News – February 28, 2016

GAB Email Suggests Walker Target Of John Doe


2/28/16 – An e-mail from the Government Accountability Board’s top ethics administrator suggests Wisconsin’s governor was the principal target of the so-called “John Doe” investigation.  G-A-B Ethics Division Administrator Jonathan Becker sent the electronic communication shortly after special prosecutor Francis Schmitz said Scott Walker wasn’t the target June 26th, 2014.  Becker e-mailed Schmitz saying his statement wasn’t true and he was disgusted by it.  Thousands of pages of documents connected to the case were released Thursday and Friday.  It had been settled last December with no finding of wrongdoing.


Wisconsin Challenging FAA Rule On Inmate Phone Charges


2/28/16 – Wisconsin is one of eight states trying to join Oklahoma in its challenge of a new F-C-C rule limiting how much they can charge inmates for phone calls.  The federal agency wants to cap those charges at 11 cents-a-minute, saying some facilities are charging way too much.  State and county officials say the 11-cent rate is too low to cover the security-related costs for those calling systems.  The states say they will argue the order is unconstitutional and isn’t covered by federal laws.


DNR Planning Series Of Prescribed Burns


2/28/16 – Prescribed burns will take place at a number of area locations this spring.  The state DNR will conduct the tests, weather permitting.  There are five Dodge County sites: the Horicon, Theresa, and Shaw Marsh Wildlife Areas, Sinnissippi Public Hunting Ground, and Trenton Township.  Additionally, there are seven sites in Columbia County, three in Fond du Lac County, eight in Jefferson County, and four in Washington County.  Prescribed burning is part of an ongoing effort to preserve and restore the landscape found within Wisconsin’s DNR properties.  According to the DNR, these burns reduce leaf litter, improve wildlife habitat, redistribute nutrients, and help control invasive species.


DNR Reorganization Intended To Streamline Agency


2/28/16 – The state Department of Natural Resources is moving toward a major reorganization that could send duties to other agencies and streamline regulatory work. That streamlining could include an experimental plan allowing some businesses to draft their own environmental permits. Officials said the goal is to increase efficiency at an agency whose responsibilities range from management of hunting, fishing and state parks, to regulating large-scale farms and keeping tabs on invasive species. The changes will be closely watched by a G-O-P-led legislature, which has been critical of an agency that it thinks has tilted too far toward protection and away from the rights of property owners. Lawmakers have cut the agency’s funding and advanced a series of measures to limit D-N-R powers in recent years.


Horicon Wildlife Center Holding Birding Event


2/28/16 – An upcoming event will teach the importance of nest boxes in conservation.  The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor’s Center is holding a seminar that focuses on wood ducks and bluebirds.  It will include a variety of presentations throughout the day as well as hands-on training on how to properly place and maintain nest boxes.  Bluebird nest box kits will cost $12 and can be assembled on site or at home.  The event runs from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 5.


Dodge County Land Conservation Shares 2015 Stats


2/28/16 – Dodge County Land Conservation staff helped many landowners apply various conservation practices in 2015.  The department says soil and water conservation plans were prepared for over 13,000 acres of cropland.  Over 7,900 acres were protected from soil erosion through new conservation practices.  Manure spreading restriction maps were prepared for over 8-thousand cropland acres.  Crop soil erosion was reduced by roughly 2,000 tons, preventing the delivery of large amounts of sediment and phosphorous from reaching surface water.  The full 2015 report can be found on the Dodge County Land Conservation Department website.


EAA To Commemorate Day Of Infamy In July


2/28/16 – Warbirds and World War Two-era planes are always a big attraction at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, but this year they will take on added meaning with the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing coming up. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski says they will have special air shows and a plane will be featured that was flying over the Island of Oahu when Japanese airplanes flew by on their way to bomb Pearl Harbor. The pilot of that plane was giving flying lesson at the time.


MPTC To Hold Women’s Career Expo


2/28/16 – Moraine Park Technical College is holding an event to showcase careers for women next month.  ‘Jane of All Trades’ will be held at the college’s Fond du Lac campus.  It will highlight 12 careers traditionally seen as fields for men, including criminal justice, mechanical design, and automotive work.  There will be career labs, demonstrations, and people on hand to answer questions about the fields.  The event runs from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, March 8.  It is free to attend, and pre-registration by March 4 is preferred.


Waupun Schools District Going Paperless


2/28/16 – Soon the Waupun School District will go paperless with its meeting agendas and documents. Waupun School Superintendent Tonya Gubin says through the Board Docs program people will be able to log on and get the documents they want from meetings. She says handouts used at meetings and power point presentations would also be available. She says it will allow the board to be more transparent about what they are doing and also allow the district to go more paperless.


BDCH To Hold Chronic Conditions Workshop


2/28/16 – An upcoming workshop will help those dealing with chronic conditions.  The Beaver Dam Community Hospital is holding a six-week course that helps people living with things like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.  It will promote nutrition and exercise choices, treatment options, and support systems.  The workshop is also open to caregivers or family members of those with chronic conditions.  Classes run each Tuesday from April 5 through May 10 from 9 am to 11:30 am.


Blood Drive Scheduled In Beaver Dam


2/28/16 – A blood drive is scheduled in Beaver Dam this week.  The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding the event at Grace Presbyterian Church from 1 pm to 6pm Thursday.  All blood types are needed, and anyone sixteen or older in good health is encouraged to donate.  Appointments can be made on the BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s website, but walk-ins are also accepted.  Donors are advised to bring a photo ID that includes date of birth.


BDAAA High School Art Exhibit Opening Today


2/28/16 – The Beaver Dam Area Arts Association will be featuring the work of high school students at their new exhibit which opens today. The exhibit is tied into Youth Art Month and, for the past two decades, the Association has highlighted the talents of local teens by giving them their own exhibit. Executive Director Jessalyn Braun says nine high schools are participating this year featuring hundreds of pieces. Braun says as with any exhibit opening there will be variety of activities, but for this exhibit the Association will also be awarding scholarships to outstanding seniors today. The Area High School Art Exhibit opening is this afternoon from 1pm to 4pm at the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts on North Spring Street in Beaver Dam.