50 Years Ago

June 14, 1969

Miss Jane Pirkel, 20, who is Miss Watertown, is among 40 young women competing this week for the title of Miss Wisconsin. She arrived in Oshkosh on Sunday for a week of interviews, rehearsals and competition. Miss Pirkel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Pirkel, 1011 Carr Street. She was crowned Miss Watertown at the pageant held April 19 in the high school auditorium. A graduate of Watertown High School, she attended Madison Technical College for one year. She is employed as a dental assistant in the office of Dr. O. H. Moen.

25 Years Ago

June 14, 1994

Less than 14 administrators in the Watertown Unified School District would hinder supervision and safety, the superintendent said Thursday night. Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Hotter gave an administrative staff overview to the board of education, showing how Watertown compares to other similar school districts. She said the district has been "light" administratively for about two years. Hotter was asked to give the administrative overview in order to outline the number of top supervisors the district has and their responsibilities. The topic arose after the resignation of middle school Principal Larry Madsen. Kirby Brant wondered if the opening could somehow be used to streamline administration in the district.

10 Years Ago

June 14, 2009

Dave Westlake, of Watertown, has announced his candidacy for the United States Senate on the Republican ticket. Westlake will challenge three-term incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold in 2010. "My family and I are excited about this campaign and the opportunity to potentially represent the good-hearted people of Wisconsin in Washington, D.C." Westlake said. "I believe that the reckless spending and big-government agenda of our current administration -- particularly when it's unchecked by any party balance in Congress -- is dangerous for us now and devastating for us in the long run."

50 Years Ago

June 15, 1969

Building work on Marquardt Memorial Manor, a new nursing home in Watertown located north of Werner Street, is moving toward completion the latter part of June. No date for a formal opening or an open house has yet been announced but the board of directors expects that the home should be able to begin operation some time after the middle of July. Donald A. Morris of West Allis has been named by the board of directors as the administrator of the home. He has been laying ground work with the expectation of establishing his office in the home this week.

25 Years Ago

June 15, 1994

The Watertown Water Commission is reviewing a potential rate increase of about 52 percent in water rates for 1995. Consultant Virchow Krause & Co. presented preliminary information to the commission Monday regarding its rate case study for the water utility. Manager Michael Olesen said the consultant's study indicates that the utility's projected needs in the near future would require a 52.44 percent increase in water rates next year. The utility expects to need additional funding to pay for various major projects, building improvements, land purchases and salary increases.

10 Years Ago

June 15, 2009

Watertown resident Dennis Vanden Heuvel has been hired to Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services development department where he serves as a major gift planner. Vanden Heuvel's responsibilities include working with Bethesda friends, donors and supporters who have an interest in the organization's ministry. Vanden Heuvel will work in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois in order to share Bethesda's successes and discuss the lives impacted by the organization's ministry while also encouraging the generous support of Bethesda's work.

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