News – March 27, 2016

Water Flow On Farmland Troubling Dodge County Farmers


3/27/16 – Excess water flow from excessive rain and melting snow is causing problems on Dodge County farms.  That’s according to the County Land Conservation Marc Bethke who says heavy rains are resulting in gully erosion on a number of area farm fields.  Bethke says repairing gully erosion is a costly, time-consuming process.  According to Bethke, there are two steps to preventing this issue.  The first step is using conservation practices, such as contour farming or residue management, that reduce the amount of water running off the land.  Step two employs methods like critical area stabilization that protect the channel bottom of the area where concentrated flows occur.  Bethke says controlling gully erosion has a variety of benefits for the environment and farmers, including reduced soil erosion, sediment delivery, and phosphorous delivery and keeping crop soil productive.  Anyone who needs to protect their property from gully erosion or needs repair work from previous years’ gullies should contact the Dodge County Land Conservation Department.


DNR Officials Recommend Horicon Marsh Explorium


3/27/16 – Officials with the Department of Natural Resources have suggestions for family outings this spring. The DNR’s Wildlife Educator Liz Herzmann suggests going to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center to learn more about the marsh’s history and to enjoy a scenic hike. Herzmann says visitors to the marsh will have a unique opportunity to travel through time and explore exciting new features on display at the Horicon Marsh Explorium. Long before Horicon Marsh achieved international status as an important bird and wildlife area and a destination for outdoor recreation, she notes that glaciers carved a basin where a wetland would one day form. Horicon Marsh’s Explorium provides a glimpse of life at the marsh thousands of years before European settlement. Herzmann says the Explorium gives visitors of all ages an opportunity to look, listen, touch and even smell some of the changes the marsh has experienced.  After your Explorium experience, she says go out and enjoy the nearly five miles of hiking trails outside the education center.


Watertown-Based Bethesda Lutheran Names CIO


3/27/16 – A new Chief Information Officer has been named at Watertown-based Bethesda Lutheran Communities. Chris Rigoni will oversee the information technology department and program management office, which consists of teams that are responsible for providing technology solutions that support Bethesda’s business operations and technology strategy. He has helped numerous Fortune 100 clients develop and deliver IT strategies, systems implementations and applications support and will use those skills to focus on helping Bethesda fulfill its mission of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Rigoni is a United States Army Veteran who served as an aviation officer. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree, majoring in computer science. He is currently working toward his master’s degree from Benedict University in Illinois. Bethesda Lutheran Communities CEO and President Mike Thirtle says Rigoni has an impressive resume and history of service and he is confident that he will take their technology infrastructure to the next level.


Interim Director For Wisconsin ARC From Fond du Lac


3/27/16 – The Arc of Fond du Lac is the biggest Arc chapter in the state and one of the strongest. Naturally the National Arc chapter turned to David Boelter the executive director of the Fond du Lac chapter when they tabbed a new interim director for the state chapter. Boelter says he will fill in while a search is conducted for a permanent director for the state. He says the state chapter will focus on providing more support to the other 14 chapters in the state that provide services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


State Unemployment Rate Unchanged In February


3/27/16 – Wisconsin’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in February. Preliminary data from the state Department of Workforce Development shows the state’s unemployment rate was four-point-six percent in February, unchanged from January. The national unemployment rate was four-point-nine percent in February. Wisconsin added a total of 72-hundred nonfarm jobs last month. The state added eight thousand private sector jobs but lost 800 government jobs.


Dodge County Law Enforcement Executives Offer Scholarship


3/27/16 – Local high school seniors or current college students interested in a career in law enforcement have until the end of the week to apply for a scholarship opportunity. Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association Secretary-Treasurer Dave Beal – the police chief in Juneau – says the scholarship program is designed to assist a Dodge County resident who is pursuing a degree in criminal justice or related field at an accredited university or technical college. The applicant must be a full-time student as determined by the college or university. Scholarship applications may be obtained at your local police department, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, Dodge County-area high schools or any of the correctional facilities in the county. The Association includes all of the senior administrators of all the local law enforcement entities in Dodge County. The deadline is April 1. More information is on our website


For more information about this great opportunity please contact the Association’s Secretary/Treasurer Dave Beal of the Juneau Police Department at 920-386-4810 or e-mail [email protected]


Number Of Licensed Wisconsin Drivers Increasing


The number of licensed drivers in Wisconsin continues to edge upward. Mark Dickinson with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles: “At the end of 2015—last year—Wisconsin had just over 4.2 million licensed drivers in the state. And if you compare those numbers to the number of drivers that were here 25 years ago, it’s an increase of about 24 percent or over 812,000 more drivers on the roads.” Dickenson says the gender balance is pretty even but tilts slightly towards females who outnumber male drivers by about 10,200 drivers.

3/27/16 – The number of licensed drivers in Wisconsin continues to edge upward. According to the Division of Motor Vehicles, as of the first of this year, Wisconsin had 4,206,770 licensed drivers. That’s an increase of 24 percent or over 812,000 drivers compared to 25 years ago. Female drivers continue to slightly outnumber male drivers by 10,220 (2,108,495 females vs. 2,098,275 males).


Wayland Academy Offering Summer Robotics Camp


3/27/16 – Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam has announced dates for a three-day Robotics Camp this summer for youth entering sixth thru ninth grades. This is the second year Wayland has offered this opportunity with RED which stands for Robotics, Engineering and Design. The name builds off the STEAM principles of Science, Math, Engineering, Art and Design.  Youth will have an opportunity to explore, create and take home projects using the latest materials and technology in Wayland’s modern STEAM lab. The robotics camp will be held in the Science Education Center 9am to 3:30pm during two different sessions with session one is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, June 15-17th and session two the following week from Monday to Wednesday on June 20-22nd.  Contact information is on our website


Families are asked to contact Wayland Academy at (920) 356-2120 ext. 236 or email [email protected]  Tuition for camp is $145. All materials including the ARDUINO UNO KIT, a flash drive with Wayland lanyard, lunch, T-shirt, and a printed memento from a group are included in that fee.  A registration form can be found under the Camps and Conferences section of the Wayland website at  or a hard copy brochure may also be picked up at Wayland Academy. 


Fond du Lac Bike Loop To Be Ready For Walleye Weekend


3/27/16 – Fond du Lac Public Works Director Jordan Skiff says the Fond du Lac bicycle loop will be completed through Lakeside Park and on Camelot Drive this summer. He says work on the multi-use trail for bicycling and walking will begin after Walleye Weekend in the park. Skiff says it is something they wanted to do for some time. It was also something the Lakeside Park Exploratory Committee had recommended getting done.


Wisconsin City Among ‘Fattest In The United States’


3/27/16 – Milwaukee is among the fattest cities in the nation.  A WalletHub survey compared 100 of the most populated cities for weight-related problems.  Factors included percentage of physically inactive adults and percentage of overweight adults.  Milwaukee came in at 75th on its 2016 list of America’s fattest cities. Memphis, Tennessee is number one in the survey, followed by Shreveport, Louisiana, and Indianapolis, Indiana.





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