February Photos of the Month
Photos by John Ehlke
Kak Tennies empties a bottle into the garbage bag held by her husband Larry, as the two clean the side of County Highway NN on on Feb. 28, 2018  in the town of Polk, Wis. The two have lived on County Highway NN for over 30 years and decided to take one day each fall and spring to clean the trash on the side of the road. Kak often walks the trails near the road and wanted to help make it look nicer. " Just tired of looking at all the trash," said Larry. The two clean about a half mile from their home to the Highway 144 intersection and then clean the other side on the walk back. West Bend East's Keghan Tighe jumps to catch a high pass while being defended by Homestead's Charlie Sileno in the first half of a game on Feb. 1, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Jack Wegner, 14, smiles as he braces himself in an inflatable structure to play 'Knocker Ball'  during the Winter Olympics Lock-In event on Feb. 2, 2018 at Slinger Middle School. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for students to attend the Wisconsin Association of School Councils summer leadership camp. The student council sent 14 students to last year's camp. Mya Blazek, 6, of Hartford gasps as she watches Hartford Union's Julia Stephans score a basket in the second half of a game against Slinger on Feb. 2, 2018 in Hartford, Wis. Slinger won, 46-29. Holding a cardboard cutout of Hartford Union senior Richard Smith, Hartford Union sophomore Jake Frontl, 15, has his mouth drop as he talks on the phone in the second half of the girls varsity game between Hartford Union and Slinger on Feb. 2, 2018 in Hartford, Wis. Slinger won, 46-29. Hartford Union freshman Zander Fluhr, 14, plays the bass drum before the boys varsity basketball game between Slinger and Hartford Union on Feb. 2, 2018 in Hartford, Wis. Hartford Union's Josh Much and Slinger's Sam Dodge collide in the air in the first half of a game on Feb. 2, 2018 in Hartford, Wis. Slinger's Derek Sabin reaches for a rebound in front of his teammate, Sam Dodge in the first half of a game against Hartford Union on Feb. 2, 2018 in Hartford, Wis. Ron Wenta has snow stick to his face as he uses his snowblower to clear his neighbor's driveway of the snow left by plows on Feb. 5, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Wenta wanted to return the favor after his neighbor helped clear his driveway this weekend when Wenta was out of town. Slinger's Sydney Reinhardt slides to knock the ball away from West Bend East's Katelyn Matenaer in the second half of a game on Feb. 6, 2018  in West Bend, Wis. Slinger won, 58-46. Fourth-grade students Isaiah Koch, left, and Logan Jones exchange smiles during a kindness retreat activity on Feb. 7, 2018 at Slinger Elementary School. This is the fifth year Youth Frontiers has hosted a kindness retreat with the Slinger School District. West Bend East sophomore Jalen Caver, 16, dances to the music of Cecilio Negron Jr.  during the Black History Month program on Feb. 8, 2018 at the Silver Lining Arts Center in West Bend, Wis. West Bend West senior Mike Wallace, 18, smiles as he listens to a remix version of "Thriller" by Michael Jackson that he intends to perform after Zacharia Nchinda, right, finished speaking during the Black History Month program on Feb. 8, 2018 at the Silver Lining Arts Center in West Bend, Wis. West Bend West's Maddison Baker holds the ball away from Hartford Union's Maci Meyer (52) and Emily Perschbacher (42) in the second half of a game on on Feb. 8, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. A wind blows the snow from Richard Lemke's snow blower back towards his face as he clears his driveway of last night's snow fall on Feb. 9, 2018 in Germantown, Wis. Snowflakes are seen grouping together on Feb. 9, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Kettle Moraine Lutheran's Jayme Soderbeck runs off the bench as she is introduced before a game against Winneconne on Feb. 9, 2018 in the town of Jackson, Wis. Hartford Union head coach Kevin McKenna gives defensive instructions on how to guard West Bend West's Ethan Yerges to Jacob Pepin (10) and Gabe Hoffmann (14) in the second half of a game on Feb. 9, 2018 in Hartford, Wis. West Bend West won, 55-44. Baker Dennis Bechler of West Bend adds powder sugar to batch of prune paczki on Feb. 13, 2018 at Hankerson's Country Oven Bakery in West Bend, Wis. The staff started making the paczki at 11 p.m. on Monday in preparation for Fat Tuesday. Keith Hankerson estimated the bakery made hundreds of dozens of paczki. Tina Nowak of West Bend gets a paczki out from the display rack for a customer on Feb. 13, 2018 at Hankerson's Country Oven Bakery in West Bend, Wis. The staff started making the paczki at 11 p.m. on Monday in preparation for Fat Tuesday. Keith Hankerson estimated the bakery made hundreds of dozens of paczki. Reuben Holcomb, 11, of West Bend giggles as he is tagged out  during the dodgeball program on Feb. 13, 2018 at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend, Wis. Aaron Sohm, 12, of West Bend leaps to avoid a ball  during the dodgeball program on Feb. 13, 2018 at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend, Wis. <br/><br/> Christian Walsh, 12, of West Bend performs the conga line with Reuben Holcomb, 11, of West Bend during the dodgeball program on Feb. 13, 2018 at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend, Wis. Eli Aspenleiter, 11, and Jacob