January Photos of the Month
Photos by John Ehlke
James Borlen of Hartford runs his hand across his face as he listens to Jeremy Hinds from K. Singh and Associates break down the segments of the proposed reliever route during a listening session on Jan. 31, 2017 at the town hall for the proposed reliever route in Hartford, Wis. The listening session offered residents the opportunity to hear from Washington County officials on the proposed route and cost.  Borlen believes the presentation was good. They had everything pretty well figured out," said Borlen. Borlen's property runs north of the proposed route and will not be altered by the proposed route. Borlen believes the county should speak with the land owners that could be affected by the proposed route about land acquisition before the project is approved. The project is estimated to cost $23 million with no state funding. Tim Johnson of West Bend exhales as he uses a chain saw to cut a hole in the ice for the fourth annual Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, 2017 on Big Cedar Lake in West Bend, Wis. Dan, left, and Tim Logan both of West Bend hit the water for the fourth annual Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, 2017 on Big Cedar Lake in West Bend, Wis. (From Left) Rob Mas, Colleen Mas and Noelle Poupore of West Bend react as they hit the water on Big Cedar Lake for the fourth annual Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, 2017 on Big Cedar Lake in West Bend, Wis. (From Left) Lindsay McGuire, Connor, 4, Matt and Mason, 7, of Slinger all jump in Big Cedar Lake for the fourth annual Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, 2017 on Big Cedar Lake in West Bend, Wis. A Slinger basketball player applauds as the starting lineup is introduced with a spotlight before a high school basketball game on Jan. 3, 2017 against Watertown in Slinger, Wis. West Bend East guard T.J. Simpson smiles as teammates and fans rush the floor after hitting a 3-pointer to tie the game at the end of the second half of a high school basketball game against Hartford Union on Jan. 3, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. West Bend East won in overtime 74-65. Hartford Union guard Kayla Okla, flips West Bend East guard Katelyn Matenaer off her back as they two fight for possession of a ball in the first half of a high school varsity basketball game on Jan. 4, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. No fouled was called and Hartford Union was awarded possession on a jump ball call. The sunset reflects off the ice formations on the pond at Regner Park as Kathleen Karl of the town of Trenton skates on Jan. 5, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. This is the first time Karl could get out and skate recently due to how "slushy" the conditions have been. Temperatures have hovered below 10 degrees the past two days in Washington County. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures will remain around a high of 15 degrees this weekend. <br/><br/> The sun sets on Jan. 5, 2017 in the town of Polk, Wis. Cooper Schultz, 8, of Cedarburg dances during a timeout in the second half of the girl's varsity basketball game between Living Word Lutheran and Brookfield Academy on Jan. 5, 2017 in the village of Jackson. The sun sets across Lake Michigan on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in Port Washington, Wis. The beach area south of the power plant is where a kayaker swam to shore after overturning their vessel. The patron they were kayaking with was not found. authorities are investing human remains found in the village of Somers Dec. 28. Authorities are in process of identifying the body. Chad Michels of Lomira stands on Jan. 6, 2017 near a piece of art depicting the senses and cardinal virtues of the freemasons at the West Bend Masonic Lodge No. 138 in West Bend. Michels became a mason in 2015. Chad Michels of Lomira sits near portraits of George Washington on Jan. 6, 2017 at the West Bend Masonic Lodge No. 138 in West Bend, Wis. Washington is seen as one of the more famous members of the Freemasons. Michels joined the Freemasons in 2015. West Bend East forward Taz Roberts has a ball slip out of his hands as West Bend West forward Lucas Broske (15) and Cooper Holbrook (31) dive for it in the second half of a varsity high school basketball game on Jan. 6, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. West won 51-31. Chuck Otto clears the entry way to his driveway from the snow and rain mixture on Jan. 10, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Otto had to switch to the shovel from his snow blower because the snow was too heavy to shoot out of the blower. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory and wind advisory for Washington County Tuesday. Co-owner Angela Eisenhut displays a plate sign by customers in the first week of business at Creative License on Jan. 10, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. Dan and Angela Eisenhut purchased the business in March. Wally Wenzlaff creates a path for standing water in his yard to drain out into the street as it continues to rain on Jan. 10, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Wenzlaff said he has not had a problem with flooding but wanted to take precaution. Nursing Simulation Specialist with Moraine Park Technical College Sandra Kirchner operates the simulation as nursing students work on a man that overdosed on opioids while being filmed by Christopher Klema of West Bend, center, for the Hidden in Plain Sight lecture series on Jan. 11, 2017 at Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend, Wis. The simulation is a part of a five-part series that is scheduled to launch at the end of January. Owners Pat, center, and Lori, left, Fox sing the Piggly Wiggly theme song with customers on Jan. 11, 2017 during the re-opening of the Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly