News – December 25, 2016

BDACT: A Christmas Carol On WBEV Today


12/25/16 – WBEV listeners today will be able to hear a rebroadcast of the holiday radio play presented by the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. A Christmas Carol was re-written for the stage from the original Dickens story by Playwright Phillip Grecian in an “old time radio” format. The show was on the stage earlier this month and included period wardrobes worn by a cast gathered around onstage microphones and old time sound effects performed live on stage.  A Christmas Carol was originally broadcast live on 95.3 WXRO and the rebroadcast is this afternoon at 1pm here on AM1430 WBEV.


Dodge County Law Enforcement Gives Back


12/25/16 – Local law enforcement was able to give back to the community this Christmas season.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and its Explorer Post, which is comprised of area youth looking to pursue a career in law enforcement, held a food drive last weekend outside the Beaver Dam Walmart store.  The event raised 1,100 pounds of food and $440 in cash donations.  All items received have been donated to the Gathering Source Food Pantry in Reeseville.


Wisconsin Officer Gives Child Memorable Christmas


12/25/16 – You may have been told that when you give, you often get ten times as much back. An eight-year-old east central Wisconsin boy learned that lesson this week from Waupaca police officer Nate Nelson. He joined Drake Steilen — who was paralyzed with complications from Lyme disease — in Waupaca’s “Shop With a Cop” program. When the two went shopping earlier this month, Drake used his part of the program’s donations to buy Christmas gifts for his family, but nothing for himself. Nelson says he couldn’t believe that an eight-year-old “had that mentality” — so when the officer learned that Drake liked the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, he received autographed gear from the players — plus an inspirational message from the Panthers. On Thursday, Nelson presented everything to Drake in his second grade class at Iola-Scandinavia


Badger State Sees Rise In Workplace Deaths


12/25/16 – Newly released data shows that the number of workplace deaths in Wisconsin rose slightly during 2015. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 104 workers died from occupational injuries in the Badger State last year, five more than the year before. The bureau’s Rebecca Adams says the state has seen “upticks” the past several years. She says it’s hard to pinpoint specific reasons — but the lack of proper training and safety enforcement are often cited as possible factors.


Wisconsin Population Growth Lags National Rate


12/25/16 – Wisconsin’s population is growing slower than the nation as a whole. A new report from the U-S Census Bureau estimates that the Badger State has 5,778,708 residents as of July first — an increase of two-tenths-of-one-percent from the previous year, while the nation as a whole grew by seven-tenths-of-one-percent. Wisconsin remains the 20th most populous among the 50 states. Only 15 states grew at a slower pace than the Badger State in the past year — and Utah had the fastest growth, the only state with a population growth of more than two-percent since 2015.


Milk Production Continues To Increase In Wisconsin


12/25/16 – The streak continues. The U-S-D-A says November was the 31st straight month that Wisconsin milk production grew from the same time the previous year. Dairy cows in the Badger State pumped out a little more than 2.4-billion pounds of milk last month, 2% more than last November — and they did it with 3,000 fewer cows, each of which made 45 pounds more milk than last November for a total of 1,890 pounds per animal. Wisconsin remains the country’s second largest producer behind California — which saw its milk output rise two-tenths-of-one-percent during the past year, to 3.2-billion pounds. Wisconsin’s November increase was the same as the national jump, but a bit smaller than the 2.6% rise among the 23 major dairy states.


Wisconsin Armories Working To Remove Lead


12/25/16 – The Wisconsin National Guard says its armories throughout the state are in the process of having lead removed. And until the work is finished, facilities will not be rented to community groups. Reports say hundreds of U.S. armories were found to have high amounts of dust caused by lead — and 18 Badger State armories reportedly had much higher lead levels than federal guidelines. Thirty-nine Wisconsin armories have records about lead tests, and they all had at least some traces. It’s a concern because many armories either have or used to have indoor shooting ranges.


Record Number Of Eagles Spotted In Wisconsin


12/25/16 – When Tommy Thompson was governor, he told people that Wisconsin was where “Harleys roar, eagles soar, and the Packers score.” While Harley Davidson and the Packers are not having their best years, but the state D-N-R says observers counted a record 1,504 occupied eagle nests throughout the Badger State this past spring. Eagles and other raptors were close to extinction as recently as the 1970s before the pesticide D-D-T was banned, and new federal and state laws protected bald eagles. They were found in all parts of the state this year except for the far southeast where no breeding eagles were spotted in Kenosha, Walworth, and Milwaukee counties.


Expansion Planned For Wisconsin Cheese Maker


12/25/16 – A Sheboygan County cheese maker says it will expand by building a new cheese packaging and distribution facility that will add 120 jobs. Masters Galley Foods of Plymouth says the new $30,000,000 building will start going up next year in Oostburg — and it’s expected to create 120 jobs on a site that expands the Village of Oostburg’s industrial park. C-E-O Jeff Gentile says the firm looked at expanding outside Wisconsin as the firm has grown into a national provider of private label cheeses — but he says growing in its “back yard was best.” Masters now has about 600 employees in a 27-year-old facility in Plymouth that has been expanded multiple times.


Marquette Obtains Rare Copy Of ‘The Hobbit’


12/25/16 – Marquette University has acquired a rare copy of “The Hobbit” to add to its collection of materials by the renowned author J-R-R Tolkien, who influenced much of today’s high fantasy writing. The school says the first-edition, first-printing copy of Tolkien’s classic tale that was obtained by the school’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives is one of only 15-hundred in existence. It features artwork drawn by Tolkien himself. “The Hobbit” was published in 1937 and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. The first printing sold out before the end of 1937.


Beaver Dam Garbage Pickup Not Affected By Holidays


12/25/16 – Christmas and New Year’s typically delay garbage and recycling collections in the city of Beaver Dam but because the holidays fall on a weekend this year there will be no change in the schedule.  Advanced Disposal will pick up garbage and recycling Monday through Friday this week and garbage-only the week after New Year’s on the regular collection day.  Meanwhile, the Beaver Dam Department of Public Works Garage will be closed tomorrow (Mon 12/26), Friday (12/30) and Monday (1/2).