News- June 14, 2015

Driver, Passenger Seriously Injured In Rural Waupun Wreck


6/14/15 – Two people were severely injured in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning near Waupun. It happened just before 9am on County Highway F near the intersection with County FF in the Town of Trenton. An SUV driven by 22-year-old Derek Junaitis of Fond du Lac spun clockwise, hit the ditch and overturned several times. Junaitis and his passenger – 17-year-old Bailey Zech of Waupun – sustained severe injuries and were transported to Waupun Hospital before being transferred to UW Hospital Madison. Speed, alcohol and failure to wear seatbelts appear to be factors in the crash, which is under investigation by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team.


Traffic Snarled After Moving Van Versus Milk Truck Accident


6/14/15 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department responded to a second wreck Saturday afternoon that resulted in minor injuries but tied up traffic on Highway 33 for several hours. It happened at the intersection with County Highway P in the Town of Herman around 2:15pm. 27-year-old Desmond Williams of Neenah was driving a Freightliner moving truck south on County P. The moving truck entered the intersection and struck an eastbound Western Star milk truck operated by 62-year-old Allen Roll of West Bend. Both drivers suffered minor injuries and refused EMS. Highway 33 was restricted to one lane for almost three hours while the vehicles were moved and the roadway was cleared of debris.


Horicon Officials Approve Goose Depopulation


6/14/15 – Days are numbered for the non-migratory geese in Horicon.  The city council issued a depredation permit for the birds at this past week’s meeting.  Since 1999, the city has had an Urban Goose Management Team that looks at how many non-migratory geese are within city limits.  Roughly 185 were counted this year.  That’s way up from 35 last year and marks the first time since 2010 that there were over 100.  The wrangling date has not been announced, but it’s expected to happen this month.  Mayor Steve Neitzel says only geese within the city are taken.  Those in the Horicon Marsh area are left alone.  According to Neitzel, all of the birds will be killed, but he says the carcasses will go to good use.  The adults will be donated to local food pantries while the goslings will be used as feed at wild game preserves.  Neitzel says it’s important to do this each year to keep the problem from compounding down the road.


Wolf Population Increases


6/14/15 – Wisconsin’s wolf population rose by 13-percent over the past year — the first such increase since a hunting season for the animals began in 2012.  The Wolf Advisory Council said this week that the Badger State has between 746-and-771 gray wolves.  The D-N-R’s David MacFarland said part of the reason for the increase was a lower hunting quota of 150 wolves last fall.  That was due to declines in wolf numbers the previous year.  Also, MacFarland said fewer wolves were killed in conflicts with farmers and their livestock.  He said the D-N-R originally predicted a 14-percent mortality rate for human-caused incidents — but the final rate was lower, at eight-and-a-half percent.  A federal judge re-instated a protected status for wolves last December in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.  That ended the wolf hunts for now — along with the ability by farmers to kill wolves which hurt their livestock and farm crops.


Lyme Disease Concerns On The Rise In Wisconsin


6/14/15 -Wisconsinites appear to be more at risk of getting Lyme Disease this summer, if a new study in Madison is any indication.  U-W scientists found that some parts of the Madison area have ten times more deer ticks than a year ago — and that has officials concerned, because tick-bites cause Lyme Disease.  According to W-I-S-C T-V in Madison, Dane County had six confirmed Lyme cases last year. Three cases have already been reported in the first ten days of this month, and Lyme Disease normally reaches its peak in July.  U-W entomology professor Susan Paskewitz predicts that the numbers of infected ticks will keep growing in the Madison area this summer.  She says those who venture outdoors should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect themselves, wear insect repellents with the chemical DEET, and check for ticks once you get back inside.  Back when Lyme Disease was first discovered in the 1970’s, cases were generally confined to northern Wisconsin — but now, they’re reported in all parts of the state. There were over 34-hundred cases of tick-borne diseases in Wisconsin last year, most of them Lyme cases.


