December 11, 2014

Beaver Dam High School Receives Threat


12/11/14 – Beaver Dam High School was the subject of a threat that was made yesterday (Wed.) afternoon at approximately 3:45 pm.  A suspended student who was off-site electronically communicated threatening remarks to another student.  Superintendent Steve Vessey says that a pair of threats was issued, a specific threat against a specific student and a non-specific threat against the school as a whole.  Vessey says that the Beaver Dam Police Department was contacted out of a concern for the safety of the school and its community.  The student was taken into custody in the evening.  The staff and students of the school were informed of the incident today (Thu.) at around 11 am and an all-district auto call message was sent out to all parents minutes later.  Vessey says that although authorities are dealing with the matter, the school is not finished acting.  He says that those involved will be dealt with, and the school’s policies for matters such as this will once again be reviewed.  The student is facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and using a computer message to threaten, injure, or harm.


YMCA Debt Retirement Effort Winding Down


12/11/14 – The YMCA of Dodge County is making a push to retire its current debt.  At the close of last year, the organization was looking at a debt figure of over $6.6-million dollars.  That was in large part due to a $12-million dollars building project that the ‘Y’ underwent in building its facility on the north side of Beaver Dam.  Executive Director Jen Kruel says that the shortage of money has hampered the organization in the past year by keeping it from offering the level of service to the community that it would like to provide.  As a result, the YMCA has been running a campaign throughout the current year to eliminate as much of that debt as possible.  After receiving over $2-million dollars in private donations, the organization got some more good news when Horicon Bank set up a $2-million dollar matching grant that runs through the end of this year.  Campaign Chair Mark Killingsworth says that $1.6-million dollars in pledges has already been received and states that they are hoping to raise the other $400-thousand dollars in the next few weeks to maximize the offer.  As of Tuesday, the total ‘gap to goal’ in completely retiring the debt was just under $990-thousand dollars.


Wisconsin Health Rank Slipping


12/11/14 – Other states continue to get healthier than Wisconsin.  The Badger State has fallen to 23rd among the 50 states for the overall health of its residents.  That’s down three places from a year ago in the annual health rankings put out by the United Health Foundation.  Wisconsin used to be in the Top-10.  It was the seventh-healthiest state when the rankings first began in 1990, and Wisconsin was 11th as recently as 2009.  Binge drinking has always been a problem — but the new survey shows that Wisconsin reduced those binges by 11-percent this year, raising the Badger State from last place to 49th in that department.  Also, Wisconsin has 26-percent more children living in poverty now than in 1990, while infant mortality rates improved with a 33-percent drop.  United Health says Wisconsin gets high marks for its relatively-low rates of diabetes and physical inactivity, plus a high percentage of high school graduates.  Besides binge drinking, the state’s negatives continue to be high infectious disease rates, and low funding for public health.


Several Beaver Dam Incumbents Seeking Re-Election


12/11/14 – There are seven aldermanic seats in Beaver Dam on the April ballot, and so far at least four incumbents have intentions to return. Odd-numbered wards on the city’s 14-member council are up for election. Ward Five Alderman Mick Fischer has submitted all of his paperwork while incumbents Jon Litscher, Robert Ballweg and Glen Link are circulating papers. One potential challenger is circulating papers for the Ward Three seat currently held by Link. There have been no non-candidacy papers filed as of yet. The deadline to submit nomination papers is January 6.


Juneau Alderman Files Non-Candidacy


12/11/14 – In the city of Juneau, there are three seats up for election. Ward One Alderman Jason Buske has filed non-candidacy papers. Incumbent Ward Two Alderwoman Cheryl Braun and Ward Three Alderman Ron Drezdon indicated at this week’s regular council meeting that they are undecided about seeking re-election. The deadline for filing non-candidacy papers is December 26.


Pirate Foundation To Unveil Plans For School Board


12/11/14 – Initial plans for new school district football and baseball fields in Fall River will be brought before the school board at the next meeting. The Fall River Pirate Foundation has been working with General Engineering on planning the proposed athletic complex on Prairie Street. Foundation President Matt Schroeder wants the public and possible supporters to see the proposed plans for the school facilities. Now that initial engineering plans are complete, the Pirate Foundation will focus on funding development of the 29 acres at the foot of Lazy Lake.


Rosendale Deer Hunter Organ Donations Far-Reaching


12/11/14 – At least one life will be saved and seven others impacted by the gift of organ donations by a 41-year-old Rosendale man. Jason Czoschke fell 15 feet from a tree stand Sunday afternoon. He was taken to Theda Clarke Regional Medical Center where he was determined to be brain dead Monday, but he was kept on life support so his organs could be harvested. His wife Shawna shared a post on Facebook yesterday that a man in Chicago with only days to live got his heart and seven others will benefit from other organ and skin donations. He even donated the lens from his eyes.


Waupun Man Charged In Screwdriver Stabbing


12/11/14 – A 28-year-old Waupun man is facing a felony charge for a stabbing.  Eric M. Haseleu allegedly stabbed a 26-year-old male in the street next to an apartment complex in Reeseville library around 11pm Saturday.  The man arrived in the Beaver Dam Community Hospital emergency room on Monday with a laceration on the top of his head, two separate scratches running down the left side of his head, and a puncture wound to the back of his neck.  He said that he was stabbed with a screwdriver three or four times with the last one giving him the sensation of an object driving deep into his neck. The victim told investigators that Haseleu is dating a mutual friend, had been abusive with her and the fight erupted as Haseleu was being asked to leave her alone. Cash bond was set at $5000 during an Initial Appearance Wednesday in Dodge County court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week. If convicted, Haseleu faces up to six years in prison.


