Local News Briefs Monday 11/23/15

Going After Motor Coach Tours

The president of the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says they are hoping to attract motor coach tours to the area. Craig Molitor says it’s an area of tourism they haven’t courted before. He says they started out by bringing in a specialist Mary Dennis and then brought in other motor coach tour planners to see some of the area’s attractions. Some of the sites they saw were the Horicon Marsh, the Fond du Lac lighthouse, Jim & Linda’s, Schreiner’s and other sites in the County. He says they also took them to supper clubs and introduce them to old fashions. He says the two groups enjoyed themselves tremendously. Molitor says they did generate some interest. He says motor coach tours generally bring in groups of 50 people who will stay over for two nights.

Lomira Company Seeking Special Use Permit For Vacant FDL Building

The Fond du Lac City Council tomorrow night will be asked to approve a special use permit that would allow a Lomira company to move into a vacant industrial building on Triangle Road. City Principal Planner Joellyn Dahlin says Empire Coating is a powder painting operation with about four workers. She says the location at 655 Triangle Road is a stone’s throw from I-41. She says the building has been used mainly for industrial-type operations over the years. She says it’s zoned for commercial-use, but is a warehouse type of building. The City’s Plan Commission is recommending approval of the special use permit.

Salvation Army Benefits From United Way Funding

The Fond du Lac Salvation Army is one of the organizations that benefits from the United Way. United Way Executive Director Amber Kilawee says the organizations have had a long partnership together. Salvation Army Social Services Director Ron Jacobson says they get about $30,000 a year through the United Way. In addition to their food pantry, back-to-school, brown bag lunch, and other programs the Salvation Army also does an adopt-a-family program for the Christmas season. Jacobson says if you’re interested give them a call and they will supply you with a wish list from a needy family that you can buy gifts for.

FDL Sex Offender Moving

A 27-year-old Fond du Lac sex offender will be moving to 186 East Johnson Street on Tuesday. Christopher Hensler was released from prison this past July. His victims were 13 and 14-year-old girls. He also has a previous sexual conduct conviction in Michigan. Hensler will be on GPS monitoring.

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