News – November 19, 2016

Local Home Sale Prices Up In October


11/19/16 – October prices for home sales were up in a handful of local counties and statewide compared to last year.  Dodge County saw 85 homes sold last month, six more than October 2015.  The median sales price was up $15,000 to $145,000.  Jefferson County’s 120 houses sold last month were ten more than last October with the median sales price up $17,000 to nearly $176,000.  In Fond du Lac County, the 122 homes that exchanged hands last month was the same number as October 2015.  The median sales price jumped over $25,000 to $145,000.  Green Lake County had 23 homes sold in October, five fewer than the same month last year, but the median sales price was up over $37,000 to $150,000.  A couple local counties went against the price trend.  In Columbia County, the median sales price was $160,000 both of the last two Octobers.  Last month, the 72 homes sold were 15 less than October 2015.  Washington County’s median sales price had a year-to-year drop of $21,000 to $209,000.  However, there were an additional 21 homes sold with 180 houses changing hands in October 2016.  Statewide, 6,718 homes got new owners last month, 17 less than last October.  The median sales price was up $10,000 to $165,000.


Multiple Waupun Candidates Starting Reelection Process


11/19/16 – Multiple incumbents in Waupun’s city government have expressed interest in holding their seats.  According to City Clerk Angie Hull, declaration of candidacy and campaign registration statements have been filed by Mayor Julie Nickel, District One Alderman Jason Westphal, and District Three Alderman Ryan Mielke.  A declaration of non-candidacy has been filed by District Five Alderman Mike Johnson.  Waupun resident Bobbi Vossekuil has filed a declaration of candidacy and campaign registration statement for the fifth district seat.  Anyone interested in running for office can contact Hull to get the required forms.  Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers on December 1.  Those papers along with candidacy declarations and campaign registration statements are due back to the clerk’s office by January 3 at 5 pm.  The spring election is April 4.  A primary will be held on February 21, if needed.


Walker Hints At Another Term


11/19/16 – Republican Scott Walker is again hinting that he’ll seek a third term as Wisconsin’s governor in 2018. He made that indication earlier this year, and he dropped the hint again this week in a live chat on Facebook. Walker mentioned long-range goals beyond the next two years, saying his top priority is to make sure Wisconsinites “get the education and training they need to succeed.” Walker’s second four-year term runs out at the end of 2018, and he has won three statewide elections with margins that grew each time, including a 2012 recall contest. The governor recently said he would definitely not run for a fourth term in 2022. But that was before Republicans made larger and unexpected gains in their majorities in both houses of the Legislature.


New Attire Color Debuts As Gun-Deer Season Begins


11/19/16 – The blaze orange army has a new pink colored division as it enters the woods for the start this year’s gun-deer season. DNR Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says with a change in state law, hunters are now able to wear blaze or fluorescent pink for the hunt, which state officials hope will attract more women to the sport.  This year’s gun-deer season runs through November 27.


Beaver Dam Gathering Spot Recently Honored


11/19/16 – An honor was recently bestowed upon a local gathering place.  Beaver Dam’s Watermark Community and Senior Center was again accredited by the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers.  Community Activities and Services Administrator Evonne Boettge says Beaver Dam’s senior center has been accredited for roughly 20 years, dating back to its old location on East Third Street, and notes the accreditation process includes an examination of the center’s policies and procedures.  Now that her major goal of making the Watermark a reality is accomplished, Boettge hopes to enhance the building by adding an outdoor green space and additional exercise areas.  Boettge also hopes the woodshop, which was in the old senior center building and has since moved to the Don Smith Learning Academy, will enter the Watermark.  The Watermark opened earlier this year and is located at 209 South Center Street.


Chamber Offering Annual Holiday Christmas Raffle


11/19/16 – Beaver Dam residents have a chance to get some extra cash in their wallet.  The Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual ‘Christmas Cash Raffle.’  Tickets for the 50/50 drawing went on sale yesterday and are sold for $5 each or five for $20.  Chamber President Phil Fritsche says the winning ticket will be drawn at the chamber’s Christmas party on Wednesday, December 21.  He says the winner typically receives around $1,000.  Tickets are available at the chamber office, Piggly Wiggly, and Rechek’s Food Pride.


Wisconsin Thanksgiving Should Cost Less


11/19/16 – Wisconsin families should see cheaper bills when buying their Thanksgiving dinner.  According to an annual survey from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, the total price of twelve staples of a Thanksgiving dinner cost $47.91 in the Badger State this November, down $2.17 from last year.  Items include a 16-pound turkey, a gallon of milk, pumpkin pie ingredients, and various vegetables.


Wisconsin Restaurant Owner Headed To Prison


11/19/16 – A Milwaukee area restaurateur will spend two years in prison for conspiring with his wife and son to skim millions of dollars in cash from his business and failing to report the money as income. Federal prosecutors say Paul Bouraxis also paid workers in cash to avoid payroll taxes. Prosecutors say Bouraxis’ son, Andreas, will serve a year and a day after his father is released from prison. Bouraxis’ wife, Freida, will serve six months of house arrest and three years of probation. Bouraxis’ son-in-law, Ray Awadallah, managed one of the family’s three restaurants and was also sentenced to house arrest and probation for cheating on his taxes. Federal officials say more than three million was skimmed from the restaurants.


Beaver Dam Public Works Garage Schedule Changing


11/19/16 – The Beaver Dam Public Works Garage will be closed on Saturdays after today. Yard waste can be dropped off at the facility at 640 South Center Street for the last time //from10am //until 2pm today. Saturday hours will resume in the spring. The public works garage remains open weekdays 7am to 3:30pm.


Holiday Event In Fall River Today


11/19/16 – Folks in Fall River have a chance to do some of their holiday shopping today.  The Oaks Holiday Fair is being held at the Savanna Oaks Community Center.  The event runs from 9 am to 3 pm, and there is free parking at the corner of Highway 16 and Savanna Road.