September 25, 2016

Randolph Man Killed In Green Lake County Bicycle Crash


9/25/16 – Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials say a 65-year-old Randolph man has died after he crashed his bicycle into a ditch in the Town of Manchester. Deputies were dispatched shortly after 10am Friday morning to Valley Road at County Highway X. Investigators say he was heading north and went into a ditch. He was thrown off the bike and landed near a cornfield. Rescuers efforts to try and resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Foul play is not suspected. An autopsy is being performed.


Deputy Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Campbellsport Man’s Death


9/25/16 – An investigation into an 18-year-old Campbellsport man’s suicide has cleared a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy of any wrongdoing. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has determined the man’s death last March 24th was not caused by the actions of the Deputy James Pfeiffer.  Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney reportedly reviewed reports from the investigation and found Deputy Pfeiffer’s actions were justified under self-defense and defense of others.  No charges will be filed.  According to a Washington County Sheriff press release the man was posting suicidal comments on social media and texting acquaintances. Deputies tried to pull him over on Town Hall Road in the Town of Auburn. He continued driving at low speeds, but eventually turned around and drove at deputies hitting a squad car.  The teen went off the road and struck a tree. He then shot himself with a handgun. Deputies did not fire any weapons. They were able to get the man out of the car and started life saving efforts. He died later at an area hospital.


Traffic Deaths Jump 37-Percent Since 70mph Speed Limit


9/25/16 – Traffic deaths on Wisconsin interstate highways jumped by 37 percent during the first year that most rural four lane roads increased their speed limits from 65 to 70 miles-an-hour. Total crashes rose 12-percent, and there were eleven-percent more injuries since the change took effect in June of 2015. Total deaths and crashes on Wisconsin roads dropped by two-percent during the one-year period. Experts say the increases on the “I” system cannot be blamed on the hike in the speed limit. The total number of miles driven has gone up due to lower gas prices, more 16-year-olds eligible for licenses, and older drivers staying on the roads longer.


Wisconsin Drops In Highway Performance Rankings


9/25/16 -Wisconsin is no longer one of the Top 15 states for its general highway performance. The libertarian based Reason Foundation says the Badger State dropped from 15th to 28th in its newly released annual rankings, based on standards from 2013 — two years before the state delayed five major highway projects. The study says Wisconsin ranks in the Top Ten for the fewest deficient bridges, and it has the eleventh best traffic death rate — but the state is 41st for the quality of its rural Interstate pavement, and 40th for rural arterial conditions. Assembly Republicans say roads need to be improved, and they’re willing to raise taxes to do it, while Governor Scott Walker still opposes any transportation tax and fee hikes without corresponding budget cuts elsewhere. Minnesota is the only one of Wisconsin’s neighbors with a higher ranking by the Reason Foundation, at Number 27. Illinois is 29th, Michigan 31st, and Iowa 40th.


Trump In Badger State On Wednesday


9/25/16 – Republican Donald Trump will make an appearance at an arena in Waukesha on Wednesday.  Trump was last in the Badger State five weeks ago.  Waukesha is right in the center of the most conservative part of Wisconsin.  Trump lost the state to Ted Cruz in the April primary, but Cruz finally endorsed him Friday.  Democrat Hillary Clinton hasn’t campaigned in the state since she lost the April primary to Bernie Sanders.


Beaver Dam’s Cooper Street To Get New Culverts


9/25/16 – Work will begin this year in Beaver Dam on replacing the culverts under Cooper Street with larger culverts. Michel’s Corporation of Brownsville will perform the work for $500-thousand dollars. The current culverts have been responsible for backing up the flow of the Beaver Dam River which, during times of heavy rain, results in upstream flooding. Coupled with the narrow culverts that used to be under the Tower Parking lot, the bottlenecking was the primary culprit behind massive downtown flooding in 2004 and 2008. The culverts under the Tower Parking lot were removed in 2009 with the same pool of money. Beaver Dam was awarded $425-thousand-dollar in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funds and the city’s Storm Water Utility will pay the remaining $75-thousand-dollar cost.  Work on Cooper Street should be complete by spring.


Columbus Council Recognizes Columbus Community Hospital


9/25/16 – Columbus Mayor Kelly Crombie and the city council passed a resolution of commendation this week saluting the volunteers at Columbus Community Hospital. Mayor Crombie had a personal reason to thank the hospital. The Volunteers of Columbus Community Hospital have grown over the past 60 years into a group of more than 100 men, women and students. They were founded as “St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary” in September of 1956.


Wisconsin’s Summer Rainfall Total Among Highest Recorded


9/25/16 – Wisconsin’s summer rainfall is the fourth highest on record. The National Centers for Environmental Information says the state averaged 16 inches from June through August — and that’s about four inches above the statewide average for the past 122 years. State climatology office director John Young says heavy summer rains could become normal. He says climate change has been a factor in pushing up humidity levels during the past 25 years.


DCSO Hosting ATV Safety Class


9/25/16 – Dodge County residents have the opportunity to learn a certain type of vehicle safety this fall.  The DCSO Recreational Patrol unit is hosting an ATV safety certification class next month.  Anyone born since January 1, 1988 needs a safety certificate to legally operate an ATV or UTV.  The class will be held on October 24-25 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau.  For more information or to register, contact Deputy Scott Petrack at the sheriff’s office.


Magazine Names Madison 16th Best For Cyclists


9/25/16 – Bicycling Magazine rates Madison as the nation’s 16th best city for cyclists, and Milwaukee barely made the Top 50 list at Number 46. The magazine studies 100 U-S cities every two years, and its rankings are based on Census and government transportation data, and opinions from bicycling advocates. The survey says Madison continues to improve a large trail network — and starting next year, an extension of the Capital City State Trail will let cyclists ride entirely on trails from Madison to Milwaukee. Bicycling Magazine says Milwaukee’s infrastructure has deteriorated. But the city was praised for having more major cycling events, and for Trek Bicycles’ program to teach bike maintenance to kids in low income areas.


Dodge County Fall Farm and Foliage Tour October 8


9/25/16 – Dodge County’s self-guided agricultural tour is back for another year.  The Fall Farm and Foliage Tour on October 8 will highlight various outdoor attractions.  Maps will be handed out between 9am and noon at the first stop, Black Oak Forge on Highway 33 between Beaver Dam and Horicon.  Subsequent stops include art demonstrations and an apple orchard.  The tour wraps up at 4pm. Go to for more details about the event.


Hustisford Town Hall Polka Dance Today


9/25/16 – One local municipality continues to celebrate the 80-year anniversary of its gathering place.  Hustisford’s Community Hall was built in 1936.  As part of a month-long celebration, the village has held various events including a pig roast and a fish fry at the hall.  The final event is planned for this afternoon. The dance runs from 1pm-to-5 pm.  In recent years, the village took control of the hall from the fire department, which no longer had time to manage the facility.