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Top Stories August 29, 2015

Beaver Dam Highway Open After Three Month Project

 

8/29/15 - Highway 33 through downtown Beaver Dam is open to traffic for the first time since Memorial Day. Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy, speaking at yesterday’s ribbon cutting for the Front Street reconstruction project, noted that it is part of a larger downtown revitalization effort that also includes a new police station and the Watermark Community and Senior Center. He says it will not happen overnight but the changes to date are historic. Ptaschinski Construction was the contractor on the $3.2 million dollar project that saw new concrete roadway, curb, gutters, sidewalks and street lighting on Front, Center and Spring streets. It was a state project with the city paying roughly $350-thousand and property owner assessments totaling around $60-thousand. A portion of North Spring Street will be closed for three more weeks as part of a municipal project the city did in conjunction with the state Highway 33 project.

 

Lomira, Campbellsport Respond To Fire At Dairy

 

8/29/15 - Fire departments from Lomira and Campbellsport responded to a fire at the Clover Hill Dairy in the Town of Ashford early Friday morning. Fond du Lac County Sheriff's officials say their communications center got a call about a shop building on fire at the dairy on Cloverland Drive at 3:45am. When deputies arrived it was determined a tractor and piece equipment next to the shop building and a gas pump were on fire. Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from compromising the building and gas pump. Three tractors and a couple pieces of equipment were destroyed in the fire. The fire is being investigated by the Lomira Fire Department and Sheriff's Office, but does not appear to be suspicious. Campbellsport Ambulance also responded to the scene.

 

Vehicle Sales Up In Region, Down In Dodge County

 

8/29/15 - Vehicle sales in Dodge County are slightly off the pace compared to last year by this time. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, car and light truck sales in Dodge County for the first seven months of this year are down 1.6-percent at just over 21-hundred, which is down 35. Around 75-percent of the vehicles sold in Dodge County so far this year have been trucks and truck sales are up 3-percent while car sales are down in Dodge County by 13-percent. Columbia County is up by 1.3-percent with just over 1500 vehicles out the door, which translates to 14 more than last year by this time. Jefferson County had just over 1600 sales to date this year, 65 more than through July of last year. Dane County sold 13-thousand-seven-hundred, which is about 200 vehicles ahead of the game. The nine-county south central Wisconsin region saw an overall ten percent drop in car sales but a nearly eleven percent increase in truck sales for a year-to-date increase of 2.25-percent.

 

Theresa Man Going To Jail For Embezzlement

 

8/29/15 - A Theresa man will spend 30 days in jail and five years on probation for embezzling from a gas station. In Dodge County court yesterday, Randal Mittelstadt pled guilty to a felony count of Theft in a Business Setting.  The 48-year-old stole $6300 from the cash register of the Ultimart gas station in Theresa between October and December of last year. Mittelstadt told investigators that he used the money to support a gambling habit.

 

Event Proceeds To Help Provide Scholarships For Local Grads

 

8/29/15 - Local students are in line to benefit from this weekend’s American Hero Music Festival.  Proceeds from the event help fund awards for Beaver Dam High School students.  The largest of those awards is the $1,500 American Hero Scholarship.  Exchange Club Member Kay Appenfeldt, whose organization is putting on the festival, says the award goes to a graduating senior who demonstrates academic excellence and is aspiring to a career in a service field such as police, fire, or EMS.  Interested students have to fill out an application that asks them for their definition of an American hero.  Appenfeldt says there is a different set of criteria for their other award.  The A.C.E. Award goes to a student who has overcome an emotional or social obstacle to remain in line to graduate.  That student is honored with a plaque, honorary dinner, and the opportunity to compete for that same award at the regional, state, and national levels.  This year’s American Hero Music Festival will be held tomorrow from 10 am to 10 pm at Beaver Dam’s Swan City Park.  95.3 WXRO will broadcast the festival live from 1 pm to 2 pm.

 

Mustskis To Participate In Record Breaking Attempts

 

8/29/15 - Water-ski show teams that normally compete against each other will unite today to try and set a new world record. The Beaverland Mustskis will be among the six teams from Wisconsin and Illinois that will gather on Lake Wazeecha, east of Wisconsin Rapids, to maintain six pyramids for more than 200 meters behind a single boat. All the pyramids would have to stay up for around 30 seconds to set a new Guinness World Record. About 80 water-skiers will try to accomplish the feat. In addition to Beaver Dam, the skiers are from Wisconsin Rapids, Waukesha, Muskego, Burlington and the Quad Cities.

 

Farming Community Watching Candidates’ Immigration Stances

 

8/29/15 - As the Republican candidates for president continue to spar over immigration reform, dairy farmers Wisconsin watch the issue closely. Immigrant labor makes up a huge part of the Wisconsin dairy workforce. A University of Wisconsin-Madison study in 2009 estimated 40 percent of dairy farm workers were immigrants. But farmers say to expand; they'd like to allow even more workers into the country. At a farm outside Watertown, immigrants are half the 20-person workforce. Nearly one-thousand cows are milked around the clock. Owner Lloyd Holterman says he follows the law when it comes to hiring, sending in the proper paperwork every time. He is notified if there are any issues. But Holterman said he'd still like to see candidates for president focusing on guest-worker programs rather than deportation.

 

Packers Introducing Metal Detectors At Lambeau Field Entrance

 

8/29/15 - For the first time, the Green Bay Packers will make some of their fans go through metal detectors tonight. The National Football League will join Major League Baseball in requiring walk-through metal detectors at all gates next year. The Packers will smooth out the bugs by having fans in the 600-and-700-level South End Zone seats go through the detectors this season, starting with tonight’s preseason home opener against Philadelphia. Fans at the ShopKo Gate will have to remove cell phones, tablets, and other large objects and put them in a tray next to the detectors, in clear sight of inspectors. Fans will not have to remove their belts or empty-out their change.

 

Legislature Considering Bill To Ban Tanning Under Age 18

 

8/29/15 - In a bill currently under consideration in the Legislature, children of all ages would be barred from using tanning beds in Wisconsin.  Indoor tanning is popular among high school students, especially in the days leading up to spring break and dances such as prom and homecoming. Wisconsin law already prohibits anyone under 16 from using tanning beds. Senator Fred Risser's proposal would extend that prohibition to all minors. The Madison Democrat, a former U-S Navy medic who spearheaded legislation creating a statewide smoking ban, said minors don't understand that tanning could lead to skin cancer later in life.

 

Geocaching Returns To Beaver Dam After Last Year’s Popularity

 

8/29/15 - A popular event from last summer returns today.  Beaver Dam will again be hosting an event called ‘Cache and Release.’  Kraig Kasten says pieces of paper are placed throughout the community, and folks are encouraged to go searching for the hidden items throughout the afternoon.  Kasten says the 162 participants last year greatly exceeded the thirty they were hoping to draw.  Registration ends at 12:30 pm at the YMCA.  The event will then go from 12:30 pm to 5 pm with prizes being awarded shortly after that at the Beaver Dam Country Club.  

 

Juneau Lions Hosting Fly-In At Dodge County Airport

 

8/29/15 - The Juneau Lions are hosting their annual Fly-In and Drive-In Breakfast tomorrow (Sun). It will be held at the Dodge County Airport on Highway 26 in Juneau from 8am until noon. On the menu: pancakes, sausage, eggs and coffee. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door or $4 for kids ages five to ten. In addition, airplane rides are available for $20 per person.


 

Yesterday's Headlines
- Administrators React to BDHS Ranking
- Dodge County Group Promoting Music
- Conservation Aid Grant Funding Available

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