The Peterson family enjoyed the delicious hearty hot meal at the Woodville Lions 35th Annual Super Bowl Breakfast. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The Peterson family enjoyed the delicious hearty hot meal at the Woodville Lions 35th Annual Super Bowl Breakfast. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – As 2018 ends we at the Woodville Leader/Gateway News look back on the pages of your hometown newspaper and recall some of the highlights of the past year. What a year 2018 was. The stock market was beating all expectations, but now has taken a very decided downward trend. President Trump now in his second year in office still loves to tweet and do things like no other president ever has. Governor Walker was defeated in the November elections by Governor – elect Tony Evers who will be sworn shortly in Madison.

But locally in Woodville and the surrounding community there was also much that occurred in 2018 and the Woodville Leader informed you about it.

Let’s begin to look back over 2018 with our annual Year in Review.

In the pages of the Thursday, January 11, 2018 Woodville Leader it was reported that iMARK Molding of Woodville was among 23 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award Nominees. The nominees showcase the pride Wisconsin has in its manufacturing sector, which provides high-wage, family-supporting careers. The 30th Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards would celebrate the nominees and reveal the winners at a black-tie ceremony February 22, 2018.

In that same edition of the Woodville Leader Western Wisconsin Health was excited to announce that the first baby of 2018 had been born! Sweet little Ilán Yuií Rios was born on January 3, 2018 at 8:24 am. He weighed 8 lb. 5 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Parents, Maria Schwedhelm and Sandro Rios Aponte of Minneapolis, MN, drove all the way to Baldwin to have Dennis Hartung, MD, FACOG, and OB-GYN attend the birth of their son. He was also welcomed by his excited big sister.

Moving to the February 8, 2018 Woodville Leader we reported that the Woodville Lions Club Annual Super Bowl Breakfast served over 400. The Woodville Lions were grateful for a fantastic turnout for their 35th Annual Super Bowl Breakfast on Sunday, February 4, 2018 and said, “Thank you!” to the community for their continued support of that fundraiser.

Mark your calendars for the Woodville Lions Club 36th Annual Super Bowl Breakfast in 2019 on Sunday, February 4 and we will see you there!

We also reported to you that the Paula Hampton benefit was a huge success at the Baldwin, Cave Dahl American Legion Post 240. Sister Shelly said, “We have no words… THANK YOU to everyone who donated, came and who helped. We have such a great family & just terrific community. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. So far have raised just over $45,000 of the $55,000! THANKS – LOVE DUMMY & FAMILY!”

It was in the February 22, 2018 edition of the Woodville Leader where you learned, “Our 16th annual poker run in memory of Josh & Nikki was another success! We put on a total of 111 miles on sleds from start to finish, making it to all 15 stops!” said Jason Lynum, organizer of the Annual Wildwood Poker Run.

The Wildwood Poker Run is an annual community snowmobile (or car depending on the weather and snow availability) ride fundraiser in loving memory of Josh Lynum and Nikki Nyquist who perished together in an accident over 16 years ago. "To know them is to love them; they are forever in our hearts," the event poster with their pictures has always declared. The money raised in this daylong fun event is donated to local EMS.

Jason Lynum concluded enthusiastically, “Thank you to all who donated, attended, and played! The grand total that will go to the Spring Valley Fire Department is...$836!”

In the March 1, 2018 edition was the big news with this headline “End of an era – Stockman’s Wilson Store to close - Rex Stockman’s retail legacy to continue in Osseo” The Stockman’s Farm Supply and More, Wilson store was closing. Everyone in the area has been to the huge green horse barn turned farm store at 454 South Highway 128, just south of I-94 on Highway 128. It is the end of an era, as Stockman’s Wilson store will be closed for good on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Co-owner Merry Stockman Schoenke confirmed to this reporter at Gateway News at the end of January that she had made the difficult decision to close the Wilson store of the two that her father Rex Stockman had founded.

His retail legacy will continue at the other Stockman’s Farm Supply location in Osseo, Wisconsin that opened in 1994, ten years after the Wilson store was opened.

This Stockman retail legacy goes back three generations to when Harry Stockman opened Stockman’s Variety store in downtown Spring Valley, Wisconsin in 1951.

Lastly in March the Woodville Leader had the pleasure of reporting that iMARK Molding, Inc. of Woodville, Wisconsin was one of seven Wisconsin companies awarded a prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) at a black-tie event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

iMARK Molding took home a Special Award for Enterprise-wide Precision at the event for sticking to a company motto that they, "Do the hard right, not the easy wrong."

iMARK company creates the vessels and vials, parts and pieces their clients need to serve their customers in the bio health industry-including medical devices, molecular diagnostics and other markets, which require transparency, consistency, purity and thoughtful mitigation of risk. The custom components they make are used every day, from lifesaving surgical procedures and cancer diagnostics to DNA test kits.

Congratulations to Woodville’s iMARK Molding, Inc. a Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner!

That takes us through the first three months of last year in the Woodville Leader and next week we will continue the Woodville 2018 Year in Review.