The past decade has been one of extremes for climate in the Burlington area, according to the barometer offered by the Fox River.

Due to this year’s drought, the river level in the area is approaching the record low point set in 2012. This comes four years after the flood of July 2017 established a high-water mark for the river.

A story on the effect of the continued drought on the area is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. The newspaper will be available at local retail outlets on Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


  • HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE MASKS IN SCHOOLS: Concerned about a rapid rise in coronavirus cases among students locally, the Central Racine County Health Department issued a plea this week for school districts to make masks mandatory.


  • DEPUTY IS IN REHAB: A special event and motorcycle ride benefiting Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Blanchard is set for Oct. 9. The deputy who was critically injured when struck by a fleeing vehicle Aug. 1 has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility.


  • COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7 for a Burlington woman charged with drug offenses after she was allegedly found passed out behind the wheel of a running car in Waterford.


  • A NEW UTILITY: The City of Burlington is slated to decide in October whether to create a separate storm water utility funded by a new user fee charged to property owners based on the average impervious surface area within the city.


  • NIGHT MARKET: The Burlington Farmers Market will have extended hours Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m. and offer special events including food trucks, beverages, music and a wine raffle.


  • MAACK TO RETIRE: David Maack never intended to make emergency management a career. And now, after 31 years as Racine County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Maack plans to retire on Oct. 29, the county announced last week.


  • WINNING BIG: The Burlington High School girls volleyball team improved to 25-3 overall after going 7-0 Friday and Saturday at the Lynne LaPorte Sprawl in West Bend and beating the states top three ranked teams.