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$722,290 TAP grant insufficient for town's project

When the Sawyer County Record called Town of Hayward Chair Gary Gedart on Friday, Oct. 7 asking about the Oct. 6 press release from Gov. Tony Evers that the Town had been awarded an Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Transportation Al ternative Program (TAP) grant for a proposed bike/pedestrian trail project, Gedart said, he thought the amount awarded was $1,162,694.

However what Gedart didn't realize until Monday, Oct. 10 is the actual amount was $722,290 or $440,475 less than what the town was expecting to receive.

According to Gedart, the town board had met on Aug. 9 and voted to reject the 80/20 federal grant because it would require the town pay the outstanding cost the TAP grant didn't cover, well over $500,000, an amount the town was unwilling to invest.

Gedart said a representative of the DOT had contacted him on Aug. 11 saying that with revised project estimates from the town there were more dollars available for the project.

"We rescinded our motion to reject," said Gedart, on the premise the town was going to receive $1,162,694.

Gedart said the Town Board will have to meet again and vote yet again to rescind the TAP grant.

"We just can't accept it under this grant cycle," he said. "Anything not covered by the TAP would have to be assumed by the town. It wouldn't be wise for us to accept."

The town will resubmit its application requesting the $1,162,694.

TAP grants are used creating "safe and sustainable transportation alternatives."

The town has submitted three TAP applications for a project that would create a bike/pedestrian loop that would connect to the City of Hayward bike/pedestrian trail.

The Town of Hayward's proposal includes creating a bike/pedestrian loop from the City of Hayward's Nyman Avenue at the Hospital Road intersection of Hwys. 27/77, east down Hospital Road to Airport Road and south to Hwy. 77, along Hwy. 77 to Wheeler Road and connecting to Chippewa Trail, a designated bike route.

Off Hospital Road, closer to Hwys. 27/77, the proposal includes a cost-share project with the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital for a spur that goes off onto hospital property allowing for a safe access to the hospital.

Besides the spur, only two sections of the route/loop would have new paved trail:

• North side of Hospital Road between Hwys. 27/77 and Hwy. 63.

• The south side (the preferred side) of Hwy. 77 between Airport Road and Wheeler Road.

All the other road segments would be designated with signage as a bike route.

"The scope of the project and the project concept has not changed," said Gedart. "We will reapply with our revised numbers."


Golf
HAYWARD GOLF CLUB AND ITS '98-YEAR WINNING STREAK'

One of Hayward's oldest and still flourishing resources for sport, hospitality, friendship and community advancement is the Hayward Golf Club.

Established in 1924 at a time when Hayward had largely transitioned from being solely a lumber and logging town to a community beginning to form a more diverse and business-oriented district, the Hayward Golf club was formed.

Memberships were sold and financial assistance was provided by a L. S. Robbins. Stock offerings at $100 per share were made and sold, and by August of that year, the course was ready for play.

Brett Blake is today's Director of Online Marketing. Brett started working at Hayward Golf Club (HGC) in 2003 as a pro shop attendant and has been working in the marketing department since 2017.

He said when the club opened in 1924 it was a 9-hole facility. It expanded to 18 holes in the early 1970s.

The course was visited in September 1925 by famous Walter Hagen, known as "The father of professional golf, who dominated the game in the first half of the 20 th century, winning the U.S. Open twice and both the PGA Championship and Western Open five times— among many other golfing accomplishments.

When Hagen visited the Hayward Golf Club, he "commented favorably on our course and area," according to history provided by Brett.

Brett said there have been rumors about Al Capone visiting the HGC but no direct evidence to support that.

George Tosh became the golf pro at the club in 1925 and Bill Marquardt the assistant pro. In 1929 Marquardt became the Pro and remained in that capacity through 1942.

Dave Blake, Brett's father, was the Head Golf Professional at HGC for 35 years, retiring in 2014.

He said other notables who have visited HGC include Patty Berg, American professional golfer and first president of LPGA; Bart Starr, Packers quarterback; Marv Fleming, Packers tight end; Doug Sutherland and Rich Gannon, former Vikings; Hockey Hall of Fame Brett Hull; PGA Tour professional Tim Herron; author and motivational speaker Jim Miller; and many PGA/LGPA Club Professionals.

