News – October 17, 2019

(Horicon) Horicon Bank has finalized its merger with Markesan State Bank. It has been in the works for months and is now complete. On Tuesday, Markesan State Bank opened its four locations under the Horicon Bank brand. Those locations are in Markesan, Randolph, and Waupun. Horicon Bank now operates 19 locations in seven counties. Its total assets are $880 million.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Clinic has an agreement in place to purchase two health facilities from Ascension. Saint Clare Hospital in Weston and Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls will transfer to Marshfield Clinic under a memo of understanding signed by both companies this week. The deal means Marshfield clinic will scrap plans for a new hospital on Plaza Drive in Wausau. In May, Marshfield completed its affiliation with the Beaver Dam Community Hospital.

(Fall River) A Columbia County judge found probable cause yesterday (Wednesday) for a Fall River man to proceed to trial for his eighth OWI. Michael Ormosen reportedly had two drinks at a Fall River bar before hopping on his motorcycle. The 45-year-old allegedly accelerated rapidly before driving the bike into a parked car that apparently belonged to the bartender who served him. He fled and was taken into custody at his residence. Ormosen, who was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety as a condition of bond, reportedly failed a field sobriety test. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen was placed on probation for two years yesterday (Wednesday) for running from police. Beaver Dam police responded to reports of two motorcycles doing wheelies in April. Officers located one of the motorcycles, sparking a pursuit that reached speeds of over 100-miles-per-hour. Brenan Jordan crashed on County Highway G and took off running into a nearby fence line. After a quarter-mile, Jordan gave up as the officer closed in. The 18-year-old apologized saying that he did not want to get caught because he does not have a motorcycle license.

(Beaver Dam) It took a little less than one hour to cap a major gas leak in Beaver Dam yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. Authorities responded at 12:40pm to Maple and La Crosse streets. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says city water utility workers clipped the two-inch line. There were no evacuations, but residents nearby were asked to shelter in place. Electric service in the area was also shut-off to eliminate ignition sources, which Mannel says is protocol. No injuries were reported.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam based non-profit saw a record number of families served last month. Over 300 individuals were aided by the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in the month of September. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Store Manager Ben Nelson said their food pantry has a big impact on the community. He says over 3000 households have benefited, including nearly 6000 adults and over 3200 children that have been given food on a monthly basis.

(Berlin) Berlin Police recently shared the love on Facebook. Someone left notes tucked under the windshield wipers of some of their squad cars. Photos of three of the notes were posted. The notes thanked the officers for keeping residents safe and talked about the respect and appreciation the author had for those officers. Police posted back on the social media site that the author and others like them make the officers’ rough days’ worth it.

(Franklin) A seven-year-old boy caught vaping at his school in Franklin said he got it from his mom’s purse. A teacher says the second-grader was vaping in class at Country Dale Elementary.  The student’s mother says it contained C-B-D oil.  The child was checked out at Children’s Hospital and found to be okay, then he was returned to his mother.  Police say no charges will be filed.