December 6, 2014

Beaver Dam’s Annual Holiday Celebration Tonight


12/6/14 – The City of Beaver Dam is kicking off the holiday season tonight with a number of festive activities.  One of the event’s organizers Kay Appenfeldt says that there are four primary elements to the celebration that will be taking place tonight.  The annual holiday parade has 46 entries, including 20 floats, this year and begins at Front Street and ends in the city’s downtown area.  The parade starts at 5:30 pm and once again will be broadcast live on AM 1430 WBEV.  The decorating contest begins tonight and runs through December 19 with the winners being announced on December 23. Twenty-two downtown businesses are competing to have the best decorative design in accordance with this year’s ‘Let it Snow’ theme. The community will judge the entrants and one of those judging forms will be drawn to determine the $50 prize winner.  The snowflake search kicks off this evening and also runs through the 19th.  The winner will be announced on the 23rd on WBEV.  The person who finds the hidden snowflake, as described by a series of clues, in one of the city’s businesses and has the earliest postmarked entry stating where it was located will receive a $100 prize.  And the winners of the coloring contest that was newly instituted this year will be announced tonight.  Following the festivities, there will be an after party at American National Bank.


Sales from Chili Fundraiser to Benefit Homeless


12/6/14 – As part of the holiday festivities this weekend, a fundraiser is being held to benefit the homeless.  St. Katherine Drexel’s Father Mike Irwin says that the church will be selling a warm relief during what could be a chilly Saturday evening.  He notes that the chili that is being sold at both St. Katherine Drexel and Change of Heart Ministries will be available before, during, and after the annual holiday parade, from approximately 4:30 pm to 8 pm.  A bowl will cost five dollars and proceeds will go to benefit New Beginnings’ two homeless shelters.  The shelter in Beaver Dam is in a residential house and houses only male occupants.  It has the capacity to house up to four persons at one time.  St. Katherine Drexel is located at 408 South Spring Street.  Change of Heart Ministries is at 114 Front Street.


MPTC Nursing Test Scores Among Nation’s Best


12/6/14 – Graduates in Moraine Park Technical College’s nursing and health programs test among the best in the nation on licensing exams. Kristen Finnel is the Dean of Health and Human Services at MPTC. She says nursing graduates have to take a licensing exam and MPTC students typically pass the test on the first try.  Finnel notes that 100-percent of those who took the N-CLEX exam in Spring 2014 successfully passed on their initial attempt.  She says graduates in their other health offerings also did well on the licensing exams.  The school’s health information technology and medical lab technology students also passed at a 100-percent rate in the last few years.  She says that is 20 to 35 percent above the national average.  Meanwhile, Finnel says there’s a high demand for people with medical coding experience, which MPTC students get in the first year of their Health Information Technology program.  A grant is helping to fund that program.


Pair of Holiday Open Houses Today in Beaver Dam


12/6/14 – The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Holiday Open House today prior to the parade.  Free cookies and hot beverages will be provided in the Old Depot, and Mayor Tom Kennedy will be lighting the Christmas tree on the chamber property.  The event runs from 4 to 5:15 pm.  The chamber is located at 127 South Spring Street.  Another open house will be taking place today as well.  The Historical Society at 105 Park Avenue will have free admission from 1 to 7 pm for people to view the museum in all of its holiday decoration.  Holiday displays and treats will be available.


Christmas Cookie and Craft Sale in Lebanon this Weekend


12/6/14 – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lebanon is once again holding its annual Christmas cookie and craft sale.  The event is back for its seventeenth year and is described by its organizers as being ‘the largest cookie sale of its type in Wisconsin.’  For $7.50 per pound, people can choose from over 150 varieties of cookies and candies.  Approximately 3-thousand pounds of cookies are expected to be made, which translates into roughly 40-thousand units.  The weekend long sale will be open until 3 pm today and from 9 am to 1 pm tomorrow.


Waupun Ending 175th Anniversary Celebration with Festival


12/6/14 – The city of Waupun is holding the grand finale event to its year-long 175th Anniversary celebration tonight at the Historic Waupun City Hall Auditorium.  A show featuring the local group Boogie & the Yo-Yo’z will be performing their show entitled “Christmas with you.”  Joining them will be the choirs from the Waupun Area Junior/Senior High School and Central Wisconsin Christian High School.  The show will feature Christmas songs, costumes, and an appearance by Santa Claus.  Doors open at 6:30 tonight with tickets costing $25 for main floor seating and $20 for a balcony spot.


Dodge County Snowmobile/ATV Trails to Open Soon


12/6/14 – Dodge County’s snowmobile and ATV trail season begins is set to begin this month, pending weather conditions.  The 320-mile long snowmobile trail system will not open at least until after the muzzleloader deer hunter season ends on Wednesday.  It may not be until a later date than that as four-to-six inches of snow cover with good moisture content and solid ground below is required.  The ATV trail that spans 20 miles will likely not be open for at least another week or two as above freezing temperatures are expected through mid-December.  It could have opened as early as December 1 had weather conditions allowed.  Throughout the season, which is expected to last until the end of March, riders can monitor openings and closings by calling the ‘trail status hotline’ at 920-386-3705.  Riders must ensure that they verify trails are open prior to entering them as usage of the trails when they are closed is considered trespassing and can bring a citation along with a heavy fine.


Status of Columbia County Trail in 2015 Uncertain


12/6/14 – A groomed six and a half mile snowmobile trail through Columbus will remain open…at least until the end of December. The Columbus / Fall River Snow Blazers Club is trying to get Council approval for a second full year of having a “shortcut” trail through the city. However, a possible repeal of the City Snow Mobile Ordinance has been discussed by the Council at the last three sessions. Resident complaints of speeding and noise have led to a minority of council members looking for alternatives to ordinance rules and the approved route. Suggestions of limited hours, the use of trained snow mobile club “trail bosses,” and increased snow mobile rider education are currently under discussion. The issue will return to the agenda again at the first City Council session of January.

Moraine Park Searching for 2015 ‘Distinguished Alumnus’

12/6/14 – Moraine Park Technical College is accepting nominations for its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Anyone who is to be considered must hold a one or two year technical diploma, associate degree, or associate of applied science degree from a Moraine Park program.  Nominees must also have demonstrated service or support to Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the local community.  One also should be distinguished in their career or civic activity.  Applications can be submitted on the MPTC website and must be completed by Friday, January 23.