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Top Stories August 30, 2014

Nation Of Patriots Ride Ends In Beaver Dam


8/30/14 - Officials in Beaver Dam are excited that the Nation of Patriots riders end their 100-day journey in Beaver Dam Saturday. The flag that left Wisconsin in late May and traveled through 48 Continental United State has raised over $80-thousand dollars for a variety of programs, services and causes that benefit veterans. The Nation of Patriots motorcycle ride should arrive in Beaver Dam around 11am today for a parade through downtown to Hogz and Honeez with a ceremony to follow. Governor Walker is expected to be on hand and make remarks at the closing ceremony. Over 500 riders are expected to escort the flag on the final leg of The Patriot Tour. Attendees are reminded that they can park at the Fair Grounds and ride shuttle buses to Hogz and Honeez. The buses begin service at 10:30am and will run throughout the day as needed. There is no charge to ride the bus.


Dodge County Sheriff’s Department Asks For Public’s Help


8/30/14 - The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department is still asking for the public’s help regarding two occurrences that happened earlier this week. On Tuesday a Watertown man was legally riding his bicycle near the Town of Shields and was struck by a westbound motor vehicle. The striking vehicle did not stop and the bicycle rider suffered significant, but non-life threatening injuries. Sheriff Pat Ninmann says anyone with information regarding the hit and run accident should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Ninmann says they are still looking for some leads. The Sheriff’s Department is looking for a vehicle that should have some damage on the passenger side. Ninmann says at least one other vehicle was in the area at the time of the crash and she encourages any witnesses to provide information. Also, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Oshkosh Police in investigating the homicide of a 43-year-old Town of Fox Lake man. Police say the “person of interest” Michael Soeller was last seen with is a woman he met online who has ties to Oshkosh. Soeller died sometime last week. His landlord discovered his body last Sunday. Further investigation revealed that she is a 37-year-old mother of four children. Sheriff Pat Ninmann says anyone with information should contact the Oshkosh Police Department of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. Ninmann says this investigation is still very active and they are following up on a couple leads they have received from the community.  Both instances remain under investigation. Oshkosh Police Department can be contacted at (920) 236-5700 and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department can be contacted at (920) 386-3726.


Labor Day Weekend Travel Update


8/30/14 - The last of Wisconsin's summer holiday weekends is underway.  The Triple-"A" says almost three-quarter million state residents are hitting the road for Labor Day -- and that doesn't count the out-of-state visitors coming in.  The state D-O-T says the heaviest traffic will be from noon-to-8 Monday when people are headed back home.  Rain is in the statewide forecast for most of the weekend. Gas is almost 14-cents cheaper than a year ago.  The Triple-"A" said the statewide average was 3.43-a-gallon today for regular unleaded.  It’s above the state average at $3.45 today in Beaver Dam and below the average in Columbus at $3.38.


Construction On Hold During Labor Day Weekend


To keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible, most major highway construction work will be put on hold for the three-day Labor Day weekend. But there are still plenty of orange barrels, work zones, lane restrictions and possible traffic delays that will require drivers’ full attention. Ten people were killed in Wisconsin highway crashes last Labor Day Weekend.  The State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign – enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists. The best advice for motorists: Plan ahead, be patient, and buckle up.


Wisconsin Civil War Hero Receives Highest Military Honor


After decades of trying, descendants of a Wisconsin Civil War hero have finally convinced the president to give him the nation's highest military honor.  The White House said earlier this week that President Obama approved the Medal-of-Honor for Army Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing of Delafield.  He died while standing his ground against Pickett's Charge in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.  He was 22.  The president will present the award to families of Cushing and two other soldiers in a September 15th ceremony.  Descendants and Civil War buffs lobbied for over 30 years to award Cushing the Medal-of-Honor, even though it must normally be presented within three years of an act of heroism.  Wisconsin lawmakers previously failed to get Congress to approve an exception to the policy.  Former Senate Democrat James Webb of Virginia once removed it by saying it could lead to an endless series of claims -- and as he put it, "The better wisdom would be for Congress to leave history alone."  After being wounded at Gettysburg, Cushing still managed to defend a Union post to try and keep it away from Confederate forces.  He fell into the arms of one of his subordinates, First Sergeant Fredrick Fuger -- who received the Medal of Honor in 1897.


Governor’s Race In Dead Heat


8/30/14 - Wisconsin's best-known independent poll still has the governor's race in a dead heat, less than ten weeks before voters make their choice.  The latest Marquette Law School poll released shows Republican incumbent Scott Walker leading Democrat Mary Burke among registered voters, 47-and-a-half to 44-percent.  Both are within the margins-of-error -- the same as in the last two Marquette polls in May and July.  Among likely voters, Burke continues to lead 48-point-six-percent to 47-and-a-half -- but with only 68 days until Election Day, more than a-third of those polled still don't know enough about Burke to form an opinion about her.  There's still a gender split among registered voters.  Men favor Walker by 15 percentage points, while women back the former Trek Bicycle executive by seven.  The Marquette poll surveyed 815 registered voters from last Thursday through Sunday, with an error margin of three-and-a-half percent either way.  For likely voters, the error margin is four-point-one percent plus-or-minus.


State Law Allows Increase Of Fall Harvest Weight Limits


The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is reminding farmers that fall harvest weight limits take effect from September 1, through December 31. Farm Bureau’s Executive Director of Governmental Relations Paul Zimmerman says with the fall harvest just around the corner, farmers should note that state law allows an increase in normal weight limits for trucks hauling crops from the field to their first point of storage. He says the state’s new Implements of Husbandry (IOH) law allows farm machinery to have a 15 percent increase in weight year-round, but the IOH law does not apply to trucks. An overweight truck permit is not required for the transportation of corn, soybeans, potatoes, vegetables or cranberries from the field to initial storage, or from the field to the initial processing point. Zimmerman notes that under the law, those trucks with a typical gross weight of between 50,000 and 80,000 pounds are allowed to increase their weights by 15 percent for harvest activities. He says normally a semi-trailer loaded with corn cannot exceed 80-thousand pounds. With the exemption that goes into effect on September 1, that same semi-trailer could be loaded to 92-thousand pounds. Zimmerman says farmers should check with local law enforcement officials to make sure there are not special restrictions on roads and bridges they may be using. This exception does not apply on Class “B” highways, posted bridges, or highways designated as part of the national system of interstate highways.


Manufacturing Economy On The Rise


The manufacturing economy continues to grow in southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois -- but not as fast as in July.  An index that keeps track of factory growth was at 59-point-six for August, down 63-point-nine in July.  Anything above 50 indicates positive growth, while anything below 50 shows a decline.  Marquette University and the Milwaukee chapter of the Institute for Supply Management put out the index.  It's based on surveys of industrial purchasing managers.  The index for new factory orders was almost 68 for August, down from 76 in July.  The manufacturing employment index was 60 for this month, up slightly from almost 57 the month before.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Officials Approve Release Of John Doe Documents
    - Sheriff's Department Asking For Public's Help
    - Nation Of Patriots End Journey In Beaver Dam

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