KFIZ News Friday 8/5/16

Washington County Fire

Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a fire at the Learning Center on the Cedar Community Campus in the Town of West Bend caused about $75,000 worth of damage Wednesday night. The cause is being investigated. Eight fire departments battled the blaze that was confined to the south half of the building. No one was injured during the fire.

Seemeyer Appointed DHS Secretary

Governor Walker has appointed Linda Seemeyer to succeed Kitty Rhoades as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Rhoades died in June. Seemeyer comes to DHS from the Walworth County Department of Health & Human Services where she served as its director from 2007 to 2015. Seemeyer will begin on August 22nd. Interim Secretary Tom Engels will then resume his duties as deputy secretary.

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Habitat Dedicating Home In FDL Saturday

Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County will hold a dedication ceremony Saturday morning for their 27th home. Habitat Executive Director Tom Wilhelms says the public is invited to the 10 a.m. ceremony at 471 West Division Street in Fond du Lac. Wilhelms says next Saturday they will break ground for a home they will be building in Ripon and if all goes right will do another project in Fond du Lac in October involving their first manufactured home.

Galloway House And Village Ice Cream Social Sunday

The Fond du Lac County Historical Society will holds its 60th Annual Ice Cream Social this Sunday at the Galloway House and Village in Fond du Lac. Kymberley Pekrul is the executive director of the Historical Society. There will be live music, animals, children’s activities, a vintage car show, and Civil War demonstration. She says the Civil War demonstration should be informative and interesting. They will also attempt to build the biggest ever banana split. She says the goal is 500 banana splits end-to-end that will give a total length of 250 feet. Festival Foods is donating the ice cream. The event is rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Cookie Daze In Ripon Saturday

Ripon celebrates its 21st Annual Cookie Daze at Barlow Park Saturday. Jason Mansmith is the Executive Director of the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce. He says the thing kids 3 to 12 years of age look forward to is the Cookie Drop with cookies falling from the top of a Fire Department ladder truck. One lucky cookie finder will win a brand new bike during each Cookie Drop. There will be a number of other activities for kids as well including a rocket launch, cookie decorating, a cookie hunt, fish pond, face painting, and more. Hours for Cookie Daze are from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the park.

Fill The Bus Saturday

Back to School Fond du Lac’s Fill the Bus effort is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shopko in Fond du Lac. There will be free root beer floats from A&W for anyone who donates supplies. The Police Department’s Radar Throw will also be there for kids to practice their throwing skills. School supplies are on sale all over town and your donation can make a difference. If you can’t make it to Shopko, Life Enforcement will be at the Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to noon collecting school supplies near the Downtown Deli for the Fill the Bus campaign. Distribution Day for Back to School Fond du Lac is Saturday, August 20th.

Waupun Fire Art And Craft Fair Saturday

Dodge Park in Waupun will host the Waupun Fine Art and Craft Fair Saturday. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free to the public. The fair brings in vendors from all over Wisconsin offering hand made products, from a new suspense/mystery novel  that takes place in the city of Waupun, to hand made jewelry and soaps, metal garden art, to fine wildlife prints.  There will be music and food as well.

Kicks For Kyle Kickball Tournament Benefits MDA

Chilton will host a fundraising event this weekend in memory of Kyle Tyson, a young man who passed away several years ago from a form of Muscular Dystrophy. The 5th annual Kicks 4 Kyle will be held at Hobart Park in Chilton through Sunday. It includes a kickball tournament, bean bag toss, a 5K Splash Dash, raffles, and much more. All proceeds raised benefits the local MDA.  Since its inception the kickball tournament has donated more than $60,000 to the MDA Green Bay