Alexander, 10, both of West Bend wait by one of the doors before skating on the ice with Ice Bear flags before the WIAA playoff game between the West Bend Ice Bears and Beaver Dam on Feb. 13, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. West Bend's Eli Kopish is hit into the boards by Beaver Dam's Jay Kirschbaum in the first period of the WIAA playoff game on Feb. 13, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Beaver Dam's Ian Conlin skates by members of West Bend celebrating a goal in the second period of the WIAA playoff game on Feb. 13, 2018  in West Bend, Wis. West Bend goalie Chris Clement watches a puck go by his face in the second period of the WIAA playoff game against Beaver Dam on Feb. 13, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Head Coach Chris Graziano, center, celebrates after watching Jake Bernarde win the 145-pound match in overtime against Port Washington's Jake Wiesmueller a part of  the WIAA Sectional Team Championship match on Feb. 13, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Slinger won to advance to the state tournament, 47-24. Slinger's Timothy Gehring attempts to escape from Port Washington's Lukas Burke in the 170-pound match a part of the WIAA Sectional Team Championship match on Feb. 13, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Slinger won to advance to the state tournament, 47-24. Robert Bates of Germantown reacts as ashes are administered to his forehead during the Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 14, 2018 at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown, Wis. <br/><br/> Dan Kern of Slinger walks along a pedestrian bridge over the Milwaukee River on Feb. 14, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. A new pedestrian bridge is scheduled to replace the southern bridge to match the northern bridge, behind Kern, that was installed in 2016. Crossing guard Chuck Fellenz of West Bend holds his whistle in his mouth as he waits for students to approach his intersection while the destruction of the former Walgreens building at the intersection of Decorah Road and South Main Street continues on Feb. 15, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. The building is being torn down to make way for a Kwik Trip gas station. This will be the second Kwik Trip developed in West Bend since the first one was built in 2016. "I would like to see how it's going to be with all the traffic," said Fellenz. Fellenz, a crossing guard at the intersection for five years, helps children from roughly five different schools cross the intersection. Tracy Neatherlin, Kody Konzal's cousin, wipes a tear from her face after speaking to Judge James Meuhlbauer about her cousin's character during the sentencing hearing for Konzal on Feb. 16, 2018 at the Washington County Courthouse in West Bend, Wis. Judge James Muehlbauer sentenced Konzal to one year in prison with three years extended supervision. Konzal has been accused of pointing a firearm and misfiring twice while intoxicated at a West Bend Police Department officer in 2016. Kody Konzal looks back towards his family and friends as he is lead away by a Washington County Sheriff's Department officer after his sentencing hearing on Feb. 16, 2018 at the Washington County Courthouse in West Bend, Wis. Judge James Muehlbauer sentenced Konzal to one year in prison with three years extended supervision. Konzal has been accused of pointing a firearm and misfiring twice while intoxicated at a West Bend Police Department officer in 2016. Landon Roecker, 8, of West Bend, left, and Jackson Corbin, 9, of West Bend both run their hands across their faces as they wait in line for their opportunity to shoot during the free throw contest on Feb. 17, 2018 at the Jackson Area Recreation Center. The finalists in each age division will compete in the Southeastern Wisconsin Free Throw Championships in West Allis in March. <br/><br/> Jonah Campbell, 9, of West Bend, left, and Kevin Delcoree, 9, of the town of Trenton play a game of rock, paper and scissors while waiting in line to shoot during the free throw contest on Feb. 17, 2018 at the Jackson Area Recreation Center. The finalists in each age division will compete in the Southeastern Wisconsin Free Throw Championships in West Allis in March. Mark Sanders of West Bend pumps his fist after watching his 10-year-old daughter, Laila, center, make one of her shots during the free throw contest on Feb. 17, 2018 at the Jackson Area Recreation Center. The finalists in each age division will compete in the Southeastern Wisconsin Free Throw Championships in West Allis in March. Powder flies off the uneven bars as Hartford Union's Olivia Justman grabs on for warm-ups  during the North Shore Conference Championship meet on Feb. 17, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. <br/><br/> Hartford Union's Emily Perkowski, center, and Annie Mularski, right, hug their coach Bobbi Scherr, left, before their uneven bars routine during the North Shore Conference Championship meet on Feb. 17, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. West Bend East's Sydney Spaeth flips during her floor routine during the North Shore Conference Championship meet on Feb. 17, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Coach Mike Scherr tries to get Annie Mularski to smile while she cries after hitting him on the head inadvertently during her uneven bars routine during the North Shore Conference Championship meet on Feb. 17, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. Department of Public Works employee Nate Wendelborn, center, of Kewaskum throws a chunk of ice off to the side as he and Chris Fischer of the town of Farmington work on a flooded area on on Feb. 20, 2018 off of West Washington Street in West Bend, Wis. The National Weather Service predicted West Bend saw an average of .31'' of rainfall from Monday into Tuesday. West Bend West senior Matthew Ruplinger is reflected in the side mirror of a 1969 AMX 390  in the automotive garage on Feb. 20, 2018 at the West Bend high schools. Ruplinger was one of two students to place in the Automotive Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee (ADAMM) Technology of Tomorrow competition this month. West Bend West's Cody Diermeier attempts to grab a rebound away from West Bend East's Ethan Wedemeyer (12) as he boxes out East's Nathan Craighead in the second half of a game on Feb. 22, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. East won, 67-59. Instructor Matt Linton, center, speaks with a student during one of the passing times on Feb. 23, 2018  at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in the town of Jackson, Wis. Superintendent David Bartelt said if the conceal and carry bill for private schools- like Kettle Moraine Lutheran- would pass, that the board would discuss it. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jesse Kremer,  would give teachers the options of having a firearm. Director and actor Rick Ponzio of Sheboygan runs through with other actors what scenes they will work on during rehearsal for "Comedy of Couples," on Feb. 23, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County in West Bend, Wis. The show is expected to open Match 8. The cast of  "Comedy of Couples," is reflected in the glass of a spotlight during rehearsal on Feb. 23, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County in West Bend, Wis. The show is expected to open Match 8. Members on the Slinger bench cheer after CaSandra Warmsley made a basket and was fouled in the second half of a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game against Grafton on Feb. 23, 2018 in Slinger, Wis. Slinger won, 54-31. <br/><br/> Slinger's Alea Marecek hugs her 7-year-old cousin, Evan Kraeger, after the WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game against Grafton on Feb. 23, 2018 in Slinger, Wis. Slinger won, 54-31. Slinger's Karissa Trunk smiles as she receives a hug after the WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game against Grafton on Feb. 23, 2018 in Slinger, Wis. Slinger won, 54-31. Carver Joy Powers of Milwaukee uses a knife to smooth out a hole as she works on her creation of a ski jumper during the Iced on Main event  on Feb. 24, 2018 in Hartford, Wis.<br/><br/> Dressed in his ice fishing gear, Don Larimer of West Bend casts his line into a  river on Feb. 27, 2018 at Regner Park in West Bend, Wis. Larimer tried ice fishing on the pond before attempting to fish off the bridge near the unthawed portions of the pond. The National Weather Service reported temperatures near 60 degrees on Tuesday but are also predicting a wintery mix to return Wednesday night into Thursday. Elisabeth Andersen of Naperville, Ill. catches a ball behind her back as she works through her routine on Feb. 27, 2018 during the Special Olympics-West Bend Recreation gymnastic practice in the Mutual Mall in West Bend, Wis. Andersen has been traveling three hours once a week for the past seven years with her parents, pictured behind her, to train with coach Mary Fiegel. The group of three gymnasts are preparing for the state competition for rhythmic gymnastics on March 24 in Nicolet. <br/><br/> Coach Mary Fiegel shows Elisabeth Andersen of Napervill, Ill. on her phone the routine with her clubs she wants her to do on Feb. 27, 2018 during the Special Olympics-West Bend Recreation gymnastics practice in the Mutual Mall in West Bend, Wis. Andersen has been traveling three hours once a week for the past seven years with her parents to train with  Fiegel. The group of three gymnasts are preparing for the state competition for rhythmic gymnastics on March 24 in Nicolet. Inga Bunzel of West Bend smiles as she is asked by coach Mary Fiegel what her favorite part of gymnastics is during the Special Olympics- West Bend Recreation gymnastics practice on Feb. 27, 2018  in the Mutual Mall in West Bend, Wis. The group of three gymnasts are preparing for the state competition for rhythmic gymnastics on March 24 in Nicolet. Slinger's Derek Sabin dunks over Kewaskum's Talon Ralph in the first half of the WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game on Feb. 27, 2018 in Slinger, Wis. Slinger won, 50-22. West Bend East head coach Kyle Fueger argues a call in the second half of the WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game against Grafton on Feb. 27, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. East won, 78-55. West Bend East's TJ Simpson jumps to save a ball headed out of bounds in the second half of the WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game against Grafton on Feb. 27, 2018 in West Bend, Wis. East won, 78-55. Member on the West Bend East bench cheer as one of their teammates scored in the second half of the WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game against Grafton on Feb. 27, 2018 in West Bend, Wis.  East won, 78-55.
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