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KFIZ News Tuesday 8/16/16

FDL City Council Briefed On Pioneer Road Project

Fond du Lac Public Works Director Jordan Skiff recently briefed the City Council on the Pioneer Road project. It starts next year and will extend from near the Wild Goose State Trail on Hickory to Rogersville Road in Fond du Lac. He says it will cost the City $1.6 million next year with the County chipping in a similar amount and the state and federal government taking care of the rest of $6 million cost. He also talked about some of the features of the project. He says there will be a roundabout at the Military and Pioneer intersection and a signal at the exit from Mercury Marine, which will it safer for employees leaving work. Skiff says it will be a good project and they’ve worked closely with the businesses that will be impacted by the project.

Fire Contained At St Killian Business

The Lomira Fire Department and nine others responded to a fire in the community of St. Killian Sunday afternoon. Lomira Fire Chief Keith Joas says they got a call just before 2:30 p.m. about a metal working machine that was on fire inside a commercial structure. He says they were able to contain the blaze to the machine. There were no injuries reported. St. Killian is located along the Fond du Lac and Washington County border. Among the fire departments that responded were Lomira, Campbellsport, Brownsville, Eden, Allenton, Kewaskum, Knowles, Theresa, Mayville and Kohlsville.

FDL Police Warn Of Phone Scam

Fond du Lac Police Officer Erik Foster is warning residents about a scam in which the caller poses as someone raising money for a police fundraising effort. He says the Fond du Lac Police Department is not doing that right now. He says he has received a couple of phone calls about it. He says at a meeting he recently attended for a senior citizen’s group he was informed the caller is very demanding. He says don’t waste your time hang up the phone or ignore the caller.

Former Campbellsport Police Chief Retires From Sheriffs Department

Another long-time law enforcement officer has retired from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s department. Unlike Captain Rick Olig who retired from the Sheriff’s Department last week, Deputy Randy Karoses put in most of his service in law enforcement before joining the Sheriff’s Department. Karoses was in his early thirties when he got a job with the Corrections Department and also became a part-time officer with the Campbellsport Police Department in 1991. Three years later he was offered a job at the County Jail and at the same time had the option to become Campbellsport Police Chief. After 17 years as police chief he still was interested in a patrol job with the Sheriff’s Department, which is how he spent the last five years of his law enforcement career. Karoses last day with the Sheriff’s Department was Monday.

Drive Sober Campaign Kicks Off Friday

Oshkosh Police will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the state in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign starts Friday and runs through Labor Day. Oshkosh Police Chief Dean Smith says drunken driving is 100 percent preventable. Last year in Wisconsin 190 people were killed and nearly 2,900 injured in alcohol-related crashes.

Trump In West Bend

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will appear in West Bend tonight. The Trump campaign says he will appear at the Ziegler Building at Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center at 7:30. Tickets can be requested by going to DonaldJTrump.com and looking for his schedule.

FDL County Board Preview

The Fond du Lac County Board will discuss an economic development opportunity with the owners of the Retlaw Hotel during a closed session following the board’s meeting tonight. The new owners are planning a $20 million renovation of the hotel. No action is scheduled once the closed session is over. The board will also consider two appointments for new County Sheriff’s Captain Ryan Waldschmidt. The Sheriff’s new Captain of Operations is being considered for appointments as Highway Safety Coordinator and for membership on the Traffic Safety Commission. The board meets at 6 at the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac.

Alliant Energy Sustainability Report Released

Alliant Energy Corporation released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report, detailing progress to advance clean energy and stewardship to customers, communities and employees. The information expands on past environmental reports and highlights a significant reduction in nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions. The report contains a new target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

It is available by clicking here.

Thiesfeldt Reelection Campaign Launches Website

A website has been launched for State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt’s re-election campaign. Thiesfeldt, a Republican, is seeking his 4th term representing the 52nd State Assembly District. Fond du Lac lawyer Paul Czisny (CIZ-nee), a Democrat, is challenging Thiesfeldt for the seat. The two also faced each other in 2010 and 2012; Thiesfeldt won both of those elections. You can find the site at Thiesfeldt.com.