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Local News Briefs Saturday 1/4/14


Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials say a 32-year-old Milwaukee man was hurt when his vehicle rolled over on Dairyland Drive in the Town of Mosel Thursday night. Jose Medina-Martinez was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan with non-life threatening injuries. Officials say he hit a patch of snow and lost control of his car. It slid into a ditch and rolled onto its top.

United Way Fields Questions About Affordable Health Care Act

Fond du Lac Area United Way Executive Director Tina Potter says each year they have to check to see what changes at the state and federal level might affect the agencies they partially fund. She says this year everyone has questions about the Affordable Health Care Act. Potter says they’ve been working with someone who keeps them apprised of the situation, which has been constantly changing. She says they are pooling people together to make sure agencies understand what they need to know about it and who they can refer for Affordable Health Care. She says it’s affecting everyone to some extent.

Highway Monument Thoughtful Gesture

Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel says he was glad to see a monument dedicated to highway workers who lost their lives on the job included in the dedication ceremony for the Pioneer Road Project last fall. He says that was something County Highway Commissioner Tom Janke and former County Highway Commissioner Ernie Winter came up with to honor former County highway worker Dennis Roeseler who was killed in an accident on Highway 41 in 2003. He says it happens more often than you might think. Michels Material donated the stone for the monument. He says the County had very little cost for the monument and most of the materials were donated.

Adopt A Hydrant Reminder

Now that winter is fully upon us Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary is renewing a call for residents to adopt a fire hydrant. He says it’s tough enough with bitterly cold temperatures, but if they have to shovel out around a hydrant while fighting a fire it makes a difference in their response and getting to people and homes in a timely manner. He says it can also be difficult to locate a hydrant if it is covered with snow. He reminds people to also make sure their house numbers aren’t covered up with ice and snow. 

Second Annual Women On Winnebago Effort Coming Up

The president of the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago is a unique winter event. Craig Molitor says it attracts visitors at a time of year when most tourist attractions see a lull. He says it actually brings in visitors from all over the world. Molitor says the area will host the 2nd annual Women on Winnebago event next month hosting outdoors writers and broadcasters who experience sturgeon spearing and what the area has to offer than write about it later. He says those stories in turn attract even more tourists in subsequent seasons.

Alice Applications Due

Time is running out for those interested in applying for the 67th Alice in Dairyland position. Applicants need to submit their materials to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 13 to be considered. Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview in February, and finalists for the position will be announced in March. The 67th Alice in Dairyland will be selected at the conclusion of the three-day Finals in Clark County on May 17. The selected individual will receive a $40,000 salary, use of a state-owned vehicle for official business, professional travel expenses and reimbursement of an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month. Applicants must be a female, a Wisconsin resident and at least 21 years of age.

Application materials are available at http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Alice_in_Dairyland/Recruitment.   For more information, contact Becky Paris, the Alice in Dairyland Program Manager, at 608-224-5115 or rebecca.paris@wi.gov

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