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Top Stories April 17, 2014

Student Injured Outside Sages School in Fox Lake


4/17/14 - A student at Sages School in Fox Lake was injured Wednesday after getting struck by a pick-up truck after school. Police Chief Jim Rohr says it happened as school was getting out around 3pm. A 7-year-old boy had apparently darted out into South Depot Street from between two buses. He sustained a compound leg fracture and was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital by his mother. Rohr says the matter is still under investigation but the driver was not speeding and it appears he just did not have time enough to react. The incident is prompting Rohr to work with school officials to change the drop-off and pick-up location for students at Sages. Instead of the current location in front of the school, Rohr is encouraging the school to have pick-up and drop-off moved to the east side of the school. Meanwhile in Beaver Dam, an 11-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after getting struck by a SUV yesterday evening. It happened on the 100 block of North Spring Street around 6:15pm. He was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital.


Fox Lake Council Holds Organizational Meeting


4/17/14 - The Fox Lake City Council held their organizational meeting last night. There was no turnover on the board following the general election and newly re-elected officials had already been sworn-in earlier this month. Alderman John Mund was re-elected council president.


Fox Lake Acts Quickly After Block Grant Deadline Moves Up


4/17/14 - The Fox Lake City Council last night approved a plan to submit a grant application to the state for street repairs. The streets being considered for complete reconstruction include Cherry Street from South Depot to Booth Street at a cost of $360-thousand dollars and North Depot Street from Hamilton to East State Street at a cost of $260-thousand dollars. The council approved spending no more than $5000 on the application process. The city is seeking a Community Development Block Grant which would pay for up to half the project. Clem Safranek, Vice President of MSA Professional Services, told the council last night that time is of the essence. Safranek detailed the recent changes in the grant application process. Most notably, the deadline moved from September to July and then, just last week, it moved even earlier to June 2. However, he says the pool of money doubled from last year to $32 million dollars. Safranek says the city would not have been in a position to qualify for the grant last year but recent changes in the application process are favorable to Fox Lake. As part of the application process, residents along the targeted streets will need to fill-out a survey. Because of the short time frame, city officials will be going door-to-door to assist residents in completing the survey. Also worth noting is that the block grant Fox Lake is seeking is the same one officials in Beaver Dam need for construction of the Watermark Community and Senior Center, meaning the timeline on the Watermark submission is also on the fast-track.


Waupun-Area Vacancy on Dodge County Board


4/17/14 - County officials are looking for Waupun-area residents interested in filling a vacancy on the Dodge County Board. The District 26 seat consists of the fifth, sixth and seventh wards in the city of Waupun. The previous incumbent Jim Layman chose not to seek re-election, no one appeared on the April ballot and there was not a successful write-in candidate. The vacancy will be filled by an appointment made by Dodge County Board Chairman Russ Kottke and confirmed by the full board at their May 20 meeting. Potential candidates will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications with Kottke. The term will run through April of 2016. Letters of interest should be submitted to the county no later than May 9.

Residents of District 26 interested in filling the vacancy should submit a letter of interest to Russell Kottke, Chairman, Dodge County Board of Supervisors, 127 East Oak Street, Juneau, WI 53039 by May 9, 2014. 

If a map of the district is needed, please contact Karen J. Gibson, Dodge County Clerk at 920-386-3605.


Conservation Congress Proposal Results


4/17/14 - Wisconsin anglers could use motor-boats to troll for fish statewide, under a proposal endorsed at the annual conservation hearings.  The D-N-R has announced the results of votes taken at all of the Conservation Congress proceedings on Monday night in each of the 72 counties.  At least some trolling on all lakes statewide was endorsed by 62-percent of the nearly 59-hundred sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question.  Of the 76 people in attendance at the Dodge County meeting, 47 voted in favor of the proposal. Trolling has been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin.  A year ago, a plan to allow three-line trolling in 17 counties was rejected.  This time, a compromise to allow one-line trolling was approved, in addition to the three-line trolls which are currently allowed in 55 counties. Also, voters statewide and in Dodge County rejected catch-and-release activity during closed fishing seasons.  In total, 55 counties rejected that proposal; the Dodge County tally was 28-44 against. Voters did narrowly endorse a catch-and-release for sturgeon on the state's boundary waters at Minnesota.  Also approved, a slight adjustment to the opening of the inland fishing seasons in May, to avoid conflicts with Mother's Day weekend. That was approved in all 72 counties and in Dodge County with a 53-to-17 vote. The hearing votes are advisory, and they could be taken up by the D-N-R later in the year. 


