News 4/28/2010

Animart Distribution Center Could Relocate To New Bus Park

4/28/10 – Beaver Dam’s newest business park could soon have a new occupant. Plans to sell eight acres of land to Animart for a new distribution center passed out of the Community Development Committee last night. The Beaver Dam-based company has outgrown their current distribution center on Green Valley Road, and plans are to construct a 50,000 square foot facility. The purchase price is $15,000 per acre. Beaver Dam Development Corp Vice President Trent Campbell told the CDC last night that Animart has an aggressive timeline with a best case scenario closing date by June and a possible groundbreaking this summer. Animart’s distribution center primarily handles agricultural, large animal products. The new facility is not expected to have any impact on Animart’s retail pet store on North Spring Street. The offer to purchase will be finalized this week and come before the common council on Monday.

Zubke Pleads Out In Wife Poisoning

4/27/10 – A Watertown man who tried to poison his wife with pesticides will spend three months in jail. Peter Zubke pleaded out Tuesday to a felony count of Placing Objects in Edibles, Domestic Abuse for slipping the herbicide into her soda and coffee over a three to four week period last June. The victim says she became suspicious because her soda looked like dishwater soap, was “very sudsy” and tasted “bitter.” Home brewed coffee was said to be “foggy” and store-bought coffee tasted like bleach or chemicals. She also found a bottle weed killer under her kitchen sink and while her husband does lawn work for a living, she noted that he never used that particular type of poison and typically kept herbicides in the garage. The 54-year-old Zubke initially denied the allegations and told investigators instead that his wife had a “bad tongue” and does not have very good taste buds. According to the criminal complaint, he also told his wife he was just trying to dilute the chemicals in the coffee pot before spraying the weed killer outside their home. He reportedly said that he must have forgotten to clean out the coffee pot. Toxicology tests from the State Crime Lab confirm the chemicals found in the coffee and soda were the same ones found in the bottle of weed killer kept under the kitchen sink. Zubke was also placed on probation for three years and will be able to serve the jail term with Huber privileges and electronic monitoring.

Daytime Burglar Ordered To Pay Restitution

4/27/10 – The man who plagued the Dodge County area with a series of daytime burglaries in the fall of 2008 was ordered Tuesday to pay restitution totaling $1390. Oscar Jasper Jr. was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison and five years of extended supervision. A jury found him guilty of six felony Theft and Burglary charges, as well as a handful of misdemeanors related to the break-ins that occurred in the fall of 2008. The 48-year-old was apprehended with the help of video surveillance footage after he tried to sell stolen tools outside a Beaver Dam business in the days after the burglary. Jasper stole mostly firearms, jewelry and tools from homes in the Towns of Shields, Hubbard, Oak Grove and in Juneau; several of the items were recovered from a pawn shop in Milwaukee.

Nat Resources Board To Discuss Deer Herd

4/27/10 – The state Natural Resources Board will be asked Wednesday to take a new step toward expanding the Wisconsin deer herd. The board will meet in Green Bay – and they’ll hear a recommendation from D-N-R staffers to let hunters kill only bucks in 18 management zones where populations are under their goals. That’s up from 13 zones last year. Also, officials want to reduce the number of places with antlerless-only hunts. They would occur in 46 zones this fall, up from 50 a year ago. The moves were proposed after hunters complained that the D-N-R’s deer control policies devastated the herd, and jeopardized the sport.

Food For Thought: The Hanson Family

4/28/10 – Going from fresh organic foods to the food pantry was a bit of a shock for the Hanson family. Amy Hanson was one of several participants from a cross-section of the community that participated in the Dodge County UW Extension “Food For Thought” program. Hanson says she it

was a different way for her family to eat and she found that the prepackaged food may have been easy to prepare, but it was not very filling and the sodium content was very high. She says she realized that when people donate food they need to think about it from a healthy standpoint and not just as a way to clean out their cabinets. Hanson plans on rallying members of her church to hold a regular food drive specifically for healthy items that families want to eat as well as items that food pantries need.

Local Census Returns Above National Average

4/28/10- The percentages of census forms returned continue to lag behind numbers from 2000. In our area, Fox Lake continues to have the lowest return rate at 76-percent though that’s just one-percent lower than a decade ago. Beaver Dam had the second lowest return at 80-percent while Waupun is reporting 81-percent returned. Meanwhile, Watertown, Horicon and Juneau are all at 82-percent. Columbus is at 84-percent and Mayville has the highest return rate in our area at 85-percent. The national rate of return is 72-percent. If you didn’t return your census you can expect to have a knock at your door in the near future as the Census Bureau ramps up their door-to-door follow-up phase

BD Native Donates $200K To UW

4/28/10 – A former Beaver Dam athlete and current professional poker player will be honored tomorrow at UW-Whitewater for a generous gift to the baseball program. Eric Baldwin, who was a captain on the Warhawks 2005 national championship team, recently donated $200,000 to the university for stadium lights. He’s scheduled to throw out the first pitch in game one of today’s (Wed) double header with UW-Oshkosh, after which Chancellor Richard Telfair will honor Baldwin by naming the clubhouse at the stadium, “The Eric Baldwin Clubhouse”. Baldwin has become well known in the poker world and was named the 2009 Player of the Year by CardPlayer magazine. His most recent big pay day came this past weekend when he won more than 1-million-dollars in a tournament at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The win put his career earnings at close to 4-million-dollars.