News – May 22, 2016

Something Special From Wisconsin Breakfast Today


5/22/16 – The 29th Annual “Something Special From Wisconsin Breakfast” is being held today at the Beaver Dam High School Cafeteria.  Russ Kottke with the Beaver Dam Agri-Business Association says he’s got his big frying pan a-heated up.  The money raised from today’s breakfast is dedicated to the Beaver Dam FFA Scholarship Fund at the Dodge County 4-H.  Food is served from 7:30am to 12:30pm.  Tickets at the door cost $7 per adult and $3 for each child; kids under 12 are free.


BDCH Wins Health Transformation Award


5/22/16 – The Beaver Dam Community Hospital has been recognized for moving health care forward.  The hospital was recently presented with a Health Transformation Award from The Alliance, a Madison-based non-profit cooperative of Midwest employers.  Two reasons for cited in BDCH winning the award: being named to the Leapfrog Group’s top rural hospital list for two straight years and a commitment to improve community health through the Blue Zones Project.


Columbus Having Difficulty Finding Teachers


5/22/16 – Certified school teachers in some technical areas are becoming harder to find in Wisconsin schools. Certified teachers in Agriculture, Family Consumer Science and other areas of decreasing interest make it difficult for school districts to recruit. The loss of a certified Family Consumer Science teacher in Columbus at the end of this year will cause the school board and administration to take a look at the Family Consumer Science program and related courses in the Kindergarten-thru-12 system. The hire of a new certified Agriculture teacher who will start on July 1st was considered a real accomplishment by the district school board.


Adams Co Ambulance Service Shut Down


5/22/16 – Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the Adams County ambulance service, so it has been shut down.  Nearby ambulances are covering the eight communities in central Adams County when 9-1-1 calls come in.  Among the problems were safety violations in two of the three ambulances the service was using.  State officials say the company has no D-E-A certification and no mutual aid agreements with surrounding agencies for backup.  Baraboo Ambulance will provide coverage until next Friday.


Dems Criticize Bills That Restrict Local Authority


5/22/16 – Since Republicans took control of the State Capitol in 2011, they’ve passed 128 bills that restrict the authority of local governments. The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau listed the measures at the request of Assembly Assistant Democratic Minority Leader Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point. She cited Madison’s takeover of county shoreland zoning rules as an example of “blatant government overreach,” and she pointed that Democrats gave no support whatsoever to 80 of the 128 bills on the list. Tom Evenson of Governor Scott Walker’s office says some of the bills Shankland criticized resulted in lower taxes. He said the Act Ten limits on public employee bargaining was “arguably the greatest measure taken to empower local governments in at least a generation.”


Heavy Travel Expected For Holiday Weekend


5/22/16 – If you’re planning a Memorial Day weekend trip, you’ll have more company on the highways. The Wisconsin Triple-A says over 755-thousand state residents plan to go somewhere during the holiday period that starts Thursday. That’s an increase of 2.2-percent from last year. The Triple-A’s national prediction of 38-million travelers is the most since 2005 and the second highest on record. One reason is low gas prices, even though they’ve been rising lately.


Memorial Day Click-It-Or-Ticket Campaign Starts Monday.


5/22/16 – To emphasize the life-saving importance of wearing a seat belt, state and local law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will participate in the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization from Monday, May 23 through June 5. Currently, about 86 percent of Wisconsin motorists buckle up—an all-time high—but too many travelers still aren’t getting the message. Of all the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin motor vehicle crashes last year, about half were not buckled up. Along with enhanced law enforcement, the safety campaign will also include TV, radio and Internet messages featuring former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver. Electronic message boards along key travel corridors will also remind motorists to buckle-up.


Dodge County Reminding Farmers Of Implement Law Changes


5/22/16 – Dodge County’s Traffic Safety Commission is reminding people about recent state statute changes that affect farming vehicles.  Since November, motorists have not been allowed to pass Implements of Husbandry in no-passing zones.  All implements over 12 feet long must have either a yellow or amber rotating strobe or beacon light mounted at its highest practical point or have two flashing amber lights visible from the front and rear.  Any implement over 15 feet wide must have two amber flashing warning lights that are visible for 500 feet from the front and rear.  In darkness, each side of each vehicle in the implement’s train needs to have one red or amber light, one red or amber reflector, or one SMV symbol displayed.  Any implement that typically travels under 25 miles per hour must have a slow-moving vehicle emblem displayed at all times.


Waupun Police Selling Stuffed K-9 Dogs


5/22/16The Waupun Police Department is selling stuffed K9s to help fund the purchase of a real K9. Chief Dale Heeringa says their current police dog YAKO is eight-and-a-half-years-old and has about another year before retirement, but they want to start the fundraising effort now. The stuffed K9s come with a vest, Waupun Police badge, and the collar features a little bone on it. Only 100 were ordered and they go for $15 each. Those who are interested in one should contact the police department.


Beaver Dam Safety Officials Collaborating For Open House


5/22/16 – Public safety workers will come together for an event in Beaver Dam next month.  The Beaver Dam Community Hospital is hosting its ninth annual Safety First Open House.  The city’s police, fire, and EMT personnel will be on hand.  A MedFlight helicopter will land on the hospital’s emergency department roof pad.  People can also tour an ambulance and fire truck and look into fatal vision goggles.  The event offers car seat and bicycle safety inspections, child ID fingerprinting, and DNA kits.  People can dispose of any unwanted medications and personal documents.  Presentations include CPR training and family health and nutrition.  The free event runs from 9am to Noon on June 4.


Area Gardeners Can Call For Expert Help


5/22/16 – Area residents have a free service they can turn to for help with gardening this season.  The Dodge County Master Gardeners are again offering their ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ program.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Master Gardener Carol Shirk says they answer a wide variety of questions, especially ones related to tomato plants.  Through September 1, the gardeners will answer questions in person at Juneau’s County Administration Building Tuesdays from 9am-Noon and Thursdays from 1-4pm.  They also take calls during those hours at 920-386-3790.  People can also email questions to [email protected] year-round.