He’s been a member of the local police department since 2005. He’s risen from patrol officer to lieutenant, earning advanced law enforcement degrees along the way.

Now he’s the chief.

The story of how Brian Zmudzinski rose through the ranks of the Burlington Police Department and what he intends to do as chief is among the top stories in this week’s Burlington Standard Press.

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


FIRE DAMAGE LIMITED: River Valley Ranch, a mushroom farm in the Town of Wheatland, suffered limited damages from Tuesday’s multi-alarm blaze because of stellar response by nearly two-dozen area fire departments.


JOHN DOE ID’D: A long-standing John Doe case in the state of Wisconsin was given an identity last week, as the Rock County Sheriff’s Office announced that a body found in November of 1995 was Carl J. Isaacs Jr., of Delavan.


COURT NEWS: A status conference is scheduled for July 12 for a Burlington and Wheatland music teacher charged with having sex with an underage girl and receiving nude photos of her.


FARM BREAKFAST: Malchine Farms, a six-generation cash crop operation in Wind Lake will host the annual Racine County Breakfast on the Farm Saturday, June 25, from 7 until 11 a.m.


ROAD PROJECT OK’D: The Jefferson Street project in downtown Burlington will move forward after the Common Council on Tuesday named Wanasek Corporation as the chief contractor for the 2022 street and utility program.


BALLOON CRASH PROBE: An engineer aboard a Canadian National freight train said he saw a hot-air balloon descending toward the railroad tracks near the 400 block of Calumet Street in Burlington, but didn’t have sufficient time to stop the locomotive.


ALL CONFERENCE: Find out which players from Burlington High School were named to the All Southern Lakes Conference teams for their respective sports.


HERE’S TO THE GRILL: From the right grill for the job to the best meats around, area merchants have the ingredients for barbecue success.