Local News Briefs Friday 5/2/14

No one was
injured during a fire at Model Cleaners at 66 South Macy Street Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters encountered light smoke coming from the outside of the building
when they arrived. The fire was in the basement in the area of a commercial
dryer. When the dryer started the flame from the dryer caused the lint to ignite.  The business employees put it out, but the
fire was between the structural members in the ceiling joists.  Firefighters completed salvage and overhaul
to extinguish the fire.  No one was
injured during the blaze.


Man Maintains Innocence On Drunken Driving Injury Charges


50-year-old Mayville man suspected of driving drunk and hitting two parked cars
and a pedestrian in February is maintaining his innocence.  Bruce Stoy pled “not guilty” to the charges
he’s facing when he appeared this week in Dodge County Court for arraignment.
According to police after hitting two parked cars on Dayton Street Stoy drove
up on a sidewalk and hit a pedestrian before crashing into a snow bank. The
victim suffered cuts and abrasions, but refused treatment. A preliminary breath
test put Stoy’s blood alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit


FDL Bike Loop Dedication Saturday


The bike
loop in Fond du Lac
will be dedicated
during ceremonies at the Fond du Lac YMCA tomorrow. From 9 a.m. to noon the
YMCA will host a community block party with a bike rodeo then the dedication
will be at noon. Fond du Lac
Executive Al
Buechel is one of those who will make brief comments. He says the loop connects
up a number of trails throughout the County. He says the County wants to be a
hub when it comes to bicycle activities whether it’s simply the pleasure of
taking an extended bike ride or hosting bike racing activities. He says the
trails can also be used for biking. Buechel says it’s another attraction the Fond du Lac Convention and
Visitors Bureau can promote and is another quality of life benefit that can
also be used to attract new business or employees.


Move To
Amend Fond du Lac
Hosts Speaker


A Fond du Lac group is
joining a number of others across the state calling for amending the U.S.
Constitution to limit campaign financing in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme
Court decision. Move to Amend Fond du Lac hosted Mike McCabe the Wisconsin
Democracy Campaign executive director during an event at Marian
University in Fond du Lac Thursday night. McCabe says the
recent so-called McCutcheon decision by the high court removes limits for
campaign contributions and could affect Wisconsin’s
own law. He says without the limits the richest campaign contributors could
give up to $6.8 million in a calendar year. The Move to Amend Fond du Lac group
is asking for the passage of a resolution or referendum asking for an amendment
to the U.S. Constitution. McCabe says they are not alone 41 communities across
the state have already taken similar action passing resolutions or referendums,
most by an overwhelming majority. Move to Amend Fond du Lac has a Facebook page
for people who would like to know more.


Corporation Earnings Down


military spending continues to impact the earnings of the Oshkosh Corporation.
The company released its quarterly report this week which shows a 17-percent
drop in its second quarter income. The company says net income was $71.5
million compared to $86 million at the same time a year ago.  Overall net sales were $1.68 billion, which
was a drop of 15.4 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013.  As expected the biggest drop was in the
company’s Defense segment where total sales were $484 million a drop of 41.5
percent. To see the full report click here.


G.R.I.L.L. Unveiling Today


brings the unveiling of this year’s Project G.R.I.L.L. entries at the Festival
Foods parking lot in Fond du Lac.
This year there are nine high schools and their business partners competing for
the honor of top grill. Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says he’s
eager to see the high school’s entry because school board member Eric Everson
donated some parts for it. He says each year the grills are bigger and more
elaborate. The grills will be fired up to cook brats for those attending the
event. Proceeds from the Brat Fry will benefit Project G.R.I.L.L. Hours for
Project G.R.I.L.L. are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short program at 11 a.m.


Show Sunday In FDL


Moraine Park Technical College’s
Fond du Lac
campus will host its 7th annual Car and Motorcycle Show this Sunday from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Automotive Instructor Tim Moy says the show features vintage
cars and trucks up to newer vehicles, but the motorcycles are something they
recently added. He says she show will include the loudest car contest. There
will be food and face painting as well. Admission is $2 or you can get in free
with a donation of two nonperishable food items. Car and motorcycles can be
registered for the show the day of the event with a $10 fee.