Local News Briefs Monday 12/1/14

One person was killed in a single vehicle accident in Winnebago County Sunday morning. The accident on County Highway H at Arrowhead Lane in the Town of Wolf River was reported at 5:20 a.m. First responders found the driver deceased. Sheriff’s officials say speed and icy road conditions were factors. It’s not known yet if alcohol was also a factor. The driver’s name was not released.

Missing Town Of Oshkosh Man Found

Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say one of their own found a missing 50-year-old Town of Oshkosh man. A Sheriff’s lieutenant was on her way to work Sunday and saw the man out walking and made a note of his description. When she got to work she found out he had been reported missing Saturday afternoon. He often walks to gas stations and other businesses in the Oshkosh area walking for several hours at a time. He suffers from Schizophrenia.

Sheboygan Shooting Suspect Arrested

A 26-year-old man is being held in the Sheboygan County Jail suspected of a shooting early Saturday morning. Sheboygan Police were called to a home where a man and woman had been shot. Both are 25-years of age. The man was taken to a hospital in Milwaukee and is expected to survive. The woman was treated at a local hospital and released. Two additional people are being sought in connection with the shooting. Police say it was not a random act.

Thanksgiving Fire Destroys Washington County Home

A home in Washington County’s Town of Wayne was destroyed by fire Thanksgiving afternoon. Sheriff’ officials say the homeowner returned to the home after being gone for several hours to find smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house. Seven fire departments battled the blaze. No one was injured in the fire, but the family lost a cat. The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

Unemployment Rates Decrease Slightly

Unemployment rates in the City and County of Fond du Lac declined slightly from September to October. According to state and federal labor statistics the jobless rate in Fond du Lac fell from 5.2 in September to 5 percent in October. For the County the rate dropped from 4.4 to 4.3 percent. Unemployment rates decreased or remained the same in 56 of the state’s 72 counties in October.

Grothman Values Time In State Senate

Congressman-elect Glenn Grothman says he values his time in the state legislature. He says it will be sad to leave the state Senate. He says he liked working with local state legislators like State Senator Rick Gudex and State Representatives Jeremy Thiesfeldt and Michael Schraa. He says he will resign from the State Senate early next month. He says those who will seek his office in a special election won’t be able to file candidate papers until then. He says he will likely resign during the first week in January. He says he will continue to represent people of the area, but on a larger setting. Grothman defeated Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris last month for the 6th Congressional District seat and succeeds Congressman Tom Petri.

New MPTC Addition A Few Weeks Behind

The new entrance at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus will be opening a little later than expected. MPTC officials had hoped to open the new 5,200 square foot addition next January, but MPTC President Sheila Ruhland says they encountered a problem while they were laying some of the infrastructure for the new student affairs center. She says there were some differences in sewer pipe lines. She says they are about six weeks behind and the new entrance won’t be ready until the spring or summer. The new addition will accommodate expanded areas for student affairs and student veterans’ services.

North Fondy Schools Ap

The North Fond du Lac School District is offering a new technology to stay up to date with how their child is doing in school. Superintendent Aaron Sadoff says they now have an AP that allows parents to keep track of their child’s progress on a daily basis.  He says you can customize it to tell you if you child is dropping below a certain grade level or be alerted to specific school events.  Sadoff says the AP also connects you to all the schools social media tools and more.  To download the free ap, just search North Fond du Lac School District in your APP Store or Google Play Store.

Most Road Work Complete For Winter

(Wisconsin Radio Network)-It’s the first of December, and that means most road work in Wisconsin is finished for the year. Don Greuel of the state Department of Transportation says there were late-season setbacks. He says the fall got colder quicker than they were hoping and there was a cement shortage. He says as a result some projects were delayed until next year. Greuel says there will be some limited work on bridges throughout the state over the winter, and on projects in the Milwaukee area, including the Zoo interchange.

Mercury Honored By National Magazine

Mercury Marine dealers in North America claimed the top 11 positions on Boating Industry magazine’s 2014 Top 100 Dealerships list, and accounted for more than 80 percent of the dealerships on the list.  Mercury dealerships earned 83 of the Top 100 positions on the list and 18 of the top 20 positions in the U.S. and Canada.

Project Lead The Way Application At FHS

Parents who want to learn more about Fond du Lac High School’s Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences and Engineering STEM Programs can attend a meeting on Tuesday, December 9th at 5:30pm at the PAC.  The program is offered to students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in rigorous and innovative problem based learning that focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Applications can be found on the Fond du Lac School District’s website under important notices.  For more information you can email [email protected]. You can also call 929-2740.