The HGC closed in the years 1943-46 due to World War II.

In 1946 the club reopened and reorganized, hiring Joe and John Kuta as greenskeepers.

Brett said the Joe Kuta Senior Tournament is named, of course, after Joe Kuta Sr., "one of the longest greenskeepers/professionals in the club's history. His tenure spanned the mid 1940s through the mid 1970s."

The Hayward Junior Chamber of Commerce obtained a lease to operate the club in April 1951 and did so until 1964 when the Hayward Civic Club (formerly the Junior Chamber of Commerce) purchased it.

Somewhere in late 1969 to 1971 the Hayward Civic Club obtained a loan to purchase another 80 acres. A second nine, a driving range and a new clubhouse facility were completed in 1971.

Dave said the 80 acres were across the street.

"The mid 70s saw limited green and green surround improvements on the old 9. A two-story club house (was added) in 1970-71 and attached to the original pro shop in 1971. In the fall of 2002, the existing pro shop/club house was demolished. In 2003 our current club house was opened after construction in late 2002 and 2003. (Note: the new clubhouse was 6,000 square feet and opened to rave reviews.) The restaurant in the 70s through mid-80s was leased by the club to individual parties who were in charge of its operation. Since that time, the club has operated the food and bar service at the club," Dave explained.

The years 1976-2005 saw much growth; HGC prospered. Membership peaked in the early to mid1990s at around 800, Brett said, adding, "As more courses opened in the area—Roynona Creek and Hayward National (both now closed) in the mid/late 1990s, and then Big Fish in the early 2000s— that took some of the pressure and demand off HGC and memberships settled in at around 500."


Criminal_law
Hayward woman charged with exposing children to meth

A Town of Lenroot woman has been charged by Sawyer County authorities with exposing three minor children to methamphetamine at her residence.

Her live-in boyfriend is charged with multiple counts of possession of firearms after being convicted of a felony.

Melissa M. Thorp, 35, 13739N Sabin Road, Hayward, is charged with felony maintaining a drug trafficking place, plus felony neglect of three minor children, ages 9, 9 and 14, in the residence by not protecting them from exposure to the distribution of illegal drugs or drug abuse—where specified harm did not occur—Sept. 25, 2022. She also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thorp also is charged with possession of three grams or less of methamphetamine with intent to deliver Sept. 25, 2022, in Hayward.

At 1:24 a.m. Sept. 25, Hayward police officers conducted a traffic stop at Hwy. 63 and Beal Avenue and arrested Thorp and a male passenger after locating meth in the vehicle.

At 1:24 a.m. Sept. 25, Hayward police officers conducted a traffic stop at Hwy. 63 and Beal Avenue and arrested Thorp and a male passenger after locating meth in the vehicle. The male passenger, Cody DeWitt, was wanted on a Rusk County warrant. Officers found a gem bag with 2.36 grams of meth, two meth pipes, unused gem bags and a pair of nitrile gloves in the vehicle.

Officers were informed by a detective that Thorp and her boyfriend, Jordon Gunderson, were dealing meth from their residence on Sabin Road. Gunderson is a convicted felon.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence and outbuildings. They located a .22 caliber ARtype rifle with a high-capacity magazine in a pickup truck, body armor in a garage, and another .22 rifle and drug paraphernalia plus a jar of THC wax in a camper where two males were staying on the property.

Inside the residence, deputies found five rifles and two pistols including a loaded 9-mm AR-style handgun, plus ammunition. They also found meth smoking pipes, gem bags and a digital scale. Officers contacted Child Protective Services, who made a plan that a male at the residence could watch over the kids until a follow-up could be completed. Gunderson was transported to the jail and another male was taken to the jail on a Sauk County warrant.

Officers found a German Shepherd and a pit-bull-type dog in the residence, plus three pit bull-type dogs in crates and two pit bull-type dogs running around loose in the camper, which smelled heavily of animal urine.

Thorp was placed on a $5,000 signature bond. She is summoned to appear in court on Oct. 18.

