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Top Stories March 1, 2015

Right To Work Public Hearing Tomorrow
3/1/15 - Another public hearing is set for tomorrow (Mon) on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill.  The Senate passed it by two votes last Wednesday, and the Assembly's labor committee will be the next to take testimony.  Panel chairman Andre Jacque, a Republican from De Pere, said the hearing could last around ten hours -- but it could go longer, as long as it doesn't turn into what he called a "filibuster."  Minority Democrats said the hearing should last for as long as it takes to get everybody heard.  A number of people had registered to speak, but could not do so when a Senate panel abruptly ended its hearing on Tuesday night.  Jacque told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he would consider a request by Democrats to delay the start of the right-to-work law by 90 days after the governor signs it.  Senate Democrats failed to get that through the upper house, and Jacque says he wants to hear the rationale for it.  The measure would prohibit employers from requiring workers to join unions or pay union dues.  Any existing contracts would remain in force until they expire -- and Democrats say the delay would give unions and companies a chance to extend their labor deals if they wish to do so. 
Beaver Dam Earth Day Celebration Expanded
3/1/15 - Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. will be hosting its Second Annual Earth Day Celebration next month.  The event’s committee is currently planning earth friendly education, community cleanup efforts, and environmental presentations that will be part of the festivities.  Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. Member Karla Jensen says that the goal of the celebration is to get people thinking more about caring for the environment.  She notes that due to the popularity of last year’s one day event, this year’s has expanded over the course of a week.  Jensen says that local organizations, schools, clubs, churches, and businesses can contact Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. leadership to host a booth at the event for a cost of $25. This year’s celebration will run from April 20 through April 25 with the downtown outdoor market being held from 10 am to 2 pm on the 25th.
Events Added to Show Honoring Famous Local Musician
3/1/15 - This year’s Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee will once again be in held in the City of Fox Lake this spring.  The three day event draws large crowds to the Dodge County area as they seek to honor the famous trumpet player.  Event Organizer Julie Flemming says that the event benefits the surrounding area as it attracts business and tourism from throughout the country.  A number of events will take place throughout the weekend including various musical performances, a cemetery service at Berigan’s grave, and a display of a violin that was made by the trumpeter’s grandfather.  A 1 � hour program put on by the Steve Lilley led St. Louis Stompers will look back at Berigan’s life and serve as a tribute to the musician.  The three day event runs from Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17.  The Fox Lake American Legion Chapter will host Friday’s events while the rest of the weekend’s festivities will take place at the city’s community center.  The celebration is broken down into four sessions with admission costing $30 for a single session or $102 for the entire weekend.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 920-928-6094. 
Mayville Salt Supply Strong, Plows Used Less
3/1/15 - The City of Mayville has seen fewer incidents in which crews needed to hit the streets to clear snow and ice than it had a year a
go at this time.  Based on statistics provided at this week’s committee meetings, street crews had been out a total of 22 times.  Nine of those instances were strictly for salting while the other thirteen required both salting and plowing.  The total of 22 instances of tending to the streets is 12 less than 2014’s season-to-date number.  The city’s Department of Public Works cites a quieter December this season, as compared to what was a harsh final month of the 2013 calendar.  Also, the city received a salt shipment this week that increased its shed inventory to roughly 350 tons.  Mayville had received 1,149 of its 1,600 tons of salt ordered while the remaining ordered supplies must all be taken in by the end of April. 
Pipe Replacement Could Cost Mayville $1.7 Million
3/1/15 - The City of Mayville plans to undertake a project to replace one of its standpipes.  The completion of the effort would allow for the city to be able to receive bids on its composite water towers.  The project is estimated to cost roughly $1.7-million dollars, and the Utility Commission hopes to act on the results of the bidding at its next meeting so it can make a recommendation to the City Council by the time of its meeting later this month.  Mayville is also looking at partially replacing a fifteen year old computer operating system that has been malfunctioning and inconsistent in printing needed documents.  That project is estimated at $25-thousand dollars.
WI College Students Graduating on Time
3/1/15 - Wisconsin college students do better than most in completing their educations in four years.  A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse shows that 69-percent of Wisconsin students who enrolled in four-year public institutions did not need longer than that to get their diplomas.  That's six-percent more than the national average.  A dozen states had four-year completion rates of 70-percent or higher -- and Wisconsin just missed being in that group.  The report kept track of students who enrolled in two-and-four-year colleges in the fall of 2008, and what they were doing six years later.  About 19-percent of Wisconsin students dropped out before they could graduate -- four-percent fewer than the national norm.  Twelve-percent of Badger State students were in college for the entire six years of the study, compared to 14-percent nationally. Of those who completed their degrees in four years, 16-percent of Wisconsin students transferred to other schools at some point.
Concert to Benefit Local Medical Needs Families
3/1/15 -  The First Reformed Church in Waupun will be hosting The Annual Choirs Who Care Benefit Concert next weekend.  Ten church choirs from the Waupun and Brandon area will participate in the concert which will culminate with a mass choir performance.  While admission to the show is free, a freewill offering will be collected to benefit families with medical needs.  The concert will start at 2 pm next Sunday, March 8.
Hummingbird Session to be Held in Dodge County
3/1/15 - The Dodge County Association for Home and Community Education will be holding an upcoming learning session.  “The Magic of Hummingbirds” will teach those in attendance how to create a backyard area ideal for the ruby-throated hummingbird through the use of annual and perennial plants, shrubs, trees, and hummingbird feeders.  The event will begin at 6pm on Wednesday, March 18, and registration for the free event is required by March 4.
Local Library to Hold Bereavement Sessions
3/1/15 - The Mayville Public Library will be hosting a six-week bereavement session.  Participants will be given the opportunity to express their sadness to others who have gone through similar situations and will learn ways on how to manage that grief.  Each session will run from 6 pm to 7:45 pm and will be held for the next six Tuesdays.  Registration is required and can be completed online at the Agnesian Healthcare’s website. 
Dodge County Seeking New Citizen Scientists
3/1/15 - The Dodge County UW-Extension is seeking participants for its Wisconsin First Detector Network.  The program was established last year in an effort to train citizen scientists to help prevent the negative impact that invasive species have on the state of Wisconsin.  Those who participate in the program should have a passion for protecting the state from these species, be willing to volunteer 24 hours of service towards invasive species monitoring or education, and pay $30 to register for access to training videos and webinars.  The five biweekly webinars begin on March 13 and run from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.  Registration is open through March 26 and can be done so by visiting the UW-Extension’s website.

