News – October 2, 2016

Avery To Appear By Phone On Dr. Phil Tomorrow

10/02/16 – The world will get to hear from Steven Avery for the first time in years this week. Avery, who is at Waupun Correctional serving life in prison for the brutal killing of Teresa Halbach in 2005, will be a telephone guest on Doctor Phil’s syndicated T-V show Monday and Tuesday. It will be the first time Avery speaks for himself since the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was shown almost one year ago — and Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner has sought a new trial in the wake of the documentary series. In a news release, Avery is quoted as telling Dr. Phil McGraw that he expects to get out of prison soon — and when he does, he’ll marry his fiancée, Las Vegas legal secretary Lynn Hartman. She’ll be in the studio with Doctor Phil during the Avery segments.

DOT Warns Of Deer On Roadways

10/02/16 – Now that it’s fall, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is warning drivers to watch out for deer on the roads. D-O-T officials say deer will soon start to breed and that means a lot more deer will be out and active at dusk and dawn. Last year, the state handled 20-thousand car-versus-deer accidents. D-O-T managers are advising drivers to stay alert and pay close attention to the highway by eliminating distractions.

MPTC Hosting Career Showcase Announced

10/02/16 – Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting Career Showcase, an event for anyone interested in learning about programs and services offered at the college. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 11, from 4pm to 6:30pm at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus; Wednesday, October 12, at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus; and Thursday, October 13, at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus. Attendees can stop in anytime. Instructors and staff will be on hand to answer questions. A $30 application fee waiver will be offered to attendees – some restrictions apply. Those who are interested can register at the Moraine Park website.

BDCH Hosting Financial Aid Workshop

10/02/16 – The Beaver Dam School District is hosting a program tomorrow night (Mon) on financial aid information for college. Lynn Gruenewald with Student Services says sources of financial aid for parents of students planning to attend four-year colleges and technical colleges will be explained. David Woodward, college Director of Financial Aid, will be discussing financial aid forms and processes as well as types of aid and eligibility requirements. The 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, worksheet will be available. The Financial Aid Workshop will be held in the Beaver Dam High School auditorium at 6pm tomorrow. One week from tomorrow, on Monday October 10, there will be a working computer lab night at the high school career center during parent teacher conferences and parents are encouraged to bring their tax information with them. For more information, parents can call Beaver Dam High School Student Services at 885-7520 x 2113.

Gathering Source In Reeseville Holding Run-Hike For Hunger

10/02/16 – The Gathering Source in Reeseville is hosting a Run/Hike for Hunger and Kids Fun Run on Saturday (October 8) at Clyman Firemen’s Park. This event is a kick-off to the annual Fall Fest held on that same day. Gathering Source Executive Director Laurel Lunde says Run/Hike participants will receive a t-shirt and 100-percent of all proceeds will help fight hunger in Dodge County. For more information, visit (or call The Gathering Source at 920-927-1702).

BDACT Teaming With WBEV-WXRO For ‘A Christmas Carol’

10/02/16 – Auditions are being held starting tonight for a Christmas radio play. The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is once again teaming up with WBEV-WXRO for the annual, old fashioned broadcast. The show selected for this year is the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” Director Dan Bell says the version being performed is based on the Charles Dickens tale but was adapted by Phillip Grecian four years ago specifically for radio. He says special effects are especially important and will be done live on stage. Bell says there are several roles for ages eight-and-up, including several adult roles, and because it is a radio play, there is no memorization required. Instead, the emphasis will be on facial expressions and reading. He says the production will be a fully-costumed radio show like the ones performed in the 1940’s. “A Christmas Carol” will be on the stage December 15, 16 and 17; the broadcast dates are to be determined. One of the performances will be taped for future replay on the WBEV and WXRO closer to Christmas. Rehearsals will take place select weekdays in the six weeks prior to the performance dates and can be customized based on the lines of each character. Those auditioning are asked to bring the dates of any potential conflicts. Auditions are being held at the Community Theatre building at 219 North Spring Street, using the entrance off Third Street. They are being held tonight (Sun), tomorrow (Mon) and Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Copies of the script are available at the public libraries in Beaver Dam, Horicon and Mayville. Additional information is on the theatre’s website at, you’ll find a link on our website

Walleye Weekend Reels In $1-Million For Fond du Lac Festivals

10/02/16 – Fond du Lac Festivals reached a significant five-year milestone during this past June’s Walleye Weekend surpassing the $1 million mark ($1,035,702) in net profits that non-profits have earned during the annual festival. During June’s festival 44 non-profits earned nearly $231,000 in net profits. Fond du Lac Festival’s Board of Directors President Karyn Merkel says board members are elated that the efforts of the community have made the donations possible. Attendance at this year’s festival was 70,000 people.

Stem Cell Pioneer, Bioscience Businessman Recognized

10/2/16 – U-W stem cell pioneer James Thomson and bioscience businessman Ralph Kauten have won statewide achievement awards. The honors were presented at this week’s Wisconsin Bio Health Summit in Madison. Thomson won the Hector DeLuca Scientific Achievement Award for becoming the first scientist to isolate embryonic stem cells in 1998. Some are now entering clinical trials for several important types of human treatment. Kauten won the Bio Forward organization’s Business Achievement Award for his roles in a number of bioscience companies.

Highway 151 Ramp Closures Delayed

10/02/16 – State Department of Transportation officials say weather has delayed the closing of Highway 45 ramps to Highway 151 and the opening of the Fond du Lac County Highway V/Highway 151 Interchange. Both will now occur at 12am on Monday, October 10th. A frontage road is being built from Highway 45 to the new interchange, but until it is complete there will be signed detours.

Bulk Garbage Pickup In Beaver Dam Starts Monday

10/02/16 – Bulk garbage pick-up in Beaver Dam is this week. DPW officials say this year’s bulk pick-up will take place beginning tomorrow (Monday, October 3) and continue through Friday (October 7). Bulk waste is defined as, but no limited to, furniture, wooden doors and windows and rolled carpet, not exceeding four-feet-to-six feet in length. Per the state’s E-Cycle law, items that will not be collected include desktop and laptop computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, DVD players and computer monitors. In addition, no metal items like bed springs, doors, windows and pipes will be collected. No bundled or loose piles of building materials will be collected either. Building materials like lumber must be broken down and placed in the weekly collection cart. Items should be placed at the street edge no later than 7am on the day of collection and cannot be placed out sooner than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up. Prior to last year, bulk pick-up had been in November for several years. The next bulk garbage pick-up after this week will be the first waste collection day of May.

Input Sought For State Freight Program

10/02/16 – State leaders are asking farmers, loggers, rail and shipping companies, and drivers across the state to weigh-in on a new freight plan. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is prepping for five public hearings, including one in Eau Claire next week. The plan is to come up with a strategic vision for freight and transportation across the state.

Dates, times and locations for the public involvement meetings are:
October 5, 2016 (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Eau Claire City Hall, 203 S. Farwell Street, Eau Claire
October 6, 2016 (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton
October 11, 2016 (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Longfellow Administration Center, 415 Seymour Street, Wausau
October 18, 2016 (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Kromrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton
October 20, 2016 (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center, 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis