Local News Briefs Monday 3/24/14

Former Fond du Lac City Councilman Mick Burroughs is seeking a second term on the Council. Burroughs left the Council in April of last year when his first term expired. At the time the job he held with the state Corrections Department interfered with his availability for meetings, but he’s no longer with the department. He says there are a lot of good things going on in the City and he’d like to have a role in them.  Burroughs worked for the Fond du Lac Police Department for 25 years retiring as a lieutenant in 2007. He says he saw a lot of good changes in that time. Burroughs points to his experience on Council as one reason he should be elected noting his two years on Council is more than half of the current Council members have served on the Council. There are five candidates running for four seats on the Council April 1st.

FDL City Clerk Resigns

Fond du Lac City Clerk Sue Strands is resigning from her position effective tomorrow. Deputy Clerk Maggie Hefter will take over the position in the interim until the City Manager can appoint a successor. Strands has been the City Clerk since 2006 and has worked in the clerk’s officer for 17 years. Strands is resigning due to personal reasons.

Sheboygan Woman Crashes Pickup Truck Through Garage Roof

A 28-year-old Sheboygan woman was arrested after crashing her pickup truck into a garage Saturday night. Sheboygan Police say the woman went across a lawn, up an embankment and her truck became airborne crashing through the roof of the garage and hit a pickup truck parked inside it. She fled from the scene, but was found later at an apartment. The woman was taken to Sheboygan Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She’s facing drunken driving, hit and run, operating while suspended, and failing to maintain control of a vehicle charges. The accident happened shortly after 7:30 Saturday night.

Oshkosh Drug Investigation Arrest

Oshkosh Police recently concluded a drug investigation with the arrest of a 31-year-old Madison woman. She was arrested in Oshkosh March 13th for delivery of heroin and on a probation warrant and was taken to the Winnebago County Jail. Investigators learned she was trying to set up a heroin distribution network in the Oshkosh area.

EAA Reached Agreements With FAA For Air Traffic Control Services

Congressman Tom Petri and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson are commenting on agreements the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Federal Aviation Administration reached on the providing of air traffic controllers for the annual AirVenture. Petri says, “At the end of the day, the EAA felt this was the best course of action.” He said it was certainly not the best outcome possible, but it does give the organization and the general aviation community certainty that AirVenture will continue. He still questions the FAA’s authority to charge EAA for the costs.  Senator Johnson also said he understands why EAA leadership felt they needed a conclusion in the matter. The EAA and FAA signed two agreements a settlement agreement and a 9-year agreement in which the FAA will continue to provide air traffic control services for the event in Oshkosh through 2022. Last year the EAA had to pay the FAA almost $448,000 for those services.

Debriefing On St. Lawrence Seminary Fire Emotional For Those Involved In The Effort

Law enforcement and fire department officials held a debriefing last week for those involved in putting out the St. Joseph’s Hall fire at St. Lawrence Seminary. Forty-one different agencies were involved in that effort on March 8th. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says it really hit home for him because he grew up in Mt. Calvary. He says it’s tragic how much was lost in the fire, but they saved a mural, the entrance on the north end with the statue and the pillars and so much more. He says they really should be grateful to the firefighters.

State Senate Awaits Outcome Of Voter ID Challenge

State Senator Rick Gudex says the State Senate is waiting for the State Supreme Court’s decision on Voter ID before it takes up any new legislation concerning the use of Voter ID. The state lawmaker from Fond du Lac says the Assembly passed another weaker version of Voter ID. He says that version wouldn’t do much to enhance what the state has now. He says the Governor is also waiting on the state high court’s decision before he decides whether to call a special session on Voter ID. He says the bill passed by the Assembly was authored by State Representative Michael Schraa and was loosely based on an Indiana law. He says that law was upheld by federal court.

MPTC Honors Students Of The Year

Moraine Park Technical College is recognizing several past and present students this spring. MPTC President Sheila Ruhland says the school will hold its annual student awards banquet May 9th and will recognize a nursing graduate from its West Bend campus as the 2014 Student of the Year. The District Student Ambassador of the Year Kim Dickinson of the Beaver Dam campus, a business management supervisor student will be honored at a statewide event on April 16th. The MPTC Distinguished Alumnus Award winner will also be recognized during the May 9th banquet. This year’s winner is Lisa Karst of Burnett who is the Assistant Vice President of National Exchange Bank and Trust of the Beaver Dam team who is a 2012 MPTC graduate.

Ripon Home Show Coming Up

Businesses who would like to participate in the Ripon Home Show have about a week left to contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Executive Director Jason Mansmith says Royal Ridges will hoe the annual Home Show next month. It will be on Saturday April 12th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or a good will offering that will be given to the Traded Treasures Thrift Boutique and Community Food Pantry. Mansmith says vendors who would like to participate should contact the Chamber by April 1st. You can call 920-748-6764.

Nominations Sought For Woman Manager Of The Year

Area businesses can nominate a deserving candidate for the 2014 Woman Manager of the Year Award-an honor presented to area businesswoman annually by the Fond du Lac Chapter of Women in Management. The award is presented each June to a Fond du Lac area woman who has management responsibilities and who has made exemplary contributions to her company, fellow employees, clients and community. The deadline to return nomination forms is April 25th. Last year’s recipient was Samantha Twohig. To obtain or return a nomination form, email Gail Johnson-Daveau at [email protected].  Those with questions can call 960-9140.