Local News Briefs Monday 6/15/15

Weather impacted some of the attendance at Walleye Weekend, but Fond du Lac Festivals Executive Director Leeanne Doyle says they are more concerned with the type of experience people have at the weekend long festival. She says if that’s the case there were a lot of happy, smiling people at Walleye Weekend and activities and entertainment kept them happy. She says attendance wasn’t off by much at the start of the weekend. She says it was down slightly on Friday and more then 20,000 were around for Saturday’s activities. It was too early for Sunday’s attendance when we asked her about it.

Two Trucks Collide In Dodge County

Traffic on Highway 33 in the Town of Herman was restricted to one lane for several hours Saturday afternoon following a collision between a moving truck and a milk truck. Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say it happened at the intersection of County Highway P when the moving truck entered the intersection and the two trucks collided. Twenty-seven-year-old Desmond Wilson of Neenah was driving the moving truck and 62-year-old Allen Roll of West Bend the milk truck. Both suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment. The lane restriction was in place for about 3 hours while the vehicles were being removed and debris was cleared from the roadway.

Sheboygan Police Take Two Into Custody After Gun Is Flashed

Sheboygan Police took two people into custody after a handgun was flashed in a vehicle in the 1300 block of Erie Avenue Sunday evening. Police performed what’s known as a “high risk traffic stop” encircling the vehicle and temporarily closing down a nearby restaurant. There were two adults and four children inside the vehicle and officers found a handgun.

Badger Exam

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers says the Badger Exam did start out on shaky ground, but ultimately was a good way to test students. He says 1.2 million children took the test or about 98 percent of those who should have taken the exam. He it took testing from the traditional method to online testing. He says it worked out great and their vendor did a great job once everything was squared away. Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert agrees saying it worked well for the district. He says they are getting the results back and are proud of the way kids performed on it. Sebert says unfortunately it might be the only time kids will have to take it as legislators were pushing for a different exam.

Heat Awareness

An official with the Wisconsin Emergency Management Department says now is a good time to talk about what to do during heat waves before we have one. Tod Pritchard says more people die during heat waves than during any other type of weather event. He says it especially impacts people who are isolated or tend to live on their own. He asks that you check on people like that during days of high heat and humidity. He says make sure you never leave a pet or child in a car on a hot day with the windows rolled up. He says on an 80 degree the temperature in the vehicle can increase to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20. Pritchard says the main thing is to try and stay in a cool area. For other tips visit the Wisconsin Emergency Management website.

Sign Up Under Way For Back To School Program

The Social Services Director for the Fond du Lac Salvation Army encourages families to make an appointment now if they want their kids to participate in the Back to School Fond du Lac program. Ron Jacobson says you can sign up at the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Family Resource Center and the Solutions Center. He says you will need a proof residency and income, and a picture ID. Paperwork will be accepted through August 7th. The distribution date is Saturday, August 22nd at the Boys and Girls Club. He says last year they served about 1,400 kids. Donations to support the free distribution can be mailed to Back to School FDL, PO Box 1747 • Fond du Lac WI 54936-1747.

Hwy 26 Hearing In Rosendale Thursday

The state’s Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing this week in Rosendale to discuss the proposed controlled access highway designation for State Highway 26. It will be from approximately 1.25 miles north of the State Highway 26/US Highway 151 intersection in Fond du Lac County to the north Fond du Lac county line. The hearing will be at the Rosendale Town Hall Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. A brief presentation about the project will be held at 5:15 p.m. The hearing is being held as an open house and the public can attend at their convenience. The controlled access designation would assist the DOT in controlling future access along this section of State Highway 26. Without controlling direct access, the safety and operating capacity of the highway will deteriorate.

One Room School Teacher Featured At Byron Historical Society Meeting

The Byron Historical Society meeting tonight will feature former teacher Carol Tesch Whyms sharing stories from her experiences teaching in one-room schools during World War II. The event is open to the public. Whyms, was a child who attended Genessee School in the Town of Byron and later graduated from Oshkosh Normal School, taught in rural schools in the Waupun area and South Byron during the early days of World War II. She will share her recollections on the many roles of the one-room school rural teacher during war time, when responsibilities ranged far beyond teach the 3 Rs. A short meeting will be held prior to Whyms’ program. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Byron Town Hall.