News – October 16, 2016

Dodge County Clerk Reminds Of Voter Registration Deadline


10/16/16 – Dodge County voters are reminded of an upcoming deadline for next month’s election.  Clerk Karen Gibson says voter registration by mail ends Wednesday.  She says anyone who has never registered to vote or has changed their name or address since last voting needs to fill out the voter registration form that can be found at either the ‘Wisconsin Election Commission’ or ‘My Vote’ websites.  The form needs to be completed, printed, and mailed to one’s municipal clerk.  Gibson says no electronic voter registration forms will be accepted.  After Wednesday, she says people can still register in person at their municipal clerk’s office or at the polls on Election Day.  The completed voter registration form is still needed along with proof of residence.  According to Gibson, acceptable proof of residence includes: a driver’s license, photo ID, utility bill, paycheck, pay stub, bank statement, military ID card, or official document from any level of government.  Gibson also reminds folks that the mailed in absentee ballot requests must be received by November 3.  She says a copy of a photo ID must be included with that request.  Gibson says anyone who does not have a photo ID should follow the steps on the ‘Wisconsin Election Commission’ website.  The general election is November 8.


Beaver Dam School Receives Mileage-Based Donation


10/16/16 – A Beaver Dam school was recently selected to receive a mileage-based donation.  The Walmart Foundation has made a $1,627 contribution to Wilson Elmentary School.  One cent was donated to Wilson for each accident-free mile Walmart’s Private Fleet truck drivers traveled during the week of August 13-19.  During this year’s program, Walmart has donated over $133,000 to schools nationally.


Former Governor To Speak In Beaver Dam This Week


10/16/16 – A former Wisconsin governor is speaking in Beaver Dam this week. The Dementia Concerns Coalition is hosting a program featuring guest speaker Martin Schreiber, who served as governor in the Badger State from 1977-1979. The 77-year-old Schreiber will speak as part of “The Dementia and Aging Crisis: The Cost to Communities, A Summit to Understand the Challenges Before the Crisis.” Organizers say Schreiber has been a caregiver for his wife who has Alzheimer’s. The program will be held at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Beaver Dam on Thursday.


Local Lawmaker Urging Students To Sign Up For Legislative Program


10/16/16 – A local lawmaker is inviting Wisconsin high schoolers to get an up-close look at state government.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says applications are being accepted for the 2017 Wisconsin Senate Scholars program, which allows participants to work with Senators, legislative staff, and University of Wisconsin faculty while attending events within the legislative session.  To be eligible, students must be between the ages of 16-18, be enrolled in a Wisconsin high school or accepted home school program, and demonstrate responsibility in their application.  To get more information on the program or download an application, search ‘Senate Scholar’ on the Wisconsin Legislature’s website.  Applications must be received by January 16, and participants will be notified of their admission status by February 3.  This year’s program dates have not been determined.


Fall Colors Peaking In Large Part Of Wisconsin


10/16/16 – Wisconsin’s annual nature show is in full swing in most areas. The state Tourism Department says fall colors are at their peaks in much of the northern two thirds of the Badger State. Travel Wisconsin Dot Com says a few counties in the far north are past their peaks — but much of the southern region is at 35 to 40 percent of the shiniest red, yellow, and orange leaves. The far south does not normally peak until late October, anyway — so that region still has a couple of good weeks of viewing left.


Heat Bills Expected To Rise In Wisconsin This Winter


10/16/16 – The U-S Energy Department says folks in the Midwest can expect to pay $150 more than last winter to heat their homes with natural gas. But Wisconsin utilities say the increase won’t be that high. The federal government says it expects a 30% rise in Midwest natural gas bills, due to higher fuel costs and a colder winter than last year’s extremely mild season. We Energies, which provides natural gas to most of Wisconsin, says its preliminary findings show much smaller increases than what the federal government is saying — and the Wisconsin Public Service utility expects about a 10% increase. Propane and heating oil customers can also expect price hikes, but officials say they’ll be smaller than the average for the past five years.


Electric Rates Reportedly Causing Problems In Wisconsin


10/16/16 – Manufacturers say Wisconsin electric rates are so high; they’re threatening the state’s efforts to improve the economy. Todd Stuart of the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group says the state’s largest factories are paying an average of 13% more for their power than competitors elsewhere — and some of his members are paying $1,000,000 per month for electricity. The U-S Energy Administration says power prices are dropping around the country, but they’ve still gone a little higher in Wisconsin. The state’s Public Service Commission says utility rate increases have leveled off in the recent past. The P-S-C’s Elise Nelson says the panel approved $5,000,000 less for electric rates last year — and not the combined $144,000,000 in rate increases the utilities sought.


Record Number Of Dogs Killed During Gray Wolf Season


10/16/16 – State wildlife officials say a record number of hunting dogs were killed by gray wolves in the recent bear hunting season. The D-N-R says at least 40 hunting dogs were confirmed dead during the bear hunt that ended Tuesday — way up from the previous record of 23. Some people blame a federal court decision which ended the state’s wolf hunt almost two years ago, while some say bear hunters should have the good sense to stay away from areas where their dogs could be put in jeopardy. The D-N-R’s Dave MacFarland says everyone agrees that we should not see a new record of hunting dog deaths in future bear seasons. He says the agency will conduct a study to get to the bottom of what happened.


Wisconsinites Urged To Get Flu Shots


10/16/16 -Flu season is underway in Wisconsin. And with some people hospitalized already, state health officials say it’s time to get your flu shot. October and November are said to be the best times for people to get vaccinated — especially those who are most likely to get the flu like seniors, young children, pregnant women, diabetics, and others with chronic conditions. State epidemiologist Tom Haupt says those who choose not to get vaccinated are at risk of infecting others. Haupt says it’s too early to tell how severe the flu will be this winter.


Beaver Dam Mayor Holding Listening Sessions


10/16/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is hosting another round of listening sessions Tuesday.  Kennedy offers city residents a chance to sit down with him in a one-on-one setting, without an appointment, on the first and third Tuesday of every month, which is typically the day after each regular common council meeting. The listening sessions are on the first floor of City Hall, in Room 158, from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday. Kennedy says private meetings can also be arranged by appointment through the mayor’s office.