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Top Stories April 16, 2014

Newly-Elected Beaver Dam Alderpersons, Mayor Seated


4/16/14 - Two new alderpersons were among the eight elected officials sworn into office at last night’s Beaver Dam reorganizational meeting. Chris Olson ran unopposed for the seat vacated by Matt O’Brion. Olson has the distinct honor of serving on the same council as his mother Teresa Hiles-Olson. He was appointed to the Administrative Committee. Mary Morgan was also seated yesterday after beating out incumbent Rob Radig in the general election. Morgan will sit on the city’s Operations Committee. Mayor Tom Kennedy was also sworn into his third term as mayor.  This new term also means the term of mayor increased from two years to three. Alderman Jon Litscher was again unanimously re-elected Common Council President. Kennedy reminded Litscher that the role of council president commands the responsibility of filling the leadership post in the absence of the mayor to which Litscher immediately quipped (quote) “I pray for your good health every night sir.”


Dodge County Board Holds Organizational Meeting


4/16/14 - The Dodge County Board elected new officers and voted on committee assignments at their reorganizational meeting Tuesday morning. The full county board is tasked with voting supervisors onto select committees, including the Highway Committee, UW Extension Committee and the board’s own Executive Committee. An effort to eliminate the supervisor’s individual votes and have the board chairman appoint all the committee assignment’s pending board approval was overwhelmingly defeated. County Board Chairman Russ Kottke of Trenton was unanimously re-elected to the position by his peers. Dona Maly of Beaver Dam was elected first vice chair. Mary Ann Miller of Beaver Dam was elected second-vice chair. The three will comprise the Executive Committee along with Joseph Marsik of Columbus, David Frohling of Watertown, Harold Johnson of Brownsville and Jeff Berres of Watertown. The Highway Committee consists of Berres, Johnson, Chet Caine of Lowell and Randy Grebel of Beaver Dam along with new committee member Bill Muche of Mayville.


Phone Scam Con Artists Claiming To Be BDPD Cops


4/16/14 - A new telephone scam making the rounds in the Beaver Dam area has con artists posing as a police detective. Beaver Dam Police Public Informational Officer Ryan Klavekoske says authorities received word yesterday that a person is representing themselves as a local cop in soliciting funds for the police union. Klavekoske says the Beaver Dam Professional Police Association has never solicited funds by phone and is not currently doing so. The call appears to be an isolated incident but Klavekoske says anyone who receives or has received a similar call should contact law enforcement.


GAB Authorized John Doe Probe


4/16/14 - New court filings show that the state Government Accountability Board authorized the John Doe probe into Republican campaign activity in Wisconsin's recall elections.  Board investigator Dean Nickel filed a brief yesterday in support of the effort by prosecutors to keep the investigation going.  One of the targets -- the Wisconsin Club for Growth -- is trying to snuff out the secret probe, saying it violates the group's constitutional rights to free speech and equal protections.  Last week, Milwaukee Federal Judge Rudolph Randa refused to drop the group's lawsuit.  Prosecutors have asked the federal appeals court in Chicago to review Randa's decision.  Nickel's brief was among several filed in a bid to keep the secret John Doe probe going.  He said the accountability board's 5-nothing approval -- as well as substantial evidence gathered so far -- refutes a quote, "witch-hunt theory" by the Club for Growth.  The John Doe is looking into alleged illegal coordination between candidates and outside groups in the state's recall contests in 2011-and-12.  Governor Scott Walker's camp is among those reportedly being investigated.


Winter Utility Moratorium Ends


4/16/14 - Thousands of Wisconsinites could lose their power starting today, if they haven’t started paying on their past-due electric bills.  The state's annual winter moratorium on utility shut-offs ended at midnight.  We Energies, which serves southern and eastern Dodge County, has around six-thousand customers who risk being cut off.  The utility has been working to reach those people for about a month, to encourage them to work out payment plans which could spare them from being shut off.  We Energies' spokesman Brian Manthey said number of people facing disconnections is about the same as a year ago -- but they owe 10-to-15 percent more money.  That's no surprise, considering how long and cold this winter has been.  State officials say they've provided home heating assistance to just under 200-thousand households this past winter.  That's about five-thousand more than a year ago.  Low-income residents can still get help.  More information is available by calling the following toll-free number -- 866-HEAT-WIS.


Beaver Dam Memorial Day Parade Theme Announced


4/16/14 - The theme of the 2014 Beaver Dam Memorial Day Parade has been announced. Lois Levenhagen with the Parade Committee says the theme this year is “Patriotism, Then and Now.” Levenhagen says the theme was chosen to honor veterans past and present, who have served or are serving to preserve our country’s freedom. The parade will be held on Monday May 26 and will start at Front and Center Street and continue on Highway 33 to the Veterans Memorial at Oakwood Cemetery.  The committee is asking service organizations, bands, schools, scouts, 4-H clubs, churches, and others to enter a float or marching group in the parade. Any veteran or current service men and women, Badger Honor Flight attendees and Gold Star Families are also invited to participate. Transportation will be provided for those who need it.

Lois Levenhagen – 920 887- 0642 or Ron Hron 887-2077


Sensient Flavors Earnings Drop


4/16/14 - Sensient Flavors experienced a profit loss in its first quarter of the year. Sensient – which has a plant in Juneau – is a global supplier of colors, flavors and fragrances used in food and beverages. The Milwaukee-based company says it has been restructuring operations. The company also is under pressure to perform from FrontFour Capital Group LLC, a hedge fund, which is seeking four board seats and influence on the company's strategic direction.  In the first quarter ending March 31, net earnings dropped by $2.1 million, for a loss of 4 cents per share. That is after a net profit of $21.4 million, or 43 cents, during the same period one year ago.


16 Inches Predicted In Northern Wisconsin


4/16/14 - Folks in far northern Wisconsin are bracing for up to 16 inches of snow in a late winter storm that's just getting started this morning.  The National Weather Service has issued warnings and watches that stretch until 10 a-m tomorrow.  The most snow could fall along a line from Ashland to Minong.  All of northern Wisconsin can expect winds gusting to 30-to-40 miles an hour once the storm gets rolling.  Places as far south as Hudson, Menomonie, and Wausau can expect snow accumulations of around 2-to-5 inches.  It's supposed to rain first in many of those spots.  The Weather Service blames the new snow on a low-pressure system that's moving across the northern Mississippi Valley today.  The system will go through Wisconsin tonight before heading east.  South central Wisconsin can expect rain showers today, continuing into tonight.  Highs are projected to be in the 30's statewide.  At least some of the new snow will melt tomorrow, when the mercury gets into the 40's statewide.  Fifty-plus temperatures are forecast in many areas for the weekend.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Petri Makes It Officials, Fitzgerald Not Running
    - We Energies Natural Gas Prices Skyrocket
    - Reeseville Man Charged With Child Porn Possession

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