KFIZ News Monday 11/21/16

NFDL Village Budget Hearing

The North Fond du Lac Village Board will hold a public hearing on the 2017 Village Budget, tax levy, and capital improvements plan tonight. After that the board will consider approving all three. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says the board has been discussing whether to increase the tax levy by 1 or 2 percent. Each percentage increase translates to $15,000 or $16,000 in increases to the levy. The current year’s tax rate is $8.54. The board meets at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building on Garfield Street.

Johnson Expecting More With Trump Presidency

Unlike his first term as a U.S. Senator, Ron Johnson will be serving under a Republican President. Johnson says he is expecting that to make a difference. He says with Donald Trump as President he is expecting over regulation to be cut back, which he expects will improve the country’s economy. Johnson also says that repealing the Affordable Care Act is much more complicated than it sounds. Instead he is expecting a slow transition out of it. He says he is talking with staff about setting up a hearing to find out why health insurance rates doubled and tripled in Wisconsin. Earlier this month Johnson defeated former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold to win a second term.

Hunt For The Hungry

Once again this gun-deer season successful hunters who want to donate their deer can give it to the Hunt for the Hungry program. DNR Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says the deer is processed by local processors and given to food pantries that need protein sources for the needy. In Fond du Lac County local meat processors participating in the program include; Brandon Meats, the Eden Meat Market, and Loehr’s Meat Service in Campbellsport. Deer taken to those processors should be field dressed.

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United Way Campaign Nearing Halfway Point

Fond du Lac Area United Way Executive Director Amber Kilawee says they are slightly ahead of last year’s fundraising campaign. She says they feel incredibly grateful. They have raised a little over $315,000 or 42 percent of their $760,000 goal. She says last year at this point they were at 33 percent. She says they are also thankful for the donation the Brunswick Public Foundation, the charitable arm of the company that owns Mercury Marine, gave them. She says they received a check on Halloween of $80,000. She says that is in addition to what they normally receive from Mercury and its employees.

Harmon Named Marian VP For Enrollment Management

Marian University has named Jason Harmon as the Vice President for Enrollment Management. Harmon brings extensive experience in higher education enrollment management, having served in a variety of leadership roles. Harmon earned his bachelor’s in business administration and master of business administration in leadership, both from Aurora University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.

Big Bundle Up

The Fond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is inviting residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items until January 2nd. The CVB is participating in the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s “The Big Bundle Up” campaign. A box will be located in the CVB offices at 171 South Pioneer Road for donors to drop off warm clothing items. All items donated at this location will be given to the Solutions Center.