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City of Whitehall receives funds to create “Welcome to Whitehall” sign from WEA Trust Grant

The City of Whitehall has been awarded $3,000 for city park sign


Madison– As part of the 5th Annual Local Spark Award, WEA Trust awarded the City of Whitehall a $3,000 grant to preserve and protect wood carvings from a historic Whitehall Norway Spruce and use them as an attractive “Welcome to Whitehall” sign in the city park.

The old Norway Spruce Christmas tree was decorated each year for the holidays since 1928 and had to be removed two years ago for railroad and highway improvements.

Ellen Koxlien wrote in her proposal, The carvings made from logs salvaged from the tree will preserve those memories and bring reflection of good times growing up in the Whitehall area.”

“The Local Spark Award is a unique type of grant program,” said Kyle Humphrey, the Trust’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The proposals that are selected truly create a spark within these communities. It’s inspiring to see the passion and dedication that comes from every Local Spark participant each year.”

In partnership with League of Wisconsin Municipalities, WEA Trust created the Local Spark Award to recognize and reward innovation in Wisconsin’s cities and villages. This summer, WEA Trust received dozens of project proposals from around Wisconsin, which were reviewed by a panel of three judges:


Jerry Deschane – Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Dan Hill – Local Government Specialist at the UW-Extension

Fran Duncanson – City Clerk-Treasurer, Office Manager, WMCA District II Co-Director, City of Amery, Polk County


The City of Whitehall was one of three Local Spark Award winners chosen by the selection committee. Other winners include the City of New Richmond for a historic walking tour and the Village of Campbellsport for an outdoor ice-skating rink.


The WEA Trust provides group health insurance and administrative services to public employers throughout Wisconsin. The not-for-profit WEA Trust was created in 1970 to serve Wisconsin school district employees. Today, the WEA Trust offers its top-rated service and quality benefits to all state, county, and municipal groups. Learn more about the Local Spark Award at www.WEATrust.com/LocalSpark.