News – September 11, 2016

FAA Investigating Juneau Plan Crash


9/11/16 – A small plane had trouble landing Saturday at the Dodge County Airport. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says a privately-owned, two-seat aircraft was traveling from Alabama to Manitowoc when it stopped in Juneau to refuel. The plane veered off the runway and came to rest in a grassy area adjacent to the runway and taxiway.  The pilot, who was the lone occupant, was evaluated by medical personnel at the scene and was not treated or transported.  The airport remained open during the incident which occurred just before 5pm. The aircraft is a Luscombe 8E, fixed-wing, single engine that had just been purchased on Friday from a previous owner.  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


BDAAA Exhibit Opening: ‘America The Beautiful’


9/11/16 – The Beaver Dam Area Arts Association is offering the public an opportunity to reflect on the anniversary of September 11 and all that makes this country great through the eyes of an artist. The exhibit “America The Beautiful” opens today. Jessalyn Braun, Executive Director of the Arts Association, says it’s no coincidence that the opening is on September 11 as it is the association’s way of displaying what is great about this country. There was an open call for art and 25 Wisconsin artists were selected. The broad theme allowed for everything from baseball to apple pie, bald eagles to national parks. One piece titled ‘Lest We Forget’ by a Dodge County artist is a skyline of New York in the days after 9/11. “America The Beautiful” runs through October 16th at the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association which is located in the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts on North Spring Street in Beaver Dam. There is an opportunity to meet many of the artists during a reception on Friday from 5pm to 7pm.


Juneau Holding Silent Parade Tonight


9/11/16 – The City of Juneau will be holding its annual Silent Parade tonight.  It’s done in remembrance of those lost in the September 11 attacks of 2001. The roughly 30-minute long parade will start at 8pm on South Western Avenue, run along West Oak Grove Street, east to South Main Street and then down Cross Street to the Juneau Public Safety Building.  The public is encouraged to line the parade route with candles; small American flags will be handed out beginning at 7pm. Mayor Dan Wegener says the community has really gotten behind this event in past years. Following the parade, a time of fellowship will be held at the Juneau Fire Department with refreshments.


Olympian To Be Honored Sunday In Columbus


9/10/16 – The public has a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of a local Olympian Sunday morning.  A ‘welcome home’ parade is being held in Columbus around 11:30am for Heather Miller-Koch.  The track and field star represented the United States in the heptathlon at last month’s Rio games, finishing 18th.  The 29-year-old Miller-Koch is a 2005 graduate of Columbus High School.  The parade gets underway at the Columbus Community Hospital, continues down Park Avenue to the ‘four corners,’ and heads back to Fireman’s Park.


MPTC Rededicating 9/11 Tribute


9/11/16 – Moraine Park Technical College will kick off its “Year of the Student Veteran” with a rededication of its 9/11 tribute area Friday at the Fond du Lac campus. Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald says the public is welcome to the event, which is from 11:30am to 12:30pm. She says military veterans, police and fire have been invited for the rededication of their 9/11 Tribute. She says it will take place right outside their cafeteria. The college has other events and observances planned to highlight veteran service throughout the year.


Construction Begins Monday on Highway 151 At Waupun


9/11/16 – Construction will begin Monday on the US Highway 151/State Highway 49 interchange near Waupun. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation the project will replace the existing asphalt surface and add rumble strips, new pavement markings and upgrade the guard rails. Drivers can expect single lane closures on US 151 in the work zone with a reduced speed of 55 miles per hour. Work on Highway 49 will be performed under flagging operations. The interchange access ramps will be closed at various times, with traffic detoured to the US 151 and Highway 26 interchange as needed. The project is expected to be complete by October 12th.


New Four-Way Stop Coming To Fox Lake


9/11/16 – The intersection of Third Street, Academy Street, and West Crocker Street in the City of Fox Lake will soon be a four-way stop.  The city’s common council gave approval at this week’s meeting.  Mayor Tom Bednarek says there have been multiple instances where kids have nearly been struck by vehicles while playing at the edge of a park by that intersection.


Experts Weigh In On States Stagnant Manufacturing Sector


9/11/16 – Employment is stagnant in the manufacturing sector that Wisconsin relies more heavily upon than other states. Factories provide one of every six jobs in the state, and a new federal report shows that Wisconsin lost 500 factory jobs in the year ending March 31st. That represents one-tenth-of-one-percent of all Wisconsin factory workers — small compared to a four-point-six-percent drop in Texas, and one-point-one-percent in neighboring Illinois. Chief Economist Chad Moutray of the National Association of Manufacturers blames a strong foreign exchange rate for U-S dollars which raises the cost of American made goods in other countries, thus causing exports to drop. Jim Golembeski, who heads a regional workforce development agency in Green Bay, says the decline does not reflect jobs that remain vacant due a shortage of willing or qualified workers.


BDCH Cancer Support Group Meets Thursday


9/11/16 – Beaver Dam Community Hospital will hold a Cancer Support Group for both men and women on Thursday. This month’s topic will be Cooking with Kylie, as BDCH Chef Kylie Peltier will provide a cooking demonstration with high-protein, easy-to-make recipes you can replicate at home. Patients and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Specialists say support groups provide a place for cancer patients, family members and caregivers to discuss their feelings, share information and talk about coping with the emotional, physical and psychological issues of cancer. The group will meet on Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Lamoreau Room.  For more information, contact Connie Knight, Julie Marks or Melissa Schuett at 887-4334.


Fall River’s Sorghum Fest This Saturday


9/11/16 – Fall River’s Sorghum Fest will be held on Saturday. Thousands have attended the annual event at Savanna Oaks in the past.  There are numerous events including the actual demonstration of processing of sorghum from field to jar. There will be a free treat bag for the first 100 kids. Bounce houses, a petting zoo, and pony rides will be open from 10am to 1pm. Contestants from around the mid-west will be competing for prizes in the so-called Tri-Lazy “Dry-athlon”  Race at Lazy Lake which includes biking, canoeing, and running. There will also be a Badger Antique Auto Club Car Show with a two-cylinder tractor display. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in Savanna Oaks is held from 8am till 10:30am followed by a hot lunch at 11am. Music is being provided by “The Sharrows” from 11:00am till 2:00pm.


Fall Colors Creeping In


9/11/16 – There’s at least some fall color in much of Wisconsin. Travel Wisconsin Dot Com now has its annual Fall Color Report online — and it says three areas have reached 15-percent of their peaks for bright red, orange, and yellow leaves. Oshkosh is at that point along with Trempealeau County and Winter in Sawyer County. Eleven other areas are at 10-percent of peaks as far north as Wausau and as far south as Mineral Point. Madison is among the places at five-percent of peak, which normally move from north to south between late September and throughout October. Dodge County is at zero-percent.