“News – July 12, 2009”

Waterloo Woman Critically Injured in Motorcycle Accident


7/12/09 – A Waterloo woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last night.  According to the Dane County Sheriffs Department, Deanne Uittenbogaard was traveling southbound on Highway 89 in the Town of Fork when she failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway.  Deputies located the motorcycle in a field near County Highway TV shortly after 10pm.  The 39-year-old Uittenbogaard was transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital in Madison, where she was last listed in critical condition. Authorities say she was not wearing a helmet and alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriffs Office.


Driver Injured In OWI Wreck


7/12/09 – The driver of a vehicle that was found in a ditch in the Town of Ashippun early this morning has been arrested on OWI charges.  According to the Dodge County Sheriffs Department, deputies responded to an accident reports on County Highway P around 1:45am this morning and found the vehicle unoccupied and damaged with blood inside. The 24-year-old Schultz was taken to Hartford Hospital and ticketed for his first OWI.


Diver Dies in Lake Michigan


7/12/09 – For the second time in less than a month a diver has died deep in the waters of Lake Michigan off Port Washington.  The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office says it got the distress call from a charter boat Saturday morning at about 10:15.  The diver was one of 13 members of a diving club at the University of Wisconsin.  Forty-one year old Deep Varma was diving with a partner on a shipwreck in about 130 feet of water.  He began having breathing problems a few minutes after reaching the lake floor.  The incident happened about five miles southeast of Port Washington.  Another diver died just a few miles away back on June 25.


Cutting Crew Fatality in Elm Grive


7/12/09 – Witnesses say 31-year-old Dale Simek of Trevor was about 42 feet off the ground when he fell to his death.  Simek was working with a crew cutting down a tree in Elm Grove.  He was cutting the top of the tree, while two fellow workers stood below.  When they removed a big section of the tree, a lower section became unstable and fell.  Simek was held by a security harness, but it was connected to the tree, so it didn’t prevent the fall.


Change Coming To NW Counter at Dane County Regional


7/12/09 – Wisconsin travelers using the Dane County Regional Airport will notice the difference this week.  The purchase of Northwest Airlines by Delta has created the world’s largest airline.  Delta is now taking over the Northwest counter in the Madison airport.  All passengers on either airline should check-in at the Delta counter.  There will be signs.  Delta officials say they expect to have the re-branding complete at all domestic airports by the end of this year.  Northwest was in business for more than 80 years.  It had its headquarters in the Twin Cities.


DOT Holds Freeway Meeting This Week in BD


7/12/09 – Officials with the state Department of Transportation are holding a second public information meeting this week to discuss plans to convert Highway 151 between Columbus and Waupun from an expressway to a freeway.  An expressway allows drivers to access it from side roads or driveways while a freeway can only be accessed by ramps and interchanges.  During this second meeting, the DOT will display preliminary roadway concepts for the conversion to a freeway. The project is in the first of three phases and there is no immediate construction planned. The public meeting will be held Wednesday at the Beaver Dam American Legion from 5pm to 7pm with a presentation at 5:30pm.


Property Taxes Due At Months End


7/12/09 – The Dodge County Treasurer is again reminding property owners that the second installment of property tax payments is due at the end of the month. Patti Hilker says envelopes must be postmarked no later than July 31. Hilker says to make sure you check the balance of your first installment receipt to ensure proper payment because your second payment is not the same as your first payment. Taxpayers mailing after the deadline are subject to interest and a penalty of ten point five percent (10.5%).


Last Day of Lake Days


7/12/09 – After an explosive fireworks display last night, Beaver Dam Lake Days concludes today with a GermanFest celebration.  The day includes an Ecumenical Polka Service, German food and beverages and music by Orv Konop and the OK Band and Dorf Kapelle. New this year is the Pancake breakfast from 10am to 1pm. The Beaverland Must-Ski’s “Wild, Wild West” water ski show is at 1pm today. Lake Days is held at Tahoe Park.  Shuttle service is available at the lower Tower Parking Lot, off Mill Street, and the Family Center and leaves every half hour. Event organizers say, while its still a little too early to tell, the attendance numbers seem to down from last year.


Crafts Fair Today


7/12/09 – The 38th Annual “A Day in the Park Arts & Crafts Fair” will be held today at Swan Park in Beaver Dam. Barb Kornely with the Women’s Affiliate says the Craft Fair will feature over 150 exhibitors from all over the area, each selling one-of-a-kind handmade items. Kornely says proceeds raised at the Craft Fair are donated to a variety of area causes. Food is also served on the grounds, including hamburgers, brats, refreshments and other snacks, like root beer floats.  “A Day In The Park Arts & Crafts Fair” will be held from 10am to 4pm.  Shuttle service is available from the M & I Bank parking lot to the area near the wading pool.


Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee


7/12/09 – It’s been absent for six years, but the Great Circus Parade returns to Milwaukee today.  Despite the bad economy, one and a half million dollars was raised to fund the big event.  Hundreds of thousands of people will line the route.  The Circus World Museum in Baraboo produces the big event which was last staged in Milwaukee in 2003.  For two years it was held in Baraboo, then there was no parade for the next three years.


Milwaukee Mile Moves Forward With Operator Search


7/12/09 – The Wisconsin State Fair Park Board needs a new operator for the Milwaukee Mile.  Wisconsin Motorsports is out.  Claude Napier gave the board permission to find a new race promotor, according to a Friday announcement.  Napier had been running the historic race track since February.  The Wisconsin Motorsports office had closed more than a week ago, with a dozen staff members laid off.  Napier apparently wasn’t able to find the investors he needed to keep the operation going.


Silver Lining in Failed GM Relocation Bid


7/12/09 – Wisconsin lost its bid to entice General Motors to locate its new small car plant here.  The head of the Wisconsin Technology Council says that might turn out to be a “win” in the long run.  Though the state’s new budget includes millions of dollars in tax increases, it also includes incentives for investment, research and development.  The tax breaks were put in the budget as a part of the effort to keep GM in Janesville.  Those tax breaks, the state officials say, will hopefully lead other businesses to stay in the Badger State — or expand their operations here.  Other than that, there’s very little good about losing 12 hundred Janesville jobs when that plant closed.

Obama Bucks Target Homelessness in Milwaukee


7/12/09 – Three local governments in southeast Wisconsin will get more than eight million dollars in federal stimulus funding to fight the homeless problem.  The bulk of the money — nearly seven million dollars — goes to the city of Milwaukee.  Milwaukee County and West Allis share the rest.  The funding comes as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  It will be used for the prevention of homelessness, and to find housing for families which lose their places to live.  The grants are not for mortgage assistance.  They are designed to offer short-term help, lasting no more than 18 months.  Payments will go to third parties, like landlords or utility companies, and not to the families directly.


Bear Shooting Defended


7/12/09 – State wildlife officials defend their decision to shoot a cornered bear in La Crosse last month.  The 300 pound black bear entered Myrick Park June 27.  A crowd of people followed it, using video cameras, as the animal climbed a tree.  Wisconsin wildlife officials say that crowd ignored orders to disperse.  As the bear became more agitated, it looked like it was going to come out of the tree — and the officers say they had to open fire to keep the public safe.  There were some complaints.  Witnesses said the bear should have been tranquilized.  One bear expert says that wasn’t an option because the tranquilizers can take up to 15 minutes to work.  The bear could have been dangerous while it was taking effect.


Another 100 Year Flood Predicted


7/12/09 – Southwest Wisconsin seems to have escaped flooding so far this year, but a recent discussion casts new light on those 100-year floods the region experienced two years in a row.  Following the flooding of the Red River in 1997, Dr. Will Gosnold and colleagues looked into the standard governmental flood frequency data.  He says that research showed a large spread of frequency for a flood of that magnitude, prompting them to question the reality of a so-called 100-year flood.  Dr. Gosnold then examined the underlying assumptions, and was astonished to find the first one is that climate does not change.  With further research he found the climate has been changing, from a wet, cold climate in the 1800s to a wetter, warmer climate today.  Gosnold says the result is that those 100-year-floods may be occurring more often than every century.