News – November 26, 2016

Waupun Corrections Officer Hospitalized Following Attack


11/26/16 – A correctional officer at the Waupun Correctional Institution was taken to a hospital after authorities say the officer was attacked by an inmate on Thanksgiving. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a report of an assault on a staff member at the prison about 7 P-M Thursday. A spokesman for the Department of Corrections says the injured officer was transported to a hospital. No information was released on the officer’s condition. The jail was put on temporary lockdown.


Juvenile Corrections Staff Training More Effective


11/26/16 – Wisconsin’s embattled juvenile corrections facility is starting to get more highly trained guards, and supervisors have been taught to be more effective. State administrator John Paquin tells the Wisconsin State Journal that new guards must go through a seven week “pre service academy” before they can work at the Lincoln Hills boys’ school and Copper Lake girls’ facility near Irma in Lincoln County. Paquin says the first class of 24 guards completed their academy training in October, and everyone who supervises the guards have been shown how to communicate better, put a lid on volatile situations, and respond better to incidents. Two federal investigations continue at the Irma institutions, amid numerous allegations of inmate abuse and other misconduct, along with alleged civil rights violations. Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher ordered the changes after virtually all former officials responsible for the youth facilities either quit or were let go.


School Colors Theme Of Downtown Beaver Dam Water Tower


11/26/16 – The new paint job on water tower in downtown Beaver Dam will feature the colors and logo of the school district. Director of Utilities Rob Minnema says the support beams will be white and the basin will be green and gold with an image of the school mascot, a beaver waring a boxing glove, featured prominently. The tank in the downtown Tower parking lot was built in 1936 and received an extensive interior and exterior recoating in 1986. In 2007, the maintenance contract allowed for a high-pressure wash and low-quality recoat. Today, the tower is experiencing several spots with rust bleed-through. A recent inspection revealed that the paint is failing, though the metal structure itself is in good condition.  The complete exterior recoat is estimated to cost between $650-and-$700-thousand. A new tower, by contrast, would cost a minimum of $1.3-million dollars. Minnema says bidding for the recoating is slated for January and when the bids come back city officials will find out of the project will be completed this year or next year. There is only a small window of good weather in the summer that is ideal for recoating a water tower. The city’s newest water tower, in the 151 business park on the north side of town, will not need maintenance for several years. The water tower at North Spring and Industrial Drive was last painted in 2003 and is expected to remain in good condition for the next five-to-ten years. The Industrial Drive tank received a complete sand-blasting and high quality paint job and an inspection conducted this year showed the interior and exterior to be in good condition needing only a paint touch-up and exterior wash.


Small Business Saturday Activities In Beaver Dam, Columbus


11/26/16 – The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce and its members are again participating in ‘Small Business Saturday.’  The Chamber’s Executive Director Phil Fritsche says the event is a response to the time and money spent at big box stores on Black Friday by encouraging shoppers to support local, family-run businesses. Participating Beaver Dam businesses are going about things a little differently this year with Small Business Saturday spanning the entire holiday shopping season.   Fritsche says shoppers will again be able to obtain passport from the Chamber that they will fill with stamps from local businesses except this year, stamps can be collected until Christmas Eve instead of all in one day. Prizes include historic local prints values at over $100 and a years’ worth of popcorn from Chippy’s among others. More information is at Meanwhile, in Columbus from 1pm to 5pm this afternoon, downtown businesses are celebrating Small Business Saturday with a ten station “Wine Walk.” The public is invited to shop, stop and sip wine at ten selected stops in downtown Columbus. Shoppers will get one four-ounce glass of wine at each stop, which must be emptied before heading out the door.


Mayville Changes ATV/UTV Policy


11/26/16 – Changes were recently made to the City of Mayville’s policy on using terrain vehicles on city streets.  The common council passed the ordinance this month that allows ATVs and UTVs to travel on the final 1,089-foot stretch of city property on Mayville’s eastern limits.  Police Chief Chris MacNeill says that stretch of roadway will help connect previously established ATV trails that end at McArthur Road and resume at Highway Y.  MacNeill says the ordinance will also allow riders to access local businesses such as the Kwik Trip on Main Street, BP on Horicon Street, and Mayville Inn.  MacNeill says ATV and UTV riders must follow the rules spelled out in Williamstown’s town ordinance that includes: proper vehicle registration, proper licensing for operators, using proper lighting during dark hours, and obeying the 25 mile per hour speed limit.


DNR To Adopt Federal Air Pollution Standards


11/26/16 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is expected to adopt federal air pollution standards for the state at its meeting December 14th.  It took four years to reach this point.  The Environmental Protection Agency released stricter limit on fine particulate matter in January 2013 and Wisconsin law requires the D-N-R to match those standards.  Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit two years ago to force the state agency to take that step.  The suit was settled last year.


Pipeline Protestors Receive Help From Northern Wisconsin


11/26/16 – One dozen people from northern Wisconsin have spent this week delivering a van-load of supplies to protesters at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.  Those protesters are trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.  Members of the group are from the area around Lac du Flambeau and Bad River.  Supporters say the people protesting the pipeline should be called “water protectors.” The Wisconsin group brought warm clothes, blankets, food, medical supplies, earplugs and goggles.  They are expected to return home today (Saturday).