News – February 20, 2016

Theresa Man Injured In Fond du Lac Car Accident


2/20/16 – A 24-year-old Theresa man was critically injured in a two-car accident in Fond du Lac yesterday afternoon. Police say his car was hit by a westbound minivan driven by an 18-year-old Fond du Lac man. The Theresa man was ejected from his car. Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue took him to Theda Clark Trauma Center with critical injuries. The Fond du Lac man was taken to St. Agnes Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The accident was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Fond du Lac Police were assisted at the scene by Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department.


Watermark Grand Opening This Afternoon


2/20/16 – The public is invited to the grand opening of the Watermark this afternoon. Beaver Dam’s $2,100,000 community and senior center was in the planning stages for years before the final funding components fell into place. The Watermark replaces the Senior Center on East Third Street which will be torn down in coming months to make room for library parking and a pond. An open house will be held from 1pm until 5pm today with a special program at 1:30pm focused on the history of the project and acknowledgement of the donors. There will be tours of the facility available along with refreshments. The Watermark is located at 209 South Center Street.


Hustisford Board Progressing In Superintendent Search


2/20/16 – The Hustisford School Board is continuing its search for a new superintendent.  The Wisconsin Association of School Boards was recently brought on as the search firm.  Current Superintendent Doug Keiser expects the position will soon be posted and that applicants will be interviewed in the spring.  Once in place, Keiser hopes to meet with his successor to brief that person on important happenings in the district.  The new superintendent will likely start July 1, one day after Keiser’s last day.  The board accepted Keiser’s resignation last month.  He plans to retire after serving as Hustisford’s superintendent for four years.


Horicon-Hustisford Discussing Co-Op Football Name


2/20/16 – Horicon’s School Board discussed the name of its new football team at this week’s meeting.  Horicon High School will co-op with Hustisford High for the 2016 season.  While the football coaches suggested naming the merged team the ‘Rock River Raiders,’ the Horicon board voiced support for calling it the ‘Horicon-Hustisford Football Team.’  A final decision is expected in the coming weeks.  The schools hope the merger will make the teams more competitive.  Horicon has not won a game since 2012 while Hustisford had to cancel its 2015 varsity season due to a lack of participation.  The team’s color scheme will likely be red, black, and orange; a combination of the schools’ colors.


Columbia County Underage Tobacco Sales Up Slightly


2/20/16 – Non-compliance rate for selling tobacco products to minors at Columbia County retailers was similar in 2015 to the year prior.  According to the Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County Coalition, 18 of the 144 retailers checked sold tobacco to underage volunteers.  That 13% rate is up slightly from the 12% in 2014.  In 13 of the 18 illegal instances, the clerk did ask for an ID but still completed the sale.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services started funding the program in 2002.  They say it uses a combination of education and oversight to keep kids away from tobacco products.  When illegal tobacco sales are made, citations can be issued to both the sales clerk and business owner.


Rosendale-Brandon Superintendent Set To Retire


2/20/16 – Rosendale-Brandon Schools Superintendent Gary Hansen will retire this June after 44 years in education. He has spent the majority of that, 42 years, in the district the last 15 years as superintendent. He’s quick to deflect the praise for how much has been accomplished saying he’s been fortunate to be surrounded by good people. One of those good people, Laconia High School Principal Wayne Weber, will succeed him as superintendent. Hansen says Weber is more than qualified to do it.


Controversial Legislation Could Go Away Quietly


2/20/16 – Legislation to fine sanctuary cities for immigrants drew roars of protest at a statehouse rally, but the legislation now appears set to die quietly. An estimated 20,000 Latino and pro-immigrant demonstrators converged on the capitol yesterday to protest the controversial legislation, which would impose state fines on local governments that block police from asking those facing criminal charges about their immigration status. But a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau said G-O-P senators are unlikely to take up the proposal passed by their Republican colleagues in the Assembly. The legislation was introduced in October but it hasn’t been discussed yet in meetings of the Senate Republican caucus. The Senate is scheduled to meet at least one more time on March 15th, giving that house the final say on the future of proposals that passed the Assembly.


Columbus Council To Take Action On Liquor License For New Business


2/20/16 – Final action regarding a Class “B” Liquor and Fermented Malt Beverages License application is scheduled for the Columbus City Council’s next meeting. A Wisconsin brother and sister from the Aranda family are preparing the “La Tolteca” Mexican Restaurant building for its March 2 opening.  The new Columbus Restaurant will open in the former Napoli Pizzaria location at 128 East James Street. The Arandas are hoping to bring the taste of “authentic Mexican Food” to downtown Columbus.  The council could take final action on the license application at its regular meeting on March 1st at 6:30pm.


Columbus High School Hosting Archery Tournament


2/20/16 – The Columbus High School is holding a day-long archery tournament today.  The Columbus Unlimited Archery group, which is hosting the tourney, is run through the school district and has roughly 120 members spanning grades 4-12.  They were founded during the 2012-2013 school year.  Head Coach Jenn Parchem says this is the first tournament they’ve hosted.  She says they have qualified for the state tournament each of the last three years and made it to nationals in Louisville, Kentucky last year.  Parchem says the team starts practice in October and tournament play begins in late January.  They compete in six tournaments plus the state and national events, if the qualify.  Today’s 11 team, 262 archer tournament runs from 9 am to 6 pm.  Prizes will be given to the top three performers in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions.  The event is open to the public.


Fall River Pirate Foundation Holding Fundraiser


2/20/16 – The Fall River Pirate Foundation will hold their second annual Card Party and Raffles fundraiser on Saturday, February 20th.  The doors at Savanna Oaks will open at 6:00 pm. Prize-winning Euchre and Poker games will be held with free Wings and Things food available. Meanwhile, two different Foundation raffles will be going on. The card Party & Raffles is one of two Foundation fundraising events raising money for the proposed Prairie Street Athletic complex in the Village of Fall River.