win the most basic of desired goals: conference titles.

In fact, until the surprising championship effort the Blue Dukes put in May 17 at the conference meet at Nicolet, there had never been one for Bay in the 30-year history of the North Shore Conference.

The Blue Dukes would have to go back to the old Suburban Conference for the last one, and records for that are sketchy.

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Steffen students earn first place in math competition

May 24, 2016 5:55 p.m. | Mequon —Steffen Middle School sixth, seventh, and eighth graders earned first place among Wisconsin schools participating in the Continental Math League, according to a news release May 18.

Approximately 200 students — nearly half of the student body at Steffen Middle School — made up the three teams. The teams places in the top four in all three grade levels in the region as well, according to the release. The region included Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas.

One eighth-grader, Jessica Lamers, achieved a perfect store of 30 out of 30 and was recognized as a National Student Leader. Lamers was one of two Wisconsin students and one of 41 across the county with perfect scores.

Students who participate in the CML "engage in a series of contests throughout the school year, focusing on high-level problem solving," the release states.

"At Steffen Middle School, we strive to offer non-routine problem-solving opportunities for all students," said Steffen math specialist Derek Pipkorn. "Non-routine problem solving allows them to productively struggle and troubleshoot new scenarios in mathematics that they may have never encountered. (It's) a skill that can be applied to all subject areas."

Lake Shore and Steffen students awarded top honors at music festival

May 24, 2016 5:46 p.m. | Eight students from the Mequon-Thiensville School District earned top rankings at the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival according to a news release May 16.

The music festival was held May 7 at Cardinal Stritch University.

Amy Koo, Heaven Kim, Grayson Eichmeier and Inga Salsbury of Steffen Middle School, and Daniel Shveytser, Natan Botshtein, Elizabeth Foster and Jacob Yasonik of Lake Shore Middle School were all award winners at the event.

Koo and Salsbury also both were recognized with Exemplary Solo Recognition Awards.

"These students have worked very hard to accomplish this success and we are very proud of all of them," said middle school orchestra teacher Kirsten Ertl.

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Glendale mayor vetoes backyard chicken ban

May 24, 2016 4:55 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy has used his veto pen to overrule the Glendale Common Council's vote banning backyard chickens.

Backyard chickens have been allowed in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and other local communities in recent years as part of a growing local food movement that prioritizes local, hormone-free and environmentally-sustainable food sources.

In Glendale, an old ordinance required residents to get a permit from a health officer to keep chickens within 75 feet of a home. That resident would also have to get a permit from the city's inspection department to build a chicken coop.

In recent years, Glendale's inspection department had made an informal practice of denying all permit applications.When Glendale resident Mike Theine's application was denied, he contacted Mayor Bryan Kennedy, who looked into the city's chicken policies.

To clarify the city's position, Glendale City Attorney John Fuchs amended the ordinance to prohibit all chickens.

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'TietjStrong' football tourney at Bay a success on many levels

May 24, 2016 4:24 p.m. | This is what love looks like, Whitefish Bay football style.

It's Jenny Tietjen racing up and down from the press box at Lubar Stadium collecting checks and adding one column of numbers up with another. She was doing it on a warm and brilliantly sunny day at the TietjStrong Touch Football Fundraiser on May 21 that honored her late father, former Bay football coach Jim Tietjen.

After all, there was a goal to reach.

There was her brother, Joey, taking part in the tournament himself, on a team of over-30-year-old Bay coaches. Although they have all seen better days physically, they still managed to outmaneuver the younger Bay football alumni to win the title in what is hoped will become an annual event.

It didn't hurt that in the last of the losers' bracket games, another team of over-30-year-olds edged a team of eager 18- to 20-year-olds.

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Tested Homestead girls soccer team wins North Shore Conference

May 24, 2016 4:04 p.m. | When listing just the recent injuries his now two-time North Shore Conference champion girls soccer team has had to endure this spring, veteran Homestead coach Rich Dorn couldn't help but break into an ironic and sadly joking rendering of a favorite holiday song:

"There was one concussion, then another, two appendixes. And a partridge in a pear tree."

