News – January 9, 2016

Ice Sculpting Competition Added To Cabin Fever Fest Lineup


1/9/16 – Local businesses are encouraged to take part in a new event that is part of this year’s Cabin Fever Fest lineup.  The annual Beaver Dam celebration is working in conjunction with the city’s 175th anniversary this year to hold an ice sculpting contest.  Businesses in the Park Village Shopping Center and downtown Beaver Dam can purchase blocks of ice to sculpt on Saturday, January 30 for $95 each.  Community Activities and Services Director Evonne Boettge says businesses that do not want to do their own carving can buy the services of an experienced carver for $100.  The sculpting starts at 8:30 am and must be completed by 2 pm.  Judging will start at 2:15, and winners will be announced the next day at Crystal Lake Beach.  Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Department.


Company To Help BDUSD With Building Solutions


1/9/16 – The Beaver Dam Unified School District has named a construction manager to find cost effective building solutions.  CG Schmidt will handle the safety-facility planning for the high school campus and other buildings in the district.  The firm has previously completed projects for BDUSD such as updating and remodeling part of the middle school, renovating the high school science lab, and completing an addition a Prairie View Elementary School.  No new projects have been announced at this time.


MPTC Partnering With Herzing University For New Offerings


1/9/16 – Moraine Park Technical College Students have the opportunity to take part in a program that is supposed to help them get their degree in a prompt, cost-effective manner.  The college has partnered with Herzing University to offer the ‘DEGREE UP’ program which allows students to earn credits from both schools simultaneously.  Herzing courses can be taken online of at one of the university’s three Wisconsin campuses.  Successful completion of the program brings a student a bachelor’s degree in as little as four years.


Drivers Encouraged To Give Emergency Responders Space


1/9/16 – Drivers are told to give emergency vehicles as much space as possible.  That’s according to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office who addresses ‘moving over’ as its January Law of the Month.  State statute requires drivers to proceed with caution when passing any emergency or roadside service vehicle.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says drivers should try to get into the furthest away lane when on highways with four or more lanes or slow down while passing on two lane highways.  Even though there have not been any of these tragedies recently in Dodge County, Schmidt says a driver passing too quickly is a concern to many officers as most law enforcement members have experienced at least one ‘close call.’  Breaking this law can bring a fine of $263 and the loss of three demerit points against one’s driver’s license.


Contamination Found In Rock River Near Former GM Plant


1/9/16 – Contamination has been found in a section of the Rock River near the former General Motors plant in Janesville. The city of Janesville announced yesterday that contaminants were found during a routine sediment analysis that was part of a study to determine the future of the Monterey Dam. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was notified and has reported that there is no immediate risk to public health from fish consumption or direct contact. General Motors is reviewing the report and will be conducting an evaluation of the river sediments near its plant. The city might have to delay plans to repair or remove the Monterey Dam because of the contamination issue.


Man Wanted For Murder Arrested In Marshfield


1/9/16 – A man wanted for murder in Illinois is arrested in Marshfield. Officials say the man, whose name has not been released, was arrested after setting off an alarm at the Laurel Gardens apartments, on the city’s northwest side–he was found trying to flee the area, and gave police a false name. As he was being transported to the Marshfield police department, he gave police his real name, and confessed to being wanted for murder in Chicago. No other details are available at this time.


Kenosha Police Looking For Man Tied To Abduction


1/9/16 – Kenosha police are searching for a man accused in a domestic violence assault and abduction early yesterday morning. A neighbor called 9-1-1 about 4:30 yesterday to report possible family trouble at an apartment on Birch Road, and when officers arrived they saw evidence of a struggle in the vacant apartment. Surveillance video from the apartment complex showed 33-year-old Jeremy Tyrone Shorter forcefully removing a woman from the apartment, and authorities believe the man fled with her in a silver 2006 Dodge Charger with Illinois license plates 8-7-2-3-1-0-6. Police say Shorter is the father of two of the woman’s children. The woman, who has not been identified, was found in Oshkosh later yesterday morning and is being treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.


WinterFest Returns To Harnischfeger Park Next Month


1/9/16 – Harnischfeger Park will host the 13th Annual WinterFest event next month.  The Valentine’s Day weekend tradition offers a variety of activities with all proceeds going toward park improvements.  The schedule includes horse drawn sleigh rides, kid’s activities, a silent auction and bucket raffles, and a concession stand with baked goods.  Free activities include live entertainment throughout the afternoon, dog sled pulling demonstrations, Native American storytelling, and sledding, tubing, and snowboarding, weather permitting.  The event will run from 10