The bold cold challenge! The Huftel family Embracing the Endless Winter of 2018. Photo from Jill Huftel
The bold cold challenge! The Huftel family Embracing the Endless Winter of 2018. Photo from Jill Huftel

WOODVILLE, WI – 2018 has ended and at the Woodville Leader/Gateway News we continue to look back on the pages of your hometown newspaper and recall some of the highlights of the past year. What a year 2018 was.

Locally in Woodville and the surrounding community there was also much that occurred in 2018 and the Woodville Leader was honored to inform you about it.

Let’s resume our look back over 2018 with our annual “Year in Review.”

In the pages of the April 12, 2018 Woodville Leader we shared with you: “Helgeson retires after 40 years of service - Park View throws a nice retirement party for Janis Helgeson.”

After 40 “great” years of working at Park View Home in Woodville, Wisconsin Janis Helgeson retired and Park View threw a nice retirement party for her.

The party was held on Thursday afternoon, April 5, 2018 in the Community Room that was overflowing with residents, friends and well wishers for Janis.

What will she do now? “Become a volunteer at Park View,” she said with a twinkle in her eye.

In that same edition of the Woodville Leader you learned that “Charles Smith completes 1000 Books Before Kindergarten”

Karen Furo-Bonnstetter, Woodville Public Library Director congratulated Charles Smith who was the most recent pre-school child to complete a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  She noted that, “If you would like more information on this Wisconsin Department of Education initiative on early literacy stop in or call the library. You can enroll your pre-school child in the program at any time.” 

Moving to the April 19, 2018 edition of the Woodville it was reported, “Recap of historic winter storm- Weekend blizzard had us all hunkered down”

Cleanup continued Tuesday, April 17, 2018, following a major historic winter storm that hit much of Wisconsin (Minnesota and the Midwest) over the weekend.   Several locations set all-time records for snow amounts.  That included Eau Claire with 12.1” reported at 8 p.m. on Sunday and snow still falling. Our neighbors to the west in Minnesota reported total snowfall of 15.8” at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. In Spring Valley out in the country where the winds really pushed the snow around there were drifts more than 2 and ½ feet deep to contend with. The weekend blizzard had us all hunkered down.

We also reported to you in the May 3 Woodville Leader, “B-W Forensic team earns top honors at State - WHSFA announces schools earning ‘Excellence in Speech Awards’”

Seventeen Wisconsin high schools received the highest recognition with “Excellence in Speech Awards” at the recent State Speech Festival in Madison. The Baldwin-Woodville High School (BWHS) Forensic Team was named one of those top schools. 

WHSFA Executive Director Adam J. Jacobi said in an email letter to BWHS Forensic Coach Angela Schmoker, “Dear Coach, Congratulations to you and your students for your impressive performance at this past weekend's State Speech Festival at UW-Madison, which earned your school recognition among the state's top 5% medal-earning schools at the festival: an elite group of 17 schools.”  

It was in the May 24, 2018 edition of the Woodville Leader where you learned, “Woodville’s 67th Annual Syttende Mai Celebration is fantastic! One of many highlights was the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family visit”

The grand three-day event began on Thursday, May 17 – “Syttende Mai” (the Norwegian literal translation is "seventeenth May"), also known in Norway as “Constitution Day” celebrating Norwegian Independence Day.

There was so much for everyone to enjoy at Syttende Mai 67.

One of many highlights this year was the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family visit to Woodville’s 67th Annual Syttende Mai Celebration. King Boreas LXXXII Tom Leonard and the Royal Family Knighted Ron and Barb Johnson (Barb was our first Syttende Mai Queen) along with out-going Lions President Greg Jacobson for all of their community service to Woodville; all three were surprised and touched by this high honor!

Saturday night at Viking Middle School the 2017-18 Syttende Mai Court surrendered their reign and coronated the new court at the end of a magical “Welcome to the Wonderful World of Woodville” program.

With much excitement and anticipation Abbie DeLong was crowned Second Princess, then Libby Whirry was crowned First Princess and with that everyone knew that the new 2018-19 Syttende Mai Queen would be the lovely Amber Delong who also won the awards of Most Photogenic and Miss Congeniality.

The amazing 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family Knighted the new 2018-19 Syttende Mai Court.

Lastly in the June 28, 2018 edition was the big news with this headline, “OEM’s Mark Tyler joins landmark gathering of State, Federal STEM education leaders at White House - White House Summit will help inform next 5-year STEM education strategy”

S. Mark Tyler of OEM Fabricators, Inc. was recently invited to attend the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit hosted by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on June 25-26, in Washington, D.C.

Mark Tyler commented, “STEM education is the underpinning for many of the careers that will drive our economy into the future. It’s critical that Federal and State Policy are aligned to gain the highest benefit of investments in STEM.”

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