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Former Inmate Sentenced In Corrections Officer Assaults


4/17/14 - A former inmate at the John Burke Center in Waupun will spend 90 days in jail for putting who put two corrections officers in the hospital. Gregory Atwater pled “no contest” yesterday to a felony count of Battery By Prisoner as a Repeat offender and had a second felony dismissed but read into the record. The incident happened in August. According to the criminal complaint, the 32-year-old overslept for breakfast and was told by a corrections officer that he could not eat before heading to the work farm. Words were exchanged and Atwood was confronted in his cell where staff says he resisted their orders. At one point, five officers were actively trying to subdue him. One officer sustained a concussion while another suffered injuries that resulted in several months of medical leave. Atwater completed a 13 year prison sentence for armed robbery back in January.  An 18 month prison sentence was imposed and stayed and the three month jail sentence can be served with work release privileges. Atwater will also be on probation for the next two years.


CUB Suing Public Service Commission Over We Energies Plant


4/17/14 - A group that represents Wisconsin utility customers is suing state regulators.  The Citizens Utility Board wants a judge to throw out a decision made in January by the Public Service Commission, to have We Energies' electric customers pay for a Milwaukee power plant's conversion from coal to natural gas.  The plant provides steam for customers in downtown Milwaukee, including Marquette University and the Aurora Sinai Medical Center.  The citizens board, or CUB, filed its suit in Dane County.  It says all of We Energies' electric customers should not have to help pay for the 80-million dollar power plant conversion -- and only the ones that buy the plant's steam should have to foot the bill.  CUB acting director Kira Loehr says We Energies' steam customers are only paying eight-percent of the tab.  The group also said the plant's electricity would cost 185-million dollars more than the market price for power during the plant's remaining life.  We Energies is not commenting on the new lawsuit.  The company previously said the conversion would eventually save money because it would cost up to 180-million dollars to improve the electric transmission network if the plant were to shut down. 


Barrett Campaign Got Too Much Money During Recalls


4/17/14 - A new report shows that Tom Barrett's campaign fund paid a 20-thousand dollar penalty this year, for taking too much from special interests in his 2012 recall campaign for governor.  The Milwaukee mayor lost by seven percentage points to the Republican Walker.  It was Barrett's second straight bid to give the executive branch back to the Democrats.  State law limited gubernatorial candidates to just over 700-thousand dollars after the recall contest had been scheduled.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Barrett camp received almost 721-thousand, and political adviser Patrick Guarasci called it quote, "an error made completely by accident."  He blamed the mistake on the intensity of the recall drive against Walker.  Guarasci called it a year-long campaign that was waged in a matter of weeks.  The Journal Sentinel said the settlement was mentioned in a court filing connected with a John Doe probe into alleged illegal campaign activities involving Republicans and outside groups in the recall contests.


Walker Signs 58 New Laws


4/17/14 - Wisconsin has 58 new laws today, after Governor Scott Walker signed them Wednesday.  The Republican Walker held a ceremony in Milwaukee to highlight expansions of three current laws to protect victims of domestic violence.  One of the bills tightens up the legal process to make sure those under temporary restraining orders surrender their weapons.  The governor quietly signed the other 55 measures in his office -- including one which makes it against the law to transfer children to non-relatives without going through the government's adoption process.  That was after Reuters reported on couples using Internet forums to find new parents for their kids.  The stories included a Manitowoc County couple who adopted a girl from Liberia, and later gave her away to an Illinois couple without knowing that the mother had her biological children taken away a number of years earlier.  Also yesterday, Walker signed bills to allow the use of a marijuana oil extract to help children with repeated seizures -- allowing more jail inmates to be strip-searched -- and letting the U-W perform classified research for the first time in four decades. Children with repeated seizures can use a marijuana oil extract to get relief, under a bill signed Wednesday by Governor Scott Walker.  Walker says the F-D-A would have to approve the use of the cannabidiol extract before it can be made available in the Badger State.  Lawmakers of both parties got behind the measure, passing it unanimously in the Senate and by a voice vote in the Assembly.


Duck Races Are Now Legal


4/17/14 - Good news for the Beaver Dam Noon Kiwanis Club: Governor Scott Walker signed a bill yesterday making rubber duck races legal. Non-profits like the Kiwanis often race the ducks as a fundraiser, selling raffle tickets that correspond to a number on the duck…and the first to cross the finish line is the winner. Republican lawmakers introduced the bill after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling. The Kiwanis Duck Race will be held on May 3 at 11am with the ducks entering the Beaver Dam River from the Center Street Bridge. Kiwanis supporters are selling $5 raffle tickets and have a push planned this Saturday at Rechek’s Food Pride in Beaver Dam.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Newly-Elected Beaver Dam Alderpersons, Mayor Seated
    - Dodge County Board Holds Organizational Meeting
    - Phone Scam Con Artists Claim To Be BDPD Cop

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