in Jackson, Wis. The store expanded by 2,500 square feet and updated the interior. A fresh salad bar, hot soup station and chicken wing bar are some of the new additions. The first 250 customers received a gift bag a part of the celebration. <br/><br/> Josie Majerus, 9, of Hartford bites her nails as she watches the varsity wrestling 160-pound match between Hartford Union's Jeremiah Cooper and West Bend East's Cody Hughes on Jan. 11, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. Hughes won the match after pinning Cooper in the second period. Hartford Union won the match 44-27. Maddie Slawny, 11, with Kennedy Middle School in Germantown sits on one of the hills as she waits for friends at the Snowboard and Ski Club night on Jan. 12, 2017 at Little Switzerland in Slinger, Wis. <br/><br/> West Bend co-op's Jaden Salinas holds his breath as he hits the water on a dive during the meet against Beaver Dam on Jan. 12, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Stevens Construction Corp. employee and Moraine Park Technical College student Michael Homme cuts metal in the carpentry competition on Jan. 13, 2017 during the ABC of Wisconsin Skill Competition at the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center in the town of Polk, Wis. Apprentices from across the state competed in different areas of competition including; carpentry, heat and frost insulating, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. The winners from each category will be competing in the National Craft Championship in Florida. The Slinger boys varsity team huddles together as a spotlight hovers over them for introductions before their game against Hartford Union on Jan. 13, 2017 in Slinger, Wis. Slinger's Matt Wetherall jumps for a high pass as he is defended by Hartford Union's Ethan Hanisko in the first half of a high school varsity basketball game on Jan. 13, 2017 in Slinger, Wis. A vehicle moves past the intersection of Rural and State Street on Jan. 16, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. The guardrail has been damage by recent accidents. Fog settles in over the melting surface of Big Cedar Lake as a patron walks their ice fishing gear back to shore on Jan. 16, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Kathy Molinaro of Slinger walks through the fog on the Eisenbahn State Trail on Jan. 19, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. A smiles spreads across the face of Naheed Naseem of Germantown as she watches the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at the BP gas station she works at in Germantown, Wis. " I think he will be a very good president for the future," said Naseem. Naseem, an American citizen, said she also believes he will be a good president for immigrants in time. Joan Pitner of Germantown looks over a book in the new book fiction section on Jan. 20, 2017 at the Germantown Community Library in Germantown, Wis. <br/><br/> Snow falls off the shovel held by Markus Prochazka as he clears the sidewalk outside his residence on Jan. 24, 2017 as snow continues to fall in West Bend, Wis. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Washington County on Wednesday. The National Weather Service is also predicating chances of snow through the weekend.  Representative Jesse Kremer looks over his talking points on Jan. 26, 2017 before the Common Sense Citizens of Washington County meeting at the Moose Lodge No. 1398 in West Bend, Wis. Kremer and Rep. Dan Knodl, Sen. Duey Stroebel discussed the state gas tax and road conditions.  Sen. Duey Stroebel sits with Representatives Dan Knodl, center, and Jesse Kremer on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Common Sense Citizens of Washington County meeting at the Moose Lodge No. 1398 in West Bend, Wis. Jennifer Lemanski cheers as she watches her son, Dylan Lemanski, pin Beaver Dam's Zach Macalus in the 120-pound match as part of the match on Jan. 27, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Lemanski won after pinning Macalus in the second period. West Bend West lost the match 48-27. Slinger's Adam Beine picks up West Bend East's Cody Hughes in the 160-pound match as part of the match on Jan. 27, 2017 in Slinger, Wis. Beine won on a 21-6 decision. Slinger won the match 62-16. The win clinched the Wisconsin Little Ten season title. Slinger's Caleb Kovacevich puts one finger in the air after pinning West Bend East's Evan Smith in the 182-pound match as part of the match on Jan. 27, 2017 in Slinger, Wis. Kovacevich won after pinning Smith in the first period. Slinger won the match 62-16. The win clinched the Wisconsin Little Ten season title. David Hanke looks over his shoulder before his court appearance on Jan. 30, 2017 at the Washington County Courthouse in West Bend, Wis. Hanke is due back in court on April 5 to determine if he wants a preliminary hearing. Hanke is being charged with a class D felony of sex assault of a student by school staff. Living Word Lutheran forward Jacob Bolwerk attempts a shot while being guarded by Brookfield Academy center Alexander Setzer in the first half of the game on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Jackson, Wis. Living Word Lutheran center Gideon Cain celebrates after making a basket and being fouled in the first half of the game on Jan. 30, 2017 against Brookfield Academy in Jackson, Wis. Communications Officer Scott Loiacono looks over a few maps spread across his desk while fielding a call at the Medical Emergency Dispatch center on Jan. 31, 2017 at the Washington County Sheriff's Department in West Bend, Wis. Rachel Krueger, 10, left, and Charlotte Buchta, 10, mock each other during an after school volleyball program a part of the Germantown Parks and Recreation Department on Jan. 31, 2017 at County Line Elementary School in Germantown. <br/><br/>
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