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Top Stories September 1, 2014

Governor Scott Walker Takes Part In Nation Of Patriots Tour


9/1/14 - On Saturday, Governor Scott Walker delivered remarks at the closing ceremony of the Nation of Patriots Homecoming Tour in Beaver Dam.  The Patriot Tour is a 100 day journey and covers 48 states, taking place every year starting Memorial Day weekend and concluding Labor Day weekend.  Governor Scott Walker says this trip across the nation is in honor and remembrance of our past, present, and fallen American service members. He says fundraisers like these are not about republicans or democrats, but about the red, white and blue and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Nation of Patriots started five years ago in order to raise awareness and provide financial support for individuals who served in U.S. Armed Forces as well as their families.  This year, the flag that left Wisconsin in late May has raised over $80-thousand dollars. Founder of Nation of Patriots Bill Sherer says the all donations received are given directly to veterans.  He says this year the Nation of Patriots is providing funds to at least 20 states. In addition to providing financial support, The Nation of Patriots strives to raise awareness for the emotional, physical, and economic challenges that wounded veterans and their loved ones face. Sherer says planning for next year’s ride will start sometime this week.


Obama Makes Visit To Milwaukee


President Obama brings his worst approval ratings to Wisconsin in more than two years during today’s visit.  His appearance at Laborfest in Milwaukee is an official visit and not a campaign trip.  He won’t be joined by Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke.  The president’s Wisconsin approval ratings are still better than the marks he is given nationwide.  And, they are exactly the same at Republican incumbent Governor Scott Walker.  The figures show how polarized Wisconsin voters are.  Democrats give Obama an 89-percent approval rating, while a poll taken a week-and-a-half ago shows Republicans giving him a four-percent approval rating.


Governor’s Race Heats Up After Labor Day


Governor Scott Walker and opponent Mary Burke enter the final two months of a surprisingly tight campaign that will turn on how well each candidate can mobilize supporters to vote and win over fickle undecideds. Campaign season accelerates after Labor Day, and the gubernatorial race is already drawing national attention from media and third-party groups expected to dump millions of dollars on television ads before November 4. Walker has attempted to paint Burke as an out-of-touch liberal millionaire representing the fiscal shortcomings of the previous administration, for which she served as Commerce secretary for more than two years. But political observers say the attacks haven't worked as Walker has been bogged down by widespread unpopularity among Democrats, a lingering John Doe investigation and a stalled 2010 campaign pledge to create 250-thousand jobs by 2015. Meanwhile, Burke, a Madison School Board member and former Trek Bicycle executive making her first bid for statewide office, continues to build name recognition in the state, but lacks Walker's fundraising advantage and political polish. Last week's Marquette poll showed Burke up by two points among likely voters, which include the 75 percent of registered voters who say they're absolutely certain to vote on November 4. Walker leads by three-and-a-half points among all registered voters polled. Several political observers said that's an unusual reversal, given Republicans are expected to be more enthusiastic about voting during a midterm election.


Mayor Holds Listening Session


9/1/14 - Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is hosting another round of listening sessions Tuesday. Kennedy offers city residents a chance to sit down with him in a one-on-one setting, without an appointment, on the first and third Tuesday of every month, which is typically the day after each regular common council meeting. The listening sessions are on the first floor of City Hall, in Room 158 from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday. Kennedy says private meetings can also be arranged by appointment through the mayor’s office.



Randolph Holds Annual Corn Carnival


9/1/14 - The annual Labor Day event and Corn Carnival will take place in Randolph today. 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.


Labor Day Delays Waste Collection


A reminder that garbage pick-up in Beaver Dam will be delayed by one day all this week because of the Labor Day holiday. Advanced Disposal Services will collect Monday’s route Tuesday; Tuesday’s route will be collected on Wednesday and that will continue all week with Friday’s route collected on Saturday. September brush collection will also be delayed by one day all week long. In addition, the Department of Public Works Garage is closed today.


Fire Department Honors Former Fire Chief


The Reeseville Fire Department is holding a retirement party for a local Reeseville man. Former Fire Chief Don Beal started working at the Reeseville Fire Department back in 1957. Beal has held many positions within the department. He says he was a fireman for a few years, then an officer, a lieutenant, a captain, and in 1989 he became fire chief for 18 years. Beal stayed with the Reeseville Fire Department for 57 years. He says the main reason he stayed was to help those in need. He says he remembers finding a couple of lost children in a corn field and the mother was happy the fire department could help. The Reeseville Fire Department will be honoring Former Fire Chief Don Beal with a retirement party on September 6th in Reeseville. For more information you can contact the Reeseville Fire Department.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Nation of Patriots Ride Rain or Shine
    - Kids Return To More Crowded Classrooms
    - Voters Unsure About State Attorney Election

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