News – January 19, 2009

Wisconsinites in DC for Inauguration

1/19/09 – It’s impossible to know how many Wisconsinites will try to watch Barack Obama get inaugurated in Washington tomorrow. That’s because there will probably be lots of groups like those from Marquette University. The Milwaukee students strongly campaigned for the nation’s first black president last fall, and they registered new voters along the way. On Saturday night, the 14 students jumped into three S-U-V’s and drove overnight to the capital – but only three have tickets to tomorrow’s ceremony. The 11 others will watch on T-V from what’s sure to be a jam-packed National Mall. Still, the group was pleasantly surprised to see Obama speak yesterday at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial – at least on the distant T-V screens. Marquette senior Erin Neary of Brookfield said they couldn’t see a lot – but they feel the moment, as everyone was singing and screaming. Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, and Bono were among those who performed.

MLK Jr. Day has Added Significance this Year

1/19/09 – It’s Martin Luther King Day. And this year’s celebration of the slain civil rights leader takes on added significance with the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first black president. Over a-thousand people attended Milwaukee’s official observance yesterday. School students were given awards for a speech contest – and most of the winners cited Obama as an example of a leader who can bring peace and make the country better. Mayor Tom Barrett missed the event, because he’s in Washington for Obama’s inauguration tomorrow. In a videotaped statement, Barrett cited Obama’s success in encouraging the rest of us to realize the rest of Martin Luther King’s dreams. He says we’ll do it by building safer and more respectful communities. Schools in Wisconsin’s largest cities are off for King Day, and the state-and-federal governments are closed. But schools and local governments are open in smaller cities and towns – and for many in the country, the only thing they’ll miss is their mail.

One Injured in Highway 151 Accident

1/19/09 – A one-vehicle rollover on Highway 151 caused some minor traffic issues this morning. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department says a vehicle driven by 49-year-old woman lost control and rolled her vehicle near Highway 73 in the Town of Elba around 5:30 a.m. Authorities were on the scene until about 6:50 a.m. and traffic has been restored to normal at this hour. The woman suffered injuries but there is no word on the severity.

Five Killed in Marinette County Crash

1/19/09 – Five people were killed last night when a car and a pick-up truck collided in northeast Wisconsin. It happened about 7:45 in Marinette County on the Highway 41 expressway near Peshtigo. According to Chief Deputy Jerry Sauve, the car turned onto 41 from Country Meadows Road in the path of the northbound pick-up. All five who died were in the car. Two were males. Three were females. Sauve said the pick-up driver was taken to a hospital with injuries, and was being questioned by investigators. The extent of the injuries was not disclosed – and he was apparently alone in his vehicle. An accident re-construction team from the State Patrol was at the crash site last night. Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Highway 41 were shut down for about seven hours. They re-opened early this morning.

West Bend Woman and Two Others Charged in Minnesota

1/19/09 – Two Wisconsinites, including a Washington County woman, have been charged in Minnesota with throwing sandbags and a large road sign off a freeway bridge during last year’s Republican National Convention. 23-year-old Karen Meissner of Menomonee Falls and 18-year-old Christina Vana of West Bend are both charged with aiding-and-abetting second-degree assault. A 23-year-old Texas man is also charged in the same incident. According to prosecutors, the three were protestors who picked up sand-bags used to hold down the street

sign – and they tossed them to try-and-stop buses carrying delegates to the convention in Saint Paul last September. The three were also accused of throwing a metal sign off the Marion Street bridge over Interstate-94 in Saint Paul. It landed close to an officer who was trying to remove one of the thrown sandbags.

BDUSD Set to Discuss Addition of Boy’s Swimming

1/19/09 – The Beaver Dam School Board is set to hear a proposal tonight that would add varsity boy’s swimming to their sports lineup beginning next fall. The proposal submitted by the athletic department states the program would be self-funded for a period of two years. If the new program is successful in attracting students the athletic department would ask that the district provide funding on the same level as the girls program. The school board will take a look at the proposal tonight during their regular monthly meeting starting at 6:30pm.