News – March 13, 2009

Beaver Dam Citizens Police Academy is Fired Up

3/13/09 – The Beaver Dam Citizens Police Academy is in session and the 10-week course got fired up last night with firearms training. The citizen cadets each shot three rounds of police-issue, 45-caliber Glock 21 handgun. Jason Achuff of Beaver Dam said he didn’t even know there was a firing range underneath city hall. Achuff says participating in the academy has allowed him to do something he’s wanted to do since he was a kid. Next week the Citizens Police Academy will be studying drug investigations and K-9 training. Pictured: Beaver Dam Police Sgt. Scott Bahr provides firearms training to citizen cadet Jennie Carter of Beaver Dam.

Sheriff Urges Seatbelt Use

3/13/09 – Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls is urging the motoring public to wear seatbelts. Nehls yesterday released a statistical analysis of traffic fatalities over the past three years. In 2007, there was nobody under the age of 21 killed in on Dodge County roadway. But since January of last year, 14 of the 24 people who died were under the age of 21, and more often that not, they were not buckled up. Nehls says it’s the responsibility of law enforcement, educators and especially parents to make sure their children get the message about seatbelts. The stats were released following the death of 17-year-old Bethany Soboleski, who authorities say was not wearing a seatbelt.

Sweetman Gives Back

3/13/09 – A Beaver Dam man whose life was saved last year with the help of an automatic external defibrillator has made a generous donation to help buy more of the devices. Bill Sweetman collapsed in his garage last November. His life was saved thanks to the quick efforts of two Beaver Dam Police officers who used an AED. The Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation provided 50% of the grant funding needed to stock all city squad cars with a newest in defibrillator technology, and they are continuing those efforts. Their most recent fundraiser was held this past weekend at the hospital and featured a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers. The event raised over $2000, and that included a $1000 donation from Bill Sweetman.

Home & Business Expo Gets Underway

3/13/09 – The Home and Business Expo kicks off Friday afternoon at the Heritage Village Mall in Beaver Dam. The annual event is hosted by the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Phil Fritsche says the “Home and Business Expo” will include 76 booth spaces featuring a wide variety of commercial and non-profit organizations for both the home and office. The event had traditionally been held on Saturday and Sunday, but Fritsche says it was changed to Friday and Saturday so exhibitors can capitalize on the momentum of the work week and also have a chance to rest on Sunday. Fritsche says the theme this year is Mardi Gras. Music tonight will be provided by Elwood Lee. The Cream Cheese contest – now in its 6th year – will be among the activities held Saturday. Participants are competing for a top prize of $250 in each of three categories; visitors will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to sample the winning recipes. The Home and Business Expo will be held from 4pm to 8pm Friday and 9am to 6pm Saturday at the Heritage Village Mall. The event is free to the public, and you’ll probably also walk away with lots of free stuff.

Deer Herd Lower Than Projected

3/13/09 – The state D-N-R announced its final estimate of Wisconsin’s deer herd Friday. The agency says about a million-deer were left, after last fall’s hunting seasons ended in January. Experts recently said they over-estimated the size of the herd a year ago – when it was listed at one-point-five million to one-point-seven million. The D-N-R’s Keith Warnke said about 453-thousand animals were killed last fall, down 13-percent from the previous year. Another 68-thousand wounded deer were left un-tagged. Earlier this week, the D-N-R said it would propose

four fewer zones this fall for the controversial earn-a-buck program – that seeks to reduce the deer herd by making hunters get does before shooting those trophy bucks. The head of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress was disappointed, saying he thought there would be no earn-a-buck zones in the fall.

Technology Changing the Playing Field for Hunters

3/13/09 – Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say emerging technologies could drive the need to change how a hunting gun is defined in Wisconsin. DNR conservation warden Tom Van Haren says the current law allows any gun that is discharged from the shoulder to hunt in the state. However, he says there’s a growing interest from people who want to hunt with guns that fire projectiles using electromagnetic fields, essentially using magnetism to propel rounds at a very high velocity. Van Haren says other technologies could be developed down the road as well, which haven’t even been thought about yet. The DNR has proposed new rules to limit the definition of a legal hunting gun to those that fire using gunpowder or compressed air. Van Haren says all traditional guns will still be allowed, and the proposed change is just to anticipate what may be coming next.