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Top Stories May 23, 2015

BDMS Hosting ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ Exhibit


5/23/15 - The Beaver Dam Middle School will be hosting the patriotic traveling exhibit ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ this Memorial Day weekend.  Among the 131 Wisconsin heroes depicted in the exhibit, eight of them were from Dodge County including three from Beaver Dam.  The exhibit will be open for public viewing free of charge today, tomorrow, and Monday from 1 to 4 pm each day.  Middle School Teacher Pete Woreck says the middle school kids spent half of yesterday’s social studies classes observing the exhibit.  Woreck, who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009, says the students’ active participation and respectful behavior at a Veteran’s Day celebration last fall made the staff want to do something special for Memorial Day as well.  The Beaver Dam Middle School is located at 108 Fourth Street, and the public is encouraged to enter the building through the front doors on Fourth Street.


Nation of Patriots Tour Launches Today


5/23/15 - The Nation of Patriot’s ride launches its 48-state tour this morning in Madison and a contingent from Beaver Dam is once again headed to the send-off. The motorcycle ride was started six years ago by a Waukesha-native with the goal of providing financial support to the families of wounded servicemen and women. As part of the ride, one flag is taken to each state in the lower 48. There are 100 ceremonial flag handoffs throughout the country, and each leg has a flag-bearer who fly’s the flag on the back of their bike. The ride has ended in Beaver Dam for the past several years at Hogz and Honeez. Each stop in the continental US is an opportunity to fundraise and the goal this year is $200,000, twice the amount brought in last year. Organizer Wade Fletcher says the event has gained a lot of momentum and picked up quite a few more sponsors this year. He says it allows everyone to give something back to our veterans. A contingent of as many as 200 bikes will leave Beaver Dam at 9:30am this morning for an 11am kick-off ceremony and flag dedication at Harley Davidson of Madison. The Nation of Patriots ride concludes Labor Day weekend in Beaver Dam after logging 14-thousand miles in 100 days.


MPTC Budget Adoption Anticipated Next Month


5/23/15 - The Moraine Park Technical College District Board held a public hearing for the college’s budget for the next academic year this week. Carrie Kasubaski is the Director of Finance for MPTC. She says there are some revenue unknowns yet because of the state budget. But they anticipate that state aid will remain relatively stable for 2015-16. She says tuition will increase by two-percent to $128.40, which she says is still a great value compared to tuition for the UW system or private colleges. There will also be a slight increase in the tax levy by 1.3-percent, but property values will be going up about two-percent so tax payers in the district should see a slight decline in the technical college portion of their property tax. MPTC employees will also see a 1.62-percent increase in base salary. The board will be asked to approve the district budget next month, but the tax levy will not be set until October.


BDUSD Reduces Nearly All Projected Red Ink


5/23/15 - The Beaver Dam School District has all but eliminated a projected deficit of $1.4 million dollars for next year. The estimated shortfall is the result possible state aid reductions and an across-the-board increase in operating costs to pay for everything from computers to paper. Superintendent Steve Vessey says district officials put together a multi-pronged plan to balance the numbers. In recent months, the school board has approved reductions in staff by four-and-a-half full-time equivalent positions, saving $675-thousand. The reductions were the result of attrition and leaving vacant positions unfilled and no layoffs are anticipated. An increase in health and dental insurance premiums and deductibles next year will save another $685-thousand. In addition, another $275-thousand will be reduced from operational budgets districtwide. The final impact of proposed state aid cuts will not be known until at least after the two year budget is adopted next month, though the Joint Finance Committee has reversed some of the per-pupil aid reductions offered by the governor. 


Juneau Has New City Website


5/23/15 - The city of Juneau recently unveiled a new website. Clerk-Treasurer Gladys McKay says the old website dated back to the 90s. McKay says the new website brings with it a number of new features, including a municipal and events calendar, meeting agendas and minutes and the cable television schedule. The city’s Community Development Authority is picking up the tab on the website, which was designed by the firm CivicPlus for $17-thousand-400-dollars. The new website is at the same URL as the old website,; you’ll find a link on our website


Economist Refutes Rosy Jobless Numbers


5/23/15 - A private economist says the latest drop in Wisconsin's unemployment rate is not necessarily something to celebrate.  The seasonally-adjusted rate of four-point-four-percent for April is down two-tenths of a point from March -- and it's a full point below the national unemployment rate of five-point-four percent. Republican Scott Walker's office says it's proof that the governor's economic policies are working.  However, Milwaukee economist Brian Jacobsen said the main reason for the drop was that the labor force shrunk from March-to-April. Jacobsen, of Wells Fargo Funds Management, said a number of unemployed people gave up looking for work, or went back to school.  In any event, he tells the Journal Sentinel those people are no longer counted in the labor force -- thus causing the percentage of employed people in the labor force to artificially rise.


Milwaukee Man Pronounced Dead Not Dead Yet


5/23/15 - A 46-year-old Milwaukee man was about to be hauled to the morgue when he suddenly showed signs of life.  According to the county medical examiner's office, Thomas Sancomb collapsed in his apartment on Tuesday.  He was pronounced dead, but he soon began moving his limbs as he was being taken to the morgue.  A medical examiner's staff member and paramedics did not try to resuscitate Sancomb because he appeared pale and cold.  They notified his family that he was dead.  But as his body was about to be removed from the apartment, he started moving his arms and legs.  Paramedics rushed back to the scene, and took him to a hospital.  There was no immediate word on Sancomb's condition.


Holiday Travel Projections Higher Than Last Year


5/23/15 –Wisconsin highways are busier than last year for the Memorial Day weekend.  The state's Triple-"A" expects 781-thousand Badger State residents to travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday.  That's four-point-nine percent more than a year ago. Cheaper gas prices and an improved economy are cited for the increase in travel during the unofficial kickoff to summer.  Wisconsin gas prices are 90-cents less than a year ago on this day.  Highways were busy yesterday and the state D-O-T said the next peak in traffic will be from noon-to-8 p-m on Monday. Construction work stopped at noon yesterday, and will not resume until Tuesday morning. Still, the D-O-T said many construction zones would not be easy to navigate through -- and drivers need to stay sober and wear their seat-belts.  Eleven people were killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes in Wisconsin last year, three more than the average for the past five years.  The major construction zones are at Milwaukee's Zoo freeway interchange -- I-794 at Milwaukee's downtown Marquette Interchange -- I-94 at Highway 20 in Racine County -- Interstate-41 in Outagamie and Brown counties -- I-43 in Green Bay -- I-90 north of La Crosse -- Highway 12 near Lake Geneva -- Highway 51 just north of Wausau -- Highway 54 near Plover -- the Bong Bridge between Superior and Duluth -- and the Madison Beltline at Verona Road.


Garbage Pick-Up Delayed Because of Holiday


5/23/15 - Waste pick-up in Beaver Dam will be delayed next week because of the Memorial Day holiday.  Waste collections in Beaver Dam by Advanced Disposal will be one day later than usual starting on Tuesday.  Monday’s scheduled route will be collected Tuesday and the pattern continues through Friday which is collected on Saturday. In addition, the Public Works Garage is closed on Monday.



Yesterday's Headlines
- Watermark Bids More Favorable Than First Thought

- Changes Likely To Beaver Dam's Service Animal Ordinance
- Columbus Schools Suspending Agri-Business Courses Next Year

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