Jordon J. Gunderson, 33, same address as Melissa Thorp, is charged with seven counts of possessing a firearm as s convicted felon, one count of neglecting a child where specified harm did not occur, and possession of drug paraphernalia in this incident.

Gunderson was placed on a $1,000 cash bond pending his initial court appearance on Oct. 18.

Thorp and Gunderson are ordered not to have any violent or abusive contact with the children.


Motor_vehicle
Hayward man pleads guilty to showing genitals to a child

During an Oct. 7, 2022 appearance in Burnett County Court, Hayward area resident Bryan L. Neuswanger, 40, pleaded guilty to causing a child age 13-18 to view sexual activity, exposing his genitals/pubic area to a child and exposing a child to harmful materials in the village of Grantsburg in 2021.

Judge Melissia Mogen dismissed other charges against Neuswanger: three counts of exposing a child to view harmful material, three counts of causing a child age 13-18 to view sexual activity, three counts of exposing his genitals to a child, one count of causing a child under age 13 to view or listen to a sexual act and one count of disorderly conduct.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the Department of Corrections and set a sentencing hearing for Dec. 16. She continued Neuswanger's bond.

She continued Neuswanger's bond.

Neuswanger, of 12529N Neumaier Road, Hayward, was charged Oct. 26, 2021, with multiple felonies after he allegedly showed photos of his genitals to juvenile girls in Grantsburg.

According to the criminal complaint, the Grantsburg Middle School principal called Grantsburg police on Oct. 6, 2021, and stated that at 6:35 p.m. the previous evening, a male driving a green Toyota Highlander had approached two female students in the parking lot near the school's front entrance and showed them a photo of male genitalia. The male told the girls he was looking for a lost puppy. The girls took a step away from the vehicle, one girl said something to the male and he then sped off toward the high school. The incident was captured on security cameras.

On Sept. 26, 2021, a Grantsburg police officer was dispatched to the American Legion to speak with two young females. The girls said they were walking to the Legion building when a male approached them in a gray sedan, yelled to them and asked them if they had seen a puppy. He then showed them a picture of a penis on his cell phone and left. One of the girls said the man's pants were pulled down and he wore boxer shorts. She typed the license plate number of the car into her cell phone. The officer met with the grandfather of the girls, who was very upset.

On Aug. 21, 2020, a Grantsburg police officer was dispatched to a street address for a suspicious activity complaint. A girl told the officer that she was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked on the side of the road when a silver or gray SUV pulled up next to her and the male driver asked her if she had seen a puppy. She replied 'No' and the driver rolled down his window and asked 'Do you want to see my cock.' He pointed a camera with a long lens at her, took one picture and drove away.

Neuswanger, of 12529N Neumaier Road, Hayward, was charged Oct. 26, 2021, with multiple felonies after he allegedly showed photos of his genitals to juvenile girls in Grantsburg.

According to the criminal complaint, the Grantsburg Middle School principal called Grantsburg police on Oct. 6, 2021, and stated that at 6:35 p.m. the previous evening, a male driving a green Toyota Highlander had approached two female students in the parking lot near the school's front entrance and showed them a photo of male genitalia. The male told the girls he was looking for a lost puppy. The girls took a step away from the vehicle, one girl said something to the male and he then sped off toward the high school. The incident was captured on security cameras.

On Sept. 26, 2021, a Grantsburg police officer was dispatched to the American Legion to speak with two young females.

The girls said they were walking to the Legion building when a male approached them in a gray sedan, yelled to them and asked them if they had seen a puppy. He then showed them a picture of a penis on his cell phone and left. One of the girls said the man's pants were pulled down and he wore boxer shorts. She typed the license plate number of the car into her cell phone. The officer met with the grandfather of the girls, who was very upset.

On Aug. 21, 2020, a Grantsburg police officer was dispatched to a street address for a suspicious activity complaint. A girl told the officer that she was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked on the side of the road when a silver or gray SUV pulled up next to her and the male driver asked her if she had seen a puppy. She replied 'No' and the driver rolled down his window and asked 'Do you want to see my cock.' He pointed a camera with a long lens at her, took one picture and drove away.


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