Ag Leaders Discuss Columbus School Programs


6/14/15 – An enthusiastic crowd of over 70 agribusiness leaders, FFA students, teachers and school board members gathered this past week to discuss the future of agribusiness programs in Columbus schools. The dinner and discussion was sponsored by Contree Sprayer & Equipment Company and led by Columbus schools’ alumnus, Kevin White. Ag leaders appeared in support of sustaining the FFA program, establishing an agribusiness advisory committee and rebuilding an agriculture curriculum for grades six through 12. Suggestions of agribusiness and school partnerships along with project-based learning for students were discussion topics among the guests.


Walker Visits Canada


6/14/15 – Governor Scott Walker’s fourth international trip in five months has taken him to Canada.  Walker says he plans to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper while he takes part in the trade mission.  He spoke Saturday at a leadership summit in Quebec City, hosted by the Council of Great Lakes Governors.  Walker left for Canada Friday and is scheduled to return on Wednesday.  He says the trip is aimed at increasing foreign investment in Wisconsin.  Canada is this state’s top export partner, buying nearly eight billion dollars in goods last year from Wisconsin companies.


Act 10 Protestors Could Recoup Costs


6/14/15 – Protesters who were arrested while demonstrating against Act 10 at the State Capitol might be able to cash in.  A Dane County judge awarded almost 45-thousand dollars to six of them last week for loss of liberty, emotional distress, damage to their reputations and compensation for attorney fees.  All six were taken into custody under a state administrative code which was ruled unconstitutional last month.  Anyone arrested or fined under that code could file a civil rights lawsuit seeking damages.  The Wisconsin Department of Administration hasn’t indicated whether it will appeal the damages awarded.


Election Observer Pushes Agenda Over Cash


6/14/15 – Anyone who follows Wisconsin politics knows that Governor Scott Walker is a master at raising campaign money.  But Michael Grebe (gree-be), who heads Milwaukee’s Bradley Foundation, says it’s more important for donors to promote ideas above the candidates themselves.  The Associated Press has a story about the foundation’s support for some of Wisconsin’s most conservative institutions — and how their ideas could help Walker keep up with a more well-funded Jeb Bush in next year’s Republican presidential primary. The A-P cited the 800-million dollar Bradley Foundation’s support of the MacIver Institute, which questioned the validity of Walker petition signatures in his 2012 recall election.  The foundation also gave support to the Wisconsin Reporter and Media Trackers, which exposed bad behavior by Walker protesters and highlighted anti-Walker bias in the media.  Grebe has chaired all three of Walker’s gubernatorial campaigns, and the foundation’s board members have given over 700-thousand dollars to Walker since is his first statewide victory in 2010.  Scot Ross of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now says the Bradley Foundation has bought Walker “an insurance policy from criticism by the intellectual right.”  Grebe, however, carefully separates the foundation’s work from campaign politics — endorsing ideas, and then spending years helping other groups which back those ideas.


AG On Alzheimer’s Awareness Month


6/14/15 – Wisconsin’s Silver Alert network has been used several times in recent weeks to find senior citizens who’ve wandered off.  This is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and state Attorney General Brad Schimel wants to make folks more aware of the 10-month-old Silver Alert system.  It provides alerts on social media, highway signs and billboards — similar to the Amber Alert system which finds missing-and-abducted children.  Retail employees also get Silver Alerts on state lottery terminals, so they can keep an eye out for missing seniors.  Kari Orn, who runs the silver-and-amber alert system, says the notifications are life-savers — especially in the winter, when seniors can run off without coats.  She says most of the missing seniors are in vehicles, which can pose traffic concerns.  Since last August, 35 Silver Alerts have been issued.  Most subjects are found safe, but four were found dead and one remains missing.  People can sign up for Silver Alert messages on their phones and e-mail accounts.  To sign up, you can go online to WisconsinCrimeAlert-Dot-Gov.


Kennedy Holding Listening Session On Tuesday


6/14/15 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is hosting another round of listening sessions Tuesday.  Kennedy offers city residents a chance to sit down with him in a one-on-one setting, without an appointment, on the first and third Tuesday of every month, which is typically the day after each regular common council meeting. The listening sessions are on the first floor of City Hall, in Room 158, from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday. Kennedy says private meetings can also be arranged by appointment through the mayor’s office.