Youth Kickboxing Class Begins this Month
3/1/15 - The Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Department is partnering with Martial Arts America to offer a kickboxing class.  Four sessions, which are open to those ages 13 to 17, will be held on a pair of Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 24 to April 2.  Classes will be held at Martial Arts America’s Beaver Dam location.  Cost of the class is $20.25 per resident and $30.25 for a non-resident.  A ten dollar late fee also applies if applications are not received at least three business days before the first class is held.  Registration can be completed by visiting the City of Beaver Dam’s website. 
BDCH Selling Hospital Outfits
3/1/15 - The Beaver Dam Community Hospital will be holding a scrub sale later this week.  The Partners of BDCH are hosting the event which will also include the sale of shoes, sheets, and comforters.  All proceeds go towards the Partners various projects.  The event will be held in the hospital’s conference center this Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Program to Help Farmers Attain Applicator’s License
3/1/15 - The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection will be offering programs to help Dodge County farmers obtain their General Farming Private Applicator’s License.  The program is recommended by the UW-Extension to any farmer whose pesticide applicators certification has expired or is seeking to obtain a license for the first time.  To earn the license, one can either enroll in one of three training sessions or complete a self-study program.  The sessions will be held this Wednesday, February 4 and again on March 6 at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau and on February 18 at the Watertown Senior Citizen Center.  Each program runs from 9 am until 3:30 pm and concludes with an examination.  50-percent is the minimum passing score for a person who takes one of the classes while anyone in the self-study program must obtain a score of at least 70-percent.  The fee is $40 for either of the sessions held in Juneau and $30 for the Watertown class or self-study program.  Registration and fee payment must be done in person at least one day prior to the training date at the UW-Extension Office located at 127 East Oak Street in Juneau.  Phone and mail registrations are not being accepted.  More information can be found on the Dodge County UW-Extension Office’s website. 


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