Local News Briefs 9-3-14
Site Construction Starts
started at the site of the former Retlaw Theater in downtown
Commonwealth Companies purchased the 1920s theater and adjacent building
earlier this summer and will convert it into a complex that contains office and
retail space, along with market rate apartments.
Home Has Special Touches
Habitat for Humanity home on
Since it’s in the flood plain it required quite a bit of fill to build it up
out of the plain. Habitat Executive Director Paul Osterholm says the backyard
also needed quite a bit of work. He says a team of Target employees worked hard
to put in a garden, a first for Habitat. He says they planted corn, tomatoes,
pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables the family can use for themselves or
share with friends and neighbors. He says a
fence in the backyard to spruce that up.
Walk Makes Debut
the Ripon Library’s Story Walk will make its debut on the Northwestern Trail.
The Friends of the Ripon Public Library are funding the effort. City
Administrator Lori Rich says the Common Council recently gave their blessing to
the effort, which will allow residents to walk the trail and read a story a
page at a time as they follow the path. She says pages will be laminated and
staked out one page at a time along the trail so people can read it as they
walk the trail. She says the first story is about a puppy. She says the goal
was to have the story walk ready in time for Ripon’s Septemberfest celebration
September first some hunting seasons opened up across the state. That includes the mourning dove hunt, says
Kent Van Horn of the state Department of Natural Resources. He says between 10,000 and 15,000 people dove
hunt in the state and they harvest about 100,000 morning doves every year. The dove hunt runs to November 29th. An early
Canada goose season also starts today.
Congressman Ron Kind is continuing a push to get the oil industry to chemically
stabilize its product before sending it on trains Kind says a simple chemical
additive makes the oil much less volatile. It’s already being used in pipelines
and is required for all oil shipped in
Kind says there are other concerns about pipelines, but he’s encouraged by new
technology to monitor them.