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Top Stories May 24, 2017

Groundbreaking At Beaver Dam High School Today


5/24/17 - Ground will be broken this afternoon at the Beaver Dam High School where voters in November approved a referendum to fund an overhaul of the building. The ceremony will be held at 4pm in the circle drive outside the high school.


EMS Week: Emergency Responders Encourage Volunteers


5/24/17 - This week is National Emergency Medical Services Week and local officials are using the occasion to encourage more members of the public to become a volunteer first responder or EMT. Dodge County Emergence Management Director Amy Nehls says those who volunteer typically have full time jobs and families and volunteer part time. Nehls says that often they do not have a set schedule and if the pager goes off the must go in. She says that is what makes it difficult to find individuals willing to volunteer their time. Also, the position does not pay much – minimum wage during a response in some communities – but schooling and education are covered. Beaver Dam Fire Department Captain Paul Hartl says those interested must take the job seriously. He says EMT’s are helping people on their worst day and only the best should signup. Certain communities offer ride along experience for people to get a feel for the job as long as basic CPR and first aid requirements are met.


Horicon Approves Trail In Place Of Sidewalk


5/24/17 - City officials in Horicon last night approved the installation of a seven-foot asphalt path on Washington Street instead of a four-foot concrete sidewalk. Washington Street from Leroy Meats to Valley Street will undergo a $600-thousand-dollar reconstruction this summer with new roadway, curb gutters and sidewalk – at least on the north side of the street. Mayor Steve Neitzel endorsed the seven-foot path on the south side saying that it will be the first multi-use trail in the city. He also cited its proximity to River Bend Park and the healthy benefits of having a path that could be used for walking and biking. Opponents said because it is the first trail in Horicon, city code does not specify who is responsible for clearing snow and how assessments are handled. The resolution adopted last night specified that the path is to be maintained and assessed as if it were a city sidewalk with the abutting property owners responsible for a portion of the costs and upkeep. Reconstruction of Washington Street will begin in August after the $1.4-million-dollar reconstruction South Wind Trail which is underway right now.


Horicon Council Approves Permit To Remove Geese


5/24/17 - The days might be numbered for geese living in the “city on the marsh.” The Horicon City Council approved a permit last night to kill as many geese as needed this year within city limits.  The goal is to get the birds out of city parks. Urban Goose Management Team Chair Joseph Adamson says the city has done this each year since 1999 in an effort to keep aggressive and territorial geese away from residents. The Urban Goose Management Team will meet next month to determine how many geese, if any, need to be removed. There were 91 geese targeted for extermination in Horicon last year which is far less than the 285 taken in 2002 but above the 36 killed in 2015.  While this year’s cost was not given, exterminating the geese has cost the city between $1,500-$2,000 in previous years. Adamson says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would use fences to round up the geese.  The birds are then euthanized using an unspecified method and the meat is processed for food pantries. 


Waupun Inmate Makes Initial Appearance


5/24/17 - An inmate at Waupun Correctional accused of assaulting a prison guard made his initial appearance in court yesterday. Cedric Barefield is charged with one felony count of Battery By Prisoner as a Repeat Offender. Prosecutors say the 33-year-old – who is serving time for armed robbery – repeatedly punched the corrections officer in the head in March. The attack happened in the cafeteria after the guard told Barefield to sit down and stop moving toward the door. Barefield reportedly refused to comply with the directive and began swinging with a closed fist. If convicted, Barefield could have another ten years added to his sentence.


Nacho Cheese From Germantown Tied To Botulism


5/24/17 - A suburban Milwaukee food distributor says it's working with health officials to figure out what caused a botulism outbreak in northern California. Officials say nacho cheese dip from Gehl Foods of Germantown was found to have a botulism toxin. The dip was sold at a gas station, and officials say 37-year-old Martin Galindo Larios Junior of Antioch, California died and nine others were hospitalized from the outbreak in the Sacramento suburb of Walnut Grove. The dip and the container from which it was dispensed were removed May 5th. Health officials say there's no further risk to the public. Gehl Foods said it retested samples from the affected cheese lot, saying it was not contaminated. Also, the firm gave samples to an independent lab, and it came to the same conclusion.


UW Center For Public Leadership Named For Thompson


5/24/17 - A center on public leadership will be created at U-W Madison, named in honor of former Governor Tommy Thompson. Current Governor Scott Walker, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald announced the center on Tuesday -- the same day a Capitol symposium was held to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of Thompson's 14 years as governor, a state longevity record for that post. Vos says the center will have the best academic and government personnel work together to find long term solutions to state issues. While it's being billed as a bipartisan project, Vos says he hopes it can offset what he called the "liberal thinking" on campuses. The G-O-P leaders said they would try to get one-point-five-million tax dollars each year for the center -- and one third of that would pay for campus speakers.


Efforts Continue To Get UW Funding Package In Budget


5/24/17 - The state Legislature's finance committee might try again Thursday to put a U-W funding package into the next state budget. That process was held up Tuesday, due to disagreements about Governor Scott Walker's plan to cut tuition for Wisconsin residents by five percent starting in the fall of 2018. Committee co-chair John Nygren calls the cut a "nonstarter" in the Assembly, where Speaker Robin Vos says more financial aid should be given out instead. Senate chair Alberta Darling says there are differences of opinion in what she called a "diverse" chamber -- but on Tuesday night, she said she hoped to bring the U-W budget up for a vote Thursday. That budget also includes 42-million dollars in state aid that Walker wants to give to campuses that do the best in graduating students and getting them ready for jobs.


Drug Screenings Advance For Welfare To Work Recipients


5/24/17 - The state Legislature's finance panel has voted in favor of expanding drug screenings and tests for recipients in the "W" Two welfare to work program. On a 12-4 vote Tuesday with all Democrats voting no, the committee endorsed more methods to screen applicants and assure treatment if they need it. Of 19-hundred program participants screened, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says only 42 have been referred for testing with just nine recommended for treatment. The finance panel also rejected Governor Scott Walker's request for one-million dollars on ads to promote the so called "Success Sequence" for teens -- telling them they're more likely to succeed if they graduate from high school, work full time, and not get married or have babies until they're 21.


Registration Deadline Is Friday For Kids Fish ‘N Fun


5/24/17 - The registration deadline is fast approaching for a free community fishing event. Kids Fish ‘n Fun Day aims to teach local youth the joys of fishing in a non-competitive atmosphere. Bill Beottge with the Beaver Dam Lakes Improvement association says the biggest change in the fifteen years since the outing began is the number of kids involved. When it started in 2003 roughly 50 kids were involved, now the group caps the number at 200. In a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Boettge said they DNR will give a presentation and the kids will separate into five groups which will focus on knot tying, lures, artificial baits, and live baits. Advance registration will end on Friday. The Kids Fish ‘n Fun will take place at Edgewater Park on June 3 with check in beginning at around 8:30am. To register you can call 356-1200 or email the kid’s age, name, and a telephone contact to 


Yesterday's Headlines
- School Back In Session In Beaver Dam
- Pet Food Company Begins Expansion In Columbus
- Tourism Spending Up In Dodge County, State

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