News – October 9, 2016

Little Mention Of Trump At GOP Gathering In Walworth County

10/9/16 – There were only three mentions of Donald Trump at the Republican Party unification event held at the Walworth County Fairgrounds Saturday. The Republican presidential nominee was asked not to attend the First Congressional District Fall Fest after sexually-aggressive comments made eleven years ago surfaced Friday. It would have been the first time House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville and Trump shared a stage and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted it was intended as a unification event meant to push Trump into the closing stretch of the national campaign. Trump running mate Mike Pence cancelled his appearance at the event saying in a statement released yesterday that he was “offended by the words and actions” depicted in the video. Trump apologized for the comments and has refused calls from within his own party to step aside. Ryan spoke of the “elephant in the room” telling the crowd Saturday it was a “troubling situation.” Said Ryan (quote) “I meant what I said and it is still how I feel,” adding “But that is not what we’re here to talk about today.” Instead, the local and state GOP leaders focused their enthusiasm on races from the state legislature and US Senate. State Republican Party Chairman Brad Courtney told the Journal Sentinel that he is “focused on winning Wisconsin.”

Packers v Giants or Clinton v Trump?

10/9/16 – Packers or Politics? That’s the tough question facing a good number of Wisconsinites, as they decide whether to watch the Sunday night Packers/Giants game from Green Bay, or the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. L-Z Granderson of E-S-P-N says voters need to learn their civics and only those who can name their state Representative and two Supreme Court justices should consider watching football if they want.

DOT Report On Voter ID Filed

10/9/16 – Federal Judge James Peterson will consider a report from the DOT when a hearing is held in Madison this week about the requirement for Wisconsin voters to use identification at the polls. The Wisconsin Department of Justice acknowledges that D-M-V employees gave some people inaccurate information as they tried to obtain alternative credentials so they can vote next month. A report indicating that was filed Friday. The state says it has corrected the issues and re-trained some employees. The Department of Transportation says it sent undercover state troopers into more than 30 DMV offices and they were all given the correct information. Last week, the group One Wisconsin Institute and Citizen Action told Peterson the state has not followed the judge’s order to make sure every eligible person can vote, amid reports that state motor vehicle employees are giving conflicting information to I-D applicants who show up at their offices.

Randolph Cadet Part Of New State Patrol Class

10/9/16 – A Randolph man is part of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s last recruiting class. Jacob DeVries is one of 51 recruits who started a 25-week training program at Fort McCoy last Sunday. Cadets receive training in a number of fields including: firearms proficiency, defensive and arrest tactics, traffic stop contacts, and police pursuits. Each cadet who successfully completes the program will be assigned as either a state patrol trooper or inspector upon graduating on April 7.

Fond du Lac Homeowners Nabs Burglary Suspect

10/9/16 – A 26-year-old man appears to have chosen the wrong home to burglarize. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office reports a homeowner found the suspect inside his house when he came home Friday afternoon. The man tried to run away, but that unnamed homeowner captured him and held him until deputies got there. Investigators think the suspect had broken into other homes in the area to steal prescription medicine.

Horicon School Teacher Gets New, Free Furnace

10/9/16 – A school teacher from Horicon has a new furnace in her home free of charge as part of a program offered by a local heating and cooling company. Nicole Krezinski was given the high-efficiency gas furnace as part of an effort by Sure-Fire and Lennox called Heat U.P. Wisconsin. Along with other Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula’s Lennox dealers, over 70 furnaces were installed throughout the region over the past weekend. Over 1000 families were nominated by their friends, family, and neighbors. Tom Schwartz of Sure-Fire says Krezinski and her family were chosen to be this year’s recipient to help thank her for the countless hours she’s given to the community. Her furnace was on its last leg. By taking that piece of stress out her life, Schwartz says they were able to say thank you and let her focus on what she’s good at – her students. With Lennox donating the furnace, Sure-Fire donating the materials, and Sure-Fire employees donating their time and expertise, Schwartz says the Krezinski family has a brand new, high efficiency furnace installed just in time for the heating season. Since the program’s inception seven years ago, it’s estimated that over $2,000,000 worth of furnace installations have been donated to families throughout Wisconsin and the UP. Nominations are already being sought for next year’s installations at www.heatupwisconsin.com.

Columbus Officials Continue To Improve Student Drop-Off

10/9/16 – Columbus officials are working toward making student drop-off at its elementary and middle schools safer. Police Chief Daniel Meister has been working with school officials, the public works department, students, and parents on traffic control near the schools. At its meeting this past week, the city council approved an ordinance change that allows school buses to use their red lights when loading and unloading students in front of the school buildings on Dickason Boulevard and Fuller Street. There has also been a traffic increase along School Street on the north side of the middle school ever since the elementary school parking lot was improved four years ago. That matter is being investigated by school district and city personnel.

Juneau Lioness Club Hosting Wicked Fun Run

10/9/16 – A fundraiser is raising money for a pair of statewide organizations with local chapters. Proceeds from the Juneau Lioness’ Wicked Fun Run benefit the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, which collects eye corneas from deceased people, stores them in an eye bank, and transfers them to hospitals for transplants. The run/walk will be held Saturday and begins in Juneau at the Wild Goose State Trail. Registration prices vary for the 5K, 10K, and kids’ one-mile run and can be completed at runsignup.com.

Dodge County Land Conservation Again Offering Tree Sales

10/9/16 – Trees and shrubs are now available for the annual fall Small Packet Tree sales program in Dodge County. The Land Conservation Department is offering several species of trees for sale for the 2017 planting season, including red and white Oak, White Cedar, White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Sugar Maple, Fraser Fir and American Cranberry Bush. Trees and shrubs are sold in bundles of 25 for $25 per bundle. Officials say there are limited amounts of some species, so early orders are encouraged. Orders will be accepted through January 29. For more information, contact the Dodge County Land Conservation Department. The Dodge County Land Conservation Department is open weekdays at (920) 386-3660; or you can visit the Dodge County Land Conservation Department Web site at http://www.co.dodge.wi.us where you can view the tree sales brochure and print out an order form.

Leaf Pickup Underway In Beaver Dam

10/9/16 – Leaf pick-up is getting underway in Beaver Dam. DPW Acting Supervisor Jim Diels says leaves — along with lawn grass rakings resulting from leaf gathering, garden vines and stalks – may be placed in the terrace areas of the street edge in loose piles for collection by the Department of Public Works starting today. Collection will continue through late November. Yard waste cannot be placed in the street or gutter, or in any containers. Diels says leaves, rakings and garden debris cannot be mixed with other forms of waste like brush or shrubbery cuttings. Fruits, nuts and vegetables are not acceptable and should be disposed of as garbage. The items can also be dropped off at Beaver Dam’s Yard Waste site, which is located at 640 South Center Street. No waste of any kind will be allowed from outside the city.