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Top Stories April 27, 2015

Fond du Lac Mountain Climber Survives Everest Avalanche


4/27/15 - The mother of a Wisconsin mountain climber who survived Saturday's earthquake in Nepal wonders how her son will be able to get off Mount Everest. Lorreta Land of Chicago said the quake changed parts of the mountain's terrain -- and she fears it could be hard to get him down.  The 52-year-old Land is a hospice nurse from Fond du Lac.  He and Menomonee Falls native Benjamin Brechkeimer survived the quake while trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  Land called his journey "Climbing for Hospice," raising money for the palliative care group HOPE-of-Wisconsin.  He was expecting to reach the summit in May.  The 30-year-old Breckheimer was trying to become the first wounded warrior to climb Mount Everest.  He now lives in Port Charlotte Florida, after being wounded by an improvised explosive device in 2009 in Afghanistan.  He told his mother the situation was "pretty bad," but he was all right.  At least 33-hundred people have died in Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.  Rescue groups feared that small villages on the slopes would be buried by falling rocks.


Fire Ravaged Items Being Removed From Green Giant


4/27/15 - Cars, boats and trailers are being removed from the former Green Giant building in Beaver Dam that caught fire in sub-zero temperatures this past January.  The building on the 1300-block of North Spring Street was being used for storage when the blaze ignited. The building is owned by Terry Dieterich of Beaver Dam who had contractors inside the building all last week removing the fire-damaged items. He said there was still ice on some of the boats that were pulled out of the building on Friday.  As far as plans for the future of the site, Dieterich says he is taking it one day at a time. Meanwhile, the last of the items that were being stored inside are being turned over to the insurance company today. Fire Chief Alan Mannel tells us the cause of the fire remains undetermined; the investigation by routine has been turned over the Beaver Dam Police Department. When crews arrived on scene around 4:30pm on Sunday January 4, smoke and flames were visible from the northwest portion of the building. Strong winds along with frigid temperatures hampered efforts to fight the flames. It was nearly 24-hours before the scene was cleared and both lanes North Spring Street were opened.


Bystanders Rescue Woman From Fiery Highway 151 Rollover


4/27/15 - A 49-year-old Fond du Lac woman escaped a single vehicle crash in Beaver Dam Sunday night with only minor injuries.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident on Highway 151 just north of County Road G at around 7:30pm.  Gina Groeschel reportedly failed to negotiate a left hand curve.  Her vehicle entered the ditch and struck a utility pole, and started on fire.  Two witnesses got Groeschel out of the car prior to it being engulfed by flames.  One lane of traffic was shut down during the incident.  Groeschel was released from the scene by Beaver Dam EMS.  Alliant Energy verified that the involved electrical lines were not live.  The crash remains under investigation. 


BDMS Students Caught With Psychedelic Mushrooms


4/27/15 - Students at the Beaver Dam Middle School are facing possible legal and disciplinary consequences for using psychedelic mushrooms.  A seventh grader at the school allegedly brought the mushrooms and distributed them to as many as seven students.  The incident reportedly happened on Thursday, and Principal John Casper sent out a letter to parents the next day stating that the school is looking into the matter.  The Beaver Dam Police Department is also continuing to investigate.


Guess Who The Dodge County Fair Rock Act


4/27/15 - The fourth and final grandstand musical act for this year’s Dodge County Fair has been announced. “The Guess Who” is known for hit songs including These Eyes, American Woman, No Time, No Sugar Tonight. The Canadian rockers will perform on Friday night, August 21. Previously announced bands include American Idol’s Scotty McCreery on opening night Wednesday. On Thursday, Nashville-based Gloriana takes the stage. The Swon Brothers from NBC’s The Voice, are the final music act of the year on Saturday night. The Dodge County Fair begins August 19 and continues through August 23 at the fairgrounds in Beaver Dam.


Beaver Dam 175th Anniversary Planning Underway


4/27/15 - Next year will be Beaver Dam’s 175th Anniversary, and the city is looking to celebrate throughout 2016 as a variety of local groups are contributing to the effort.  The city’s Chamber of Commerce is heading the effort.  The Beaver Dam Historical Society is planning monthly presentations that focus on different aspects of the city’s history.  Some local businesses have offered to sponsor individual events, including American National Bank who will fund a 5-K run-walk.  The Chamber is still looking for other organizations who would also like to fund an event.  Some of the biggest happenings, including a parade through the city, are being planned for the summer.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Chamber President Phil Fritsche encouraged people to provide the Chamber with the name and address of any former Beaver Dam residents they wish to have invited to the celebration.  The 175th Anniversary Committee’s next meeting is tonight at the Beaver Dam Community Library beginning at 6:30 pm.  The public is encouraged to attend.


Rep. Mark Born Fine With Multiple Means Of Extra Park Revenue


4/27/15 - Folks in Wisconsin may have to pay more for state park admission and campground fees than they did in previous years.  Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal calls for an end to using general revenue tax dollars to fund state parks.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, State Representative Mark Born said he supports raising the state park pass and nightly campsite fees by $3 and $2, respectively.  The Beaver Dam Republican says there are also talks of bringing in more revenue for the parks by selling naming rights in the future.  According to Born, finding other ways to preserve the parks aside from using taxpayer dollars should at least be considered.  While Born says it is important to protect the state’s natural resources, he doesn’t feel selling the rights would take anything away from the beauty of the parks. 


Lawmaker To Attempt OWI Crackdown Again


4/27/15 - A Wisconsin lawmaker will try again to approve a major crackdown on drunk driving.  Assembly Republican Jim Ott of Mequon says he'll introduce seven bills -- including one that forces first-time O-W-I offenders to appear in court.  Other lawmakers have tried to require those appearances, but have failed.  Court hearings are required for multiple offenders.  Ott also plans to re-introduce six measures that never passed in the last session.  They include higher minimum fines for those who injure or kill people in drunk driving crashes -- eliminating lower penalties for a repeat O-W-I offense which happens at least ten years after the previous one -- and higher minimum sentences for five-and-six-time offenders.  Ott says he's optimistic about the chances for his bills passing this time -- even though they got mixed responses last time.  He says too many drunk drivers get multiple offenses in Wisconsin, and his package would discourage that.


Dodge County Board Sells Lots, Purchases Air Conditioning System


4/27/15 - The Dodge County Board approved the sale of four vacant lots at its recent meeting.  All four properties are in the City of Fox Lake.  The Highway Committee recently determined the lots are no longer needed for county highway purposes.  The accepted bid was the lone one received.  It came in at just over $17-thousand dollars.  The County Board also signed off on the purchase of a new air conditioning system for the Henry Dodge Office Building at that meeting.  The system will cost nearly $110-thousand dollars with funds coming from the 2015 Maintenance Department Budget.


Canine Related Informational Session To Be Held In Columbia Co.


4/27/15 - The public is invited to a canine education session tomorrow night.  Columbia County’s 4-H Dog Project is presenting the program titled “Upper Respiratory and Tick Disease: Things That Can Affect Your Canine Companion.”  A veterinarian from the Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic will share information about the dog flu and other issues that can affect dogs as well as answer audience questions.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm at the Columbia Healthcare Center in Wyocena.  People are advised not to bring their dogs.


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