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Former Body Shop Employee, Veteran in WI Dies at 87

Harold John "Bud" Boettger
Credit: Washburn County Register

Harold John “Bud” Boettger, 87, of Webster, WI, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 16, 2016.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Awards SWTC Students With Tool Grants

(L to R) Jean Pettee, Jesse Weideman, Greg Wubben, Dave Bigelow, and Sid Scoville.

Jesse Weideman, district manager of ABRA Auto Body & Glass and Dave Bigelow, general manager of ABRA Auto Body & Glass-Dubuque, recently visited Southwest Wisconsin Technical College to meet with and present awards to two Southwest Tech Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician students.

Siblings Recognized for Giving, Annual Event Coming Up

Taylor Freer, 12, and her sister Lily Freer, 9, with the help of their family, began “Christmas in July” eight years ago. Christmas in July is an annual fundraising jump-start event for the Riverbend’s Community Christmas that provides generously for families in need at Christmastime.


GODFREY — A pair of sisters’ annual event could bring thoughts of cooler months ahead.

MCC Student Alicia Grauberger Earns Fourth at Nationals

Three students represented Morgan Community College (MCC) at the 2016 national SkillsUSA contest held June 20–24 in Louisville, KY.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a national damaged vehicle repair company, has announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Career Development Academy.

Shop in Kentucky is Saving 40% by Using Matrix

Painter Jeff Weihe has been spraying Matrix Premium Basecoat (MPB) solvent line at Rodger's Body Shop since late last year with excellent results.


By putting cars back in their pre-accident condition, Rodger's Body Shop in Louisville, KY, is also able to pursue their main passion, which is building hot rods and restoring classic vehicles for its customers. By doing quality repairs and building a great reputation over the past 43 years, Rodger's is able to perform both collision repair and car restorations simultaneously, and with high quality.

WACTAL Awards Two Scholarships to Local Students

WACTAL (Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association Ltd.) has awarded two scholarships to deserving students Jacob Falk and Ivan Gomez.

A suspected drunk driver crashed into Richards Auto Parts in New Baltimore, MI on July 12. The 911 call was received at 11:45 pm. The 911 call was received at 11:45 pm.

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Auto Body Repair Chain Eyes Batavia, IL

Auto Body Repair Chain Eyes Batavia, IL

An auto body repair business has proposed moving into a former Aldi grocery store at 2080 Main St. in Batavia. Photo Credit: Susan Sarkauskas | Staff Photographer


A growing automobile body repair chain wants to open in Batavia, in a grocery store that has been vacant for five years.

Not Just for Men: NIC Programs in ID Lead to Role-Breaking Jobs
Kyrstyna Zak works on a vehicle in North Idaho College’s Collision Repair Technology program. Zak and other women are finding great jobs in fields that were traditionally dominated by males.

When Krystyna Zak was growing up, her dad was a regular Mr. Fix-It. She used to follow him around in his shop, asking if she could help. Once, he gave her an old radio to take apart, and though she never did manage to put it back together, she enjoyed seeing what it was made of. It was like pulling apart the pieces of a puzzle to see how they fit.

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