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Top Stories August 29, 2014

Officials Approve Release of John Doe Documents


8/29/14 - The federal appeals court in Chicago has approved the public release of more documents connected with the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections.  However, it was not known whether any of the documents included those put online for a few hours by mistake last Friday.  Before anything's released, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said lawyers for all affected parties must review them to make sure nothing gets out that's supposed to be sealed.  That includes documents that would reveal the identities of two undisclosed targets of the John Doe.  The probe was halted in May, pending an appeal from state prosecutors.  It looked into allegations that Governor Scott Walker worked with outside groups on a coordinated campaign for Walker and G-O-P senators, including Senator Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, in the recall contests in 2011-and-'12.  Last week's brief release showed that Walker asked donors to give to the Wisconsin Club for Growth.  The public didn't know until last week that Gogebic Taconite secretly gave 700-thousand dollars to the Club for Growth. Walker said he had nothing to do with that.


Sheriff’s Department Asking For Public’s Help


8/29/14 - The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help regarding a hit and run accident that occurred Tuesday in the Town of Shields. Deputies responded to a hit and run crash near W8089 County Highway Q around 9pm. According to the press release Thursday, a 35-year-old rural Watertown man was legally riding his bicycle and was struck by a westbound motor vehicle.  The striking vehicle did not stop and continued driving.  The bicycle rider suffered significant, but non-life threatening injuries and was treated at an area hospital.  The striking vehicle should have damage to a passenger side window, and may or may not have other passenger side damage.  At least one other vehicle was in the area at the time of the crash and may have witnessed the incident.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with information regarding this case contact our office at 920-386-3726 or Captain Trace Frost or 920-386-3738.  Persons providing information may remain anonymous. 


Nation Of Patriots End Journey In Beaver Dam


8/29/14 - The flag that left Wisconsin in late May and traveled through the Continental United States is circling back toward home. The Nation of Patriots riders will end their 100-day journey in Beaver Dam Saturday. Wade Fletcher with Hogz and Honeez Bar in Beaver Dam explains as part of the ride, one American flag is taken to every state in the lower 48 over the course of three months. Riders will gather at Hogz and Honeez at 7:30am for a 7:45 departure to Badger Harley-Davidson in Madison. There the final flag transfer and flag bearer’s oath ceremony will begin at 9am and at 10am the riders will leave Badger Harley-Davidson, arriving in Beaver Dam for an 11am parade through downtown. Nation of Patriots Founder Bill Sherer says the tribute honors men and women who have served for our country. The Nation of Patriots ride has raised nearly $80-thousand dollars and Sherer says every dollar goes into the fundraiser and back out to those who have served. The closing ceremony will include remarks by Sherer, Governor Walker and others.  The closing ceremony and celebrations will take place at the final destination at Hogz and Honeez Bar and Grill in Beaver Dam. Attendees are reminded that they can park at the Fair Grounds and ride shuttle buses to Hogz & Honeez. The buses begin service at 10:30 a.m. and will run throughout the day as needed. There is no charge to ride the bus.


Randolph Corn Carnival Takes Place On Labor Day


8/29/14 – The annual Labor Day event and Corn Carnival will take place in Randolph again this year. Chair of the Corn Carnival Committee Gary Vander Galien says there are a lot of activities adults and children can participate in. He says they are kicking the event off with the FFA Breakfast from 6:30am to 9:30am at the High School. The parade sponsored by the FFA will follow at 10am. Other events following the parade take place at Village Park in Randolph until 4pm. Vander Galien says they will have a magic show, car and bike show, live music, food booths, children's games and rides, bingo, and a petting zoo. Vander Galien says this is the 52nd year that Randolph has held this event and many people come for the free corn. He says last year they went through seven and a half ton of steamed sweet corn.


Football Program Numbers On The Rise

8/29/14 - Parents, athletes and coaches were on a mission to save one specific program at Horicon High School earlier this week. Due to low numbers, Activities Director Mike LeBouton was worried Horicon would not have a Varsity Football program this season. He says after intensive recruiting, things are looking up for the program. LeBouton says they ended up with a total of 27 athletes for the football program and he says they are ready to play Friday night. He says now they are capable of running both a Varsity and JV program. LeBouton says with a higher number of athletes they are able to keep the Friday night football tradition alive. He says there is a lot of school spirit around football and the loss of this program would’ve been detrimental to the school. LeBouton says after the season gets going the program will look at ways to improve and keep numbers consistent in the future. Horicon High School will play the Southern Wisconsin Home School Association at Carroll College at 7pm Friday night.


Preparations For Upcoming School Year


8/29/14 - The 2014-2015 school year is just around the corner and parents often wonder how they can prepare their children for the upcoming year. Superintendent Steve Vessey says one of the most important things is to set up a routine early in the year. He says it is vital that parents encourage their children to stay on schedule, because it helps them stay on task. Vessey says whether it is getting enough sleep, a substantial breakfast or setting a time for homework- routines help inside and outside of the classroom. Vessey says another important routine to get into is to read- whether it is a magazine, a book, or a journal; he says a reading routine can help with comprehension and technical writing, which is beneficial in the future. The school year starts on September 2nd.


Library Receives Grant For Training Program


8/29/14 - The Columbus Public Library has become one of ten libraries around the country that will undergo an eighteen month "Community Engagement" Training Program.  Through in-person training, coaching and webinars five library staff will learn new community engagement techniques. The library will receive the American Library Association $50 thousand dollar training program and an additional $8 thousand in cash to help grow a more collaborative spirit in the community. Library Director Cindy Fesemyer says the grant team was honored to be the only Wisconsin community to receive the grant. Other communities in the ALA "transforming communities" training grant program ranged from the 3.8 million people in the Los Angeles system to the 19 hundred folks who live in Red Hook, New York.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Fox Lake Homicide Investigation Continues
    - Waupun Women Enters Not Guilty Plea
    - Horicon Designates Public and Private Lands For Hunting

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