News – May 31, 2016

Beaver Dam Holds Annual Memorial Day Festivities


5/31/16 – Large crowds turned out for Beaver Dam’s annual Memorial Day parade and service yesterday.  Things got underway with a river ceremony at the Tower Parking Lot.  A wreath was dropped into the river to honor local veterans lost at sea.  The parade followed with over 30 entries and a theme of ‘Veterans Serving the Beaver Dam area for 175 Years.’  After the roughly hour long parade, festivities moved to the Oakwood Cemetery with the annual memorial service.  This year’s featured speaker was Dodge County Veteran’s Services Officer Andrew Miller.  He started by reminding people of the holiday’s true meaning: to remember and honor those who lost their lives defending our country.  The retired Sergeant First Class said too many people simply view Memorial Day as an extra day off work or an opportunity to go shopping.  Miller urged his fellow veterans to continue sharing their stories.  He says it is important to pay the debt to those who gave their lives in battle by never forgetting their selfless actions.  In addition to Miller’s speech, a handful of area veterans read patriotic poems, and the Beaver Dam High School marching band performed.


New Book Documents Beaver Dam’s History


5/31/16 – AMVETS Post 33 in Beaver Dam helped publish a book on the city’s history.  As part of Beaver Dam’s 175th Anniversary, AMVET Bob Frankenstein assembled information dating back to the city’s founding and its original settlers.  While the focus is on Beaver Dam, Frankenstein says the book also touches on surrounding communities.  The book is in its second printing.  Copies are available for $15 at the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Dam Community Library, Dodge County Historical Society, and Watermark Community and Senior Center.


Senate Panel Holding Hearing Today


5/31/16 – A U-S Senate panel will hold a hearing in Tomah today (Tuesday), after it reportedly found flaws in the way the V-A’s watchdog investigated drug problems at its hospital in Tomah. U-S-A Today obtained the 350-page report from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, which found that the V-A inspector general’s office dismissed important evidence from its two year probe ending in 2014 — and it did not have standards to define wrongdoing. The Senate probe also confirmed earlier reports that the V-A did not publicly release its findings that two Tomah providers gave excess painkillers to patients, and the inspector general’s probe was closed a few months before Stevens Point Marine Jason Simcakoski died at Tomah in 2014 from a mixture of drugs. Once the problems were disclosed last year, the V-A did another investigation and released Tomah’s director and chief of staff. A new inspector general took over last month, but U-S-A Today says the top health care investigators remain — including the one who did not release the original Tomah report.


Brandon Residents Cleaning Up From F-1 Tornado


5/31/16 – Brandon residents spent their Memorial Day weekend cleaning up debris left behind by an EF-1 tornado that swept through the village in the western part of Fond du Lac County Friday night. About twenty-five homes had damage to them. National Weather Service officials say the tornado moved from south to north along about a four mile path. Village Fire Chief Mark Horvath says damage occurred in about a four to six block area.


Two Killed In Columbia County Crash


5/31/16 – Two people have died and two others are hospitalized after a head-on traffic crash near Portage. It happened about 7:20pm Monday night on Highway 33 at an intersection in the town of Fort Winnebago. Details were not immediately released, but officials say high speed and alcohol may have been apparent factors — and an investigation continues. The victims’ names were not immediately released.


Milwaukee Man Injured In Dodge County Motorcycle Accident


5/31/16 – A 31-year-old Milwaukee man was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a deer early Monday morning in the Town of Theresa.  The man reportedly did not have a valid motorcycle license and was not wearing a helmet.  He was taken to the hospital by Flight for Life.


Two Democrats Face August Primary


5/31/16 – At least two Wisconsin Senate Democrats face primary challenges on August ninth. The deadline is late Wednesday for county, state, and congressional candidates to file nomination papers for the fall elections. Democrat Jared Landry of La Farge has filed for the seat held by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse. And Senate Democrat Lena Taylor of Milwaukee has opposition from Assembly Democrat Mandela Barnes. Also, former Senate Republican Dan Kapanke of La Crosse is trying to win Shilling’s seat — which he held until he was recalled in 2011, and Kapanke also expects a primary challenge from John Sarnowski. Five Assembly members also have primary challengers who’ve announced their bids — and all but one of the seats involved are held by Democrats.


Golf Outing To Raise Money For Cancer Research


5/31/16 – An annual women’s golf tournament is returning for a twelfth year.  The Beaver Dam Community Hospital will hold the Pink Ribbon Classic at Old Hickory Golf Club next month.  The event promotes breast cancer awareness.  Committee Member Shirley Kitchen says all proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nationwide effort that funds breast cancer research and promotes awareness.  Registration and lunch begins at 10 am on June 8.  The shot gun starts at noon and dinner rounds out the day along with a presentation on 3-D mammography from Milwaukee Radiology Doctor Orlin Hadjiev.  Cost is $95 per player.  Registration can be completed by calling 920-887-7534.


Downtown Activities Part Of BD Anniversary Celebration


5/31/16 – A day of downtown activities next month will help commemorate Beaver Dam’s 175th anniversary.  On June 25, festivities will kick off from 8 am to 1 pm at the Watermark Community and Senior Center with a popular event from years past.  Community Activities and Services Department Coordinator Evonne Boettge says vendors are encouraged to sell whatever vintage items they would like at Ridikulous Days, “the more ridiculous the better.”  That will be followed by the Dodge County Historical Society’s lawn party from 1 to 4 pm.  Events include burying a time capsule, live music, and performances from in-character actors from the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre portraying historical figures.  Throughout 2016, the city is holding a number of events to commemorate the 175th anniversary.


Dodge County Home Sales Up Last Month


5/31/16 – Wisconsin home sales were significantly up in April from the same month last year.  According to the Wisconsin Realtor’s Association, 7,078 homes were sold in the Badger State last month, up from 6,505 last April.  The median sales price jumped from $154,000 to nearly $162,000.  In Dodge County, the 85 houses sold in April were four more than the same month last year.  The median sales price of $135,000 was up from $118,500.  Columbia County’s 66 sales were two less than the previous April, but the median sales price jumped $7,000 to $159,000.  Jefferson County had 89 homes sold last month, up eight from April 2015.  The median sales price increased as well, $155,000 to $172,500.  In Washington County, the 170 sales last month were three more than the previous April.  The $205,000 median selling price was up from $196,500.  Fond du Lac County had an extra 17 homes sold this April, up from 87.  The median sales price dropped from $113,000 to just over $106,000.  Green Lake County’s 16 house sales were three less than last April.  The median selling price was down significantly from $136,000 to $82,000.


Wisconsinites Misspell Vacuum Most Often


5/31/16 – Wisconsinites apparently have the most trouble spelling the word “vacuum.” Google Trends observed the recent National Spelling Bee by tweeting a map of the U-S which shows the most common word that people in each state search for when typing “how to spell” in the search box. Wisconsinites are not alone, as folks in Montana and Maine also forget that vacuum has one “C” and two “U”s. Google says Michigan residents have the most trouble spelling “gray,” which is “A-Y,” not “E-Y.” Of Wisconsin’s other neighbors, Google says Minnesotans search the word “broccoli” the most when trying to spell it — and the other most troublesome words are “maintenance” in Iowa, and “appreciate” i