As the old saying goes, the devil is in the details.

Such is the case with the future of the Echo Lake Dam and Echo Lake itself. Removing the dam or upgrading it to state satisfaction is projected at less than half the cost of what is needed to restore the lakebed into a useable recreation area if the dam goes away or to dredge the lake to a healthy depth if the dam is retained.

This week’s Standard Press features an in-depth special report on the options city officials are considering. It’s among the top stories in this week’s edition.

Copies of the newspaper are on sale at local retail outlets and will be delivered by mail to subscribers on Friday (one day later due to the Thanksgiving holiday).

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


BUSINESSES QUESTION FAIRNESS OF WATER UTILITY: The City of Burlington plans to create a stormwater utility in an attempt to develop an equitable way to fund mandated and necessary improvements to the municipality’s storm water infrastructure. However, some local businesses have said the proposal would unfairly place a greater burden on them.


MAN CRASHES, ABANDONS CAR ON DOWNTOWN STREET:        A Darien man is charged with drunken driving and resisting an officer after allegedly crashing the car he was driving into a pole and abandoning it on a Burlington street.


BASD DISCUSSES AUDIT OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS: Preliminary findings from a disciplinary audit of the Burlington Area School District ordered the state Department of Public Instruction reaffirmed much of what district concedes regarding racial matters – that students of color are suspended more often.


COVID CASES ON THE RISE: State health officials urged Wisconsinites to exercise caution while celebrating this holiday season because a recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.


LIAR, LIAR: The Burlington Liars Club is seeking entries for its annual lie of the year contest. The deadline to submit an entry for this year’s contest is Dec. 15. Any lies received after that time will be entered in next year’s competition. Tall tales may be sent to: Burlington Liars’ Club, P.O. Box 156, Burlington, WI 53105 or by email to:


SHAKING IT UP: Victoria Williams has opened Anchor Nutrition in a historic downtown Burlington building. The business serves an array of vitamin-packed beverages.


LOCAL TEAMS HAVE HOOP DREAMS: The high school basketball season is underway and we have previews of the boys and girls teams at Burlington and Catholic Central high schools.