KFIZ News Thursday 8/4/16

Sex Offender Being Released In FDL

Fond du Lac Police say a 29-year-old sex offender will be living at 457 Thomas Street after he’s released from prison this month. Codie Richie will be released on Tuesday, August 16th. His victim was a 13-year-old girl he forced to have sex with him. A second charge involving a 14-year-old girl was read into the record and dismissed at his sentencing.  He will be on electronic and GPS monitoring.

Meeting In Beaver Dam About Highway 151 Conversion

State Department of Transportation officials will hold a meeting in Beaver Dam tonight concerning the possible conversion of Highway 151 from an expressway to a freeway. That would impact the stretch of Highway 151 between Highway 73 in Columbus and Highway 49 in Waupun. The meeting is at the Beaver Dam American Legion Post from 5 to 7 p.m. It will be an open house style meeting with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.

NFDL Village Board Considers Putting Fire Truck Purchase Before Voters

The Village of North Fond du Lac will ask voters about exceeding the Village’s tax levy limit to buy a new ladder truck for the Fire Department. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says they are still working out details on a referendum question that would be placed on the November ballot. He says it would cost $800,000 to $850,000 to buy a new one. He says they want to make sure they get the language right before the Village Board approves placing the question on the ballot. He says it will come back before the board at their August 15th meeting for approval. Hornung says they have to get the referendum question into the County Clerk before the end of the month to place it on the fall ballot.

NFDL School Board Approves Teaching Contract

The North Fond du Lac School Board held a special meeting Tuesday morning to approve a contract for a new teacher. District Superintendent Aaron Sadoff says since ACT 10 the way they tackle teaching contracts is a little different. He says with the movement of teachers sometimes they need to hold a quick meeting to approve a contract. He says in this particular case the teacher is coming from another district and needed to break their contract with that district.

Wisconsin State Fair Underway

The 165th Wisconsin State Fair gets underway today at State Fair Park in West Allis. Jen Puente of the Fair says you can save on admission today by bringing in two non-perishable food items. She says that way you can get in for $2 until 4 p.m. and it helps the Hunger Task Force. She says veterans can get in for free on the last day of the Fair on August 14th. It’s Military and Veterans Recognition Day. Veterans need to bring in their military ID or proof they are a veteran and they and up to four family members can get in free until 4 p.m. Puente also notes that in addition to the entertainment, rides and activities they have 80 new kinds of food that you can try.

Externships Will Kick Off BIE Day

Teachers and business professionals will be paired during this October’s Business, Industry and Education Day in Fond du Lac. Bernadette Seefeld of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce says Externships is a new concept they are trying out for the Wednesday, October 26th event at Marian University. She says 33 business professionals will be paired with 33 educators for the job shadowing like opportunity. She says it’s a good way for those professionals and educators to learn the best ways for preparing students for the job market. She says the externship will kick off the day, there will be a luncheon and debriefing afterwards at Marian’s Stayer Center.

Eden Stone Awarded For Environmental Efforts

An Eden company is among the nine companies in the state the Wisconsin Manufacturer’s and Commerce Foundation awarded Business Friend of the Environment Awards. Eden Stone Company received an Environmental Stewardship Award for its storm water pollution prevention efforts. Eden Stone employs 167 workers, 165 of them in the state.

To read more about the winners click here.