KFIZ News Friday 9/2/16

Northwoods League Team Talks Started Over Ten Years Ago

State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt says bringing a Northwood League team to Fond du Lac culminates over 10 years of trying to accomplish that goal. He says back in 2005 when he was on the Fond du Lac City Council and Tom Herre was City Manager they talked about trying to do just that. He says Marian University’s Herr-Baker Field was being built and talks continued as it was completed. He says for various reasons efforts encountered hurdles until recently when the goal became realty. He says he and Herre did meet with Marian officials back then. Thiesfeldt says when he became a State Representatives he no longer was involved in the talks, but says Herre was and he believes Marian’s new President Andrew Manion also had a role that led to the recent announcement by Marian and the owners of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Oshkosh Police Recover Two Stolen Vehicles

Oshkosh Police recovered two stolen vehicles Wednesday. One was stopped for running a red light. A 34-year-old Appleton man suspected of stealing that Chevy truck from Shawano was arrested. The second vehicle was located while police were looking for a 14-year-old runaway girl. A Dodge truck that was stolen from De Pere was found on the street they were searching. The runaway wasn’t found.

Oshkosh Burglary Suspect Arrested

Police in Oshkosh Wednesday arrested a 36-year-old Oshkosh man suspected of breaking into a Wendy’s Restaurant. The burglary occurred on August 15th at the restaurant in the 2300 block of Westowne Avenue. The man was arrested in the 500 block of Ohio St. after the investigation He was taken to the Winnebago County Jail.

Dog Killed In Washington County Attack

Washington County authorities say a Town of Farmington boy, who shot and killed a dog to protect his littler sister, won’t be charged. Sheriff’s officials say two dogs attacked chickens penned in the back yard of a home on Whitewood Drive Wednesday morning. The owner and his sons tried to chase the dogs away. He gave one of his sons a pellet gun, which the boy used on one of the dogs when it advanced on his six-year-old sister. The boy’s father told authorities he thought the gun would scare the dog away, not kill it.

Twelve New Teachers In Campbellsport School District

Campbellsport School District Administrator Paul Amundson says the district started out the new school year with a dozen new teachers. He says the teachers they replaced retired, moved on to other opportunities or had illnesses to deal with. He says the climate for hiring teachers has changed since ACT 10. He says they don’t see the number of teachers applying for opportunities like they used to. He says for example they used to get twice as many applying for elementary school vacancies. He says they would get 300 to 400 applicants and now they get about 150. He says some openings are harder to fill than others. He says teaching positions in science, math, special education, and speech and language see fewer applicants.

Fire Safety Tips For College Bound Kids

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue Chief Peter O’Leary has some tips for the parents of college students as they go off to school. He says those kids might be responsible, but the same may not be said about those they will be living with. He says a dorm equipped with a fire sprinkler system would be the best thing. He says if they are living off-campus or somewhere without a fire sprinkler system make sure there are working smoke detectors and they have two ways out in case of a fire. He says you can get other fire safety tips at the Fond du lac Fire and Rescue website.

Labor Day Travel

If you’re traveling by car this weekend State Patrol officials urge you to plan your trip and take your time. Sergeant Luke Newman says most road construction will end by noon today. Inspector Scott Hlinak says it might be better to leave earlier. He says it reduces speed and stress. Newman says it doesn’t take much to slow down traffic out on an interstate. Newman says if you are taking a trailer or pulling a camper it would be wise to check and make sure everything is working before you leave. You can also check the 511 Wisconsin website before you leave or call 511 to make sure there aren’t any traffic delays along your route.

Flags Lowered Saturday In Honor Of Wisconsin Soldier

Governor Scott Walker has ordered flags in Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on Saturday to honor Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson, who was killed in Afghanistan. The order was issued Tuesday. Thompson was a Brookfield native and graduated in 2006 from Brookfield Central High School. He was killed by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province on August 23rd. A memorial will be held for him in his hometown on Saturday.