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2019 Year in Review - New Glarus

October Through December


February 6, 2020


Construction on 2nd Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues began on September 30, 2019.

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Herman Pfund was laid to rest. Members of the New Glarus Fire Department, along with the Fitchburg Fire Department Honor Guard, paid tribute to Pfund with a salute and a procession that escorted him to the cemetery on Hwy 92. Pfund’s last ride was in an antique fire truck. He had been a member of Fitchburg Fire Department and was the department’s first chief. He had also been a member of the New Glarus Fire Department for many years.

Harvest Fest was held at the Swiss Historical Village & Museum on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

The 8th Annual New Glarus Car, Truck and Motorcycle show was held in downtown New Glarus on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, during a State Assembly Floor Session, First Responders of the Year were recognized from all over the state for their contributions to public safety and their communities. There were five recipients from the 80th Assembly District, Monticello Fire Captain Ron Blumer, New Glarus Fire Chief David Anderson, Green County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Meagan Christen, New Glarus Area EMS Chief Kristie Mueller, and New Glarus Area EMS Advanced EMT Joshua Wescott. Each individual played a critical role in life-saving operations during a March 8, 2019, mass casualty vehicle crash between Monticello and New Glarus.

After winning the conference title, the New Glarus-Monticello Cross Country Teams were escorted through the streets by the New Glarus Fire Department.

The Raiders boys soccer team achieved their dream of winning the 2019 Capitol Conference title, finishing the regular season with a 7-1-1 conference record. The Sugar River Raiders boys’ soccer season ended on the McFarland High School turf. The team faced a challenging opponent, the #1 state-ranked McFarland Spartans. McFarland won the match, 4-0.

Members of the New Glarus Fire Department helped out one of their own on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Retired firefighter Bill Saunders needed a new roof on his home. The firefighters generously gave up their Saturday to help Bill get this done.

The Monroe-New Glarus swim team competed against Fort Atkinson for their last dual meet of the season on October 22nd. The Varsity team won, 114.5-55.5 and the JV team won 45-17.


The New Glarus volleyball team lost in the second round of Regional competition.

It felt more like December than October on Halloween, and the several inches of snow that fell Wednesday night into Thursday just added to the wintery atmosphere. But that did not stop kids and adults from celebrating Halloween.

New Glarus-Monticello’s Nathan Streiff was named 2019 Capitol Conference South Division Football Offensive “Player of the Year”.

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the math team took first place at the UW-Platteville Mathematics Meet for Division 3 schools. Fifteen teams from eleven different Division 3 schools participated in the competition. In all, 800 students attended the competition.

Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. New Glarus High School was named #1,852. In Wisconsin, New Glarus High School was the 38th highest ranked school in Wisconsin and was the highest ranked school in Green County and the Capitol Conference.

On Wednesday evening, November 20, 2019, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers made a stop at Puempel’s Olde Tavern in New Glarus.


On Sunday, December 1st, the first Adventsfenster window of the year was revealed at Roy’s Market, created with help from the Girl Scouts.

The Town of New Glarus held a hands-on bluebird house building workshop which was open to area residents. Participants were able to build two birdhouses which they take home and install on their property. The participants were also instructed in the proper way to install their newly built bird houses.

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, local law enforcement agencies took kids shopping as part of the annual Shop With A Cop. Kids got to meet and get to know officers while picking out presents for themselves and their families.

The Belleville and New Glarus FFA clubs held a toy drive to support the Toys for Tots program, in coordination with Edward Jones of Belleville, on Friday, December 13, 2019.

There were Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies, Alphorn music, a visit with Santa, the annual Christmas Tree lighting at the New Glarus Chamber of Commerce.

The New Glarus Elementary School Concert was held on December 5, 2019, in the Elementary School Gym.

New Glarus School District is one of 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.

Mia Belle Miller, a level 3 registered USA gymnast from New Glarus, competing with Gymfinity’s gymnastics team, and competed at the Wisconsin State Championship in Appleton on December 7th. Mia placed 1st All-Around, 1st on Bars, 1st on Beam, 1st on Floor and 6th on Vault. Her team from Gymfinity also took 1st place. This was Mia’s second year in a row competing at state.

On Friday, December 13, 2019, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for Prairie Haus Apartments on Elmer Road in New Glarus.

Chuck Bigler, of Puempel’s Olde Tavern in New Glarus, presented board members of the New Glarus Excellence in Education (EIE) Fund with a donation of $1,000. The funds for this donation came from money that was removed from the ceiling at Puempel’s this year.

The New Glarus High School Madrigal Singers held their Madrigal Dinner on December 8, 2019. On December 18, the singers entertained students at the Elementary and Middle schools, local nursing homes, the State Capitol, and visitors and patients at the UW Children’s Hospital.

American Legion Stuessy-Kuenzi Post #141 Commander Steve Hodgson presented John and Karri Lynch with a blue star banner in honor of their son Jake Lynch’s service in the United States Marine Corps.


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