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Local News Briefs Saturday 3/1/14


The body of a Dodge County man who was killed in a mountain climbing accident in Argentina is back on its way to the United States. The bodies of 22-year-old Jarod VonRueden of Clyman and a fellow climber 28-year-old Frank Keenan of Pennsylvania are on their way back to the states.  It took rescuers nearly two months to recovers the bodies because they fell on a rarely used route. The mountain is located in the Andes. A rescue beacon activated on New Year’s Eve altered authorities to the mishap. Family members say VonRueden was studying to become an EMT.

Lost Ring Returned In Oshkosh

There’s a happy ending to the story about a ring that was lost in the parking lot of the Target Store in Oshkosh last Sunday. Oshkosh Police released photos and information about a man who was seen picking up the ring in the parking lot and were able to him and his vehicle. They made contact with the 60-year-old man and he gave the ring to police. They then returned it to the rightful owner who had told them the ring held sentimental value.

Ag Showcase Features Alice In Dairyland And The Cooking Mom

When those attending today’s Agricultural Showcase arrive at the Fond du Lac Fairgrounds Recreation Building they will be greeted by over 65 vendor booths. They will be able to sample cheese, sausages, wine and buy products representing the best of the area’s Ag industry. Brenda Gudex is the Director of Agricultural Programs for the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce. She says among those attending and giving presentations will be Alice in Dairyland Kristin Olson and the Cooking Mom Amy Hanten. Kristin’s program is at 10 a.m. Amy’s programs are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The $2 admission fee for the Ag event supports the Ag Ambassador program for area schools. Hours for the Ag Showcase are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Solutions Center Family Shelter Housed Two Families In 2013

A fairly new addition to the Solutions Center’s shelter in Fond du Lac is a family shelter. Interim Executive Director Maggie McCullough says that’s something they heard criticism about before it was available. McCullough says they had nothing that allowed them house a married couple together at the time. She says with the addition of the family shelter they were able to house 11 people or two families in the family shelter in 2013. There four shelters altogether served 540 people in the Fond du Lac area last year.

2013 Second Straight Year Of Record Sales For State Lottery

State Lottery Director Mike Edmonds says 2013 was a good year for the state lottery. He says for the second straight year last year they sold a record number of tickets amounting to $565 million in sales. Of that $162 million was returned to taxpayers in the form of property tax relief through payments to the schools. He says they expect another great year this year depending on how many record jackpots they have for games like Powerball and Mega Millions.

Fondy Students Field Trip And Jump Rope Competition

Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says it’s great to see students have the opportunity to further themselves through field trips and athletic activities. He says STEM Academy students will take a field trip to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on March 13th. Also March 7th through the 9th the Cardinal Skippers will compete with students from up to 10 different states in a competition in Mason, Ohio. He says he’s seen the students who participate in jump rope competition practicing and their dedicated. The Cardinal Skippers were formerly known as the Wizards.

Guns N Hoses Game Benefits Free Spirit Riders

The Free Spirit Riders and YMCA Strong Kids programs will benefit from an annual hockey game between Oshkosh Police Officers and Firefighters afternoon. The 4:30 p.m. faceoff for the 7th Annual Guns N Hoses game is at the Oshkosh YMCA on West 20th Avenue. A donation of $5 will be requested at the door and children 6 an under will be admitted free. Free Spirit Riders is a therapeutic riding program for children with developmental and physical disabilities that is located east of Fond du Lac.

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