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Local News Briefs Friday 5/2/14


No one was injured during a fire at Model Cleaners at 66 South Macy Street Thursday afternoon. Firefighters encountered light smoke coming from the outside of the building when they arrived. The fire was in the basement in the area of a commercial dryer. When the dryer started the flame from the dryer caused the lint to ignite.  The business employees put it out, but the fire was between the structural members in the ceiling joists.  Firefighters completed salvage and overhaul to extinguish the fire.  No one was injured during the blaze.


Mayville Man Maintains Innocence On Drunken Driving Injury Charges


The 50-year-old Mayville man suspected of driving drunk and hitting two parked cars and a pedestrian in February is maintaining his innocence.  Bruce Stoy pled “not guilty” to the charges he’s facing when he appeared this week in Dodge County Court for arraignment. According to police after hitting two parked cars on Dayton Street Stoy drove up on a sidewalk and hit a pedestrian before crashing into a snow bank. The victim suffered cuts and abrasions, but refused treatment. A preliminary breath test put Stoy’s blood alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit (.156). 


FDL Bike Loop Dedication Saturday


The bike loop in Fond du Lac County will be dedicated during ceremonies at the Fond du Lac YMCA tomorrow. From 9 a.m. to noon the YMCA will host a community block party with a bike rodeo then the dedication will be at noon. Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel is one of those who will make brief comments. He says the loop connects up a number of trails throughout the County. He says the County wants to be a hub when it comes to bicycle activities whether it’s simply the pleasure of taking an extended bike ride or hosting bike racing activities. He says the trails can also be used for biking. Buechel says it’s another attraction the Fond du Lac Convention and Visitors Bureau can promote and is another quality of life benefit that can also be used to attract new business or employees.


Move To Amend Fond du Lac Hosts Speaker


A Fond du Lac group is joining a number of others across the state calling for amending the U.S. Constitution to limit campaign financing in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Move to Amend Fond du Lac hosted Mike McCabe the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign executive director during an event at Marian University in Fond du Lac Thursday night. McCabe says the recent so-called McCutcheon decision by the high court removes limits for campaign contributions and could affect Wisconsin’s own law. He says without the limits the richest campaign contributors could give up to $6.8 million in a calendar year. The Move to Amend Fond du Lac group is asking for the passage of a resolution or referendum asking for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. McCabe says they are not alone 41 communities across the state have already taken similar action passing resolutions or referendums, most by an overwhelming majority. Move to Amend Fond du Lac has a Facebook page for people who would like to know more.


Oshkosh Corporation Earnings Down


Decreased military spending continues to impact the earnings of the Oshkosh Corporation. The company released its quarterly report this week which shows a 17-percent drop in its second quarter income. The company says net income was $71.5 million compared to $86 million at the same time a year ago.  Overall net sales were $1.68 billion, which was a drop of 15.4 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013.  As expected the biggest drop was in the company’s Defense segment where total sales were $484 million a drop of 41.5 percent. To see the full report click here.


Project G.R.I.L.L. Unveiling Today


Today brings the unveiling of this year’s Project G.R.I.L.L. entries at the Festival Foods parking lot in Fond du Lac. This year there are nine high schools and their business partners competing for the honor of top grill. Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says he’s eager to see the high school’s entry because school board member Eric Everson donated some parts for it. He says each year the grills are bigger and more elaborate. The grills will be fired up to cook brats for those attending the event. Proceeds from the Brat Fry will benefit Project G.R.I.L.L. Hours for Project G.R.I.L.L. are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short program at 11 a.m.


MPTC Car Show Sunday In FDL


Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus will host its 7th annual Car and Motorcycle Show this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Automotive Instructor Tim Moy says the show features vintage cars and trucks up to newer vehicles, but the motorcycles are something they recently added. He says she show will include the loudest car contest. There will be food and face painting as well. Admission is $2 or you can get in free with a donation of two nonperishable food items. Car and motorcycles can be registered for the show the day of the event with a $10 fee.

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