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KFIZ News Tuesday 8/23/16

Kewaskum Man Drowns In Adams County Lake

The body of a 25-year-old Kewaskum man was recovered in an Adams County lake Sunday afternoon. Paul Anderson drowned Saturday morning in Lake Camelot in Rome, Wisconsin. DNR Dive crews recovered his body. Witnesses told Rome Police Anderson jumped off a dock with another man and tried to swim out to a pontoon boat.  

Fatal Fire In Sheboygan

One person died during a major apartment fire in Sheboygan early Sunday morning. Crews were called out for a fire at the Embers Apartments.  Sheboygan assistant fire chief Vernon Koch says it was already a large fire when they got there. He says, “Units from the Sheboygan Fire Department responded to find a well involved structure fire. Sheboygan Police Department was on scene, and they evacuated the building and arranged for shelter for the displaced individuals.” The Red Cross helped numerous displaced families find shelter and basic supplies at Farnsworth Middle School.

Grande Cheese Makes The Most Of The Milk It Uses

The president and CEO of Grande Cheese says people may be more familiar with the cheese they make for pizzerias, but they have other products on the market. Wayne Matzke says they try and use as much of the milk they get from Wisconsin producers as possible. He says the liquid whey they work with is evaporated and dried to get at the protein solids. He says that protein is used in things like power bars. He says it’s a formidable part of their business. People can get a look at Grande’s new home office and research center during a Tuesday, September 20th Business Connection at their Camelot Drive facility in Fond du Lac. He says you can see their commercial kitchen, dining area, and application kitchens. He says they’ve created a space where people can see the work they are doing in their laboratory too. Hours for that Business Connection are from 5 to 7 p.m. that day.

Johnson Reelection Effort Includes Small Business And Manufacturers Coalitions

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson recently launched a small business coalition to aid in his reelection campaign. The coalition will advise him on economic, tax, and regulatory issues that affect small businesses. He says competing in the marketplace is tough enough and then there is over regulation and over taxation to deal with too. The coalition has 350 members and a leadership team of 12 small business owners. One of those owners is Scott Page the owner of Mix It Up Bakery in Fond du Lac. Johnson says he’s sampled some of the bakery’s products. He says he enjoyed a Persian topped with frosting and nuts. Johnson Monday launched a statewide manufacturers’ coalition to also help in his reelection effort.

Home Sales Down In July

Sales of existing homes in Fond du Lac County dipped in July, while the price of those homes increased. According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association homes sales in the County were down 4 percent compared to July of last year, but the median price of those homes was up by 15.4 percent. Year-to-date home sales in the County are up by 6.7 percent and home prices by 4.5 percent. Statewide home sales were down by 7.6 percent last month, but the price of those homes was up by 4 percent.

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Creating Civil Dialogue Focus Of FDL County Conference

Registration opens on Monday, Sept. 5 for this year’s annual conference supporting diversity and inclusion organized by the four higher education institutions of Fond du Lac County. The conference is open to the public. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6th at the UW-Fond du Lac. This year’s focus is on building a strong community that can have open dialogue across cultural and ideological boundaries. There is no fee for the workshop but advance registration is required online.  Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and the UW-Fond du Lac are collaborating on the conference. 

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