Local News Briefs Friday 5/20/16

Garage Fire Reported In Washington County

Six fire departments were paged out for a garage fire in the Town of Barton Thursday morning. Washington County Sheriff’s officials say the garage is at the NR Asphalt & Pavement Maintenance business on Highway 144. A hot kettle machine for hot tar malfunctioned and started a fire in the garage. The fire got up into the attic. Damages are put at $40,000 for both the attic and machine. No injuries were reported. The time of the fire call was 5:39 a.m.

Feyen Files Nomination Papers For State Senate

A Fond du Lac man has submitted his nomination papers for the 18th State Senate District election. Dan Feyen submitted the maximum number of nomination signatures to get his name placed on the August 9th ballot. Feyen is the chairman of the Fond du Lac County Republican Party. Incumbent Senator Rick Gudex is not seeking reelection.

Feingold Says Johnson Flight 93 Comments Distract From Real Issues In The Campaign

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold says comments Senator Ron Johnson made comparing the Senate election to the vote passengers took on United Flight 93 to rush terrorists who took over the flight were ill chosen. Feingold says there are enough real issues in the campaign to comment on. He says middle income and working families are having a hard time paying their bills so issues like the minimum wage, family leave, the cost of a college education and prescription drugs should be discussed. Senator Johnson later retracted his statements about United Flight 93. Johnson unseated Feingold in the 2010 election and Feingold is trying to win it back.

NFDL EMS Open House Saturday

North Fond du Lac Fire and EMS will have an open house at the fire station on Garfield Street Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Randy Stutz is the Deputy Chief of the Village’s EMS Division. He says the open house is part of their celebration of National EMS Week. He says they’ve held activities throughout the week including school visits. Stutz says it;s also a way of recognizing their EMS staff.  He says during the open house Saturday people can also see their brand new ambulance. He says the Village is also having a village-wide rummage sale this weekend. The open house will also feature free food, raffles, CPR instruction, free blood pressure checks, and tours.

MPTC Commencement Saturday

Moraine Park Technical College will hold its commencement ceremony at the Fond du Lac High School field house at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. MPTC President Bonnie Baerwald says the keynote speaker is Gina Popp, president and CEO of wisnet.com.  She says Popp is a Marian University graduate, but she wanted students to hear from a successful entrepreneur and someone who is also in the technology field. The featured student speaker is Kayla Ebert the college’s student ambassador who Baerwald says is also a success story. Ebert is graduating from Moraine Park’s Human Resources program and has an offer to go to Harvard. Nearly 800 graduate candidates will be receiving associate of applied science degrees and technical diplomas, with approximately 350 graduate candidates expected to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

NFDL HS Students Take Us Around The World In Eighty Days

Horace Mann High School students in North Fond du Lac enter the world of Jules Verne this weekend with performances of Around the World in 80 Days. Katie Crabb is the play’s director. She says they have nearly 30 students involved in the three performances this weekend. Crabb says the play centers around a bet Phineas Fogg makes they he can travel around the World in 80 days, no small feat in the 1870s. She says it involves a lot of set changes and they even created a train. Performances are tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and there’s a matinee performance on Sunday at 2 p.m. Performances are at the high school PAC and its general admission. Children under 5 will be admitted free.  

Fuel Terminal In Waupun Being Expanded

Flint Hills Resources, which supplies about a third of the gasoline and diesel used in Wisconsin, is expanding two of its fuel terminals including one in Dodge County. The project in Waupun more than doubles the loading capacity of the two-bay terminal with the addition of three new bays. A fifth loading bay is also being added in Junction City. Together the projects will give Flint Hills the capability to supply at least an additional 27,000 barrels per day of product volume to central Wisconsin markets.

New U Haul Service Option In FDL

The Highway 151 Mobil on County Highway D in Fond du Lac is now a U-Haul dealer.  The business will be offering U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. You can reserve U-Haul products at the business by calling (920) 933-1572 or visiting the U-Haul website.