News – December 18, 2016

Beaver Dam Picks Up Four Inches Of Snow, Wind Chill Advisory


12/18/16 – The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for the entire region until 10am Monday morning. Wind chill factors as bitterly cold as 30 degrees below zero are being reported in the area, rising to around 15-to-20 below this afternoon before plummeting again to around 20-or-30 below tonight.  Conditions moderate as the week goes on. The weather service says the artic freeze will be short-lived and by Tuesday the thermometer will rebound into the upper 20s to around 30-degress. Beaver Dam and surrounding areas are reporting four inches of snow from this most recent round, which is nothing compared to the nine inches reported in Beaver Dam in 1987. Milwaukee set a record for snowfall Friday at 3-point-7 inches.


Two Children Struck By Snow Plow In Madison


12/18/16 – Two children were struck by a snowplow in a parking lot on the west side of Madison Saturday morning. Authorities say a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old were getting out of a vehicle just after 9am in the Elver Park lot when they were hit by the city of Madison Parks Department vehicle. The plow driver reportedly said that he did not see the children as he was backing. Police said the two children suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital.


Waupun Public Works Director Heading To Fond du Lac


12/18/16 – Dick Flynn has been selected as the City of Fond du Lac’s next Operations Superintendent in its Public Works Department.  He has served as Waupun’s Public Works Director since 2004.  Flynn is replacing Steve Kees, who is retiring on January 13th after 15 years of service to the City.  The position oversees a crew of over 60 full-time and seasonal employees.


Kennedy Holding Listening Session On Tuesday


12/18/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy has his regular listening sessions scheduled on Tuesday. Kennedy opens his door for city residents to meet with him, one-on-one, without appointment on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The listening sessions are held in Room 158 on the first floor of City Hall from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm.  Kennedy also makes himself available for private meetings by appointment by contacting the mayor office.  He says it is important that constituents have the opportunity to speak with him the day after each regular meeting of the common council, which is typically held on the first and third Monday’s of the month. On the council agenda tomorrow night: first reading of an ordinance amending municipal code as it relates to pawnbrokers and second hand jewelry dealers in the city. The changes would require such dealers to upload all items they obtain to a website designated by the Beaver Dam Police Department.


Wisconsin Electors Sticking With Trump


12/18/16 – Despite public pressure, Republican electors say they’re still going to vote for Donald Trump Monday when they cast their official ballots in Madison.  One elector says he has received more than 48-thousand e-mails, another 100 letters or postcards and at least 30 phone calls.  Republicans have the first chance to cast electoral votes for their candidate in Wisconsin for the first time in 32 years.  Opponents need three dozen electors to change their minds and, so far, only one has said he won’t vote for Trump.


Obamacare Deadline Extended Through Monday


12/18/16 – Wisconsinites who need to buy health insurance through the federal marketplace are being given through Monday to get it done. HealthCare-Dot-Gov says it extended its Thursday night deadline so tens of thousands of people going through the ordering mechanisms can get their coverage arranged in time for January first. Wisconsin had almost 250-thousand people get their insurance from the Affordable Care Act last year and officials say more people are hustling to sign up before Republicans possibly take away much of Obamacare, as they’ve promised.


Wisconsin Nations 20th Healthiest State


12/18/16 – Wisconsin is the nation’s 20th healthiest state, according to the annual “America’s Health Rankings” from the United Health Foundation. The Badger State jumped four spots from last year, tied for the nation’s second largest increase in its overall rank — but U-W Madison health expert Patrick Remington says Wisconsin used to be a national health leader, sixth best as recently as 1992. In Remington’s words, “We need to move from discussion to action” — and “improving our quality of life and economic progress depend on it.” Wisconsin’s obesity rate remains at almost 31-percent, and only 18 states are fatter. The report also says the Badger State is the second worst for its excessive drinking, but it also had the nation’s sixth biggest decline in smoking, with close to a one-percent drop.


Wisconsin Fourth Best State For Drivers


12/18/16 – A new survey says Wisconsin is the nation’s fourth best state for drivers, despite all the talk in Madison about crumbling roads and finding money to fix them. The personal finance website Bankrate Dot Com says Wisconsin motorists pay about 200 dollars less than the national average for insurance each year, while spending 30 dollars less for each car repair, and two fewer minutes in their daily commutes while suffering fewer traffic deaths per 100-million miles driven with slightly fewer car thefts. However, Wisconsinites pay almost 50 dollars more than the average U-S motorist for gasoline, burning almost 12-hundred dollars of fuel each year. Bankrate says neighboring Iowa is the Number One state for drivers, and California is the worst.


Wisconsin Employers To Cut Back On Hiring In 2017


12/18/16 – Wisconsin employers plan to cut back on their hiring at the start of the New Year. That’s according to the latest survey by Milwaukee’s Manpower Incorporated, in which 17-percent of state companies plan to add staffers from January through March. That’s seven-percent fewer than at the same time one year ago. However, smaller numbers of companies are planning layoffs — just five-percent statewide. In the Milwaukee area, 18-percent of employers expect to add personnel in the first quarter of 2017, six-percent fewer than at the start of this year, with just four-percent planning layoffs.


YMCA Of Dodge County Adds Second Child Care Location


12/18/16 – The YMCA of Dodge County now has a second childcare location in the area.  The YMCA recently opened the ‘Y Kids 2,’ which is located at 119 Monroe Street.  Officials with the childcare center say it promotes childhood development while instilling positive values in the youngsters.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, the YMCA’s Kristin Fabisch said the facility is licensed and accepts both the Dodge County and YMCA financial assistance programs.  Fabisch says the original YMCA of Dodge County was at capacity for childcare, prompting the need for a second location.  The ‘Y Kids 2’ location is open from 4 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday and is accepting children ages six weeks through five years.


Dodge County Extension Offering Youth Tractor Safety


12/18/16 – An upcoming program will teach safe farming practices to area youth.  The Dodge County UW-Extension will hold its tractor and machinery safety course next month.  State law requires any child age 16 or younger that operates a tractor for a parent to complete the safety program or works for a non-parent to complete a farm safety course.  The three seven-hour classroom sessions will be held on three Saturdays in January and will cover a variety of farm safety topics.  Each student will then take a practical driving test in the spring.  Registration sheets are available on the county extension’s website and must be returned to the extension’s Juneau office at 127 East Oak Street.  Cost is $35 per child if registered by January 6 or $45 after that date.