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Top Stories August 3, 2015

Welcome Home Planned For Beaver Dam Special Olympian


8/3/15 - The public is invited to line the streets of Beaver Dam this evening to welcome home a Special Olympian who competed last week in the 2015 Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. Michael Huebner was one of three athletes representing Wisconsin in the World Games. Huebner placed fourth in team bowling and is taking home the silver medal in doubles bowling. Dodge County Special Olympic Manager Del Yerges is asking everyone in the area to help welcome Mike back to Beaver Dam.  Huebner will be returning to Beaver Dam around 7pm tonight. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmitt along with Beaver Dam police officers and firefighters will be escorting him from the Highway 151 ramp onto Madison Street and then to Lakecrest Drive to his home at the Bayshore Apartments.  Yerges is hoping the community lines the parade route with banners and welcome back signs. 


Referendum Might Be In The Cards For Horicon School District


8/3/15 - The Horicon School District could be headed to referendum within the next few years.  That’s according to Superintendent Gary Berger who says the district has needs that likely can’t be covered by its current fund balance.  That amount was around $1.9-million dollars heading into this past school year, and the superintendent says that hasn’t changed much since.  Berger says some of the current needs include repairing the roof, heating system, and air conditioning system.  The superintendent says it is all things that commonly go wrong in old buildings.  The high school building is roughly 50 years old and the middle school has been around for 95 years.  Berger says there will debt coming off the books in both three and five years.  He says the district would consider building projects after three years but might not be able to wait that long to fund its operational needs.  The district last went to referendum in November 2012 when voters approved a $2,850,000 question that allowed the district to add on to the high school building and remodel some classrooms.


Ribbon Cut On New Columbus Hospital Surgery Center


8/3/15 - Hundreds attended yesterday's Columbus Community Hospital Surgery Center ribbon cutting and open house. The new surgery center is state-of-the-art. It includes pre and post-procedure patient rooms with private bathrooms, a special emergency entrance, two high tech operating rooms, and comfortable waiting and discharge areas. High tech computer systems monitor patient’s vitals before and after surgery. There are even video screens in each operating room offering soothing audio and video for patients and staff.


Neosho Woman Killed In Weekend Wreck


8/3/15 - A Neosho woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday night in the Town of Rubicon. The wreck occurred on County NN at 8:20pm.  According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, the 42-year-old was driving an SUV eastbound when she veered into the westbound lane and lost control. The vehicle spun clockwise before striking an embankment, going air born and rolled several times before landing on its roof. The woman was ejected, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The name is being withheld pending notification of family. The sheriff’s department was assisted at the scene by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team, Neosho Fire and First Responders, Hartford EMS, the Dodge County Emergency Response Team and the Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office.


Waukesha Huber Inmate Apprehended In Dodge County


8/3/15 - A Huber inmate fled the scene of one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in the Town of Ashippun. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his office responded around 1:30pm to County Highway P and O’Neil Road. 27-year-old Robert Wiedmeyer of rural Oconomowoc – who was on work-release from Waukesha County – hit the shoulder, spun into the ditch and overturned. His truck had contact with trees as much as nine feet off the ground. Wiedmeyer and a passenger, 26-year-old Ryan Uhrmann, were both injured but fled the crash scene on foot. Flight for Life helicopter and Town of Oconomowoc Police assisted in the search for Wiedmeyer and a passenger.  Uhrmann was located a short time later, while it took searchers two hours to take Wiedmeyer into custody. The two were transported to Oconomowoc Hospital for treatment of injuries.  Wiedmeyer was later released to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.  Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash which remains under investigation by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team.  The sheriff is thanking the citizens who supplied information on the crash and in locating both individuals.


Plane Crash In Watertown Injures Pilot


8/3/15 - The pilot of a plane that crashed in Watertown Saturday afternoon sustained minor injuries. Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath says the 1978 single engine Cessna was approaching the airport just before 6pm when it lost power. The aircraft crashed through some trees and came to rest on private property on Beryl Drive. The pilot and lone occupant was taken to Watertown Hospital. The FAA and NTSB were contacted to investigate.


Boat House Re-Opens Following Friday Fire


8/3/15 - The Boat House Pub and Eatery opened for business on Saturday, one day after a fire caused minor damage. Crews responded to the restaurant on Chief Kuno Trail in Fox Lake at around 12:40pm Friday. A patron’s cigarette butt apparently went under the patio stairs and ignited the wood chips down below.  It took crews nearly an hour to put out the flames, and the patio was a total loss.  The building was immediately evacuated and no injuries were reported.


Door County Among Hardest Hit By Weekend Storms


8/3/15 - One of Wisconsin's best-known tourist spots is hit the hardest, after wind-and-hail storms roared through the state yesterday. About 75-hundred Door County electric customers were still without power at 4:15 this morning. They were among almost 13-thousand homes and businesses in the dark overnight in eastern Wisconsin. Winds of up to 70-miles-an-hour took down numerous trees in Door, Marinette, and Sheboygan counties. The National Weather Service said a 32-foot sailboat capsized a mile off Sister Bay in the Bay-of-Green Bay, and the Coast Guard rescued the passengers. Large hail struck virtually all regions of Wisconsin. Pensaukee in Oconto County had softball-sized hail, three-and-a-half inches in diameter. Three-inch hail was also reported in Sawyer and Racine counties. Lightning started a house on fire at Suamico, north of Green Bay. Clear to partly cloudy skies are forecast for today, with highs from the 70s to the low 80s.


Poultry Vaccine Could Affect US Exports


8/3/15 - A key Democrat says it will be partially be America's fault if the U-S treats poultry with a bird flu vaccine -- and other countries then refuse to accept our exports. U-S trading partners threaten to restrict turkeys and chickens from places like Wisconsin, if the U-S-D-A goes ahead with a vaccine it created. Collin Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture panel, says the U-S has long banned all imports from a country that had only part of its animals affected by a disease outbreak. The Minnesota lawmaker tells the Brownfield Ag News Service it's a "knee-jerk" reaction that trading partners need to stop. Peterson says the U-S is doing its part, by allowing beef from parts of Argentina and Brazil that have not been affected by limited outbreaks in those nations.


Yesterday's Headlines
- Boat House Catches Fire In Fox Lake
- Fox Lake Teen Named Dodge Co. Fire Queen
- BDUSD Seeks Laptop For Every Student

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