Local News Briefs Friday 4/3/15

Charges have been brought against a 56-year-old Kiel man who tried to disrupt the burial service for State Trooper Trevor Casper in a Kiel cemetery Monday. Michael Mangan had a bail bond hearing in Manitowoc County Court Thursday. He is charged with resisting an officer by causing a soft tissue injury, obstructing an officer, and two disorderly conduct charges. He was released on a signature bond and will make his initial court appearance next Monday. According to the criminal complaint he was seen carrying a brown paper bag in the cemetery with a black object protruding from the top. Police believed it might be a long barrel weapon. Authorities had reason to believe there was a threat from a radical group that Steven Snyder was affiliated with. Snyder was the bank robber the Trooper exchanged fatal gunfire with in Fond du Lac last week. Mangan resisted officers’ efforts to escort him from the cemetery. One of the officers suffered neck and back injuries.  It’s believed Mangan suffers from mental health issues. 

Oshkosh Sex Offender Moves

Oshkosh Police say a 32-year-old sex offender will be moving to 905 A. South Main Street today. John K. Moore was convicted of 2nd degree sexual assault of a child and two counts of sex with a child 16 or older in 2003. His victims were a boy and girls ages 14 and 16. In 2007 he was convicted of 3rd degree sexual assault. His victim was a woman he met in a bar. He will be monitored by GPS for the rest of his life.

MPTC Interim President Named To FDL AC Board

The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Thursday announced the addition of Bonnie Baerwald, interim president of Moraine Park Technical College, to the Association’s Board of Directors.  Baerwald has been with Moraine Park since 1993, joining the college as senior accountant. Over the years, she has also served as financial services manager and vice president of financial management before being named to her most recent position as vice president of finance and administrative services in 2007. Baerwald was selected to serve as interim president in January 2015.

Congress Grothman Says Reid Wore Out His Welcome

At least one Wisconsin Congressman will be glad to see U.S. Senator Harry Reid go. Congressman Glenn Grothman says he’s not surprised that Reid has decided he won’t seek reelection next year. He says when longtime Congressman Dave Obey stepped down his polling data was horrible. He says Reid probably wore out his welcome in Nevada and may not have been able to muster enough support to win another election. The federal lawmaker from Campbellsport says Reid quitting is good news for the GOP. He says the Senate hasn’t done much over the last 4 to 6 years while Reid was the majority leader and he says a lot of that can be laid at Reid’s doorstep.

Public Health Officer Comments On County Health Rankings

Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says the County finished in the middle of the pack in the recent County health rankings. The County finished 34th out of 72 counties in the health outcomes category in the rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She says that means there’s room for improvement. The County finished somewhat better in the health factors category finishing 20th. She says that measures the length of life and the quality of life. She says the study measures a lot of health behaviors including smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, teen birth, excessive drinking and more than can be changed. Fond du Lac ranks in the top quarter of Wisconsin counties for clinical care (17), and in the top half for health behaviors (25) and social and economic factors (26). Fond du Lac County ranks near the middle for physical environment (40). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Habitat Ground Breaking In FDL Saturday

Officials with Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County will break ground on their 26th home Saturday morning. It’s the 20th year Habitat has been building homes for families in the County. Krista Morris and her sons Xavier and Jace will be living in the home at 596 South Main Street in Fond du Lac once it’s complete. Julie Woznick is Habitat’s Board of Directors President. She says Krista just began a new job in town working for a local dentist Jeffrey Kraig. Joel Boelhower is the construction manager. He says Krista’s boys are looking forward to having a place they can call their own. The groundbreaking will be at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the home site at 596 S. Main Street. The public is welcome to attend. Among the local dignitaries expected to attend are Congressman Glenn Grothman and Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel.

ACT Testing At FDL High School Goes Well

The Fond du Lac High School principal says first-time ACT testing of all juniors at the high school last month went pretty smoothly. Michelle Hagen says staff did a good job in organizing the two days of testing. She says not every high school junior was there for testing, but the majority of the over 500 juniors were. She says only about 16 weren’t able to be there and the students who took the testing put forth a great effort. She says this month high school freshman and sophomores will be taking their own version of ACT testing Aspire. She says it measures student progression and growth. That testing will be conducted on April 28th and 29th.

Agnesian Health Shoppe Moving

Agnesian Health Shoppe, currently located at 327 Winnebago Drive, is preparing to relocate to its new, more expansive facility at 307 Camelot Drive, just off the Highway 151 bypass in Fond du Lac. The Shoppe will be closed next Thursday and Friday to complete the move and will open in its new location on Monday, April 13th.  The new building – within the Agnesian Health Plaza, Building B – opens up new possibilities for customers, as well as associates to provide a full spectrum of home health and respiratory equipment, from sales to repairs to rentals. For the full press release click here

Congressional Art Competition Entries Sought

Congressman Glenn Grothman tells us his office will be accepting submissions for the annual Congressional Art Competition from high school students in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. “I encourage all high school students in my district to participate in the Congressional Art Competition,” said Congressman Grothman. “This is a chance for students to show off their skills, and have the opportunity for their art to be displayed in the Capitol. I look forward to seeing the submissions.” All entries must be submitted to Congressman Grothman’s office by Friday, April 10th. The 1st place winner’s artwork will be displayed for one year. For more information visit the congressman’s webpage www.grothman.house.gov or call the Fond du Lac office at (920) 907-0624.