September 26, 2016

Dodge County Clerk: ‘Ballot Requests Require ID Photocopy’


9/26/16 – Dodge County’s clerk says there have been issues with numerous ballot requests for the November election.  Karen Gibson says many voters are not including the necessary photocopy of their photo identification with their absentee ballot request.  Gibson says her office cannot mail a ballot without that document.  Absentee ballots have been distributed to all municipal clerks in Dodge County, and Gibson says residents should contact their local clerk to find out what hours in-person absentee voting is offered.  Gibson says any Dodge County resident who lives in a municipality that does not have a regularly-staffed office can register to vote at the Dodge County Administration Building.  She says voter registration by mail ends October 19, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 3.


De Blasio Stumps For Clinton While Trump, Pence To Visit Waukesha


9/26/16 – The mayor of New York says he believes Wisconsin will play a major role in the presidential contest. Bill de Blasio fired up volunteers for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign during a Sunday kickoff event for door to door canvassers in Milwaukee, saying the future of the country “hangs in the balance” and Wisconsin will be among the places deciding the race. De Blasio was Clinton’s campaign manager when she ran for the U-S Senate, and he says she provides unique perspectives as a mother and an advocate for those who are poor and marginalized. Clinton’s daughter Chelsea will campaign for her mother in Green Bay this week, and Anne Holton — wife of Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine — plans to be in the state Thursday to push for voter registration. Both Republican Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have separate visits planned to Waukesha this week, after Trump got to within two points of Clinton in the latest Marquette poll.


UW Student ‘s Questions May Be Asked At Presidential Debate


9/26/16 – A U-W Madison graduate student hopes one of her questions will be asked during tonight’s first presidential debate. Jacquelyn Moss was among students at more than 150 colleges who developed six possible questions for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as part of the 2016 College Debate initiative. The students want to know how the candidates would help the poor and unemployed become self-sufficient, circumstances for using military force, reducing repeat crimes, helping skilled refugees find jobs, and ensuring quality education to the disadvantaged. The 22-year-old Moss, from Wausau, wants to teach history and social studies — and she calls herself a “middle of the road voter” who’s “up in the air” on who she’ll vote for. There’s no guarantee the questions will be asked, but Moss says she hopes that hers and other millennials’ voices are heard.


Dodge County Sheriff: Project Lifesaver’s First Year A Success


9/26/16 – Just over a year into its inception, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing one of its programs.  Last June, the county partnered with Project Lifesaver International, a non-profit whose mission is to look out for people with a tendency to wander due to cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  Participants in the Project Lifesaver program are fitted with a small radio frequency transmitter that helps locate the person if they wander and are not immediately found.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says ten clients have signed up for the program, with eight currently on the roster.  While the rescue equipment has not seen much use, Schmidt says they have had some successful deployments.  Schmidt says the few successful call outs came last year with none being reported to date in 2016.  He says the program has a $10 monthly participation cost.  People can register a loved one by contacting the sheriff’s office.  More information is on the Dodge County website.


Randolph Man Dies In Green Lake County Bicycle Accident


9/26/16 – Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials say a 65-year-old Randolph man 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 when he went into a ditch, 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.


Fond du Lac Deputy Cleared In Suicide Of Campbellsport Teen


9/26/16 – A Washington County Sheriff’s investigation found a Fond du Lac County deputy did nothing wrong in dealing with an 18-year-old Campbellsport man who committed suicide. The man shot himself with a handgun after a slow speed chase with sheriff’s deputies on March 24th. Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney reviewed reports from the investigation and found that the actions of Deputy James Pfeiffer’s were justified as self-defense and the defense of others. No charges will be filed.


Bond Set At $10K For Mom Of Toddler Ejected From SUV


9/26/16 – Cash bond was set at $10,000 on Friday for the Horicon woman accused of driving drunk when she crashed her vehicle, causing a three-year old to be ejected from the vehicle.  Noelle Deehr was driving her SUV in the Town of Ashippun on Thursday when she lost control, entered a ditch, and struck a utility pole.  The child suffered non-life threatening injuries.


Fire Damages Apartment Unit In Juneau


9/26/16 – A fire at an apartment complex in Juneau was limited to one unit. Firefighters were called to 214 North Main Street around 4:30pm Sunday. There were no injuries reported though one dog died. The unit and its contents were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Firefighters were on scene for approximately 90 minutes.


Sun Prairie Schools Close Following Mold Discovery


9/26/16 – All of Sun Prairie’s public schools are closed today (Monday), after mold was found in an elementary building. Officials say they’ll conduct a thorough inspection at all Sun Prairie schools to make sure they’re safe. Workers at Eastside Elementary have been watching high humidity levels for the last two weeks in classrooms and the library — and they noticed that mold began to form. Officials say the mold is not toxic, and cleanup crews have started to remove it. Eastside Elementary will be closed the next two days, while officials look for temporary new locations for its 471 students during the next several weeks.


UW System Lose Millions Due To Shrinking Enrollment


9/26/16 – The University of Wisconsin system stands to lose millions of dollars due to shrinking enrollment for the fall semester.  An early count reveals about five-thousand fewer students are enrolled when compared to last year.  Tuition is the top source of revenue for the schools which were already scrambling to make up for state funding cuts.  The Madison campus actually gained 274 students, but the loss among the four-year campuses was the largest at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where enrollment is off by nearly five percent — or, one-thousand-276 students.


Year-To-Date Vehicle Sales In Region Down


9/26/16 – While vehicle sales in some of our local counties headed in a positive direction in August, they are still down from the first eight months of 2016.  According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm RegTrak, 306 vehicles were sold in Dodge County last month, nine more than last August for a three-percent increase.  However, year-to-date sales were down nearly four-percent from 2,398 to 2,306.  Truck sales in 2016 were down less than half-a-percent while car sales dropped by more than 13-percent.  In Columbia County, 225 vehicles rolled off the lots last month, a 19-percent decrease from the 278 sales in August 2015.  Year-to-date sales fell over ten-percent from 1,784 to 1,598.  Jefferson County saw 267 vehicle sales last month, just one less than the previous August.  The 1,769 vehicles sold in the first eight months of the year was nearly five-and-a-half percent less than 1,870 that were purchased during the same time period last year.  The nine-county south central Wisconsin region as a whole had 4,524 vehicle sales last month, an increase of nearly nine-percent.  However, year-to-date sales are still down over two-and-a-half percent from 30,380 to 29,592.


BDCH Partners Donate $45K From Fundraisers


9/26/16 – A local volunteer group recently made a large contribution to fund medical care in the area.  The Partners of the Beaver Dam Community Hospital group donated $45,000, one year’s worth of proceeds from various fundraising events, to the hospital’s foundation to fund things like hospice care.  The Partners are a group whose mission is to help the hospital through raising money to fund its various programs.  The Partners are holding a craft fair at the hospital this Saturday from 9am to 2pm.  Admission is free, and proceeds from the sales will benefit the hospital’s ‘employees helping employees’ fund.