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Top Stories July 31, 2015

Fox Lake’s Boat House Restaurant Catches Fire


7/31/15 - One of Dodge County’s best known restaurants caught on fire earlier today.  Crews responded to The Boat House in Fox Lake at around 12:40 pm.  It took nearly an hour to put out the fire that started on the building’s front stairs.  Fox Lake Fire Chief Aaron Paul says the fire started when a patron who tried to put out a cigarette missed the container.  The cigarette butt went under the front porch and started the wood chips down there on fire.   Paul says the fire carried up the walls of the building and there ended up being smoke in the kitchen’s rafters.  The restaurant was evacuated and no injuries were reported.  Paul credits his crew’s quick response and the restaurant owner spraying the outside of the building with a garden hose for it not being a total loss.  Paul guesses the restaurant should be able to open back within the next couple days.  Mutual assistance was received from Beaver Dam, Markesan, and Waupun Fire Departments as well as Randolph Fire and EMS.

Fox Lake Teen Named Dodge County Fire Queen


7/31/15 - Dodge County has a new Fire Queen. Sienna-Nichole Jaeger of Fox Lake was crowned last night to represent the Dodge County Firefighters Association. Jaeger, a Waupun High School junior, competed by reading a poem that she had never seen before and answering a questions written by her peers. Eleven contestants competed at the contest which was part of the Dodge County Fire Associations Annual Tournament which continues through Sunday in Clyman. The public is invited for tonight’s fish fry with live DJ music. On Saturday, there will be a craft fair and championship softball game plus live music from Dexter Road. Sunday’s events include bingo and water barrel fights. Plus the public has the opportunity to see 2015 Dodge County Fire Queen Sienna-Nichole Jaeger in the parade on Sunday at 10am. There are 27 departments that are part of the Dodge County Firefighters Association and this is the first time in 50 years that their annual event is being held in Clyman.


BDUSD Seeks Laptop For Every Student


7/31/15 - The Beaver Dam School District is planning to get a computer laptop or tablet in the hands of every student. It is part of the district’s new strategic plan, which lays out objectives and plots out a roadmap to achieve the goals in a variety of areas. Superintendent Steve Vessey says technology in the classroom is vital to a student’s success. The school board is expected to adopt the strategic plan at its August meeting.


Replacement Sought For Columbus Seat


7/31/15 - With the resignation of Columbus District One Alderman Aaron Adams, the search for his replacement is underway. The process of accepting new applicants for appointment to the post has begun. Columbus Mayor Kelly Crombie says that letters of interest for the position will be accepted until the second city council meeting on August 18th. District One applicants can contact City Clerk Anne Donahue for information on the open position.


Big Youth Baseball Tourney In Beaver Dam This Weekend


7/31/15 - There is a big youth baseball tournament in Beaver Dam this weekend. Beaver Dam Youth Baseball Softball is hosting the Schmidt Tourney at the city Athletic Field. Beaver Dam Coach Kenny Schmidt says the U9 boys division is drawing teams from Appleton and Janesville and far away as Minnesota and Illinois. Schmidt notes that the tournament has a huge economic impact on Beaver Dam, filling hotels, restaurants and gas stations. Tournament play continues through Sunday at Beaver Dam’s Athletic Field.


USDA Prepping For Avian Flu


7/31/15 - The U-S-D-A vows to be ready for a return of the avian flu in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest this fall. Deputy Administrator John Clifford tells the House Agriculture Sub-committee his agency has met with state and poultry industry leaders to plan for new outbreaks. Clifford says there are several keys -- including what he calls a "shared responsibility" for bio-security. He says farmers need to wash equipment, limit the individuals on their properties, and limit contact with wild birds. Once an avian flu case strikes, Clifford says it's critical to eradicate the rest of a farm's poultry as fast as possible. In his words, "The longer we take to depopulate sick birds, the more virus they produce." The agency is also undecided on using an H-5 vaccine that's been stockpiled, due to concerns from trading partners.


NTSB Preliminary Report On EAA Crash Released


7/31/15 - A new federal report says a pilot was told to change his landing procedure, just before a crash that injured six people last week in Oshkosh. The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the July 22nd mishap at Wittman Airport where the E-A-A's Air-Venture was taking place. According to the N-T-S-B, pilot Kenneth Kaminski was first told to land at the east end of a runway. But another plane taxied onto the same runway, and controllers told Kaminski to continue his approach and land elsewhere. When the pilot decreased power, the plane stalled and crashed. The flight originated from Benton Harbor Michigan. Five people in the plane were hurt, along with a bystander. The only one still hospitalized is 56-year-old Neil Dill. He remains in serious condition.


Fond du Lac D-A Credits Troopers Parents


7/31/15 - In the wake of the release of hundreds of photos, documents, audio and video the parents of State Trooper Trevor Casper remain proud of the heroic actions of their son. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says he’s spoken to the Caspers during the past week with the release of his report and others. He says Casper’s actions on March 24th are a testament to the way he was raised by them and how he was trained by the State Patrol. Casper died in a shootout with bank robber Steven Snyder in Fond du Lac.


DC Jail Inmate Has Nine Months Added For Battery


7/31/15 - An inmate at the Dodge County Detention Facility had nine months will have nine months added to his sentence for assaulting another inmate. 28-yearold Donald Lucas Jones of Madison punched the other inmate in the face following a disagreement over a fan. Racial remarks were apparently exchanged prior to the attack. The other inmate sustained non-life-threatening injuries.


Loons Saved From Northern Wisconsin Lake


7/31/15 - Two loons have been saved after anglers snared them in a northern Wisconsin lake in the space of a month. Both loons were injured on Two Sisters Lake near Rhinelander in the Oneida County town of Newbold. Mark Naniot of the Wild Instincts rehab facility near Rhinelander said a hook was pulled from the mouth of a male loon that hatched chicks the same day. The second loon was spotted by kayakers who cut a fishing line -- but there was still a hook in the female's leg that caused difficulties. Naniot said he also tried saving two other loons snagged by anglers recently, but one died from starvation due to a fishing line wrapped around its bill. Wisconsin had around four-thousand loons in 2010. A new count was taken earlier this month.


Yesterday's Headlines
- New Superintendent Named At Columbus Schools
- Gas Leak Forces Downtown Beaver Dam Evacuation
- Dodge County Humane Society Adoptions Increase

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