Waupun Man Accused of Assaulting Teen


12/11/14 – A Waupun man appeared in a Dodge County courtroom Wednesday on charges that he had an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.  Corey Teachout is facing a single count of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 40 years in prison if he is convicted. According to the criminal complaint, the victim told investigators that she was with him five times this fall. She said they are dating and love each other and she does not want him to go to prison. Teachout allegedly admitted contact with the teen, telling police that she originally said that she was 16-years-old. A signature bond was set at $5000 yesterday and a judge will decide next month if there is enough evidence to order a trial.


Walker Proposing ‘Bold’ Cuts To State Government


12/11/14 – Governor Scott Walker says he’ll propose what he calls a “bold” plan to consolidate some state government agencies and eliminate positions.  The Republican Walker told reporters at the Governor’s Mansion yesterday that he wants to make departments run more efficiently, and be held more accountable.  He refused to give details, saying that will come when he proposes his next two-year state budget early in 2015.  Walker did say that the offices to be eliminated would be at the higher management levels.  He said it would save money, but not “tens of millions of dollars.”


Wildlife Experts Call 2014 Deer Season ‘Rebuilding Year’


12/11/14 – Wildlife experts say it’s a re-building year for Wisconsin’s deer herd.  That’s what the state Natural Resources Board was told Wednesday, as officials explained the reasons for the lowest harvest for the November gun-deer season in 32 years.  Just over 191-thousand deer were shot in the nine-day season, 15-percent less than a year ago with about 25-thousand fewer hunters in pursuit. D-N-R wildlife management bureau director Tom Hauge told the board that hunters in 19 northern counties could only take bucks.  Antlerless deer were off limits there, so they could help replenish the overall deer herd in the north after harsh winters in back-to-back years.  Hauge also said hunters had to trudge through fog, rain, and deep snows in various parts of Wisconsin during the season’s opening weekend.  Also, unharvested crops offered cover for the deer.  Board members did not comment on Hauge’s observations.  They did authorize public hearings on a host of rule changes proposed in recent years by “deer czar” James Kroll and a group of trustees.  Many of the changes were adopted as emergency rules for this year’s hunt — and they would have to be approved on a permanent basis in order to remain in effect.  Nine public hearings will be held in January on the rule changes.  The D-N-R is then expected to seek board approval in February.


Wolf Hunt Target Numbers Debated


12/11/14 – State officials plan to set a new target next year for how many wolves Wisconsin should have — and state residents will have a chance to give their ideas to the D-N-R.  The current wolf management plan calls for a population of 350 — but that was set years ago.  The Badger State had around 650 wolves last spring, even after a rough winter and two years of wolf hunting.  D-N-R staffers are now working on a draft of a new plan to be presented at public meetings in January.  It will have four options — keeping the original 350-wolf goal, holding the population to between 300-and-650, having a minimum floor of 350 with no max, or holding the population to the 650 the state has now.  Once a new goal is set, the D-N-R can determine quotas for next fall’s hunting season.  Officials hope to have a final plan ready for final approval in March.


Warm Weather Dampening Spirits of Ice Fishing Enthusiasts


12/11/14 – A recent stretch of cold weather has got Wisconsin ice-fishing enthusiasts out on the lakes.  However, the D-N-R says a warm-up could cause trouble this weekend.  Officials say the ice will probably look thicker than it really is — so anglers are being encouraged to keep their shanties off the water.  Wardens urge people to fish with companions, wear floating coats or life-jackets, and keep up-to-date on local ice conditions.  There have been a few reports of people falling through the ice the past couple weeks.  On Lake Winnebago, five anglers got trapped recently, when the ice they were standing on broke away from the shore. Rescuers had to haul them back in.


NRB Recommends New Approach


12/11/14 – Wisconsin’s invasive species will be handled a little differently.  That’s after the Natural Resources Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to make the first revisions to the state’s invasive species list since it was created in 2009.  About half the species on the list will be classified as “prohibited.”  That means they cannot be sold, transported, or possessed within the state’s borders.  Anyone who find restricted species must destroy them as soon as possible.  Almost 40 other species will be considered “restricted,” which means they can be on people’s property but cannot be sold or moved.  The tree-killing emerald ash borer was downgraded from prohibited to restricted, in an apparent admission that the green beetle has become too pervasive to eradicate.  Also, the D-N-R governing panel approved an emergency rule today to reduce harvests of lake trout in the Apostle Islands’ region.  That’s in response to declining populations of the fish in that part of Lake Superior.


The Kittens Have Been Returned!!!!!


12/11/14 – Two kittens stolen from an animal shelter in Washington County have been returned.  Humane Society officials say Big Mac and Chicken Nugget, both three months old, were taken last week when an unsupervised cage was accidentally left open.  The kittens were being treated for round-worms.  On Tuesday night, photos of the missing animals appeared on T-V. Soon afterward, an anonymous caller told the Humane Society about knowing the kittens’ location.  Yesterday, the young cats were brought back to the shelter in Slinger with no questions asked.