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Top Stories July 31, 2014

Clothes For Kids Holds Open House


7/31/12 - Clothes for Kids opened its doors Wednesday for their open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. Founder Carrie Walsh says it is a dream come true to see how far the company has come. She says her dream years ago was that there could be a Clothes For Kids in every county in Wisconsin, because there is such a need for families but she is happy to see how far they have come. The non-profit was told last August that – after 18-years – they had to clear out of the basement of The Roger’s in downtown Beaver Dam by the end of March. Their new location is at 1019 South Spring Street in space that is leased by Apache Stainless. Carrie’s daughter, Jodi Slowiak now runs Clothes For Kids and she says without the communities help, they wouldn’t be able to provide to those in need. She says they are fortunate to have a new bright and cheery facility. Slowiak says the new building is more open and more convenient for those who use and volunteer with the program. In addition to providing clothes, shoes, hygiene products and school supplies to low-income families in the Dodge County area, in recent years Clothes For Kids expanded to include an Easter Basket Program and Warm Winter Wear Program.  The programs serve over 1800 children each year.  The new building will open to the public on August 5.


John Doe Probe Investigation


7/31/14 - A federal appeals court will hear arguments September ninth on a request to continue the John Doe probe into Wisconsin's recall elections.  State prosecutors will tell a three-judge panel why it should throw out Federal Judge Rudolph Randa's order to halt the investigation.  Randa cut off the probe in May, saying it violated the free speech rights of one of the targets -- the Wisconsin Club for Growth.  The investigation was looking into allegations that Governor Scott Walker and other G-O-P senators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, were illegally coordinating their recall campaigns with outside conservative groups.  Walker has denied the allegations.  Also, the federal court panel will hear arguments on a request by five media groups to make all the records in the John Doe probe public.  Some of them have already come out. 


Three Major Rulings By Supreme Court


7/31/14 - Voters, public employees, and same-sex couples will all be affected by three major rulings due out Thursday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  The justices will announce long-awaited legal opinions on three of the state's most controversial laws from recent years -- the photo I-D requirement for voting, the domestic partner registry, and the Act-10 public union bargaining limits.  Madison attorney Lester Pines says he cannot remember a single day with so many momentous rulings -- and he's been around for over three decades.  Former State Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske says it's a sign that the court remains divided.  She says there's more "back-and-forth" in those complex cases.  The justices will decide whether Act-10 -- which was passed amid heavy protests three years ago -- applies to public school and local government employees.  The law allows negotiations only for pay raises at or below inflation, with tighter requirements for union certifications and no obligation by non-union members to help cover union dues.  No matter what happens today, state employees will remain under Act-10.  The voter I-D law has already been struck down by a federal court.  Thursday, the state justices will rule on two cases in which circuit judges struck down the I-D requirement, saying it disenfranchises certain voters.  The domestic partner registry gives same-sex couples about 40-percent of the legal benefits of married couples.  Family advocates say it violates the 2006 ban on gay marriage -- the future of which is now in the federal courts.


School District Seeks Nominations


7/31/14 - The Beaver Dam School District continues to seek nominations for their 2014 Wall of Fame Awards.  Honors will be given in two categories: Friends of Education and Outstanding Alumni.  Friends of Education are individuals or organizations who have given distinguished service to the district and its students. Outstanding Alumni are graduates of the High School recognized for their exceptional accomplishments, outstanding leadership, historical significance and prominence on the local, state, national or international stage. Last year’s Outstanding Alumni was Eric Stanley Kalkhurst. The 1919 graduate appeared on Broadway and in film, and also taught acting to Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart. The first recipient was film star Fred MacMurray. Nomination packets are available at the Educational Service Center and on the district website at Nomination deadline is September 12. The district will honor the 2014 Wall of Fame recipients at their 18th Annual Wall of Fame Banquet in November. Award plaques will be permanently displayed at the high school.


Man Surrenders To SWAT Team


7/31/14 - An armed domestic dispute in the 200 block of 17th Street in Fond du Lac ended peacefully Wednesday morning when a 37-year-old Fond du Lac man surrendered to the police SWAT team. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says a 28-year-old Fond du Lac woman met with police at the Walgreen’s Store at Johnson and Main and said she’d gotten into an argument with her husband that turned dangerous. He pulled a handgun and held it to her head, keeping her there for a period of time. She was eventually able to leave the residence, but had to leave two young children behind at their home. Klein says when they found that out they called in their SWAT team. The SWAT team negotiated with the man and eventually got him to surrender. Klein says the children were not harmed. He says ensuring the safety of the children was their first priority. The man is facing a number of felony charges.



Stock Murder Case Reporter To Speak In Juneau


7/31/14 - The author and reporter who followed the 2006 Stock murder case will be speaking in Juneau this evening to promote his new book “Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland.” John Ferak spent roughly four years on the case. The book covers the double murder that led to life-prison terms for two Horicon youths. Gregory Fester II, then 20-years-old, and Jessica May Reid, then 18-years-old, were sentenced in the April 2006 shooting deaths of Wayne and Sharmon Stock in Murdock, Nebraska. He says the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department played a major role in solving the case and the book goes way beyond what was originally known. Ferak will be at the Juneau Public Library Thursday at 6pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Dodge County Acquires New Vehicle


7/31/14 - The Dodge County Emergency Response Team (DCERT) recently acquired a new vehicle for traffic incident management response.  The 2006 Ford F250 truck replaced a 1984 Ford Truck. D-C-E-R-T is a volunteer organization that has provided traffic control services for community and emergency events since 1982. Sheriff Pat Ninmann says the Dodge County Emergency Response Team is a great resource for the sheriff’s office and local communities. She says the dedication of the men and women who serve on DCERT should be commended and their hard work is appreciated. The vehicle was purchased by the Dodge County Sheriff's Office with funds donated to DCERT.  The truck carries cones, barricades, and warning signs. 


School Board Sends Letter To Governor


7/31/14 - The Columbus School Board is drafting a letter to Governor Scott Walker in response to his recent "Common Core" proposals. Governor Walker has suggested repealing the nationwide common core standards for schools and convening a board to draft Wisconsin standards. The Common Core Standards were adopted in 2010 and Columbus Schools' staff have spent the past three years adjusting classes toward meeting those standards. Superintendent Bryan Davis says the Governor's suggestion to repeal the core standards would be a waste of tax-payers dollars.  So far, only Alaska and Texas have drafted their own state standards. Board member Peter Fogarty and Davis will be drafting a letter to Governor Walker for approval at the next School Board meeting.


Common Council Holds Listening Session


7/31/14 - The Columbus Common Council will be holding a listening session at the Public Library tonight. The Mayor and Council Members have invited Columbus residents to share their concerns during a two hour informal discussion between 6:00 and 8:00pm. This listening and discussion session is open to residents with questions about the City Hall Auditorium, highways 60 and 16 reconstruction, the future of Fireman's Park and the Pavilion, current commercial development and other City issues residents would like to bring forward.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Dodge County Sheriff Candidates Discuss Hot Topics
    - John Doe Investigation
    - Airport Receives Money For Upgrades

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