News – May 26, 2016

Another Case Of Elizabethkingia Reported


5/26/16 – The state health agency has confirmed one more case of the Elizabethkingia bacteria. It now confirms 61 cases in 12 counties in the southeast quarter of Wisconsin. The number of possible cases remains at four — and 19 people have died in the state after contracting the bacteria, and that includes one of the unconfirmed cases. At least one death has occurred in Dodge County. State and federal health investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the outbreak, which began late last year in the Badger State. One person has died in Michigan from the Wisconsin version of the bacteria, and one has died in Illinois — and most deaths involve elderly people with other underlying health issues.


Columbus Intersection Begins Tuesday


5/26/16 – Work on the Columbus intersection of State Highways 16 and 60 will begin the day after Memorial Day. The intersection reconstruction on the northwestern edge of Columbus will be funded by state and federal monies. Over the past five years the intersection has been the scene of several accidents, including one fatality. Although traffic will be reduced to one lane during construction, the entire roadway is not scheduled to be closed. The intersection will become a four-way stop on June 3rd then have new set of signals and lights when the project is completed.


Beaver Dam Man Found Guilty Of Burglary


5/26/16 – A Beaver Dam man pled no contest yesterday for his role in a pair of Randolph home break-ins.  Dylan Turner was found guilty on a felony Burglary count, along with three other felonies and two misdemeanors from unrelated cases.  The 23-year-old was part of a group that stole cash and electronics from a vacationing couple who got home earlier than expected in October 2013.  A second burglary happened at Turner’s father’s house within two weeks of the first incident.  Turner will be sentenced August 11.  Cody Anderson of Beaver Dam was sentenced to five months in jail for his role in the break-ins, and Dywone Clay of Madison, who has also been accused, is scheduled to make his initial appearance next month.


Beaver Dam Police Looking For Burglary Suspects


5/26/16 – The Beaver Dam Police Department is asking people to be on the lookout for two suspects.  According to a press release from Chief John Kreuziger, 45-year-old Daniel Johnson and 52-year-old Anthony Babic have been involved in a series of burglaries to area bars, gas stations, and businesses.  Anyone with information should contact Beaver Dam police or local law enforcement.


Dems Criticize Republicans For Bathroom Bill Lawsuit


5/26/16 – An Assembly Democrat says the state Justice Department should fight crime instead of filing what she calls “political litigation.” Chris Taylor of Madison was referring to Attorney General Brad Schimel’s decision to join ten other states in suing against the new federal “bathroom rules” that let transgender school kids use restrooms of their chosen genders. The governor’s office says Scott Walker approved the lawsuit, but he remains undecided about a Wisconsin bill to make people use restrooms of the genders they were born with. A state G-O-P bill for public schools failed to pass this year, and Kewaskum Assembly Republican Jesse Kremer says he’ll try again next session — and he’ll apply it to all public restrooms, similar to the North Carolina law that triggered the federal action. Schimel says Wisconsin won’t tolerate President Barack Obama’s efforts to “rewrite” laws without congressional approval, but Taylor says it’s turning the state Justice agency into a “right wing law firm.”


NRB Approves County Deer Harvest Quotas


5/26/16 – The deer harvest recommendations from all 72 Wisconsin counties have been approved.  The Natural Resources Board gave the green light yesterday to the Deer Advisory Councils’ requests from earlier this spring.  Dodge County’s antlerless harvest quota for the 2016 season is set at 2,725, the same as last year.  A total of 1,450 bonus tags will be available in Dodge County, 1,325 on private land and 125 on public grounds.  Columbia County’s harvest quota is 8,800, and a total of 3,000 bonus tags will be distributed.  Jefferson County’s deer quota is at 1,350.  A total of 1,025 tags will be available.  Fond du Lac County’s has its quota set at 2,500 with 3,250 bonus tags available.  Washington County’s harvest quota is 2,850 with 1,750 bonus tags up for grabs.  Green Lake County’s quota is 4,800 with 2,750 bonus tags available.  Holiday hunts, which run between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, will be offered in 13 of the state’s 72 counties, including Columbia and Green Lake counties.


Beaver Dam 175th Anniversary Parade Looking For Entries


5/26/16 – Beaver Dam’s 175th Anniversary Parade is drawing a large number of entrants.  Nearly two months before the event, Organizer Kay Appenfeldt says they already have over 90 entries. The parade will start at 10 am on Saturday, July 16.  Appenfeldt says the parade will start at Beichl Avenue and disperse at South Center Street.  Registration is free and open through June 1 by calling 920-887-1693.  Entries should be no longer than 40 feet.


Liberian Man Translating Bible To Present In Beaver Dam


5/26/16 – There are 16 native languages in Liberia.  Paul Stevens is part of a team translating the Bible from English into each of those 16.  Stevens, who is the Director of the Liberian Bible Society, says at least 11 translations are complete and three more are in the works.  He says a large team is necessary since it takes 8-12 years to translate the Bible into just one of those languages.  Don Slager of Beaver Dam is a consultant for the project and proofreads the translated Bibles upon completion.  He says one of the difficult parts is translating a passage that deals with something many Liberians are unfamiliar with, such as snow.  Instead of saying ‘your sins will be white as snow,’ Slager says the team goes with a more familiar analogy such as ‘your sins will be as clean as a white cloth.’  Stevens says his motivation for working with this project is to help bring his countrymen closer to God by allowing them to read His word in their mother tongue.  Stevens and Slager will give a presentation on the Bible translations titled “One Language to Another” tonight at the Beaver Dam Community Library from 6-7:30 pm.


Ripon Cookie Factory Shutting Down Final Wing


5/26/16 – The last cookie plant in Ripon is closing. That plant is now owned by Treehouse Foods. It remained open after ConAgra Foods closed the main plant, which employed 285 people. The remaining smaller factory will close in the final quarter of this year. Ripon Mayor Gary Will says it is unfortunate news for the 60 workers who make their sugar wafer cookies.  Will says when ConAgra Foods closed its warehouse in Ripon last year, most of those employees found work elsewhere in the area.  Recently, Alliance Laundry Systems announced a $62.6 million expansion, which is expected to create 200 new jobs. As for being “Cookie Town U.S.A.”, Will says the City will always have that history. Treehouse acquired the plant in Ripon earlier this year. It will also close a plant in California that has 660 employees.


Wisconsin Not Represented In Sperling Be


5/26/16 – Wisconsin will not be represented in today’s (Thursday’s) finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. All three Badger State contestants were eliminated after a pair of preliminary rounds in National Harbor, Maryland. Thirteen-year-old state champion Veronica Goveas of Menomonee Falls and 12-year-old Martius Bautista of Janesville each spelled both of their verbal words correctly to a team of judges — and their eliminations were based on their scores from a written multiple choice test on Tuesday. Wisconsin’s third contestant, 13-year-old Nathan Jarrett, spelled “euphotic” incorrectly in his second verbal round. Forty-five of the 285 national contestants will compete in two sets of finals today and tonight.