Even given all that, the Highlanders (6-0 in league play and 12-5-1 overall) still managed to clinch that second straight title with a gritty 1-0 win over Whitefish Bay on May 17.

Homestead, ranked third in the Division 2 state poll, followed that win with a tough (with still more injuries) loss to unbeaten and top-ranked (in Division 1) Brookfield Central, 4-2, on May 19.

Homestead looked to finish the conference schedule on an unbeaten note with its closer against Cedarburg on May 24.

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Birthday fun surrounds Keel family softball reunion

May 24, 2016 3:58 p.m. | It seems that Shorewood girls softball coach Amy Keel has always been instrumental in the success of Homestead sports.

Those efforts included playing for her dad, Dave, as the rock-steady four-year starting catcher on the 2010 WIAA state finalist Highlander squad, and being the ball girl for many seasons for Dave's highly successful football teams when she was just a child.

But the story really goes much further back, when she "helped" her then much-distracted dad and his Homestead softball team win the 1993 North Shore Conference title.

Dave's wife and Amy's mom, Pam, said the story goes like this: She was late in her pregnancy with Amy when she went to a regular appointment with her doctor on May 20. After a few brief tests, the doctor's eyes got wide as he told Pam she needed to get to the hospital immediately, because the baby was coming.

The Homestead softball team was playing archrival Germantown for the North Shore Conference title that very day. Upon learning of Pam's situation, Dave rushed off to be with her. Retired Homestead athletic director, Hall of Famer and all-purpose coaching fill-in Phil Puerling was called in to help with the softball team.

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Thorough Homestead girls track team wins North Shore Conference outdoor title

May 24, 2016 3:46 p.m. | It was a friendly gesture and probably one that Homestead girls track coach John Krueger appreciated.

At the end of the North Shore Conference outdoor championships at Nicolet, when most everyone was gone, Germantown coach Greg Siegert was trotting toward the gate with something metallic in his hand.

He didn't want Krueger to forget the conference championship bar that every winning team gets.

"I think he would be mad if he did," chuckled Siegert, and he strode by.

Especially since the surprisingly deep Highlanders won their first league outdoor title since 2010 with an efficient and thorough effort.

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Tenacious Nicolet boys tennis team repeats as North Shore Conference champ

May 24, 2016 10:22 a.m. | He's long into his highly successful career with the Nicolet boys tennis team, but veteran Knights' coach Tim Koppa is happy to say he can still be surprised from time to time.

He's spent a lot of time this spring repeating a variation of this line as his youthful team succeeds again and again.

But after a strong regular season, Koppa was happy to say that on May 18 and 19, the Knights thoroughly and completely did the job, claiming four flights, including three in singles en route to defending their North Shore Conference championship.

"This group of boys is doing so many special things," he said, "especially given how many top-ranked kids we lost last year (to graduation)."

The Knights, who were also fifth in the inaugural Wisconsin High School Coaches Tennis Classic on May 20 and 21, took part in WIAA subsectional play on Monday, May 23, and sent qualifiers back to their own courts on Wednesday, May 25, for sectional competition (Marquette was the host).

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Overturned truck closes I-43 at Brown Deer Road (UPDATED)

May 24, 2016 8:36 a.m. | An overturned truck has caused I-43 northbound at Brown Deer Road to close on Tuesday morning, May 24.

The incident occurred at 7:10 a.m.

All northbound lanes are closed and delays are reported in excess of 3 miles. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department estimated the closure would last at least two hours.

UPDATE:The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported that the incident was cleared at about 10:15 a.m.

1 person killed in Ozaukee County crash

May 23, 2016 8:47 p.m. | One person was killed Monday afternoon in a crash on northbound I-43 in Ozaukee County, the Sheriff's Office said.

The crash was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. at Pioneer Road, according to a news release from the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office.

According to the release, a tire blew on a northbound SUV, causing the vehicle to roll over and strike the median barrier before coming to a rest in the southbound lanes.

A female passenger was killed when she was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle, and the driver and a front seat passenger, both males, were taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to the release.

The crash shut down the southbound lanes of I-43 at Pioneer Road for about two hours and caused traffic backups of three miles, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

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