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Local News Briefs 12-26-13


Senator Gudex Welcomes News On FDL Growth


State Senator Rick Gudex says it was good to see recent reports that Fond du Lac was moving up the ranks when it came to the presence of high tech industries and best performing cities economically. He says its great news with all the effort the City, County and Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation put into attracting businesses. He says he’s certainly proud to have that happen here in his hometown. A national think tank recently ranked the Fond du Lac metropolitan area 13th out of 179 cities across the nation for the presence of high-tech industries and 65th out of that same number of cities for best performing cities. Gudex says it says a lot about our citizens as well. He says we have good work ethic and we want to keep it moving.



Chances Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Increase During The Winter


The Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the Fond du Lac Fire Department says with the colder weather there’s also a higher chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. Troy Haase says heat sources can put out carbon dioxide in your home and you may not even realize it. He says cooking equipment should be UL approved. Some tips he offers is to avoid using a gas stove to heat an area of your home. Never use a charcoal grill or portable generator in your home. He says if you’re going to warm up your car do it outside your garage. He says symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pains and confusion. He says carbon monoxide detectors could save your life and you should have one on every floor of your home.


Thiesfeldt Bill Protects Children For Identity Thieves


One of the recent bills Governor Scott Walker signed into law was Assembly Bill 248, which was authored by State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt of Fond du Lac. It would allow a parent or guardian to freeze their child’s credit to protect them against identity theft. Thiesfeldt says children are targeted by identity thieves because their credit records are clean and people don’t pay attention to their children’s credit records too much. One national study found that children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than adults.


High demand for 'advanced practice professionals' in Wisconsin hospitals

(WRN) The rapid growth in the number of positions being created for physician assistants and advanced practice nurses is triggering a new round of recruitment challenges for Wisconsin hospitals, according to Judy Warmuth, vice president for workforce development with the Wisconsin Hospital Association The increasing difficulty of recruiting primary care doctors means greater demand for these advanced practice professionals  Warmuth says eleven years ago, when the Hospital Association conducted its very first workforce survey, the number of physician assistants and advanced practice nurses in hospitals was not significant. The latest report also found that positions that hospitals struggled to fill just four years ago, such as pharmacists and radiology technologists, are now reporting historically low vacancy rates.

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