KFIZ News Friday 6/3/16

Town Of Rosendale Accident Victim Released From Hospital

The 21-year-old Appleton man injured in a rollover accident in the Town of Rosendale last weekend has been released from a Neenah hospital. Fernando Vazquez was flown to ThedaCare in Neenah following last Saturday’s accident. The accident happened on Fond du Lac County Highway M. Alcohol was a factor in the mishap. Vazquez was the sole occupant of the vehicle.        

Two FDL County Races During August Primary Election

There will be a primary election in August for two Fond du Lac County offices. Town of Taycheedah Clerk Brenda Schneider will face Joan Rosenthal for the County Treasurer’s seat. In addition incumbent Deputy Register of Deeds Jim Krebs is challenging incumbent Register of Deeds Shawn Kelly.  County Clerk Lisa Freiberg and District Attorney Eric Toney are unopposed.   

Hansen Sitting In On Last Laconia HS Graduation As District Administrator

Rosendale-Brandon District Administrator Gary Hansen says he’s seen some changes over his 42 years with the district, which will come to an end when he retires this month. He’s spent the last 15 years as district administrator, 8 years as Laconia High School principal, and the 19 years before that as a teacher.  He liked being a principal with the day-to-day contact with students. He says in the 1980s and early 1990s when he was teaching he kept hearing about how technology was going to change their lives. He says it did and the district was one of first to have a one-to-one computer initiative at the high school. Hansen says he regrets teachers don’t command the same respect they used to get. This Sunday Hansen will sit in on his last Laconia High School graduation ceremony as district administrator.

Gun Drawn At Waupun Hospital

Waupun Police took a suicidal man into custody after he pulled a handgun out at Waupun Memorial Hospital. It happened last Friday. The 36-year-old Waupun man took the gun out in the emergency room reception area. Before police arrived a friend was able to get the gun away from the man and turn it over to hospital staff.  Police took the man to a mental health facility.

Long Time Fair And Walleye Weekend Supporter Dies

A longtime supporter of the Fond du Lac County Fair and Walleye Weekend passed away this week. Mel Birschbach worked for the fair for 67 years and volunteered for Walleye Weekend for over 30 years. He was 88-years-old. The Zacherl Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. Visitation is tonight from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, and tomorrow from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fond du Lac. A mass will follow at the church at 11 a.m.

Art On The Island This Sunday

The Fond du Lac Artists Association will hold their 48th annual Art on the Island event this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oven Island in Lakeside Park. Aileen Andrews of the Association says it’s a fun-filled free event. She says over 80 vendors will be selling art work ranging from visual arts to crafts. There will be music, food, kids’ activities, and a silent auction. Andrews says proceeds from the silent auction help pay for scholarships for high school seniors looking to study the visual arts. This year’s event features 25 new vendors.